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$300 and no gun at all, but...

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by beatledog7, Jun 7, 2013.

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  1. beatledog7

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    Inspired by the current $1000 to spend on a gun thread.

    If you had no gun at all but had $300 to spend, given current market prices and assuming both the gun and suitable ammo would be available, and the ammo would be reasonably priced (or you could roll your own ammo, again for reasonable prices), what gun would you buy with your $300?

    Remember the premise--this will be the only gun you can afford to own.

    I have a pretty good idea where this will go (I suspect there will be three primary branches), and I know what I'd buy. Just want to see what others think.
     
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    Maybe a high point? Never shot one but hear owners are happy with the value.
     
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    A S&W or Ruger revolver in .357. Obviously used.
     
  5. David E

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    I'd find a good used .38 or .357 revolver or a used Ruger P-95

    I would NOT buy a Hipoint.
     
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    Hi point 9mm carbine.
     
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    Radom P-64, FEG PA-63, and I like the idea of a K frame or Ruger Six series or even a MKII.
     
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    Pistol or Long gun?

    If you say long gun only like for home defense, I say get a shotgun Mossberg 500 or Remington 870 used. Shotgun shells seem to be in plentiful supply.

    Pistol?
    New would have to be a Highpoint .45 acp $160 +/- .
    Used would be a Rossi .38 spl.

    $300 is a bit limiting but doable. I only suggested the Highpoint .45 acp because they are a good shooter, lifetime warranty and well within range of $300 which leaves with several boxes of ammo to buy. It never jammed on me, but the gun is bulky and ugly.
     
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    Used Ruger P95. Since they're still only about $350 even in the panic climate, I bet $300 would net a LNIB or 90+% used one.
     
  10. Archaic Weapon

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    Talk down a Stoeger Uplander, or get a new bow and a fighting knife. Not much in these parts that low. Add another 50, and a Taurus .357 magnum concealed carry, or a 870 hunting model.

    Probably have to go with a bow, though.
     
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    Used Mossberg 500. Can be used well for defense, hunting, and sport.
     
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    #8 for birds
    #6 for squirrels/rabbits
    Buckshot for HD
    Slugs for bigger game
     
  13. beatledog7

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    All good answers so far. Please, keep them coming.

    I suspected many would say a shotgun in 12ga, and I suspected many would choose a handgun in a common SD chambering (9mm, .45acp, .38SPL/.357Mag).

    But one category I thought would get a lot of play has not yet been mentioned...
     
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    Does bow not count as 3?
     
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    No one has mentioned a .22 (I don't think).

    Never mind, a Ruger MKII was mentioned
     
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    $300

    I'd take the $300 and buy a rake, a shovel and a wheelbarrow. Then I'd walk around to my neighbors and see who needed any yard work done. Then when l
    had enough money I'd buy a used .38 and plenty of ammunition for practice. In my area this would cost at least $400 used, .38 ammo is pretty readily available now at Cabellas. To get a permit in my state would cost around $350 for the class, fingerprints, and permit. Here is another idea, I'll bet some folks would gladly trade an old rifle or shotgun for some help shoveling snow in the winter.
     
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    I would go with either a used S&W Model 10 or a Radom P64 with some new Wolf springs to get the DA trigger under control.
     
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    I missed the Mk II. That covered the other main branch I suspected, sort of. I was expecting someone to propose a long gun in .22LR.
     
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    I picked up a brand new Tikka T3 Lite in 270 last November for $350, and I had to scope it before it was usable. So... even though it was a great deal, that wouldn't qualify.

    For $300...? That would be tough. I just checked the local gun board. The following firearms are currently listed for $300 or less:

    Savage 110 in 7mm mag with scope base and iron sights
    a couple of 25acp and 380acp pistols
    Mosin 91/30
    a few 20 and 12 gauge shotguns
    a couple of 22 rifles and a few 22 pistols
    KelTec P11 9mm
    Lee Enfield MK-4 .303
    Sporterized M98 7mm Mauser with scope rings
    Savage 110 in 30-06
    Hi Point 9mm and 45's
    Yugoslavian M57 Tokarev
    a couple of muzzle loaders
    Savage M42 22/.410 over-under
    Remington 770 in 300WM, scoped
    Yugo SKS
    Rossi 357mag
    Taurus single action 357mag
    Remington 710 in 300WM

    Of these, the Sporterized M98 7mm Mauser would be on my list because it seems to have some character. But, I would probably get the Savage 110 in 7mm mag, because I could shoot it with the irons until I could afford a scope.
     
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    Used ruger mk 3
     
  21. beatledog7

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    ngnrd,

    That's an intriguing list, don't you think? A person could outfit his personal collection reasonably well with nothing but ≤$300 firearms.
     
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    Indeed, it is beetledog. I really had no idea there was such a varied selection of inexpensive firearms for sale here. Plenty to choose from, for sure. Everything from moose guns, to camp guns, to plinkers, to home defense guns. Even handguns from 22 to 45 and 357. Not too terrible.
     
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    Ruger 10/22 (Birch stock on Cabelas is $239, scope it with the change...even if it is a Tasco),o r a Henry 22 lever.
     
  24. azyogi

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    under $300 for one gun

    My choice would be a Zastava M88A or M70A. 9mm Tokarev style semiauto with a hammer block slide mounted safety. J&G Sales in Prescott AZ has them for $259. Slim as only a single stack can be, rugged as an eastern bloc duty weapon is expected. My EDC since 92 very little to maintain in all that time. Added three dot sights with ease, but a good high glow paint is nearly as good. The extra $41 buy a Lee Precision Classic Field Loader.
     
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    When I turned 21 my mother paid for my CPL class as a birthday present. I was in college, and super broke (although, that still hasn't changed, haha). I did a lot of research on the popular inexpensive guns and settled on a S&W Sigma in 9mm for my first pistol. I paid ~$320 for it after tax.

    Yeah, the trigger sucks, but it's manageable. But the selling point was the reliability, and ease of maintenance. The only malfunction I've ever had with it is a squib. Obviously not the guns fault. It was a great first carry gun for someone who really can't afford much. It's my wife's bedside gun, now.
     
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