most fun rifle for the $$?


February 14, 2009, 10:16 PM
What do you consider to be the rifle that provides the most bang-for-buck in the fun department?

I'm gonna have to go with the Mosin-Nagant rifles. They're very inexpensive, and surplus ammo can still be had on the relative cheap. Plus, the excessive noise and stout recoil of the carbines always puts smiles on faces at the range. It's just a fun rifle to blast around at the range with.

My roommate has a Savage 64G that he bought for $110. Extremely accurate semi-auto .22LR that's a ball to shoot, great value.

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February 14, 2009, 10:20 PM
Mosins in particular the M44 and M38 are fun. I find the M1 Garand pure Joy. The AK is fun for blasting away. I shoot 22lr for technique but am more of a centerfire fan. I did recently pick up a CMMG 22lr conversion for my poodle shooter.

February 14, 2009, 10:27 PM
GSG you pay alittle more up front for the rifle.. but ammo is so cheap that it makes up for it.

I also like my savage 64

February 14, 2009, 10:37 PM
mod 60's are allways nice, for a boltie I would have to go with a cz, that sit trigger is like sex. and for a semi, I have 2 saigas i bought about 2 years ago, for 250 each.

February 14, 2009, 10:42 PM
ruger 10/22

February 14, 2009, 10:42 PM

February 14, 2009, 10:42 PM
for the $? no question, a lever-action 22lr

February 14, 2009, 10:56 PM
marlin 60

February 14, 2009, 11:04 PM
Remington Speedmaster, Browing buckmark, cz 75 bd

February 14, 2009, 11:05 PM
I have to go with a Marlin 60 - ammo is cheap. Beretta Neos for pistol.

.22LR is your bang for the buck. Only real downside if range.

I like all my rifles though. Even air rifles.
Garand & AR15 are good because they let you compete in events that are fun. Rem700 for F-T/R.

February 14, 2009, 11:27 PM
Another vote for the Marlin Model 60

February 15, 2009, 12:03 AM
When I was a kid I would agree with most of you on the 22lr's being most fun. But somehow I lost that around 15 when I got my first centerfire semi auto an SKS. We were spoiled by endless cases of cheap Chinese surplus ammo thanks to my Dad.

Ignition Override
February 15, 2009, 12:12 AM
Both a cheap .22 bolt-action (rifle+the lowest ammo prices),
and the MN 44 or 91/30 (rifle+reasonable ammo prices).

The MN 44's recoil is moderate and fun-with no recoil pad.
It's recoil, sound and flash combine to provide an extra reward because so many shooters and pawn shop owners are still ignorant about these, or even have contempt towards MNs and .22s.

The more contempt, the better. Let's choose to leave them in their mental twilight.

February 15, 2009, 12:14 AM
Mosin nagant.

any .22 rifle can be bought and shot on the cheap.

but how many centerfire rifles can you buy with 440 rounds for 260$

February 15, 2009, 12:42 AM
10/22 with hi-cap mags

although they're not as cheap now, an SKS is still reasonably affordable and a lot more fun than a mosin IMHO

even though it's not a rifle, any mossberg 500/win.870 12ga is dirt cheap to buy and to shoot too

February 15, 2009, 01:23 AM

fireman 9731
February 15, 2009, 01:34 AM
A 10/22 or henry lever 22.

You can shoot either all day long with pure enjoyment :)

February 15, 2009, 01:38 AM
Ruger 10/22 gets my vote.

I have a 50rd mag that is a hoot.

I almost bought a GSG, but the availabilty of mags for the ruger and the gun it self sold me.

Ignition Override
February 15, 2009, 03:07 AM
If fortunate enough to live near certain surplus rifle businesses,
one should be able to buy a 91/30 and then order 440 rds. of exotic ammo for about $200 total. This is based on a MN priced at $100 or less with tax.

February 15, 2009, 05:53 AM
10/22 certainly the cheapest fun, but for me personally, the $50 I spent for my Enfield makes it the most fun. Why? Classic history, and handloading for this older round is also a blast. It's also an easy fun accurate shooter.

February 15, 2009, 07:20 AM
The Mosin Nagant is certainly up there, as is the 10-22.

I like my M-N faux sniper, as with the glass on it, I can shoot most anything I can see.

February 15, 2009, 07:27 AM
There is a 18" US M1 30cal CARB with 7 mags for sale near me for ~$500, how would this compare in the bang for buck category?

