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Most reliable long gun?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by HBK, May 26, 2003.

  1. HBK

    HBK member

    I have an CAR-97 M-4. It is cool and accurate, but I have heard a lot of negative things about how the M-16 functions in harsh environements. What, in your opinion, is the most reliable long gun? (Semi auto)
  2. Min

    Min Well-Known Member

    AK or SKS...
  3. AZTOY

    AZTOY Well-Known Member

  4. HBK

    HBK member

    M-16s are a bitch to clean, are AKs easier? What about the M-14 or M-1A?
  5. Soap

    Soap Well-Known Member

    H&R Handi Rifle?
  6. oldfart

    oldfart Well-Known Member

    It's really pretty simple to figure out.

    Count the number of pieces in an M-16, an M-1, an M-1A, an AK-47 and an SKS. The more parts there are, the more possibilitiies of malfunction. In the U.S. we tend to overengineer things. For our effort, we get very good accuracy in our rifles but an increased probability of problems. The Russian rifles were made with tolerances that allowed all sorts of dirt, grime or mud to be tossed into them with no concern for jamming.

    So, if you can guarantee that the rifle will stay clean, the American product is great. But if you think you may have to dig it out of a pile of dirt, go_Russian.

    With the Russian, you get reliability. With the American, you get accuracy. Your choice.
  7. Soap

    Soap Well-Known Member

    Whoops, I didn't see semi-auto. I would have to go with the AK series.
  8. Bob R

    Bob R Well-Known Member


    I am right there with Daniel.

  9. goalie

    goalie Well-Known Member

    The M16 served me well all over as long as a magazine was in the well and the dust cover closed. Carry it in the desert without a magazine in it and you are pretty much asking for problems.
  10. SquirrelNuts

    SquirrelNuts Well-Known Member

    Another vote for AK

  11. Bostonterrier97

    Bostonterrier97 Well-Known Member

    M1 Garand

    All time Most Reliable Rifle of any type: Lee Enfield
  12. SquirrelNuts

    SquirrelNuts Well-Known Member

    I forgot all about my M1 Garand! I still think the AK was designed a little looser than the M1 myself.

  13. gryphon

    gryphon Well-Known Member

    FAL or AK
  14. .45Ruger

    .45Ruger Well-Known Member

    AK or Mauser
  15. 556A2

    556A2 Well-Known Member

  16. Ian

    Ian Well-Known Member

    Daewoo. As reliable as an AK, and as accurate and comfortable as an AR.
  17. cool45auto

    cool45auto Well-Known Member

  18. Gewehr98

    Gewehr98 Well-Known Member

    Another vote for the Kalashnikov family...

    Although, the Remington Model 8 and 81 are surprising. :D
  19. Feanaro

    Feanaro Well-Known Member

    Garand, good Mauser type and the AK. In no order.
  20. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Greeting's All-

    The answer is: a REMINGTON 700 in caliber's .243, .25-06, .30-06, or 7m/m magnum

    Best Wishes,
    Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

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