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H & K G3

i just acquired an H & K G3 .308 cal with bipod, case, 2 big clips and scope for $175. is this a using animal hunting tool? looks kinda military to me.

thanks in advance for any useful comments.

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I have no idea, friend. but I checked all your posts, any man with a 270 should have no use for a 308 Thumbs up
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Who ever was selling it sure wanted to get rid of it in a hurry. Was it used in a crime by it's previous owner? That price is a sure steal.

While the .308 Win is a great deer cartridge and good shorter range elk hunting round I doubt you'll be seeing too many HK G3's out there with true sportsman in the field. Really what you need is a good bolt action rifle for hunting.

The G3 is a battlefield assault rifle. You don't see anyone hunting with an M-14 do ya? Of course not. For hunting, best to just go with a sporting type firearm.

Besides, carrying around a rifle while hunting that has a 20 or 30 round clip extending from the reciever tells the world that you must be a real bad shot in the field, right? (not saying you are a bad shot, you know what I mean) One well placed shot, one kill. You don't need more than 5 rounds loaded in your rifle while hunting.

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Couple of things:

1.) You probably don't have a true G3. Its a class-3 weapon and is select fire and to the best of my knowledge is only available to nfa dealers. This is of course assuming you live in the states.

2.) What you probably have is a hk91 part kit built on a american receiver or possibly a JLD. These are semi auto only.

3.) Most part guns use HK barrels. The barrels and actions are well regarded for their accuracy, although this may not necessarily hold true for a part kit gun.

What I would do is check its accuracy at 100 yards. If its a 2" gun for 3 shots its probably fine, although I wouldn't go much beyond 300 yards with it. The other issue is clip capacity. In colorado you have to hunt with a 6rd mag or less, the same rules may apply in your area.

This is not a typical hunting rifle, but who cares? FAL, AR-10, M1A, LR-308's, and HK91's are capable of accuracy that would shame some production bolt rifles. Furthermore the distiction between these miltiary weapons and a Browning BAR or Benelli R1 is superficial at best.

If you like the gun, it meets some minimum accuracy requirements, and you follow the law; then have fun!

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I've seen quite a few H&K "clones" out there lately (CETMEs seem to be the latest). The G3 itself is actually a selective-fire weapon. So, it that's what you truly have and you've not gone through the formality of a transfer tax or other registration, expect a visit soon by the men in black. Otherwise, it's likely you have an H&K 91 (at one heckuva price) or a clone (more likely). You won't usually find an H&K 91 priced less than what you'd pay for a small ATV, where you'll often find the CETMEs (et al) priced $300-500.

Many states limit magazine capacity to no more than 5 rounds. Know your local laws and those of the state(s) you plan to hunt. loading 5 rounds into a magazine that'll hold 20 won't count most times (consider the plug in your favorite shotgun required when waterfowling).

Having had occasion to "use" the G3 among others, I'll say that it's quite reliable, but it's a pig to carry. Of course, I'd say that for the L1A1/FAL as well. It's generally not as accurate as the other 7.62x51mm NATO (.308) battle rifles more widely available, my brother has a CETME and my M1A will shoot circles around it at any range. What I remember most about the G3 was that it throws empty cases YARDS away! Be careful you don't put your hunting buddy's eye out! The fluted chamber leaves interesting burn marks on the cases, but certainly contributes to it's reliability. It also tends to dent the heck out of them.

Though I've considered hunting with my scoped M1A, I can't justify the extra weight and can't find a five-round mag for it (though am admittedly not looking very hard). Aside from target shooting I do use it for prairie dogs, along with a bolt .22-250. For everything else, I prefer my good old bolt guns.

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I deer hunt with my M-14. You got a good deal and if you want to hunt with it hunt with it. I grew up in the Ozarks and the SKS is still very popular with those hilbillies. Big smile While your rifle isn't exactly a 1000 yard bean field rifle it will still get er done at reasonable ranges. Best of luck and enjoy your new toy.

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Of course deep down I knew that someone would reply with "I hunt with my M-14"

An M-14, SKS, FN FAL, and any other assault rifle chambered for 7.62mm ammo will surley kill game. Not saying it won't. You can certainly hunt with a G3. Just make sure you follow the laws in your area ragarding capacity inthe field. After you're done playing RECON, Rambo, paramilitary and have gotten all that out of your youthful system, get yourself a real hunting rifle Big smile (joke, only a joke)

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WesternHunter wrote:
Of course deep down I knew that someone would reply with "I hunt with my M-14"

An M-14, SKS, FN FAL, and any other assault rifle chambered for 7.62mm ammo will surley kill game. Not saying it won't. You can certainly hunt with a G3. Just make sure you follow the laws in your area ragarding capacity inthe field. After you're done playing RECON, Rambo, paramilitary and have gotten all that out of your youthful system, get yourself a real hunting rifle Big smile (joke, only a joke)

I get it! Had a bad day and am sitting her with a cold beer and this got me the first smile of my day. Thanks.

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H & K G3

can everyone say "MAGAZINE"

no clip in this rifle.

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Okay!!!

I think we all know that clip is a generic term anymore and we all know that older bolt action rifles and some older semi-autos had what is called a "CLIP".

MAGAZINE is what the G3 has.

Just a word of advise while hunting with that assault rifle - don't try to look too tech'd out and super cool carrying that assault rifle with it slung up with the stock riding high at the collar bone area and muzzle pointed down, like todays soldiers seem to do. Nothing wrong with keeping that thing slung over your shoulder like a hunter or sportsman normaly would. You aren't going into combat with that thing while hunting. No, we are not at war with deer or elk Big smile