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Old May 15th, 2017, 05:25 PM   #1
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Keep Socom?

I have an Bula XM-21 that I love dearly and a Socom 16in a wooden stock. I am debating weather to keep the Socom for its quick handling or trade for a scout with irons.

Torn and looking for direction.

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Old May 15th, 2017, 05:31 PM   #2
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I personally never had a want or need for a 16" .308, so I'd probably trade for the Scout, which I am somewhat interested in.

But that's just me.

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Old May 15th, 2017, 05:48 PM   #3
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if it works good keep it. it's only 2 inches shorter.

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In the words of my friend Killashrub, ( I will never get rid of another m14 style rifle ever!).

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Old May 15th, 2017, 05:54 PM   #5
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Just curious what can you do with a scout that you can't with a properly tuned socom?

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Old May 15th, 2017, 05:57 PM   #6
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Just curious what can you do with a scout that you can't with a properly tuned socom?
Good question Wasted. That's why I wanted opinions from some of you more experienced owners. There may be no reason to consider it.

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Old May 15th, 2017, 06:02 PM   #7
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Just rat hole some money and have all 3. That is the only truthful answer.

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Old May 15th, 2017, 06:03 PM   #8
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Just curious what can you do with a scout that you can't with a properly tuned socom?

Get that muzzle and it's associated blast 2 inches farther away from my face. Lol

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Old May 15th, 2017, 06:17 PM   #9
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I have a keen interest in the Scout myself, but POLACK's got some good advice here...

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if it works good keep it.
If it's a sweetheart... you're gonna regret letting it go one day.

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Old May 15th, 2017, 06:48 PM   #10
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I'm a Scout man myself, but as was noted above-If you let it go, you'll be sorry!

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Old May 15th, 2017, 07:03 PM   #11
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Guys. Thanks for the advice. I think I'll keep the Socom.

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Old May 16th, 2017, 07:01 AM   #12
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There's nothing wrong with trading. You really never know what you really like until you try it. If you want a scout go for it.

I try to keep as many guns as possible, but I prefer to shoot mine rather than collect them and keep them in a safe. If I can trade a gun that I don't shoot much for something different I do it.

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In the words of my friend Killashrub, ( I will never get rid of another m14 style rifle ever!).
Yup. Only on very rare circumstances would I trade or sell an M14. Which is for emergency funds only using a common M1A to sell or partial trade on a "rare" M14 such as a "Devine" or a "Troy Rock Sopmod" or possibly for a more expensive rifle like a Rock-ola, LRB, or Smith Enterprise. The point is you can always get another M1A. And it may be worth to trade or sell one to fund a once in a lifetime M14 you may come across. Then buy back the M1A you sacrificed later. But in the end it is much better to just save money and be ready so you don't have to.

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Just rat hole some money and have all 3. That is the only truthful answer.
That is the best option. You can never have to many M14's.

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Keep the SOCOM and buy the Scout. I'm glad I have all 3 flavors and would never sell any of them.

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Old May 16th, 2017, 07:06 PM   #15
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Shorter rifles have always taken it on the chin. It is like the debate between the M1 Garand and the M1 Carbine. The M1 Garand came out on top with infantrymen. The thought that the M-1 Carbine was more like a "Cook's rifle", a rifle issued to people who's main job was to do something besides shooting people.

Times have changed. We now have a long list of battle rifles with 16" barrels that are very effective at CQB.

I stand with those that like 3 flavors. I have a Socom, a standard and a piggy bank saving for a scout.

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