Originally Posted by Leavingplatoscomphycave
ok so ive got $362.34 and i want my first rifle. I was thinking a .308 or 30-06 i would want a semi-automatic but a good repeater or bold action would be ok. i want a rifle that if i practiced enough could be reliable to hit 12''x12'' peice of steel at 200 yds with iron sights (am i being unrealistic?)
also i want to learn how the insides of the mechanism work so maybe somthing semi simple to start out with ? i dont know im a bit new to rifle purcasing
no, not at all. that is far more realistic than people who come here and say "i am looking for my first rifle and i want to shoot 1000 yards".
as for the gun, if you want iron sights you may need to go with a milsurp rifle as was previously stated. modern hunting style rifles don't come with irons (for the most part, there are some that do).
if you don't mind a scope you can certainly get one of those savage/stevens combos that come with a cheaper scope at sporting goods stores for around your price range. that will get you going and you can save up for a better scope once you get the feel of it...
i dunno, just my .02 cents.