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CMP looks like the way to go for me. Could someone explain in not so technical terms the differences between RACK and SERVICE grade? Price point between the two isn't bad, but i want to know if the cost difference is worth the extra or not?

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I personally say it is, but I will go with a rifle that's got the more modern upgrades in a lesser grade. The WWII rifles don't have the nifty upgrades that made the later incarnations (Korea, early vietnam, etc) far more reliable and accurate, though they are historic.
 
If you were to buy a Garand, make SURE you buy the Korea ones. Their upgrades made them more safe as during WWII op rods were known to sometimes snap and injure the shooter.
 
The real difference is that one grade is just going to show less usage than the other or have different serial numbers on the parts. Realistically there isn't much difference.
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Anyone know if keeping the magazines loaded (specifically for my m4 and ak mags) for lengthy periods of time causes damage to the mags? I read somewhere that doing this can cause damage. I had several Glock mags loaded for several years and forgot about them and when I went to the range they worked fine. I would think that keeping the spring compressed for that long on any brand of mag would cause it to become weak thereby rendering it useless. I can't find anything on the internet addressing this.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote diego Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 19 2008 at 8:10pm
everything i ever read stated it's the loading and unloading that causes spring wear/fatigue.
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Tadeo, the newer magazines with the newer followers won't overcompress and fatigue the springs, like used to happen.

I guess you'd screw up your mag-spring if you kept it loaded for extreme amounts of time, I.E. a decade, but I too have had magazines loaded for years (My AR's/AK's/M14 included) and haven't experienced a problem... yet.

I have a healthy disagreement with some that claim that cycling magazines will fatigue your springs. Were that the case I would have experienced mag related stoppages with some of my AR magazines that I've loaded and unloaded/emptied literally a thousand times. I've owned some of them for more than fifteen years and they still work fine.

Tadeo a great way to royally mess up a magazine (especially an AR magazine) is to fully load it and then with it packed tight, stick it in your gun and leave it there for an extended time. That'll overcompress the magspring sure as taxes! Basically the bolt/slide pushes down on the stack of cartridges, which smashes the magspring onto itself unevenly. You'll get little kinks in the spring and it won't go all the way to the top strong enough to actuate the boltcatch.

In my duty sidearm I top off the magazines, and don't put one in the chamber unless it's a fresh one from the magazine. So if you're going to have a loaded magazine in your firearm drop off one round. That way you won't overcompress and your magazines will forever be happy!
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Thanks Diego and Turboguy! I have a XD-45 for home defense and I keep the mag fully loaded. I didn't even think about overcompressing the spring. I'm off to take one round out now!
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Decided against the folding Henry in .22 caliber, and am going with the Kel-Tec folding .223. Why? Well it folds down to fit in a backpack. It has an integral bi-pod. The stock is hollowed out to fit 2 ten-round mags or 1 of either 20 or 30 round mags. Better yet, it uses standard m-16 mags, which are usually pretty cheap. And it's a good caliber for varmint hunting.
 
And since i had to limit my purchase to one gun, i figured this one as my best bet...Kel-Tec Su-16B
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Hey Fiction, those are pretty nifty, I must admit!

I bought a few of MagPul's new M16 magazines, and now I'm afraid that I have to not only recommend them highly, I'm probably going to buy ten more. They'll work flawlessly in your SU16, and even have a cool snap on/off dustcap that seals them up pretty good. They even work better than the original steel magazines.
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Anyone stockpiling ammo for when the poop hits the pan?  And how much is enough?  Just did an inventory and found that I have a little over 6500 rounds combined for all my toys.  I think I have enough rounds for the handguns but maybe not enough .223 and 7.62.  I have three shotguns and only 250 shells.  Maybe I should get more?
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if you do your own  reloading better buy your brass and such as prices are going up for metals.
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i work for a metal recycler, clean number one copper is the new gold. move your buy more brass to the top of your essentials list. you have not seen anything yet.
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I've been snapping up a thousand or two of 7.62x39 every chance I get. The .223 I'm looking for good deals, but I think they've all nearly dried up. I'm not even looking for .308 anymore. It's worth it's weight in gold!

nearly 3000 7.62x39
1400 or so .223
2400 7.62x54 (Dragunov and Mosin)
I picked up a mess of Indian 308 when it was rediculously cheap. I didn't want to shoot it out of my M1A, but now you don't really have a choice! When I picked it up it was like $39.99/700 rounds on those crappy bandoleers and on stripper clips. Now I've seen those bandoleers being sold for more than $50.00 apiece! I guess they're reloadable too, so I'm going to hang on to them as long as I can.
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turbo, waiting for the next 55 gal. drum of once fired range brass (5.56 and 40 s&w) the prison guards bring in. if or when it happens, i'll see if i can help you out .22 cal. wise. if i shot .223 i would get the corbin jacket swaging die set to make bullets from rimfire brass, besides casting .22 cal bullets. the most essential brass i'm putting away now is .30-06 ,forming 8mm mauser, 7.65 ag. mauser, 7.7 jap and .308 win. from it. with the right know how, when the time comes, you can become chief of your village.
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one more thing, the reason i like the hi-point carbine and m-1 carbine, they use straight wall brass. in fact i still have the orignal 200 m-1 brass from 1989, loaded so many times ive lost count. their a little thin now but still good, hows that for case life.
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Is your Hi-Point carbine the 9mm or the .40?

Diego, you might want to just keep the 30.06 for 30.06, unless you've got a good supplier. I've been getting it from CMP, but I think they're just down to the Greek stuff now. It shot okay out of my bolt action and Garand (Around 2MOA with the scope) but wasn't anything to write home over.

I've got so much rimfire I don't know what I'm going to do with it all! Back when it was $10.00/500 or so I bought a mess of 22LR's. I've only got a 10/22 (Bull barrel and nice scope), but anytime I take a female shooting that's her gun of choice when she see's me making smiley faces of 1inch targets at 50 yards. They are truly great weapons for getting girls into the shooting arts.

That's great that they're giving you their .223 brass for free! Is it all LC or FC headstamped too? I figured prisons would be using that nifty Hornady stuff out of those teflon non reloadable cases.
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turbo, when i bought my high point, 1998 they only had the 9mm model. they will be coming out with the .45 cal. carbine anytime now i heard. after 10 years and thousands of rounds, not ONE malfunction, they have a lifetime warranty to boot. have plenty of .30-06 always coming in from buddies. like you , good on rimfire, federal bulk packs, cci stinger and quick-shock. at work their paying $1.70 per pound for cartridge brass. weigh out some .308 or .223 per pound , i buy it from them same price. i'll let you know about the lake city brass.
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Got to have this flashlight.

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Cool gun, too bad it's got to be SBR's for anyone to own.

Hopefully a repercussion in case law of the decision the Supreme Court is making in reference to the Second Amendment, will strike down the SBR law. Wouldn't *THAT* be a treat?
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Turboguy, I would think that weapon would be considered a pistol and not a rifle. Either way I would pay the $200 ATF sticker. I like the fact that it folds up and you can place it in your back pocket. Way too cool!
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Haha Tadeo, I know! I want one too now.

I think it's considered an SBR if you have a buttstock on it. Like those Glock kits that have the stock thingy but use the standard barrel are illegal SBR's unless they're registered with the BATFE.

If you live in a crappy jurisdiction I don't know if your local sherriff would sign off on your owning an SBR. Some of them are kind of finniky about it. If you live in a rural area and your Sherriff knows guns, he'll probably sign off on it.
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