What Would Your Next Firearm Be?


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carolina_guy
March 29, 2009, 05:55 PM
Hi all....first post! I've found this website to be extremely helpful ever since I got my first firearm a few years ago...so thanks to you all!

My situation: I've been preparing for SHTF for a couple years now and feel like we are getting close to that time for various reasons. I currently have a .40acp, 9mm, 12ga pump, and .22 long rifle with 30 round mags. I figure I'm pretty well rounded for a variety of scenarios, but think I need to add a high-powered rifle to be complete.

So, what would you purchase? AR, AK, or hunting rifle with option for high capacity mag? Considering ammo and rifles are becoming more expensive and less available because of the Comrade, which round would you think best?

I was at Dick's yesterday and they were completely out of 9mm and .22 long nose brass was $20/525 rounds! I went to my dealer up the road and he was completely out of 7.62 and he said people were driving from 2 hours away to buy .380 from him (I'm not sure why that round was so unavailable though). I had been hearing things like this online, but never saw it with my own eyes.

I really wanted the Sig 556, but he said there is over a year wait on production! Prices are going up up up too on all AR's. People are taking a ban seriously and the threat of civil unrest is quite plausible.

At any rate, what say you? What would you buy in my situation?

Thanks fellow patriots!

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briansmithwins
March 29, 2009, 06:01 PM
Interesting, I'm actually looking for a Ruger MkII. I have plenty of centerfire guns but it's getting too expensive too shoot as much as I'd like to.

I've pretty much given up on buying ammo locally as I get better prices and selection online. gun-deals.com is a great resource.

BSW

gwillys
March 29, 2009, 06:07 PM
im thinking of a mini 14 or mini 30, but probably cant get ammo for either.

P.B.Walsh
March 29, 2009, 06:09 PM
I am currently looking at a dsa fal or m1a since I already have a nice Remington 700. But if that's all you have I would go for a R700 (aftermarket support is huge and they have a very proven track record).Stock up on ammo after that.

Pickles
March 29, 2009, 06:11 PM
M1A, to be dropped into a Sage EBR stock

snakeman
March 29, 2009, 06:28 PM
sig 556

carolina_guy
March 29, 2009, 06:31 PM
Sig 556 is impossible to get in my area. What's the next best thing for under $1200?

carolina_guy
March 29, 2009, 06:33 PM
My FIL has a mini-30 but I haven't shot it yet. I think you get a 25 or 30 round mag for that right? It seems like a good rifle, what's the range?

onehitwonder
March 29, 2009, 06:55 PM
223 and 308 guns would not be the best choice for someone having issues finding ammo. 30-06 or other hunting calibers would be easier to find.

JonB
March 29, 2009, 07:04 PM
Browning Buckmark - Hunter model if I can find it.

sarduy
March 29, 2009, 07:49 PM
something in the .408/.416 cal

Cap'n Jack Burntbeard
March 29, 2009, 07:50 PM
An FN FAL

briansmithwins
March 29, 2009, 07:50 PM
My FIL has a mini-30 but I haven't shot it yet. I think you get a 25 or 30 round mag for that right? It seems like a good rifle, what's the range?

Subtract 20 off your mag capacity and you're closer to the truth.

BSW

tasco 74
March 29, 2009, 07:50 PM
i've been wanting a bolt action centerfire rifle of some sort lately.... i'm thinkin a heavy barreled savage or remington in a common caliber like 308 or such............. the answer to high ammo cost is to reload.cast bullets,and keep your eyes open for brass and lead................

the 2nd amendment was never about hunting...................................

Guero4179
March 29, 2009, 08:05 PM
"a high-powered rifle to be complete"

You are correct that is why you must not buy a mid power semi auto like an AR.

.270 is very plentiful as is 7mm mag and .243

Stacy B.
December 24, 2010, 10:38 AM
Best 30-06 or 308

mshootnit
December 24, 2010, 10:43 AM
nothing like bringing back a thread from almost 2 years ago.

Quiet
December 24, 2010, 11:35 AM
What I really want...

... FN SCAR-17S.

Pony Express
December 24, 2010, 11:39 AM
IMHO, when it comes to SHTF, it's hard to beat a good Mosin-nagant. Cheap ammo, good stopping power, marginal to outstanding accuracy depending on what subtype you get, and its just darn tough

Thats the next gun on my list

TheGrimReaper
December 24, 2010, 12:48 PM
I would get a AK.

