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What's your favorite 3 milsurp rifles to shoot and why ?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by soonerfan66, Dec 29, 2019.

  1. soonerfan66

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    Was trying to rank my collection by my favorite ones to shoot . Here is mine what's yours ? 1) Garand , shoots .great and it's the rifle my dad carried across Europe and 1 uncle in the Pacific in WW2 and 1 uncle in Korea . 2) Krag rifle with a Redfield peepsight , my most accurate rifle . 3) Hakim , just real fun and load , and people always come up and ask "what is that" .
     
  2. bannockburn

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    That's easy:

    1) U.S. Rifle Model 1898 Krag Jorgensen.
    2) U.S. Rifle Model 1903 Springfield.
    3) U.S. Rifle Model M1 Garand.

    They're my favorites because those are the guns I first started with when I was so much younger!
     
  3. 1KPerDay

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    Garand
    M14 type
    SMLE
     
  4. stillquietvoice

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    It's sad to say that I've only shot 3 milsurp rifles. An smle 303 Brit, an Argentine Mauser 7.65 and an m1 garand. My favorite was the garand had better sights, semi auto not bolt action, and loved hearing the ping.
     
  5. ApacheCoTodd

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    1: Garand
    Because: *PLING!* and ought-six, world domination, Baby!

    2: 1903A3 not the 03 so much as I like the A3 rear sight better.
    Though, my 1922 M-2 is right there with it.
    Because: Slick action, epic accuracy, shoots anything and 600 yards doggone it!

    3: FR8
    Because: Mauser in .308 and a drop-dead beautiful carbine. Great sights and the recoil makes you certain you're really committed to having fun with it. Not unlike my M-44!

    Honorable mention: M1 Carbine.
    Because: Light, beautiful, inexpensive to shoot (again... finally!) accurate for what it is and as with 2 of 3 above; Ballistic America in its finest representation.
     
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  6. Koroner

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    Suomi 9mm rocks the house (but when I picked it up after mail order at my LGS the proprietor said, "My momma taught me don't you buy no ugly gun!")

    My SMLE was fun to demonstrate what the guy in the opening scene of Dunkirk was going through trying to cycle the rifle with the safety on to the others in my home theater.

    My 1912 Mauser is a wall hanger with a trigger that travels for miles (it seems)
     
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  7. mljdeckard

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    I started a thread a few years ago, looking for suggestions of must-own milsurps.

    I own my grandfather's 1917 Enfield and M-1 Carbine. Very important to me because he carried them while I hunted with him as a child. I had an M1A, it didn't agree with me too well.

    But I think the essential list would include

    Garand
    M-14
    1903A3
    1917
    SMLE
    30-40
    Mosin
    Mauser K-98
    Carcano
    SKS
    AK
    M-1 carbine
    AR

    These are the guns that threw the most lead for the last 100+ years.
     
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  8. hso

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    SMLE
    M28 (more accurate that I'll ever be)
    M1 Carbine (IBM)
     
  9. earlthegoat2

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    I think most are going to give some iteration of “the ones they have”

    Me, I only have one. Well, two variations of the same. Lee-Enfield No4 Mk1 and No5 Mk1.

    I would like to have a Garand and a Winchester 1895 in 30-40 or 7.62x54.
     
  10. Laphroaig

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    Townsend Whelen said "only accurate rifles are interesting". Along that theory mine are:

    M1917, for some reason I can shoot it best;
    1903A3, I can't blame inaccuracy on the rifle, just me;
    M96 Swedish Mauser, probably the most accurate for me, when I was younger and could see the sights;
    Honorable mention, K31
     
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  11. Pelo801

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    Turkish mauser
    Mosin m44
    Steyr M95, but usually with cast loads
     
  12. Alaskan Ironworker

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    I love the Swedish Mausers. Theyre accurate,so smooth and fun to cycle fast. Ive finally also had time to start shooting my mosin also which is cheap and a blast. My dad has an international harvester garand which probably takes first place for me, but its barrel is pretty much shot out.
     
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  13. Dibbs

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    1. Garand- big guys almost have to like this rifle. Recoil schmecoil.
    2. Springfield 03-for extreme accuracy in a milsurp
    3. SKS-just because MURICA!
     
