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Old 12-29-2008, 08:57 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by cny3123 View Post
I bought a Ruger 10/22 actually, but thanks for the tip on ammo. I'll keep that in mind.
ruger 10/22... you can't beat it for a starter rifle. mags are easy to find and cheap. there are tons of parts available to mod the rifle. they are durable and reliable. I view the ruger as the honda civic of the gun world. Cheap, fun, and a million of things you can do/buy to make them even better...

I've set up a bunch of tin cans in a field and had plenty of fun with my ruger. Cheap fun, too.
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Old 01-06-2009, 02:05 PM   #22
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A little late chiming in... but I have both the Marlin 60 and the Remington 597 and I must say I like the Marlin best, although I have had it for a little over 30 years now. It's just plain fun to shoot.
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Old 01-10-2009, 02:23 AM   #23
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Default first gun

Now that you have the 10-22, go to and drool over all the toys that you can get for that rifle, and install them yourself, with little or no tools. My first .22 was a Marlin Golden 39A, bought with paper route $ and still has a special place in my safe, but I bought 2 10-22's to customize on my own. They are fun to trick out!!
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Old 01-11-2009, 04:09 AM   #24
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my first gun was my tenth birthday present a stevens 22-410 over under. it was a good starter gun for small kid. hunted squirrel withthe 22 lr top barrel andrabbitswith the 410 full choke botom barrel. I later hada 10/22 ruger a fellow owed me some money and repaid me with a pawn ticket for the gun. it cost me forty bucks to redeem it plus the forty the guy owed me. was a sweet little 22 auto. we used it to shoot jack rabbits in the dessert around yuma arizona in the late 60's. lost all my guns when my ex wife divorced me while I was serving in Viet Nam. lost it and my 58 Bonneeville. a bunch of goose decoys all my guns. and I know much more what a witch but I now spell it differenly when I talk about her.
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Old 01-19-2009, 01:50 PM   #25
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Default Marlins are a blast.

The high capacity of the marlin is a blast to shoot!! I think the tube holds just under 20 rounds. Feels like you can just keep popping. The down side to a first gun being a semi-auto would be the cleaning. There are more moving parts, so more nooks and cranys to clean carbon out of. I've had my marlin for about 15 years now, and love it.

Also think about what you are going to want to do with the rifle in the future. If you ever plan on small game hunt with the gun, check your state laws to see what you can hunt with. Some states wont allow you to hunt with a semi-auto. I can't think of a state that bands lever guns though........ that will be pushed after inauguration.
If at first you don't succeed, .... Shoot again.
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