JDMorris
December 24, 2010, 01:14 PM
My next rifle is going to be a range toy/coyote rifle in .223.
I think I might get a 700 varmint, or get another Howa, except with a heavy barrel.
to keep my .308 company.
I don't think anything is going to happen in america any time soon.
and if it did the national guard would attempt to take our guns, so the less the better.
But if you think something is going to happen you better have a friend with a long range rifle, because the worse situation to be in would be an urban firefight..

bang_bang
December 24, 2010, 02:07 PM
Sounds like you're in a tough spot...

As for me, I already have 2 SKS rifles, an AR, .22's, shotguns, pistols, etc.

My next one will be a .308 semi, either a FAL or M1A. Going to be a tough decision though.

Blue Brick
December 24, 2010, 02:11 PM
Savage 64

JFrame
December 24, 2010, 02:16 PM
I want either a .22 WMR bolt or semi-auto to go with the Remington 597 mag I got this past summer. Am considering Savage and CZ models right now, but who knows what it'll be when the mood strikes...? ;)

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mshootnit
December 24, 2010, 02:20 PM
Either a WWII 1911 45 acp or a Winchester M1

lobo9er
December 24, 2010, 02:33 PM
since you got handguns and a shotgun your close encounter situations are taken care of. I would say you are buying for the purpose of rounding out your collection go with a long range tool. .243 .308 or .270

goon
December 24, 2010, 07:06 PM
Old thread, but I agree. You need a rifle to be complete. How much rifle is adequate for your area is your call. If money is a concern, now that the panic is over, I'm seeing Chinese SKS's for under $300 locally. If you've got $1,000 to spend, you might consider a DSA Imbel FAL build, but FAL magazines are getting less common and more expensive and .308 ammo isn't cheap.
Mosins are good for their durability. If I get another, it will be a Finn M-39. Once you've owned one, any other Mosin and most other milsurp rifles feel like a waste of time.

Geno
December 24, 2010, 07:11 PM
carolina_guy said:

My situation: I've been preparing for SHTF for a couple years now...

Sure does help to know when you're gonna encounter a SHTF situation. For my likes, and in light of that same, I would simply plan to be outa town on that day. :)

Geno

PS: Welcome to THR. Where S never HTF. :D

Freedom_fighter_in_IL
December 24, 2010, 07:16 PM
Geno, you got your SHTF go bag ready? These threads have a tendency to just crack me up. All these folks all worried about SHTF, the sky is falling, zombie attacks and 99.9% of them would be found in a closet hiding somewhere sucking their thumbs crying for mommy.

BrocLuno
December 24, 2010, 07:38 PM
I'd get any 30-06 that caught my fancy. Mil-Surp, M1, any well known hunting rifle - what-ever. 30-06 ammo is almost always in stock at the big boxes. I have a couple and they will stop most things that walk on this continent :)

Of course, now that I have that base covered, I'm a lot more picky. I want a Tikka T3 Hunter in .308 'cause I like them :)

mickeygrimreaperblueeyes
December 24, 2010, 07:40 PM
I want to get that new Kel-tech .22 mag pistol. 30 rounds in one magazine with a barrel long enough to stabilize trajectory and build some velocity. It looks very compact and fun...

AR27
December 24, 2010, 07:58 PM
Arsenal SGL-21 and Arsenal SGL-31. Then stockpile Mags and Ammo (cheap with ak, ar not so much)

MacDuff
December 24, 2010, 08:08 PM
"Geno, you got your SHTF go bag ready? These threads have a tendency to just crack me up. All these folks all worried about SHTF, the sky is falling, zombie attacks and 99.9% of them would be found in a closet hiding somewhere sucking their thumbs crying for mommy."
__________________

Ouch! That hurts my feelings :)

I like the Colt TALO Wiley Clapp Commander very much! (maybe not the grips)

Geno
December 24, 2010, 09:01 PM
Feces impacts the ventilation?! <<scoffs>> Converse softly, and deploy the most accurate, largest magnum you can manage. :D If the feces does impact the ventilation, I have multiple umbrellas at the ready. Lob thy feces! :D

Geno

JDMorris
December 24, 2010, 09:12 PM
I'm ready, got the DMR, got the AR w/ ACOG, got pistols, got .22's, got a panic room..
But I'm not ready for S to HTF, cause I like my hot showers and mcdonalds. ;)

Freedom_fighter_in_IL
December 24, 2010, 09:30 PM
LOL, JD Ill keep my hot showers, You can have McDonalds. HOPEFULLY it will be the first on the list in the Zombie Attack!

TexasPatriot.308
December 24, 2010, 09:49 PM
next one will be Springfield armory M1a, cant decide, standard or scout for sure will have walnut stock on it.

jkingrph
December 25, 2010, 05:35 PM
Got just about everything I can possibly need, so maybe something unique like one of the old British single shot rifles.

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