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Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by johnnywayne, Jul 5, 2012.
Hello, I was just wondering what some of your recommendations would be for a first rifle?
For what type of shooting?
.22s are great for getting the fundamentals of shooting down at low ammo cost.
Yep, a .22LR would be a great way to start.
Any .22 from Marlin or Ruger, Ruger would be my suggestion but Marlin is a bit cheaper.
Marlin 60, Ruger 10/22 or any of another number of .22's. Everyone should own a .22 rifle of some kind. 10/22's are great because there is a ton of aftermarket stuff for them, you can have a lot of fun building them up and modding them. Marlins are just super common and cheap (to buy not, cheaply made). Since it is your first rifle, you will and should shoot it...A LOT. .22's are as close to free to shoot as you can get. Here is a story, I have a friend who thinks he is somewhat of a badass and says that he would not own a .22 and thought I was crazy for spending $400+ on a Single Ten. Well guess what, I out shoot him all the time....with his own firearms. Why? For one I grew up with guns and have been shooting since I was 7 but more important, I bet for every one round he shoots, I shoot ten, meaning I practice 10 times more than him. He has some firearms like an AR15, a HK 9mm, a Kimber, but no .22 an it costs him 10 times more to shoot. Get a .22 and try to wear it out.
Mostly just target shooting, plinking, etc. I've been told by a few others that a Henry Repeater is a fantastic first gun. It shoots .22 LR, long or short. Any thoughts?
nothing wrong with a Henry, but the 10/22 and the Marlin 60 (esp the 10/22) are going to have more options if you ever want to change things. Plus a semi-auto is just a ton of fun (not that levers are not, I loved my dad's Model 94 30/30).
i too will suggest a 22 rimfire rifle. many different action types, and many different price levels. a 22 is a good place to learn the basics and fundamentals of shooting and it's a cheap way to practice them. and another point, they are just plain fun too. first you need to decide what your budget is for the rifle and then start looking.
I have a few friends with Henrys. They are nice, and fun. Cost a bit, but they are well made.
S&W M&P 15-22. Might as well get a dose of BRD from the jump.
Go ahead and get the Henry. You're obviously a fan of the Duke. Every John Wayne fan has to of had at least one lever action. I forget where that's written but its somewhere.
That Henry will probably last you from now on. You can always add a 10/22 or Marlin later if you want to.
Depends on if you prefer tubies, mag feeds, or lever guns.
A Marlin 60(my fave), a Ruger 10/22, or a 22LR lever gun...