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Old 05-29-2014, 01:16 AM   #1
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I am looking into buying myself my first rifle. I have shot many types of guns before and currently own two shotguns. I decided that it's finally time to purchase my own rifle. I am looking for a rifle that won't cost me too much and possibly something that was used in a war. Any suggestions for a rifle that comes to mind after reading this?
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Old 05-29-2014, 02:07 AM   #2
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Hey, welcome to the forums! Stop by the introduction section sometime so we can get to know you.

We need to know a few more things before we can really recommend a rifle. What are your purposes? What is your budget? Are you recoil shy? Are you going to want to use a scope?

If you want a rifle for hunting, what will you be hunting and where?

There are a ton of different factors that go into deciding which rifle. I'm sure that once you give us some more information we will be able to recommend some good choices.


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It's pretty hard to beat a Mosin Nagant for value if you want an infantry weapon that you can use for hunting.

There are now a plethora of Mosin Nagant upgrades, the most useful being polymer stocks and optical sight mount mechanisms.

You can upgrade your rifle as time and money permit, or simply leave it the way it came.

Ammunition is inexpensive and the rifle has the punch of a .308 for significantly less money.

As accuracy goes, it's a WWII Russian rifle. Don't be too surprised if it doesn't shoot like a 5K sniping rifle.

If you want something more modern that has seen service, you have the Remington 700 and Winchester Model 70, although both rifles cost significantly more than most variations of the Mosin Nagant.

The Remington and Winchester rifles were used in Viet Nam as sniping weapons.

If you greatly value accuracy and ergonomics, that costs more money. If you simply want a general purpose plinker or truck rifle, the Mosin Nagant variants are a bit more suitable.
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first you need to define the usage of the rifle, how much of a budget you plan on wanting to spend on the rifle, if you plan on using open sights or a scope and how much of a budget for the scope if desired.

how much shooting experiance with rifles?

how much shooting do you plan on doing? hunting usage or target shooting?

more information and details about you and what you desire for the usage of the rifle will help us make better suggestions that might suit your needs better.
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I plan on buying this gun for just target shooting. I would say my budget is $1000 or less. I'm not really sure if that is a good budget, but that is just a good number that came into my head. I am willing to spend more if I need to. My friend just bought a Mosin Nagant and although I haven't had the chance to shoot, I like it a lot. It just has a real nice look to it and a bolt action rifle is always nice. I have had a bit of experience shooting rifles and shotguns so I am not recoil shy.

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I plan on buying this gun for just target shooting. I would say my budget is $1000 or less. I'm not really sure if that is a good budget, but that is just a good number that came into my head. I am willing to spend more if I need to. My friend just bought a Mosin Nagant and although I haven't had the chance to shoot, I like it a lot. It just has a real nice look to it and a bolt action rifle is always nice. I have had a bit of experience shooting rifles and shotguns so I am not recoil shy.
Although the Mosin Nagant is a good gun for certain purposes, it is NOT a target rifle.

If you want a target rifle, I would recommend something like a Remington 700 or maybe a Savage rifle. Howa's and weatherby's also have a good reputation for accuracy.

You probably want to look for a .308, those are very accurate rounds and are commonly used in competition.

A general rule for scopes is that you get what you pay for. You might need to put at least $300 in it to get one that is good enough for target shooting. How far do you plan on shooting?


There are a lot of good choices out there for target rifles. Ultimately it's going to come down to the one that feels good in your hands and that you like the look of.
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I plan on buying this gun for just target shooting. I would say my budget is $1000 or less. I'm not really sure if that is a good budget, but that is just a good number that came into my head. I am willing to spend more if I need to. My friend just bought a Mosin Nagant and although I haven't had the chance to shoot, I like it a lot. It just has a real nice look to it and a bolt action rifle is always nice. I have had a bit of experience shooting rifles and shotguns so I am not recoil shy.

milsurp rifles are not great target rifles. The few that would make good target rifles have been snapped up years ago. Combat accuracy is a 4" group at 100 yards. You can buy a $300 rifle and a $100 scope at walmart that will shoot a 2" group.

There are milsurp rifles that are very accurate. But to find that rifle you need to have extensive experience with rifles or be willing to pay a gunsmith to go shopping with you.

You would be much better off to buy a quality sporting rifle. Several manufacturers guarantee their rifles to shoot a .99" or smaller group with quality factory ammo.
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I'd suggest something practical..............................
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Don't you mean tacticool?
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You do not state if you want a high power rifle. You can target shoot with a 22 and the ammo is much less expensive. You can also shoot at shorter distances of 50-100 yards as a high power rifle is usually shot at distances out of 500 yards which will require special range facilities.
As a beginning rifle shooter and if you have not shot high power rifles the likely hood of developing a flinch due to recoil and report is a real possibility.
A good 22 rifle will cost much less than your budget and what you save on ammo can be accumulated towards a high power rifle in the future
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