View Full Version : What is the best rifle I can get for $200

12-10-2005, 10:11 PM
I want to by another rifle but do not want to spend more then $200 (a little over $200 is fine). I am looking for something that will be fun to shoot target with and maybe hunt with, also, afordable ammunition will be a nice thing to have.

Can any one recomand anything?

I own a K31 and like it a lot.

Thanks for your help.

12-10-2005, 10:18 PM
For $200? Probably an SKS.

12-10-2005, 10:23 PM
ruger 1022
mauser 98
Moisin Rifle
thats what i would recommend

12-10-2005, 10:55 PM
The Volkswagen of guns!:D

12-11-2005, 2:07 AM
SKS, plenty of bang for the buck!:cool:

12-11-2005, 8:38 AM
Definitely SKS

12-11-2005, 9:47 AM
I agree with the other guys here. You can get the "VW" of guns as someone else mentioned. That would be an SKS.

The gun is virtually idestructable, a little bit of oil and run a patch down the barrel once a year is all you need to do to clean it (although I'd recommend you clean it regularly).

It holds 10+1 rounds (if you turn the gun upside down and load it from the bottom floor plate after a round is placed in the chamber).

Second choice would be a fun Ruger 10-22. I think you can still get them for under 200 bucks.

If you want to spend just a tad bit more money, look into buying a nice Winchester model 9422 in .22L. It's a lever action that holds around 16 rounds (I have one and I can't remember off the top of my head). You can buy 1000 rounds of .22 ammo for under 15 bucks and that will last you a long long time of plinking and absolute FUN!

With that gun there is no recoil, the gun is very quiet, it's easy to shoot and will last a life time. It's a gun you could get your kids, wife, girlfriend, friends etc... all started on shooting if you'd like.

Just a thought.........

12-11-2005, 10:11 AM
SKS. get a M59

12-11-2005, 10:29 AM
He did say he wanted to hunt with the gun, so that kind of rules out .22's. And what would you plan on hunting? If it's just deer, the SKS might do, but I personally don't believe it has enough punch for a nice clean one shot kill. Since your planning to hunt I'd go with an 8mm Mauser, or a Mosin-Nagant. Both guns can be had for around $100, and are fairly accurate, and pack plenty of punch for hunting.

12-11-2005, 10:47 AM
I dont know about the hunting ability of the SKS, its not really a hunting rifle, but you could totally hunt with it (sub 75 yrds w/ iron sights). The sks seems to me to be a much more managable gun then anything else in that range.

12-11-2005, 11:15 AM
The ballistics of the 7.62x39 are not much different from the .30-30, which is a pretty durn popular deer round.

Lots of people hunt with them.


12-11-2005, 11:19 AM
Dang - edit button's still not working for me...

I forgot to add that you can get a nice used lever action in .30-30 for not much more than $200, as well, but they're a lot more expensive to feed than an SKS. Lever actions also show up in .357 now and again for that price range, but it's not as effective a hunting round.


12-11-2005, 6:26 PM
The SKS would make a great gun for hunting deer. Like Maxicon said, the balistics is quite simular to the tried and trued 30-30, and the 30-30 has been used for deer hunting longer than I have been alive. :D

12-11-2005, 8:43 PM
For a bit over $250 you can get a Stevens 200. It is identical to a Savage 110 but without the accu-trigger.

12-11-2005, 9:45 PM
Ruger 10/22 is a great plinker. Turner's has a deal this week for less than $170. Good deal!

12-11-2005, 9:56 PM
Mosin-Nagants go on sale at Big 5 every 4-5 weeks for $79.00

A synthetic stock runs you 50-60 bucks, and a cheap scout style scope mounted to the rear sights is another $70.

The Mosin is a perfectly fun range gun without a stock and scope, but I couldn't imagine doing too much hunting with the stock iron sights.

The Mosin shoots a 7.62 by 54R round and ammo runs anywhere from $2 a box (milisurp corrosive, clean the gun right after you get home) to $13 a box (nice hunting rounds by winchester).

+1 on the ruger 10-22. They're great fun, cheap to shoot, and easy to maintain.

12-12-2005, 12:48 AM
The only SKS these days around $200 is the Yugo M59 and M59/66.
They DO require more maintenance though, as they do not have chrome lined bores. IMMEDIATE cleaning is necessary after shooting corrosive ammo.

If you remove the bayonet, and put a more rigid synthetic stock on it later (bedded if possible), you'd probably end up with a 3" shooting gun at 100 yards- plenty accurate enough for a hunt, if you do your part.


-keith in mtn. view
12-12-2005, 10:40 AM
If you've got a K-31 (me too) then maybe you'd enjoy a Big-5 #4 Enfield.

12-12-2005, 8:17 PM
If you have 200 I would spend $35 of that on a C&R license. This will allow you to have a wide range of solid, inexpensive, historically interesting long guns shipped directly to your home. You can make your 35 back on the very first purchase and your license will be good for 3 years.

For example...
The least expensive military surplus gun you'll find locally (assuming you don't find a good deal from a board member or private party) is a $79 M44/M38 at Big 5. These are great guns. So, they charge 79 (when on sale) and then you'll pay tax (say 6.50) and DROS (25) and they'll make you buy a lock (8 bucks?). So call it about 118-120. And, you'll have the privilegde of waiting 10 days and making a second trip.

If you look around you can find an M38 or M44 shipped online for less than that.

For startes go here http://www.gunboards.com and check the sponsors on the bottom right. Start with AIM. See all the cool rifles you can get for under 200, with no tax, no DROS, shipping only, to you once you have a C&R.

Did I mention the C&R last 3 years for that 35 bucks?

Here's another cool dealer....

12-13-2005, 1:50 PM
A good SKS with an aftermarket sythetic stock like a Monte-Carlo type from various makers would be a nice 150yd deer rifle. You can go onto any search engine and look up a good synthetic stock that you can drop your SKS into all by yourself. Some stocks are between 40-60 bucks! Cheap!

12-13-2005, 3:44 PM
Do NOT get the ATI stock, they simply suck

12-14-2005, 12:14 AM
I have a remington 760 in 30-06 for sale. It is a pump action rifle.


it looks like this one.

12-14-2005, 10:06 AM
You have several options. All of which have been posted up here:

10/22 - $150-$175
K31 - $90 (when Big 5 has them on sale)
SKS - Close to $200
91/30 - $90 (when Big 5 has them on sale)

It just depends on what you are looking for.

12-14-2005, 9:40 PM
You all very helpful....thanks.

It looks like the SKS is the most recommended gun for my price range, I know it will not be as accurate as the K31 but the ammo for the K31 is just too expensive.

I did apply for my C&R license last month and as soon as I get it Iíll get a rifle.

12-22-2005, 12:33 PM
Good choice on the SKS! That's my recommendation.

Also, 10/22 is good. Fun, easy-to-maintain, and you can shoot it in a lot more ranges.

12-23-2005, 8:51 AM
best rifle?
best toy?
best rifle in my humble opinion for under 200.
enfield rifle in 303
10 rds, fastest action, better than a mauser action in my mind.
get an after market monte carlo stock, sight mount,,
saucer sized groups, bench rested at 500 yds..
heavy enough for american game,,hell even some african game.
england ruled the world with it and assisted in winning 2 world wars with it..
ammo plentiful, even wally world carries it..
that is all.