After your 22?


April 6, 2010, 12:38 PM
What caliber rifle did you buy or begin using after your 22 and why?

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April 6, 2010, 12:44 PM
Well .22 was my first. Then I bought a ak47 because of the scare of 2009.

April 6, 2010, 12:46 PM
I bought a .22Mag first, then a .22LR, then a .30-30. I wanted a classic big game gun.

April 6, 2010, 12:49 PM
My collection went a whole different direction. I had centerfire rifles, handguns, and shotguns before my first rimfire, and I still only have that one 22. I started out with a shotgun as my first gun, then to hunting rifles and then handguns and even black powder. But then one day Dad buys me a .22 rifle for my birthday. I'd like to add another .22 rifle or two, and a handgun or two for certain.

April 6, 2010, 01:17 PM
My next rifle caliber was .223

Pretty cheap to shoot, will work for varmints and some other game in my state, very little recoil making it fun to shoot as long as you like.

April 6, 2010, 01:20 PM
My parents bought a .243 for me to use for when I began hunting. They confiscated it after I was old enough to buy my own stuff. I used that rifle every season for a long time and bought several other guns, but my next rifle was a .17 HMR (to wax Wyoming prairie dogs with) that my landlord gave me for doing some work for him. Then, I bought my 1895 .45-70. (something different to hunt elk in the timber with) I've managed to accumulate quite an array of guns, all of which I'm very fond, but haven't actually gotten a basic, plain jane hunting rifle yet. Both of my grandfathers passed away in the last year and a half, so I'm going to wait a while in case any of their rifles are passed my way, as I'm getting married in May. I borrowed one grandfather's Model 70 from my grandmother for my deer this past season. It was pretty special, and I'd love to have that gun some day, but that's not for me to decide.

high country
April 6, 2010, 01:31 PM
I started with a few .22lr rifles, then I added a P89 way back when. Since then, I have been through a couple of glocks (a .45 and a.40) and some military style centerfires ( in7.62 NATO and 7.62x39), most of which are gone, just never did really connect to any of those. Eventually ended up with a few shotguns. The 22s continue to dominate the cabinet.

A couple of the .22s and that P89, and a Mossberg 500 with an assortment of barrels are in the "go-to" catagory. Still looking for the centerfire rifle that I really connect with to join that club...

April 6, 2010, 01:37 PM
My first centerfire rifle was a JC Higgins Model 50 in 30-06. FN Mauser action, chrome lined barrel by High Standard. Excellent quality and very accurate. Then I got a Voere Titan 223.

That's when I learned that once you have a good 30-06 and a good 223 you have most of the centerfire universe covered and it's hard to justify getting another centerfire rifle.

Not that it stopped me. :)

April 6, 2010, 02:41 PM
My first rifle was a Winchester Model 70 in 30/06. I don't guess I got a 22 until later. My first guns were shotguns.

April 6, 2010, 02:44 PM
My first centerfire rifle was a Marlin .30-30, which I longed for for what seemed like ages before I bought it. My parents stalwartly refused to buy any guns for me, so I waited until I turned 18. At the time, the Marlin .30-30 was the least expensive new centerfire rifle I could get, or at least that I knew of, so that had a lot to do with the choice. As it turned out, I really never liked the thing that much. I hunted with it a few times and kept it throughout college. Halfway through undergrad, I picked up a Mini-14, which I enjoyed much more. I sold the .30-30 not long after that, and I've only owned one other lever gun since then. I've learned that I really prefer semi-autos and bolt guns.

April 6, 2010, 02:57 PM
My grand dad gave me my first .22. An old Win Model 67 that he won in a poker game when he was in his teens. I started doing more hunting in college and bought a Marlin 336CS, .30-30.

I ended up selling it later during some post college money trouble, but now have an XL-7 in .270, Rossi 92, .44 Mag, a Mosin, SKS, and Rem 870 in 12 ga. The best shooter of the bunch is still that old 67.

April 6, 2010, 03:03 PM
Let me see, my first firearm was a Ruger 10/22 that I got when I was 12 years old. My second was a Remington 700 BDL 30-06 at 14, and then a Ruger Mk II when I was 16. I stll have all of those and I would never part with them.


April 6, 2010, 03:07 PM
After the .22 my dad bought me a Winchester Model 120 20 ga youth (which I still shoot 21 years later) and a Remington .243 of one type or another that I stupidly sold in high school when he gave me his M77 7x57 after he bought himself a new rifle. I still have the M77 and as soon as I get started on reloading it will stop being a safe queen (a dirty hard ridden safe queen).

April 6, 2010, 03:09 PM
Um, I went from 7.62x54R to .22.
After that I bought a 9mm carbine. Does that count?

April 6, 2010, 03:10 PM
30-30 Model 94 Winchester, bought in 1979 after I got a Marlin Model 60. Still have them both.

"From my cold dead hands......" I once heard a man say.

