Favorite semi-auto carbine round


December 30, 2009, 09:24 PM
In the spirit of polls, here's one I didn't find in the Search function. Pick your favorite caliber in a semi-auto carbine. I left out the 30-06 and 30 carbine, but I guess those could go under other. Optional: post your favorite rifle that shoots your favorite caliber, pics welcome.

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7.62 Nato
December 30, 2009, 09:29 PM
Take a wild guess.

December 30, 2009, 09:37 PM
I voted 7.62 nato. A 7.62 Garand is simply too much fun for my Budget.(Though I insist on pushing it.)

December 30, 2009, 09:39 PM
You missed a big one, and my current favorite: 5.45x39mm. Several million AK-74s can't be wrong!


madd trapper
December 30, 2009, 09:39 PM
My favorite is 6.8SPC . Good for hunting medium size game out to 300 yards.

December 30, 2009, 09:49 PM

What it lacks in range, it makes up in hard-hitting punch and the ability to penetrate things like walls and brush in tactical situations. Its still a lot cheaper than 5.56/.223 and many other rounds.

December 30, 2009, 09:57 PM
I go with 5.56 cuz it's the best for most varmints around here...

December 30, 2009, 10:13 PM
No .30cal M1 Carbine? :eek:

It has "carbine" in the name (and it ain't no sissy pistol cartridge either)...I motion for ban. :neener:

December 30, 2009, 10:21 PM
almost nobody went with the 7.62x39! i'm disapointed guys. although i'd only use my wasr 10 for target shooting. it is quite an innaccurate gun, but a fun one.

December 30, 2009, 11:35 PM
Me too, .30 Carbine.

Erik M
December 31, 2009, 12:15 AM
5.56, 55 grains of coyote tears and prarie dog nightmares.

Ignition Override
December 31, 2009, 12:42 AM
This is to "second" CornCod and "spazzy".
7.62x39, partly because I have a heap.
It is simply more fun to shoot than .223 because of the stronger recoil of the Mini 30/SKS (versus 14), and more damage done to solid targets.

Surplus .303 might not qualify, but if you have ever used/owned a Lee-Enfield #5 "Jungle Carbine":D,
you might agree, recoil pad or not.

Both the LE carbine's handiness and power make up for the recoil. Very portable and fairly light.
If a disaster ever happens, these two #5s will be my 'shtf' guns (but if kept by the car driver's seat, a Mini 30).

December 31, 2009, 12:53 AM
I kinda messed up the poll by forgetting the 5.45x39mm, as was pointed out. Should have put the .30 cal carbine on there too.

Personally, my vote would almost have to be the 22LR, which is why I thought to include it in the poll. My 22LR is the one carbine I have that I can actually afford to shoot hundreds of rounds a week with.

December 31, 2009, 12:59 AM
Should have put the .30 cal carbine on there too.Oh the humanity!

Exclusive of the .30Carbine...which is obviously the greatest carbine cartridge of all time and space (see Planet of the Apes for details)...it even tells you that in the name, I would have to vote for the .223/5.56, with 7.62x39mm as an honorable mention.


Wanta B
December 31, 2009, 01:27 AM
:uhoh:Uummm...7.62x51,then 7.62x39. Gotta say the .30 Carbine is sweet too...They should have done some projectile magic with it instead of messing with that 5.7 thing!!!

Ok for all out fun AND conversions=practice the .22LR has to be the end all be all.

I have not used the 6.8SPC enough but man does it look promissing!!

Walking the planet against all comers...2 and 4 leg...7.62x51 FN-FAL tricked out.

Budy of mine back in the States has an FAL clone in 5.56x45...Like to try that in 6.8SPC as the weapon was originaly designed in that power level.

December 31, 2009, 01:35 AM
Gotta say the .30 Carbine is sweet too...They should have done some projectile magic with it instead of messing with that 5.7 thing!Amen...FN Herstal are you listening? ;)

Wanta B
December 31, 2009, 01:56 AM
DSA/FAL in .260REM....SWEET!:D

December 31, 2009, 05:25 AM
How many Millions of .22LR. do you think the Ruger 10-22, and the Marlin Model 60, have ate up in the last 20years==more round count than any other...........:neener::what::D

December 31, 2009, 07:20 AM

Nuff said.


Marlin 45 carbine
December 31, 2009, 08:26 AM
while I own 2 of the others I voted pistol-caliber since I have the 2 Marlin Camps in 9mm and .45acp (my favorite it's a tack driver) the 9mm I have a red-dot and hi-cap mags for, loads of fun to shoot, accurate and shooter-friendly in case I have to 'loan' it out to a friend or family member caught w/out a gun in bad situs.

December 31, 2009, 08:58 AM
I like the 308 for most any role one can put a rifle round in. Perhaps the 223 is better for vermin, and I do use one for that purpose.

Even though it has a bit more recoil, it is certainly a very effective cartridge.

Here's a photo of my choice of carbine: The PTR91



December 31, 2009, 09:03 AM
Dude..no .30 Carbine?

December 31, 2009, 10:49 AM
I went with 5.56/.223, but it was a tough call between that and the 22lr. (sometimes i like to just light up the hillside)

December 31, 2009, 02:00 PM
For self/home defense - 5.56x45

It shoots flat, low recoil, commonly available and a proven SD round, perfect for point blank out to 200yds.

For plinking and range fun - 7.62x39

Low cost, low recoil, makes easy to see holes in paper, don't have to worry about chasing down all the brass.

22LR is cheap and fun too, but it doesn't have the bang as these other two.

December 31, 2009, 09:33 PM
I'm going to agree with many people on here, you missed the .30 Carbine. I love the Cartridge, theres hardly any recoil but it isn't a .22LR. However I voted 7.62x39mm :)

December 31, 2009, 11:33 PM
5.56 and 22 LR for carbines. 7.62x51 has too much muzzle blast in 16 in barrels. I'd like shooting the 7.62x39 if I had something to shoot it in. The SKS and AK just don't do it for me. Rather have the Ruger Mini 30.

Gotta go with "Dude, you forgot the 30 Carbine!" The M1 carbine is one of the funnest little rifles ever made!

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