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Old November 22, 2013, 01:43 PM   #1
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Suggestions for first long gun

So the bug has bit me hard after purchasing my first handgun. I am now looking g to purchase my first long gun. I am looking for something fun and inexpensive to shoot. It will be used 99 percent of the time at the range at a distance of about a 125 yards. I like the option of iron sites or optics. I would be ok with bolt or semi auto

A few have suggested ruger 10/22 or mosin negant. I would like to spend less than 300 and the cheaper the ammo the better

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Old November 22, 2013, 02:24 PM   #2
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You won't find anything that can be shot cheaper than a 22LR. 125 yards is pushing it but doable.
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Old November 22, 2013, 05:19 PM   #3
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i think that i would add another 50 bucks and get the savage axis or ruger american- yes .308- either would be a great all purpose rifle.

but a .22 is always fun and cheap to shoot. ya cant go wrong.
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Old November 22, 2013, 05:45 PM   #4
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Cheapest to shoot is going to be the 22LR.
Cheapest centerfire to shoot is probably going to be an AK-74 5.45X39.
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Old November 22, 2013, 07:30 PM   #5
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Suggestions for first long gun

I would also suggest a 22 LR or SKS 7.62x39.
You could use the SKS as semi auto or bolt action by removing gas piston
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Old November 22, 2013, 08:12 PM   #6
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223 would be a good choice. 22's are great but very limited. Can't beat them for trigger time though
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Old November 22, 2013, 08:19 PM   #7
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22 first , then a 223.
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Old November 22, 2013, 08:29 PM   #8
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A .22 bolt action target rifle (NOT a 10/22) to learn trigger and breathing control before moving up to centerfires
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Old November 22, 2013, 08:42 PM   #9
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^^^ Yes. A .22LR bolt action rifle is the best choice - lowest cost rifle and ammunition to learn how to shoot a rifle accurately. It is the first step toward learning to shoot a centerfire rifle. A .223 would be a good choice for a first centerfire rifle. After that you just work your way up to centerfire rifles for the game you want to hunt if that is your objective.
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Old November 22, 2013, 09:12 PM   #10
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22 first , then a 223.
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Only I'd add 7.62x39 and .308 if the OP wants to hunt at some point.

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Old November 22, 2013, 09:40 PM   #11
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While it is easier, No cheaper to learn on a 22, One can learn on a 223 very easy as well.
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Old November 22, 2013, 10:00 PM   #12
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Go to the used gun rack at your local shop and try all the .22 bolt actions on for size. Buy the one that fits best.
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Old November 22, 2013, 10:51 PM   #13
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After the 22lr you might want to price ammo on larger calipers.. Least expensive would be 7.62x 54r or my favorite 7.62 x 39
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Old November 22, 2013, 10:55 PM   #14
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I love my CZ that shoots 7.62x39, but it's 'spensive.

Try and find a Saiga if possible. A bit more than $300 but worth it. SKS is decent but mounting optics is a pain.

Actually I have a better idea. Get a Handi Rifle in 223 or whatever caliber floats your boat. I think you can even find one in x39, maybe Rossi?
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Old November 22, 2013, 11:46 PM   #15
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I'm with several others on here, a 22lr bolt. Cause lets be honest, its a whole lot cheaper and easier to figure out and solve flinching and other bad habits on a cheap 22lr vs virtually any centerfire.
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Old November 23, 2013, 12:56 AM   #16
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I'd also recommend a .22. Though depending on your long term intentions, I don't know that a bolt is necessarily better than a 10/22. If you plan on getting a bolt action centerfire rifle down the road, then I suppose it makes sense, but if you're more likely to get an AR or some other semi-auto (or a lever action for that matter), the benefits of a bolt .22 are mitigated.

You can learn proper aiming, breathing, and trigger control on a 10/22 just as well as you can on a bolt gun, so unless you specifically want to become familiar with operating a bolt action, I'd say a 10/22 is very good choice.
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Old November 23, 2013, 01:21 AM   #17
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I too would have to recommend a 10/22 since you say its primary use will be on the range. 125 yards is pushing a .22 but not terribly difficult, I think it would be fun shooting that distance. I'm assuming you will be putting alot of rounds down range so I think a bolt-action would be of less interest than a 10/22. You can spend much less than your stated $300 on a 10/22 and have plenty of money left over for ammunition.
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Old November 23, 2013, 07:47 AM   #18
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Another choice to consider for longer shots would be a .17HMR. Lots of choices are reasonable prices and the ammo is not prohibitively expensive and right now much more available than .22 LR.
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Old November 23, 2013, 08:02 AM   #19
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Fun and inexpensive .22lr. Up to 125 yards 17HMR I have them both but I would recommend .22lr because it is dirt cheap
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Old November 23, 2013, 08:39 AM   #20
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Maybe a rifle in .22 wmr or .17 hmr?

My guess is that they are more reasonable to shoot at 125 yards range than .22lr, as long as you don't mind more expensive ammo, but as many have stated - you can't go wrong with 10/22, either.
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Old November 23, 2013, 08:58 AM   #21
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Suggestions for first long gun

Another option I like for under $300 would be;
1.. A Marlin model 60
2. A Mosin Nagant 91/30
And would leave enough $ left over for ammo for both

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Old November 24, 2013, 11:35 AM   #22
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here's a link for CT might be helpful. I always check them out for reloading stuff.

dont forget about those survival rigs to like the combo rosi's and others that make 410-.22 or larger 12g-30-06

http://www.armslist.com/classifieds/connecticut/rifles
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Old November 24, 2013, 11:40 AM   #23
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.22lr should be your choice. I'd go with a lever action just because in my opinion bolts get boring to shoot after a while. Have you considered getting a cheap shotgun for target shooting?
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Old November 24, 2013, 01:06 PM   #24
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That's a great idea. My dad picked up a used one the other day for a hundred bucks. It came with a $200 scope to boot. You can't beat that.

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Old November 24, 2013, 07:24 PM   #25
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What Caliber is your handgun? Id get a carbine in the same round. That way its easier to stock up.
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