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Control Group
April 1, 2005, 12:58 PM
I'm ambling, slowly, to full-fledged gun-nut-ism. Just picked up my third gun (bear in mind I bought my first in February), a Beretta U22 Neos (4.5" bbl) .22. So I've got a plinker to go with my adequate-for-defense gun (Steyr M9...which has the advantage of also having cheap enough ammo for me to practice with a lot) and my couldn't-turn-down-an-$80-rifle (Mosin M44). The question is, what next?

I know I want eventually to have a 1911 in .45ACP...but I'm in a budgetary position where even $500 is kind of a lot of money (bear in mind I'm saving for an engagement ring...and don't tell my girlfriend), so I think I have to put this off. I don't own a revolver, and if I'm going to be a legit gun nut, I've gotta have a wheelgun, right? I'm thinking .357 mag, since you can shoot .38 special out of it (or am I horribly misinformed on that point?), and, again, relatively inexpensive ammo is a good thing. Of course, I also don't own a semi-auto rifle, and I know I'm seeing Yugo SKSs around for not a whole lot of money. On the other hand, I'm going to be applying for my C&R as soon as I move, so I'm trying to put off any C&R-qualified purchases until I've got it (at which point, I'll go nuts, I'm sure...I really like old rifles).

I don't know what to do!

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Redneck Revolver
April 1, 2005, 01:08 PM
the sks cant be beat. for the moment you might wanna try the inexpensive world of mil-surp. at least relativly inexpensive. alot of guys wil recommemend a garand from cmp but since $500 is alot why not go wit the yugo. or if ya have a gun show comming up or a local mil-surp store look for a russian one. bit more expensive but overall better in my opinion.

orangeninja
April 1, 2005, 01:13 PM
I second the Yugo SKS, very nice guns for the money. Not only that, they won't be around long as SKS is not a current production rifle.

Garands on the other hand are still being made (very nice replicas anyhow) and will be around for when you have the dough.

http://www.springfield-armory.com/prod-rifles-m1-garand.shtml

Red Tornado
April 1, 2005, 05:20 PM
Get the C&R and then the SKS will happen quickly. As will more Mosins, CZ52, Mausers, etc.

Until then, look at a .22 rifle to go with the NEOS. It will help you develop shooting skills and is cheap to operate. Plus you won't get a sore shoulder by the 100th round. A Mosin was my first centerfire, but it's very easy to develop a flinch with those boomsticks.

I've got a 10/22 which everyone recommends highly. Some people swear by the Marlin 60. Then there's the basic Henry lever action. Don't forget the ......

Endless options if you want to find something that fits your needs.
RT

Phantom Warrior
April 1, 2005, 05:28 PM
I'm thinking .357 mag, since you can shoot .38 special out of it (or am I horribly misinformed on that point?)

Nope, you're right. You can shoot .38 Special out of a .357 Magnum because .38 are the same diameter bullet, just in a shorter case. You CAN NOT shoot .357s out of a .38. The higher pressure might blow up the gun. But no worries, I'm pretty sure you can't even fit a .357 into a .38 revolver.

entropy
April 1, 2005, 05:56 PM
...And to further add to the confusion, I'll add my usual caveat about New Service Colts. They were designed for the .38 Short and long Colt, but will chamber the .38 Spl., .357 Magnum, and even the .357 Rem Maximum (with a depp set bullet) as the chamber was bored straight through, not stepped like a .38 Spl. or .357 Mag.

My .02 on your next gun: A good .22 rifle, for the reasons Red Tornado mentioned. (Although I will say both my 11 year old son and I have shot over 100 rounds each from my Mosins at one sitting, with no sore shoulder. Just be sure to get that butt in 'the pocket'.) The Yugo SKS is your next best bet; inexpensive, utterly reliable, and cheap to run, too. :)

If you think you're poor now, wait 'till you get that C&R! :p

Standing Wolf
April 1, 2005, 06:47 PM
(bear in mind I'm saving for an engagement ring...and don't tell my girlfriend)

No doubt about it: she'd be happier with a gun.

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