Discontinued, and when it can be found, it's sold at much higher prices than it is actually worth.
That said - it's a nice little combo. Reliable shooter, well built. Lightweight - and the breakdown case is nice. I wish it had more ammo storage, but at least it has some.
If space and weight are your primary concerns, it's worth looking into. Otherwise - depending on your needs, there are many other options to investigate.
Do you know any other firearms similar to the m6? All I know of is the Savage 42
Not really similar to it. For a woods/camp gun, I personally don't need anything that either breaks down, or is all that lightweight. So it all comes down to our own criteria. For me - a .22 lever action (Marlin 39A) is pretty much the ideal small game camp gun. No need for the .410.
Or frankly, a high-power .22 pellet rifle (piston) - which will let me carry 500 rounds of ammo in a tin the size of a burger patty.
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It's a great rifle. A little pricey though, and hard to find. henry AR-7's are easy to find and much cheaper, though it is a very different rifle, much more usable and more fun to play with, but it doesn't have the .410 so that might be a deal breaker.
Any other rifles or combos in mind? I just want a woods gun/camping gun that i can take small game with. I know of the savage 42 and i think I'm going to check that one out because its cheaper and still in production. It's a shame they stopped making the M6 they should reconsider manufacturing them again
If you want the shotgun option and still have a rimfire, the savage model 42 is the way to go. Much cheaper than the springfield.
Ruger makes a pretty nice 10/22 take down now. It doesn't have the .410 option but it is light weight and stores easy.
I purchased a Marlin 795 and and it has been a great .22. It is light weight and very accurate right out of the box with just iron sights. It is cheaper then the 10/22. The but of the gun is also hollow stock which sort of gives you a compartment to store a small amount of stuff.
I don't think there is much need for a .410 but it would be fun to have.
I'd get hold of the latest issue of Gun Digest. Otherwise, I've seen, from time to time, over-under combo long guns in caliber combinations from 22LR/410 to .30-06 over 12 ga. I think the Savage is still in production, but a niche weapon of this sort will be a challenge to locate.
If you're after it for a "snake gun", and easier to find item is .38 Special or .357 magnum pistol loaded with a couple of rounds of snake shot and the rest the old standard 158-gr round nose .38 Spl rounds. Park Rangers in an area near where I live carried that weapon and load as they generally dealt with rattlers and skunks.
Can somebody tell a gun newbie the difference in game you'd take with the .22lr vs. the .410? Is it just a range thing, an on-the-run vs. still thing, or is one better for certain types of animals? As a listener to this discussion, can I get a layman's description of what y'all are talking about?
a .410 is the smallest shotgun caliber. It doesn't have much range but is better than a .22 for flying birds and rabbits on the run granted the rabbit is within a very short distance. A .22 is not good for birds as they will be flying but a good shot could take a rabbit at 75 yards with a simple .22.