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The Ruger Mini-14 is chambered in .223 (5.56), and is an effective varmint rifle.
Remington makes the Model 750 chambered in .243 (semi-auto).
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Now that's more along the line of what I'm looking for. Apparently the lever action rifle has gone out of favor, as the local shops tell me that they can hardly find anyone making them, but a semi-auto would be fine for my purposes, even though the accuracy might suffer a bit. My eyes aren't what they used to be, so I won't be trying for any 500 yd targets.
170 HMR very popular this side of the pond for small stuff. Flat trajectory & very accurate. Small calibre but biggish charge, so high muzzle velocity (around 2500 fps). Will take out coyote OK but not elk or deer.
How do you feel about the 308 Win round (7.62 NATO)? It is pretty popular among my circles. If you are willing to go bolt action, I think you can still pick up a Remington 700 without mortgaging your house.
I wouldn't worry about the Browning BAR not functioning, as long as you're using factory loaded ammo or don't mess up when reloading your ammo.
The .243 sounds like a good choice for your stated purpose, maybe a teensy bit weak for larger game. I wouldn't use it for elk because of the light bullet. And 6mm is using the same bullet as .243, so no point in buying any of those instead.
If you go up to 6.5mm (.264) or .270 there wouldn't be to much added recoil for the lighter varmint bullets (or not at all if you selfload), and a 140 GR bullet (9g) in a 6.5x55[^] is the absolute lowest level allowed for shooting moose here in Sweden. And Grizzly isn't around in Arizona last time I checked. Bigger guns would have more recoil or a curved trajectory, so no recommendation from me.
The 6.5x55[^] would normally be a recommendation as a general purpose rifle, but availability might be a problem for you. Ammo wouldn't though if you plan to reload, both bullets and gunpowder is standard, it's just the casing that might be problematic. And if you reload, don't buy cheap cases, it will be expensive in the end.
You don't really state how you will be using the gun. Will it be mostly target shooting , or will you bring it on the trail. Then weight is important. Do you want it easily accessible in your car? Then size is important. Do you want it to look pretty on the wall, or are you going to bring it around in any weather? Then the materials are important. (Possibly not an issue in Arizona though)
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a story from my woman after her and the wee lad's trip to the mall today
-- so I was at the mall and I had promised Toren he could have a ride before we went home but I needed to get some change so (very naughty I know) but I went to the lolly stand and got myself a small mixture. "Can I add a couple of dollars onto it so I can get $2 change" sez I. "No" said the scary Scottish lady (who was serving). "Oh" sez I "$3" said the scary lady I handed across my card. "You can only use that on $5 or more" said scary lady "Oh" sez I "I don't have any cash. Can you give me the $2 change" (I hadn't planned it but it seemed like a brilliant coincidence). "No. we don't give out cash," said the scary lady looking at my card. "And You can only use that on $5 or more." "Oh" sez I looking around. "You don't have any signs that say that and I don't have any cash so I'll have to leave it." "But its a loose mixture. I cant put it back. It has to be paid for," said scary lady. "I don't have any cash. I'm happy to pay with my card." "You can go to a cash machine. This has to be paid for." "I'm on my way home. I'm not going to a machine and coming back. But you can take my card." By this time a huge cloud had descended upon the scary lady and lightening was flashing from her eyes. "This has to be paid for," she said. "You can take my card," sez I. "You have to spend $5 to use your card. This has to be paid for," said the scary lady as flames shot from her mouth and ears. I offered my card one more time. She almost exploded. I shrugged and smiled and walked off leaving her standing in a wee puff of logic, smoke and flames - glaring at me and the mixture.
I then went to Big W(*), bought a bottle of diet coke and got the needed change. Toren had a very happy ride with Bob the builder and last I looked there was still smoke coming from the lolly stand (oh and I had touched one of the lollies because it had almost fallen out of the bag so don't go to the lolly stand they have dirty lollies. --
< edit > AHEM - well some of you may be aware my woman is a writer it seems that the above was a section she's been working on. Somebody didn't read his email properly and was "corrected" on the phone.
sorry about that everyone.
* - Big W is like K-mart.
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The lack of signage surely makes that her problem. Lollies do seem like the sort of thing people will spend less than $5 on. If she had half a brain, she'd have suggested she needed to charge you $5 if you took some more lollies or not.
Reminds me of my first visit to Fiji. Stepped off the boat, there's a market. Guy asks my name, and I barely say it and he's carved it in to a boat he wants $15 for. I told him I'd give him $5. He got pretty angry. But, I had not asked him to do it. I can't recall if I got it for $5 or not, but I think I did.
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That poor lady would have had to pay too much in charges to make it worth her while taking a card for such a small purchase. Surely your misses has seen the 'minimum charge for eftpos' signs that abound in smaller stores?
Sure, sounds like the Scottish witch didn't Handle it well, but should have come was no surprise that she wasn't going to get cash out on an eftpos card for a $3 purchase? At lease common sense would tell her to check first!
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