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Re: Thinking about a 7.62x51 semi-auto rifle

Post by First Shirt » Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:25 am

Great! Now I just have to hope that the Christmas bonus is REALLY good!
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Re: Thinking about a 7.62x51 semi-auto rifle

Post by Vonz90 » Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:46 am

Jered wrote:Your best bet is probably a PTR-91, then.

Brownells has a 10 pack of G3 magazines for $34.99..

Atlantic Firearms has a PTR-91 for $925.

If magazines are the only thing holding you back from a G3 style rifle, they're $3.50 each.
I think the PTR's are a good bet. I have a different clone but the smith that built mine unfortunately passed away a few years ago son that is not an option.

I would say handle one first. G3s fit me great but of course I am a Teutonic Ubermann so there is that. Some people hate the ergonomic of them.

In the end all the 7.62 battle rifles are good choices- it is just a matter of taste.

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Re: Thinking about a 7.62x51 semi-auto rifle

Post by tcourtplayer » Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:25 am

Vonz90 wrote:
Jered wrote:Your best bet is probably a PTR-91, then.

Brownells has a 10 pack of G3 magazines for $34.99..

Atlantic Firearms has a PTR-91 for $925.

If magazines are the only thing holding you back from a G3 style rifle, they're $3.50 each.
I think the PTR's are a good bet. I have a different clone but the smith that built mine unfortunately passed away a few years ago son that is not an option.

I would say handle one first. G3s fit me great but of course I am a Teutonic Ubermann so there is that. Some people hate the ergonomic of them.

In the end all the 7.62 battle rifles are good choices- it is just a matter of taste.
This.
I actually own one of each (minus the AR-10, but hopefully that'll be on my list after I finish moving). They each have their pro's and con's but I love each in their own way and could spend an afternoon shooting any of them. I have a PTR-91 as the G3 variant and I have never regretted it.
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Re: Thinking about a 7.62x51 semi-auto rifle

Post by Netpackrat » Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:42 am

Weetabix wrote:I believe I've read that you can shoot 7.62x51 in a .308, but not .308 in a 7.62x51, if that make a difference. You should check me on that, though.
Depends on the rifle. My Saiga .308 is stamped as being OK for both, and commercial .308 (plus handloads) are primarily what I have fired through it. I am, however, growing less enamored of it due to inconsistent accuracy. One day I will show up at the range and make nice groups with it, and another I might be doing well to cover all shots with my fist. I'm probably going to gunkote it and peddle it next time a democrat is in office, and get something else. Not necessarily in that order.
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Re: Thinking about a 7.62x51 semi-auto rifle

Post by Rich Jordan » Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:46 am

Well, I know a wood/fiberglass stocked M1-A fits me pretty well. No idea on the SOCOM types. My favorite and most comfortable full size rifle to shoot remains the M1 Garand, though as previously noted I'm going to have to put optics on my rifles in the not too distant future. The ARs all have scopes or red dots and those work better for me than iron sights any more, but put any of my ARs next to a Garand and I'll grab the Garand every time (unless I need to hit things many times with small bullets in a hurry).

That 7.62x51 Garand is over $1K also. I've got a ton of enbloc clips, which is a plus, but I'd need to know that the rifle can take an Ultimak or Amega mount to add optics. I'm not going to drill a Garand for a side mount or fake up an M1-D on it (I've got a real M1-D)

I need to check the shops in the area and see if any have the various rifles in stock, especially ranges that might have them to rent. Even if I can't shoot them I can handle them and see how they fit.

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Re: Thinking about a 7.62x51 semi-auto rifle

Post by Jered » Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:25 am

tcourtplayer wrote: This.
I actually own one of each (minus the AR-10, but hopefully that'll be on my list after I finish moving). They each have their pro's and con's but I love each in their own way and could spend an afternoon shooting any of them. I have a PTR-91 as the G3 variant and I have never regretted it.
I've owned an M1A. I currently own a FAL and a PTR-91.

They're each different.
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Re: Thinking about a 7.62x51 semi-auto rifle

Post by Netpackrat » Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:32 am

Rich Jordan wrote:A quality AR will probably start at $1400 (new);
Yeah that seems to be about right.

https://aeroprecisionusa.com/complete-r ... s-308.html

It would also be remiss to not post a reminder of why Springfield Armory sucks goat balls:

https://bearingarms.com/david-l/2017/05 ... nois-ffls/

https://gunstoday.com/why-is-everyone-b ... ld-armory/
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Re: Thinking about a 7.62x51 semi-auto rifle

Post by Jered » Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:41 am

Netpackrat wrote:

It would also be remiss to not post a reminder of why Springfield Armory sucks goat balls:

https://bearingarms.com/david-l/2017/05 ... nois-ffls/

https://gunstoday.com/why-is-everyone-b ... ld-armory/
I suddenly don't feel too guilty for trading my Springfield M1A for an AK any more.
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Re: Thinking about a 7.62x51 semi-auto rifle

Post by blackeagle603 » Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:08 am

Just back home from an early Thanksgiving get together with extended family. Looks like I'll be getting a give-away price on an AR-10 style lower from nephew who's got several just sitting. Of course I immediately start thinking about alternate caliber options... /heh/
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Re: Thinking about a 7.62x51 semi-auto rifle

Post by Netpackrat » Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:13 am

blackeagle603 wrote:Just back home from an early Thanksgiving get together with extended family. Looks like I'll be getting a give-away price on an AR-10 style lower from nephew who's got several just sitting. Of course I immediately start thinking about alternate caliber options... /heh/
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