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After your 22?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by GunLvrNLearner, Apr 6, 2010.

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  1. GunLvrNLearner

    GunLvrNLearner Member

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

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    Well .22 was my first. Then I bought a ak47 because of the scare of 2009.
     
  3. joshk-k

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    I bought a .22Mag first, then a .22LR, then a .30-30. I wanted a classic big game gun.
     
  4. CoRoMo

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    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.
     
  5. Dentite

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    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.
     
  6. ricebasher302

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    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.
     
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  7. high country

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    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...
     
  8. natman

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    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. :)
     
  9. CajunBass

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    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.
     
  10. minutemen1776

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    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.
     
  11. TenDriver

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    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.
     
  12. Will-Seattle

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    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.

    Will
     
  13. 41magsnub

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    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).
     
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    Um, I went from 7.62x54R to .22.
    After that I bought a 9mm carbine. Does that count?
     
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    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.
     
  16. MetalHead

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    788 in 308Win.
     
  17. cchris

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    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).
     
  18. lexjj

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    .17 hmr

    then 5.56/.223
     
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    A .54 cal Hawkens style muzzle loader, followed by a Model 94 30/30.
     
  20. Nick5182

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    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.
     
  21. Tommygunn

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    My first gun was a Winchester 94AE in .30-30. My second was a .22; a Winchester 9422. I still have both.
     
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    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. :)

    Geno
     
  23. s12.aaxtell

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    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

    -Alex
     
  24. Arkansas Paul

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

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    .22 was my first, and it will be my last, with 2 dozen and counting in the middle.
     
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