April 6, 2010, 04:05 PM
788 in 308Win.

April 6, 2010, 04:26 PM
I jumped from .22 to 7.92x57. Quite a leap, huh? Of course I shot the .22 more - although the Mauser itself was half the cost of the .22, the ammo was 40x the price (new ammo, of course).

April 6, 2010, 07:13 PM
.17 hmr

then 5.56/.223

April 6, 2010, 07:20 PM
A .54 cal Hawkens style muzzle loader, followed by a Model 94 30/30.

April 6, 2010, 07:21 PM
I never had a .22 of my own. My dad has 2 and my brother has one. My first rifle was 24" bolt action .30-06. My 2nd is a Winchester 94AE 20" .30-30.

April 6, 2010, 07:24 PM
My first gun was a Winchester 94AE in .30-30. My second was a .22; a Winchester 9422. I still have both.

April 6, 2010, 07:27 PM
My first-ever rifle was a used Marlin bolt-action in .22LR. I paid $5.00 for it in 1983. My next rifle, and first centerfire, was a Winchester model 94 in .30-30 Win. I bought it LNIB for about $90.00 in 1984. :)


April 6, 2010, 09:52 PM
my first rifle was a savage .22 and I am about to move up to my first center rife in .303 british. It is an old enfield my grandfather is giving me this summer. I am very excited


Arkansas Paul
April 6, 2010, 09:59 PM
My first-ever rifle was a used Marlin bolt-action in .22LR. I paid $5.00 for it in 1983. My next rifle, and first centerfire, was a Winchester model 94 in .30-30 Win. I bought it LNIB for about $90.00 in 1984.

I seriously need to take you gun shopping with me. (That didn't sound like something a woman would say did it?)

April 6, 2010, 10:42 PM
.22 was my first, and it will be my last, with 2 dozen and counting in the middle.

April 6, 2010, 11:07 PM
After my 10/22 came a 7.7 Jap Model 99 Ariska +13 rounds +7 brass was $7 + a pack of Camels. Why, it was $7 and I had a whole carton, it was 1970something

April 7, 2010, 12:57 AM
I, too, started with other guns. 12 ga Mossberg 500 was the first, next was CZ97, then Ruger M77 308, then another mossberg, and finally came the 452. There have been more guns purchased since then, but I don't feel like I need another 22LR. The 452 is just too much fun with the irons. :) That said, I did acquire a Marlin 99C project. As soon as I get a little extra spending money, I am giving Numrich a call and getting new internals for it and some sort of corrosion protection.

Ignition Override
April 7, 2010, 01:15 AM
This won't count, being a middle-aged guy.

Seldom used the very old (40's) Savage .22, but in October '07 suddenly caught gun fever. The M-1 Carbine was only the first of a series.
The lastest group consists of three Lee-Enfields (#4/#5:)) and the Yugo Mauser 48A.

April 7, 2010, 05:31 AM
Was given a Marlin 49DL .22 when I was 15. Next gun purchase was a Marlin .357mag lever gun when I was 23 or so. Worst trade in my life was trading the Marlin lever for a High Standard Dura-Matic and a little cash a couple years later. Best trade was getting a Remington 1100 20ga for the Dura-Matic after that. Didn't have much interest in firearms for 10 years or so and then I bought a M1 Garand from CMP. Since then I've added a few....

April 7, 2010, 05:45 AM
Started with a Mossberg .22lr Plinkster a few months after turning 18, then when the next gun show came around I was thiiiiiiiiis close to buying a Mosin M44 w/ammo, but I didnt have the cash on me. Left the gunshow to go to an ATM and decided on the way out I didn't want the rifle. Stopped by a gun shop on the way home and picked up my first centerfire long gun, a NEF Parder Pump 12 gauge and saved about $100 over the M44.

April 7, 2010, 06:59 PM

Nope, sounded just fine. I do locate some good deals from time-to-time.


April 7, 2010, 07:12 PM
Marlin 336T in .30-30 First centerfire rifle I remember shooting. Can't deer hunt with a .22 in Colorado.

Al LaVodka
April 7, 2010, 08:37 PM
Mossberg 500 set came first. Then I think a .22. MIGHTA been an M1 carbine then. Mighta been...

April 7, 2010, 10:31 PM
as a kid i started out shooting an m1 carbine .30 cal. then 30-06, and 12 gauge. finally .22lr as i got older. now i have all sorts of calibers but going back down to .22lr cause it's cheap and becoming my new favorite caliber.

April 7, 2010, 10:33 PM
A series of 22s then a 30-06 for Deer - now I have a couple of each.

