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Yearning for a truck rifle-not for hunting-love stainless and trying to decide between .223 and 7.62X39-for 100 yd. range-which is better?
 

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Something that has worked for me for years is an old lever action Winchester 30-30 that I carry. It is beat up looking, but still shoots good. It is rusty, so I know a stainless steel would be better.
 

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Are you interested in bolt action, semi-auto, or something else? Sounds like the stainless Mini 14 or Mini 30 might be what you are looking for.
 

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I know no one mentioned a 44, but I recently found a Ruger M77/44 bolt action stainless rifle. I mounted a 3-9X40 scope with see thru rings on it. It is very light and short. I have a lot of fun shooting it also. I don't think it is being made anymore, and they made a blue version too. This is quite a handy little rifle.
 

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Dawg,

How're you doin', friend? [8D]

I've been looking for a truck gun myself! For myself, I'd like to have a Marlin 1894 in either .357 or .32-20. Leaning towards the .357 for the simple matter that ammo is more readily available.

I do have a CZ in .223 that I carry around when I'm bumming the back roads and see a 'yote. It has a 20" barrel and scaled down action to fit the .223 cartridge. Uses a 4 shot removable magazine (don't have to fumble with unloading when I get back in the truck). And you can find .223 ammo just about everywhere.

But, it all comes down to "whatever trips yer trigger"! (As my byline says.) :D
 

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In learning to use the forum, I've missed you guys' answers to this post completely-the question came to mind and I hunted it up-thank you all for your responses. Yep, I've thought about a Marlin 336SS in 30-30---------tried and true-or the .35-a few were made in SS. I loved the M14, and the Mini-14 style appeals to me-as does the 1894SS in .44 0r .357. Don't know of a good .45 carbine except Beretta's-that one looks like I'm looking for trouble-probably best to go with the lever action-Like the Ruger .44 lever but don't like the 4-round clip. IMO-longest range I'll shoot is 75 yards-any of those calibers should be effective-heard of many deer taken with the .357 in a rifle. If I could have one of each---but I haven't been NEAR that good this year plus my wife's been narcing me out to Santa...might end up with a bow and arrow! Thanks for the input.
 

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quote:Originally posted by sheepdog

---but I haven't been NEAR that good this year plus my wife's been narcing me out to Santa...might end up with a bow and arrow! Thanks for the input.
That's better than a "lump of coal"...:)
 

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You wouldn't say that if you'd seen me try to shoot a bow-the only hide I got was off my forearm!!:D:D
 

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quote:Originally posted by Ruger Packer

Dawg,

How're you doin', friend? [8D]

I've been looking for a truck gun myself! For myself, I'd like to have a Marlin 1894 in either .357 or .32-20. Leaning towards the .357 for the simple matter that ammo is more readily available.

I do have a CZ in .223 that I carry around when I'm bumming the back roads and see a 'yote. It has a 20" barrel and scaled down action to fit the .223 cartridge. Uses a 4 shot removable magazine (don't have to fumble with unloading when I get back in the truck). And you can find .223 ammo just about everywhere.

But, it all comes down to "whatever trips yer trigger"! (As my byline says.) :D



I have to admit, that I love my Marlin 1894 Stainless Steel in 44 mag. I haven't used as a truck gun but would think that it would be a good choice due to one of the best iron sights I've used.
 

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I have to agree with the 30-30. But if you are looking for a defense gun for the truck great a kel-tec in 223. They look like an AR-15 pistol without the cost of one.
 

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I like and have both, though my .223 isn't a Mini-14 but a Saiga. I picked it up NIB for $275 + tax and may get a 7.62x39 and .308 later on. The 30-30 for a truck gun is always a good choice too though. [:p]

This one isn't mine though I do wish I had those three 30 round magazines posted in the picture. :D
 

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Yep ! Like the Siaga's ! I have two of them one 762x39, one 223 and plan on a 308. Accept mine don't look anything like yours Taurus, they both have been converted to true AK fashion with way over the correct parts count, most of them from Tapco. You may want to think about the conversion because the G2 trigger group makes the trigger way smoother and I added a muzzle break like an AK74 and it brought my groups way, way down. I will post pics of the two tommorrow if you want ? There is also a sight that gives you a step by step with pics for the conversion and if you do decide to do it ? Let me know because there are a few tricks I discovered through trial and error that will help you out greatly and allow you to not make the same mistakes I did. Here is the site: http://www.cross-conn.com/Saiga_Conversion/index.htm

Hope this helps, let me know if you need any help or have any questions.
 

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Taurus, here's what they look like after the conversion. I haven't had a chance to thread on a muzzle break for the 7.62x39. I went with the 24mm front sight block I had pressed on. I think I will be just threading the other, the hole pressing deal sucked. The top one is 7.62x39 and the bottom is 223.

 

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Sheep if your looking for an auto loader truck gun or even a some what decent range gun, the Saiga is a great all around gun and it is a true Russian AK platform, hell its even built by an old kalishnikov armory on original tooling. I must say for the gun is built extremely well and is quite accurate, especially compared to some of the other abominations being sold by others. Yep, I think Taurus is right. For the price, this would be a decent truck carry gun.
 

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Hey HB-DLX, it's very nice work of yours! By adding full-auto mode you could eventually make an original AK that Saiga was originated from. Some call it reverse engineering. :D
 

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HB-DLX those look very nice! I've given some thought to 'AK-izing' my Saiga but haven't gotten around to it yet. I do like the AK look better than the more traditional style of the stock Saigas. :D

From what I've heard on another forum, the 30-06 Saigas are now available here as well. [:p]
 

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quote:Originally posted by blade

Hey HB-DLX, it's very nice work of yours! By adding full-auto mode you could eventually make an original AK that Saiga was originated from. Some call it reverse engineering. :D
Only if I lived in a state allowing full auto ! But, converting the Siaga, even if they did, would land me a 20 year prison term. No, I'll stick with semi because I alread waist way to much ammo now !
 

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quote:Originally posted by jjfunk

If your willing to spend a little more, I would endorse the Mini30. Got mine in synthetic and matte stainless. With a 9x scope it shoots Wolf 122gr. FMJ into 1" groups at 225 yds, and still dents the hell out of my 3/8 plate steel targets. It is however a bit more $$ out of the box than the Saiga though.
I actually have a mini 14 and a mini 30, but their both in pieces right now. They are the current projects I'm working on. I have ordered a couple different stocks for both and every part accuracy international makes to make them a match rifle. Also, have several other parts from various manufacturers to "upgrade" them. It is my addiction, but hay unlike the chemical kind, at least I have something to show for my addiction when I'm done. I will post pics when I finish them and the Saiga 308 I ordered today.
 

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quote:Originally posted by Taurus_9mm

HB-DLX those look very nice! I've given some thought to 'AK-izing' my Saiga but haven't gotten around to it yet. I do like the AK look better than the more traditional style of the stock Saigas. :D

From what I've heard on another forum, the 30-06 Saigas are now available here as well. [:p]
I mostly did the conversion because it made the length of pull better and improved their accuracy. Yep ! They are making them in 30-06 and next month the 5.45x39 comes out. I ordered my 308 today, but have been holding off on the 30-06 because no one makes any high cap mags for them yet. If I kind find the 30-06 high cap mags, it looks like I will be doing one of those too ! As soon as I see the 5.45x39 I'll be snapping one of those up too ! Any way, let me know if you do decide to do it, I'll email you the extra steps they don't list on the conversion site !
 
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