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    Beginner's Rifle?

    Hey guys.

    I'm looking at getting my first semi-automatic rifle. I currently have a CVA Wolf in .50, but it's just a muzzleloader. I am wanting to get something that is easier to shoot for fun and defense.

    Here are my main questions:

    1. Will a carbine such as the Kel Tec Sub 2000 or CX4 Storm be adequate in 9mm?

    2. If not, what is a caliber to go with, while keeping price low enough to shoot on a regular basis?

    3. I want something that is accurate and has decent stopping power.

    4. Can you tell me what other considerations I need to look at. Budget is around 500-600 range.

    Thanks in advance for the help.

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    A Ruger Mini 14 or Mini 30 are excellent starter rifles that will last a long time, are easy to work on/clean, and relatively cheap to feed. In anything short of full war in the streets, I'd be willing to use either if I didn't have my AR-10.
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    What is your price range?

    You could get a M-1 Carbine, CETME, SKS or AR-15 from $300-$1200.
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    An Ak would fit the bill.
    A pistol caliber carbine will not give you much reach; out to 100yds if your good. It's just not a rifle, because the velocity of the cartridge is low.

    AK ammo is much cheaper than .223 or .308. Plenty of stopping power and reasonable accuracy if you get one of the better made AK's and perhaps upgrade the sights. It's a great platform to learn on. Recoil is low and it is designed to be field stripped and maintained by uneducated illiterates in 3rd world countries. Accessories and mags are easy to find (for now).

    Unless you want precision accuracy, you should be well served with an AK. If you want precision accuracy, your gonna have to come up with more money then you have currently budgeted. The reccomendation of the previous posters is good too. An sks or mini-14 would be fine too.
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    An SKS, with a little work, makes a darned fine defensive rifle. 7.62x39 is about as cheap as centerfire rifle rounds get.

    Honestly, as a first semi-auto, I'd highly recommend a Ruger 10/22 and a set of tech-sights. It's inexpensive, a great trainer, ammo is cheap, and accessories are legion. No, a .22 isn't a good defensive rifle, but everyone 'ought to have one.

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    The Ruger 10/22 is a fun little plunker...lots of cheap shooting.
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    If you want it for plinking I'd get a .22LR, if you want it for defense I would get an AR or an AK. Just my opinion.

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    Im in agreement... Ruger 10/22 costs about $275 new and is awesome.

    I want to see a burglar survive a 30round mag and fast trigger finger... Swiss Cheese
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    Quote Originally Posted by Balsac View Post
    Im in agreement... Ruger 10/22 costs about $275 new and is awesome.

    I want to see a burglar survive a 30round mag and fast trigger finger... Swiss Cheese
    Good point. And I used to shoot the heck out of one down on the Brazos riverbottom at college (boys will be boys) using CCI Stingers. Let me tell you, a 25 round mag of those little buggers would do serious damage to most anything.
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