February 15, 2009, 07:46 AM
10/22 first
Nylon 66 second

I own both and at least one follows me out every time I go shoot.

of course, my CUR2 AK-74 is kinda fun to shoot as well. :)


February 15, 2009, 09:04 AM
Marlin 60

February 15, 2009, 09:11 AM
For the money, you can't beat a 10-22 with a banana clip or a SKS and some cheap mil-surp ammo.

February 15, 2009, 09:12 AM
For the $ I'll ad a vote for the Henry lever. More accurate than the Ruger 10/22 in the stock configuration -which is also a great value and a fun rifle.

February 15, 2009, 09:18 AM
I'm torn between a Ruger 10/22 and Marlin 39A as my favorite fun guns. There is something about lever guns that are just fun.

February 15, 2009, 10:02 AM
i have to say the Mosin Nagants ,if it was 10years ago i would have said sks but now there 300$+

February 15, 2009, 10:09 AM
Hi Point 995 is a pretty fun little accurate carbine, cheap to shoot and with +P+ ammo can be used for more serious purposes.

February 15, 2009, 10:13 AM
Got to make mention of the 6.5x55 Swede Mauser's too.
Well built and well known for accuracy.

February 15, 2009, 10:40 AM

My vote: Ruger 10/22. Why? Because you can do anything you want to with it. It's the werewolf of guns. It can morph to something else 7 times a week if you want to spend the money to change it.

I'd hate to have to do the comparison between them to get a definative answer, but the 10/22 may have more "stuff" available for it than the 1911 platform. And that's sayin' something.


February 15, 2009, 10:49 AM
Wow, now there is a difficult question to answer. For me, the .22LR is king-of-the-hill. The chosen rifle I guess depends on how much someone can afford to drop into it. Even point of rationality doesn't lock-in a definitive winner.

I will simply say the least expensive .22LR that I own is my Savage Mark II. She's a gem for accuracy, and had a sweet trigger. She isn't the prettiest gal on the block, but she's sweet enough for me, and just enough tomboy to be fun. :eek:

Sorry, I do tend to personify my firearms...and "Stella", my former Mustang 5.0.


February 15, 2009, 01:23 PM
If fortunate enough to live near certain surplus rifle businesses,
one should be able to buy a 91/30 and then order 440 rds. of exotic ammo for about $200 total. This is based on a MN priced at $100 or less with tax.

you are correct. i did my math based on a rifle 800+ rounds of ammo. but typed 440

figure 100$ locally for a MN, 150-160 for 800 or 880 rounds.

if you have a C&R or live near some of the big name importers/dealers the prices drop quickly.

say, 70$ for the rifle, still about 150 for the ammo.

February 15, 2009, 03:35 PM

I love the M1 Carbine, it is just a joy to shoot, recoil is very light. My nephew is my shooting partner, and no other gun puts a smile on his face like the carbines. For sheer enjoyment it is the winner in my book and the my girl likes it too.

That said, the ammo for the carbine is not cheap, so to honestly answer the question the good ol' 22 caliber reigns supreme. The cost of ammo makes plinking all day a friendly proposition to your wallet. Pick the type of 22 you like, buy a thousand rounds for next to nothing, get some fun targets (cans, bottles and the like) and work on your form and your peace of mind at the same time.

February 15, 2009, 05:20 PM
Count me in as +1 for a used .22 or MN; Best bang for the buck today.

February 15, 2009, 06:25 PM
Marlin 60 for out of the box accurate fun.
10/22 for the ultimate erector set rifle on a budget.

February 15, 2009, 06:41 PM
10/22, but the second is my Western Field lever, also known as the Palomino.

Liberty or Death 86
February 15, 2009, 06:49 PM
As wonderful as I think the 10/22 is, I disagree with the idea that it is the most fun to shoot. I personally prefer the marlin 795. It shoots like a laser beam and is easier to take down than the 10/22 in my opinion. However, both are superb rifles and with 22lr being the cheapest ammo out there, they can be shot for hours on end.

February 15, 2009, 06:51 PM
I'd vote SKS or Mauser, however a 10/22 can be quite fun for the money as well, and since ammo is so cheap, makes it an even greater value, but maybe not as fun because you don't get as big of a "bang".

Poor East Texan
February 15, 2009, 06:53 PM
I get the most enjoyment shooting my UGLY Remington 514 Single Shot. Shooting cheap ammo slowly!

February 15, 2009, 06:54 PM
I would say it all depends on what one calls fun. If all I want to do is plink, U.S. 30 cal. Carbine.

