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Next Firearm: Bolt-Action Rifle or Handgun?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Marlin60Man, Jan 3, 2012.

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  1. Marlin60Man

    Marlin60Man Member

    Oct 23, 2011
    Yakima, WA
    So I just got my first real rifle back in October, and then got another one of its older brothers... So I figure I might as well start rounding out my collection. I want to stick with .22LR since it's all I really need and it's dirt cheap.

    That being the case, I'm really stuck between either getting a bolt action or a handgun. I think the bolt-action would be kind of neat to take longer shots and be able to shoot whatever I would like out of it--shorts, longs, CBs, etc.

    On the other hand, I do like pistol shooting, and finding short-range spots to go pistol shooting is easier than finding long-range spots to go long-range shooting.

    I think that the bolt-action would be nice, but basically just more of the same thing as my semi-atuos... Plus I'm not really sure how much further I would really be able to shoot with a bolt-action than a semi-auto, I just basically want something that will cycle subsonic ammo and start shooting out past 100 yards.

    On the other hand the handgun would be a totally different realm of shooting, so it wouldn't really feel like just a more challenging version of the same thing... It's kind of its own art.

    I've even got my eyes on a few selections of each. Thinking about a Savage Mark II or a CZ 452 ( or maybe a 453, haven't looked into it much)... And as for the pistols, the Ruger 22/45 looks like it's right up my alley, but have also seen a ISSC M22 that looks pretty nice.

    I'm gonna end up with both eventually, but just wondering which to get next.
  2. 303tom

    303tom member

    Jul 16, 2011
    Hell get yourself one of these............
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2013
  3. Bubbles

    Bubbles Member

    Apr 26, 2004
    Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia
    If you have two rifles already I would get a handgun next.

    Actually I'd get two - a revolver and a semi-auto. Both will be fun little plinkers or practice guns, and are great for teaching beginners how to shoot.
  4. War Eagle

    War Eagle Member

    Sep 15, 2011
    In my opinion it is more beneficial to become proficent in more than one type of firearm. That being said, I'd go with the pistol. Get a good holster, a few extra mags, a couple mag holsters, and head to the range. While at home dry practice , drawing from holster and performing mag changes (CAUTION: Triple check the gun is empty and ensure no ammo is in the dry practice area!).

    I'm a sucker for rifles but being proficent with a handgun may come in handy one day.

    p.s. My favorite gun in my entire collection is my bolt-action rifle even though I do compete heavily in IDPA and USPSA (pistol action shooting matches).
  5. hardluk1

    hardluk1 member

    Mar 27, 2009
    nc mountains
    Think you answered your own quwstion. want to shoot all types of .22 rimfire ammo That is a bolt rifle NOT a semi-auto. Will not cyle with many of the under power rounds and just becomes a notm so good single shot. The CZ is good if you can still find a 452,out of production now. Not many bad .22lr bolt rifles out there. Good cheap practice and great for small game hunting.
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