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post #1 of 17 Old 01-25-2009, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
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Rifle experts...

I recently purchased a Glock 27 and went to the range for the first time today...its worse than crack because I'm addicted.

I've decided my next firearm will be a rifle. The longest range in the area is 100-125yards.

I want something thats not expensive, maintenance heavy, or hard to find parts/whatever for.

I want to shoot the full range while seated/prone with a bipod and sight. I'm rifle illiterate. I shot a Ruger 10/22 today for the first time and it was an absolute blast, but I have no knowledge of its capabilities/limitations.

As far as expensive, I'd like to be under $500 everything included.
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If you're shooting a rifle for pleasure/accuracy, get a 10/22 or look into some .17 variant. The 22 ammo is cheap as hell, and the 10/22 is very upgradable and accurate.

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.22 mags are a great little gun, my pop just bought a .204 ruger hi-po rifle, flat shooting and accurate, highly recommended

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I own a ruger 10/22 it is be far the most fun for range shooting. They make all sorts of stocks for it, including just for fun the muzzlelit bullpup. The ammo is super cheap. And with that rifle you can shoot smiley faces at almost any range. Like nick said, you can customize it anyway you want, its a super easy rifle to maintain and best of all its cheap. Box of 100 matched rounds is like $10.

I have other more impressive rifles but for easy to operate, fun to use, easy to clean, and a low cost of owership, this is by far the best choice.

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.22 mags are a great little gun, my pop just bought a .204 ruger hi-po rifle, flat shooting and accurate, highly recommended

Exactly what I was going to say, we use the .204 and .22-250's for coyote hunting and the .204 is becoming our weapon of choice for the 100-150 yard range, haven't really shot beyond that. Hornaday bullet's at 4225 fps compared to most other small caliber rifles makes it appealing to me.

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Ive been competing in NRA, CMP, and ROTC, sense high school, and would love to offer any advise on rifle shooting I can.
The first advice ide give, is its the caliber not the make that matters. For 100yrds all manufactures will be about the same(yes some will be higher quality, but realistically unless you want to start competing you don't really need to spend the extra cash for oh say a Tikka)
If 100 yrds is what you looking to do, and you don't need to shoot farther or hunt, the the calibers ide recommend to you are; .22, .223, .22-250( I see lots of praise for .204 as well, honestly never used that one but have heard good things). All are relatively inexpensive rounds to buy in bulk, and the latter to will be fun for you if you ever decided to go to a larger range. ( on a side note, honestly ALL calibers are fine up to 100 yrds and if you dont plan on ever going to a longer range, .22 is the way to go, I personally like to feel a little something in my shoulder when i pull the trigger)

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the smallest caliber i shoot is a 223rem. what the point in having a rifle that cant put a person down , just my opinion.
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I will put my in and give anotherfor the Ruger 10/.22

that 10/.22 is uber acurate and can be made even more so with a BUNCH of aftermarket add ons and upgrades. But right out of the box they are pretty wicked accurate.

ammo is also cheap

I will recomend two things at the range that makes them even more fun.

aluminum pop cans filled with water and hollow point .22LR's (be sure to pick up the aluminum when you are done) and/or ballons filled with water, or even a little talc.

a heavy plate, or an old bell or something else that goes "ding" when hit

these are often refered to as "reactive targets". and people seem to do better with them

Every house in the US should have a Ruger 10/.22

Be careful with the exotic rounds (not sure how new or exotic the .204 is) but the ammo gets expensive and hard to get... you can walk into just about any place that sells ammo and pick up a brick (500rds) of Winchester Wildcats .22LR

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Alright well I have it narrowed down to two.

Went to the local gun shop today and he had two ready for sale:

10/22 with the Tapco T6 stock already installed. Often referred to as a "Tactical 22". It was $295 OTD and then I'd buy two 25 round magazines that are $18 each.

The other was a Savage Arms 22. Single shot, bolt action, WITH a scope for $205 OTD. Now, single shot would help me use less rounds and the scope was REALLY neat (never shot a rifle before yesterday...or used a scope), but I worry that the single shot would get old real fast.

I was told by the gun shop owner to buy the 10/22 because it was on the "hitlist" of Obama's and will be banned soon.

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