Buying my first Rifle

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    I am looking to purchase my first long gun/rifle. The main reason is for large game hunting(ie deer), with a secondary reason of "home defense". I know, a long gun is not the most practical for home defense, therefore it is the secondary reason. What I am looking for is some advice as to what to buy. Here are some points to consider:

    • Likely will be hunting in fairly heavily wooded areas, from an elevated stand.
    • Area has been hunted for man years.
    • Not an experienced shooter.
    • Price is a factor, would have a buget of say $300.
    • New or used are options.
    • Not sure if it matters, but I am under 6' and about 200 pounds, with an average build.
    • Will be installing a scope, if not included in purchase.
    Any opinions will be appreciated and taken into consideration.
    Thanks in advance.
     
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    If you are going to hunting in the woods, I wouldn't get something to big..
    243 maybe?
    The best way to hunt in the woods, IMO, is by walking around. Trees/limbs get in your way.
     
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    30-30 or 243
     
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    Very hard to find a decent rifle for $300.

    Save your money.

     
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    What would you say is a better budget then? $400, $500. I really don't know. I have seen used for around $250-$300. Are you saying these should be avoided?
     
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    Russian made Mosin-Nagant. You can buy it on the internet for about $150. The Soviets defeated Germany with it, so I suspect that it will take out a deer. The market is flooded with them, because the Soviets were warehousing them for 100 years, and suddenly, put them all up for sale. Ammo is cheap, too.

    Mosin-Nagant M91/30 7.62X54R Very Good Condition
     
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    Unless I know the person, at least well enough that I don't think they'd sell me something that sucked, I wouldn't buy something that cheap.

    You can find a great hunting/home defense carbine in .357 or .44Mag brand new for around $500. These guns are utterly reliable, accurate to 100 yards or more and can take a variety of game animal and most that I know of can take a scope.

    That's where your big expense will be. Decent glass usually costs upwards of $400.


    Rossi 92 Carbine Lever Rifle 44 Mag 16" 8rd Blue : Lever Action Rifles at GunBroker.com

    Rossi model 92 Carbine 38-357 New : Lever Action Rifles at GunBroker.com
     
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    I have bought guns that cheap in the past, and have been disappointed every time. Now that I know a lot more about guns than I did years ago, I will buy something used if I can do a good inspection on it and the price is reasonable.

    Usually when someone sells something for less than it's worth blue-book there's something wrong with it.


     
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