must have rifles in a collecction


April 5, 2008, 05:55 PM
I've been primarily a handgun guy -- and over the eyars, I have a few but I've recently bit bit by the rifle bug. In the last 12-18 months, I've gone from none to a AR in 223 & one in 9mm, a Marlin 336 in 35 rem and a M1a. In my mind (at least my rationalization at this point), it's not a collection until you get to 6 ( :D ) so, what am I missing?
Thanks for the advice in advance ;)

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April 5, 2008, 05:56 PM
Marllin 39a Ruger #1 Swiss K 31. M-1 Garand.

April 5, 2008, 05:57 PM
+1 on the M1 Garand

April 5, 2008, 06:00 PM
an EDM Arms Windrunner in 50bmg (since you're in cali, you can keep it at my house in TN and come visit it on weekends)

a tubb2k in 6mmXC

an SR25 in 308win

an AI-AWP in 6.5x47Lapua

and at least 2 more AR15s

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
April 5, 2008, 06:01 PM
I don't think there are any must-haves, since the basis of a collection can vary in a nearly infinite number of ways - it's just whatever floats your boat - it's all good, as the kids say! :) Only "must have" I'd say, is not a RIFLE, but a CALIBER - I'd say everyone needs at least .22 long rifle, rifle.

April 5, 2008, 06:20 PM
You got to have one from the warsaw pact. A AK of some type is order, sir!

April 5, 2008, 06:53 PM
I think somewhere in the Constitution it's mandatory to own a .30-30 lever gun. :D

If it isn't there, it should be. Kidding aside, it is one of the quintessential American guns, like a 1911 or a 12 gauge pump shotgun.

Lever guns are fun in whatever caliber. And I agree with the M1 Garand completely.

Just something about those guns.

Vern Humphrey
April 5, 2008, 07:03 PM
For a rifle collection:

First and foremost, a pre-'64 Model 70 Winchester (preferrably in .30-06.)

An M1 Garand.

An M1903 or M1903A3 Springfield.

A Winchester M52 .22 LR

A Winchester M94 .30-30.

After you have those, get what you want.;)

April 5, 2008, 07:15 PM
a .22lr

April 5, 2008, 07:21 PM
M1 garand and ar15 or ak

April 5, 2008, 07:26 PM
Don't forget the 12 gauge!

April 5, 2008, 07:33 PM
Anything with a true Mauser action.

April 5, 2008, 08:19 PM
rem 700
swede mauser
mosin nagant
win 30-30
marlin .22 auto
single shot .22 to teach the kids

April 5, 2008, 08:46 PM
What ever tickles your trigger finger. Anything else is just somebody else's collection.
I have quite a few of what most would call "should have" guns but then I have run off into the eclectic realm with some. Get what you like and make it yours and yours alone. You will enjoy it more.

April 5, 2008, 08:48 PM
You need a Mossberg 810 in 7mm Rem Mag.


April 5, 2008, 09:08 PM
depends your budget :)

+1 on the Garand BUT they tend to breed like any other mil surplus

April 5, 2008, 09:36 PM

lee n. field
April 5, 2008, 09:45 PM
must have rifles in a collecction

Some .22 rimfire. Almost doesn't matter which, as long as it's not an AR-7.

April 5, 2008, 09:51 PM
all of them

April 5, 2008, 10:00 PM
What you’re missing is a bolt action with a good scope on top. I am personally a .308 fan but a good 30-06 will do as well. This would round out your collection well. If you go with the .308 you can use the same ammo as the M1A.

A good Remington 700 tactical with at least a 3x9 on top would be nice.

Have a good day

Plan for the worst, Hope for the best and if you land on your feet running life is good!!!

April 5, 2008, 10:00 PM
-An M1 Garand - Better yet, THREE+ (still cheap right now...and you gotta use the stacking swivel)
-A good bolt-action in .308, .270, 30-06 or another "full-sized" round - with a good scope
-A good .22 rifle - bolt or semi-auto
-An AR15
-An AK or SKS 7.62x39


-One or more "expensive" milsurps - 1903, 03A3, Swedish Mauser, K31...
-One or more "inexpensive" milsurps (including ammo cost) - Mosin Nagant, 8mm Mauser...

April 5, 2008, 10:04 PM
At least 1 AK, 1 SKS, and one 22lr.

April 5, 2008, 10:06 PM
It is a cartridge with history, romance, and wonderful ballistics in a neat, old-fashioned sort of way....and some wonderful rifles are being made in this caliber. Get one with with an historic a high-quality single-shot with a tang sight (no scopes allowed). Then challenge yourself to see what you can do with that and some marksmanship.

April 5, 2008, 10:06 PM
I forgot to add -- a 30-30. Winchester 94 or Marlin 336.

But unless you need an every-day carry rifle (for which a 30-30 lever is perfect - and moves to the top of the list), I think a lever action falls below the list I posted above.

