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Rifle shopping

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by jeanderson, May 15, 2012.

  1. jeanderson

    jeanderson Toga!... Toga! Platinum Member

    OK, now that I have a few pistols in my safe, I think it's time to get a rifle. Never owned one. Shot .22 target rifles many years ago. Would like to use in target shooting but also want it to be a useful weapon for possible HD or maybe hunting someday. I know it's probably tough to get one rifle that will do all that, but what would you start with for your first rifle?

    I'd like to stay under $500. Looked at High Point and their prices are really cheap - which also makes me a little worried about their quality. Would like to keep my ammo cost down also. I know .22 rimfire is dirt cheap; more for .223 or .308, which are of course a lot more deadly.
  2. countrygun


    Mar 9, 2012
    whether or not you shoose the highpoint, don't write them off out of hand, this is the third highpoint at my place. The wife's and my 9mms have gone over 1,000 rds without trouble and are just as accurate. I pulled the one shot in this pic due to a bug flying down my collar


  3. 10mmbob


    Jan 26, 2010
    IMO a Savage rifle in .223 and an inexpensive 3-9 power scope would fill the bill nicely. You could shoot all day with cheap military ammo. Savage rifles are legendary for their accuracy, as I would attest to. My Model 10 Predator will shoot 3/4" groups with surplus ammo, and will shoot half that with good ammo. Cabela's or Gander Mtn. often have rifle-scope combos on sale for under $500. Good luck!
  4. eracer

    eracer Where's my EBT?

    Apr 5, 2011
    Tampa, FL
  5. Magus

    Magus Deo Vindice

    Jan 24, 2009
    Just got one of these in .308

    Savage Model 11 Hog Hunter. Has everything you could possibly want or need for a base bolt action rifle.

    It was designed to hunt hogs, but it given the set-up, it can be used for so much more than that. Very versatile. Can also get it in .223

    Has a very nice and very usable set of iron sights on it, so you don't have to run out and grab a scope right away.

    You can find them for about $425 to $450, big seller right now though.

    Also take a look at Savage's Axis line. Pretty stripped down affordable but well made rifles.
  6. Bob Hafler

    Bob Hafler

    Sep 13, 2011
    Last edited: May 15, 2012
  7. pennlineman


    Feb 16, 2009
    How about a lever action in .38spl/.357 magnum. Affordable ammo for the range, enough power for hunting and defense.

    Marlin 1894c, A litte more than $500 but not by much. You may have to shop for a used one to keep your budget. Rossi makes a 92r that falls within your budet.
  8. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005
    Recently sent funds off for a Browning ABilt II Medallion in .308
    While this one is new and a bit beyond your budget, hve you looked at local dealers and pawn shops? Many have great deals on rifles.
  9. jeanderson

    jeanderson Toga!... Toga! Platinum Member

    Thanks Bob for the suggestion. Looks like a nice rifle. Marlin seems to have a pretty good name. However, just did a quick check on 30-30 ammo at LuckyGunner and it's over $1.50 per round! Will check others for some cheap ammo for target practice.
  10. Bob Hafler

    Bob Hafler

    Sep 13, 2011
    I think I was picking the Remington Core Lokt 150 gr. up at Walmart for what came down to about 70 cents a piece.
    You might also be able to pick up a nice used 336 Marlin at your local gun shop. Mine is a 1981 that I traded a pistol for, and I have no regrets ever making that trade. IMO they are a fine multi purpose rifle.

    Just an example
    Last edited: May 15, 2012
  11. Good advice. Except that the group sizes seem a bit optimistic. They might well be true as stated here, but the OP shouldn't get his hopes up that much :)
  12. ZombieJoe


    May 7, 2012
    Great Laker
    I love my Hi Point! The one down size is the magazines, they're a bit awkward. But My 995 has performed 100% and is pretty damn accurate. I would recommend it to anyone.

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  13. Nestor

    Nestor Lean & Mean

    Jul 13, 2003
    No, it's not that difficult You know. Look for the older pre-Remington (or even better pre-safety) Marlin 336 in 30-30.
    Excellent HD round and proven deer cartridge with little recoil and decent price. You can buy 30-30 everywhere.
  14. countrygun


    Mar 9, 2012
    While i am a fan of the Highpoint, the Marlin336, and the Savage 110 and have them all, I HAVE to say thay the starting point in rifles should be a bolt action .22. The good part is, carefully selected on the used market a good .22 bolt is a real value. I know at my LGS I could go in with $500 and walk out with a good used .22 and a good used centerfire rifle. If I couldn't, there are other gun shops.
  15. Berto

    Berto woo woo

    Sep 15, 2003
    I agree a 30-30 lever gun would work nicely.
  16. Cole125

    Cole125 Silver Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    Far West, USA
    Get yourself a used or new Ruger Mini 14. Gives you the firepower of a AR15, conventional rifle looks, and just a good all around rifle. GREAT basic rifle for home defense/self defense. .223 stopping power.
  17. jeanderson

    jeanderson Toga!... Toga! Platinum Member

    Thanks all for your replies - great advice! I need to check out some local gun stores now.

    I'm a little concerned about availability; when I look online, most of the models mentioned here are out of stock. I guess it's true what they say about gun sales soaring. Maybe I can get a good one used.
  18. Bob Hafler

    Bob Hafler

    Sep 13, 2011
    I also own a Mini 14 and it is a great rifle IMO. However the OP seemed like he just wanted a rifle for multiple use and not necessarly a rifle with a large round count or of a tactical nature. While the 223/556 round is a good round I think the 30 caliber round in a 30/30 Marlin is better for all around use. A 30 caliber round in a great, reliable, and simplistic rifle with a proven track record is hard to beat. JMHO.
  19. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005
    A Marlin would be a great choice as well.......tons of them can be found on the used market. Look for a "JM" proof stamp on the barrel near the receiver.
  20. jeanderson

    jeanderson Toga!... Toga! Platinum Member

    Just curious... what does "JM" stand for?