Rifle for my girl

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by HawkI, Jun 23, 2010.

  1. HawkI

    HawkI New Member

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    Hi fellas, another question here... I want to get an affordable plinking rifle for my girlfriend so that she can shoot with me (by affordable I mean no more than $250 for rifle alone). She says she wants something that won't throw her for a loop (she has back and shoulder pain fairly often), so a small to medium sized cartridge is ideal. She doesn't want anything high-powered like .30-06 or .308, but if I know her she isn't going to want something wimpy either. That rules out .22LR in my opinion (no offense to fans of .22LR). I figured that .223 Remington would be a good choice, maybe .17HMR? The rifle would have to come with iron sights, as my budget does not allow glass. I'm pretty sure that the action wouldn't really be an issue.

    BTW she is 5'5", can't tell you her weight she'd kill me :D Not fat by any means but not a twig either... strong woman. So, which cartridge and corresponding rifle would you recommend?
     
  2. opaww

    opaww New Member

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    I don't know of much in the $250 range chambered in .223, except maybe the H&R single shot which is running around that price +/- a little. Though you might look at an SKS they are running some place around $250 +/- a little and the 7.62x39 is not a whimpy round. Also the ammo is cheaper then a lot of stuff out there.
     

  3. DrumJunkie

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    A 17HMR is just a 22 mag with a necked down case. It's a pretty good round. I have one. But if a 22 lr is too wimpy then it will be too. And the ammo cost really is not worth it unless you use it to take varmints. I have one here that I have not put 100 rounds through. I can get near the range from my 22lr and the ammo is dirt cheap. You be better off with a 223 or a 7.62x39.
     
  4. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    22lr. Would be what I got her.

    :eek:WHAT yes:eek:. If she is new to shooting then see needs to start out with a rifle that she can spend more time with and keep doing the basics of Basic Rifle Marksmanship (BRM) over and over again. The 22lr is not a week cartridge it can and has kill more deer and HUMANS that just about any other cartridge out there because people think it is week and a toy.

    I can shoot anything in a rifle recoil doesn't bother me. But I have more fun shooting rimfires that anything else.

    Once you and her get past the "I have to shoot something big" phase you will learn this too. Shooter fatigue is hard to teach against because both of you may not know what it looks like.

    Teaching BRM is more important than what caliber she uses.

    Even the 223 (Of which I have 2) can have too much recoil for some shooters. Your best bet would be to get her a nice Savage or even better CZ Rimfire and teach and practice with her till she is ready to move up. If you don't want to keep the rimfire (Not sure why you wouldn't) you could trade it in on a bigger rife in a bigger caliber.
     
  5. hunter Joe

    hunter Joe New Member

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    It's a real shame, but this time I have to agree with Tango.

    Also, if you can't afford anymore than a couple hundreds bucks for a rifle, you ain't going to be able to afford the ammunition for a larger caliber.

    IMHO. JOE
     
  6. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I agree a good 22 auto loader is probably the ticket. Ruger 10-22, Remington 597 (?), Marlin 60. I would certaily not consider the .22 LR "wimpy". It will kill. She will have fun and build skills. If your economic situation improves in the next year or so she can graduate to a .223, but I bet she will always like the 22 best.
     
  7. Jo da Plumbr

    Jo da Plumbr New Member

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    I took my girlfriend to the rifle range for the first time last weekend. She really enjoyed the Ruger 1022, a semi auto 22lr. I let her try the bolt action 22lr also but she liked the semi. When I let her try the AR in .223 she liked that a lot as well, but then complained about a sore shoulder and neck that night and the next day. And keep in mind the AR has a very good recoil system. A bolt action will put more kick in to the shoulder. Next time we go to the range I'm sure she'll be sticking to just the 1022.

    And they come in pink.

    Ruger 10 + 1 22 LR w/Pink Laminated Stock/Stainless Barrel for Sale at Buds Gun Shop $269.00
     
  8. spyderfan

    spyderfan New Member

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    I say go with the 1022.
     
  9. HawkI

    HawkI New Member

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    Ruger 10/22... Good to know.
     
  10. boatme98

    boatme98 New Member

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    How about a lever action Henry?
     
  11. HawkI

    HawkI New Member

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    I've looked at the Henry's and I agree with anyone who thinks they are cool (pretty much any lever-actions are), although the Ruger looks ideal now. I'm semi-new to the firearms scene, so that's why I ask so many questions... but, now that I've had a near-unanimous answer of Ruger 10/22, now I need to know which model you all recommend, i.e. Carbine, Target, Tactical, etc.

    By the way, thanks to all of you for the information and patience for a greenhorn such as myself. :D
     
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  12. james_black

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    I second his opinion. You can buy a good sks these days for $300 and under. They are easy to operate+good caliber+inexpensive ammo. Good for hunting and self defense. Give it a thought.;)
     
  13. cpttango30

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    I would get the standard Ruger 10/22. it is basic and works good.

    Then as you grow in your shooting you can customize it any way you wish.

    for a good supply of stuff check out Stocky's Stocks.
     
  14. powg

    powg New Member

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    gals first gun

    get her a ruger 10/22,used ones can be bought that are just like new ...long term relationships can be built around yall having fun ..then work a little overtime ,get her a single shot ..h&r or rossi .243 start her hunting ,enjoying nature ...who knows she might buy you that custom rifle we all dream about someday