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Old 02-15-2010, 01:07 AM   #1
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Hi, I am new here so I am not sure if I should start here with this question. I am looking for something that I can use more at the shooting range and not worry too much about ammo prices. However, I would also like to know this could be used as a home defense weapon. I am not sure if this would be a rifle, handgun or shotgun, I am open to any.

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Old 02-15-2010, 01:15 AM   #2
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.22LR....Cheap ammo, can be a defensive weapon but not advised for a new shooter but makes a great starting target pistol.

For self defense, get a 12 GA shotgun.

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.22LR....Cheap ammo, can be a defensive weapon but not advised for a new shooter but makes a great starting target pistol.

For self defense, get a 12 GA shotgun.
Is there any reason in particular the .22LR isn't advised for a new shooter?
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Is there any reason in particular the .22LR isn't advised for a new shooter?
It's not recommended for personal/home defense.

It is THE best caliber for a new shooter in pistol, revolver or rifle.
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It's not recommended for personal/home defense.

It is THE best caliber for a new shooter in pistol, revolver or rifle.
Sorry read into that wrong, but I can see (or assume) that you would need to be a great shot to successfully take care of an home invasion with a .22.

So now that has been answered, many thanks. Are there any recommendations? I have been looking at the Heritage Rough Rider .22LR and Browning Buck Mark Camper .22LR.
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Heritage Rough Rider is cheapo pot metal crap.

Any Ruger or Browning 22 would be a good start.

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Heritage Rough Rider is cheapo pot metal crap.

Any Ruger or Browning 22 would be a good start.
Thank you, so if i were to go with a rifle semi or bolt?
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+1 on the Ruger MkIII or Browning Buckmark pistols. On rifles,depends on what you like the best.There are some great shooting bolt guns,and semi-autos.But the bolt actions are considered more accurate shooters. Depending on how much you want to spend some great rimfire rifles are CZ-USA,Savage,Browning,Marlin,Ruger

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What is your budget for this firearm? Do you have any experience at all?

Do you live in an apartment or a house? If you live in an apartment, overpenetration is a bigger factor than in a detached house. Although it's still a factor in a house.

Do you have small hands or large hands? Are you big or small?

All of these things should factor into your decision.

A rifle for home defense in most cases has to much power and will penetrate walls. A shotgun is an excellent home and self defense weapon and can be had reasonably.

Handguns work well too, but demand a proficiency that takes time to acquire.

If you can give us more information, we'll be able to help you better.

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What is your budget for this firearm? Do you have any experience at all?

Do you live in an apartment or a house? If you live in an apartment, overpenetration is a bigger factor than in a detached house. Although it's still a factor in a house.

Do you have small hands or large hands? Are you big or small?

All of these things should factor into your decision.

A rifle for home defense in most cases has to much power and will penetrate walls. A shotgun is an excellent home and self defense weapon and can be had reasonably.

Handguns work well too, but demand a proficiency that takes time to acquire.

If you can give us more information, we'll be able to help you better.
Budget is under $300, I am a college student still at home (house), my dad has a .357 S&W and he has his CWP. Our neighborhood is safe, very safe so home defense isn't the big issue. My theory is no body is going to stick around to the sound of a gun, and a hole in the ceiling is easier to patch up, than a whole in a person. So with that said its definitely more for the range than home defense.
The first gun i have ever shot was a .9 mm, my first few shots made the paper the last few weren't so lucky. I will snoop around in the Ruger and Browning area for a comfortable fit. My hands are medium sized.
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