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Old 06-21-2015, 12:23 PM   #21
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Hey, those oil dollars don't go as far as they used to. What's a good gun to get for ~$1,000?
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Old 06-21-2015, 01:23 PM   #22
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Hey, those oil dollars don't go as far as they used to. What's a good gun to get for ~$1,000?
What are you going to do with it (hunt, target shoot, home protection, or just to display) and does it have to be a long gun?

If its just for a mantel piece decoration, maybe one of these:http://gallery4collectors.com/1873Re...dBrassTrim.htm
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Old 06-22-2015, 10:17 AM   #23
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What are you going to do with it (hunt, target shoot, home protection, or just to display) and does it have to be a long gun?

If its just for a mantel piece decoration, maybe one of these:1873 Replica Rifle Engraved Brass Trim Collectible
Nah, I want something functional, even if I rarely use it. Maybe I'll get one of Henry's cheaper non-engraved 22's as a start.

Is 22 ammo still in short supply?
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Old 06-22-2015, 10:24 AM   #24
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Is 22 ammo still in short supply?
Yes it is. Best way I know to get some is to camp out at WalMart on the day it comes in. My local store gets it in Friday night and sells it starting at 7am Saturday morning. If you are not in line by 6am, you aren't going to get any that day.
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Look at the Henry 17 HMR. I am thinking about getting that for plinking. At least around here that round is easier to come by and some argue it has better performance than the .22 LR.
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Nah, I want something functional, even if I rarely use it. Maybe I'll get one of Henry's cheaper non-engraved 22's as a start.
Oh--you want to shoot it?! If you want to plink and do it all day at a reasonable cost (without need for reloading your own brass, etc), then .22 is probably the caliber you want. And a Ruger 10/22 is an inexpensive, good quality rifle that won't disappoint, even with the factory sights. They run about $250- $300, you can get 'em with a classic walnut stock, a synthetic stock, or one that looks like a "tactical" rifle with folding stock, etc. If you want to put a scope on it, here's a discussion about some of the options, you can get a perfectly good one for under $100.
It's not an heirloom, it's a fun rifle you can shoot and enjoy and you won't cry when it gets its first scratch or ding.
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Or get a Curio and Relic dealer's license and enjoy buying strange old clankers - Moisin-Nagants or folding bayonet SKS or Star Wars looking CZ52 pistols or Makarovs or Colt design and machinery produced 1911 45s from Argentina - you can buy a bunch of guns for not much money and it is a kick to have the Big Brown Santa deliver packages with pistols or 1000 round spam cans of old ammo. But I'm cheap.
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If you look online .22s seem to be available.
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If you look online .22s seem to be available.
It's still hard to find the 500 round bricks and if you can the price is too high.
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There's no shortage of .22 bricks, heck I have 10 of them.
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There's no shortage of .22 bricks, heck I have 10 of them.
At how much per round (now, not 5 years ago)?
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If you are rarely going to use it, I wouldn't worry much about ammo cost.
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Yea, I bought my ammo between the 2 shortages what 2008 and 2012. I have a handy dandy 10/22 and a 1911 in .22, both with 10 shot mags and lots of fun. Plus I can shoot on my own range on the ranch. Not to worry no animals are hurt, except maybe those pesky rattlesnakes.
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