To jump to the question, 22LR or a .223? I've basically got a .22 already but it's actually my girlfriends. I don't have a .223 at all but I've wanted on for a good while now and I've been seeing more and more of that caliber coming to the Walmart by me. What they would both be used for is gopher shooting anywhere from 10-300 yards, the .223 would be used on nothing larger then a coyote at about 300 yards or less. I've already got a .243 for deer and the reloading equipment. I think the reason a .223 seems so "awesome" to me is that it's a low recoil caliber so there's a good chance my girlfriend would actually use it. It also just has a cool factor to me since the military uses that caliber (more or less). So that being said, what would you guys go with? I'm still looking for essentially a budget rifle around 3-400ish. Maybe a small bit more.