Originally Posted by zack0923
I am a fairly new gun owner so what are some good types of rifles to start with? I currently have a 9mm Springfield XDM 3.8 which I really enjoy shooting but I am interested in purchasing a rifle now. I have shot a few rifles before but I would just like some different opinions. Thanks for the posts.
IMO, the best starter rifle is a 22. You can do a lot of shooting for little money, and build some skill. You can shoot 22 LR for under $20 for 500 rounds, whereas 30-06 will run you $18-$25 or more for just 20 rounds. Meanwhile, at the range, you can see what other folks are shooting and start zeroing in on your next gun (yeah, there'll probably be more in your future once you get the bug).
There are a lot of 22's out there. First, do you want bolt action or semi-auto or maybe even a lever action? Are you interested in iron sights or a scope?
IMO, a good first rifle is a slow rifle, one that will allow you to work on technique. A bolt action 22 like a CZ 452 with iron sights is a great way to go. Is the bolt action too slow? If you decide to go with a semi-auto instead, the Ruger 10-22 is hugely popular for a good reason. Want to go somewhere in between the slow bolt action and fast semi-auto? Consider a lever action like the Browning 22 lever action with iron sights.