Next Gun Purchase and Why?


November 28, 2008, 03:57 AM
Been debating this one for a couple weeks and can't figure it out myself. I currently have a Ruger P95 (9mm), a Remington 870 (12 gauge), and a Winchester Model 61(.22 rimfire). There are three guns I currently want and can't decide, hoping you can help me make my next decision. The choices are a Remington 700 in .308, a Ruger 10/22, or an AR in .223. What would you do?

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November 28, 2008, 08:34 AM
I would probably buy the Remington Model 700 in 308 and keep my eyes open for an AR of my choice. I would try to avoid the AR price escalation since it has already happened and wait a bit (but keep you eyes open).

November 28, 2008, 09:33 AM
Colt Police Positive, 5" in 32 New Police. 1934

November 28, 2008, 10:12 AM
You have a good handgun, a good shotgun, and a good rimfire. It seems that the missing piece of the puzzle is a good centerfire rifle of substantial caliber. The 700 in a .308 will round out your collection so that you have everything pretty well covered.

November 28, 2008, 10:15 AM
It might be now or never with the AR. Get the AR. you will most likely be able to get the others down the road.

November 28, 2008, 10:18 AM

But do your homework. Some places prices are going up faster than others.

November 28, 2008, 10:21 AM
My last acquisition was an AR :cool:

November 28, 2008, 10:36 AM
I just traded for a S&W 25-5 .45 Colt. I still want a 5" all steel 1911 in 9MM. That may be next, unless another .38 S&W is.

I want another .308, a CZ or Ruger with the Manlicher stock, or a 6.5 X 55 Swede.

Why? Because that is what I want.

November 28, 2008, 10:36 AM
Right now, I need:


Kel-Tec PLR16

SUB-2000 9mm w/ G17 Magwell

Either a GP100 or, maybe, a 629 (I'd really like a .44 mag, I already have .357)

A couple AR-15 lowers

November 28, 2008, 10:42 AM
I like the bolt action .30 cal idea.

I'm looking at getting something in .30-06 myself since I have reloading gear for that but no rifle. If I didn't have that, I'd probably go with .308 too.

It's funny how you tastes in guns change when you start reloading. It makes an AR much less appealing to thing of hours and hours at the bench shot up in a few minutes.


November 28, 2008, 12:04 PM
My last acquisition was an AR

What AR did you go with?

TO the OP: Get an AR NOW, they most likely wont be around later in '09.

November 28, 2008, 05:12 PM
Cool, thanks everybody. So the consensus seems to be get an AR if I can find it cheap, otherwise, get the 700.

November 28, 2008, 09:11 PM
I do like the AK a lot. They are less common than hair on a frog too of late.

November 28, 2008, 09:19 PM
Either an AR-15 or a Vz 61....

i want the AR for obvious political reasons. I want the Vz 61 as a range toy because they are so dang Shmexy!

November 28, 2008, 09:24 PM
My last acquisition was an AR


What AR did you go with?

I was able to trade a used Poly Tech AK for a brand new, unfired 16" Noveske
N4 Light Recce Low-Profile Upper and a brand new, unfired Gen III POF lower.
A complete lower receiver parts kit and four new 30 round PMAGs were included.


Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
November 28, 2008, 11:07 PM
AR, then the Rem 700.

November 29, 2008, 02:39 AM
A Ruger Hawkeye 375 Ruger. Alaskan version. Metal finish is of my least concern.

The gun is light, not whippy. Sturdy, not overbuilt. Handsome, not beautifull. The sights are wonderfull and I am totally enamoured by medium bores.

November 29, 2008, 03:22 AM
Looking for an old rough Marlin 336 30-30 for straight stock, trapper conversion. I am going to try to make the silk purse outta the sows ear so to speak. I like restores, and have already started ordering parts I am going to need.

I also plan on getting a couple more handguns. Probably a new buck mark, then maybe another 38 snubby, and then another 9mm double stack of some sort.

November 29, 2008, 09:32 AM
Last week I sold an AK,and got a .357 revolver and a 5-shot pump shotgun, and am looking to get another of each.
The reason: because I believe these will be passed by at least the first wave of bans.

November 29, 2008, 02:16 PM
Get the Remington 700 in .308. ARs seem to be way over-priced lately.

