my first centerfire rifle!


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natedog
December 29, 2002, 09:47 PM
i just got my first centerfire rifle for Christmas.... a ruger mini-14! yes, it may not seem like much to some, but i'm really excited about it. i cant wiat to take it to the range.

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thisaway
December 29, 2002, 10:03 PM
My dad bought one in 1982, and it turned out to be a fine rifle. Hopefully, yours will be just as good. Make sure you take a LOT of ammo to the range, as 5.56mm is fun to shoot and it's really easy to shoot up a lot of it quick!

Schuey2002
December 29, 2002, 10:14 PM
:D

Don't forget to pick-up a bunch of ammo, so you can break that baby in right.

OBTW, my first centerfire rifle was a Ruger 10/22. ;)

Subby
December 29, 2002, 10:34 PM
Schuey,

What chambering was it in?

Sub

MAKOwner
December 29, 2002, 10:44 PM
OBTW, my first centerfire rifle was a Ruger 10/22.

"centerfire rifle" would denote something other than rimfire there Schuey... A Ruger 10/22 was one of my first rifles, but a Norinco SKS was my first centerfire.

Tamara
December 29, 2002, 11:39 PM
Congrats, natedog! My first was a sporterized SMLE that we turned into a pseudo Jungle Carbine. Bought it with the money from working at the drug store. $3.25/hour, baby! Those were the days... :D

Subby
December 30, 2002, 12:03 AM
$3.25 an hour? You must be almost as old as C.R. Sam.

Sub
Who slaved away for a meager $4.25 an hour in his youth

thumbtack
December 30, 2002, 12:41 AM
That is a great rifle you got, I am sure you will enjoy it.

Schuey2002
December 30, 2002, 12:48 AM
Slight Brain Fart. Doh!

My first "centerfire" rifle would be my Winchester Model 94 Ranger (chambered in .30-.30) that I bought in late 80's. ;)

Deadman
December 30, 2002, 07:50 AM
Foolish human. You may own 1 centerfire rifle now, but soon it shall multiply. You and your wallet are doomed!

Tamara
December 30, 2002, 08:51 AM
Originally posted by Subby
$3.25 an hour? You must be almost as old as C.R. Sam.

Sub
Who slaved away for a meager $4.25 an hour in his youth

Oh, yeah, I grew up in the Dark Ages, man. You could still buy ARs with bayonet lugs at Oshman's in the mall, and the only video game we had was Pac Man. And we were thankful, ya young whippersnapper! ;) :D

natedog
December 30, 2002, 11:14 AM
what's kinda odd is even before my mini cleared the 10 day waiting period, i was already picking out my next purchase. i think it will be a finnish M39 or a bulgarian makarov (probably will end up being both)

Stinger
December 30, 2002, 11:53 AM
My first centerfire was a Czech Mauser 8mm.

Heck of a way to JUMP into the sport. It shoots well, considering somebody put an old sewer pipe on in place of a barrel :p

Heed the warning, they will multiply.

Stinger

Art Eatman
December 30, 2002, 01:39 PM
Hey, clowns, Tamara's a youngun! Forty years back, my first job as a college graduate engineer paid about $3/hr. But, the full-pop retail on a Weatherby Mark V was about $325. A top of the line Sako was not much over $200. New cars ran about $3,000 for a full-size sedan...

natedog, enjoy that Mini! I've had four of them, and all were plenty good for my "doings". Built up a fair number of hunting stories...

:), Art

benEzra
December 30, 2002, 07:58 PM
natedog,

congratulations! A stainless mini was my first centerfire rifle. If I knew then what I know now, I would have done a coupla things differently, though:

(1) let barrel cool between long strings of fire! My mini would probably be more accurate today if I hadn't run so many 30-rd mags through it back-to-back while plinking.:rolleyes:

(2) get a nylon-coated, one-piece cleaning rod and/or use a muzzle guide to protect the rifling when cleaning, since you must do so from the muzzle.

(3) if possible, test-fit aftermarket mags into your rifle (or another mini) before purchasing, to make sure the bolt clears the feed lips. Full-capacity mini mags vary greatly in quality control.

BTW, is yours a Ranch Rifle or the standard version?

bE

Dave Markowitz
December 31, 2002, 03:45 PM
Congrats, natedog. Mini-14s are neat rifles. Check out the Mini-14 forum over at http://www.perfectunion.com/forums/
There's a lot of good info there on magazines and how to get the most accuracy out of your Mini.

TimH
December 31, 2002, 07:22 PM
I bought my 1st shotgun ( Mossberg 12ga ) slaving away for $2.50/hr :D

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