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Old 09-15-2003, 07:45 PM   #1
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Kalifornica
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CA legal semi-auto .308

In trying to put together a semi-auto .308 that I could afford (M1A, my first preference, is out of my budget) and wouldn't make a "criminal" of me in CA, I came up with a less than satisfactory compromise. A while back I picked up a Remington 7400 synth. and a few 10 round mags for it. I also put an interesting scope on it...this was a NcStar 3-12X50 with illuminated mildot reticle. So you're wondering why I would put such a scope on a brush gun, but I digress.

The package performs surprisingly well, all things considered...easily 1" MOA, even sub-MOA as long as I don't heat it up too much; after 3-4 rounds without any cool-down time, they start to wander a bit, although they are still within minute-of-bastard. I attribute this in part to the recessed target crown on the muzzle. The (Chinese) scope is truly amazing, considering that it cost me $100 brand new, including some rather crude but effective rings. It has bright, crisp optics, very nice lens coatings, built like a tank, if a bit on the heavy side. I'm all for US made products in most things, except when they're out of my price range, but for anyone on a budget, I highly recommend these scopes. They also make spotters and binocs that are equally surprising for the cost.

The rifle & scope cost me well under $500.00.

My problem with this 7400 is that I don't really think the rifle would take any extended punishment. If I were to dump about 20-40 rounds through it as fast as I could (something I haven't had a chance to try yet) I have a feeling that the rifle just wouldn't take it. I could be wrong.

I think that what I did with this rifle could be very well done with an equivalent new BAR. I think that the BAR might actually be able to take the pounding and they just look, balance & handle so much better and are not much more money, but they have those 4 or 5 round mags that detach from a floor plate.

Is anyone making a conversion for the BAR, or mags that have more than a 5 round cap? I think they could double as a very nice little "jungle carbine".

Also, has anyone else tried to cobble together a rifle for "urban mass-self-defense" that wasn't exactly an appropriate militia arm? :wink:
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