But mostly any more precision accuracy from a single shot bolt action Bench rifle. Putting 5 rds in 1 hole as near to .22 cal as possible. Holes the size of a dime at 50 or 100 yds don't cut it anymore.

Only accurate arms are interesting. But thats what comes with age maybe.

February 15, 2009, 06:54 PM
As wonderful as I think the 10/22 is, I disagree with the idea that it is the most fun to shoot. I personally prefer the marlin 795. It shoots like a laser beam and is easier to take down than the 10/22 in my opinion. However, both are superb rifles and with 22lr being the cheapest ammo out there, they can be shot for hours on end.
Don't matter if you agree, it's what you like :neener: Otherwise all the old guys would never let us shoot anything other than a 1911 and a Garand, BORING :)

I like the 795 also, great gun. But just as easy as the 10/22 to take down. One screw, pull it out. Does that sound dirty.

February 15, 2009, 07:24 PM
If fun is defined as:
Shooting as fast as you can as much as you can... the Mossberg Plinkster wins @ $80-$100 new.

If fun is defined as:
Accuracy... most any bolt action will out perform a semi (without extensive modification).....
A good Romanian trainer for $75 bucks is amazingly accurate and of course uses the most inexpensive ammo.

February 15, 2009, 07:27 PM
im deadlocked on the 10/22 or GSG

February 15, 2009, 08:16 PM
I bought an SKS for 85 dollars years ago at a place in Swissvale, Pa. I was living in Wilkinsburg at the time.( a bad area to live in them, and worse now).When I took the gun accross the street to go into my home, the street had a bunch of local hoodlums on it. When they saw the SKS and me with a western hat, they yelled out, THERE IS A WHITE MAN WIF A MACHINE GUN. The street was INSTANTLY CLEAR. That was the most fun I have ever had for 85 dollars.

February 15, 2009, 08:26 PM
Black powder 50 cal, take your pick. I've seen 'em for $100 and up. I gave 180 for my Hawken Hunter carbine from Cabelas 18 years ago.

SKS for 75 bucks is a fun gun, that was about the same time period I got the 50. I also got a Norinco paratrooper carbine (16" barrel) for $115.

Also about that time, I picked up an 80 dollar Hakim battle rifle. That one is WAY fun. :D Kinda like a mini semi auto BAR.

10/22 is a lot of fun.

Oh, in 1976, I bought a German 88 commission rifle converted to 8x57S by german arsenals. Price as shipped, $27.50. I even mail ordered it because it was considered an antique, not subject to FFL only status. That one is pretty amazing in quality, not real useful, but a lot of fun in a Mosin Nagant sort of way. :D I remember when I was buying my SKSs and Hakim and such, Mosins were going for 40 bucks. They're still a bargain, arsenal refinished ones for under 100 bucks. Hard to beat that. I don't have one, don't feel the need.
I don't own a rifle that ain't fun, I'm just trying to pick out the cheap ones.

February 15, 2009, 09:45 PM
Ruger 10/22 without a doubt !!!...............:D

February 15, 2009, 10:26 PM
The SKS is a good value, I wonder how come no one mentioned a good old 12 guage pump?

That's my vote, soley for the versatility.

I got my 870 used for well under $200, absolutely nothing wrong with it mechanically. Wood furniture without but a couple minor wear spots, not even scratches, and a 28" bbl.

With that gun, you can hunt almost anything you like depending on the load you choose. Slugs can give you a single, accurate projectile. If that's not required, use the shot size and material appropriate for anything from upland kinda stuff, to squirrels and rabbits.

You can also modify it very easily, as I've done mine, with the pistol grip/short barrel etc. A very quick change, like having two completely differant weapons.

Hunting, HD, plinking with cheap light game loads, hell and you don't see many people do skeet with anything else. Maybe it's just me also, but there's something very satisfying found in letting go a magnum slug or big 000 steel shot, the loud deep boom and recoil perhaps.

What else can do all that?

Redneck with a 40
February 15, 2009, 10:39 PM
Prices have skyrocketed lately, but I'd have to go with the SKS. When I bought mine, it was $150.:)

February 22, 2009, 07:57 AM
10-22 with lots of mags is just good cheap fun. Marlin GG 45-70 is a blast but it does get spendy. The best BANG for the buck may just be the 12G, good return on your investment with every trigger pull when you are used to shooting a 22.

