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Thank you for the responses. I have put an auction up on Ebay and I am looking at Amazon and Etsy (both seem like great options, thanks).
One of the problems with consolidating households is that right now myself and my siblings live a fair ways away from my parents. They have their house paid off and the market has become so depressed in their area because of the closings that it may not make sense to sell yet, but it may in the future.
My parents are looking for other products to produce but they haven’t had any other viable ideas as of yet.
A ruger 22/45 pistol is a great starting point. The 22/45 has the same grip angle and weight(depending on which barrel you choose) as a 1911 springfield. So once you become proficient on the ruger the switch to a 1911 isn’t as difficult. The buckmark is a good starter as well. If you plan is to someday use a revolver then a ruger single six may not be a bad starting pistol either (you’ll go through ammo a lot slower).
Was the Swedish mauser you picked up a ’96 or a ’38? I can find ’38’s for that price but not the ’96. If you have a good source for the ’96 let me know please
If could keep only a couple of my weapons as must haves for defense and hunting it would be…
Ruger 10/22 (scoped and sighted in for 25 yards) for small game and last line of defense if I run out of ammo for everything else
weatherby athenia d’italia side by side 12 guage (has dual triggers) personally I’d rather have the ability to select between two different rounds instantly (slugs, buckshot, bird shot, etc)and quicker reloading than have rounds 3-5 with out reloading. Good for birds, mid range self defense.
taurus judge (the ability to have shotshells in a handgun trumps my others, and I know I’ll take some flack for this one) My handguns are only really ever used for self defense (except for a ruger blackhawk). I like my chances better with 5 rounds of buck shot over 19 rounds of 9mm or 7 rounds of .45 acp. Versitility is key though here with anything between .45 colt to bird shot.
1911 swiss long rife. This was probably the hardest choice. In reality what is the probability that a defensive encounter is going to be at a range greater than 25 yards (which the shotgun is capable of). The 1911 swiss is extremely accurate, the trigger on one of mine is the best of any rifle I own, the sight radius is huge, the 7.5×55 is more than capable, and best of all I can shoot well with it. The primary use would be hunting with long range defensive as a backup role.
Not sure if you’ve made a purchase yet or not but a couple thoughts if you haven’t.
I have a ruger 77rsi in 30-06. While I love the gun it does make one big fireball. There are two different barrel lengths for the rsi, the old one was around 21-22 if I recall correctly and the new one is 18. 18 is a bit too short for the 30-06. You’d be better off with either the .308 in the short barrel or getting the 30-06 in the longer barrel (unless a fireball and loss of about 130 fps isn’t a big deal to you). The newer ones don’t have the greatest trigger, mine came with an 8lb pull and it was a big rough. The older ones had adjustable triggers but the new ones don’t (so you may want to factor in the cost of a replacement (timney has one for about $150 or so). One really nice thing about the rsi is the front sling swivel placement. Because of the stock going all the way to the end of the barrel it is place so far forward that when you carry the gun on a sling the barrel sticks only and inch or two above your shoulder so it does not get caught much on brush walking through the woods.
I have a modest collection of older military bolt rifles (currently a little over 40 of them). Some of my favorites are the pre K98 mausers (some true long guns). I have a 1903 argentine that is a joy to shoot. Ammo is hard to find though. I have a couple chiliean mausers that are in 7×57 that are almost equally fun but they do cock on closing so the action seems a bit firmer. The mosin nagants are cheap and a bit crude. The one thing more than any that would keep me away from them as a primary rifle is that their safety is at best unsafe. It is quite difficult to engage, can be knocked off of the safe position quite easily, and is not something you could do quietly.
A couple I’d recommend checking out… The K31 (http://www.jgsales.com) still has some for about $200. They are very accurate, smooth quick straight pull bolt action, the swiss never used corrosive ammo in them so their bores are usually pristine, the 7.5×55 ammo may be harder to find than some others. The vz24 or the 24/47 these are 8×57 or 7×57 mausers with milled parts and are quite similar to the k98. They are quite similar to alot of the modern day bolt action guns. They are good shooters usually but make sure to check out the bore for damage. You can find these for about $140-$200 (http://www.jgsales.com and http://www.southernohiogun.com both have them in stock). The sweedish made a fine mauser as well. While the ’96 sweed is quite expensive, you can find the m38 sweed’s for about $200. They normally have a turned down bolt handle and shoot the 6.5×55 round. The ammo isn’t too difficult to find and the caliber is chosen by quite a few for larger game like elk (devistating round with out a lot of recoil)
There’s an old adage that the Gemans make the best deer hunting rifle, the English the best rifle for war, and the US the best target rifle. (in regards to the k98, the enfield, and the 1903) Which does have some truth to it. I find that the enfields (which are quite fast and hold a lot of rounds) are a bit small to fit me right. 1903’s are priced way to high these days. I picked up a Smith Corona 1903a3 about 4 years back for $350 and I could sell it for double today.
I don’t have a ruger scout but I do have the ruger international in 30.06. It has the 16 inch barrel and is a nice short, and light rifle. It weighs the same as their ultralights. The international has the full length stock. I got a deal on the gun otherwise I would have picked it up in .308 because the 30.06 usually has a slower burning powder and you lose a little more velocity with the shorter barrel over the .308. I like the gun a lot though. One of my favorite parts is actually the sling swivel. Its located close to the end of the stock and with a short barrel I can sling the gun and it does go more than an inch or two above my shoulder which is great walking through heavy brush. I would put in the same range of fire ball and loudness of the russian M38’s or M44’s.
Yeah its a heavy gun alright. The BAR weighs even more though if I remember correctly. BAR’s are nice guns as well but I don’t think I would be able to afford one or justify the price anytime soon (nor a full auto version of a thompson). I got a deal on the thompson (plus a 50 round drum, 1 stick mag, and the violin case) that I couldn’t pass up. Its a fun gun but nothing really more than that. I had a berreta storm carbine in .45 acp that remains the only gun I’ve ever sold. I think that gun was designed for someone much smaller than me.
If you reload the 9×18 can be trimmed down from a 9mm case although the bullet diameter is a little different. I would imagine that enough of cz 82’s have been sold now that there is a big enough market for manufacturers. I usually try to stick to either the .45 colt or .45 acp for my handguns but of course I always end up with some exceptions. Like the sig p238 and a nagant revolver (7.62 nagant… of course maybe that will be the last box on the shelf)
Have you checked out the CZ 82? They can be had on a lot of the surplus websites for under $200 a piece with two mags (sometimes with holsters). They are 9×18 but only hold 12+1 and they are C&R eligeable. Otherwise a lot of sites have the CZ 83 for a little more in .380 acp.
Here’s my latest acquisition… not too practical, not too tactical, quasi concealable but lots of fun. And it can carry 100 rounds in each drum….