What is the best rifle for primarily target shooting on a budget?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by BigErwin, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. BigErwin

    BigErwin New Member

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    I'm looking to get another rifle and I'm looking to spend about $350-$450. I will probably only use it for target shooting and maybe I little pest control. In your opinion what is the best rifle and caliber to get for my money? (I already have an AR-15 target chambered in .223)
     
  2. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    I good .22 rifle. We have a thread going on them currently, track it down and check it out.

    And welcome to FTF, stop by the intro section and introduce yourself when you get a chance.
     

  3. BigErwin

    BigErwin New Member

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    I enjoy shooting .22 but I already have 2 and I want to start shooting at farther ranges and larger calibers. Thanks for the greetings also.
     
  4. jon1992d

    jon1992d New Member

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    .17 cal is always fun. Also a 9mm carbine is great for budget target shooting if you want to step up from a .22
     
  5. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    You could try skeet shooting.
     
  6. jon1992d

    jon1992d New Member

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    I was going to recomend that aswell a good 20guage and a box of clays dosent cost much at all and its a great time!
     
  7. mark1616

    mark1616 New Member

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    Ruger 10/22 - $250 max at a reputable LGS, and ammo is 500 for $20. Can't beat that. And they are FUN to shoot! :)
     
  8. sureshotsniper

    sureshotsniper New Member

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    A 6mm is a blast to shoot. Much like a 22-250.
     
  9. BigErwin

    BigErwin New Member

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    I have a savage .17 that I love to shoot and I have mossberg 20 gauge for trap and skeet shooting
     
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  10. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher

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    You already have a .22 and a .223. Those are probably the most economical rifle rounds available.

    I'd think about Jon's rec and look into a 9mm carbine.
     
  11. 303tom

    303tom New Member

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    Savage Mark II around 200 bucks & 500 rounds of .22LR for about 35 bucks, so looks like for less than 250 bucks you could be blasting away........
     
  12. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    okay this is my suggestion and reasons. the marlin XS7VH in 308. price about $350 or less with scope base mounted. by a good nikon, swift or bushnell scope for about $300 plus rings, should be able to get all that for about $700 + or - some. you didn't mention reloading, so i will make a guess that you don't at this time or don't plan to. so not reloading and sticking with just the factory ammo offerings, you have many choices and some very good ones for the 308. the marlin is very accurate, decently priced, and very well made. the 308 has lots of long range potential and would be a good caliber for hunting if you choose to, and is very mild in recoil which would be perfect for a step up in a larger caliber without punishing your shoulder in the learning process. another caliber consideration, and one of my favorites is the 7mm-08, in the marlin XS7. very accurate caliber and recoil also is mild. of the larger centerfire calibers, the 308 is your best bang for your buck as far as ammo.
     
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  13. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Edit... I second this ^^^
     
  14. jon1992d

    jon1992d New Member

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    If you would be intrerested in a 9mm carbine Hi-Point sells a very good one brand new for about 260-300 depending on what extras you want with it. Very reliable and fun.
     
  15. BigErwin

    BigErwin New Member

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    I've been real impressed by the hi point 9mm but I need something with a little more power to take care of a coyote problem so for the time being I will probably go with the .308 or the 7mm
     
  16. jon1992d

    jon1992d New Member

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    Im a huge coyote hunter here in Pa. Matter of fact I collect a lot of bounty on yotes and the gun i always use is my mossberg .270 it has a nice kick and dosent give the little bugger a chance. The bullets are around the same price as .308 and if you get into reloading it will save you a lot more money too.
     
  17. skeniger2002

    skeniger2002 New Member

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    Why Noone mention 243 win that's another great caliber, and also a 25-06 that a fast flat shooting gun great range gun.
     
  18. cottontop

    cottontop Guest

    You could pick up a decent M98 military Mauser for not too much if you shop around. The old surplus military guns are fun to shoot. And, 8mm Mauser surplus ammo is still available and not too expensive.
    cottontop
     
  19. jbshoots

    jbshoots New Member

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    for target range shooting and the occasional pest you may consider a bolt action chambered in .223. (remington, savage, or a marlin, whatever looks good in your area for your budget) that will be big enough for pests and cheap on ammo since you already buy .223 for your AR. just my .02.

    also, another caliber in the accurate/economic/varmint category is the aforementioned .243 win. a lot of folks swear by them...
     
  20. tomingreeneco

    tomingreeneco New Member

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    How about a lever gun in a pistol caliber? .357 mag. .44mag, .45 all would take care of any pest and the pistol rounds are less expensive then the rifle ones. If you re-load they are really cheap to shoot. I can reload a box of .357 mag (50 rounds) for about $6.50.