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Old 01-02-2011, 09:51 PM   #1
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i am curious as to what everyone prefers. bolt? revolver? semi? break?

also if you were getting someone a first gun what action/model would it be?

i have shot semi and revolver hand guns as well as lever and break rifles (actually, the break is a combo rifle/shotgun) and i prefer the break partly because that is the one i own (the other 3 were my uncle's) and partly because you have no choice but to take the gun out of shooting position to reload whereas you have several more shots with the other 3.
if i was shopping for someones first gun it would likely be a break as well but that has nothing to do with the number of rounds per loading, its because they are very simple and easy to clean.

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Old 01-02-2011, 10:29 PM   #2
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semi auto for rifles and break action for shotguns, and revolver for pistols. if i were getting someone a first gun it would either a marlin .22 simply because of the reliability or a ruger .22 for the same reason, or i would get a break action 410 shotgun for there first gun, break actions are very easy to maintain and clean, very simple to use and go bang every time you load it.

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Revolvers are handguns, pistols are handguns.

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If I'm shooting comp I use a old bolt action but for plinking, hunting, and everything else I use a semi auto. If I'm hunting frogs or what not I use the bolt action it's the only thing I have that shoot 22 shorts. The only lever action I've seen in 22 was my gramps BSA 22 commertive lever, really nice but I wouldn't dare shoot it.

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Revolver, lever, pump for shotgun

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i prefer semi-auto for rifles and pistols. for shotgun i like side by side or pump. i have one revolver a colt python. 3 bolt guns a rem 700 .308, cz550 458 LOTT, win mod 70 458 winmag. everything ele is semi-auto. some day i will add a colt M16A1 select fire.

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Bolt action all the way! Especially for new shooters. Semi-auto can lead to bad habits as we all enjoy rattling off rounds. The simple action of working the bolt or a lever action creates a pause which can be used to readjust and helps to slow down the mind so you think.

Lastly...I like the nostalgia of a bolt or lever. I enjoy working the action and I get a lot less...almost none...F2F's. I think you will find a lot of younger guys like the semi-auto. They play lots of video games and seem to have an affinity with AR/tactical style rifles. Same with hand guns. When I go to the range I see this pattern a lot and the sale of guns seem to be inline with this. Makes me happy...more bolt and levers available for me!

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A lot depends on what you are shooting at. For long range or precision, the bolt usually wins out. I have several bolt rifles. For quick shooting, the semi auto is popular but slides and levers are quick too. I always liked the levers but just picked up a slide action 22. I had been thinking of getting a lever 22 when I ran into the slide. My defense shotgun is a slide (pump) so I thought it would be good to have both. A lot less recoil with the 22. When I was hunting pheasant, I prefered a double.
I am a fan of single shot rifles and used to hunt with a Ruger 1A in 06 and a Ruger #3 in 45-70. I never did get to shoot anything with the 45-70 but the 1A took 4 deer. The last deer I shot was with a lever action Savage 99 in 308.

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There's something about a nice bolt handle and the feel of ejecting a case and chambering the next round. I kind of agree that bolt action will help teach you to be a good shooter. I learned to hunt with a single-shot BA 22 so I had to make that first round count.

As for the other choices, I like em all. (Great username, BTW)

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I just started shooting last week, and I noticed that I was shooting better with my bolt action than with the semi. But it could have been the gun. I think that the bolt action encourages a new shooter (me) to take more time and concentrate between shots.

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