And as elktrout pointed out, you have a handgun, a shotgun, and a rimfire rifle. The glaring hole is the centerfire rifle. .223 isn't as versatile a caliber as .308 is. IMO, if the *HTF, you'll be a lot more likely to want a rifle that can shoot food rather than a rifle that's better for shooting people. But that's just my opinion and it's worth every penny you paid for it. :-)

November 29, 2008, 02:47 PM
A light centerfire for my son so we can deer hunt together. He'll start on the .22 in the next year or two.

Guess I should have taken a moment to read your post. I took the title as an "at large" question. Please accept my apology for being so rude. Of those 3, the only one I own is a 10/22. It is a hoot and fun to get new shooters hooked on. However, if the .22 you have is a good one, then your next rifle should probably be one of the other choices. I have a model 700 Mountain Rifle in .30-06 and it is a great all around hunting rifle, so the .308 would be as well. If you are mainly going to hit the range for fun, the AR is a pretty attractive choice and the one I would choose.

In most forested areas, 100 yards is plenty good. Several good hunters I know sight for 200 yards so they can pretty much hold dead on for any shot up to 250 if they have a flat shooting caliber. We have heavily wooded areas here, but sometimes a long shot is available across a farm field.

November 29, 2008, 02:53 PM
Appreciate all the advice. Everyone seems to think I need a centerfire rifle, but now that I think about it, I'm not sure how much use I'd get out of one. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to find a 600 yard range and sit there all day putting holes in paper, but that's about all I could use it for. And there's no range more than a hundred yards anywhere near me. Delaware only allows hunting with rimfire rifles and shotguns. Anyone know offhand if neighboring states allow centerfire hunting and if one hundred yards is good enough to sight in for that purpose?

November 29, 2008, 06:04 PM
Remington 870 with a 6 round tube, synthetic stock. 18"/18.5" barrel (forgot which length it came in) .

November 29, 2008, 06:11 PM
I was gonna say to get the bolt action and wait for a price drop on the AR's but given your lack of long range shooting you may just want to keep an eye out for a cheap one or go the AK route if that's acceptable to you. I love my converted Saiga an it hit's 2 in moa at 100 yards (benched). You can sight in a rifle at 100 yards to hunt with based on what type of conditions you will be hunting in. I believe the average shot taken on deer in the U.S. is less than a hundred yards (about 75) so you should be fine.

November 29, 2008, 06:54 PM
I just came home with my latest.

Its an absolutely cherry Romak 1 that I put on lay-a-way a couple months ago. I liberated it tonight.

Got two more left to free as well! :)

November 29, 2008, 11:30 PM
I'm looking for 2 new stripped lowers, ordering CMP Garand with christmas bonus, and going to get a hunting rifle for my girlfriend as this year will be her first year (2009) coming up. The receivers will be for 2 new 6.8 uppers I've ordered. Then I'll probably one more M1A or something TACTIcool. I had put a Smith 340 in layaway before Obama got elected, so now I think the revolvers can wait, I'll just get something else instead.

November 30, 2008, 11:59 AM
CZ 550 SAfari Classic .458 Win. Mag. Because I already have ammo for it.

November 30, 2008, 02:58 PM
I currently own my first two firearms (I just purchased them about 2 weeks ago.), a Ruger MKII stainless Target model, and 1943 Mosin Nagant M91/30.

My next purchase as a newbie to gun ownership will be a .22 rimfire rifle, probably a Savage MKII. I'm already ahead of myself with the Mosin. I need to stick with .22 until I improve my skills.

Ky Larry
November 30, 2008, 05:34 PM
I have a CZ 550 .308 walnut Varmint in .308 on order. Should be here next week. I think you have the bases pretty well covered with your shotgun, pistol, and rimfire rifle. Personally, I would go for the .308. It will put meat on the table if crunch times ever hits us. Personally, I don't think we will see any bans in the next two years. I think if you wait a year you will be able to buy a very nice little-used battle rifle at a much better price than current prices. However,since I own several battle rifles, I can afford to be wrong.

November 30, 2008, 06:21 PM
+1 for the rem 700
simple, time-tested and proven, accurate and effective

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