Well I'm personally a huge fan of the Ruger 10/22. It was my first rifle to my memory that I ever used. Like what hardluk said, there are plenty of fun little toys and stocks and sights and mags for them that you can have a ball if you ever get bored of it. I'd personally recommend getting the most basic, cheap model you can get. If you get bored with that throw on red sight or the Ruger 25 round magazine (very reliable and a blast to play with). If you really want to change the look of the rifle though there are so many stocks you can make it look like anything you want. I heartily recommend getting one, even if it is simply because you can make that rifle into a pretty great little target rifle or you could turn it around and make it the best squirrel killer in the world. They're wonderful rifles and would make a great first gun if you ask me.
I learned to shoot on my dads old single shot remington target master model 510 and would recommend it to anyone to learn on. I still have it and that's the gun I want to teach my kids to shoot on. I've never fired a straiter shooting rifle and if you want to learn how to shoot accuratly instead of just goin out with a semi auto and goin pop pop pop pop then a single shot is the way to go. I started shooting a lil younger than you but I was about your age the first time I went squirrel huntin. by 15 I was drivin tacks and doin it with iron sights. I suggest a single shot to learn on both for safety and accuracy. Or atleast a bolt action. Lookin back I'm glad I didn't learn on a semiauto. Do they still make the single shot target masters? Now that I think about it I wouldn't mind buying a new one and see if they still make em the same
You know I was just thinking about bolt action because I they force you to take it slow and make the accurate shot but I am unfamiliar with bolt action rifles is there any nice bolt action .22's For under $300? I am still of course not eliminating the 10 22 just exploring other options
Which is better? The savage mark ii or the marlin 925? I like the marlin 925 but everyone says the trigger is bad. So which is better out of those?
I have a marlin 25 which from what I can tell is the same gun as the 925 but older. Its a great gun and very strait shooter. That's what I used when I graduated from a single shot. I don't know about the savage but from my experience the marlin is great