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Old July 10, 2009, 11:21 PM   #1
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Your most robust rifle

I'm just interested to see what you all say.

All of you who seem to despise hypotheticals, just leave your negative two cents out.

If you found yourself in a highly unforgivable environment, extremely harsh conditions, and you needed a rifle to survive (needs to work every time), which rifle would you tell the magic genie you want from your safe?

Semi-autos are always risky, even the new ones.

Bolt actions are up for some real thought on this one, although their downfalls are apparent (capacity, rate of fire).
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Old July 10, 2009, 11:29 PM   #2
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I trust my AK pretty much, for it being semi-auto.

Thinking more along the lines of "sniper" then a bolt-action rifle can be more reliable under the circumstances you proposed but maybe I'd grab a breech-loader shotgun over a rifle if it was an option.
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Old July 10, 2009, 11:29 PM   #3
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first i would pick a .308, then i would prefer my FNAR , an M1a or a bolt action kimber.

Bolts can get pretty quick; i've seen footage of crazy fast Germans shooting Kar's
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Old July 10, 2009, 11:31 PM   #4
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My M70ab2 since its the most combat worthy gun I own.
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Old July 10, 2009, 11:33 PM   #5
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I would take a Mauser 98 or a Ruger 77 in a medium caliber like 308. They are the toughest rifles out there. No little "springy-thingies" to break, feed every time no matter what. If I had to choose a semi, it would likely be a FAL.
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Old July 10, 2009, 11:44 PM   #6
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Yugo m47.
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Old July 10, 2009, 11:52 PM   #7
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Marlin 1895G .45-70 lever action. Guns like it survived harsher conditions than I'm ever likely to put it through so it'd be my choice.
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Old July 10, 2009, 11:54 PM   #8
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My Marlin 1895 GS 45-70 Gov.

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Lightweight, handy as hell, accurate, reliable and with my 405 gr Cast Performance bullets and a sizeable charge of H4198... Kabooom! plenty of power.
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Old July 11, 2009, 01:41 AM   #9
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I would grab my Remington 721 in .270 Winchester.
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Old July 11, 2009, 01:57 AM   #10
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What is my target and circumstance?It is always a bit situational.

Purely "robust" by my definition,someplace between my Rem Rolling block and my Mex Mauser .257,with an honorable mention to my Super Blackhawk.

And,yeah,I have experience with Garands,M-14's,M1 Carbines,FAL's,and black rifles
And,if we are talking about some imagined battle,I would choose something other than a Rolling block.But,the rolling block is robust.So is my Hawken.
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Old July 11, 2009, 03:44 AM   #11
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VZ-58, rugged reliable rifle. If stuck with bolt, Enfield No4Mk1*, with the bandolier I keep around.
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Old July 11, 2009, 07:02 AM   #12
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My Mauser 98K, I could not imagine what I would have to do to break this gun-. Rock solid bolt with three locking lugs, almost no moving parts, every part is ridiculously strong and totally over-engineered. This specimen survived the eastern front with no damage, I could not imagine harder conditions for a weapon.



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I would take a Mauser 98 or a Ruger 77 in a medium caliber like 308. They are the toughest rifles out there. No little "springy-thingies" to break, feed every time no matter what
+1 If its going to be REALLY rough take a mauser-style bolt action.

A very close second would be the Mosin Nagant m44.-
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Old July 11, 2009, 07:08 AM   #13
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I will stick with my ruger m77r in 300wm. Works good close in and far away on just about anything you could run across.
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Old July 11, 2009, 07:11 AM   #14
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I'd grab dad's Remington 600 Mohawk in .223, with an ANCIENT Bushnell scope.

Always disliked Bushnell scopes, but that scope and rifle have been BEATEN TO DEATH. A constant pickup gun, it's seen hard use, the scope has had a crack in it for 3 years, and the thing saw a LOT of use when it was got.

ANd it still manages 3/4" groups

It's one gun that has never been re-sighted in except for ammo changes, and if I take it, I KNOW it will fire.
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Old July 11, 2009, 08:17 AM   #15
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Finnish M39 mosin nagant. I would pack an extra extractor for a spare part. That is the only part that I would be concerned with. I would have the same concern for any bolt rifle.
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Old July 11, 2009, 08:32 AM   #16
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Old July 11, 2009, 08:39 AM   #17
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Old July 11, 2009, 08:39 AM   #18
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Old July 11, 2009, 08:45 AM   #19
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Galil .308

Its more robust than I am...not risky at all.
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Old July 11, 2009, 08:53 AM   #20
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Out of what I own, I would probably choose my Remington 700 LVSF. It's chambered in .223 so I can carry plenty of ammo and that ammo is common. It's stainless with a composite stock and it weighs about 6.5 lbs without the scope. I can easily print 3/4" groups with it even though it has a sporter weight barrel. I plan on buying an SKS eventually which would then most likely be my choice.
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Old July 11, 2009, 08:57 AM   #21
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Rem. 700 in .308.
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Old July 11, 2009, 08:59 AM   #22
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Dependable semi auto:

My older version M-14 (short Tanker version) in .308 which has NEVER jammed no matter type of ammo or dirty it was. Hard hitting, accurate and fast cycling (which is a combo that is hard to beat).
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Old July 11, 2009, 09:03 AM   #23
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The Enfield was built to chamber in dirty, muddy, wet conditions and keep ticking ... the SMLE in any variation is about as bomb proof as it comes and has proven itself over two world wars, Korea and plenty small wars in between.

So ... No1 MkIII, No4 Mk1 or No5 ... take your pick.

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Old July 11, 2009, 09:45 AM   #24
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My most robust rifle would be a Mauser 98.
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Old July 11, 2009, 09:57 AM   #25
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M1 Garand

Some semi-autos are more rugged than others, and I like .30-06 for most of North America.

Of course, rugged = heavy...
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