GUN Only one rifle: Help me choose.

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Which rifle?

  1. Stay with the 5.45 AR

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    40.9%
  2. FAL

    8 vote(s)
    36.4%
  3. XCR

    3 vote(s)
    13.6%
  4. Something else - Post in thread

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    9.1%
  1. zumin3k

    zumin3k New Member

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    Due to my financial situation, I can only afford to have one rifle.
    I currently have an AR-15 in 5.45x39 caliber
    5.45 AR
    Pros: Modern design, cheap ammo
    Cons: Corrosive ammo, only available online, few ammo choices.
    FAL
    Pros: Reliable, big round, commercially available ammo, will force me to reload, can use to hunt.
    Cons: Expensive ammo, large/heavy rifle, oldish.
    XCR 5.56
    Pros: Modern design, good features, caliber swappability, will force me to reload, commerically available ammo/ammo selection
    Cons: Expensive, 1/9 barrel, uncommon.

    Something else?
    I think I'm just getting bored.
     
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    spankaveli OT Supporter

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    Why not an ak74? That way you only have to buy one caliber ammo for both guns,...
     
  3. What are you using it for? I mean, if it's just for having fun, I'd stick with what you already have, especially since ammo for it is so cheap. I really like the XCR, but it really wouldn't do anything that your rifle now doesn't do, from a having fun/plinking standpoint. I totally understand the getting bored and wanting to make a change thing though.
     
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    What are you wanting to do with this rifle. That is the main dictator of what you buy.
     
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    I was thinking of that, but I'm not sure that i'd want it to be my only rifle.
     
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    Yeah, I think that's all it is. It is just for having fun with really.
     
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    You should be able to get some soft point 5.45 rounds for hunting. I'm gonna gear up to load 5.45 in the next month so if you decide to keep it and would like to hunt, I'll send a few hunting rounds your way.

    Century has $120 tins again, if you are just plinking, I vote to keep the 5.45 AR.
     
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    Yeah mainly for plinking. I didn't know one could reload 5.45...I'd love some soft tips. How do you load them?
     
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    AR would be hard to beat for cheap fun.

    Maybe try and find new avenues to shoot it at?
     
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    Good idea.
     
  11. Come up with Hoss and shoot some PR matches in Oregon.
     
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    I'd love to, but I've never shot competetively before and would probably embarass myself. I'm running a KISS setup with irons.
     
  13. JRucker and Keesh both run irons, as did mstad when he came out. You don't have to be an expert or anything, just be safe. Odds are you won't even come in last place. Anyways, everyone starts somewhere.
     
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    True. I might have to do that then...when's the next one?
     
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    the next one is December 12th but its a night match and they don't allow new shooters or spectators.

    they run the match every month on the 2nd saturday, though.
     
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    Getting over the whole "I'm not any good, and don't want to shoot in a match" mentality is the hardest part for most. Get that shit out of your head. Yeah, you are going to see some straight up heroes out there who will make you look like you have never held a gun before. Yeah, you will probably not have a chance of winning. But as long as you aren't a jackass, no one cares. You are shooting at something other than a man size paper target at 25yds, and that in itself should be enough of a draw to get your ass in gear.

    Yar seems to have zero problems finding matches within driving distance every weekend. I would find out the scoop, and at least SHOW UP at one. It's not nearly as intimidating as you are thinking, and you gotta start somewhere (else you are gonna be spending a lot of money to switch up your guns every month).
     
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    Come up, shoot, and don't give a shit how you place. Hell, I shot my AR for the second time ever at the match I went too, and it was awesome. I completely bombed one stage and ran out of time, and I still had a blast.
     
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    Sounds good. I need to get some gear, but I think I'll get started.
    I'm always safe and definitely not a jack ass, so I'm sure I'll have a good time.
    I'd love to take some training courses too. Maybe next year when money isn't so tight.
    Kind of makes me want to stick with the 5.45 so I can shoot 3x as much for the price.
     
  19. Gear needed:

    Eye pro, ear pro
    Carrying case for the rifle
    Chamber flag (they'll sell you one at the range for like $1)
    3 total mags

    That's pretty much all you NEED to shoot at the rifle matches in OR.

    It's nice to have a magpouch for your 2 spare mags so you don't have to fish them out of your pocket, but it's not required.
     
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    Sounds like I'm pretty much set already.
    And I'm not a 400lb arfcom keyboard warrior :wiggle:
     
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    I was apprehensive at first but its a ton of fun.

    speaking of which i got 10th out of 24 at the three-gun match last weekend :hsd: :o
     
  22. Oh, one thing to mention about 5.45 ammo, they don't allow any ammo with steel in the bullet. If the bullet sticks to a magnet you can't use it.
     
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    There goes that.
     
  24. I just thought of that. Is there no steel-free 5.45 ammo?
     
  25. Actually, you could shoot the classic battle rifle match they do there once a year. They allow steel containing bullets for that one.
     

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