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Which would be your next rifle if you were me?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by ATBackPackin, Jun 12, 2011.


Which new rifle would you choose if you were me?

Poll closed Jul 12, 2011.
  1. SKS

    42 vote(s)
  2. Henry .22lr

    15 vote(s)
  3. Marlin Model 60

    11 vote(s)
  4. Marlin Model 336

    35 vote(s)
  5. Winchester '94

    22 vote(s)
  6. Hi-Point 995

    8 vote(s)
  7. Other

    28 vote(s)
  1. ATBackPackin

    ATBackPackin Well-Known Member

    Dec 10, 2009
    Valley Forge, PA.
    OK so here is the deal, I currently have three long guns.

    1. Mossberg 500 with adjustable stock.
    2. Bushmaster AR-15
    3. Marlin 981T

    I am looking to add another rifle to my "arsenal", no laughs please, and I'm really torn which direction to go. I currently do not hunt, but that could change in the future. Right now it would be used as a fun gun, marksmanship practice, and possibly a HD rifle. So out of the ones I have listed which would you choose and why? Also, if you selected other please say what and why.

    Right now I am looking at six options as my new rifle.
    1. SKS - most likely of the Yugo variety.
    2. Henry .22lr - I have a thing for levers.
    3. Marlin Model 60 - Good practice.
    4. Marlin Model 336C - used.
    5. Winchester '94 - one of the older used ones.
    6. Hi Point 995 - I have heard these are a blast to shoot.

    Any other question feel free to ask.
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2011
  2. ShroomFish

    ShroomFish Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2011
  3. CZ223

    CZ223 Well-Known Member

    Sep 6, 2006
    Take a serious look at

    The Keltec Folding rifles in 223. They are the SU-16 series. I would take a real close look at the SU-16c. They fold up small enough to fit in a Backpack. They can be fired while folded. They accept AR-15 mags. They are very light weight. With your name being what it is, This might really interest you.
  4. Breakmyfootoff

    Breakmyfootoff Well-Known Member

    Jan 18, 2011
    Of those I would pick the SKS and use AK magazines in it
    Cheap to buy
    cheap to shoot
    High capacity
    30 cal power
    Pretty much all the same reasons as Shroomfish, except the Russian part, the fact that it's Russian wouldnt sway me for or against a rifle :p I figured I'd pick from that list since those are obviously the ones you're looking at, but if you hadnt provided a list, I would have said AR in 6.8 since thats what I want next :)
  5. kbbailey

    kbbailey Well-Known Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    South Eastern Illinois
    +1....that's what I was going to suggest too.
    I have been keeping an eye out for one myself since I don't have an AR.
  6. wnycollector

    wnycollector Well-Known Member

    Dec 10, 2006
    Western NY
    Another vote for the SKS.
  7. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

    Dec 29, 2002
    I'd go with a Yugo SKS or if you can find a decent deal on one a Russian SKS. They are not making any more, they are dependable, reasonably accurate, fun to shoot in a good caliber that is relatively inexpensive. They are true military surplus rifles with a nice history and good all around rifle for range, HD, and in some states that allow semi-autos are also used for hunting. The 7.62x39 is about equivalent to a 30-30 in ballistics which is a good deer round.
  8. Water-Man

    Water-Man Well-Known Member

    Mar 22, 2008
    N. Georgia
    Marlin 336... Good for where you live and where you want to live.
    Make it in .35 Remington.
  9. Ohio Gun Guy

    Ohio Gun Guy Well-Known Member

    Apr 29, 2008
    Central Ohio
    Voted for the Henry. I think you need a .22 rifle! Great for lots of situations.
  10. Ole Coot

    Ole Coot Well-Known Member

    Oct 2, 2010
    I agree completely. Everyone should have at least a couple of 22 cal rifles and handguns. My "working" handgun is a Single Six and the 10/22 I usually grab when I check the "back 40". The 45 rides in the ATV fender bag, just in case.
  11. hogcowboy

    hogcowboy Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2010
  12. Ramone

    Ramone Well-Known Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    Tidewater VA
  13. tubeshooter

    tubeshooter Well-Known Member

    Aug 15, 2006
    If that were me, I think I would do either the SKS or a Marlin/Win 30-30. I guess the Hi-Point carbine would be okay, too.

    I agree that everybody needs a good .22, and you seem to have it covered with the Marlin 981T. Another one (or 2, or 5 :D ) wouldn't hurt, though.

    A .357 lever sounds perfect for what you want this next rifle to be, but they're hard to find and will cost about twice what the SKS or used 30-30 will.
  14. chicharrones

    chicharrones Well-Known Member

    Jan 19, 2010
    Galveston Bay is an Hour Away
    Hmmm, you already have a .22LR bolt gun, a AR, and a shotgun. It seems you need some sort of .30 caliber centerfire rifle.

    For a fun gun, the SKS sure is fun and easy on the shoulder. Although, for ease of sighting and a better trigger I'd be tempted to get the Marlin 336 with a rear aperture sight attached.

