EDIT: Title is wrong, Caliber is 7.62x39. x39R seems to imply either Russian or Rimless. Some say if it says R it is russian surplus, others say rimless.
I am looking to pickup a new rifle and have come across the Ruger Mini 30 (I personally really like Ruger firearms). It has an M1 style action rifle and shoots 7.62x39R cartridges. Having shot an old M1 carbine I really like the feel of it but wanted a bit of a modern update. I also have friends that own AK47 chambered in 7.62x39 so I can also reload with them and split some of the costs.
Other guns I have recently considered are an AK47 and an AR15
I have shot a few AR15s and while I like them I just feel like it's a super common rifle and doesn't excite me a whole lot... unless you put a supressor on it.
I feel the same way about the AK47s and am just not really interested in them.
I'm really looking for something that when I go to the range it's a bit different, still pretty neat looking and is a blast to shoot... I think i've shot everyone at my local range's ARs as mostly that and AK47s are what is there.
All of my shooting so far is just range plinking. I don't really plan to compete in anything or do hunting, I just like guns for a hobby, enjoying with and making friends .
So far I own and reload for:
Ruger GP100 6"
Henry Big Boy .44 Magnum lever action
I should have my Ruger 22/45 Lite next week I hope!
I also have a Remington over under for sporting clays, I forget the model but it has ducks engraved on it that are gold and the rest silver.
Any comments or recommendations on the Mini-30 rifle or any others? I am really looking for a semi-auto at this point, I will get a bolt action eventually but that will be a bit later on. I want to be priced around $800-$1400.
Here's the model I was looking at (Part No. KMINI-30/20P):