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Old 03-21-2012, 05:24 AM   #1
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Default Seeking affordable hobby gun, long range bolt action

I am not a ballistics expert. I don't really know which cartridge is better or why, but I will do some reading on this forum to try to draw some conclusions; but I'm looking for a rifle that will be on the cheaper side, about $250 to $300 that has an effective range of about 400 yards that I can tinker and practice with. Any opinions welcome.

Also wondering where to shoot. I live on the outskirts of Cleveland so there's no fields around here, much less any place that would allow me to shoot a rifle. Gun ranges around here are indoor, pistol only. I can't even shoot my 10/22.
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Old 03-21-2012, 05:29 AM   #2
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I'm a fan of the .308. It's a short action, ammo is decently priced, easy to find and has a large variety of bullet types. What exactly would you be using it for? Hunting? Paper punching?
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You could always get the Savage axis chambered in what ever you'd like.
Personally I would go with .223 just purely for the cheapness. By of by "tinker with" you mean try and see what loads you can make for it since you reload, I'd go with a .308. That way if you ever decide to, you can always hunt deer with the same paper punching rifle.
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I am not a ballistics expert. I don't really know which cartridge is better or why, but I will do some reading on this forum to try to draw some conclusions; but I'm looking for a rifle that will be on the cheaper side, about $250 to $300 that has an effective range of about 400 yards that I can tinker and practice with. Any opinions welcome.

Also wondering where to shoot. I live on the outskirts of Cleveland so there's no fields around here, much less any place that would allow me to shoot a rifle. Gun ranges around here are indoor, pistol only. I can't even shoot my 10/22.
well in the $250-300 range, your options may be limited. you might look into getting a used Mosin or Mauser with a lot of ammo to practice with. or another option would be to start looking around in the pawnshops and gun stores for a decent used rifle. if you can't find a place to shoot, then it could be a mmot point.
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I got a savage 110 from a pawnshop for 325 and it's in good shape and shoots just as good but as a heck of a thump and that y it has the Nickname thumper lol

I RUN LIKE A CHEVY AND IM BUILT FORD TOUGH
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I've never hit a target at more than 40 yards, and that was with a 357 revolver. I want to do some serious long range shooting, just for the fun of it. I'm a little interested in the Mauser. Looks more my speed by way of price, but can this thing deliver at good range? What kind of groupings would I expect? I'm looking for something decent that I can put about a 3'' group at at least 200 yards; that would be nice, but I'm not sure if that's realistic. Like I said, never done any long range shooting before. Thanks for the input.
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Check out a marlin 22mag with a micro grv barrel.
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I've never hit a target at more than 40 yards, and that was with a 357 revolver. I want to do some serious long range shooting, just for the fun of it. I'm a little interested in the Mauser. Looks more my speed by way of price, but can this thing deliver at good range? What kind of groupings would I expect? I'm looking for something decent that I can put about a 3'' group at at least 200 yards; that would be nice, but I'm not sure if that's realistic. Like I said, never done any long range shooting before. Thanks for the input.
A Mauser should, not too familiar with them but I know a mosin could hit that far. Not sure on the groupings, depends on the shooter but you can usually get a Mosin for about 100 down here in Oklahoma and ammo is dirt cheap
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Start with a 22lr learn to shoot it properly before u go and spend on a larger cal.
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Get a savage/stevens rifle new or used . There stevens 200 can be bought here for just under 300 dollars new . It is accurate out of the box and upgrades for triggers from rifle basix or stocks from boyds are not costly and can be done as needed over time. A scope from walmart like a centerpoint will get you buy on a light .223 rifle too
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