MemberDecember 14, 2019 at 1:22 pm
So long story short I recently went to a military course where I got to train with an M4 rifle for the first time (have never owned a gun but had trained with pistols and shotguns for over a decade every so often, first time using a rifle) I had a TON of fun firing a rifle that I never got from pistols.
The most joy was from hitting far targets (think the long targets we had was 300m? with iron sites) I thought when I had the chance I would pick up an AR15.
The question is if I enjoy lying prone hitting far targets is an AR the best choice or is there a marksmanship rifle or something else I should be looking at instead? The only range close to me will have 300m as the longest you can shoot. Any suggestions?
*edit – also shoot left handed and since not sure how much I will enjoy/get to do this hobby am on a budget for now.
PwnApeGuestDecember 14, 2019 at 1:22 pm
.223/5.56 is the most cost effective round for your application. You could get a .22LR for maximum savings but it won’t be as fun. Really depends on your budget.
If you like iron sights long range shooting I’d look for this [Windham 20″ Government Deal](https://www.reddit.com/r/gundeals/comments/ajo9gr/rifle_windham_ww15_government_556mm_m4a4_rifle/) to come back around for $650 or just jump on the [PSA equivalent](https://palmettostatearmory.com/psa-20-classic-a2-rifle.html) for $520 and beat it up.
zeris440GuestDecember 14, 2019 at 1:22 pm
Everybody should have an ar15. 300 meters is what the 5.56 was designed around and ammo is cheap so you can shoot more often. I’d say it’s a practical choice and something you can easily upgrade and enjoy for a long time.
YaBoyStevieFGuestDecember 14, 2019 at 1:22 pm
Buy an AR from PSA for like $300
cledus1911GuestDecember 14, 2019 at 1:22 pm
If you like traditional target shooting and like the AR15, I give another vote for an M16A2 or A4 style rifle. The irons are good and if you get an A4 you could always put an optic on it later.
Look into to service rifle matches if your interested in competing.
Jiggly_SquibblerGuestDecember 14, 2019 at 1:22 pm
Yes there are much better marksman’s rifles for target shooting from the prone position at any distance, but an AR-15 is good enough for a beginner. To even notice the difference requires many trips to the range. Until then, you also have made sure that it’s really something you want to pursue, so shelling out more money for a better rifle will make sense.
Jays-Cool-BeansGuestDecember 14, 2019 at 1:22 pm
The only thing I can think to add. Is sometimes while shooting prone a 30rd mag may get in the way. But thankfully 10 and 20 rounders are available.
russ257GuestDecember 14, 2019 at 1:22 pm
You could do a bolt action for longer range if you want to. But regular AR practice may be useful to keep your skills up.