I guess I'm the oddball in the group. From the day I fired my first M16, back in 1973, I took a dislike to the weapon. I still remember pulling the trigger and hearing, "Bang! Sproing!" and thinking, "What the Hell is this; a Daisy BB gun?"
Bear in mind that I was, up until that time, far better acquainted with the M1 and the M14. As I used the M16 more, I found that it required far more cleaning and was less reliable than either the M1 or the M14. It also did not have the range of either of the other weapons. I understand that many of the problems with the early M16/AR15 platforms have been corrected but I am still strongly influenced by those early experiences.
Another thing that bothered me back then was that the drill sergeants seemed to be pushing "spray and pray" over aimed, accurate rifle fire. I never could buy into that. Granted, it is not an issue with a semiautomatic rifle like it is with one that is fully automatic, but it added to my bias.
Given my choice of rifles, I'd go with M1, M1A, or M14 in semiautomatic rifles and '03 Springfield, Remington 700, Ruger American All-Weather, or one of the Weatherby series. My preferred calibers are 30-06, .308, 7.62NATO.
Yeah, guys, I know I'm a dinosaur!:lol:
You are not alone. I will take a 1873 or 1876 winchester repeater over any other rifle that exist today. BTW the M1 is better than a AR-15. Thats just my opinion and it should be yours too.