posted on Jun, 12 2010 @ 08:50 PM
By "rifle" you need to be more clear. You listed a set of criteria that cannot be met all at once with any single gun.
Choose what's most important to you and restate the question. What is your budget? What are the targets this will be for? How important is ammo
availability/price? How powerful must it be? How accurate? What ranges will you be using it at? Do you want something terribly loud or quiet?
Here are some good examples, though:
Ruger 10/22 or Marlin Model 60 in .22 Long Rifle:
Pros: Low price, cheap & plentiful ammo, light weight, quiet, semi-auto
Cons: Low power, short range
Remington 700 in .308 Winchester:
Pros: Great power, great accuracy, long range, reliable
Cons: High ammo cost, long & heavy, loud, slow reloading
Pros: Good power, ammo plentiful, semi-auto, relatively cheap ammo, fantastic reliability
Cons: Large-ish, Heavy-ish, not super-accurate, medium range, loud
Pros: Good power, ammo plentiful, semi-auto, accurate
Cons: A little pricey, large-ish, loud, ammo is a little expensive
Lever Action .30-30, .357 or similar caliber
Pros: Good power, medium priced gun, good accuracy, reliable, fairly fast reload, handy, fairly light
These guns should cover 95% of most shooter's needs. What you buy depends on what's important to you.
[edit on 12-6-2010 by 30_seconds]