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What caliber for FAL?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by alaskanativeson, Mar 15, 2008.

  1. alaskanativeson

    alaskanativeson Well-Known Member

    I just got my first receiver (Hesse) and a kit to build an FAL. I'm actually going to wait to build the gun because the parts kit is all DSA stuff and I don't want to put it all on a Hesse receiver (definitely not the same quality as my other parts - I'll buy a less expensive kit to build that receiver later.)

    My problem is this: Since I'm going to have to make an order from DSA for one of their receivers anyway I thought I should also order a complete gun at the same time. My kit is .308 and that's what I'll build. Now I'm thinking that I need an FAL in a different caliber. Should I get the .243 or the .260?

    I don't NEED another gun, but what the hell, I WANT one. I wish I could give you a clear cut answer for its purpose but I don't have one. I do hunt, up here in Alaska there's a possibility to go for moose, caribou, Sitka blacktail deer, musk ox, and maybe even bison eventually. When I go down to the lower 48 I'd be going after mulies and elk, coyotes and other small critters occasionally. I currently have a .338 Win Mag, 7MM-08 Encore, 10/22, Win 94 in 30/30, and my .308 FAL which I'm going to build. I really don't ever anticipate a doom and gloom SHTF scenario, but I also believe in being prepared for anything (I still remember and live the Scout Motto.)

    Thoughts? Suggestions? Arguments?
  2. Andrewsky

    Andrewsky Well-Known Member

    .308. When the Russians and Chinese invade you're going to want to take ammo off of our 7.62mm machine gun belts.
  3. dscottw88

    dscottw88 Well-Known Member

    I wasn't aware that the FAL was capable of using different cartridges. For 5.56, I go to the AR, for 7.62x39 I go to my AK, for .308 I go to either the FAL or M1A. Each rifle excells using the rounds introduced for the rifle with some exceptions ofcourse.
  4. Deer Hunter

    Deer Hunter Well-Known Member


    The .260 and the .243 are based on the .308.

    Also, I would love a .223 version of the FAL. But was thinking along the lines of an FNC...
  5. Wesson Smith

    Wesson Smith Well-Known Member

    I'd stick with the .308, and call it a day! I've had my DSA SA-58 carbine for about 2 weeks now, and I'm pretty well convinced it's probably all the firearm I'm ever gonna need. ;)
  6. elmerfudd

    elmerfudd Well-Known Member

    I'd stick with .308 out of an FAL. I just don't see any advantage to .243 or .260 out of that platform. A bolt action in .243 or .260 would make a great varmint/deer rifle, but an FAL just seems too big, heavy and imprecise to make much sense in those chamberings.
  7. Number 6

    Number 6 Well-Known Member

    You do realize that 7.62x51 (.308) is not interchangeable with 7.62x54R, right?

    As far as the OP, I would go with a .308 FAL and just do a different configuration. Having a full length FAL and a Para FAL would be a nice combination.
  8. berettashotgun

    berettashotgun Well-Known Member

    7mm-08 or 243 or I believe a 7mm mauser would work in the magazine.
  9. iamkris

    iamkris Well-Known Member

    He didn't say 7.62x54R. He correctly stated that you would be able to use ammo off of our .30 cal machine gun belts.

    Number 6...you are hereby demoted to Number 7.
  10. Gator

    Gator Well-Known Member

    I'd like an FAL in 7mm08, it would be closer to what the original FAL was designed for, and since it is based on the 7.62 all you would need is a barrel.
  11. volfandan

    volfandan Well-Known Member

    Why not just have two 7.62x51 rifles? Keep one as a full-size, and then maybe do a 16.5" barrel carbine for the other. You could even throw on a para folding stock with para carrier. Although I'd never shoot it from the hip with the stock folded, like a Rambo.....it sure would look cool:what:

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