$300 dollars, what to to get?


May 22, 2006, 03:18 PM
I have $300 dollars to spend on a rifle. I already have a .22, What kind of rifle do you suggest?

I want a semi auto rifle that i can use for hunting either 4 legged or possibly 2 legged creatures if SHTF.

Do you think an SKS is a good choice?

Thanks for any input.

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May 22, 2006, 03:20 PM
to use for what?

May 22, 2006, 03:22 PM
to use for what?

Sorry i didnt put that in, i edited the post.

Red Tornado
May 22, 2006, 03:24 PM
The SKS is a great choice for SHTF/truck gun/plinking/blasting/fun gun. If you want to hunt prairie dogs at 200 yards, it won't work. If you're hunting deer at 35 yards, it'll be fine. It was made to hunt people, but is that really something you're planning on doing? If so, uniformed men with much better rifles will soon be interfering with your plans.:evil:

As dakotasin said, what are your uses. More info will get you better answers.

Jim Watson
May 22, 2006, 03:30 PM
The best thing to do is to put $300 in the bank, keep adding to it, study your situation and see what you will REALLY use a rifle for, and get something suitable when you have that question answered and enough money saved up.
No point in having money burning a hole in your pocket and asking the Internet how to squander it.

May 22, 2006, 03:30 PM
Yep. the right SKS will do it. Some have a preference on the nationality of said SKS...

May 22, 2006, 03:53 PM
Id save for a nicer rifle. Id get a Saiga for that money if I were you.

May 22, 2006, 04:23 PM
A nice used Marlin 336 and some 30-30 ammunition!

Old Time Hunter
May 22, 2006, 05:07 PM
Marlin 336W 30-30 from Wal-Mart $289.00 Brand New!

May 22, 2006, 05:11 PM
I was going to mention a lever gun myself. It depends on if you are stuck on semi-auto or not. Lever guns are nice, handy, and easy to use.

If self defense if the primary purpose, consider a good shotgun.

May 22, 2006, 05:25 PM
You could always pick up a Universal M-1 carbine knockoff. The little suckers are a blast.

May 22, 2006, 07:20 PM
saiga, saiga, then saiga. if you go bolt and semi, go sks and mosin nagant. I f you want just a good bolt, go savage or stevens.

May 22, 2006, 09:26 PM
I have 3 of the saiga's in 308. What a blast. I can shoot 1.5 inches at 100 yards all day with 2 of them and the third one will shoot 1.25 inches at 100. One of the best deer rifles I have. I have paid less then $300 for each one of them.:neener:


May 22, 2006, 09:30 PM
You could get a Yugo SKS, and a case of ammo for around that price. Or you could get a WASR10. If you intentions are primarily SHTF, the WASR is a very good choice.

May 22, 2006, 09:49 PM
Shooter grade yugo SKS and K31 or Mosin Nagant 44 or 91/30. Plus a bit of ammo for both. Get more ammo as soon you can get it. All accomplished with an '03 license that costs 30$ and pays for itself on the 1st purchase.
The SKS satisfies the rambo feelings you may have, and the bolt action lets you have reasonable accuracy, range and penetration for most tasks.

May 22, 2006, 10:14 PM
my answer to the topic is seventeen thousand rounds of 22lr, but that doesn't precisely match the question in the post itself.

Deer Hunter
May 22, 2006, 10:16 PM
An SKS would fit your needs perfectly.

May 22, 2006, 10:26 PM
Well, 17K rds of .22LR sounds real good to me too, but for the precise question...

...if you're not stuck on semi-auto, go with the Marlin 336 in .30-30 and get all the ammo and reloading stuff (press, .30-30 dies, 150gr/170gr SP flat nose bullets and IMR 4064) you can put with it. The rifle is handy and easy to use and you can mount a Williams FP/TK rear sight and have a PointBlankZero out to something like 350yds with plenty of energy for deer sized game or SHTF work.

Disclaimer... if you're planning on killing men for any reason other than in self defense in the gravest extreme, you're talking to the wrong guy. Sure, I own an M1 Garand which was designed to hunt people in combat situations, but I bought it figuring I'd never have to use it for that. In and of itself, it's a really fun rifle to shoot.

May 22, 2006, 11:36 PM
You will like the SKS.
Inexpensive but not cheap.
Ammo is cheap enough to plink with.
Its built like a brick ****house
It is big enough for animals up to couple hundred pounds.

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