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Old 06-01-2014, 08:03 PM   #21
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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?
Search for a Swiss Military Surplus K31 rifle... I guarantee you won't be disappointed. They are also quite accurate.

http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2013/05/daniel-zimmerman/gun-review-k31-schmidt-rubin-rifle/
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I would highly recommend the Ruger Mini 14 chambered in .223 / 5.56, it's my first rifle, bought it yesterday at gun show for $750. I chose blued over stainless and got the tactical version which comes with a flash suppressor, if you see these guns shot without the suppressor at dusk/dawn you get some major fireballs coming from the barrel. The guns mechanism is based on the famous Military M14 but has been scaled down to a smaller version of the M14 beast and shoots .223 / 5.56, Ruger does make a Mini 30 which shoots the .308 / 7.62 like the M14 did but it's a lot of power and ammo is big bucks compared to .223 / 5.56 The action is simple and reliable. Took it straight to range and fired off about 250 rounds. Only one failure which was, I am not sure the technical term but the pin struck the primer but clearly from inspection of the round not deep enough to fire the round. Accurate, recoil is reasonable, I have a little bruising on my shoulder, not able to be felt in soreness but can see a little bruising. Looking for some land to go feral pig hunting on next.

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I would highly recommend the Ruger Mini 14 chambered in .223 / 5.56, it's my first rifle, bought it yesterday at gun show for $750. I chose blued over stainless and got the tactical version which comes with a flash suppressor, if you see these guns shot without the suppressor at dusk/dawn you get some major fireballs coming from the barrel. The guns mechanism is based on the famous Military M14 but has been scaled down to a smaller version of the M14 beast and shoots .223 / 5.56, Ruger does make a Mini 30 which shoots the .308 / 7.62 like the M14 did but it's a lot of power and ammo is big bucks compared to .223 / 5.56 The action is simple and reliable. Took it straight to range and fired off about 250 rounds. Only one failure which was, I am not sure the technical term but the pin struck the primer but clearly from inspection of the round not deep enough to fire the round. Accurate, recoil is reasonable, I have a little bruising on my shoulder, not able to be felt in soreness but can see a little bruising. Looking for some land to go feral pig hunting on next.
Ruger has never made a Mini 30 that shoots 308 / 7.62 ammo. It has always been chambered in 7.62x39,the same as a SKS or AK 47 platform.

There has never been any Ruger Mini 14 or 30 that I'd consider in the same sentence with "A Target Rifle". They are fun rifles to shoot,but are not in the same category as a rifle built for precision shooting,like a good bolt action or a good varmint style AR-15.
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Ruger has never made a Mini 30 that shoots 308 / 7.62 ammo. It has always been chambered in 7.62x39,the same as a SKS or AK 47 platform.

There has never been any Ruger Mini 14 or 30 that I'd consider in the same sentence with "A Target Rifle". They are fun rifles to shoot,but are not in the same category as a rifle built for precision shooting,like a good bolt action or a good varmint style AR-15.
Mini's aren't in the ball park with a target rifle but with a little tweaking they are capable of putting up some pretty impressive groups. And some where I've got some pics of the last group I shot out of mine that I would put up against all most any semi auto out there.

I really have to get my shop finished so I can get back to reloading some bullets and punching some more holes in paper!
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Get a Bull Barrel Handi-Rifle in 243, Good Mounts and a Leuold Vari-X 3 3-9x40 and you have a good starter target that doubles as a good hunting rig.

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I have to recommend taking a look at the Ruger American rifles, available in many calibers, very accurate, adjustable triggers, the list goes on. And very budget friendly! I traded my sporterized 03A3 for one, and very happy with it! 6.25 lbs compared to the 9lbs with the war surplus version.
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Ok, beltramo, I'm sure you got plenty of ideas to chew on. What direction are ya leaning towards? Are ya still here?

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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?
Your first rifle should be a bolt action 22. Rifle shooting requires learning some new skills and a 22 will allow you to pick them up without having to deal with the recoil, noise and cost of centerfire ammo. Even now 100 22s are a lot cheaper than 100 centerfire cartridges.
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Your first rifle should be a bolt action 22. Rifle shooting requires learning some new skills and a 22 will allow you to pick them up without having to deal with the recoil, noise and cost of centerfire ammo. Even now 100 22s are a lot cheaper than 100 centerfire cartridges.
I think the OP wanted to something he could shoot, not something that he could spend all of his free time looking for ammo for
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www.budsgunshop.com has howa actions for under $400. You can get a super cool stock from Boyds for around $150. For under $600 you have a nice rifle with a heavy fluted barrel, adjustable trigger. The stock may need to be fitted to the gun. If you are not a woodworker you have have a little in the hole for a gunsmith.
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