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Old 08-05-2012, 04:37 PM   #1
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What's is a good first Rifle to buy and what caliber ?

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Old 08-05-2012, 04:47 PM   #2
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a bolt action 22 rimfire! cheap to shoot. next to no recoil. good platform for learning the basics of marksmanship. Marlin and Savage both have very good rifles, that won't cost an arm or leg and deliver very decent accuracy.
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I thought bout that but I was thinking a higher caliber

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.22 is the way to go... unless home defense is one of your planned uses... its so cheap to shoot. I have a handful of guns in a wide variety of calibers but I never get tired of shooting up tin cans with my. 22s...

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trust me and others on this. a 22 is the best place to start for a first rifle, no matter your age. and the 22 will never grow out of favor. i am almost 50 and my 22's still get shot quite a bit. besides they are very cheap fun. many places you can buy bulk 22 ammo for $15-18 per 500 rounds. learn the 22, then step up to a larger caliber.
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What is the intentions of the rifle?
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If you want a larger caliber, but still inexpensive to shoot, get an AR-15 in .223 (5.56X45 MM)

All military services use the 5.56, and probably will for at least the next 50 years, so ammo will always be available. Many M16/M4 parts will also fit the AR-15, as well as the magazines.

The AR-15 is the most popular center fire rifle in the U.S., so you can't go wrong with it.

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How about a Henery lever action in 22

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I would say a .22 also but I would go with a Ruger 10/22. Thet have been a top selling rifle for 50 years. They must be doing something right.

If you insist on a higher caliber I also like the 30/30 lever action Marlin.

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There is a lot to be said for a bolt action .22. It's cheap and easy to shoot and a great way to hone your shooting skills. A good one is also a lifetime investment that you can hand down to your children.

That said if you really want a "higher caliber" I would look for a .223 rifle (bolt or semi). It's probably the least expensive centerfire to shoot with little recoil making it suitable for lots of target practice.

Hope that helps.
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