MemberDecember 17, 2019 at 6:07 am
Recently my cousin has floated the idea of going on a deer hunt so I’m looking for a low cost rifle that would be good for a newbie like me to learn with. In the past I’ve only fired .22 as part of boy scouts so practicing with something that actually has stopping power would be nice. Since my cousin lives 400 miles away and all his rifles are set up for him being left handed I’d need to get a rifle of my own and become competent with it on my own.
What does my newbie ass imagine might be a good fit? Years ago Big 5 Sporting Goods was selling off a large supply of mosin-nagants for $100 each. Given their plentiful cheap ammo and simplicity to maintain I assume I could get in a lot of practice, get used to the recoil of bullets capable of taking down deer, and if the hunt never materialized I wouldn’t be out too much.
I assume that the $100 mosin ship has sailed so I’m looking for other recommendations. Ideally I’d like to keep the cost below $300.
rtscaptain_RDDTWGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 6:07 am
For the price of a mosin you can pick up something like a Savage Axis or Thomson/Center Compass and have a much, much, much better rifle. Crappy steel ammo is still going to be cheaper in something like .308/7.62×51 than it is for the Mosin’s 7.62x54R
CrunchBite319GuestDecember 17, 2019 at 6:07 am
Barring the low-end Remington guns, most of the common bolt guns in that price range are a decent choice. The T/C Compass and Savage Axis are probably the most popular choices.
Amos_Moses666GuestDecember 17, 2019 at 6:07 am
Not sure of the price point but I’ve heard good things about the Ruger America series of guns.
BellaireShootingRngeGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 6:07 am
Savage Axis. They come with a scope for $350-450 depending on caliber, finish, etc.
mroystacatzGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 6:07 am
Whatever you do, DO NOT get a mosin as your first hunting rifle. You’ll regret it.
GewsGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 6:07 am
Buy a Compass, American, 783, XPR, Patriot, or Axis. Whichever you like best, or find the best deal on.
M_MitchellGuestDecember 17, 2019 at 6:07 am
> Years ago Big 5 Sporting Goods was selling off a large supply of mosin-nagants for $100 each. Given their plentiful cheap ammo
Yes, that ship has sailed for the rifle and ammo. You could probably get one for ~$250 if you looked and yeah, it would be more than enough for deer but they kick a lot with a steel pad, aren’t very accurate, and there isn’t near as much surplus as there once was so the ammo is more expensive then .308 now.
Maybe a Ruger american in .308 or .243?
What kind of land are you hunting?
gator426428GuestDecember 17, 2019 at 6:07 am
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Kang2143GuestDecember 17, 2019 at 6:07 am
Depends on what caliber ypu want
Develdog796GuestDecember 17, 2019 at 6:07 am
A t/c compass is the best dollars to donuts off the shelf rifle in your price range, if your going to be hunting thick woods with short shots you might be able to find a marlin 336 30-30 used for 300
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