April 7, 2010, 11:21 PM
4/2007....SW MP 40 ...Handgun
Got the fever
6/2007....SW 686
6/2007....sw 1911

3/2010....Rem 700 30-06
Got the fever
3/2010...rem 870 12 g
can"t get over this fever
3/2010...marlin 891T... 22
big time fever
3/2010 SW MP15
fever over...............for now:D

April 7, 2010, 11:29 PM
My first gun was a 12ga. J.C. Higgins bolt action tube fed shotgun. I paid the handsome price of $12.50 which included about 1/2 a box of assorted birdshot. Dad and I refinished the stock and reblued it. She sure looked purdy. My next gun was a Remington 514 single shot. What a tackdriver. Some scum stole it out of my truck years later.

April 7, 2010, 11:34 PM
Since I didn't have many resources for firearms at that time (15 years old), I bought a Mossberg 243 win rifle for both whitetail and wood chuck hunting as my first centerfire and second rifle. The choice depends on what you like to do with firearms. It might just be another 22 rifle of perhaps a higher quality than the one you have.

April 7, 2010, 11:37 PM
My first rifle after my first .22 was a Winchester '94 AE in .357 Magnum.

April 8, 2010, 12:04 AM
.22 to 7.62x54r


Onward Allusion
April 8, 2010, 08:20 AM
This was many years ago, but a Russian SKS was my first rifle and a 22LR Marlin 85N was the second. I started with revolvers, migrated to semi-autos and then long guns. Even today, I shoot pistol 90% of the time.

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April 8, 2010, 09:55 AM
Well I went with a couple .22s and then a 17hmr, then I think it was a .243 savage. After that may have been the ar. From there it gets blurry. Shotguns were a bigge deal since most everything shot was done with a 12 gauge.

April 8, 2010, 10:22 AM
No 4 Enfield. Surplus 303 Cal. Cheap Cheap Cheap (then)

April 8, 2010, 11:06 AM
After your 22?

What caliber rifle did you buy or begin using after your 22 and why?

i still use a .22 but it's a 5.45x39 ;)

April 8, 2010, 12:06 PM
My first centerfire was a Savage 340 in 30-30 a long time ago. It was all I could afford at the time after I moved to where I could go deer hunting. It was absolutely the worst rifle I have ever owned. It wouldn't keep it's shots in a 12" circle at 100 yards. Thought I might get a close shot but that didn't happen. Got rid of it right after deer season and bought a 30/06 which I still have. Over the year I've owned a couple of other rifles that weren't too great but nothing quite as bad as that one.

A funny thing is that I read posts occasionally about what great rifles the 340s are. Savage must have made some huge improvements in them over the years. I wouldn't even consider purchasing another Savage because of that 340 until a couple of years ago. It is actually a Stevens 200 but it is a very accurate gun.

April 8, 2010, 08:26 PM
My first center fire was a Remington model 700 in 270 Win. Got it for Christmas when I was 15 - used it for deer hunting. Now my 16 year old son uses it for deer hunting.

The first center fire rifle I personally purchased was an SKS - still have it - and no matter what anyone says, it shoots like a dream.

April 8, 2010, 08:30 PM
I bought another .22lr. Then a .223, but it depends on what you plan to use it for. If you want to punch paper, a .223 or .308, if you want to hunt it depends on the game.

June 25, 2010, 11:11 AM
Mine is kind of reversed. My first gun is Mossberg 500 12Ga for home defense. Then I bought Remington 700 .308 with scope and bi-pod, Berretta 92, Sig P226 from a friend to help him financially. Then CZ75 9mm and recently Ruger 22/45 MkIII .22LR. Now eyeing for Henry .22LR, still debating to get a standard or Goldenboy. Next may looking into surplus for M1 Garand, Mauser 98, and Mauser C96.

June 25, 2010, 12:40 PM
After a .22LR I started shooting my dad's .303, 30-30 & 16 gauge. The next none 22 LR gun I bought was an SKS years later quickly followed by a Taurus 92 9mm. In the past 25 years, I have bought, owned & sold 100's...everything from a serious EBR & pistol phases. (Even a Desert Eagle in .44Mag)

That all said, I think the majority of us start with a 22 LR and ALL eventually come back to a 22 LR (I have several)...they are where the majority of us learned and honed our marksmanship. I still do. They are just to easy, inexpensive and pleasurable to shoot & hunt with.

June 25, 2010, 12:49 PM
My first centerfire was a .30-06 Savage 110, around 1960. It was the first model, with a low comb and it came back...HARD! I was 16 at the time and used it for woodchuck hunting, after getting a blank and making a stock similar to a Weatherby for it and epoxy-bedded/free-floated it. It then shot great!

The next centerfire was a Remington .22-250 700 ADL. I'm on my second one of those, but it's being rebarrelled to .243 Win in a couple of weeks. The .243 Win cartridge is more useful for what I do lately. The barrel is a Pac-Nor stainless super-match, bead-blasted, 24" barrel with Rem sporter contour.

Other Rem 700s I've had were in .30-06, .270 Win and 6mm Rem. I still have the .270, which is my deer and other larger-critter rifle.

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