February 22, 2009, 09:15 AM
I'll say the 10/22 or the SKS. Both are relatively inexpensive but have given me hours of enjoyment. The 10/22 is great for knocking cans off of fences and things like that. But the SKS has turned out to be a very inexpensive and effective hog rifle. And bringing down a 200 lb. boar is way more fun than shooting tin cans.

Brian Williams
February 22, 2009, 09:30 AM
I really like a Marlin 39M or a 10/22 in 22lr BUT For me it is a Marlin 1894C in 357, fairly inexpensive when I reload and can be a real boomer with some loads and with some light 38 special loads it is a real cat sneeze.

February 22, 2009, 09:57 AM
I've got a few. SKS for one, I really like shooting, much more than the AK. The Marlin 60 (it's just so darn accurate). And lately, the Advantage Arms .22lr conversion for my Glock 19.

February 22, 2009, 10:55 AM

The 60 is accurate, cheap and fun, the 39A is slower fun and imho more accurate.... but maybe because I'm better at taking my time with it.
The .357 1894c.. well it makes me feel like a 10 year old cowboy every time I pick it up, sweet..

The Deer Hunter
February 22, 2009, 11:02 AM
Mosin Nagant!

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
February 22, 2009, 11:12 AM
Marlin 60 or Marlin 700, 7000, or 795.

February 22, 2009, 01:35 PM
I'll put in my vote for any big bore muzzleloader. The bigger the better. I've got a .753" Brown Bess replica that barely keeps the balls on paper at 100 yards, but it's an absolute blast to shoot. Smoke, recoil, a big flash from the pan and 3/4" holes appearing in the target that you can see plain as day from 50 yards away.

I'd like to get a 4 gauge blunderbuss next.

You can usually find used muzzleloaders cheap, and while those big round balls and big charges of powder might not be cheap, you only shoot once every 3 or 4 minutes, so a day at the range still doesn't cost that much.

February 22, 2009, 03:36 PM
It depends on the mood. I really like my Savage MK II FVT. Those peep sights while using cheap ammo makes for a ton of fun all day long without breaking the bank. Mine loves any ammo it gets so $1.50 Federal Champion gets a bit of use. If I want scoped work I LOVE my CZ 452 Varmint. It is a little steeper initial price especially with a decent scope but man once thats out of the way ammo runs cheap and the feel of that rifle is outstanding. My Marlin 336 in .30-30 is another outstanding rifle that is a hell of a bang for the buck. I reload and it is amazing how unpicky that rifle is. It is nice to take a break from the high demand a lot of rounds take to really shoot good. The SKS is another that is a great blaster that can be had for cheap with cheap ammo. I like it better than the Mosin rifles that I have. There are a lot of great bangs for the buck, it just depends what you type of fun you are looking for.

Poor East Texan
February 22, 2009, 04:54 PM
I simply MUST get one of those Black Powder boom sticks!

But as I've said before my Remington 514 single shot is neat because it shoots cheap ammo slowly.

February 22, 2009, 05:18 PM
For me my Henry .22 lever action got it for $160, it's suprisingly accurate.

February 23, 2009, 12:06 AM
as value goes -- there's nothing like shooting a buddy's gun & amoo :D but for me & mine -- I like the 10/22

February 23, 2009, 12:15 AM
I'll put a vote in for the Saiga 12... back when they were under $300. :p

I love mine. :D

February 23, 2009, 04:06 AM
Another vote for GSG-5:cool:

February 23, 2009, 05:12 AM
I need to get one of those still... once I get my CC cleared off of all the ammo I bought, the first time I run acrost one I'll buy it. :)

I have seen the MP5K version, but I want a stock.

February 23, 2009, 06:48 AM
PSL with no scope, hands down!

February 23, 2009, 07:54 AM
Threads like this baffle me because I wonder - if you have to ask the question you either don't know what fun is for you or you don't know prices. For my part, since I paid $99 for my Henry .22 when they first came out, I'll go with that.

Hostile Amish
February 23, 2009, 08:19 AM
Ruger 10/22 All Weather. Get the All Weather version.

February 23, 2009, 08:43 AM
The most fun rifle for the $$ in my collection is this Norinco T56SHTF :evil:
Hard hitting 7.62x39 ammo is still relatively cheap and emptying a 75 or 100 drum is big fun.

February 23, 2009, 09:52 AM

Thats a pretty cool little MP5 there, any special liscences required to own one? I feel a purchase coming on, haha.

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