Best New Gun for around 300$?


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KodeFore
September 16, 2008, 01:41 AM
I just got a 300 gift card for a local gun shop and I am thinking of how to make the most of it. They sell mostly new high end guns, I could probably add about 100 more to the card. It's a hassle to get to range where I can shoot center fire ammo so center fire long guns are out
possibly a single action handgun ( something I have yet to shoot )
So I welcome ideas. Keep in mind I'm in CA so that rules out some things.
So far I am considering the Marlin 70 papoose, the Henry Ar 7, or the Stoeger SA 45long colt/ 45 acp.
What do you think is best gun you can get for around 300?

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jakk280rem
September 16, 2008, 02:02 AM
ruger super single six in 32-20/.32h&rmag convertible.
used gp100 or sp01

cliffy
September 16, 2008, 02:47 AM
Remember that a rifle requires a scope of equal or more $$$. A decent .22 LR pistol costs $400 plus. Save up before using your coupon on something you'll later regret. $300, now-a-days isn't enough to buy any decent firearm, pistol or rifle. Inflation is the problem in 2008. cliffy

bogie
September 16, 2008, 03:36 AM
Screw it. A Ruger 10/22 and a decent scope for it.

Now for the true trick... pay attention...

Hunt around for THE Ruger 10/22... Haunt gunbroker, etc., and get a heavy barreled rifle... Of course, if you have to spend the bux on THEIR stuff, heck... $300? Ruger 10/22, and a few toys... Winchester 1894, maybe a little tweakage. Low-rent "starter" M1911 (kinda like my Norinco.. Which doesn't fail to feed).

Dookie
September 16, 2008, 03:38 AM
CZ or Savage in any of the rimfires

Vaarok
September 16, 2008, 12:02 PM
Saiga.

ch1966
September 16, 2008, 12:14 PM
A Marlin or Savage in .17HMR. A lot of fun for <$300!!!

searcher451
September 16, 2008, 04:53 PM
Lots and lots of good values are out there, depending on your likes and taste. The Walther SP22 is a heck of a fine .22 target pistol, for example, and you can get them in that price range. I picked one up a few months back and have had a heck of a fine time with it at the gun range.

WNTFW
September 16, 2008, 05:03 PM
Beretta Neos is another .22LR option. Mine was $198.00 new.

lee n. field
September 16, 2008, 05:14 PM
So far I am considering the Marlin 70 papoose, the Henry Ar 7, or the Stoeger SA 45long colt/ 45 acp.

$300, with a possible hundred bucks more. You haven't really told us what type of shooting you like to do.

Skip the AR-7, you'd likely regret getting it.

Friendly, Don't Fire!
September 16, 2008, 05:19 PM
Problem is, he more than likely HAS to use THAT gun shop. The prices at THAT GUN SHOP may be inflated.

So, what others have gotten in the way of "good deals" I'm sure this person won't have that luxury. :mad:

pkoch62
September 16, 2008, 05:21 PM
I agree, forget the AR-7. Had one, hated it. Traded it towards a Papoose, which has worked well for me. Get a good but not too good 4x scope, a spare magazine, and you're good.

mole
September 16, 2008, 05:42 PM
If it was me---a bersa thunder.

If you don't have a shotgun, get a nice pump action Remington or Mossberg.

Hard to beat a nice .22lr for pure fun though.

ilbob
September 16, 2008, 05:45 PM
How about hipoint carbine in 40 caliber, some extra mags, and have $50-100 left over for ammo.

hardwarehacker
September 16, 2008, 05:51 PM
If you can get an FFL to handle the transfer, consider a Stoeger 8000. Same as the old Beretta 8000 Cougar since Beretta owns Stoeger. Find one on GunBroker for around $350-375.

mike7465
September 16, 2008, 06:08 PM
Ruger P95
Or a good down payment on a:
Beretta: 92 or PX4
Glock: 17 or 19
Me? I would go with the good down payment option. Getting a great gun for 300 off is a great deal!

66912
September 16, 2008, 08:02 PM
Get a Handi rifle if they have one. You can interchange barrels and calibers with it later on down the line

Sistema1927
September 16, 2008, 08:07 PM
How the heck do you make an intelligent answer to this question?

"I have X dollars, and want to buy a gun (maybe a handgun, maybe a rifle) at XYZ gunshop, what should I get?"

mio
September 16, 2008, 08:14 PM
ive read a lot of good things about the new marlin bolt action rifle comes in 25-06 270 and 30-06 for about $325

hotpig
September 16, 2008, 08:23 PM
300.00 will get a new Ruger P95. It is more than a excellent gun for the price.

jhco
September 16, 2008, 08:41 PM
i love my ar7 its not a serious gun though it just depends upon what you want to use it for mine loves cci stingers accurate at50yrds with a scope

scrat
September 16, 2008, 09:40 PM
Ruger mark II or mark III

esmith
September 16, 2008, 09:43 PM
Remember that a rifle requires a scope of equal or more $$$.

