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If you only had one long gun

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by kenshomi, Mar 7, 2011.

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  1. kenshomi

    kenshomi Member

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    I finally want to put a long gun along side my two pistols for <...self or home defense...>. I am not into dropping. Grand on a AR but want something to hit targets at least three times what I can with a pistol.

    Shotgun, lever 30/30, Sks, Ak?
     
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  2. texas bulldog

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    For myself, only one long gun would probably be a shotgun. But if what you're really looking for is range, as suggested in your post, you'll probably be best served by a rifle.
     
  3. -eaux-

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    I'm a Mossberg fan, but the Remington is tried and true as well. I'd have to say by virtue of versatility alone a 12ga pump is the time-tested and proven first buy in a longarm.
     
  4. Big Bill

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    I'd buy the best a Marlin 336 I could afford. The model C is great but a W is also good. I don't count a shotgun as a long gun and a shotgun doesn't have the range you need even shooting slugs.

    http://www.marlinfirearms.com/

    With Hornady LeverEvolution ammo you're good to 300 yards and even beyond.
     
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  5. Art Eatman

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    Any semi-auto in .223 or 7.62x39 would do just fine. In no particular order, AR, Mini, AK, SKS as well as other, similar rifles.

    I'm figuring handgun range begins to get "iffy" at around 20 yards or so, and any rifle will work to well beyond 100 yards.

    Nothing wrong with a lever-action, but it takes more practice to be swift at reloading or topping off.
     
  6. -eaux-

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    Yes, a big +1 on the Marlin 336 also!
     
  7. Quoheleth

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    I realize this is still north of the price of a .30-30, but a good AR can be picked up for well under $1K.

    Here's what I have, and it's a nice shooter, $650ish. http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=411537958. It shoots good enough for me with open sights. One day I'll top it off with some nice glass, but for now it's a fun range/blaster/HD gun.

    Q

    Edit: I just noticed that Buds no longer has that in stock. A quick check at Centerifre systems shows the price has gone up since I bought, and is now closer to $800.
     
  8. WoodyTX

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    AKs are cheap and durable, but aren't inherently accurate, and you have to 'lob' in the rounds at longer ranges. (Basically the same trajectory as a 30-30.) Otherwise, I'd recommend an AK. They're also available in 5.54x39mm; I have no idea what prices are for that ammo.

    A lever gun can be fun, but you'd have to get the right caliber to get decent range out of it.

    For value, I'd suggest a bolt action Savage in .308 or even 30-06. You can really reach out and touch something, a wide range of ammo is readily available, and bolt actions are a great self-training tool. If you're looking for a lighter caliber, .243 or .270 are good. Be advised that some states have minimum calibers for hunting; if I remember correctly, you can't shoot elk with a .243 or deer with a .223 in Colorado.

    EDIT: Just noticed the "self or home defense" part... Forget the bolt; I'd go with a decent AK. If they're over 200 meters away, you should be running or hiding, not shooting.
     
  9. W.E.G.

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    AK-47... the very best there is...

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  10. hogshead

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    Sks, accurate, fun, cheap to buy and shoot. How could you go wrong.
     
  11. hogshead

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    Is that a 7.62 trail.
     
  12. Ala Dan

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    How 'bout a .444 Marlin lever gun~?
     
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    If you want to put it together, you can have an AR for around $600.00. Look in a current Shot Gun News. Model 1 makes some accurate uppers. Don't rule it out.
     
  14. HoosierShooter

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    For self or home defense a good ol' shotgun..mossberg or remington cant go wrong .I have a remington 870 express and 1100 , love them both . 1100 I use hunting.
     
  15. Bigphil54

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    there is alway the marlin 1894c in 357/38 44 and 45lc. with that you can reach out 100-150 yards but its also short enough to whip round in halls and doorways. it also pairs nicely with a 357/38 revolver. the gun used to be round 300 bucks but has jumped alot due to popularity
     
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    Crossfire 12ga/.223

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    Assuming you mean a pistol is 25 yards, then you are shooting for 75 yards. There are pistol caliber carbines that can do that pretty cheaply.
     
  18. Double Vision

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    As mentioned, a shotgun like a Mossberg 500 or Remington 870 would be a good choice for home defense.

    If you're going with a rifle, a .223 is a good bet, and inexpensive to shoot.
    The new Mini-14s are accurate enough and loads of fun.
     
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    My choice pf only one long gun would be an AR platform. Extremely versatile with a wide range of caliber conversions available.
     
  20. 50 cal

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    12 ga with #4 buck for me.I have kids that sleep in the other rooms.I don't need the over penetrarion of a handgun or a rifle.You don't have to worry about killing someone in the next room with a shotgun,but a shotgun a close range is like throwing a hand grenade.
     
  21. Dejavu

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    I would choose the M-14. Good caliber, works all the time, all conditions.

    OR

    AR platform, but in a 7.62 caliber.

    Still though, I keep coming back to an M-14 as my choice.
     
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    Lots of choices and you probably want to decide what action type you prefer and consider the available options.

    But, my first long suggestion is to get a 22LR. The most econonmical are products from Savage and Marlin. Everyone needs one 22 rifle and my pick would be probably a Marlin Model 60 in stainless these days.

    #2: I like Ruger Mini-14's for general shooting (223 usually). Should work for home or personal defense where a rifle is the choice. They are very reliable. In a bolt action rifle, I would probably lean toward either a CZ or Remington rifle. Both should be accurate. Savage makes a good centerfire product too. Take you pick.

    For cheap, it's hard to not consider a SKS for reliability and reasonable accuracy.
     
  23. txhoghunter

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    Remington 870 12 ga, or an AR

    I just got an AR for xmas for around $650, but they can be had for less.

    Shooting out to 75 yds typically means a slug out of a shotgun, or a rifle. The rifle would allow for much faster follow-up shots, especially out of an AR
     
  24. j2crows

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    12 guage shotgun!! I don't want too take the time to aim.
     
  25. txhoghunter

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    This will leave you with a loooong time 6 ft under to wish that you did....
     
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