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Which Rifle After Basic Slots Are Filled?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by bushmaster1313, Jun 23, 2012.

  1. bushmaster1313

    bushmaster1313 Well-Known Member

    Which rifle would you get just for the fun of owning and shooting it after the slots for the basic rifle types are filled?

    Basic types and how they are presently filled:

    .22LR Lever (Henry H001)
    .223 semi auto Evil Black Rifle (basic NJ legal Bushmaster)
    Bolt Action Centerfire Hunting Rifle (pre-64 Model 70)

    .50 BMG, M1 Carbine and any NFA are not options.

    I was thinking of a black powder flintlock reproduction, but all suggestions are welcome.

    Thank you in advance
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2012
  2. porktornado

    porktornado Well-Known Member

    maybe a nice target rifle? 6mm?

    I've always thought an AR in .243wssm would be kinda cool, too.

    just throwing those out there.
  3. MiniZ

    MiniZ Well-Known Member

    I personally would add some type of "precision" bolt action to the mix. Pick your caliber of choice.
  4. bushmaster1313

    bushmaster1313 Well-Known Member

    What makes it a "precision" bolt action?

  5. Tim the student

    Tim the student Well-Known Member

    I'd go for a nice .22, like a 452 or 455. Something you can take squirrels with, and shoot sporter benchrest with.
  6. Buzzsaw46

    Buzzsaw46 Active Member

    pistol caliber carbine?
  7. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Well-Known Member

    There are a lot of different military surplus bolt guns that are great shooters and very collectable at the same time. Mausers, Enfields, '03's, 1917's, Swiss straight pulls. Maybe mil-surp gas guns, M1's M14's.
  8. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

    Early 20th century military rifle. Enfield, 98mauser, Springfield, Mosin, Arisaka. Got any of those?
  9. bushmaster1313

    bushmaster1313 Well-Known Member

    What was the gun that the U.S, troops took with the to WWI?
  10. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

    M1903 Springfield
  11. Gtscotty

    Gtscotty Well-Known Member

    M1 Garand - Available at CMP (edit: sorry, in my haste I read WWII.... the Garand would still be a good addition to your collection though.)

    I'd say you're missing the obligatory "thumper" rifle. Every gun nut needs a big/dangerous game rifle.... A "just in case" rifle that will probably never get used for its intended purpose, but that is lots of fun to own and shoot none the less.

    This slot could be filled by Safari type rifles ranging from 9.3x62, or .375 h&h all the way up to shoulder crushing .458's or .505's.

    Another option would be an Alaska type stainless steel rifle chambered in .338 win mag, or .375 h&h.

    Lastly, you could always go the all American Big Bore route and get something along the lines of a Ruger #1 or Marlin Guide gun chambered in 45-70
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2012
  12. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

    You're about 20 years too late. Garand didn't enter service until mid 30s.
  13. mastiffhound

    mastiffhound Well-Known Member

    I would say a Mosin, very cheap to buy and shoot. It also hit's like Lawrence Taylor on crack! Same power as .308/7.62 NATO but cheaper in price. Only drawback is corrosive ammo, but as long as you clean your Mosin properly after you get done shooting you are fine. I have 2, one is a bubba'd round receiver I got when my brother was killed. The other is a mint hex receiver marked M.O.(russian ministry of defence) with 1935 stamping. It isn't common, most have two year markings from being reissued( 1938/42 for example). I don't know if it killed NAZI's but it might have.

    I would also suggest a Mauser, 1903 Springfield, or Enfield also. I can't explain it but the old military arms give a feeling of history and greatness. I have a few plastic fantastics, evil black rifles, and combat shotguns. It is the old blued and wood stock rifles and pistols I take pride in and love the most. To each his own though.
  14. WALKERs210

    WALKERs210 Well-Known Member

    Since my kids are pretty much self sufficient (well I hope they are) I have been able to increase my collection. M1 Garands (2), AR15 (1), Rem 30-06, M1 Carbine, Henry's, Rugers and on and on. Lately the one I go to most often is a Gamo .177 cal air rifle, using SSP pellets it has a suppressor which cuts sound by about 50%, tested against one just like it without suppressor. The SSP pellets actually sound louder than my Henry 22, deadly accurate for tin can shooting or rats, very fast rounds 1250fps. It will penetrate a piece of 5/8" plywood and it is cheap to shoot and fun.
  15. DNS

    DNS Well-Known Member

    Something with the word Sharps in it.
  16. WALKERs210

    WALKERs210 Well-Known Member

    SHARPS !!! Darn I knew I had overlooked something.
  17. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

    It was actually the Model 1917, by 2 to 1 over the 1903. The 1917 was a better rifle in many ways, as well:

    additional round;
    arguably more accurate;

    The 1917 came close to becoming the standard rifle after WWI. The 1903 finally was chosen because sights are adjustable for drift, and it feels daintier. :rolleyes: That, and the cocking mechanism felt odd to some US shooters, even though it's faster and should work better under battlefield conditions.

    Bushmaster, you do have the basic rifle areas filled. You could go heavier or more accurate. Suggestions:
    Remington 7600 in .35 Whelen;
    Howa .22-250 or .308;
    Savage .308 heavy barrel;
    Marlin .357 lever-action.

  18. shiftyer1

    shiftyer1 Well-Known Member

    I have a marlin lever gun I like alot.

    I rushed to get what I thought I needed, once I filled those slots.....it's all gravy:) I would like to add an ar and maybe an ak to the defense/hunting slot.
  19. -v-

    -v- Well-Known Member

    PCC or some other small compact bug out gun, be it an SBR'd AR15 or not-308WIN AK-variant. Personally a fan of either the PCC for its ammo commonality with your handgun of choice, or a 10-12.5" AK with a folding stock. Folds up small enough to fit in a backpack, yet able to hit out to 200 yards.

    Question being is what do you want and what do you think you need?
  20. steveo452

    steveo452 Well-Known Member

    I would love to have a Winchester 1886 rifle. Just for the fun of It.

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