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p2rider426
03-01-2012, 8:21 AM
So I should be getting back around $500 back soon and have been pondering what firearms I would like to add to my family :) Right now my personal collection consists of
S&W mp15 sport
1980s 10/22
Home built Egyptian AKM
Pardner pump youth (for the gf)
Early model remington 1100 12 gauge
and several air rifles

Plus I have access to my dad's considerable collection (except his garand and sig are his babies)

So, at the moment I'm thinking these are my top options (I'm open to suggestions too :) )

1. CMP Garand- Words cannot express the cool factor I think these rifles have. My personal favorite weapon of all time without a doubt. This would be the obvious choice for me if it weren't for the price of ammo. However, a good buddy of mine reloads 30-06, so for all you hand loaders out there, about how much is it per round for you to shoot cheap 30-06?
2. Saiga in 5.45 or 5.56- Cheap to buy and shoot. Lacks the precision of a bolt gun and coolness of a garand though. If anyone would like to meet me at the range someone and let me shoot their saiga to see if their fun factor makes up for it I would be happy to oblige :)
3. Savage axis in .243 or .308- I've always heard great things about cheap savage bolt guns. .243 because I go varmint hunting quite often and have been wanting to begin hunting deer some year. .308 because right now it looks like I'll be moving to texas once I graduate and from the little I've read is that .308 is a very popular round for taking large hogs.
4. Mosin- Very cheap to buy and shoot. My buddy just picked one up so I was going to be shooting it one of these upcoming weekends and decide from there :)
5. Pardner Pump or Mossberg 500- I just recently started shooting clays and love it! My remington is great for that but i has way too much sentimental value to me to use as a loaner or to shoot heavy loads through even. I just thought I'd get a lot of fun out of a beater shotgun if I had one :)

Let me know what you guys think!

Marshall

DannyInSoCal
03-01-2012, 8:25 AM
Go to casino.

Bet it all on black.

Win.

Bet it all on black again.

Win.

Buy them all...

jokat989
03-01-2012, 8:29 AM
you need a 5.45ak. 130 bucks for 1080 rounds=winning

MikeEM1
03-01-2012, 8:38 AM
The first two replies are what you need to do. Agreed with both!

p2rider426
03-01-2012, 8:41 AM
Haha, I was thinking about getting the saiga for now and converting it once I'm out of state.

How much do you pay per round to reload your -06 Wes?

NorCalK9.com
03-01-2012, 9:56 AM
Build another AK!
Maybe an ak74

t0kie
03-01-2012, 10:08 AM
No pistols?

MrExel17
03-01-2012, 10:37 AM
I say AK too, cheap ammo and affordable platform. +1 AK

comblock
03-01-2012, 11:00 AM
Maybe adjust your witholdings so your not giving .gov an interest free loan in the future.

p2rider426
03-01-2012, 11:47 AM
Maybe adjust your witholdings so your not giving .gov an interest free loan in the future.

Guns are one of the best investments I'm aware of. My grandpa has the receipt from when he bought his m1 carbine, garand, 1903 springfield, and colt 1911 back in the 50's. He paid $140 for all four shipped to his front door. Now those guns are worth over 4k together. That's a pretty good return...

And my finances are in line for at least the next three years of school. I will be attending a jc over the summers to make sure I get out with my BS in 4 years.

stix213
03-01-2012, 12:17 PM
I suggest buying me something instead ;)

ns209
03-01-2012, 12:25 PM
Maybe a saiga 12 like 600 bucks

223556
03-01-2012, 12:29 PM
I say something unique or a pistol!
Can never go wrong with a mosin!

ZX-10R
03-01-2012, 12:31 PM
The AK is the better bet. You can find all the other junk guns all day every year...The Maadi. You won't. Someone who tells you to get a Saiga at this point just does not know to much about AKs to opinionate that with conviction.

Rekrab
03-01-2012, 12:36 PM
The AK is the better bet. You can find all the other junk guns all day every year...The Maadi. You won't. Someone who tells you to get a Saiga at this point just does not know to much about AKs to opinionate that with conviction.

He said he already has an Egyptian home build.

OP, Saigas are fun and easy to convert. A 5.56 or 5.45 would be a good investment since ammo is cheap for both. Personally, I think a 5.56 would be good for someone who has to worry about magnetic ammo. I also worry that 5.45 surplus may dry up one day, but I don't worry about it much.

17+1
03-01-2012, 12:40 PM
Without a doubt, the CMP M1.

Start saving up for a reloading setup after that. ;)

therza2071
03-01-2012, 12:41 PM
None of the above.

Go buy some ammo and show the guns you already have some love.

p2rider426
03-01-2012, 6:46 PM
None of the above.

Go buy some ammo and show the guns you already have some love.

I already have a closet full of 12g target loads, 5.56/.223, 7.62, and .22s. I'm almost worried about getting another caliber because I'll have to fine somewhere else to keep it! Lol

Right now I'm leaning towards saiga in 5.45 and converting it ak style when I move away. How compatible are 7.62 AKMs with 5.45 saigas? I love my ak and everything but I was a little too ambitious with my build... It was my first build, a cut barrel kit, I was lacking in some equipment, and didn't have a complete rifle to go off of. All things considered it turned out OK, but nothing to show off. I'd like to use parts off my existing AKM and convert a 5.45 saiga properly down the road if possible. What do you guys think? Would I be able to use anything off my existing ak for the conversion?

jokat989
03-01-2012, 9:24 PM
Haha, I was thinking about getting the saiga for now and converting it once I'm out of state.

How much do you pay per round to reload your -06 Wes?


assuming you recycle brass, its about 35 cents/round. new brass itself is 40 cents /piece, or you can get loaded ammo for just under $1 per shot to accumulate brass.

if you do get a garand, and you are handloading, you can just cool the loads off a little bit and not have to dick with the gas system

p2rider426
03-01-2012, 9:38 PM
assuming you recycle brass, its about 35 cents/round. new brass itself is 40 cents /piece, or you can get loaded ammo for just under $1 per shot to accumulate brass.

if you do get a garand, and you are handloading, you can just cool the loads off a little bit and not have to dick with the gas system

How many reloads do you get out of decent brass before its no good? I just did a bit of research and according to a bunch of places I read is that CMP's new batch of garands are fantastic. Even field grades are pretty darn nice.

Man, it's fun to dream about guns :D

RONIN.
03-01-2012, 10:41 PM
go to westminster and buy a TEC9 yo... lol no, they are garbage..

saiga 5.45 cheap ammo, did i mention cheap ammo