To AR or NOT to AR that is the question...

To AR or NOT to AR that is the question...

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    To AR or NOT to AR that is the question...

    I have been wanting a Colt 6920 on and off for awhile. I have entertained selling my almost mint Winchester Model 70XTR in 30-06 I purchased new at age 16 in 1979. She is immaculate with low 'mileage' ...a closet queen for years. The rifle is a Winchester-Western. She was built before US Repeating Arms took over. She has a very pretty wood stock and should fetch half the cost of the $1000 Colt. Not sure if I want to part with it. Not sure if I want the Colt. I don't hunt anymore so the Oh-Six will probably continue to sit in it's case. On the other hand, not sure I'll be buying enough 5.56 to truly enjoy the 6920. The Colt is more practical probably for me, but maybe restocking and Cerakoting the Winchester might yield a nice modern defensive turnbolt. I'm lost !! Suggestions welcomed !!
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    Keep the Winchester-Western.
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    I know you want the AR but I don't think you should let the old gun go. It's something that could never be replaced and you'd probably regret it forever. Just my opinion but there you have it.
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    Buy the parts over time and build your own AR, that's exactly what I did. Truth be told it's extremely satisfying building your own weapon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by old grunt View Post
    I have been wanting a Colt 6920 on and off for awhile. I have entertained selling my almost mint Winchester Model 70XTR in 30-06 I purchased new at age 16 in 1979. She is immaculate with low 'mileage' ...a closet queen for years. The rifle is a Winchester-Western. She was built before US Repeating Arms took over. She has a very pretty wood stock and should fetch half the cost of the $1000 Colt. Not sure if I want to part with it. Not sure if I want the Colt. I don't hunt anymore so the Oh-Six will probably continue to sit in it's case. On the other hand, not sure I'll be buying enough 5.56 to truly enjoy the 6920. The Colt is more practical probably for me, but maybe restocking and Cerakoting the Winchester might yield a nice modern defensive turnbolt. I'm lost !! Suggestions welcomed !!
    For an off the shelf AR, the Colt 6920 (SO Com) I think, is the way to go to get a good one. There are other great ARs, but you can find the Colt at Walmarts, and some of the others are as rare as unicorn teeth. ie Bravo Co, DD, Noveske.

    I think you should go with the AR. BUT, I think you are not thinking right about what to shoot in it.

    Lets face it, very few of us can REALLY afford to cap off as much 5.56 as we might like. Or looking at it another way, we cant afford to shoot as much 5.56, as we could .22 Lr.

    A very nice solution to that is to shoot .22 LR. And I dont mean to buy a .22 rifle, I mean out of your Colt 6920.

    Buy a conversion kit for it. A very nice conversion kit, that is rock solid dependable costs around $200.00. It comes with a replacement BCG, and mags. I bought mine from Brownells. AR-15 .22 LR CONVERSION KITS | Brownells One of the smarter moves I made.

    One of the great things about it, for rapid fire, CQC drills, the point of impact is near identical to shooting 5.56. Zero remains the same for optics, or iron sights.

    I have owned the S&W AR22. I didnt really like it. It ran great. Good gun. But the heft/feel wasnt the same as shooting a real AR. I like shooting my AR in converted mode better.

    With a conversion kit, you can switch over to one caliber or the other, at the range, in no time flat, without tools. Then, you can let everyone shoot a tad of 5.56, (it makes a bigger "bang" that everyone also enjoys, lol), and everyone is just happy they shot a real AR. Even if the vast majority of shooting was in converted mode.

    The muscle memory, and fundamentals remain the same, with the exception (on some mags), with the bolt open on last shot.

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    Here is the thing older whincherst etc are top notch guns .. Esp a gun you had this long I would never sell ..

    If you want a my first AR you can get a m&p sport etc for like 600 bucks now .. Or build one pretty easy for under 500

    The 6920 is right now one of the best off the shelf ar out there that is not some high end custom job etc ..
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    Keep your rifle, wait for the ar. Your old rifle can not be bought again if you later regret your decision
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    To echo the others; keep the '06, but do get the Colt someday

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    I hope someone hits you if you give up that Winchester, some here would love to get a real Winchester. I have gotten rid of a few. I have 1 left. One thing you can say is- I have one, others sit an tell stories about - I had a Winchester once.

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    If you sell your rifle you will regret it some-day.

    Save up and get the AR since you seem to want one so much.

    Keep tabs on your local WW for a basic Colt 6920 since I think you’ll get the best price for one of those there. Then you can dress it out how ever you choose. Also you should be able to get a nice Daniel Defense DDM4-V4, or V5 for a couple bucks more. Either one of those three I’d suggest.

    DD just changed over to manufacturing their furniture themselves now too and it’s really nice stuff. So they aren’t using Magpul as much anymore.

    But what ever you decide I would never ever get rid of that old friend of yours.

    Word of warning though….once you’ve been bitten by the BRD < black rifle disease > there’s no known cure for it but to get another one to keep your first & second one's company. Then before you know it you'll be wanting to build your own. They’re likening to a man’s Barbie Doll. All you want to do is too buy it new stuff to wear & then keep changing its appearance often

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    Don't sell what you can not replace....
    Save for a colt , you won't be disappointed.
    Or check out the M&P sport,great starter AR. It won't come with some of the bells and whistles of the colt but it is a great little shooter. If you find that you really love the ar platform you can flip the sport and get a colt or build your own once money permits.

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    Any thoughts on keeping the 70, cerakoting and putting it in a Hogue overmold stock? Best of both worlds(sort of)....tactical turnbolt ? Maybe a nice scope and still come in cheaper than a bone stock Colt with iron sights. Thoughts?
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    I personally would keep the Winchester as is and get a Colt LE6920 when you can afford it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LimaCharlie View Post
    I personally would keep the Winchester as is and get a Colt LE6920 when you can afford it.
    Same here
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    Keep the Winchester, as is, and save for the Colt and get it in the future. You will regret selling or changing the Winchester. I still have a Model 12 Winchester shotgun that I purchased new in 1959. Came close to selling it when I was younger and dumber, and am very glad I didn't! Old "originals" cannot be replaced. I have sold a few guns over the years, and wish I still had most of them.

    I, too, wanted a Colt LE6920 and finally got one a couple of years ago. Gander Mountain was having a sale on the Saturday after "Black Friday". I didn't have the cash, but they had a deal on a GM credit card of 12 months no interest. I got the gun and paid it off within the 12 months and didn't pay any interest. Yah, I know, I could probably have gotten it somewhere else a little cheaper, but it worked out that I ended up with the gun a year before I would have been able to get it if I had had to save for it, and I did get it at a "reasonable" price. And as it turned out, I got it just before the "shortage" hit and wouldn't have been able to find it a year later at twice the price I paid for it! Just my .02.
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