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Old 04-12-2011, 12:20 PM   #1
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Just getting into firearms as of late, I am wondering if there is a typical progression in weapons purchase. For instance, I have .380 ACP and .45 ACP pistols that I love to target shoot with, I just picked up a 10-22LR that's a lot of fun. I will start hunting small game with that this year, never having hunted before. After that, is there a logical next purchase in my future? I was thinking of a mini 14 to get me to the next level ammo. What do you all think?

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Old 04-12-2011, 12:35 PM   #2
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my first centerfire pistol was a desert eagle 357magnum.

my first centerfire rifle was a colt SP1 in .223 the next one was a winchester mod70 in 458winmag.

unless you have a specific need whatever strikes your fancy long as you know the plus and minus of what your getting.

so if your getting a mini14 to be a 600yd tack driver your gonna be a little upset....

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There is no absolute Progression in firearms, though there is some common ground that many have traveled over the years. But this is not an absolute, Such as many get a BB gun or .22 lr rifle as there first then the next they might buy is say a .357 mag revolver.

Some start their gun experiences out with a shotgun, and then graduate to a medium cal. rifle. I guess the only common thing with most gun owners is they start small then when the bug bites they buy anything they can.

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I think it's different for each person. I'll warn you though, buy a 1911 or an old S&W wheel gun and you'll find that it's near impossible to walk away from one. Can't beat the feel of a 1911 and S&W has the most beautiful bluing in their old guns....they're just sexy.

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Well, I guess I was more wondering, if you've never shot a rifle before, and you start with a 22, you're not going to want to go to a Sharps 1874 next, regardless of how enamored you may be with that weapon. Wouldn't you want to work your way up, recoil-wise, so that you're not wasting your time and getting frustrated by jumping over some major steps?

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Recoil is what it is and I don't think you work yourself up to it. A 300 Win Mag is going to kick regardless of how much .22 LR you've shot. I tend to pick my guns based on needs so if I need to shoot varmints - I'd get a varmint rifle, etc...

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I understand that, but if you never shot any gun before, you wouldn't start off with a 44Magnum. You would be so bad at it that you'd never want to shoot again. Getting used to recoil, gradually, may be a better way to learn to shoot consistently, no?

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if you got a 12ga shotgun try some slug shooting 2 3/4 and 3inch mag slugs. most rifles in the 45-70 range are very close to that level of recoil.

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What is meant by 45-70 range? Sorry, I'm really ignorant.

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I guess im weird... My first 2 guns were a SKS and a .40 Sigma (beside my pellet gun, when I was wee lad....) ..... I didnt get the .22's till later....

Ive found most calibers arent really that bad, the recoil may make your accuracy suffer, but its not going beat you up.. i have had friends who wanted to shoot my 12 ga as their first gun, but totally were unprepared for it... For the big stuff you just gotta keep a good grip and keep the butt tight to your shoulder(long guns).

As for your progression of puchases, it depends what your into. Old mil-surps are my thing so i got me a rusky SKS, A buddie of mine wanted to get into hunting so his first gun was a shotgun and now hes saving for a nice hunting rifle. Another friend wanted something for personal protection so his first was a small 9mm. Then sometimes theres just those deals you cant pass up on......

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