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Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by RedneckRampage, Jul 14, 2013.

  1. RedneckRampage

    RedneckRampage Newberg Well-Known Member

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    I'm looking at rifles for my next buy. I think I have it narrowed down to two. I am not looking for something tactical, but I want something that can shoot with some good power, just faster than my M700 7MM hunting rifle. I want a classic, so I am thinking either a Ruger Mini 14 with wood stock, just plain Jane, or a M1Garand. Looking at prices, they are pretty close on cost. What would you pick, and why? I like classics with some history, so a Garand is really catching my eye.
     
  2. Brutus57

    Brutus57 Skagit County Well-Known Member

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    Garand is a great rifle. Its not light but personally I'd take a Garand or an M1A in 308 vs a Mini 14. If you lean towards a Mini 14 you might as well get an AR, in my humble opinion.

    Brutus Out
     
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  3. GOG

    GOG State of Jefferson Well-Known Member

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    If you can find an M1 Garand at a reasonable price, go for it. I love Mini's, but even so I'd go for the M1 every time.

    The Mini is an outstanding rifle. I've had three 14's and one 30 and loved them all. If you decide to go for a Mini, go for a newer 580 Series. They are much improved over the older models. Another thing is to not use aftermarket mags. They generally don't work worth a darn. So you're stuck with factory mags, but that never bothered me in the least.
     
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  4. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    PTR GI 7.62 NATO. Just bought one and love it.. near new 20 rd mags are $1.50 each. Google Atlantic Firearms to buy one

    For a mini 14 use John Mason mags.. cheap and very reliable
     
  5. evltwn

    evltwn Gold Hill Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    My Garand just turned 70 and shoots as good as ever. I also like my AR, but when I go to the range its the Garand that everyone wants to see.
     
  6. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    I had a nice rebuilt Garand and sold it. It's only real advantage over detachable mag modern weapons is in the prone position. If you envision a lot of that then the Garand may be a good choice. One more thing, do consider one in 7.62 NATO unless you are a handloader cause surplus 30-06 has dried up. I have cases of the AP black tip left in case I ever buy a BAR repro
     
  7. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Of course! It's an antique!
     
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  8. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Mini-14 vs M-1 is really apples and oranges! The M-1 is a battle rifle, much longer range, and more energy. It is big, heavy, robust and historic! The mini is none of these things. It is light, handy and lots of fun though! At reasonable ranges it's a little fist full of firepower. I love mine it's super reliable although it's 37yrs old. It was my sons first varmint rifle and out to about 250yds, did a reasonable job. You should get both!!!
    PS: M-1's are a lot of fun to shoot too!
     
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  9. coop44

    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    get a new BAR
     
  10. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    I just bought a 100 pack of German date marked aluminum G3 20 rd mags, some new in the wrapper, many in excellent shape, and some a bit scratched from storage and handling only for $1.50 each. You can't even buy M1 Garand enblock clips for that any more
     
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  11. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I dated a German once. She had a funny name.
     
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  12. unklekippy

    unklekippy In The Mountains Near Sprague River Well-Known Member

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    I personally don't care for the 5.56. With expanding ammo, it can be quite a nasty weapon. With FMJ's, I can't understand why anyone in our military would be OK with it. I personally would go for something in .308. Springfield M1A, PTR, FAL, Tanker Garand or the like. I very much like the .308. I use it as my main hunting round and keep an Enfield bolt gun with 12 round box mags in what I would like to be my "fixed" shooting position at the homestead if things ever went that far. With limited time behind a PTR, I would say that I prefer the M1A. I have no doubt that all Blitzkrieg' praise for the PTR is valid. I just don't have the first hand experience.

    A .223 is cute for coyotes. The .308 can literally break a man in half. With today's projectiles, I wouldn't hesitate to use anything from 150's to 180's on anything in America, 2 legs or 4.

    That's my opinion and I don't state it to take away from anyone else. Good luck with your purchase, whatever it may be.
     
  13. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    Are they really that close in cost these days? Haven't been paying attention. Any way it depends of course on what you want it for.
     
  14. Cryogaijin

    Cryogaijin Portland New Member

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    How about a Vepr 54r? accurate, REALLY cheep ammo, durable. . .