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Pandora's Box

Discussion in 'General Firearms & Ammo' started by Jarine88, Dec 9, 2019.

  1. Jarine88

    Jarine88 Active Member

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    When I started researching and expanding my firearms collection, I had decided to stick to a few types of rounds: 9mm, 45 ACP, .22LR, 223/5.56x45mm, 308/7.62x51mm and 12 ga. The idea was that they were standard, common, and all were carried by the US Armed Forces, except for .22lr if you don't count the Henry Survival Rifle. My original idea was to have at least two of each caliber/gauge. It allows me to limit the types of ammo I need to buy and store. The only odd ball in my safe is my father's Winchester Model 94 in 30-30. I have it in my safe, but he can come get it any time.

    Recently, I stopped to talk to a neighbor who lives down the street, and one that I had been waving to for the last 10 years. Turns out, he and I served in the Corps at the same time, and were even in boot camp around the same time. He asked me when the last time I shot, and I told him it had been a week since I was on the pistol range and a few weeks since I had shot clays. He asked about rifles and I told him it had been a while. Then he told me about his collection, his 1000 yrd shooting and his hobby of building rifles. I have wanted to build rifles for years, but I just haven't taken the leap. He also has an inside deal with a few pawn shops and gets pistols and rifles real cheap. I definitely had envy.

    Over the next few weeks, we talked a few more times. Once, he took me to his safe and pulled some rifles out to show me. More envy. When it came to calibers, he was all over the map, but beyond what I have, his favorites were 6.5 Creedmoor and 6.5 Grendel. I started researching and I can see the attraction. With the military looking at these two rounds for the future, I was hooked.

    Well, for Christmas, I convinced my wife to buy me a 6.5 Creedmoor upper. I got it unassembled, so it will be a start for satisfying my building desire, and I can use it with my existing DPMS lower. Now that Pandora's Box has been opened, I guess I will want to buy/build a lower for my new upper. I will also be looking to get a 6.5 Grendel upper at some point to use on my Troy Defense lower, and then follow that up with a lower for that upper.
     


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  2. avvidclif

    avvidclif Sturgis '95, RFTW 2010

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    And the beat goes on!
     
  3. Kar98

    Kar98 TGT Addict

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    How it always starts. Oh, I'm just gonna stick to 9mm, and now we've got stuff in 7.62*25 and .45LC around the house.
     
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  4. Big Green

    Big Green Pew Pew TGT Supporter

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    Probably also need clones of a M16A2 and M16A4, with proper RCO.

    Semper Building. :m16:
     
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  5. Jarine88

    Jarine88 Active Member

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    I carried an A2 back in the day...
     
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    easy rider Carbide Precipitator TGT Supporter

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    Addiction is a terrible thing, not sure when I'll ever come to terms with my own addiction.
     
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  7. Big Green

    Big Green Pew Pew TGT Supporter

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    Those are cheap(er) and easy then. No high dollar optic.

    Building them all is fun. There are a few tools that make it easier. Can be done without but if you build more than one, they will be worth it.
     
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  8. skfullen

    skfullen In the woods... TGT Supporter

    And so it starts.

    Wait til you purchase a new firearm because someone gave you a box of ammo in some new-fangled caliber you didn't have. And now you need a firearm that shoots it. THAT'S when you know you are addicted!
     
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  9. Jarine88

    Jarine88 Active Member

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    I’m guessing by your name and avatar, you share my other addiction as well.
     
  10. easy rider

    easy rider Carbide Precipitator TGT Supporter

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    Most my life.
     


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