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Recommend a good all-around defensive rifle (if I can't get an AR/M4)?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by scotty45, Dec 20, 2012.

  1. nathan

    nathan Well-Known Member

    I d say the Winchester SXP home defense shotgun is hard to beat. And you can buy plenty of slugs and 00 bucks to boot. Now the Chicom SKS is also hard to beat but ammo are all sold out .
  2. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

    I agree with many others. I'd grab an SKS, and if I couldn't get that a nice used Marlin or Winchester Lever gun in either 30-30 or .357 mag.
  3. burk

    burk Well-Known Member

    THIS!, The SKS and Mini 14's will most certainly make the list of evil banned guns. A lever in .357 mag is a hundred yard gun with the right ammo, and they are higher cap than a 30/30, generally coming in at 8-12 rounds in tube magazine. Plus they are M4 short, easy to handle and quick to cock in CQB situation.

    If you practice maybe you can shoot like Chuck Connors (the Rifleman) and then you'll have a real assault weapon.:D
  4. scotty45

    scotty45 Active Member

    KDS, understood. I'm fluent in sarcasm but not being sarcastic here. I'd love one of these. And a levergun still, of course. If only they (lever action rifles) came in .45 ACP...

    "I may be a slow walker, but I never walk back" -- Abraham Lincoln
  5. Deer_Freak

    Deer_Freak Member.

    If you come across a Hi Point Carbine in the pistol caliber you keep handy it is lot of fun. If you can live with a bolt action the marlins are not bad for the money. They are a lot of fun and good hunters. If you shoot someone once with a hunting caliber rifle they are done. You can find a bolt action used at a very good price.
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2012
  6. mortablunt

    mortablunt Well-Known Member

    I'd recommend an SKS for an AWB situation, just like Apache and other have done. As an alternate to AR's, I'd go for a 5.45x39 AK. I also recommend PCC's.
  7. Ignition Override

    Ignition Override Well-Known Member

    These are a tiny sample of SKS right now on GB:
    Nor. $475 (0 bids).
    Nor. $320 NIB (1 bid) $395
    Albanian refurb. (3 bids) $275.
    Russian $495.

    There are many more on GB at fairly normal prices, and I see little evidence of any so-called panic for these.
    Plenty of sellers would like to Induce a panic, as they tried after the '08 election.
  8. mainecoon

    mainecoon Well-Known Member

  9. Water-Man

    Water-Man Well-Known Member

    For a rifle other than an AR/AK, the Mini 14 is the way to go.
  10. Ramone

    Ramone Well-Known Member

    Pistol caliber carbine.

    Cheaper ammo, can be handled by small/ young members of household, effective ballistics.
  11. Cee Zee

    Cee Zee member

    An SKS has been my first and only choice for a SD carbine for over 20 years. Dead reliable, plenty accurate enough (more accurate than most seem to think), and cheap. You would have to pay far more for a semi-auto built to those standards if it wasn't a milsurp rifle. And the 7.62 x 39 is a very effective round. And it's also cheap. Stipper clips are just as fast (if not faster) than detachable mags and you don't have to carry the weight of the extra mags, just the ammo and the clips (which is a much lighter way of doing things).

    Other rifles clearly work very well. Saigas are a great choice. AK's are great but cost considerably more in most cases. The SKS is the cheapest way from 0 to SD though. And it's highly effective.

    For most SD work I would suggest a shotgun but if you want to lock in before the government cracks down an SKS is a way to go.

    I saw dirty, beat up Norincos selling for $600 in early 2009.
  12. Surculus

    Surculus Well-Known Member

    [quote: Cee Zee] Stipper clips are just as fast (if not faster) than detachable mags[/quote]

    I keep seeing this, but having fired an skS, I can tell you it's a lie. The sharply-tapered 7.62x39 round won't strip neatly, requiring both thumbs and a piecemeal approach of stripping 3, 3 & lastly 4 rounds into the mag. Is it quicker loading 10 rounds into an skS than loading 5 rounds into any tube-fed lever action cowboy carbine [aka "coyote assault rifle" ;)]? Absolutely! But as quick as a mag change? Not on the mag-loader's worst day & the strip-charger's best.

    Like Joe Friday said, "Just the facts."

    OTOH, the stripper clips are much cheaper & more portable than mags, and the cheap Chin Alpha Industries skS I shot was was more accurate than my friend's Mini-30 [but that may be partly due to firing .311 size surplus bullets down the -30's .308 sized bore. Would have to try it again w/ relatively expen$ive U.S. manufactured reloadable ammo & see if the roles reversed.]
  13. 336A

    336A Well-Known Member

    As others have already said I'd stick with what you have. Save up some cash and figure out what ammo your shotgun likes the best. A shotgun is a very versatile and formiddable longarm. It can do everything from putting food on the table to protecting the home just by switching ammo. No other firearm can match the versatility of a good shotgun.

    Slugs can be and are more accurate than what most people would expect, even from a smooth bore barrel. I took a average sized georgia deer this year (read not very big :D) at 50 yard. I used a Mossberg 500 12GA with a 20" field barrel and Brenneke K.O. slugs. I only had a full frontal shot so I lined up the beads center of it's chest and let er' rip. The slug squarely center punched the the chest, upon impact the deer did a back flip and fell over dead. That has been typical performance for me and my shotgun, DRT every time. A smooth bore shotgun with ammo (slugs) it likes is capable of 5"-6" groups @ 100 yards easy.

    With one pull of the trigger your letting loose with 8-9 pellets of 00 buckshot. If you opt for another size such a #1 buckshot you can get 15 .30 cal balls at time. That is a lot of lead with one trigger pull. All my late father ever had was a old Mossberg bolt action 20GA shotgun, Marlin .22 bolt action for long guns. He always talked about getting more but never did. He always had that 20GA in his hands when he hit the woods every year, and more often than not filled his tags with it.
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2012
  14. 762gunr

    762gunr Well-Known Member

  15. justice06rr

    justice06rr Well-Known Member

    Echo the SKS.

    Also a high-cap 12gauge shotgun like a Mossy500 or Rem870 with 8-9rd capacity.
  16. scotty45

    scotty45 Active Member

    The 12 gauge I'm getting any day from my stepdad is a Mossy 500, actually. It's a Cruiser, to be specific. :)
  17. Sport45

    Sport45 Well-Known Member

    You're set. Save your money.

    Unless the cruiser is a pistol grip only. Then I'd invest in a buttstock for it.
  18. Milamber

    Milamber Well-Known Member

    I'd go with a lever action if self loading rifles were banned. If not a MAS 49/56. Compact, ten round magazine. 7.5 is probably more than enough
  19. Taurus 617 CCW

    Taurus 617 CCW Well-Known Member

    The Mossberg will serve you well. It's hard to beat the versatility of a shotgun for general personal defense.
  20. gscrasher

    gscrasher Well-Known Member

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