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Recreation/utility rifle… what do you say?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Gunsby_Blazen, Oct 7, 2008.

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Recreation/utility rifle… what do you say?

  1. M1 Carbine (30 carbine)

    17 vote(s)
    12.3%
  2. Mini-14 (.223)

    48 vote(s)
    34.8%
  3. Marlin 1894c (38spl/357m)

    73 vote(s)
    52.9%
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  1. Gunsby_Blazen

    Gunsby_Blazen Member

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    Here are three completely different rifles; the M1 carbine in 30 carbine, the Mini-14 in .223, and the Marlin 1894c in .357. I am looking for a multi role gun that would be very effective if the poo came in direct contact with the bladed rotor. Its use would be ranging from self defense to survival if a mad-max type apocalypse were to arise….

    Actually, I am looking for a somewhat inexpensive gun with iron sights for plinking and close in range use out to about 50 yards or so. The rifle would mostly be used just for recreation, but I would like it to be a utility gun if I needed it to fit that role. I don’t have a gun that fulfills that niche yet so….

    What do ya say???
     
  2. Dr. Fresh

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    I vote for the Marlin. If you're looking for a survival-type rifle, it's nice to have a common caliber, and .38/.357 is easy to find and cheap. .30 Carbine would be difficult to find. I've heard mixed things about the Ruger.
     
  3. Mike U.

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    OK, since this is coming regardless of what you stipulate, let me be the first idiot-child(for once) to say: "Get an AK! Get an AR!"
    There, I've done it. This now negates the need for others to come by and play the idiot.

    I like your lever gun option because it gives more utility by allowing .357 and .38 Special to be run through it. Plus, lever guns are just plain fun to shoot.
     
  4. Goblin

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    Definitely go .357\.38. I have a Puma Mod 92...love it!
     
  5. charles.emond

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    I have the same gun Goblin has (with the octogonal barrel)
    And boy it doesn't get anymore fun than lever action
     
  6. bullockcm

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    You may find my thread from a few years ago informative ---> http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=222342

    I was looking at some very similiar options for doing basically the same thing. If you make it all the way through the thread you will see I ended up with a Marlin 1894SS (.44mag). I don't think you could go wrong with the Marlin although I would still like to have a M1 carbine. If you haven't already you may want to take a look at a Saiga in .223 as an alternative to the Mini.

    CZ 527 carbines are nice but bolt guns don't seem to be as much fun as semi and lever guns for "plinking" purposes IMHO.
     
  7. benEzra

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    Of those choices, I'd say the Mini-14, because IMO the .223 is a more versatile caliber. But my own choice would be "none of the above."
     
  8. Water-Man

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    I too have a Puma M-92 in .38/.357mag. You can hunt small game, deer, even black bear with the proper loads and it really kicks ass against two legged varmints. Great rifle and fun to shoot!
     
  9. USSR

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    Loving it.

    Don
    [​IMG]
     
  10. streakr

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    Marlin

    streakr
     
  11. Gord

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    I'd think the Marlin or an AK would fit the bill. 'sides, if you don't already have an AK now would be a good time to get into one... :)
     
  12. Picard

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    An SKS would also be an excellent Utility/SHTF rifle.
     
  13. Gunsby_Blazen

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    Well, my brother has an Arsenal and I have shot it alot. We are pretty close so we kind of share all of the firearms that we have. As for an AR, I don't have the cash to drop on one of those; thats why I didnt mention it in the poll. anyway, A appreciate the advice i have been getting this far.
    thanks
     
  14. Floppy_D

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    I'm actually considering the same 3 rifles, except the lever would be a 44. If you handload, the 30 carbine has plenty of inexpensive demilled components laying around. If you don't, the 357 or the 223 are great choices. I'm personally leaning towards the Mini-14, but I did find a good deal on one.
     
  15. ReadyontheRight

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    Another vote for the Marlin. Cheap ammo and enough power for your described needs.
     
  16. Gunsby_Blazen

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    Honestly, I have a mini-14 already, but it is the target model and has no irons. I love shooting irons so i am picking up another gun for that. The target Mini is one fun gun to shoot and its as accurate as a Mini should be. Actually my average of sandbag bench shooting is 1.5 inch three round slow fire groups. I was leaning towards the Marlin due to the inexpensive ammo but I already have a bunch of Mini accessories so i figured that the regular ranch rifle would be worth looking at.
     
  17. wanderinwalker

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    Get the Marlin, and get a Ruger GP-100 or S&W 686 and some speedloaders. Done deal! Oh yeah, and a Dillon SDB or Lee Pro-1000 in .38/.357! 'Cause if you don't reload, you're going to want to, and when you do reload, you're going to want to make lots to feed 'em! :cool:

    Here's a little something to help you make your decision (except mine are .44s):
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    It's a Marlin 1894PG and a S&W 629-1 with a 6" barrel. Both are supremely useful for the role you describe, IMO. Loaded with low-power rounds, they would make fine small game rounds; medium-level rounds make a nice all-around utility gun for defense, some game use, anti-predator work, etc. And stoked to full-power there is little in the lower-48 you can't handle.
     
  18. subierex

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    Marlin.

    I have a Rossi 1892 in 45lc. My favorite gun. Love the levers.
     
  19. Z-Michigan

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    The Marlin for realistic uses.

    An AK-47 variant for Mad Max uses.
     
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    Another vote on the Marlin 1894C its a great utilitatian weapon. Then you can get a GP-100 to serve as a companion.
     
  22. NonConformist

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    M1 Carbine(love mine) or the Mini-14(want one)
     
  23. Rifleman 173

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    Go get an AK of some sort. Bigger bullet. Magazine reloads. More distance than a lever action or a .30 carbine. Cost is reasonable if you shop around a little bit. Probably about the same price as a .30 caliber carbine or a Ruger Mini-14. Yep, go with an AK and about 7 magazines for when SHTF.
     
  24. mattw

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    Why no AR? You could build one with quality parts for only about $700.
     
  25. Gunsby_Blazen

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    I just dont have the cash for an AR, no matter how I slice the cake....
    I would probably get one if I could afford it.
    I am just a poor college student that doesn't make much money. It equals to about diddly squat.
    if you got a free AR, I would be happy to take it off your hands. :neener:

    As for the AK, the only ones i see in my price range are Century and I really don't want one of those. And... well I like all American guns especially ones that come with good warranties or customer service.
     
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