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my first centerfire rifle!

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by natedog, Dec 29, 2002.

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  1. natedog

    natedog Member

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    i just got my first centerfire rifle for Christmas.... a ruger mini-14! yes, it may not seem like much to some, but i'm really excited about it. i cant wiat to take it to the range.
     
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    Congrats!

    My dad bought one in 1982, and it turned out to be a fine rifle. Hopefully, yours will be just as good. Make sure you take a LOT of ammo to the range, as 5.56mm is fun to shoot and it's really easy to shoot up a lot of it quick!
     
  3. Schuey2002

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    Congratulations,Natedog!

    :D

    Don't forget to pick-up a bunch of ammo, so you can break that baby in right.

    OBTW, my first centerfire rifle was a Ruger 10/22. ;)
     
  4. Subby

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    Schuey,

    What chambering was it in?

    Sub
     
  5. MAKOwner

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    "centerfire rifle" would denote something other than rimfire there Schuey... A Ruger 10/22 was one of my first rifles, but a Norinco SKS was my first centerfire.
     
  6. Tamara

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    Congrats, natedog! My first was a sporterized SMLE that we turned into a pseudo Jungle Carbine. Bought it with the money from working at the drug store. $3.25/hour, baby! Those were the days... :D
     
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    $3.25 an hour? You must be almost as old as C.R. Sam.

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    Who slaved away for a meager $4.25 an hour in his youth
     
  8. thumbtack

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    That is a great rifle you got, I am sure you will enjoy it.
     
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    Slight Brain Fart. Doh!

    My first "centerfire" rifle would be my Winchester Model 94 Ranger (chambered in .30-.30) that I bought in late 80's. ;)
     
  10. Deadman

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    Foolish human. You may own 1 centerfire rifle now, but soon it shall multiply. You and your wallet are doomed!
     
  11. Tamara

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    Oh, yeah, I grew up in the Dark Ages, man. You could still buy ARs with bayonet lugs at Oshman's in the mall, and the only video game we had was Pac Man. And we were thankful, ya young whippersnapper! ;) :D
     
  12. natedog

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    what's kinda odd is even before my mini cleared the 10 day waiting period, i was already picking out my next purchase. i think it will be a finnish M39 or a bulgarian makarov (probably will end up being both)
     
  13. Stinger

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    My first centerfire was a Czech Mauser 8mm.

    Heck of a way to JUMP into the sport. It shoots well, considering somebody put an old sewer pipe on in place of a barrel :p

    Heed the warning, they will multiply.

    Stinger
     
  14. Art Eatman

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    Hey, clowns, Tamara's a youngun! Forty years back, my first job as a college graduate engineer paid about $3/hr. But, the full-pop retail on a Weatherby Mark V was about $325. A top of the line Sako was not much over $200. New cars ran about $3,000 for a full-size sedan...

    natedog, enjoy that Mini! I've had four of them, and all were plenty good for my "doings". Built up a fair number of hunting stories...

    :), Art
     
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    natedog,

    congratulations! A stainless mini was my first centerfire rifle. If I knew then what I know now, I would have done a coupla things differently, though:

    (1) let barrel cool between long strings of fire! My mini would probably be more accurate today if I hadn't run so many 30-rd mags through it back-to-back while plinking.:rolleyes:

    (2) get a nylon-coated, one-piece cleaning rod and/or use a muzzle guide to protect the rifling when cleaning, since you must do so from the muzzle.

    (3) if possible, test-fit aftermarket mags into your rifle (or another mini) before purchasing, to make sure the bolt clears the feed lips. Full-capacity mini mags vary greatly in quality control.

    BTW, is yours a Ranch Rifle or the standard version?

    bE
     
  16. Dave Markowitz

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    Congrats, natedog. Mini-14s are neat rifles. Check out the Mini-14 forum over at http://www.perfectunion.com/forums/
    There's a lot of good info there on magazines and how to get the most accuracy out of your Mini.
     
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    $3.25/Hr

    I bought my 1st shotgun ( Mossberg 12ga ) slaving away for $2.50/hr :D
     
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