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What gun to buy?
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Tom A    Posted 10-16-2001 at 05:58:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Have a hilly place, max clear field of fire is about 120 yards, though mostly less than 100. Have quite a few troublesome ground hogs, as well as the rare chicken predator to deal with (foxes mostly; saw a coyote once).

Right now I've got an old 12 gauge and a .22. Want to be able to reach out and touch something to the limit of my range, as I'm concerned about wind deflection with the .22. I firmly believe in first round kill. I don't hunt otherwise. Don't want anything that'll carry too far, either.

So: what's a decent, inexpensive rifle for this kind of use? I really would prefer to spend less than $100 (so used is best), but I know that's really stretching it, so I'll go somewhat higher if need be.

thanks,
Tom


kyle    Posted 02-19-2002 at 07:09:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Russian M-44. Cheap and effective. About a .308 round. 5 shot clip. Mine is right on out of the box at 100 yards. You can shoot a fox or cow with it. Use it for deer hunting!


rhudson    Posted 10-16-2001 at 19:43:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Tom, take a look at harris and richardson's break action single shot rifles (unrifle?) built on the single shot shotgun action. with bull barrel they are very accurate and cheap. come in various calipers from 45-70 down to 223. they are not less than $100 but i think you can get a new rifle for less than $200. if you beleive in one shot kill you'll love the break action.


Tom A    Posted 10-16-2001 at 12:46:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for the ideas. SKS might be just what I'm looking for, hadn't even considered that. Got to fire quite a lot of 7.62x39 years ago, learned to like it...and the price is just about right for this old cheapskate! ;-)

Tom


Les...fortunate    Posted 10-16-2001 at 12:22:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Local gun shop sells Chinese or Russian SKSs for $79. I bought one a few years ago when I finally ran out of bullets for my .32-40. Nice little rifle. 7.62 x 39mm ammo is cheap.
Things may have changed since I bought mine.


Burrhead    Posted 10-17-2001 at 16:45:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I got mine they were $80 new at the local pawn shop.

Now they are about $120 and ammo has went up from $75-K to around $100-K


Dave 2N    Posted 10-16-2001 at 11:06:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You will probably ave to go higher than what you want to spend but I would look around for a good used .222 or .223. .223 ammo is cheap and plentiful and accurate. Easy to reload, too.


Salmoneye...Hmmm...    Posted 10-16-2001 at 07:35:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Tough one in your price range.
Might be able to pick up a good used Chinese SKS in 7.62x39 for around that. I bought one new packed in cosmolene in the early 90s for less, but those days are gone. Russian hollow-point 7.62x39 is dirt cheap and has plenty of power out to 120yds for up to coyote size.

My Wife has a sweet little Marlin 1894S .44 MAG that I would not hesitate to use out to 100 on a varmint. Big relatively slow bullets that pack a punch and have almost no chance of over-travel.

Just about any rifle 'loaded down' would do ya just fine I imagine as long as you know the bullet and the trajectory out to your max distance.

Good used bolt action WWII vintage Mausers can be had here at flea markets in your price range...


wdent    Posted 10-16-2001 at 07:14:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well considering the price I would say not much.
You want range of a 100 or so and good stopping power. I would say a 223 is way over kill (too much velocity) I would go with something like a lever action 45 colt or 357 (rossi is the cheapest, 250 new) you would have the range and not have to worry about the wind..

Also you could use them for other types of hunting


Lazy Horse    Posted 10-16-2001 at 06:06:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I hate to dissapoint you, but for that kind of money you aren't going to buy much. You're right about that being a little far for a .22. I would suggest a decent bolt action in .223 for your purposes. Ammunition isn't that expensive but the gun even used will be quite a bit more. I would not opt for a .22 magnum since it won't really do you a whole lot better than what you have. There are other bigger calibers such as 7.62x39 that lots of folks use for varmints, but again they will cost a little more.


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