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Appropriate long gun?

Postby ioxymoron » Wed Oct 29, 2008 9:11 am

Hi

I am interested in buying a California-legal semi auto rifle. It would have to be reliable and fire commonly available ammunition. From what I've read on the internet, would something similar to the AR-10 (e.g. something that fires the NATO 7.62 round) be suitable? I'm a novice here.
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Re: Appropriate long gun?

Postby carcassxd » Wed Oct 29, 2008 9:21 am

Springfields M1A and Socom rifles are worth a look. Both fire .308 which is readily available.

There is also the mini 14 which fires .223. Guess it depends on what you want to use the rifle for. Just a few options...
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Re: Appropriate long gun?

Postby ioxymoron » Wed Oct 29, 2008 9:39 am

Thanks carcassxd. The weapon would be for personal defense.
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Re: Appropriate long gun?

Postby The Big Dog » Fri Oct 31, 2008 12:57 pm

If price isn't an object then I'd go with the M1A or the SOCOM. They are outstanding pieces of equipment, just spendy. If you go for an AR-10, it would probably be most cost effective to DROS a stripped lower receiver, buy a complete upper (available on line, no DROS) plus a Bullet Button and "build your own".

For utter reliability and reasonable price, it's very hard to beat a Ruger, either Mini-14 or Mini-30. The Mini-14 is .223 and the Mini-30 is 7.62x39 Russian, ammo for both is available pretty much worldwide. Just don't shoot corrosive Russian surplus ammo in the Mini-30.
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Re: Appropriate long gun?

Postby gunshack » Fri Oct 31, 2008 1:33 pm

I'm a big fan of the M14 clones for various reasons. As a matter of fact, it's my favorite rifle, period. In California you can legally use detachable magazines, and if you had 20-rounders before the ban, you can legally use them also. Real M14s have been used by the military in various roles for the last 50 years. The AR-10 type rifles were only adopted by the military a few years ago for specific rolls, and have been experiencing a plethora of problems through their short service life.

My favorite builder of M14 clones is LRB, but it's no joke. The standard model goes for $2300, utilizes a forged receiver, and is predominately built with unissued US government surplus parts. All GI parts were made the old world way, with stringent specifications for forging, machining, heat treating and inspection. An LRB is as close as you can get to a real M14 and not wind up in Club Fed (NFA not withstanding.)

Springfield Armory Inc. M1A rifles are pretty cool, and have proven their reliability and durability in the hands of citizens since the early '70s. They are made using commercially manufactured castings for receiver, oprod and other parts. Most new M1As come with a forged bolt. The parts are made in the US and Taiwan.
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