Post # 1
Although I HATE hunting my dad is an avid hunter and catches a lot of wild game for our freezers every year. I’m okay with it as long as the meat is going to a good use I guess.
Well now I guess Fiance wants to bond with my dad a little or something because he’s currently in the process of getting his gun/hunting license. Because of this he casually mentioned it might be nice to get a gun for Christmas. Great! As if I know anything about guns….
I’ve tried getting ahold of my dad, but he’s away working and I don’t know when I’ll be able to reach him next. So bees, do any of you know the first thing about guns? How much do they even cost? I’m sure they get quite pricey, but I’m hoping you can give me a price range for a basic hunting one. I need to put it in the budget last minute or figure out if this is even doable.
Any suggestions would be appreciated. I’m sure I’ll end up finding a “beginners” gun or something, but for those of you who know about this stuff and info would be appreciated.
Post # 3
my family is all avid hunters and new hunting rifles are gift every year usually lol.
Most hunting rifles can start at about $200 and go up from there! You can always look into getting a used gun. My Darling Husband just bought a new used rifle for hunting for $180!
Look into what he wants to start hunting, brid hunting used a differnt rifle then deer, and moose hunting needs a different rifle than deer and so on!
Post # 4
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I highly suggest taking a trip to Bass Pro Shop. I hope they have them in Canada. They have a huge selection of everything hunting. I’m sure one of the sales people can help you. I’m in the market for a bow for Zeb as he has come down with the same fever as your Fi.
Post # 5
@sizzle: It’ll mostly be deer he’s hunting. In order to hunt moose or elk up here you need to win a bid, so he’d probably only be hunting those with my dad in which case I’m sure they’ll have the appropriate one!
@mszebra: I don’t think we have that one, but there is a store here in town called “Backwoods” I bet they could help.
Thanks for responding ladies…I was getting scared I might have to shell out like $600 or more!!
Post # 6
I agree that if you go to a place like Bass Pro Shops they are super helpful and can let you know what is still good but a reasonable price. Also it will depend on the local laws and what animal they are hunting what kind of shot they need. For birds it is different then large game. That will also effect what gauge and also the size of your Fiance. A 12 gauge is pretty heavy and long compared to a 22 gauge which my 12 yr old brother shoots. Also there is a difference between a pump and automatic.
My family is also very into bowhunting and those can acutally be pricier then guns!
Post # 7
@bohemianbailie: Woah thanks! I didn’t know there was so much to consider. Fiance is 6’0 and 210 so I think he’ll be able to handle anything. I’m mostly worried about him getting somethign too complex and shooting himself! I’m a worrier! I think a trip to the store is in order 🙂
Post # 8
“I’m mostly worried about him getting somethign too complex and shooting himself!”
He’ll have to take hunter safety before getting his hunting license, they will teach him about gun safety there. I’ve been shooting since I was 7; as long as he follows the rules he’ll be fine! 🙂
You could make a day of it! It would be good for you to take hunter safety as well, even if you don’t plan to hunt. I also suggest you both taking a local gun safety and shooting class.
If there are firearms in the house, everyone living there should know basic gun safety and how to use the gun (especially to check if it’s loaded and know how to unload it safely).
Post # 9
@mrs.peters.to.be:You have a great idea! Most gun store owners are knowledgeable about what fits certain body types and what your purpose is. I’m going to offer what I know:
My boyfriend and I use Marlin .30-30s which is a good, flat-shooting rifle for white-tail deer. It’s a widely-used beginner rifle! The lever-action’s good for left-handed folks (like me) who are slowed down when trying to use bolt-actions (commonly right-handed). I paid about $300 for mine and it included a scope.
Remington and Browning .270s have more punch and are good for larger animals; however, it’s not uncomfortable to shoot. Some brands are more popular than others based on location. In the South, Brownings are more common and they are pricey!
Ammo for .30-30s is cheaper than .270s. (He’s going to use a lot as he gets acquainted with his new toy.)
Mossberg makes a good beginner gun. Shotguns are typically more expensive than rifles, but more versatile (hunting, skeet shooting, and home defense). Most guys like 12 gauge O/U (over and under, or stacked) or pump shotguns for hunting. Single barrels are less expensive. Normally, you can catch rifles and shotguns on sale before Christmas. Do a hunter’s safety course for yourself and buy ear plugs or headphones to block noise! Happy hunting!!
Post # 10
@mrs.peters.to.be: I am glad I can help a little, I think my dad would be proud! haha