Need a Good $180 rifle.

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by gmaster456, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. gmaster456

    gmaster456 New Member

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    Have a bit of cash from my birthday today and was looking to see what my rifle options are. This will be my first rifle that I can call my own. I know I could get a good mosin and a nice chunk of ammo and I know that's a good option but is there anything else in within the price range worth looking at? Caliber doesn't really matter. It can be anything from 22lr to 30-06. I won't be able to hunt with it as my area is shotgun only. It will just be for the range and just something to add to my collection.
     
  2. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    At that price range I would be looking for a 10/22. Sometimes you can find them on sale for about that. And ammo is dirt cheap.
     

  3. teenagegunnut

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    i would go to some local gun shows. for that price you are pretty much limited to used guns. so bring a bore light and do your homework.
     
  4. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    You could pick up a new Marlin 60 or 795 for less than $180. There are lots of used rifles in that range.
     
  5. hiwall

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    I would go to a couple of gun shows and pawn shops and just see if something caught my eye.
     
  6. texaswoodworker

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    If you are wanting a centerfire rifle, the you could find a few mausers within that price range. Look at some of these https://www.samcoglobal.com/rifles-2010.html (I would watch out for that 1916 Spanish Mauser, It says it was rechambered for 7.62 NATO, but it also says it uses .308s. I would have it checked out to make sure it could handle .308. 7.62 and .308 are basically the same round, but .308 creates more pressure in the chamber) Personally, I would go with that yugo in 8mm. It's a little out of your price range, but not by much.
    Really, you cant beat the Mosin for a gun in that price range. $180 will get you a Mosin ( this place has some nice 91/30s http://www.classicarms.us/firearms.htm) and 440 rounds of ammo. (http://www.copesdistributing.net/russian-762x54r-147gr-440rd-silver-p-4525.html) :D
     
  7. gmaster456

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    Thanks for the help everyone. I am swinging by the gunshop this afternoon to see if anything catches my eye. And thanks for the links texas^.
     
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  8. texaswoodworker

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    No problem.

    What will you be singing? :D :p
     
  9. gmaster456

    gmaster456 New Member

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    Glad someone caught that!
     
  10. Nihilist88

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    Usually, I go surplus with those sort of budgets. You can never go wrong with something that has seen tides of war and built for men to defend their countries from hostiles. I seen a Turkish 1935 Mauser I was going to get for $189.00 from the surplus military shop not far from me.
     
  11. big_blue79

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    I found a 1943 Long Branch Lee Enfield No4 Mk1 at a pawn shop for $190, I quickly put it in layaway as I had other things I needed to spend money on, there is good used rifle's out there for that price range, especially Milsurp guns.
     
  12. gmaster456

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    I have been looking at a few military surplus guns before. particularly for the affordability and the fact that I love the history behind them. I saw the Arisaka Model 99 for around $150ish. Does anyone have any opinions on it? I know the 7.7x58 jap is not a very common round and is a bit pricey, but how is the gun itself?
     
  13. big_blue79

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    IDK about the gun, but the round 7.7x58 is based off of the .303 British round, which was used in the Enfield.
     
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  14. texaswoodworker

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    You should ask Trez about that, he knows a lot about jap guns. :D You can reload for them, so that brings the price down some.
     
  15. gmaster456

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    I have decided on the Mosin 91/30. I can get one on sale for about $95 (original $160) out the door including the bayonet. It also appears to be in excellent shape. Anything I should look for aside from the outward appearance?
     
  16. texaswoodworker

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    Just work the action, check the bore to make sure it is nice. Many will have been counterbored to remove a rough patch at the end of the barrel (this is caused by soldiers not using the cleaning rod with the centering cup thingy (IDK what it is called) properly), counterbored rifles work just as well as nonconterbored rifles withou the messed of bore. Then enjoy it. (after a nice night of cleaning cosmiline off of it, and re-oiling it. :D)

    $90 is about the regular price for one. Also, Tula is more collectable then Izhevsk (tula generally has a arrow in a star for the logo) and hex recievers are more collectable then round recievers. Guns made before 1941 tend to have a better finish, but they all function the same. (Also, Finnish is more collectible then Soviet)

    Check out this site for more info. http://7.62x54r.net/

    Here are some of the markings a Mosin can have. http://7.62x54r.net/MosinID/MosinMarks.htm
     
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  17. gmaster456

    gmaster456 New Member

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    Thanks I appreciate it.
     
  18. locutus

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    You can't go wrong with the Mosin. It's built like a tank.:)
     
  19. gmaster456

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    Walked out of the store last night with a 1943 Tula 91/30 with a hexagonal receiver in great condition with a very smooth action. Also came with all of the accessories. Thanks to all that chimed in.
     
  20. texaswoodworker

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    Congrats. She'll make a great rifle.