first gun, none hunter

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by Rainnite, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. Rainnite

    Rainnite New Member

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    Hello, I'm new to the forums and the gun world. I know very little about the sport but I'm looking to learn. I would like to start with rifle shooting. Any advice on my first gun would be nice. I would like a rifle that is good for a beginer but still nice after I have gotten good.
     
  2. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

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    Wow, I have no experience with rifles yet, either, so don't listen to my advice. However, my first rifle would be a Ruger 10/22, but I'd also suggest expanding as soon as possible afterward.

    Now my first rifle in a month or two will be the Ruger Mini-14 Tactical, but that's because I am wanting something for repelling zombies and Marxists.
     

  3. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    The Ruger 10/22 is an excellent first rifle. It's a simple and reliable rifle and it's very inexpensive to shoot. The Marlin 597 is also an excellent rifle and it costs a bit less than the Ruger.

    Rainnite, please head over to the New Member Introductions area and introduce yourself to the folks. In the meantime, welcome here.
     
  4. hunter Joe

    hunter Joe New Member

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    Yep, go with a .22 cal. You will cherish it the rest of your life.
     
  5. Lupo

    Lupo New Member

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    +1 for henry.
     
  6. 375shooter

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    A .22 rimfire will make an excellent first rifle. There is virtually no recoil, ammo is cheap, and noise is minimal. Shoot a lot, while working on your sight picture and proper trigger control, and you will get "good." Then you can think about getting a centerfire rifle.
     
  7. DrumJunkie

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    A 22 rifle makes a fantastic starting place. You can get a pretty good rifle and not spend a lot of money and the ammo so dirt cheap when you look at cost per round. Bulk ammo runs around 15 bucks a box and you're looking at 500-550 rounds per box.

    What rifle to get is a whole different story. For me I lean to the Ruger 10-22. They shoot really well and the is a TON of things you can get for them. Changing stocks, barrels, adding an optic, and mags in all kinds of shapes, colors, and capacities is really easy to get hold of and do. This allows the shooter to have a rifle that can be totally unique to them and the type of shooting they want to do with it. Marlin, Remington, Henry, Savage/Stevens make good rifles too. So it's good to look around for one that you like best. For me it's the Ruger all the way just because they are everywhere and after market parts are more plentiful than with other 22's

    Being able to practice a lot the 22 rifle allows especially newer shooters helps with getting things down that will help you later with other rifles. Like stance, grip, sighting, working a trigger etc. But I personally really like shooting 22's a lot. I shoot with one at least once a week usually more. And I really believe it helps me when I'm shooting other rifles. Helping me keep my rifle chops fresh. Being able to shoot for a couple days or more on one box of bulk ammo is a huge plus too. You will not find any other caliber near as affordable to shoot often. I like the 22 pistols much for the same reason. Having at least one 22 rifle and pistol/revolver is a must have for anyone that shoots.
     
  8. Rainnite

    Rainnite New Member

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    thanks for the input it has helped alot.

    now if my end goal is to learn to shoot then start trying to get into shooting comps, what would i need.
     
  9. User Name

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    If you have the money, an AR-15 would be sweet. Keep it clean, take care of it and it will serve you well. It doesnt recoil bad at all, so its fun to shoot. Packs a punch for the ocational zombie, and will ALWAYS be loved and never "get old" or "not fun anymore".
     
  10. Pat-inCO

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    The AppleSeed shoots are the best starting point.

    An excellent overview of Appleseed is by Massad Ayoob and I would start there. You can shoot with just the .22lr for quite a while and meet many people interested in the shooting sports. They will also be able to show you many variations as well as let you shoot some of their equipment. This becomes very handy when you decide to go beyond the .22lr in that you are far more likely to make good purchase decisions once you have tried various guns.
     
  11. CHLChris

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    User Name,

    An AR-15 is an extremely important weapon to have in the arsenal, right? But the first rifle someone would own?

    Well, actually, that's the first rifle I'm hoping to own, so what the heck. Go for it! A little more scratch than a 10/22, though...
     
  12. Pat-inCO

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    I'll bet you actually meant a - lot - more, as in two to five times as much. Then there is the ammunition cost at four to ten times, per pull of the trigger.
     
  13. CHLChris

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    Plus, both the .22lr and the .223 are calibers you could easily have 10,000 of and still feel a little light.

    At about $300 for a 10/22 and $1200+ for an AR, you're right. If one looks REALLY hard and watches their pennies, one can build their own AR for under $800. After mags and ammo, you're over a grand, though, easy!
     
  14. Rainnite

    Rainnite New Member

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    I made my buy and went with the 22 ruger. I'm not totaly happy with its look but I think I will have fun buying things to change that. When I looked up all the different things u can change I was sold. I plan on going shoooting this Friday.
     
  15. Pat-inCO

    Pat-inCO New Member

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    DO remember to shoot close to a thousand rounds, or more, before deciding on what you want to change. :)
    Many people will begin changing things they do not need to.

    I have one that I put more than thirty thousand rounds (over twenty five years) through before I decided to upgrade it.
    I also have another one (stainless version) that is - not - modofied and I shoot it at least as much as the modified one. :D
     
  16. ScottG

    ScottG New Member

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    See, ya shoulda bought the Henry.... :D