Ideas for an Affordable Defensive Rifle, in .223/5.56 OR .308/7.62

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    Ideas for an Affordable Defensive Rifle, in .223/5.56 OR .308/7.62

    Hey,

    I'm looking for ideas for an affordable defensive rifle. I like the AK, AR, and M1A1 but I'm curious to know outside of those what people might suggest. I would like to stay with the .223/5.56 OR .308/7.62 because of the availability of ammo (they seem fairly common and easy to come by). Pricing between $300 and $500 would be acceptable.

    Thanks.

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    Build your own AR or find a decent used one. You can build your own for around $600-$700. A little more than you want to spend but doesnt have to all be done at once.
    I think guns are like insurance. I would rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

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    Also check out the m&p 15-sport. Great gun for the money.
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    Check out Palmetto State Armory. I love mine, and I'm already planning my second build with their parts. I think they are also offering complete rifles now, as well. The only downside is that the wait for rifles/components from them is a few weeks.

    I also had an issue with the upper they sent me, but they delt with it quickly.
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    If you're trying to keep the cost down, then .308/7.62 is not the way to go! Initial cost is almost always more (talking semi-autos here, not bolt guns) and the cost of feeding a .308 is typically 50% higher per round than .223/5.56.
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    +1 on the M&P-15 Sport. You can score one for 600-750, and they seem to be pretty solid. Good factory trigger, awesome barrel, solid internals, and option for customization down the line. I'd drop a heavier buffer in there but those can be had for a 15-25 bucks. I'm convinced you can't build a better rifle for the same money.

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    You could try looking around for a nice used Ruger Mini 14 or Mini 30. They are pretty reliable and the .223 and 7.62x39 ammo is not too pricey...

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    Also check out Saiga rifles. They are an AK style available in several calibers.

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    I know you want a semi auto. Your price point would indicate a lever gun. A 30-30 or a 357 mag would do nicely.
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    If $500 is a hard limit, then consider a Saiga, used Ruger Mini-14 or 30, SKS, or lever action 30-30. If you can spare a little more, then look at a S&W M&P Sport AR.
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    For your price range you are pretty much looking at a WASR AK
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgrass101 View Post
    For your price range you are pretty much looking at a WASR AK
    Yea not many options. I'd save up some more

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    +2 or 3 on the M&P Sport. If you want to use it for hunting check to states regs on minimum caliber for deer.

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    At that price point, I would also recommend a lever gun. .30-30 has nice thump to it, and is readily available. My Marlin package 336 lever gun was less than $500 brand new, and came with a scope and sling. It may not be the "best" but it will certainly get the job done without breaking the bank. Six shots in the tube, one in the chamber, and another 10 on a butt cuff should take care of anything a civilian can reasonably anticipate.

    One other consideration is the Kel tec SU-16 line of carbines.
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    I suggest you look strongly at an SKS. I recently found a MINT condition one at a LGS for $269. Reliable and proven rifle that fires the venerable 7.62x39 round.
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