posted on Feb, 10 2011 @ 01:08 PM
Originally posted by Cheesefacedogbone
reply to post by pteridine
I just checked out the Henry Survival ar-7. That thing is pretty awesome. It pretty cool how it breaks down like that, and cheap.
It is handy to carry in a backpack and exceptionally accurate. I have the Armalite version from about 30 years ago. It has only one magazine storage
area in the stock but looks identical otherwise. You can get a scope for it but that eliminates storage in the stock.
From your previous question, 400 yards is a bit much for a .22 which you can discover by looking at a ballistcs table. If you want to shoot at 400 +,
you'll need a centerfire rifle. You can do this with a surplus military rifle like a Mosin–Nagant which will have open sights adjustable to fairly
long ranges. Better conditioned barrels will be surprisingly accurate as will the Mausers. The Nagants were the Soviet sniper rifles of WW2 and are
under $100 but the 7.62x54R ammunition isn't as cheap as Wolf 7.62x39. The surplus AK ammunition, combined with the AK variants, is not particularly
accurate so when you shoot you'll never know how accurate you are as opposed to the rifle. These are philosophically based on the Nazi Sturmgewehr,
the first "assault rifle" which fire a round halfway between that of a military rifle and a machine pistol. Their advantage is a high volume of
fire with low recoil and accuracy good enough to hit man-size targets out to 300 yards or so.
If you want to know how accurate you are, you will need a better rifle and better ammunition. At 100-150 yards, .22 LR is tough to beat for accuracy
and is exceptionally low cost. Out a little further, the 5.56 [.223] is a good choice and the Remington 700 is a capable rifle. So is the Savage and a
few others. This is a military caliber so you can buy an asssault style rifle if that is what you like. The better ones approach the accuracy of bolt
actions and likely will be good enough for your purposes. Beyond about 400 yards, the wind gets to be a bit much for 5.56 and better ballistics are
desirable. There are many offerings in 7.62 NATO [.308] as well as everything in between that and 5.56. The .308 will belt you a little as will the
Nagant. All of these centerfires cost money to shoot and many show exceptional accuracy when handloaded.
I still recommend a .22 for you as it is low cost, exceptionally accurate, low noise, and is the easiest rifle to feed. A box of .22's is currency in
some parts of the world.