That is wrong on so many levels i shouldn't even need to discuss it.

scrat
September 16, 2008, 09:44 PM
very true. soos osoososososo wrong.


my marlin 700 22lr no scope never needed one. and it is soooo accurate

for $300 you could buy two of them and a few boxes of bullets the 500 count packs

RancidSumo
September 16, 2008, 09:45 PM
+1 for CZ rimfires. Go for iron sights, it is a lot of fun. The 452 Lux is proably the most accurate but I like the FS. Either way you can't go wrong.

Bartkowski
September 16, 2008, 09:51 PM
$300, now-a-days isn't enough to buy any decent firearm, pistol or rifle. Inflation is the problem in 2008. cliffy

I suppose most of my collection is trash then? If you can't get a good firearm for under $300, way under $300 you are wasting money. More expensive guns are good too, but sub $300 guns are usually a great value.

butters
September 16, 2008, 09:57 PM
Firestorm Mini 9mm/Bersa Thunder 9 Ultra Compact. I got mine for $296 plus tax. They make a 10 round version for CA. Another good choice might be a 12 gauge shotgun either a Remington 870 or a Mossberg 500.

By the way all 4 of my handguns can be purchased for close to or less than $300 and I consider all of them to be better than decent. Even my Hi-Point has been a good shooter especially for the price I paid for it.


Beretta model 70 .22
Hi-Point 9mm
Firestorm Mini 9mm
Ruger LCP .380

Phydeaux642
September 16, 2008, 10:01 PM
$300, now-a-days isn't enough to buy any decent firearm, pistol or rifle. Inflation is the problem in 2008. cliffy

I picked up my MK II and MK III for $250 each and I consider them plenty decent.

Mark Evel
September 16, 2008, 10:17 PM
Based on OK pricing, I don't know about CA. Gunshop by me has them ~$300, I paid $270 NIB at a gunshow this summer. Good luck.

SoCalShooter
September 16, 2008, 10:19 PM
Remember that a rifle requires a scope of equal or more $$$. A decent .22 LR pistol costs $400 plus. Save up before using your coupon on something you'll later regret. $300, now-a-days isn't enough to buy any decent firearm, pistol or rifle. Inflation is the problem in 2008. cliffy

WHAT!!! Thats crazy cause my Ruger MKIII shoots the 10 ring out at 25 yards and it was 239. I am trying not to go low road here but you are not shopping around well enough or doing enough research on firearms to make that assertion. Inflation affects everything not just guns, 400 bucks would get him a ruger 10-22 base model and a ruger MK III, heck if he decided he could live with used he could possibly stretch it further.

If you want a plinker pistol I recommend the Ruger MKIII.
If you want a plinker rifle I suggest a 10-22 and you can upgrade to a scope later.

DiN_BLiX
September 16, 2008, 10:34 PM
Alot of .22s come to mind, they are usually very over looked for their training/fun uses, Ammo is cheap and if you have a "flinch" it a great way to cure it. A mossy or rem pump (base models) can be had for under 300. Ive seen some REAL nice stoeger O/U shooties for like 325 local, which is alittel over but well with it if thats what your into. For hand guns, a sigma or p95 usually runs under 300, nither are considered "top shelf" by any means, but they a well built and reliable. The sig p6s and former LE s&w 59s run around 250-300 also. A large variety of mil-surps can also be had for under 300, some you might be able to buy 2 even. I check the used racks at local shops often and find myself saying "well if I only had a spare 200 bucks..." 300 bucks can buy alot of gun, as long as you stay clear of the jennings/bryco/whatever they call it now, and the cricket.

OOOXOOO
September 16, 2008, 11:59 PM
I have been absolutely happy with my Marlin papoose. I hike and it is light and handy. It is actually more accrate than my 10/22 carbine.

scrat
September 17, 2008, 12:03 AM
I have been absolutely happy with my Marlin papoose. I hike and it is light and handy. It is actually more accrate than my 10/22 carbine

Excellent gun

cliffy
September 17, 2008, 12:23 AM
My nib Ruger Mark III Competition Model cost me $415. The Bushnell Trophy Red-Dot cost me $78 to set atop it. Then there's tax. The dealer claimed he only charged 10% over his cost. Maybe he saw me coming, and said, "A sucker born." cliffy

KodeFore
September 17, 2008, 02:49 AM
Thanks for the great ideas. I already have a few mentioned above Mainly I shoot handgun because the ranges for that are cheaper and closer sometimes I can get away with shooting handgun cal long guns on the ranges too. So far The Marlin papoose is looking like the best bet but I might just wait and watch small section of shelf where used guns show up. I mostly just wanted to get ideas of what might be around in my price range, The ruger P series sounds cool if they carry those.

ReadyontheRight
September 17, 2008, 03:25 AM
Ruger GP100 if you don't yet have a revolver.

eng23ine
September 17, 2008, 09:16 AM
Kel tec P3at , unless you already have a BUG.

HGUNHNTR
September 17, 2008, 09:18 AM
Just save up and get what YOU want.

If you are having such a difficult time deciding simply wait.

Browning
September 17, 2008, 10:12 AM
RancidSumo : 1,045 +1 for CZ rimfires. Go for iron sights, it is a lot of fun. The 452 Lux is proably the most accurate but I like the FS. Either way you can't go wrong.

Beat me to it, that's what I was gonna say.

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