posted on Feb, 11 2011 @ 09:46 PM
Some good advice so far. A .22 is the answer for a starting gun,no doubt. I will disagree with some psots and say stay away from the tacticool crap
that people like to bolt onto their guns and spend those several hundred dollars on ammo and a decent scope. These will both help your shooting
abilities,which is what matters when you move up to a larger rifle. A hundred bucks worth of .22 ammo will go a long way,and for $150 you can get a
perfectly good scope.
I like the 10/22 and it's a great choice,but I'm tempted to suggest a bolt action instead of a semi-auto. The reason I say that is becasue I've
seen too many new shooters get caught up in the joy of burning ammo that they neglect the important things like learning proper form,technique,trigger
control and breathing. A bolt action will slow you down and make you pick your shots a bit better. Actually, a cheap single shot .22 is a great
learning tool, as you learn to really make your shots count.
Once you decide it's time to move up, a .223 is a good choice,as others said. Ammo is reasonably affordable for a centrefire cartridge,and there is
a good variety available. Recoil is negligible,and the round is fairly flat shooting and comes in very accurate platforms. A Stevens 200 can be had
for less than $300 and is a solid and accurate rifle.
The Mosin is a cool gun too,and for the price it's hard not to get one. Recoil will be substantially greater than the .223, but still quite
Sks and the like are fun too, but I'd leave that for the first year or two until you've mastered the accuracy and other essential aspects. If your
looking for a SHTF gun then they're fine, but to me it doesn't sound like thats what your looking for.