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What is the best rifle ever made?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by AStone, Sep 25, 2015.

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  1. jeepnik

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    Somewhere there is an M14 that is the best rifle ever made. If you have to ask why, you will not understand.
     
  2. Panzerschwein

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    The Mosin Nagant M91/30.

    Rugged reliable, accurate to a tee, gorgeous, and lethal. Still used around the world in combat and for hunting, though the design is now 124 years old. No other firearms has such a rich and varied history behind it. They are affordable to the everyman, offering a piece of history that is as fun to shoot at the range as it is to read about.

    Yep, for me, nothing comes close to the Mosin Nagant, and the M91/30 model is perhaps tops... and maybe the Finnish M-39 iteration is the pinnacle of the design.
     
  3. Akai

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    ArmaLite AR10T SASS
    The only true AR
     
  4. Liberty1776

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    1. The one I'm hunting with now.
    2. The next one I'm going to buy.
    3. Springfield 03-A3.
     
  5. Ironicaintit

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    Im gonna go out on a limb and say the swiss K31 (with a K98, hot on its heels). Or maybe the HK91/G3. Er um....FAL? Possibly the marlin 39.
    Too many possibilities
     
  6. tommy.duncan

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    I would say the Garand is my favorite. I like the m14, AR, and AK rifles,but, the garand gets the top spot on my list.
     
  7. AStone

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    This thread is having a beneficial effect for me that I didn't anticipate: I'm starting to research some of these rifles that I've heard of, but never studied.

    After Cooldill's post just above, I found this interesting page about Mosin Nagant 91/30. Wow. What an interesting history.

    I think Garand may be next.
     
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    AK-47

    An estimated 75 million rifles produced, manufactured in 33 different countries, and in use by over 100 countries.

    Possibly the most reliable autoloading rifle ever made, and is reliable in virtually any environment.

    Just my .02,
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  9. Vernon1

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    Favorite Rifles??

    Ruger 10/22


    Remington 700:)
     
  10. The Exile

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    I think a question like this has for a long time and will for a while yet always boil down to two choices, the AR or the AK. And as much as I wanna say the AK for all it's style, bad guy charm, intimidation factor, hard hitting rounds, and ungodly reliability I still have to say the AR because of two simple reasons. Firstly it's customizatizable beyond what should be possible, it's the only machine I can think of besides a computer that you can custom pick every pin, spring, or milled chunk of steel from a million different makers and still stick them together with no issues and any idiot can do it after a ten minute youtube video, but it's just made to cater to that any way. Can you make an AR shoot a 12.7 round? Because you can make an AK do that and you don't even need to buy a whole new rifle the factory specially made for that round. Secondly while the AK is reliable the AR is still a military rifle that's been to the desert, the jungle, and the arctic and worked just fine and with every decade metallurgy becomes more and more advanced and closes the gap that much more.
     
  11. Bama Drifter

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    Funny my deer killin' rifle the 336 keeps popping up. Even when I first started shooting it @ age 7 I'd never have thought of it as "The Best" anything... it is a fine tool. However, I'd be prone to say the K98 7.92mm Mauser was the BEST rifle ever made, as my favorite Winchester 70 is merely a nice clone of it.

    IMHO, best ever would be a Ruger #1 chambered in .375 H&H, my opinion. :)
     
  12. 69Precision

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    For what? The best rifle for indoor smallbore competition is different than the best one for brown bear hunting.
     
  13. Bama Drifter

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    ^ Yep.
    That's what makes this an urbane yet interesting thread... Kind of a Ford vs. Chevy thread, but we are talking' Mustangs, Silverados, Corvettes, F-150s, Astro vans and Windstars all in the same argument. Silly isn't it? :D
     
  14. TruthTellers

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    The one that kills the other guy before he kills you.
     
  15. ROAshooter

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    "The one that kills the other guy before he kills you."

    WOW.....just WOW....
     
  16. TexasPatriot.308

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    pretty inane question like whats the best car ever, best of anything ever. I got some friends that shoot high dollar custom rifles in ultra mags etc, that cant hit squat cause they are afraid of recoil, I own lots of really nice rifles, one of my favorites is a cheapo Stevens 200 I put a nice walnut stock on, it shoots dime groups, it is in 7mm-08, I own rifles that cost 5 times that much....it aint the rifle, its the man on the trigger. also the gun for the era whether it was the model '73 Winchester, 98 Mauser or the new stuff. there aint no best, only maybe a personal favorite.
     
  17. AStone

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    I suggest that new posters in this thread read posts #48 & #57 to understand the intention that most got ... but some did not. :rolleyes:
     
  18. Tirod

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    The G43 - since the OP has included "Why?" then a comparison to the Garand.

    Larger caliber - the bigger the bullet the bigger the man, right? 8mm trumps .30-06.
    Magazine fed - it can take stripper clips with 10 rounds, or detach for easier reloading. 10 trumps 8.
    German engineered - which means they got the kinks out with the G41 and then offered the G43. Garand? Problems throughout it's fielding, the gas cylinder and op rod connection being the major ones. Entirely why the M14 came out, which also failed.

    No, the Garand was NOT clearly better than the weapons against it in the field. That's just romantic nationalism. The Allies won the war because the Russians kept feeding more troops into a battle line the Germans simply couldn't sustain. They were fighting a two front war and it ate them up - they could not sustain the combat tempo by having more troops in trained units ready in reserve to throw into battle against us. There simply weren't enough to go around.

    It certainly was not the American Infantry Rifleman's "superior" weapon doing that. Pure fantasy. But - rifle on rifle - the G43 was better and influenced weapons design. The Garand only influenced the M14, which was the shortest lived failure we've fielded this century.

    So, G43, it's wood and steel, you can't hate on it for that.
     
  19. 69Precision

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    I that case, it would have to be an AR-15. Covers the most ground. Plinking, self defense, being in a war, or killing big game if needed.
     
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    Best rifle ever made? Every little boy's first 22.
     
  21. AStone

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    ^ Another great creative answer.

    In my case, it could have been my Daisy BB rifle.
     
  22. onelastshot

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    I guess it all depends on what you mean by "best." The most accurate? the most popular? the most reliable? There's a lot of factors in determining what one considers the best. One of the most popular, reliable and copied is the Mauser 98, it's got one heck of a history.

    In terms of popularity, especially for new and young shooters, the Ruger 10/22, possibly one of the best plinking rifles on the market.

    Yesterday, I purchased my first Cooper in 22-250AI. So, if you ask me today what rifle is the best, I'm having a difficult time getting much done other then working on scope mounting and fine tuning my new favorite varmint rifle.
     
  23. lysanderxiii

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    Which "one"?

    Almost as soon as the "hand cannon" evolved past an iron tube attached to a stick, the vast variety of firearms came into being.

    Pistols, all in a vast array of calibers:
    -horse pistols
    -pocket pistols
    -traveling pistols
    -target pistols (aka "dueling" pistols)
    -muff pistols

    Long arms:
    -muskets
    -fowling pieces (double and single barrel)
    -rifles with long barrels
    -rifles with short barrels
    -carbines for light cavalry
    -Dragoon muskets
    -light infantry muskets

    No, there was never a true "all-purpose" firearm, that outclassed all in the field.....
     
  24. 84B20

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    I would agree with Ignition Override, but in a slightly improved version.

    Garand1.jpg
     
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  25. samweller

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    Hard question. I'd go with a short list of: M-1 Garand (gotta' be...tested and proven under the worst conditions), Marlin 336 30/30 (pre-Remington), Winchester Model 94, Winchester Model 70 (early ones).
     
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