April 6, 2008, 12:57 AM
I've got a couple AR's and the M1a so I'm not really interested in the AK...maybe I missed the boat on that one but it just does nothing for me. As for the 30-30, I already have the Marlin 336 in 35 rem so my lever action need is filled. I'm doing my homework for a bolt gun. I shoot lefty so I'm looking at the Tikka T3 and the Rem 700. I'm leaning towards the Tikka because it's the road less taken :D and has a certain coolness about it.
After that, I may start looking for a 22, it's just not a priority

Oh, as for shotguns -- I have a couple -- a Winchester Defender and a Beretta 391 :cool: so that niche seems filled too :cool:

April 6, 2008, 01:02 AM
ak varient, precision bolt gun/and/or a precision semi auto .308 ie dpms lr, sass etc.

April 6, 2008, 01:47 AM
Me, I Think: M1, FAL, AK, AR, M1903, K98 Mauser, Mosin Nagant and Lee Enfield should do it.

April 6, 2008, 07:30 AM
AR 10 in 308
AR 15 old school
AR 15 M4orgery
6.8 upper for above
Winchester 94 or Marlin 336
Custom 10/22
Rem 870PM
and for fun a Tommy Gun.
Aside from the 22lr, the service rifles see more ammo than any others. Haven't felt the need for a bolt gun....yet.

April 6, 2008, 09:42 AM
You got to have one from the warsaw pact. A AK of some type is order, sir!


April 6, 2008, 11:05 AM
.22 rimfire Ithaca or Marlin lever action

Ruger #1 in .243


April 6, 2008, 11:18 AM
I can't tell you what to have in your collection, but in mine I would still like to get:

Savage 99 (lever guns are cool!)
Model '95 shotgun (hammer/pump shotguns are cool!)
SKS (can't get an AK very easily in Canada; SKS is the best I can do)
M1 (love militaria)
.410/.22 over/under (always wanted one, just looks like fun)

I currently have:

Savage 111 in 7mm Rem Mag
Ruger Hawkeye in .30-'06
Lee Enfield .303 Brit
Ruger bolt .22
Savage Mod 64 .22 S/A
Winchester Mod 94 in .30-.30
Reminton 870 Express in 12 ga.
(Plans to get handgun very soon...)

And I would never trade any of them in!

April 6, 2008, 11:25 AM
Vern Humphrey got it right. The Pre-64 model 70 is the pinnacle of American firearms and crafstmanship. It could only go downhill from that.

April 6, 2008, 01:10 PM
If you like military bolt rifles and want great accuracy, you can't go wrong with the following:
Finn M39, Swiss K31, Mosin M91/59 carbine, and Swedish M96.
In the military semiautomatics my favorites would include the Garand, the Hakim, and the SVT-40. All are generally 3-4 MOA rifles.

April 6, 2008, 03:57 PM
A .22 LR and an MBR; anything else is up to you. :)

April 6, 2008, 04:57 PM
+2 for a Remington 700 in .308 or .30-06. A Ruger 10/22 is always a fun semi-auto. Have you considered a mini-14 or 30? fun guns too.

April 6, 2008, 05:04 PM

I sure am getting some mileage out of this pic.

April 6, 2008, 05:14 PM
Since you are in California like myself, no AK for us! BOO!

But an SKS is great.

Enfield is a good one, but exspensive ammo, at least it is to me.

But i do have a question. Where did you get the 9mm AR since all the ARs that can be bought now have to be top loading with out a magazine? unless i'm mistaken?

April 6, 2008, 06:20 PM
I was looking at a Model 700 "special" at Dicks today in 270 win. It's on sale and is a real looker. Maybe your local Dicks has the same gun in inventory. I think you need one! I don't, but I might anyway. Oops... you're a lefty. Scratch this... Buds in KY has quite a few left handed Model 700's in stock. I looked a couple days ago at their web site.

You really need a 22 rifle. I would look at a CZ452 for the best value for an accurate 22 rifle for the dollar.

April 6, 2008, 07:32 PM
For a rifle collection:

First and foremost, a pre-'64 Model 70 Winchester (preferrably in .30-06.)

An M1 Garand.

An M1903 or M1903A3 Springfield.

A Winchester M52 .22 LR

A Winchester M94 .30-30.


April 6, 2008, 07:56 PM

There are many in California who have and use Ak style rifles. As long as the rifle is not on the CA list, has a 10 round magazine that is made fixed by use of a bullet button, has no flash hider it should be CA legal.

You should do some reading over at

Look here to see CA legal Aks:

April 6, 2008, 08:25 PM
I see alot of folks want an M1 Garand, well at least, other than money, that is not a hard order to fill as there are alot around. I have the M1s and a Winchester carbine, if not they would surely be at the top of my list. But as it is now, a .22 L.R. or W.R.F., pre war Model 61 with octagon barrel tops my list. Unfortunatly, unless I hit the lottery I am afraid it will remain on my must have list for quite a while. :(

April 6, 2008, 09:25 PM

I mean dude, a SAKO. They are sweet bolts, and hold 1 more than most bolts. Like the 308 is 5+1, and the 300 mag is 4+1, not just 3+1.

Oh yes...

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