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Old 04-10-2014, 02:04 PM   #1
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I have decided (I think) that my next purchase should be a long gun dedicated to self defense. Now, I don't feel under-armed, but I don't HAVE a long gun whose primary function is self defense (well, okay, I have a couple of what used to be call "riot guns", but let's pretend they don't exist. I'm looking for an excuse to buy a new gun).

I really don't want an AR in .223. If it's a rifle, I'd like it to be in a larger caliber (yes, I know the reasons one should get a .223. I'm ignoring them), and am considering a MIA, but am open to other suggestions. The exception to not wanting a .223 would be a mini-14, as I have a bunch of hi-cap mags for one.

However, I am also interested in the Saiga 12, but have read conflicting reviews. Anyone with actual experience with one?

I'd also even consider a (yep, y'all know it) an M-1 Garand, as I have a bunch of clips for it also.

So . . . let's try to keep the price under about $1200. What would you recommend?

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Good choice, but you might consider and M-14 also, if you can find on for that price. I got lucky and a friend is willing to sell me his M-14 for $1200.

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I believe Ruger makes a Mini in 6.8 SPC. (Not Sure of Model) with the budget you have in mind you could likely get the 6.8 Mini and a used Mini-14 so you can use your mags.

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Good choice, but you might consider and M-14 also, if you can find on for that price. I got lucky and a friend is willing to sell me his M-14 for $1200.
I have experience with the M -14, and like it also. It would be a consideration.
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I have never considered a Mini 14 as in indoor sd weapon; I supposed the layout and size of the house would have to be considered. I do love the feel, grip, sighting and ease of handling, even moreso than my ARs. Fine gun.

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My AR was the HD rifle. I switched to my AK 47 as soon as I got it. Any .30 caliber round will do. Make someone into Swiss cheese.

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Consider a pistol caliber semiauto carbine, such as the Beretta CX4 in .45 ACP. They are the best at close range.

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I have never considered a Mini 14 as in indoor sd weapon; I supposed the layout and size of the house would have to be considered. I do love the feel, grip, sighting and ease of handling, even moreso than my ARs. Fine gun.
I'm not worried about an indoor HD weapon; I'm talking about something for the zombie apocalypse.
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Consider a pistol caliber semiauto carbine, such as the Beretta CX4 in .45 ACP. They are the best at close range.
Want something for over 50 yards. . I have pistols for HD and close range; scoped bolt actions for longer ranges, but want what is sometimes called (not by me) a "battle rifle".
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I have decided (I think) that my next purchase should be a long gun dedicated to self defense
TX, in reading your posts it is un-clear what you consider a self-defense gun? Over 50 yards? Not a 223? Not long range?

Under $1,200 puts you just out of range of something like the new DPMS GII AP4 in 308 $1,499 MSRP, I believe around $1,300 in stores. You could get a DPMS LR-308T at MSRP of $1,189.00.

If you are considering a M-14 or M1A I think those too will be above your price range ($1,400-$1,500) and I would seriously consider the GII.

While I doubt that you will ever run across a group of flesh eating two legged un-dead an AR-15 in 6.8 SPC would take care of four legged flesh eaters without any problems in the 50 to 200 yard range.

Good Luck on your gun hunt and remember to shoot straight.
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