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Old 07-22-2011, 05:27 AM   #1
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Default Best 30-caliber battle rifle?

I'm not thinking 7.62x39mm!!!!

I'm thinking .308/7.62x51mm, .30-'06, 7.62x54R.

Platform is all-important. I'm thinking lowest cost, plus firepower, plus reliability, plus distance, plus availability of ammo.

Some thoughts, but looking for your ideas:

M1Garand
M14
Mosin Nagant
AR-10

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Old 07-22-2011, 05:52 AM   #2
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The M1 was the best battle rifle in WWII. Then the improved version, the M14 came along. The FN 49 which morphed into the FN FAL would be next.

I don't think a bolt action will work anymore except as a sniper rifle. While the Mosin has a long history, I'd put the Mauser ahead of it, then a 1903 and next, the Enfield. (and the '03 was based on the Mauser)

I have never been in combat, so this is based on what I know, what I've owned or at least fired:

1. M14

2. FN FAL

3. M1

4. Bolt Action

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The M14 is still use today. It would get my vote.

The 1903 Springfield would be second. I still want an A4.

I assume we are leaving out the .303. The INS here would vote it in.

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I've owned a '43 SA M1, an SA M1A Scout and a DSA SA58 FAL. My favorite was the M1A followed by the M1, with the FAL trailing the pack.

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1st M-14
2nd FAL

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For platform I'd go with the FN SCAR heavy, but just what I like, I'd go with an M-14

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I'll pick the AR10 to be different, plus I have one. Very accurate even with the 16" barrel, and easy to operate, clean and maintain. The muzzle blast of a 308 out of that 16" barrel is something else though. Not a problem for me but the others around me tend to leave quickly.

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The reason the AR-10 doesn't really interest me is the cost involved. For instance, one can find a Mosin Nagant for $200, easy. AR-10's would cost 5x that at LEAST.

The longer cases interest the the most, in the family of .30-'06.

The FN-FAL gave the guys fits on Top Shot. Is that indicative of the platform?

What does the M-14 fire, since that's a popular one so far?

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I'd have to go with the M14 / M1A for choice here. The last true battle rifle made.


7.62X51 & .308 Win.

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SKS, just get a lil closer.

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