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Beater/Truck rifle?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by SOTSpro21:31, Jan 19, 2013.

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  1. SOTSpro21:31

    SOTSpro21:31 Member

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    I've posted a couple of times before about this but I'm thinking about a Savage Hog Hunter in .308 for a beater. Do you have any other suggestions for a beater with a price tag of no more than $450? Thank you for your time!
     
  2. SpazC

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    Sks

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  3. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

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    For $450 and a beater truck gun I'd wait a few until the panic dies down and buy an SKS. You could get a rifle that's already cosmetically rough and not lose any money further beating on it if you wait on prices to drop back to more normal levels.
     
  4. Dr_2_B

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    Ditto above. Gonna be hard to beat that.

    OTOH, on the cheap you could do well with a Mosin Nagant rifle or carbine.
     
  5. joejoeshooter

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    Hi point .45 carbine. Trunk or truck beater.
     
  6. jim243

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    SKS with a TAPCO stock.

    Jim
     
  7. cal30_sniper

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    SKS is a great choice. A beat up Marlin in .30-30 would be another natural. No need for something cosmetically nice if you're going to be using it rough, and you'll save some money if it's already got some blemishes.

    Of course, any old bolt action would work too, but most won't be as portable as either of the above. Norinco even imported some short barrelled SKS Paratroopers. I used to have one, heck of a handy carbine.
     
  8. nearmiss

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    A 16" Mosin Nagant?
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    Sweet!
     
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  11. Barry the Bear

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    Remington 770 in .243 win. 277.00 cash money at wally world and its in a caliber from coyotes to pronghorn.
     
  12. Inebriated

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    SKS
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    Mosin Nagant of any flavor
    Savage Axis
    Older beat up 700
    Ruger 10/22
    Marlin lever gun
    The list goes on...


    I personally like the 870 for my truck gun.
     
  13. mljdeckard

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    My SKS with Tapco furniture, Tech-sights, and Kivaari trigger is my behind-the-seat and across-the-handlebars gun. But I got the base rifle for $100, I doubt you could buy and set one up like this for less then $450 now. Maybe you can find the base rifle.
     
  14. paintballdude902

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    hard to beat a .30-30


    i found a beat up old 20ga pump and carried that for a while. carried slugs, buckshot, and birdshot in the truck
     
  15. Ignition Override

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    If money is burning a 7.62 hole in your pocket, you will find nine pages of SKS on Gunbroker.

    Some of them have no reserve, and begin at $300-400 or so.
    Considering the anxious situation right now among the rifle novices:uhoh:, that is not bad at all, similar to many SKS prices in spring 2008.

    For what it is worth, a German friend just killed a 200-lb. feral pig with his 30-30 days ago. One shot, and the self-propelled Schweinfleisch fell to the ground.
    Can ATV rifles also learn to sprechen "truck"?
     
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    Mossberg 100 ATR. You can get the combo scope/rifle for less than $400.
     
  17. ball3006

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    Why use a beater gun for your truck gun? Just lay a soft case, open, or a blanket behind the seat and lay the rifle in it. That is what I do. jI usually carry an AK or a shotgun this way.... chris3
     
  18. WYOMan

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    You have GOT to post a pic of the fireball that that thing makes with the 16" barrel!!!!
     
  19. cal30_sniper

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    I would really not recommend a scope on a truck rifle. I don't see that working out well at all.
     
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    30-06 rechambered 1909 Argentine militia rifle, with a slip on pad. 1898 for sure action in for sure 30-06 gubbimint with 220 grain Coreloktds on strippers ,rides in vertical San Angelo rack to the left of shifter on my 57 Chevy 4x4 beater.
    [​IMG]
     
  21. Roadking Rider

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    I also have to go with the SKS or the Lever action 30/30. Two really great rifles IMO.
     
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    I built a cheapo utility rifle from a beat up 1909 Argentine Mauser. Bought a new Israeli barrel chambered in 308 for around 20 dollars. Screwed it to the 1909 reciever along with the sights from the original barrel. Cut some of the forend off of the Argentine stock and refinished it. I may have 65 dollars in the whole thing and it shoots well. A little funny looking with the straight bold handle but no reason to change that.
     
  23. nearmiss

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    Lots of SKS votes, not a bad option either. Norincos aren't bad quality, the paratrooper would be a good truck gun but they are much more rare than the 20" model and quite a bit more expensive. The Yugos are of a better quality than the Chinese rifles and that goofy grenade launcher tends to keep the prices down. I picked this one up recently (after prices got stupid) at my LGS for $250. I cut the scrap metal off the front and remounted the front sight. Barrel is now 16", a homemade paratrooper, kinda.
    [​IMG]
     
  24. nathan

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    A Mosin 91/59 , it s so handy and packs a punch . This doesnt have the bayonet so its lighter to bare.
     
  25. cal30_sniper

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    That's pretty sweet, how does it shoot? I loved my old paratrooper. I fitted it with one of those 20 round fixed Chinese mags with the star on the side. I also scored one of the original fiberglass stocks, and shot a cammo job on the whole thing. That was a heck of a run around the ranch rifle. I ended up selling it to buy a Ruger Mini 14. When the prices come back down, a base Mini 14 or Mini 30 would also be a great choice for a truck gun.
     
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