Need Help With Purchasing My First Rifle

Discussion in 'Houston' started by Sam Bhullar, Dec 21, 2016.

  1. Sam Bhullar

    Sam Bhullar New Member

    Dec 21, 2016
    Hey guys,

    The only firearm I've ever owned is Springfield XD Compact 45acp. I was told .45 is too big of a caliber for a first handgun and go with 9mm instead. I am so glad I didn't take that advice. There is a recoil to it but it's so much fun to shoot. Lesson learned: Never compromise on caliber.

    Now I am looking to purchase my first rifle (hunting & sniper combo). I have never hunted but would love to go out soon. Anyone planning a hunting trip, hit me up.

    I have been researching a lot and like all newbies, I started looking for 1000+ yard rifles. But based on my research, I have found that there aren't any ranges to go shoot at 1000 yard plus in Houston and around; which totally kills the purpose of owning one. But at the same time, I think maybe I should since there's no harm of owning something which is an overkill. What's there to lose besides some $$$. It's not like a 1000+ yard rifle can't shoot well at 100 yards.

    So help me out with what's out there for someone like me who just wants to get started. I definitely don't want to buy something basic and feel like buying something better a year down the line. That to me is a waste of money. I'll rather buy something good now, even if I can't use it to its full potential on an ongoing basis.

    From what I have researched, I found this one to be a good contender: Remington 700 XCR Compact Tactical Rifle 20" Barrel 12" twist (308 Win) OR Remington 700 Stainless Steel 5-R 20" Threaded Barrel 1:11-1/4 twist (308 Win) with Vortex Optics 6-24x50 Viper PST FFP Riflescope. These are some which seem to be in a moderate price range and be able to do what I want. What do you think about these and if there's anything out there which would fit in?

    There are a couple that I really like/love but they start from $11,500 and I can't spend that much on my first rifle("probably never will"). So send me some options in the price range of the above-mentioned rifles.

    In short, I need something accurate, easy to maintain, packs a punch, yet moderate to afford for hunting/sniping.

    PS: Please don't give me generic answers like a gun is as good as the shooter etc OR build as you go.

  2. outdare

    outdare Well-Known TGT Supporter

    Jul 24, 2009
    What is your budget?

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  3. Sam Bhullar

    Sam Bhullar New Member

    Dec 21, 2016
    Around $1500 for the rifle and $1000 for the scope. I definitely want to stay under $3000 for the package.

    Btw, what is a healthy budget for a good rifle?
  4. kyletxria1911a1

    kyletxria1911a1 TGT Addict

    May 22, 2010
    I have a dpms ar 10 and a nikon 4x12x25 i can get out 1k yds
    Mine 1,100 otd
  5. jpfabricator

    jpfabricator Member

    Nov 5, 2014
    Rusk co.
    There area few questions yo u need to ask yourself.
    What am I going to hunt?
    What has the most available ammo?
    What has the most, and affordable aftermarket parts?
    How fancy do I want this to be?

    If you want to shoot whitetail ,and an ocasional hog then you wont need anything bigger than a .30 cal IMHO. Magnum rounds are an overkill on anything on the North American continent. They won't be fun to shoot if you plan on going to do a lot of shooting and Ttarget practicing.They won't be cheap either.
    Whatever caliber you decide on make sure there is a wide array of ammunition localy available unless you intend to start handloading. A .308 has tons of different ballistic weights and ballistic characteristics.
    Different rifles have different features the, vulnerable 700 Remington has tons and tons of aftermarket parts such as triggers , stocks, scope rings available at a very good price because of the flood of the marketplace.
    The most important part of your purchase will be your scope if you plan on shooting over 500 yards expect to spend as much on the scope if not more than you did on the rifle. Steer clear of the combo packages unless you just don't mind to have a unused scope laying around.
    There are many aftermarket addons, and upgrades that you can do yourself such as lapping the bolt lugs mounting a scope lapping your scope rings bedding the stock and the action.
    Look on YouTube there's several people who have taken Remington 700 and made them six hundred and thousand yard rifles there's several people who have taken a Savage and made them thousand-yard rifles. If you want more information and need more advice please feel free to p.m. me at anytime! Good luck and Godspeed

    Sent from somwhere in east Texas by Jake!
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2016
  6. Dawico

    Dawico TGT Addict

    Oct 15, 2009
    Lampasas, Texas
    Get a Savage Stealth in 6.5 Creedmoor or .308 Winchester. $1000 or less (Academy has them on the shelf usually but they can be found cheaper online) and are ready to go out of the box.

    That Vortex is a good choice.
  7. Bozz10mm

    Bozz10mm TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    Oct 5, 2013
    I second the motion. Also consider the 7mm-08 caliber.
  8. jrbfishn

    jrbfishn TGT Addict

    Aug 9, 2013
    south of killeen
    Listen to Dawico. His advice is sound. Whatever you get, make sure it has a heavy barrel. .308 has more readily availavle ammo at fairly low prices.

    from an idgit coffeeholic
  9. Charlie

    Charlie TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    Mar 19, 2008
    Kerr County
    This^^^^ Some believe it is inherently accurate. I am one of those.
  10. shortround

    shortround TGT Addict

    Jan 24, 2011
    Grid 0409
    Your first rifle should be in .22 Long Rifle caliber. It can be a single shot, bolt action, lever action or semi-automatic.

    That rifle will allow you to learn the fundamentals of rifle marksmanship.

    If you don't know how sensitive you are to recoil, muzzle blast, and hearing, then start small, get comfortable with that rifle, then go bigger.

    .22 LR ammo won't break the bank either.

    Be well.

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