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Old 01-11-2013, 09:19 AM   #28162
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Originally Posted by gofast1320 View Post
A lot more than an M1 Carbine. They may be close in $$$ value but nowhere near the same in usage. With an M1 you get a pistol cartridge that is not that easy to find in a easily handled rifle. With your .45 you have a good pistol cartridge in a good pistol. Your gun to do with as you wish but no way I'd swap for the carbine.
50 years ago when you could get the carbine for 20.00 from the CMP program you could find rounds pretty cheap and they were abundant, today not so much. Shot one tons and it was fine for vienna sausage cans at 40 yards, even reloaded some with the lee hand loader but all in all its nowhere near the .45 auto in value to me and I'm no big 1911 fan.
IIRC there was a guy who did .45 ACP conversions to M1 carbines.

That said, I am not a big fan of pistol power cartridges in carbines/rifles - IMO if you are going to carry a rifle, then carry it with a rifle cartridge. My father owned an M1 carbine and I shot it a few times - I would rather have a Mini14 if you want that style of rifle, or an AK or AR, all are better rifles IMO.
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