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alonso562 09-12-2012 12:44 AM

What are some good rifles I can use to practice in California? My wallet is hurting so I need something inexpensive. Oh and I've never shot a rifle in my life

hareebrownbeest 09-12-2012 12:59 AM

Remington 770

elfmdl 09-12-2012 01:00 AM

Definitely get a .22 and I strongly recommend a Ruger 10/22. You can't beat there accuracy. Unfortunately I guess you won't get to use any banana clip since you live in California.

hareebrownbeest 09-12-2012 01:00 AM

I just got one yesterday. Came with a bushnell scope 3x9x40. I got mine in 30.06 caliber and it was on sale for $299. Now it's $459:(

SSGN_Doc 09-12-2012 01:04 AM

A good used .22 bolt action rifle. Ammo is cheap, the guns are usually fairly inexpensive and you can practice, practice and do more practice until you really get the fundamentals down.

See if there are any Appleseed shoots in your area any time soon and get to one. They will provide excellent coaching to get you where you want to be as a rifleman, before you go dropping a lot of money on a heavier caliber rifle using more expensive ammo.

Besides everyone needs a good .22.

Here's a link to the Appleseed project web site:

SSGN_Doc 09-12-2012 01:09 AM

Here's a link to the Appleseed schedule for California.

c3shooter 09-12-2012 01:17 AM

First, welcome to the forum. When you get a minute, stop by the intro thread, say hello, and tell us a bit about yourself.

For a first rifle, would suggest a .22. They are inexpensive, as is the ammo. Fairly easy to find a place to shoot a .22, recoil is about zero. You can go for the basics (a bolt action Marlin) or for a fancier auto loading rifle (Ruger 10-22 is very popular) You can use iron sights, or a modestly priced scope.

Now, a .22 DOES have it's limits. It's accurate range for targets is about 50 yards- some can stretch that to 100 or so. It has limited power- so you are not going to be hunting elephants, rhinos, or deer with it. But they are accurate, a good learning tool, and ammo is cheap enough that you will go shoot it without weeping when you pull the trigger.

And another nod to an Appleseed shoot. Check the net for contacts with your STATE rifle association for locations, and where you can get some instruction.

Dillinger 09-12-2012 01:32 AM

a bolt action .22lr as mentioned above.

I have NEVER met a shooter, that started with a single shot .22lr, who couldn't flat out shoot. Usually because they get one shot and then had to pass it to their brother/sister or friend for their shot, so you learn to make the shots count.

CA357 09-12-2012 02:03 AM

As has been said, start with a bolt action or single shot .22 rifle. Start with iron sights and learn to shoot accurately. Don't move on to a scope until you have mastered the iron sights.

Start with a firearms safety class. Then you can try Appleseed or a couple of lessons from an NRA certified instructor.

I've been shooting for years and I plan on going to an Appleseed shoot at some time to improve my skills. You're never too old or too good not to learn more. In fact, Appleseed is worth attending just for the history lesson.

Best of luck to you.

bigjim 09-12-2012 02:39 AM


Don't move on to a scope until you have mastered the iron sights.
Why do people keep saying this? You can eat with your fingers or you could eat with a fork. Me I'm a fork guy, most of my rifles don't even have iron sights on them. Why in the world would I want to use iron sigths, I wouldn't. Use whatever will make you happy and don't listen to old wives tales.

Good luck.

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