What caliber for FAL?


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alaskanativeson
March 15, 2008, 05:10 PM
I just got my first receiver (Hesse) and a kit to build an FAL. I'm actually going to wait to build the gun because the parts kit is all DSA stuff and I don't want to put it all on a Hesse receiver (definitely not the same quality as my other parts - I'll buy a less expensive kit to build that receiver later.)

My problem is this: Since I'm going to have to make an order from DSA for one of their receivers anyway I thought I should also order a complete gun at the same time. My kit is .308 and that's what I'll build. Now I'm thinking that I need an FAL in a different caliber. Should I get the .243 or the .260?

I don't NEED another gun, but what the hell, I WANT one. I wish I could give you a clear cut answer for its purpose but I don't have one. I do hunt, up here in Alaska there's a possibility to go for moose, caribou, Sitka blacktail deer, musk ox, and maybe even bison eventually. When I go down to the lower 48 I'd be going after mulies and elk, coyotes and other small critters occasionally. I currently have a .338 Win Mag, 7MM-08 Encore, 10/22, Win 94 in 30/30, and my .308 FAL which I'm going to build. I really don't ever anticipate a doom and gloom SHTF scenario, but I also believe in being prepared for anything (I still remember and live the Scout Motto.)

Thoughts? Suggestions? Arguments?

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Andrewsky
March 15, 2008, 05:43 PM
.308. When the Russians and Chinese invade you're going to want to take ammo off of our 7.62mm machine gun belts.

dscottw88
March 15, 2008, 11:03 PM
I wasn't aware that the FAL was capable of using different cartridges. For 5.56, I go to the AR, for 7.62x39 I go to my AK, for .308 I go to either the FAL or M1A. Each rifle excells using the rounds introduced for the rifle with some exceptions ofcourse.

Deer Hunter
March 15, 2008, 11:13 PM
Scott,

The .260 and the .243 are based on the .308.

Also, I would love a .223 version of the FAL. But was thinking along the lines of an FNC...

Wesson Smith
March 16, 2008, 12:45 AM
I'd stick with the .308, and call it a day! I've had my DSA SA-58 carbine for about 2 weeks now, and I'm pretty well convinced it's probably all the firearm I'm ever gonna need. ;)

elmerfudd
March 16, 2008, 12:52 AM
I'd stick with .308 out of an FAL. I just don't see any advantage to .243 or .260 out of that platform. A bolt action in .243 or .260 would make a great varmint/deer rifle, but an FAL just seems too big, heavy and imprecise to make much sense in those chamberings.

Number 6
March 16, 2008, 06:16 AM
.308. When the Russians and Chinese invade you're going to want to take ammo off of our 7.62mm machine gun belts.

You do realize that 7.62x51 (.308) is not interchangeable with 7.62x54R, right?

As far as the OP, I would go with a .308 FAL and just do a different configuration. Having a full length FAL and a Para FAL would be a nice combination.

berettashotgun
March 16, 2008, 07:49 PM
7mm-08 or 243 or I believe a 7mm mauser would work in the magazine.

iamkris
March 16, 2008, 08:52 PM
Number 6 said: You do realize that 7.62x51 (.308) is not interchangeable with 7.62x54R, right?


He didn't say 7.62x54R. He correctly stated that you would be able to use ammo off of our .30 cal machine gun belts.

Number 6...you are hereby demoted to Number 7.

Gator
March 16, 2008, 09:34 PM
I'd like an FAL in 7mm08, it would be closer to what the original FAL was designed for, and since it is based on the 7.62 all you would need is a barrel.

volfandan
March 16, 2008, 09:40 PM
Why not just have two 7.62x51 rifles? Keep one as a full-size, and then maybe do a 16.5" barrel carbine for the other. You could even throw on a para folding stock with para carrier. Although I'd never shoot it from the hip with the stock folded, like a Rambo.....it sure would look cool:what:

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