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zcrehan
10-04-2009, 12:29 AM
I am planning on thinning my rifle collection from two down to one.

I currently have a .223 Rem 700, LTR. I like the gun a lot, it's accurate as all can be and not too heavy. I consider this thing my varmint and coyote rifle... problem is I haven't used it on game since my father passed away and don't care for the .223 bolt gun as a plinking platform... I am ready to part with it.

The counterpart to my LTR is a sporterized VZ-24 in 7x57. This is my deer and pig gun and at this point I am wishing to replace this rifle with a semi auto in a more common caliber.

Don't try and talk me out of it! I've been thinking about this quite a bit recently and I feel that the best thing for me to do at this point is to sell these two rifles and replace them with a single rifle.

I am solely interested in a .308 replacement, I want to be able to kill pigs with whatever rifle I end up with.

My priorities break down in this fashion.
1. Reliability.
2. Accuracy.
3. Looks.

The list of rifles I am considering before the input of these forums is as follows.

1. M1A
2. PTR-91
3. AR-10

The M1A is a long ways in front so far... but, to me, the 91 has it badly beat in the least important priority(looks).

Anyway I really appreciate the input of you forum goers that are wiser than I. So please, let me know if you think I'm crazy.

NOTARPilot
10-04-2009, 12:34 AM
I'm not sure that 2 rifles qualifies as a collection. Maybe if you keep them and add the M1 you will then have a foundation for a rifle collection.;):D

zcrehan
10-04-2009, 12:39 AM
I'm not sure that 2 rifles qualifies as a collection. Maybe if you keep them and add the M1 you will then have a foundation for a rifle collection.;):D

Haha, I definitely see what you are saying here but the fact of the matter is these two rifles fill a niche I no longer have as a sportsman.

I am looking to invest in a quality rifle (and the reloading equipment to support it) and any suggestions you might have towards those means would be appreciated.

SanSacto
10-04-2009, 12:40 AM
FAL or Saiga-308

Beelzy
10-04-2009, 8:05 AM
I'm not sure that 2 rifles qualifies as a collection. Maybe if you keep them and add the M1 you will then have a foundation for a rifle collection.;):D


Dude, don't steal his thunder..........:p

PS. OP: Don't be sellin your Smoke Poles........Ya hear me?? :rolleyes:

tommyid1
10-04-2009, 8:16 AM
M1A or similar M14 reliable accurate. And that sexy classic look

5ohguy
10-04-2009, 8:45 AM
I love my m1a. When the military in Afghanistan needed more range and punch, they went straight for m1a/m14. Ptr-91s are great battle rifles too, but I definitely prefer the m1a.

Jpach
10-04-2009, 12:03 PM
.308 AR. Reliable as hell, stupidly accurate, accessories up the ***, and just flat out beautiful. Id say go with a DPMS patterned .308 instead of armalite as they use SR-25 mags and therefore will be able to use the upcomming .308 PMAGs. If you have questions on the .308 AR or more into my experience, shoot me a PM. Hope that helps!

Afterburnt
10-04-2009, 12:48 PM
an M1A is too heavy for me, but I am lazy

sacshooter1
10-04-2009, 12:57 PM
I have a PTR91 that is a registered AW here in Ca and it is a great gun. But, if you are planning on reloading the PTR91 does pretty much destroy the brass, that is if you can find the brass because it also ejects it very far. Parts are easy to find for the PTR91 as it uses surplus HK91 parts. It is easy to switch out the butt stock, fore end, trigger group etc. I haven't shot any M1A's that much, so I don't know much about them. The PTR91 also uses a claw scope mount that is kinda pricey.

Requiem
10-04-2009, 1:23 PM
M1a scout. IMO.

thefurball
10-04-2009, 1:23 PM
M1A

socomIInato
10-04-2009, 1:40 PM
for your`e stated requirements I would select a loaded M1A with SS barrel, extended rail. with removable magazine allows you to use 5 & 10 rd mags. best open sight on a battle rifle and extended rail solves any problem regarding scope mounting. lots of versatility in this version of the M1A.

Trevor
10-04-2009, 6:30 PM
M1A Scout. Then get yourself a 22 for plinking.

Sunwolf
10-04-2009, 6:35 PM
M1A.

zcrehan
10-04-2009, 7:13 PM
I have a .22 :p

The M1A is still in the lead but I think I'm gonna PM JPach to get his more in-depth opinion.

5ohguy
10-04-2009, 7:39 PM
If an M1A is too heavy for you, well then honestly... you need to get in shape. Mine weighs roughly 9.5 lbs loaded. What do you think a GI carrying a M1 Garand weighing 11.5 lbs or a Thompson weighing 12 lbs would say about you complaining about a 9.5 lb m1a?

Get a good sling and you can carry 9.5 lbs all day long.