New Member, New Rifles

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by JerseyV, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. JerseyV

    JerseyV New Member

    Jun 5, 2011
    Hello, I am a new to the firearm and hunting community. I am 5'4 and 150lbs so with that said, does anyone have any recommendations for a rifle that might be good for me? I would like my first rifle to be decently priced as well.
    I heard of the Remington 597 and read some pretty decent reviews but does anyone else have any other recommendations?

    Greatly appreciated!:)
  2. ozo

    ozo Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Nashville TN
    Hi JerseyV
    Best advice is go touch and hold a lot of guns.
    They feel different, have different balance, and
    no one can tell you which is 'the' best for you.
    Define what you want the particular arm for and
    it's particular use, then decide on the caliber
    you want it in. Don't be in a rush, and hold
    a lot, a bunch, a s%$t-pot full of them.
    Enjoy, and be safe.

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  3. Double D

    Double D Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    North Florida
    Besides what ozo said, tell us what you are hunting. Is it large deer or moose or hogs or what? This will give us an idea what caliber you may need. Will you hunt in the mountains or in thick brush? There are so many variables....
  4. hogger129

    hogger129 Well-Known Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    The guys my dad used to hunt with all used Remingtons. I think my uncle's got a .308, dad's got a .30-06 and the other two guys they hunted with had .300 Short Mags.

    I almost think .300 Win Mag is better though because you have more accuracy and more range and since it's higher power it'll hold its energy better at longer range.

    They all hunt deer btw. If you're hunting like elk n stuff, I would probly go for .300 Win Mag or something bigger like .338 Win Mag. I also hear a lot of people who hunt stuff like that with .45-70s.
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2011
  5. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    Welcome Jersey. You are not much bigger than my wife, so you will likely find best fit with youth model firearms. Something in the 12"-13" length of pull area.

    I would recommend a rem 700 youth model in .243 winchester.. It will weigh less than 7 pounds scoped and powerful enough to kill most game. If you desire a bit more power, then go with the same rem 700 youth in .308. and have the power to cleanly kill anything south of canada..
  6. BETH

    BETH Well-Known Member

    Jul 10, 2009
    welcome to the forum Jersey what r u using rifle for? i am the same size as you and the marlin 60 tube fed fits me fine but like ozo said you have to hold different rifles to see which one feels right. i handled many pistols until i found the right one it just felt right the one that i picked
  7. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    G'day Jersey , Remington 597 , so based on that your after a ,22 lr autotloader or semi auto rimfire,

    theres lots of those , Marlin , Savage Browning Ruger,winchester are good cheap starting points too the Rem is not as cheap but a solid well finished rifle and the new range is nice too , if expensive in my mind . (the VTR !!!! $$$$ )

    there are a number of very cheap and also reliable plinker/hunters out there, the Sterling range is one , i had one as my main field hunter for bunnies roo's and cat's here for almost 20 years without a issue

    and the same can be said of most of the reputable brands

    try them all , go to a range that rents , make a day of it , put 20-50 rounds through each one and see what YOU like , shoot well with , and feels goo to your hand ,

    and remember accessories , if somethings not 100% to what you want dont totally disregard it , amazing what a difference a $25 grip or some skate board grip sheet can do , $30 sights too $45 for a trigger , over under sight mounts , etc etc etc

    get what suits you and enjoy!!! thats what its all about .. and welcome!!!
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2011
  8. pickenup

    pickenup Active Member

    Sep 11, 2002
    Colorado Rocky Mountains
    Welcome to The Firearms Forum.

    What they said. Try out different ones.
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