If you have the stuff I'd get an M1 Carbine to have converted to .357 magnum rimless. I am concerned, though, about the chamber reamer not having a sharp shoulder for the case mouth. Do you have an FFL so I could buy a rifle online and have it shipped to you?
Post by paulsblackrifles on Oct 10, 2018 8:26:38 GMT -5
AR style rifles are getting cheaper, that is the best reason to use one for a project like this. I picked up a 22 Nosler upper, boy is that nice. Put a adjustable gas block on it and a can, my favorite rifle by far! Not saying it is the best for everything but it will be my coyote rifle. I think it has an advantage over the .223/5.56.
The Ruger Mini 14 and Mini 30 seem to be good rifles. But. as you point out, you can get an AR for a little more than half what a Ruger costs. As soon as I discovered just how much I'd have to pay for an M1 Carbine I started looking at the Mini 30. Haven't convinced myself that second best is what I want. I really would like a M1 Carbine in .357 rimless. Maybe if I win the Lotto. Probably won't though. I never buy tickets. The Ruger carbine is nearly as compact ass the M1, a flush-bottom five round magazine is available. 7.62X39 is probably a better deer cartridge than the .357. Maybe.
Still contemplating. I see Cabelas is selling the Rugers at MSRP. $999.00. Others have them in the high $700's.
I have a couple AR rifles. One in .25-45 Sharps. Would like to take a deer with it. Where I live .22 cal. cartridges are illegal for medium game. I just find the AR platform to be a bit unhandy. Maybe it's just me.
Post by paulsblackrifles on Oct 15, 2018 8:14:01 GMT -5
I really like the M1 Carbine! Unless you find a commercial one I wouldn't modify a piece of history. It was so much fun shooting my Dad's Winchester Carbine years ago when we could get surplus ammo. My youngest son has it now. I find the AR-15s good enough. But my use for them is varmint and deer along with general shooting. I couldn't hit geese with them very well this summer but the CZ527 did the job well. I had a kill permit to rid the fields of Canada Geese. Once I put adjustable gas blocks on the AR it is really nice with a can, working on the 6.8SPC deer gun now. That should work great this Fall. The Ruger Mini isn't quite as easy for me to customize, I have several that I don't shoot.
Tested the 357ARMag pistol today to work in some new brass. We still have an issue with the heavier bullets and thick case walls creating a tight chamber. The new reamer will help, we'll see if it is enough. I certainly do not want to turn cases to reduce wall thickness. With that said, two of the M1 Carbine mags worked good and the other just had some follower drag, so that can be fixed. All in all, (once the new reamer gets here) the 357 ARMax should be a good combination with minimal case work. Cutting old .223 brass is just as easy as cutting the Starline Basic Brass.
Holy Cow. Dave Manson Rocks! New reamer arrived today and cut a chamber. It definitely gives a positive headspace, so we will fire form a few rounds hopefully tomorrow and see what the cases look like. Thank you Dave!
New reamer def has more room to it and rounds chamber right form the get go. Cases do bulge a bit more at the base so we'll have to keep an eye on that. Going to cut an ARMag and see if it helps with the 158gr bullet / tight chamber issues.
The 357 has been sitting neglected for a while so I brought it out to the range today with our new LP mag set up. Feed and function was 100% and we ran the loads at 1.65" oal. The new reamer set up has some more throat so that really helped. This might be the perfect 357 mag set up.