Rifle

Discussion in 'Auto & Semi-Auto Discussion' started by Hookin11, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. Hookin11

    Hookin11 New Member

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    Am looking into getting a small rifle. More like a truck gun. I like the looks of a Mini-14 but haven't heard of good accurate reviews. Anyone have a recommendation of that over an AR..? Also, cost to shoot is cheaper with a .223, but would an AR-10 be the way to go..?
     
  2. tiberius10721

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    If you really want a good truck gun the ar 15 platform is the last thing you want to carry around in your truck. AR -15 is a great rifle but they require a lot of cleaning and maintnance. I loved shooting my M-16 A2 in the Army but for it to function with any reliability I had to keep it very clean and well lubricated in other words not my idea of an ideal truck gun. The Ruger mini 14 is a fine rifle that will probably suit your needs better as a truck gun.
     

  3. big shrek

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    Truck gun in an unknown state...
    the only semi-auto that's 50-state legal that'll take a beating...
    AND you won't care if it takes a beating...
    is the Hi Point carbine...any caliber.

    Or grab a beat-up used Marlin 336 lever-gun from a pawn shop...won't cost more than $200 in .30-30...
    they're made tough as Abrams Tanks, there are aftermarket synthetic stocks for cheap if you want 'em...
    and they're really precise...tend to be the ones Cowboy Shooters use to win SASS competitions.
    It is the Original Assault Rifle...we sure assaulted the heck outta indigenous tribes with 'em to great effect! ;)
     
  4. Ranger-6

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    For the truck, get a 12 gauge double barrel sawed-off with a pistol grip.
     
  5. mudpupp

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    Your info on the mini is old. The new series is quite accurate and can be accurized enough for competition. It is very good out of the box.

    The mini 14 will shoot everything too. Top of the line 5.56 down to lacquer covered Russian .223 crap rounds.

    easy to clean, easy to shoot, new ones can even use 3rd party magazines.

    You can special order one through Walmart for just over $600 bucks.

    I own AR's and shotguns, but my SHTF and home defense gun is my Mini 14.

    The only one I would trade it for would be a Mini 30
     
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    Ditto what muddpup said. Go to the mini section at the top of the page and look up mini accuracy. I don't think a mini will ever be as accurate as a good AR, but I've been very happy with the accuracy of mine. I'm getting 1" groups all day long at 100 yards with decent ammo. Just make sure you get the newer version.:)
     
  7. Quentin

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    Also the information on ARs needing a lot of cleaning and maintenance is wrong. AR or mini, choose the one you like, you'll be ok. My choice is the AR but go with what you want. Again, you'll be ok.
     
  8. Ryadew3468

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    Why? So he can break his wrist?
     
  9. JonM

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    depends on your intended use. if its a ranch and you need it to down hogs or yotes or other 4 legged vermin then 556 is fine. if its for oh sht this @sshat is blocking me in NOW HE HAS A GUN AND SHOOTING FROM COVER!!!!! then 556 isnt so good.

    my idea if a great truck gun:

    Marlin 1895GBL in 45-70govt. they also come in stainless.

    [​IMG]
     
  10. dks7895

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    In my opinion, a truck gun needs to be tough and capable of taking care of business when needed. For some this could be a 12 gauge shotty, 30-30 or a 22. It all depends on what kind of "critters" you need to manage. What ever you select it should have iron sights. Cheap optics can't take the abuse and I wouldn't want to abuse good ones. A 12 gauge shotty with full choke and some #4s will take care of things nicely.
     
  11. mjkeat

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    I'm a big fan of the AR as it is great for most if not all roles I can imagine. It's rugged, reliable, accurate, and highly manueverable. IMO a 9" barreled AR in .300 BLK would make a great firearm for a vehicle. An SBR'd Draco or Krink w/ folding stock and properly mounted RDS would be good as well. I believe a quality RDS is a perfect choice for an optic ready and willing to take the abuse.
     
  12. fupuk

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    Just do what i did and get this..

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    If your looking for a competition rifle this is not gonna be it. But if your looking for something that will work everytime you pull the trigger, this will do just fine. Ammo is cheap and shooting corosive ammo is easily cleaned from the rifle. Soapy water a few passes with a brush and some oil and your done.
     
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    Magazines are cheap. I can get everything from used to brand new mags for $15-25 depending on where i buy them. Most of the mags i buy are brand new and run me about $18 with tax.
     
  14. tiberius10721

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  15. mjkeat

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    Your armorer probably had something to do with it as did you MOS and duty station.

    I shot my first M16 in 2002 so I can't speak on anything prior to that but I have never had a bad experience with an M16/M4/AR15.
     
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    Don't listen to all the BS. If you like the Mini-14, go ahead and get it. It will serve you well as a truck gun. It goes bang everytime you need it and requires little maint.


    Jim.........
     
  17. mjkeat

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    What BS are you talking about so the OP is more equipped to make the best decision?
     
  18. therewolf

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    I got my SKS with a nice folding stock.

    Dependable, cheap, accurate, punchy.
     
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    While any of the above mentioned platforms will work, I think the primary considerations for a 'truck gun' is ease of storage and access, appropriate power for the task intended, and reliability in less then ideal maintainence situations.

    I would elect the mini-14 in a synthetic stock for this given the currently discussed rifles.

    Some basic reasons for my choice:

    - The Syn stock is not going to get all mucked up and chipped easily - but wood is also available for any purists out there.
    - It is streamlined and compact, ie: you dont have a 30rd magazine, scope, 2 flashlights, laser pointer, gps, Flash Gordon decoder ring, and a cigarette lighter mounted on the rails that will snag up on things and make it hard to get out from behind the seat or off the gun rack
    - It is reliable as hell, and shoots even if poorly maintained.
    - It wont garner undo attention by anyone who sees it in your truck lying next to your "Live Free or Die" bandana
    - It has acceptable firepower yet is easy to handle and keep on target by those lacking Popeye's forearms.

    All fun aside, I think it is a great choice for an all around truck gun if you are looking for a SA platform. :p
     
  20. Recon 173

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    AK rifle in any caliber makes a good truck gun. Get one with a folding stock and they fold up real small about the size of a briefcase rifle. If you mount a simple 4X or 6X scope on it, it should do you right. And those guns need occasional cleaning and are not as finicky as an AR when it comes to getting dirty.