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Old 01-28-2012, 05:51 PM   #11
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the thrill of recoil will wear off fast at the range.

i find paper a bit boring to shoot, so i use targets that react. that will put fun into any type of shooting, regardless of caliber. use pop cans, golf balls, paintballs, hot wheels or matchbox cars, your sister's barbies, anything that will break or explode just use your imagination.

my suggestion will probably be the popular ruger 10/22, there are plenty of good cheap .22's out there but the 10/22 allows so much easy customization that the only limit is your mind & your wallet.

another option would be a cheaper .22 bolt gun or mossberg 702 plinkster & that may allow you to have enough money left over to buy a savage axis in .223 or .243. so once you hone your skills a bit with the .22, you can step up to the centerfire calibers if you need the "big bang"
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I’ve been thinking though this myself recently. If the interest is rifle marksmanship, it seems to me the question comes down to how long your range is, how much practice you want to do and much you want to $pend on ammo.

My local fish & game club’s outdoor range a mile away is just over 80 yards. We’re in boreal forest so all that’s needed for most of the members is minute of deer accuracy. It wouldn’t make sense to get a big caliber to shoot there ‘cause I wouldn’t even begin to test myself & the rifle at such a short distance. I’ll see what I can do with a handgun there.

About an hour away are two 300 yard ranges. I’m thinking a .223 for those. If I can get a group with the .223 at 300 yards, then I’ll see about a .308, pay a visit to the 1,000 yard club three hours away and see how much bullet drop and wind drift interests me.

So, how long is your range?
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.308 in a Mauser, assuming it was a 7.62x51 rifle seems about correct. There are lots of inexpensive rifles that would do great, just get a slip on recoil pad. The 24/47, 91/30, or any other surplus rifle you may find at your local shop. 8x57(8mm Mauser), and 7.62x54r are still fairly cheap ammo wise. A good .22 is a VG place to start. Get a good rifle and lots of ammo. You will learn everything from trigger control to cleaning for short $.
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the thrill of recoil will wear off fast at the range.

i find paper a bit boring to shoot, so i use targets that react. that will put fun into any type of shooting, regardless of caliber. use pop cans, golf balls, paintballs, hot wheels or matchbox cars, your sister's barbies, anything that will break or explode just use your imagination.

my suggestion will probably be the popular ruger 10/22, there are plenty of good cheap .22's out there but the 10/22 allows so much easy customization that the only limit is your mind & your wallet.

another option would be a cheaper .22 bolt gun or mossberg 702 plinkster & that may allow you to have enough money left over to buy a savage axis in .223 or .243. so once you hone your skills a bit with the .22, you can step up to the centerfire calibers if you need the "big bang"
Necco Wafers make a big puff when you hit them. Life Savers or any small candy as the ants will clean it up. Old aspirins when you get really good. If you want to go center fire, the 223 is about the cheapest to shoot and can be very accurate. Easily good to 300 yards. I would choose a Savage as it has a 1:9 twist and is will shoot the 55grn and 62 grn bullets better. I bought one of my grandsons a Savage Package in 223. I think it was about $400. It came with a scope and had the Accu Trigger. He was shooting 1" groups at 100 yards with it out of the box. He was 11 at the time. You might also want to think about a 17HMR. It is a rimfire but very accurate out to 150 yards and no recoil to speak of.
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As already mentioned a .223 or .243 would probably be your best bet, and I would recommend the .223 if it is going to be strictly for range use. The .223 goes bang like a big gun but the recoil is light, and ammo is cheap. For your price range you should be able to find a good used bolt action in either caliber.

For double that you could get a good AR or Mini 14 which would be a lot of fun.

Also as already mentioned an SKS might also be a good choice? It's low recoil, semi-automatic, relatively cheap and fun to shoot.

It all depends on your personal preferences. Just look at different guns and figure out what appeals to you. You could even go with a lever action if that style appeals to you.
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If you are new to shooting I recommend a bolt action over an AR or other semi-auto. You will take more time for each shot and be less inclined to spray and pray.
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How about a 22 mag? I haven't seen this one mentioned yet.I have a Ruger 77/22 in 22LR, and just yesterday ordered a Savage 93R re barreled to 22WMR. (It had to be SS, LH) I was thinking the same thing, 22LR was slightly boring, and the added cost of 22mag is irrelevant compared to how many rounds a year I will put through it. Having said that, I don't think I can sell the 77/22.
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You might want to look into a Savage Model 10 FCM Scout in 7.62x39...........
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A .22 boring to shoot? I have a .22 pistol and I think it is very fun to shoot!! What makes it 'boring' to you? If you tell us what you expect and want in your shooting experience, we may be able to help you decide what might suit you.
I agree completely. The .22 m&p I bought is the most fun to shoot.
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Hey guys i just joined not to long ago and I have done a lot of research on the ruger ssr556 cM anyone give me some in put their is something in the back of my mind that says dont buy it because of the carrier tilt problems but that was a couple of years ago. Ruger just put a video on itunes explaining how carrier tilt works but did not really answer the qeustion on if they fixed the problem. Any input on this would be great.
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