I'm looking for the "general purpose rifle"...what do you suggest me?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by Mark_Van_Goth, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. Mark_Van_Goth

    Mark_Van_Goth New Member

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    Ok, is pretty obvious that can't get all with a single rifle(Some rifles are more powerfull, some rifles are more accurate, some rifles are more reliable...etc).
    But I was wondering...what rifle can get closer to the definition of "General purpose rifle"(which means that you can use it in a combat situation, for hunting, etc)?

    I want to buy a new rifle that:
    -Is battle proven(Can be be used in a real combat situation) and effective on the field
    -can be used as a hunting rifle and a survival rifle.
    -can be used in a CQC environment and can be accurate till 400-600m(With optics) and 150-350m with iron sights.


    My first choice was:
    1)DSA FAL(I shot one last week....7,62x51..an let me say it...I LOVE IT!!!The tactical upgrades are awesome and the rifle, despite its caliber, is pretty controllable even on full-auto(I usually don't use the full-auto mode, but it's a feature taht can be useful in some situation!!!
    2)HK G3 A3-A classic.I love this rifle, some shooters say it is too bulky and heavy, but its weight is not a problem to me(I'm trained to carry extra weight)
    3)Zastava M59/66A1. The accuracy of this weapon and its reliability are simply leggendary.I have shot it using iron sights and with optics:Believe or not, it was one of the prefered weapons of the serbian paramilitary and snipers-I know perfectly why!The only thing I would change form the original design, is to replace the default bolt (Free floating) with a spring loaded one.I would also replace the forniture with a tactical one(Foldable stock).Regarding the rifle feeding:If I would be able to preserve the reliability of the rifle, I would modify it to accept ak mag(Yeahm there are 10,20,30,60,75 an even 100 rnd mags for the ak...that's why I would do it)

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. Jagermeister

    Jagermeister New Member

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    Well....you seem to like the FAL the most. "I Love It." So, why bother asking us. Get what you want. We are going to give you endless other rifle recommendations, or opinions on the three you listed. Go buy the FAL and be happy. Please post pics and give us a range report.
     

  3. bluez

    bluez Well-Known Member

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    I would agree to by what you love... but if indoors is part of your PoU then maybe the Zastava should be more closely considered due to lenght.
     
  4. sandog

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    I shot a Steyr Fal for many years and "loved it", but as I got a little older the size and near 11 lb. weight was a bit much. Since you said you wanted something for hunting and survival, I would recommend a Scout type bolt rifle in .308. Would be good for 95% of any hunting situation, and unless you are facing hordes of attackers, would work for self defense as well. If you are set on a semi auto, and want to stick with .308/7.62 NATO, maybe a M1A Scout or Socom, or an AR-10. For hordes of attackers, a nice AR-15 in 5.56mm with optic would allow faster follow up shots and allow you to carry more ammo than the bigger caliber.
     

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  5. longunner

    longunner New Member

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    Get a Ruger Gunsite Scout or other scout rifle setup, or an AR10 and don't forget to leave some money for ammo and optics ;)
     
  6. hq357

    hq357 New Member

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    Maybe an ar15 with a 308./ 762x51 upper? :)
     
  7. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    That would have to be a bolt action or single shot.
     
  8. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    several of my choices would be

    bcm ar15
    mosin 91/30 pu sniper
    scar17
    wasr 10/63 ak47
    marlin 1895 guide gun in 45-70

    all are effective to 600-800 yards capable of mounting optics with irons. all can be used for defensive or game getting.
     
  9. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    You cannot put an AR-10 (.308) upper on an AR-15
     
  10. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    M-1A, the FAL you mentioned, an HK-91 or Ruger Gunsight scout
     
  11. steadyshot

    steadyshot New Member

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    I have a M1A SOCOM 16. I guess it's kind of a general purpose rifle.

    It's really not a rifle though.....

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    Here it is with a Leupold FX II 2.5x28mm scout scope [​IMG]
     
  12. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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    There is no single rifle that can do everything you want to do well. That is why most people have several rifles.
     
  13. kryptar19

    kryptar19 New Member

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    How about an AR in 6.5 Grendal?? Accurate and reliable rifle, but in (IMO) one of the best calibers ever.
     
  14. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    Rifles are not like kitchen detergents they are not all purpose. Each one is built with a specific purpose. Mostly buyer appeal so you will buy it. It is simple what ever you like the most will become your favorite "Take Along" rifle. And you will claim it is the best all around rifle available. :D
     
  15. hawkguy

    hawkguy Well-Known Member

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    for the purposes you seek.

    a bolt action scout rifle
    AR-10
    M1A

    i'd be M1A for me......:)
     
  16. hareebrownbeest

    hareebrownbeest New Member

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    Well ****... Myself and my 15 yr old daughter have been shooting 1/2 inch groups with the .177 pellet rifle at 100 yrds.
     
  17. hareebrownbeest

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    100 yards. Killer!
     
  18. towboater

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    The FAL is a fine rifle. Although it is kinda heavy. And 308 ammo is not cheap.
    I wish I hadn't sold mine.
     
  19. DrFootball

    DrFootball disappointed & disgusted, But DETERMINED... Lifetime Supporter

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    As great as 7.62/308 is( and I own two M1's) it can not approach the energy the 300win mag can at ranges beyond 700 yards. I'm told most of the Navy/Marine snipers are using them for about 20 years already, if not more.