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someR1
09-12-2010, 7:18 PM
hey all....the old lady will be buying me a new weapon for my birthday:cool2: but I don't know what to get!!! Price range is $400-600 ...I know this is limited but I can't complain!

Right now I have these rifles: AK47, AR15, mosin nagant, & 8mm mauser. What other semi-auto rifles are inexpensive but fun to shoot?

I was thinking maybe FAL, CETME, SKS or ????????:confused:

fusionstar
09-12-2010, 7:24 PM
saiga 5.45

and 2 cases of ammo.

X-NewYawker
09-12-2010, 8:02 PM
Ruger 10-22 at Big 5 - $229 -- get new stock and bbl for $109 -- Scope $75 -- 5000 rounds of ammo -- trust me it will be fun and the gun you will end up actually shooting the most...

Even the Hulk thinks it's fun!

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p54/Fasanoland/22%20rifles/lou-volQ.jpg

Rob454
09-12-2010, 8:08 PM
Get a SKS

X-NewYawker
09-12-2010, 8:11 PM
Ugh! An SKS!

pantera52
09-12-2010, 8:13 PM
SKS FOR SURE!!!!!!

fusionstar
09-12-2010, 8:13 PM
saiga 5.45

and 2 cases of ammo.

I quoted myself.. thats how awesome I think this road would be.

DeltaBronco
09-12-2010, 8:14 PM
Get a sig 522 its fun. It feels like an AR and shoots 22lr so saves you money. Get a cheap scope and fun for days. Your wife will like it too.

bob7122
09-12-2010, 8:16 PM
wasr 10/63

Mrskylinetou
09-12-2010, 8:20 PM
Get a ruger 1022 and then look for a kid kit. Kid makes everything ull need for a ruger. U will shoot groups that can be covered by a quarter at 100 and easy shoot out and over 200. I hate sks bec of their design and accuracy. Sks are expensive to shoot and will never be anymore than a weekend plinker. Mosins are getting hard to find ammo for. Buckmark handgun is a cool option, rifle can beat the price even after tricking out at 1022.

I have several complete part lists for 1022 and the differences. I have several 1022 and one I bought used parts for, shoot 1/2 moa at 50 with it and my total investment is 550 in it, scope and all.

evidens83
09-12-2010, 8:22 PM
Saiga 7.62 or Draco!

only10x
09-12-2010, 8:40 PM
take a mini vacation and go take a front sight pistol course together :D
$99 each for a 4 day handgun course.
just my .02

ir0nclash86
09-12-2010, 9:37 PM
Wasr 10/63

knucklehead0202
09-12-2010, 10:32 PM
hate SKS because of design and accuracy? close to the dumbest thing i've ever heard. get a good russian SKS and live it up. mine is a "2" marked and it's dead nuts as far as i've ever shot it(out to +200 yds) and this is with wolf military classic. russian SKS's are gorgeous, accurate, dead reliable, and have a lot more character than any "modern" POS you could find. otherwise, get a 10/22.

rubber duckie
09-12-2010, 10:40 PM
used drill press, with milling table, 80% lower, and build a ar pistol. sure in the end might come out more then 500, but it will be fun to make and shoot.

Don29palms
09-12-2010, 10:42 PM
Build a .22lr AR15. Plumcrazy complete lower and a Velocity Firearms AR22-100 upper.
Plumcrazy complete lower $129.99 (http://newfrontierarmory.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=91_1_134_135&products_id=312)
Velocity Firearms AR22-100 upper $335.00 (http://velocityfirearms.com/cart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=12&products_id=57)

Average Joe American
09-12-2010, 11:08 PM
You aint getting an AR15 with that budget unless you get lucky.

A S&W M&P15/22 would be nice though since it has the exact same controls and you can shoot tons of WalMart bulk ammo all day long and not go broke.

shooting4life
09-12-2010, 11:11 PM
Cz 527 in 223. Nice compact bolt gun. Love mine with the full mannlicher stock. Really turns heads st the range. Sometimes it is nice to have something that other don't.

straykiller
09-13-2010, 1:07 AM
kiss her *** so she will spend alittle more and get a FAL lol

CoyoteHunter555
09-13-2010, 4:25 AM
S&W M&P 15-22. Or a dedicated .22lr AR. If you want rails, lighter weight, already assembled, guaranteed reliability (vs $400+ Dedicated where you will need to pay a transfer fee likely) go with the S&W and buy some Primary Arms Red Dot. .22lr is awesome!

EDIT: Some good red dots for the money

http://www.primaryarms.com/category.sc;jsessionid=C8AE36C4F241EF0EE991E4996DD 7D9EB.qscstrfrnt03?categoryId=5

Vacaville
09-13-2010, 4:47 AM
CMP M1 Garand or M1 carbine

Not semi-autos, but they are missing from your collection and are lots of fun to shoot:

SMLE Mk 4
Marlin or Winchester lever action 30-30 (you can get a brand new Marlin 336 at Big 5 right in your price range)

40cal.
09-13-2010, 5:05 AM
If you don't know what you want you probably won't be happy with it anyway. And with such a small budget there's not much you can do.
So my opinion is take a good weekend firearms training class you'll shoot 500 rounds.

thrillhouse700
09-13-2010, 8:03 AM
Marlin 1895 in 45/70 :)

slappomatt
09-13-2010, 11:09 AM
It all comes down to what YOU want.

