good first semi auto rifle?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by beastmode986, May 6, 2012.

  1. beastmode986

    beastmode986 New Member

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    ok so me and my dad,step dad and mom are getting foid cards soon, my step dad and dad and mom want pistols i want a rifle.
    so now to the main question wwhats a good semi auto rifle for my first real gun?(ive owned paintball guns ,pellet guns,bb guns etc etc.)
    ive been looking at the ruger 10/22 but i was also wanting something with a larger caliber but also cheap to shoot . the one thing i love about .22 are they cheap price of ammo. any suggestions are appreciated
     
  2. ineverFTF

    ineverFTF New Member

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    Your best bet is the 10/22 for the fun and price of ammo cant beat it, How large a caliber were you thinking?
     

  3. sputnik1988

    sputnik1988 Active Member

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    How bout an AR-15 with a .22 upper?

    When you want to move to a larger caliber, you could go 5.56x45/223, 7.62x39 or a handful of other calibers.
     
  4. HockaLouis

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    I'd actually suggest a bolt-action .22 to learn on as a semi-auto more easily reinforces some poor technique. But if semi-auto it must be I agree w/the Ruger 10/22, however, I would have to include the Volquartsen Hammer Kit to make the trigger better (cheap enough, and easy to swap parts).

    You'll shoot .22 LR your entire life, and it is a good gun for now and the rest of your life as well.

    It is easy early on to be a little underwhelmed by the diminutive .22, but you'll always get back to basics and return to the .22.

    A bolt-action .223 would be my only other possible consideration...
     
  5. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    If there is one thing we all can agree upon on this forum, it is every one needs a .22 or two or three.

    I can understand Hocka's reason for the bolt action, but hey... it's a .22. A 22 can be the most fun gun you have. Go for the semi-auto if you want. Ruger 10/22, Marlin 60, S&W AR15-22 (my rifle) are all great guns.

    If you want a centerfire rifle, I'd recommend an AR in 223/5.56. It will run you quite a bit more than the .22.
     
  6. Jeepergeo

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    The Ruger 10-22 or the little Browning breakdown 22 are great SECOND rifles to own. IMHO, the first rifle should be a bolt action 22 LR. CZ-USA, model 452 or its recent replacement is a good one to consider.
     
  7. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I agree with the AR-15 with a .22LR conversion kit.:D
     
  8. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    10/22...............
     
  9. MrWray

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    +1,000,000
     
  10. ZeusEcho

    ZeusEcho Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I have a 10/22 with a Bushnell Dusk & Dawn 3-9x40 Multi-X, so much fun to shoot. :D
     
  11. Trez

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    For a .22, Id get a Marlin or 10/22... .22 ammo is super cheap.
    Im not a big fan of the 10/22 but if you into customizing, the 10/22 is the way to go......

    For a larger caliber, I would recomend the SKS. It was my first gun (even before a .22) They are very forgiving and "idiot proof".... Ammo's not bad price wise..
     
  12. beastmode986

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    thanks everyone, i was also considering the sks. they arent to expensive either. im not sure on .22lrr guns love the price and all but the caliber just seems a little small(fun to plink with and small game hunt but a larger caliber seems more suitable for other stuff) i consider myself somewhat of a prepper. you never know what can happen.
    so that being said im not sure what i want to get . but definently something relatively cheap, under 450$ or so seems like a good price range for me
    couldent i get an ak at that price? i love the ar15 just to expensive (from what ive seen cheap models are 600+) the sks seems like a good choice any opinions?

    EDIT: ive also been considering saiga rifles and this ak( i have seen it before just never wrote down the name)
    http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/2EA350210-1.html
     
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  13. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    Save your money, preppie, and get Henry's .22 Mag pump action.
     
  14. BlueTurf

    BlueTurf New Member

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    Hands down the Ruger 10/22 is in my opinion the best choice for what you are looking for. It is affordable and functions very well. You would really enjoy shooting it.
     
  15. beastmode986

    beastmode986 New Member

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    But like i said i like the 10/22 but iyt seems to lack stopping power what about saigas and the ak i gave a link to or the sks? Im leaning towards the 10/22 but what makes u guys reccomend it over my other options
     
  16. HockaLouis

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    Y not your centerfire choice(s)? The fact that the ComBlock guns you're looking at you do so because they are CHEAP and sorta sexy militaria when you're really a new shooter first and foremost. That's why the .22 LR. Throw the defensive aspect in and an upgrade to a .22 Mag makes alotta sense (but not in a semi-auto).
     
  17. beastmode986

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    arent there semi auto 17 hmr's? and semi auto .22 mags?

    even though the guns are cheap i also heard there reliable?
     
  18. HockaLouis

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    I won't speak for the .17 but in .22 Mag, semi-autos are NOT reliable. The case is too long and the extraction area of the case too round and smooth for the high speed of a semi-auto action. :(
     
  19. beastmode986

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    :( that sux ill look into 17 hmr and 22mag. any other suggestions for different rifles? and why not the sks i heard theyre great however you have much more knowledge than me on this stuff so id like to hear from you
     
  20. Trez

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    Nothing wrong with a SKS... Like I said it was my first! ;)