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Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by dehughes, Apr 18, 2010.

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  1. dehughes

    dehughes Member

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    Hey all,

    So far:

    Glock 17
    Springfield XD.45
    Marlin 60SS
    Springfield (Smith Corona) 1903A3 (original condition)
    Remington 870 Marine Magnum

    What (if any) should be next on the list? I'm not looking to be a gun collector so much as I'm looking for a "covering of the bases" as far as firearms goes, both for design/type and common/available caliber. Your recommendations are appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. Arkansas Paul

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    A nice bolt centerfire would be my next choice. In .308 or .30-06. Maybe even .223 if you're more into target shooting.

    Just my 0.02
     
  3. Ohio Gun Guy

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    I say a semi auto..... You have a nice bolty in that 1903.

    AK or AR would be next if I were you.
     
  4. bpl

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    I'd suggest one of the following:

    AR-15
    .308 battle rifle - M1A, FAL, HK G3/PTR-91
    M1 Garand
    .308 Precision/"Sniper" or "Tactical" Rifle
    Bolt Action hunting rifle in .308/30-06/.270
     
  5. Nick5182

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    I second Ohio Gun Guy. A nice semi-auto rifle would be a great addition. if that doesn't suit you, get a good stainless wheel gun.
     
  6. NELSONs02

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    If you just want to cover the bases then why get both a Glock and an XD? Not to mention if you put those to together in the safe they'll melt.

    My suggestions:
    .22 LR!?!?!? (pistol or rifle)
    A wheel gun
    A .22 lR wheel gun :neener:
    An AK or AR (everyone else is doing it)
    Or my personal favorite a CZ bolt action. :cool:
     
  7. dehughes

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    Nice. Thanks all.

    I do have a .22LR...the Marlin 60. Maybe a .22LR pistol, though...not a bad idea.

    The Glock/XD setup covers caliber...part of my criteria. I'm looking for type/caliber coverage....hence the .9mm and .45ACP, albeit in very similar pistol formats.

    While I do have a "semi-auto" of sorts with the Marlin 60, I do like the AR/AK recommendation. My inclination is to go the route of a FN FAL or a M1A, as the .308, though that's close to the .30-06, though in a semi-auto format. The AK thing probably makes the most sense....but I'm wondering if 5.56/.223 is more readily available than 7.62x39, historically. Kinda looking to hedge my bets, so to speak.
     
  8. sarduy

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    AK-47/74 standard or underfolder!
     
  9. dehughes

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    Okay...would you recommend a 47 or a 74?
     
  10. Col. Plink

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    get an AK-style .308: Saiga or VEPR.
     
  11. Arkansas Paul

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    The only reason I said a nice bolt is because you said the 1903 is in original condition. It sure is fun trying to choose isn't it?
     
  12. cal74

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    Get a sporter weight .223, still can be shot fairly reasonable and a ton of fun

    Ruger MKII .22 pistol, or if your pockets are a little deeper get a S&W 41 pistol
     
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    Ruger MK II .22lr pistol
     
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    I'd look around and try to locate a post war (1970's) Colt Service Model Ace. Great small bores and will do nothing but increase in value as time goes by.
     
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    Marlin XL-7 or Tikka T3 Lite in .270win
     
  16. jeepguy

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    semi auto .223/5.56 ar15/mini 14 or 308/7.62 m1a/fal.
     
  17. RP88

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    AR-15

    now is a good time to buy them; prices have gone back to sane levels, good stuff is back in stock and easy to find/order, and deals can be had.
     
  18. dehughes

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    Thanks guys!

    You know, I keep thinking AR, but then I really, really want to get a M1A of some variation (probably the less-expensive version).

    The AR-15 seems to be, though, a pretty easy rifle to piece together (kinda the Ruger 10/22 of .223's), and is common enough I'd be good for a while both with ammo and parts. Hmm...but then there's the AR/AK debate...and then there's the ever-present FAL in mind...

    The thing is, my 1903A3 is great for what it is, but it's not scope-able (at least, I don't want to tamper with it...) so it's not the full, long range accurate rifle it COULD be, and it's a bolt action so it's not really a full on "battle rifle" (by today's standards). It sits in the middle between a Remington 700 and a M1...which is cool, but I'd kinda rather have a scope-ready bolt action AND a M1 or AR or FAL....but I'm trying to limit my guns to as few as possible to cover as many bases as possible. Hmm...
     
  19. Ignition Override

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    Maybe an SKS?:) Few of the young local guys here have ever tried one.
    High value, low-cost rifle. A rear peep sight costs about $75 for a longer sight distance.
    Widely avail. 7.62x39 ammo is at .25/rd., which can split concrete 'plates'.

    You have checked prices for .308 ammo, along with problems reloading it from an FAL or G-3 etc?
    It might be a real shame to leave a nice semi- .308 in a dark closet or safe with few chances to leave the jail cell. This might be (just one reason;)) why so many CETMEs and PTR-91s are on auction sites.

    Surplus (old Yugo) 8mm Mauser ammo is still at .25/rd., at least for a while, but let's not tell anybody....
     
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  20. MarineOne

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    SKS, AR-15 or AR-10, Garand or M1A/M14, or perhaps something in British .303.




    -K
     
  21. Jolly Green

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    AK 74 is more like a carbine version of the AK. It chambers 5.45x39 which is currently the cheapest surplus centerfire bullet on the market (~.10). The ammo it fires was called the "posion bullet" in the Russian's Iraq conflict because of its tendency to tumble around and make a huge would (hollow point with a solid core behind it or something of that nature.)

    AK 47 chambers 7.62x39 are are known to be a little less accurate than the 5.45x39, but "stronger" if thats what your looking for.

    I don't know effective ranges of the top of my head but as far as suggestions:

    AK-74: Bulgarian AK74 or Polish Tantal
    AK-47: Look at classicarms for one you like then look elsewhere for one.

    Also, for an AK type rifle look at the VZ58. They are known for their better accuracy, and their only resemblence to an ak is looks.

    Best Regards.
     
  22. Dravur

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    Howdah Pistol. The answer is always... Howdah Pistol
     
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