What rifle should I get.

Discussion in 'Auto & Semi-Auto Discussion' started by AdAstra2009, May 8, 2009.

  1. AdAstra2009

    AdAstra2009 New Member

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    Here's the deal, I'm looking for a semiautomatic rifle and the most I can spend is probably about $500-600

    Preferably magazine fed and can hold no more than 20 rounds (I live in Maryland)
     
  2. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    We need more information. What's it for? $400-500. will buy quite a few different rifles. :confused:
     

  3. AdAstra2009

    AdAstra2009 New Member

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    General purpose I guess.
    *legal to hunt with(not necesarily good to hunt with)
    *Magazine fed
    *20 round magazine
    *Easy to find ammunition
    *500-600 dollars
    *Can be used for home defense
    *pistol grip

    Really the only ones I can think of are the Mini-14
     
  4. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Well, if you want a .223, there's also the Kel Tec SU 16 which is a neat little rig. You may be able to find a surplus M1 carbine for your price if you're really lucky, but a Universal carbine is quite likely at that price.

    If you want more firepower, the Remington 740, 742, 7400 series of rifles will get you into .270 or .30-06. There are ten round aftermarket mags made for them.

    That's about all I can think of at the moment. Somebody else should be around in a while and give you some more input.

    BTW, a pistol grip equipped rifle like a FAL or AR type will cost you more money.

    Good luck. :cool:
     
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  5. divinginn

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    A sks would fit the bill also.
     
  6. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Dangit! The SKS completely slipped my mind. That could fit the bill, buy some ammunition and still have a few bucks left over.
     
  7. J33Nelson

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  8. dunerunner

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    The Ruger 10/22 would fit your description, and a bunch of ammo to go with it!!
     
  9. AdAstra2009

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    Nahh, I already got a .22 rifle, and that Mk4/M14 thing is wayy over my budget.
    I'm looking for something with a bit more stopping power.

    I'm leaning toward a Yugo SKS or a Mini-14 if I can get one cheap enough.
     
  10. Minionsram

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    I liked the Yugo sks that I bought. Cheep and reliable. At one time we could say ammo was prevalent and cheep, but that is not an accurate statement in todays time.
     
  11. WDB

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    A Ruger mini 14 is the rifle you are looking for. They are easy to find, there are a lot of after market parts to make it fit your needs at that price.
     
  12. Lowrider

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    I agree. I really like the Mini-14 and own two of them.
     
  13. Laufer

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    If you already have a .22 which is the cheapest ammo to shoot, you might want to handle the SKS and a Mini, to compare ergonomics etc.

    My Mini 14 was 100% reliable, and used only newer Russian-made Wolf and S.B. ammo, and despite using the wobbly-fit polymer Promag (30-rd.), it never misfed. Although the Mini 30 had about ten ftfs (first strike) in about 1,000 rounds, the Mini 14 had none.

    If somebody plans to take on Al Qaida, the Taliban, Hezbollah or 'Shining Path', maybe an AK or one of these others with a large magazine is best.
    Otherwise, if fun is the main objective, it will be a personal preference.

    5.45x39 ammo, the newer Russian caliber, is one of the cheapest ammo types ($180/1,000?), but some AK-74 owners describe seeing 'keyholes' in their targets.
     
  14. AdAstra2009

    AdAstra2009 New Member

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    unfortunately MD has a 20 round magazine limit.
     
  15. M14sRock

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    Forgive my ignorance about MD laws, but can you own a rifle that will ACCEPT magazines over 20rds? Can you have mags that have been blocked at 20rds? Does it need to be a permanent modification?
     
  16. AdAstra2009

    AdAstra2009 New Member

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    I think the law is simply that you cannot have any magazines that can hold more than 20 rounds.

     
  17. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    Your own quote says that "possession is not prohibited". Is that from the MD state law? It sounds to me like they are OK to own, but not OK to sell or buy or transfer. CA is the same, but our restriction is limited at 10rds.
     
  18. 7.62 Man

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    Here is one don't know if it's legal in your state, but here it is a great shooter.
    I'm sure you can find 20 rounders some where. It shoots the 5.45x39 that is about the least expensive rifle ammo out there right now 1080rds for $159.
    And very accurate, I have not seen any key holing with mine.


    POLISH TANTAL AK.......................$519.95
    Classic Arms Inc.
     
  19. Going Postal

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    If you like the looks and feel of the Mini-14, you might want to give some thought to the Mini-30. It is the exact same gun as the Mini-14 but shoots the 7.62X39. All of the aftermarket "stuff" for the Mini-14 will also fit it. The price is about the same as the mini-14. just my 2 cents worth.
     
  20. AdAstra2009

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    crap dammit, It turns out in Maryland you have to be at least 21 in order to buy an "assault weapon and other regulated firearms"

    So that sort of thins out my choices (I am 18 years old)
    I guess I'll look for an SKS.

    Is a Ruger mini-14 not considered an "Assault Weapon" assuming it has the standard wooden stock and not one of those folding/pistol grip stocks?