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What to do with my $300

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by kd7nqb, Jul 2, 2010.

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Which to buy

Poll closed Aug 16, 2010.
  1. Ruger LCP

    33 vote(s)
    20.0%
  2. Ruger 10/22

    57 vote(s)
    34.5%
  3. H&R .308

    13 vote(s)
    7.9%
  4. AMMO

    62 vote(s)
    37.6%
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  1. kd7nqb

    kd7nqb Member

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    So its birthday time again in with some cash gifts plus some other extra cash I have about $300 to play with at the gun store. Of course there are LOTS of things I want but I have it narrowed down and now I would like some input from the board.

    Option 1: Ruger LCP- I already have a full size carry gun but have had the pocket pistol itch for a while and now my local gun store has one of the custom engraved slide LCP's in stock (and its calling my name)

    Option 2: H&R Handi-Rifle in .308, right now my deer/ bear/ anything big gun is my Mosin M44 and my mosin is HEAVY the Handi-rifle is nice from what I can tell and from a prior thread I started on it comes recommended.

    Option 3: Ruger 10/22- alright this is the most "fun" of the options but I dont have a semi auto .22lr rifle and I would like one

    Option 4: ammo for the guns I already have, (least fun but maybe most practical)
     
  2. Tallinar

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    In light of option 4 being an option at all, I vote for:

    Option 5: Reloading equipment for the guns you already have.

    Take the plunge while you have some cash to get into it. You'll not regret it.
     
  3. bri

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    My vote is 10/22 and a couple bricks of ammo. Everyone needs a .22 rifle.
     
  4. Nushif

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    I voted 4 because Ammo lets me shoot, but 300 bucks will buy a single caliber progressive press. *le nod*
     
  5. W.E.G.

    W.E.G. Member

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    buy ammo
     
  6. Zoidberg523

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    I voted for the H&R (though it could be any of the other well made sub-$300 deer rifles), on the basis that I too have pulled around an M44 for deer hunting, and it is relatively unpleasant. Not to mention the odd (and undeserved) stares from other hunters who regard the attached bayonet with something less than enthusiasm.
     
  7. wuluf

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    I voted for the LCP 'cause i want one! I can't carry legally, but i still want one!!

    Ammo's good too.....
     
  8. toddyboman

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    Reloading equipment would be fun.....but of your OPTIONS I would take the 10/22 option. I have lots of fun with mine. And its your b-day so buy a toy. You can buy more ammo at all the time ;)

    Happy B-Day by the way :D
     
  9. Warhawk83

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    I had an LCP and after nearly a year and finishing 3,count em 3, boxes of ammo I sold it. You will pay a premium for rare,practically non existent ammo.

    I voted for the H&R so you don't have to lug that beast of a Mosin around.
     
  10. inSight-NEO

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    I voted for the Ruger 10/22. Fun plinking at a low cost. What is not to love? However, more ammo is never a bad thing. After all, a gun without ammo to feed is nothing more than a safe queen or a nice conversation piece, at best.
     
  11. TexasPatriot.308

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    nowadays $300 aint buying much.
     
  12. Zoidberg523

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    AMEN!
     
  13. kd7nqb

    kd7nqb Member

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    Well gosh, I hate to drift my own thread but will $300 even make a dent in a reloading set up? It always seemed like a hobby that took 700+ to get into.
     
  14. RevolvingCylinder

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    This is the best option. It will save you money in the long run and make you a more knowledgeable and better equipped shooter.
     
  15. RevolvingCylinder

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    You can get started with Lee's Anniversary Kit:
    http://www.leeprecision.com/cgi/catalog/browse.cgi?1278135485.4133=/html/catalog/anivers.html

    $150. It's how I got started years ago but it was cheaper then and didn't come with the quick change bushing.

    After that all you need are the dies and components(bullets, cases, primers, powder).

    All the stuff I got in the kit are still going strong even though I upgraded since then.
     
  16. rondog

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    Well, reloading equipment would be good, but that will start you down a road of more expenses. You'll need dies, scales, primers, powder, bullets, books, and more doodads and geegaws than you can imagine, at least you'll WANT more. It's a great aspect of the hobby, making ammo is fun and does lessen the expense somewhat, but it is expensive in the big picture unless you're really disciplined to control yourself. I'm not, personally.

    Ammo is always good, but once you shoot it it's gone, and so's the money. But what good are guns if you can't shoot them?

    AFA the M44, nobody said hunting was supposed to be easy, right? I can't see an M44 being any heavier than a Remington 700 or Winchester M70, or most any other large bolt rifle. Not so sure I'd want to hunt with a single-shot either, or recommend it.

    Ruger 10/22? I have two of them, and I wouldn't recommend one to an enemy. Jammingest little bastards I've ever owned. A gun shouldn't need to be tweaked and tinkered with to make it run reliably. A .22 for fun is a good idea, but I'd steer you away from the 10/22. JMHO.

    Ruger LCP? I'm not really sure what that is, a .380? Not so sure I'd recommend that either. That sounds like a "want" rather than a "need", which isn't all bad, but may not be the best choice for limited funds.

    Personally, I'd weed it down to ammo or a .22 rifle. It's hard to beat a good .22 rifle for sheer fun and enjoyment, but not one that jams constantly or needs "better parts" to run right. I'm also a big fan of used guns, might stretch your money a little farther.
     
  17. BearAZ737

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    I'd buy ammo, and there are sure to be some 4th of July sales this weekend!
     
  18. SIGP250

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    Don't let the cash burn a hole in your pocket. Save it for a rainy day or until you have enough to buy a keeper.

    Second choice would be the LCP but even FMJ is still over priced and it is not meant to be a fun gun.
     
  19. Deus Machina

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    Save it, put it aside until you find that $700 gun that would fill a black hole in the safe.

    Or, my personal opinion, hit the pawn shops, and get a Marlin and a brick of .22 for $100, and put the rest into a caliber or two of reloading equipment.

    Really, unless you plan to modify it, Marlin's equivalents to a 10/22 are much nicer rifles for much less money. Just my opinion.
     
  20. bigfatdave

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    Not owning a rimfire rifle is a travesty, fix that and save money in the future by having less expensive range sessions.
     
  21. Rxster

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    Either the 10/22 or reloading equipment. You will get more training with either choice.
     
  22. bannockburn

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    I voted for the Ruger 10/22; most reliable, accurate, and cost effective firearm purchase I ever made.

    After that, I would opt for reloading equipment and more ammo.
     
  23. murdoc rose

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    I voted ammo because I didn't like the other options. The reloading set looked like a great buy imo. Btw he said he didn't have a semi 22 implying that he has other 22s. marlin 60s are far cheaper for about the same thing, not a huge fan of the 10/22s clip either. If you looking for a deer rifle there's lots out there for under 300 that will be lighter than the mosin and tbh far more useful than a single shot in 308.
     
  24. dagger dog

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    kd,

    I have the hots for a Handi-Rifle, so thats the way I voted.

    308 Win. 7.62 Nato when the ammo pricing gets back to reality you will have that surplus.

    The single shot rifle demands the first shot to be where it counts, unless your hunting a buffalo or musk ox stand !
     
  25. dbb1776

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    Reloading equipment! Shop around and buy any Clean used reloading equipment you find.
    I just bought a Forster case trimmer for 25 bucks.
    Check ebay
     
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