As you can see the group here is pretty well divided. most people are saying 10/22. my mostly custom 10/22 is very accurate and without a doubt my least favorite gun to shoot. I am also not a SKS fan and finding a quality one will be pushing your budget.

I am currently waiting for my 80% lower to get here so I can build an AR pistol, which could be done for close to your upper limit if you are carefull.

I say get a pistol. you didn't list that you have any and most are right in your price range. most quality rifles other than old military surplus will be outside of your range.

ZX-10R
09-13-2010, 11:17 AM
PSL.

someR1
09-13-2010, 11:34 AM
I would like to have a .22lr, just because I don't have one and the ammo is so damn cheap. I think I have it down to:

m&p 15-22, Sig 522, Ruger 10/22

CoyoteHunter555
09-13-2010, 1:14 PM
I would like to have a .22lr, just because I don't have one and the ammo is so damn cheap. I think I have it down to:

m&p 15-22, Sig 522, Ruger 10/22

Let me further narrow it:

M&P 15-22, Ruger 10/22 :D

ZX-10R
09-13-2010, 1:26 PM
PSL or WASR/ AK pattern.

CoyoteHunter555
09-13-2010, 1:32 PM
PSL or WASR/ AK pattern.

Those aren't .22s

BillCA
09-13-2010, 5:40 PM
Since you don't like any handguns you have, I'll make a guess that with you owning all semi-auto rifles, any pistol you own is probably magazine fed.

If the M1 Garand/Carbine rifles don't appeal to you, I would suggest a carbine in your favorite pistol caliber if you can find one. Most pistol rounds fired out of a carbine rifle gain a significant energy boost.

I'd suggest a Marlin lever rifle like a .30-30, but I've been happy with my "cowboy" rifle (below). The Marlin 1894C in .357 Magnum is a fun little rifle. It's meant mostly for 75-200yard shooting but can reach further with some discipline.

Best of all, a lever rifle is a "low profile" rifle in CA. It doesn't scream "assault weapon" or conjure up "Rambo" images if your neighbor should see it.


http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff111/BillCA/Hobby/long/M57M1894_2.jpg
Marlin 1984FG lever rifle and matching S&W Model 57 .41 Magnum revolver.

slappomatt
09-13-2010, 5:47 PM
My brother has a sig 522 and its a very nice rifle. if it wasn't for the fact that he already has one I would probably have to get one as well. much nicer than the mp5 22 knockoffs.

Poppy83
09-13-2010, 5:54 PM
I would like to have a .22lr, just because I don't have one and the ammo is so damn cheap. I think I have it down to:

m&p 15-22, Sig 522, Ruger 10/22

Let me further narrow it:

M&P 15-22, Ruger 10/22 :D

I'll help you narrow a bit as well...get a Sig 522!

Squidward
09-13-2010, 6:02 PM
10/22. Inexpensive, versatile and FUN.

Also, checkout this site:

http://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/index.php

C.W.M.V.
09-13-2010, 6:08 PM
AK74/Saiga 5.45/Tantal

EDIT: just saw you want a .22. I dont know why, they just arent all that, but regardless I stay with what I originally said. 5.45 is a .22ish:D

sevensix2x51
09-13-2010, 6:41 PM
well, since you're asking for opinions, here's mine. you say you want a .22, so generally the nod goes to the ruger 10/22. theyre awesome. but you have more money than that, so in this case, i suggest you go for the gold, and get a marlin 39a. i use mine for target practice, training new shooters, pest control, pretty much everything. it will cycle cb shorts and super colibris, so you can dispatch yard pests without wakin the neighbors, and the tube holds 17 rounds of 22lr, or an astonishing 26 rounds of 22 short! if you can swing an aperture rear sight for it, the rifle becomes ridiculously accurate.

CoyoteHunter555
09-13-2010, 7:01 PM
I'll help you narrow a bit as well...get a Sig 522!

That's an addition

Sky_DiveR
09-13-2010, 8:45 PM
Even the Hulk thinks it's fun!

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p54/Fasanoland/22%20rifles/lou-volQ.jpg

Are ya sure that's Lou? I thought he was partially deaf.

Anyone recognize the barrel/comp he has?

WildWildWest
09-13-2010, 8:51 PM
Russian SKS or a Saiga in .308

tools2teach
09-13-2010, 8:56 PM
M1A Scout or Rem 700

iareConfusE
09-13-2010, 8:56 PM
Ruger PC9!

someR1
09-14-2010, 12:15 PM
Since you don't like any handguns you have, I'll make a guess that with you owning all semi-auto rifles, any pistol you own is probably magazine fed.

yes i have a 45 magnum and 40s&w

If the M1 Garand/Carbine rifles don't appeal to you, I would suggest a carbine in your favorite pistol caliber if you can find one. Most pistol rounds fired out of a carbine rifle gain a significant energy boost.
my budget is 400-500 since this is a gift....i believe M1s are more $$

I'd suggest a Marlin lever rifle like a .30-30, but I've been happy with my "cowboy" rifle (below). The Marlin 1894C in .357 Magnum is a fun little rifle. It's meant mostly for 75-200yard shooting but can reach further with some discipline.

Best of all, a lever rifle is a "low profile" rifle in CA. It doesn't scream "assault weapon" or conjure up "Rambo" images if your neighbor should see it.


http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff111/BillCA/Hobby/long/M57M1894_2.jpg
Marlin 1984FG lever rifle and matching S&W Model 57 .41 Magnum revolver.