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looking to buy rifle, first timer help!

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by nolateach, Jun 3, 2009.

  1. nolateach

    nolateach New Member

    which one to buy? remington, winchester, weatherby, ruger, etc. then which caliber?
  2. P.B.Walsh

    P.B.Walsh Well-Known Member

    What's going to be the purpose of the rifle? Need more specifications, hunting, target, self defence? There's no one wonder-do-it-all-rifle.

    I love a good Remington 700, but that rifle is my only centerfire rifle. :)

    Oh...., and before I forget....., welcome to The High Road. :)
  3. PT1911

    PT1911 Well-Known Member

    as PB said... it is impossible to answer your question without more details as to your purpose for this rifle...
  4. yenchisks

    yenchisks member

    marlin mod 60;)
  5. gvnwst

    gvnwst Well-Known Member

    There are 10 main things we need to know before we can suggest anything:
    1: your budget?
    2: What is it for?
    3: your budget?
    4: What range?
    5: your budget?
    6: how much recoil can you stand?
    7: your budget?
    8: Do you plan on modding the thing?
    9: your budget?
    10: Do you reload?
  6. tactikel

    tactikel Well-Known Member

    For general use a bolt action in .223 (target, varmint, small deer) or .243 (varmint, deer, etc.) are hard to beat. look for sales, A Savage with the accutrigger is a fine (and affordable) choice. Almost any rifle will be more accurate than YOU are :)
    Ammo for these cal. are easy to find, easy to reload, and will serve you for lifetime no matter what you endup doing.
    More info on use will give us better feedback for you.
  7. rangerruck

    rangerruck Well-Known Member

    ... and also, I would not forget budget.
    for any entry level centerfire, I would say it is double tough to beat
    a marlin right now... then of course you have savage, stevens, howa,
    and mossberg all make a nice, accurate, entry level rifle.
  8. jim in Anchorage

    jim in Anchorage Well-Known Member

    Best quality Holland&Holland,cased with accessories in .375:evil:
  9. P.B.Walsh

    P.B.Walsh Well-Known Member

    Yea, a Holland&Holland rifle, make sure you got some $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$!!!!!
  10. Arkansas Paul

    Arkansas Paul Well-Known Member

    As far as brands any of the quality name brands that you named are fine. It's all about what you like best. I prefer weatherby, but that's just one man's opinion. You'll have to decide that for yourself. As far as budget, most of the companies offer a high end model and an economical line.
  11. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    If you're new to shooting rifles, my suggestion would be for a bolt-action .22 rimfire, and stay with iron sights for the first thousand rounds or so. Learn about sight picture, eye-finger coordination and that sort of thing.

    Walk, then run. You don't go from a family sedan to an Indy car, either.
  12. czarjl

    czarjl Well-Known Member

    +1 on the .22lr
  13. P.B.Walsh

    P.B.Walsh Well-Known Member

    +1 (again) on the .22lr.
  14. Reid73

    Reid73 Well-Known Member

    +1 on a Holland & Holland magazine rifle, preferably in .375 H&H for maximum versatility. You can hunt any big game animal in the world with that. Here's the link.

    Alternative suggestions:

    (1) Mauser M98M, again in .375 H&H; or

    (2) Rigby African Express Rifle, in .416 Rigby.

    You'll also need a scope. I recommend either a Victory Diavari 1.5-6x42, or a Schmidt & Bender 1.5–6 x 42.

    P.S. After you've made your purchase, please post some photos.
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2009
  15. woof

    woof Well-Known Member

    Anything other than the .22LR bolt action would be foolish.
  16. P.B.Walsh

    P.B.Walsh Well-Known Member

    I wonder how much that rig would cost Reid73?
  17. ccsniper

    ccsniper member

    +1 .22 bolt action. but if you have had experience with guns then I'd say go with a remington 700 in 30-06. if you have a small budget, marlin xl7 in 30-06. but thats only if you have experience with guns. otherwise I'm still a big fan of .22 for first gun.
  18. P.B.Walsh

    P.B.Walsh Well-Known Member

    I can't belive the price of those rifles Reid73, who would pay that much for a rifle!!!!!
  19. bigfatdave

    bigfatdave Well-Known Member

    What do you have against lever guns?
    Of course starting out in 22LR is a good idea.
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2009
  20. Reid73

    Reid73 Well-Known Member

    I can't believe that some people expect to pay $300 for a highpower rifle and are then surprised when factory manufacturers cut corners through shoddy design, materials and construction.

    nolateach might. Apparently money is no object: I didn't see any budget. Perhaps he's looking for something special.

    They are all great rifles. The Mauser is the bargain on the bunch, at ~ $15,000.

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