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Applied for my C&R; what should be my first purchase with it? :)

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Falconeer, May 17, 2006.

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  1. Falconeer

    Falconeer Member

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    I sent out my application for my C&R yesterday. Anyone have any suggestions on my first purchase when I get it? :D

    I'm looking for something inexpensive ($200 max), easy to clean, fairly inexpensive ammo (I reload so I can take care of that), and fun to shoot.

    I like the idea of the a Mosin-Nagent M91/30 sniper-rifle to go with my Savage 10FP. That would be a fun collecting strategy; sniper rifles through the ages. :)
     
  2. Technosavant

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    If not a M-N, then the SKS is also a good choice.

    I might also recommend that you go with a K31, even though the ammo isn't plentiful or inexpensive. The supply is rapidly drying up, and if they are still around when you get your C&R, it would be a nifty piece for collection or maybe even investment. I would expect this rifle (currently selling for about $120-150ish where they are in stock) to end up running about 2-3x that in a few years (other makers are beginning to make the ammo, and if that ever becomes even moderately available, popularity of the K31 will go through the roof).
     
  3. Ohen Cepel

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    K31 before they start going up. Not as many around as the other stuff.

    Then a CZ-52.
     
  4. DMK

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    I agree about the K31. I've heard rumours about no more coming due to new Swiss export restrictions. Regardless of whether that's true or not, the K31 is a fine rifle and loads of fun to shoot.

    After that, get an SKS. I believe it's a requirement. ;)
     
  5. Red Tornado

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    There are some CZ-52s available again, get 'em while they're hot. Also the K31. Hmmm, seems we're all thinking alike. Also if you can find a Swedish Mauser, that would be a great purchase, but it'll be over $200.

    No shortage of Mosins or SKSs, so I'd hold off on those at least until you get the K31. Pistols may not be your thing, but CZ-52s are a blast.
    RT
     
  6. MechAg94

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    My first thought seeing this thread was a K31 as well. Very accurate rifle.
     
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    I'd agree on the K31s. They will eventually dry up and the price will go up 2-5X. They're only $80 now.

    CZ52s have already done it...price is 50% higher than they were 6 months ago.

    Swede Mausers did it a couple of years ago...they are 2-3X more expensive.

    Mosins (and especially the "snipers"...which really aren't...they are just put together by the importer that way) are not in short supply right now...wait.

    Not sure the supply restrictions on the Russian-captured German Nazi 98Ks.
     
  8. Falconeer

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    Thanks for all the advice, folks!

    The K31 sounds like a goodie. Also glad to see Lee makes dies for 7.5x55mm Swiss (I believe that's the K31 caliber). Where's a good source of info on them?

    I like pistols as well, although ammo seems to go a lot faster through pistols. :p

    Also can anyone point to a message/list of a good list of C&$ related business/info? If I'm going to 'drink the C&R kool-aid' I might as well get started. :p
     
  9. Red Tornado

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    There are several lists compiled for C&R businesses, do a search and something should come up. Meanwhile to get you started, check AIM, SOG, Century International Arms, and Samco. Those are the first few off the top of my head.

    Also check out http://p223.ezboard.com/bcurioandrelicfirearmsforum for lots of specific C&R info. Usually dealer lists to be found over there, too.

    Start saving your money, you'll need it.:D
    RT
     
  10. ball3006

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    Pick up an issue of Shotgun News.....

    most of the surplus dealers have advertisements in there.......chris3
     
  11. CZguy

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    Discount

    When you get your license, send signed copies to Numrich, Brownells, and Midway for a discount. :)

    http://www.gunpartscorp.com/

    http://www.brownells.com/aspx/NS/Home/default.aspx

    http://www.midwayusa.com/
     
  12. Falconeer

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    Most definitely. I need to get a list together of places that give discounts. :)

    ball3006: Sounds like a plan!
     
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    Dang, didn't know Tapco accepted C&R's, havta send them mine. Falcon, other posters are correct, if you love fine firearms get a K31 while you still can. They are magnificintly well made and engineered, very accurate, most in good shape besides chewed up stocks (which can usually be prettied up) and just flat out unique. BTW if you reload they shoot .308 bullets just like .308 and 30-06 caliber, so plenty to be found. The brass is the only drawback but Graf's gets some in and the new Wolf brand is reloadable. www.surplusrifle.com and their forum www.surplusrifleforum.com are great sources of all things milsurp and link to most of the dealers. Definetly send your C&R to Midway, Grafs, and Brownells too, the savings on one $100 press at Midway easily paid for the cost of the C&R license.:)
     
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    Dang brain fart, totally overlooked Smince's posting of the link to surplusrifle.:D
     
  16. ArmandTanzarian

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    Don't get a K31 - leave them for me...ermm, I mean, because they suck.
     
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    M-1 Carbine or Garand from CMP. Really nice gun with great history.
     
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    i got a pair of sks's. a m59 hand select and an excellent condit m59/66. i've said this about a dozen times but i'll say it again. Im very very pleased with these purchases! i ordered the m59 from SOG and the m59/66 from AIM. both companies are top notch and i would recomend either :)
     
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    There is a link to a section called "Dealer Sales" on their site. Send it "Attention: George Blackshaw".
     
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    I think you should purchase a Swiss K31 before there all gone. Very accurate, cheap ,100.00 - 180.00 Very well built. You cant beat it for the money. Ammo is available.
     
  21. Falconeer

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    Fantastic!
    I got the list from the Surplus Rifle C&R page. Gonna be some mail going out when the C&R arrives. :p

    The K31 sounds great! That'll be first on my list. Next will probably be a Mosin sniper. Then a Kar98k sniper. Then probably an SKS. I can see I'm going to be spending money on dies again. :p
     
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    I got my C&R one year ago. The K31 was my first. It was $81.00 delivered from SOG. Hard to find a good one under $100 just a year later. for all the money I've "saved" on accessories from Brownell's, Midway, E-gunparts, etc, I wish I'd known about the C&R 20 years ago.

    Just placed an order with TAPCO for an SKS T-6 stock. I can't tell you the discount, but it was significant in my opinion.
     
  23. RuralTurtle

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    Carbine

    lev83, didn't know the CMP still offered carbines. Have they started?
     
  24. Falconeer

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    Last time I looked they only had Garands, M1903s, and various .22s. Be kind of slick to get a hold of an M-1 carbine. My dad has a Garand that I lust after, and a M1903 would be good too.... WAY too many choices. :p
     
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    When you are first starting out with C&R rifles, one thing you should get is a copy of Firearms Asssembly/Dissassembly Part IV: Centerfire Rifles. It's by J.B. Wood. Whatever you buy you are going to need to take it apart and clean it. This book covers most of them you are likely to want to buy.
     
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