rifle newb

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by UrbanNinja, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. UrbanNinja

    UrbanNinja New Member

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    In the last year ive started to take interest in rifles. My experience has always been in handguns. In the beginning of the year, I bought a Sig Sauer 522 semi auto .22lr. Ive had my fun with it but now im looking for a bigger caliber. With that being said... id figured I could turn to the rest of you for some input.

    I want a bigger caliber but still want to fire "affordable" ammo until I find something im comfortable with. What is a decent rifle and caliber on the "cheaper" side for me to tinker with?
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Well, a couple or three options for rifles-

    All 3 began life as military rifles- The SKS, the Moisin-Nagants, and Mausers. All 3 are reasonably priced (stick with a Yugo Mauser for $$$) and ammo for all three can be had for reasonable $$$$.

    However, the price of all things are headed up. When I first bought a Swiss K-31, I paid less than $100 for it, and ammo was about $3/20 rds. HAH!
     

  3. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Seems like last week when you cud get 223 for under $5 a box :(
     
  4. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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    One thing I think should be mentioned is that the Mauser's ammunition is drying up. Either of the rifles c3 mentioned are fine rifles and I strongly recommend any one of them.
     
  5. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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  6. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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    Huh, now that I know there's some 8mm on the market still I think I might just pick up a Mauser at the next gun show. Assuming I can find one.
     
  7. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Are you wanting to stick with a semi-auto?
     
  8. UrbanNinja

    UrbanNinja New Member

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    Not necessarily. Although I am more partial to them. Like i said, im still new to the rifle world. My experience is mainly with my Sig and few rounds with a shot gun. I dont think I want to go with a shot gun, unless I can find a small .410 for the right money. I have seen the Nagant and Mauser at quite a few shows being sold as surplus but I had my doubts because I didnt know much about them.

    The Sks has caught my eye a few times. but ive seen that they come by different origins and manufacturers. Yet again.. another reason I strayed away. I have know idea which would different or the better purchase.
     
  9. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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    One thing to consider is where you will do most of your shooting. Is your range rated for a high impact round like the Mosin's 7.62mm or the Mauser's 8mm? Not familiar with all the ranges in the Philly area but I suspect many are 25yd indoor, not ideal for steel core Mil Surp ammo.

    That being said, a Mosin is a lot of fun, cheap and simple.
     
  10. UrbanNinja

    UrbanNinja New Member

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    The ranges I go to mostly are outside the Philly limits. The only sign ive seen inside for restrictions said "No .50". They do rent AKs there.. so I will assume 7.62 is allowed.
     
  11. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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    Well since the ranges allow high powered rifles a Mauser, SKS, and Mosin I think would suite you pretty well. That being said you might find military surplus firearms to be very fun to shoot and interesting to study/read on.
     
  12. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    5.45x39 Russian is about the cheapest you will find if you can find a rifle chambered for it. AK's and I have seen some AR's. $299x2160 delivered by ammoman.com. AMMOMAN.COM
    You can buy a Mosin for about $100-150 and ammo is fairly reasonable. Russian made 223/5.56x45 is still reasonable but usually dirty. Same story for Russian 7.62x39.
     
  13. UrbanNinja

    UrbanNinja New Member

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    Is there anything I should stay away from/look for when it comes to The surplus rifles?
     
  14. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    check out the Mosin-Nagant rifles, the ammo is reasonable and the rifles can be fairly accurate. as soon as i find one in my area or can order one, i'm going to add one to may collection.