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To: TexasCowboy
"There's an M55 mount I know of available for around ten grand,"

That's the tops of what I can spend, archy. I figure if I work two jobs for the next fifty years, I can pay for what I buy. A mount wouldn't do me a lot of good without the guns, though.

Hummm....maybe I can work three jobs!
Yeah, sleep is a waste of time, anyway.

Sleep? Oh yeah the state I've visited for 5 hours in the last three days. Yeah, I remember what sleep was!

If you're on a 10 K budget, you might want to stick with magazine-fed toys, it can be hell having a hungry belt-fed weapon with nothing to feed it. But a lot of .30 shooters are running guns set up to use 8mm German ammo, now available pretty cheap at around .04/round or so, better than the dime-plus for 7,62 or .30-06 M2 ball.

Or you might consider getting into one of the belt-fed Browning .30 semiautos, which start off in the $1000-$1500 range- if nothing else, they make a good starting place for learning the Browning innards and they can be teamed with a full-auto gun on a twin-gun mount. The barrels, feed components and topcover of the semis remain unchanged and are still usable as spares in a full-auto gun. And the 8mm conversions ought to work in either.

And there is another possible way into the full-auto .50 world besides the Browning guns...might be cheaper in the long run, might not be.


40 posted on 10/15/2003 2:52:17 PM PDT by archy (Angiloj! Mia kusenveturilo estas plena da angiloj!)
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To: archy
Well, I've got to get set up to reload the .50s, anyway.
As much as I like to shoot the Barrett, I can't afford the ammo, even at $2.00 a round off the Internet, and I sure can't afford match ammo at $4.50 a round!
I figure I can reload for less than a buck a round and make shooting a lot easier on the pocketbook.
That's the reason I was thinking about a .50 caliber belt fed.
I can probably stretch my budget to 15k if I see something I really like.
42 posted on 10/15/2003 3:27:10 PM PDT by TexasCowboy (COB1)
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