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  14. dcloco

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    M96B Swedish Mauser - insanely accurate with milsurp food.
    K31 Swiss - again, milsurp food is some of the best
    M91/30 - some of the green box/silver stripe food for this
    FN FAL in 308
    K98 in 8mm
     
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  15. JeeperCreeper

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    M44 mosin
    1903
    SKS
     
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  16. P5 Guy

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    I have owned a few surplused rifles; K98k, SVT38/40, SMLE #4mk1, M1903A3, USSR SKS, M1 and a couple of Yugo 48s. Also some odd balls like a Portuguese 1904 that was rechambered to 8mm Mauser and an FN built Mauser in .30'06 supposed to have been a South America police rifle, with a 16 inch barrel.
    As an answer to your post, only the Garand (M1) and SKS remain.
     
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  17. Larryk19D

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    1) Garand, because it is just cool to hold that history in your hands and feel it shoot.
    2) 1911A1, my brand new CMP 1911, carried one for 3 years and now I own one. And now if I need to move the rear sight just a smidge, I won't get an Article 15.
    3) K98, because when you shoot it side by side with the Garand it makes me smile thinking how lucky we all are.
     
  18. fireside44

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    Hey I remember back when I had lots of guns now I remember what the heck most of them were, milsurps! Some of them were gunsmith jobs i.e rechambered others kits some just plain rack rifles.

    I've had, still own, or fired Fal, AK, Mosin, Enfield no iv, Enfield p14, fn49, carcano, SKS, AR, and a few others I can't think of right now. Favorite service type weapon was the Fal. But, way too expensive to shoot for a poor guy so AK is what I kept. Imagine my surprise now that AR has become the new poor man's gun and my beloved AKs are becoming collectible. Crap!

    The nicest auto was the fn49 by a long shot. I like the p-14/m1917 better than the lee Enfield but either can be rechambered for neat stuff (hey during the 90s smle actions were like 5 or 10 bux). Never had a swedish Mauser but there is a reason they are being talked up. USA made mosin ok. Russian made mosin would make good landfill. My m44 looked like it was made using vodka and hand files.

    I still got AKs, a smle on a "friend" sale that I can buy back someday, and a p14 action in a drawer that will likely never get built unless I get rich. If money was no object, Fal. Until then an AK can get it done.
     
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  19. Speedo66

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    Unfortunately, ownership seems to color a lot of threads.

    !- M-1 Carbine because it's US historical, light, and not punishing to shoot.

    2- Swedish Mausers because they generally were well taken care of, reasonable recoil, and extremely accurate.

    3- SKS because they were cheap, ammo is cheap, and, again, recoil is fairly light in that weight rifle.
     
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  20. FL-NC

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    Garand, M1 carbine, BAR. Cause America.
     
  21. chicharrones

    chicharrones needs more ammo

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    That's me.

    I have a Swiss K31 and a Norinco SKS. I had a Swedish 1896 Mauser. :)
     
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  22. NIGHTLORD40K

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    1) M1 carbine- low noise/recoil (most pistol ranges allow them), relatively cheap ammo, mine are very accurate (YMMV)

    2) .410 Enfield musket- cheap and common ammo, wide variety of ammo, surprisingly accurate with rifled slugs

    3) 03a3- much better sights than the '03, mine is laser accurate

    Garand doesnt make the list for me, not because its not fun to shoot- its a pain to load. (Flame suit on :evil:)
     
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  23. Gordon
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    Garand , which Col.Cooper said in his last lecture "every man should own one"
    My K31, very accurate and weird enough for me to like with that big Swiss cross, I was an honorary member of the Monterey County Swiss rifle club and shot it in informal matches for a few years in the 80s and 90s
    My dad's .30 Carbine, no he didn't carry that Winchester in the war, he got it in the early 50s and I knew how to shoot it by the time I was 12 tho.
    A real Krag Carbine which I found 35 years ago in good shape, one of the last ones made. Verty smooth and easy no hassle to load !
    Others !
     
  24. kwg020

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    1. AR 15 rifles and variations of it
    2. M1 Garand and the variations of it. (M1 Carbine, Mini 14)
    3. Mauser and variations of it. (modern bolt actions of various makes and models)
     
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  25. Random 8

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    1. M1 Garand. It's just plain fun, and reasonably accurate. Ammo is easy to reload.
    2. K-31 or G11 Swiss Long rifle. Stunningly accurate and quality ammunition is easy to reload. They just seem to hang there in offhand.
    3. Mosin M39. Good accuracy, still lots of cheap surplus that gives that good commblock burnt spruce needle smell, and another one that just shoots where I point it.
    4. Honorable mention Swedish M96. Super accurate, but mine is a bit ammo fussy. It likes to grenade 123 gr BTHPs and needs the right load to sling tight groups with 140s. Also not as good offhand as the other 3 with the long lock time and trigger pull not as good.
     
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