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Longterm Durability

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Texasred, Dec 8, 2006.

  1. Texasred

    Texasred Well-Known Member

    If you have seen my post in Handguns: General, then my question is the same. Which platform for given rounds will last the longest. I want to start collecting one model per caliber. For the calibers I have uses for. These are common however and would really like your thoughts on this. So with reference to the number and caliber given which is the longest lasting. Bolt, semi doesn't matter to me. But a little variety is always good. Please post corresponding semi auto for military calibers as well.

    1. .22LR
    2. .270 win
    3. 7mm rem mag
    4. .308 win/7.62 NATO
    5. .30-06
    6. .223
    7. 7.62X39mm
    8. .45-70
    9. .50 BMG
  2. Bazooka Joe71

    Bazooka Joe71 Well-Known Member

    I think you are going to get a wide variety of answers here for most of your numbers...I dont have experience with all of the calibers you listed, but ill give you mine:

    1. .22LR ruger 10/22
    2. .270 win
    3. 7mm rem mag
    4. .308 win/7.62 NATO
    5. .30-06
    6. .223 RRA AR 15 A4
    7. 7.62X39mm Yugo SKS
    8. .45-70
    9. .50 BMG

    Sorry, thats all the help I can give you. Anymore than that and I'd be BSing
  3. Texasred

    Texasred Well-Known Member

    Any answer helps and I appreciate not making stuff up.
  4. dfaugh

    dfaugh Well-Known Member

    Well, speaking from experience, I have fired over 5000 rounds from my Marlin Model 60 (.22), and it performs as well as when it was new (to me, I got it used, but lightly.) I've also put about 5000 (7.62x39) rounds through my SKS-M (chrome lined bore) and its still in good shape. Neither has ever been totally dissasembled for cleaning, either.

    P.S. one you didn't ask about---I've also put about 5000 rounds through my Hi-Point carbine (9mm) and its still going strong as well.
  5. roscoe

    roscoe Well-Known Member

    .223 - Saiga I would say over any AR. The AKs are durn near indestructible, and the .223 gives less wear that 7.62x39.
  6. Smokey Joe

    Smokey Joe Well-Known Member


    .30-'06: My sporterized Springfield '03A3 is over 60 years old, still going strong, does me < 1 MOA with my handloads. I shoot a lot more with it than just once a year for hunting, BTW. Have owned it for > 40 yrs.

    But I expect that there are a LOT of WWII bolt-action rifles about which similar could be said. They didn't know how to make 'em cheap back then.

    7.62x39: You're going to hear from a lot of SKS owners, I expect. The Yugo SKS is probably the heaviest-built of the SKS's, but they all are built to work, and work, and work.

    Can't comment on the other cartridge platforms you mention.

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