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till44
03-10-2010, 9:12 AM
This will be my first go at picking up a C&R piece. I'm looking to restore it to what I can, make a few tweeks to improve the performance and nothing more. Just want it to be reliable and fun to shoot. I have lots of experience with modern weapons, but will admit that I know next to nothing about the older guns. This will end up spending most of its time in my vehicle.

I would like to find either a shotgun or lever gun. Something that has some capacity to hold more than 1 round at a time. Also looking for something that doesn't require ammo that I will not be able to find at the local gun store/Walmart.

So, what do you recommend? What's a reasonable price for it? Keep in mind part of the reason for this little project is to keep the overall cost to a minimum, I do not want a museum piece. Thanks for the help and all the ideas.

Rekrab
03-10-2010, 9:51 AM
Mauser bolt action might be good if you're not dead set on shotguns and levers. I believe you can pick up 8mm at wally world.

froman118
03-10-2010, 10:14 AM
M1 Carbine from the CMP? About $500 shipped for a genuine USGI rifle that probably saw service in WWII and will be more of a shooter than collectible. .30 Carbine might be available at Walmart and it will be cheaper than their 8mm or 30-06.

If you can find a 30-30 lever rifle that's older than 50 years old then that'd work too. If you can narrow down what you're looking for a bit more then we'd be able to help more.

Z ME FLY
03-10-2010, 10:36 AM
I have an old 16ga sxs shotgun that is missing the extractor. I believe this is the only thing missing. I cut the stock down with the idea of putting a pistol grip but never got around to shape it. It has 18.5" barrels. Let me know.

till44
03-10-2010, 10:42 AM
I have an old 16ga sxs shotgun that is missing the extractor. I believe this is the only thing missing. I cut the stock down with the idea of putting a pistol grip but never got around to shape it. It has 18.5" barrels. Let me know.

Is it this one? http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm279/zmefly0130/021710115155.jpg

As for narrowing it down further, I really don't know. I like the idea of the lever gun and shotgun, primarily because I am familiar with their modern counterparts.

bgelectrician
03-10-2010, 11:16 AM
Mosin Nagant bolt action rifle are fun and cheap! You can pick one up from Big 5 for $99 bucks. Or online for about the same or a little less.

Z ME FLY
03-10-2010, 11:23 AM
Is it this one? http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm279/zmefly0130/021710115155.jpg

As for narrowing it down further, I really don't know. I like the idea of the lever gun and shotgun, primarily because I am familiar with their modern counterparts.

NOOOOO I am never selling that!

It's an old riverside SXS.. I took pictures of it a long time ago before I did the chop. But the stock on the sxs looks like the one in the picture. I liked the idea of leaving it like that so I can use the stock cuffs.

Z ME FLY
03-10-2010, 11:24 AM
Mosin Nagant bolt action rifle are fun and cheap! You can pick one up from Big 5 for $99 bucks. Or online for about the same or a little less.

I was going to say this..

Get a Mosin they are super cheap! or an old shotgun you want to work on too. Actually you can get both because its cheap.

Edge
03-10-2010, 12:20 PM
Pick up a Winchester 30-30 lever action. Fun to carry and shoot.

cryoguy
03-10-2010, 2:23 PM
I was going to say get a Mosin too. Just about every gun store has ammo for them that is cheap.

bgelectrician
03-10-2010, 2:44 PM
Go to AIM and get your ammo! They are 1/3 the price and the Mosin will eat up anything. Just clean it afterward.

OneApart
03-10-2010, 2:51 PM
SKS

sd_shooter
03-10-2010, 3:34 PM
1) Mosin - Cheap, and you can get the ammo at Big5 (Although better ammo is available online for a lot less - at least until AB962 kicks in.)

2) SKS - Not that much more, ammo available everywhere. Tons of fun.
(Not all SKS are C&R though...)

3) Garand - You can get a rack grade for $500 at CMP. Ammo readily available although it costs more than options 1) and 2).

mdouglas1980
03-10-2010, 3:39 PM
I go with a mosin or the SKS as stated above^^^^

till44
03-10-2010, 7:49 PM
I guess I should say I'd like it as compact as possible, it will have to fit in my trunk, and it is relatively small. Plus, I have always hated the look of the Mosin and SKS. The M1 Carbine seems great but more than I want to spend, I could build a budget AR or Saiga for that price.

Any other suggestions? Thanks for the suggestions up to now, I feel like a complete noob in here.

cryoguy
03-10-2010, 8:55 PM
1) Mosin - Cheap, and you can get the ammo at Big5 (Although better ammo is available online for a lot less - at least until AB962 kicks in.)

2) SKS - Not that much more, ammo available everywhere. Tons of fun.
(Not all SKS are C&R though...)

3) Garand - You can get a rack grade for $500 at CMP. Ammo readily available although it costs more than options 1) and 2).

I thought AB962 only deals with pistol ammo. Or did I miss something?

sd_shooter
03-10-2010, 11:01 PM
I thought AB962 only deals with pistol ammo. Or did I miss something?

Supposedly it's only for pistol ammo, but when big outfits like JG stop shipping to CA because of AB962, it affects all ammo (see the flyer that came in your mail - you do get it, don't you?) So no more cheap 7.62x39, 7.62x54R, Makarov, 5.45x39...

steelrain82
03-10-2010, 11:27 PM
how about an enfield. awesome rifle

7.62x54R
03-10-2010, 11:52 PM
Mosin :coolgleamA:

eighteenninetytwo
03-11-2010, 3:51 PM
Lee Enfield - Anything else is just a rifle

andalusi
03-11-2010, 7:07 PM
I would like to find either a shotgun or lever gun. Something that has some capacity to hold more than 1 round at a time. Also looking for something that doesn't require ammo that I will not be able to find at the local gun store/Walmart.

So, what do you recommend? What's a reasonable price for it? Keep in mind part of the reason for this little project is to keep the overall cost to a minimum, I do not want a museum piece. Thanks for the help and all the ideas.

For a lever action, you could try a Winchester 94 or Marlin 336. I think Summit Gun Broker still had some of the former in stock.

0321jarhead
03-12-2010, 8:09 AM
I have a beautiful K31 that is like a Rolls Royce if interested. VERY ACCURATE.

Rem222
03-12-2010, 8:29 AM
Mosin Nagant bolt action rifle are fun and cheap! You can pick one up from Big 5 for $99 bucks. Or online for about the same or a little less.

If you can temporarily pass on a shotgun or lever I agree with the Mosin. A great way to start. If you want something compact, a M38 or 91/59.

0321jarhead
03-12-2010, 9:02 AM
M38 is pretty cool. Just be sure it does'nt have the M44 stock.

Bhobbs
03-12-2010, 9:29 AM
Buy everything that people have suggested. You can never go wrong with a good collection of battle rifles.

ROTC sniper
03-14-2010, 10:26 AM
Buy everything that people have suggested. You can never go wrong with a good collection of battle rifles.

What he said ^^^