    I actually like tubeshooter's idea of a Marlin 1894 in .357 the best, but that could cost some extra coin.
  15. Badlander

    Badlander Well-Known Member

    Mar 14, 2008
    South Florida
    Go with the Marlin 336. the 336 is an accurate quality rifle. Easy to add A scope if desired 30-30 ammo is reasonably priced. great hunting or plinking rifle. The SKS makes A great doorstop.
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2011
  16. USAF_Vet

    USAF_Vet Well-Known Member

    Jan 6, 2011
    Hastings, Michigan
    I voted other, only because if it were me, I'm looking for a Dragunov clone, like a PSL. I've got enough 7.62x54R to feed it.

    Otherwise, the SKS is fun, and cheap to feed.

    I love my Hi Point 995, but I'm not in the market for another, so it didn't get my vote.

    .22s are always fun, since you've got a bolt action .22, the lever or semi would be a good addition. But then having said that, I only own one .22 and have no desire for another.

    If you were looking for a lever gun, either of the 30/30s are a good choice. It's a great deer gun. Wouldn't be my first HD choice, nor plinking.

    Based on what you currently have, I'd say either the SKS or the Hi Point. Both are fun to shoot, relatively cheap to feed. Not the first choice for hunting, but decent for HD. 10 round capacity on each unless you go with aftermarket mags or drop some more coin on the SKS that takes AK mags.
  17. Smokey in PHX

    Smokey in PHX Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2011
    Everyone needs a lever .22. Fun to shoot, good quality, cheap ammo.
  18. almherdfan

    almherdfan Well-Known Member

    Feb 24, 2011
    Wild, Wonderful, WV
    I just added the SKS myself (had one before). They are fun, less expensive to shoot or purchase then most centerfire rifles, can be modified (or not), versitile, easy to clean, rugged, and reasonably accurate.

    A good case can be made for the other options as well.
  19. sixgunner455

    sixgunner455 Well-Known Member

    Aug 25, 2006
    You have a .22. One cannot have too many of them, but you do not *need* another. Get one if you have a burn for it. It will be the cheapest to feed, so you will shoot it more than all the others combined, even if someone gave them all to you.

    You have an AR. You do not need an SKS. It will do nothing for you that the AR cannot do better. The AR is more accurate. The AR is easy to scope, if you want that. The AR has greater range. The AR is more ergonomic. The AR is lighter. The AR has better capacity, and detachable box magazines. The AR is modular - you can buy a different upper and: change calibers if you wish, change configuration shorter, longer, flat-top, DMR, varminter, DCM competition, etc, etc, ad nauseum. You do not need an SKS. After I got my AR, I never shot my SKS. I traded the SKS for a .22.

    The 9mm carbine is not a bad idea, whether you get the HiPoint, a KelTec, or an AR (you could get an upper and magazines for your current rifle, or a dedicated one). Cheaper to shoot than 5.56, less recoil (not that 5.56 has much, but my wife and daughter prefer shooting 9mm carbines to 5.56 carbines).

    You need to try hunting. You have a .22 and an AR, so you can hunt varmints and small game, and a shotgun, so you can hunt birds (rabbits and squirrels are hunted with them, too, by some people, but that is, to a desert rat such as myself, not *the way*). You live in a great state for deer hunting, but to do that, you need a hunting rifle (unless you're going to use your shotgun - not for me, unless legally restricted to such). The Marlin 336 is perfect for where you live. I really, really want one myself, but unfortunately, I am a desert rat and must have a rifle with more range due to the distances involved in taking deer here. (I rarely see deer within the Marlin's effective range.) You will not have that problem in the Pennsylvania woods. The Winchester is a very good option, as well, but ... I prefer the Marlin. Put a receiver peep on it, or a scope, add a nice leather sling and some 150 grain softpoints, and you will be good to go.

    If I were you, I would live in Pennsylvania, so I would get a Marlin 336 and a Nikon Prostaff 2-7x scope, or a Williams receiver sight. Since I am me, and live in Arizona, and need a new rifle this year, I will be getting a Savage bolt gun in something like .243, .25-06, or .270, and putting a 3-9x Nikon on it.
  20. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Well-Known Member

    Dec 29, 2002
    Los Anchorage
    I'd agree you need to get a levergun to round things out. The Marin 336 is great though if it were me I'd get it in .35 do take advantage of its beefy frame. But on the other hand the Winchester 94 is a piece of Americana everyone should have some experience with. It's remarkably light and handy. The best ones for the buck from my experience are the ones made from the 1960's through the early 80's. Not the collectors editions, but the regular workaday ones. People often mark them down because they're "post 64" but that never mattered as much for the leverguns. The major changes to the 94 action came in the 80's after some ownership changes. That includes the angle eject and that @%# lawyer safety. I've had some skookum 94's from the 1970's for under $300.

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