Originally Posted by ivandog48
Anything else in the .30 cal. world offers little to make them significantly better than those mentioned above. Personal preference drives the discussion from this point. Russia has some effective ( and crude) weapons that are worthy of mention, but American weapons are clearly superior in quality and wow factor. Thank goodness they have made the U.S. a winner. When it comes to war, we are very good indeed.
I love my Garand, and the M14, ARs, et al, but I would hesitate to
trust my life to them in view of the Russian designs, which are
crude, but, IMO, much more sturdy than their
counterparts throughout the world.
When you get out there in the bush for an extended time,
you need something which you can
take down and clean simply and easily, and maybe even scrounge cleaning and lube
product for, as well as dependably shoot.
It's a buck-dancer's choice, but I'd personally be torn between between a
SKS, and a Mosin M44, depending largely upon whether I were trying to
fight a war, or survive one.