(Closed) Christmas Shopping: Do any of you know about hunting rifles/guns??

posted 8 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011 - The Providence Biltmore

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 # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

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 # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

“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
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@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!!

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