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from Triston Palensky on 01.22.13
Since you weren't more specific (target, small game, big game, birds, etc.), I will have to go with the .22. Very inexpensive to own, as is the ammo.
Get a NEF single shot any caliber you want. Additional barrels are available on E-Bay. A cheap caliber would be .223, 30-30, or any of the pistol calibers available. All barrels are drilled for scope mount.
Also, you can get a shotgun barrel or .50cal muzzle loader if you want.
Mosin nagant. Big gun (between .308 and 30-06) cheap to shoot " white box" (I don't know the real name.) but at my local gun shop they go for $11 bucks a box of 20 ! Yes those are fmj non corrosive 148 gr. but you can get soft point brown bear boxes of 20 for $1 more thats $12 for hunting bullets. Yes the gun is like 9lbs and about 4feet long but for around $125 to $150 for a gun that shoots like a 30-06 for that. Heap it is great. Yes you have to make sure you check down the gun before you buy it but when you are done getting a nice bore and rifilling gun and don't like the stock you can get a couple of synthetic stocks out there. Ati makes one and some other company does that. Comes in like 6 other camos compared to the ati that comes only in black and camo. Next of you don't like the iron sights that come on it you can either buy new iron sights or you can buy a rock solid or other variant of a scope mount that goes in where the iron sights are. If you do this you can keep the bolt how it is but you will need either a long eye relieve scope or a pistol scope because it is forward of the chamber. If you don't like that you can buy a pu scope mount and scope . This monts on the side of the chamber and requires drilling and taping the receiver. If you do that and the next thing I will tell you are two things that in order to do you need to either buy a bent bolt or of you want to take a cheaper route you can cut of the opt handle and then tig weld it back on at a a angle so it is like bent down. The last thing you can do for a scope setup that you will need to Do in order for it to work will be to buy a mont that goes on the receiver. It will require drilling and taping but will make it be just like any old hunting rifle . The other nice thing is that at least with the 91/30 version (most commonly seen ) comes with a bayonet (which makes the gun about 2 feet longer with it attached. It also. Ones with At least one ammo pouch and then it comes with a sling a oil can and a tool kit. The last thing I love about these guns is that they come in so many version a few off the top of my head that you can find in most common to least are the m91/30 which I have for around $150 dollars. Next is a m44 carbine that goes for about $200 more after that is the
38 carbine for another $100-$200 more and then it's a toss up well between well the m38 listed the Chinese type 53 and the Finnish m39 of those the m39 is the nicest and probably the nicest in the list. That goes for around $400-650 ish depending on condition. The type 53 goes for around $200-$300. Next would be the m91 or the dragoon. It was the main battle rifle of the Russian millitary until 1930 when they made the 91/30 but lastly off the top of my head is the m1917 or something ones that where made buy Remington. Some of these were chambered in 30-06 but proved to be vey unreliable. Also some of those were put into the us military when we weren't caught up in war time and our production wasn't caught up . Best of luck with what ever you do.( P.s I'm gonna use mine for deer hunting I think instead of my Remington 700 adl synthetic .243 win.
Triston, Just get yourself a nice reasonable priced 22 used from a gun shop and buy you a 300 or 500 round box(anywhere from $15-20, set you up some targets or cans in a safe place and have fun. If you go buying a ruger 10/22 it'll cost you $250 or so. Just saw one at Walmart. you don't need an automatic. try a lever action, they are alot of fun to shoot. Good Luck.
A Keyston sporting arms 22 hunter pistol or a keystone arms 22 Chipmunk bull barrel rifle
Ruger 10-22. Grab one of those cheap 500 round value-packs, and have some fun.
A 22 rimfire would fill the bill for a rifle. Unless you reload most shotgun shells are pricey.
Another option you could try would be a cheap 12 gauge shotgun. You can re-load shotgun shells with all kinds of stuff(you can look up videos on YouTube for examples).
Good luck finding any cheap ammo nowadays. Probably a Ruger 10-22 would come closest to filling your prescription.
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