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    I'm looking to buy a firearm but I need something that would be really cheap to shoot...like as cheap as possible...preferably under 10 cents per bullet, and more like, what I just seen like 4-6 cents per bullet if possibly. Problem is (maybe a problem) I dont want to spend too much on a gun, I had a SWVE9 or 40? think i got the name wrong but you guy probably know what I mean, which is about $300 brand new. Anywaay to shoot that for that cheap? Ah "sw9ve" thats what it was.

    Also with shooting a gun, that's so cheap to shoot...does this go hand in hand with how accurate the bullet is? Or is that mostly in ...correlation? to the cost of the GUN itself. If I'm shooting a handgun I want to be an accurate shot so I can compete with friends using the same gun.

    Same with with a rifle, was thinking about getting a rifle/shotgun too, but same problem, suggestions please?? Thanks so much.

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    For handguns, regular .22 is as cheap as it gets. For a few more cents a bullet, .22lr has much more power and accuracy.

    Ruger makes some excellent .22lr handguns.


    Same with rifles. .22lr is a great cartridge, and there are numerous .22lr rifles out there in the $200 to $500 range.

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    If you're looking for a cheap handgun and I mean CHEAP you can always buy a Hi Point. Although, if you take it to a range, chances are you're going to get laughed at. I bought a new, Hi Point 9mm, came with nice case and 50 9mm luger rounds (bout $20) all for $212.
    Albeit, Hi Points are bulky and unattractive to most, they are fairly reliable and come with a lifetime warranty. Hi Point is very customer oriented and they will make sure you are satisfied with their handguns. But remember you get what you pay for. Most would argue that a used _____ is better than a new Hi Point and in many cases, that would be a good argument. Hi Points are fairly reliable even up to 3,000 rounds. I personally think that is a lot for the price.

    I bought mine a while back, and to be honest, I would just assume shoot it as much as my 12 ga. I don't have a lot of money, and it is a fun pistol to shoot around on and have for home defense.
    You can buy Tula 9mm ammo at Walmart ($8 ish for 50 rounds). It's steel, and the quality is about what you'd expect for the price.

    As far as shotguns go, you can buy a new, Mossberg Maverick for $180. Shotshells are quite a bit more expensive though. I think you can get 25 winchester shotshells for $8 ish.

    Reloading is definetely a possibility for shotshells but I wouldn't recommend it if you're going to buy cheap 9mm ammo anyway.

    Just some options for you.

    And adding to what Mears said, if you're wanting as absolutely as cheap as possible, .22 is the way to go. Although you may not feel as "powerful" with a .22
    I know many people shoot for the exhilerating effect, and that effect isn't nearly as grand on a .22 IMO

    Regardless, no matter how much I shoot my other weapons, I always come back to my .22 Marlin 60. So fun to shoot and will last you all of your life if you take care of it.

    Plus, you can buy 550 remington .22lr cartridges for about $15 I think.
    3 cents a round is really about as cheap as you can get.

    Unless you're interested in BB guns.
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    With the .22 could I shoot for 3, 4 cents a round? What would an LR be in addition to that? I kinda like the Walther P22.

    Well here's the thing@sschmidt, I have the money I'm just trying to be very careful with my money, as I always am. If I can spend 130 on a High Point great, but if I can spend 300 on a S&W a (maybe even a used s&w), have it last me just as long and still be able to sell it for about what I bought it for, thats even better. I assume the Highpoint is more of a gun that youre not going to see that $130 again. Id rather spennd the extra if I can get my money back for the gun in the future.
    You say the HIgh Point would last around 3000 rounds, whats an average gun last? S&w or Glock or something.
    So I assume .22 is the cheapest, 9mm comes after that? Is that correct? How big of a price dif? I tried to check myself but "brand" and type of bullets and everything makes it confusing.

    I'm alot less picky with rifle/shotgun look, I might definitely have to grab that .22 marlin if I get both a rifle and handgun.
    Are these both ok? Marlin 60 C .22 LR Semi Auto Mossy Oak Break Up [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    Marlin 60 SS .22 LR Semi Auto Stainless Laminated [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    I can literally get 500+ carts. for 15, 20$? Thats exactly what I'm looking for.
    Thanks again!!!!

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    In the 3-4 cent price range .22 is it. you can get 9mm for about $180ish per 1000 if you shop around. Dont go too cheap on the gun, you'll end up spending more on ammo in the long run than you did for the gun anyway. Marlin and Ruger both make relatively inexpensive .22s that with care will last you the rest of your life. Ruger makes some nice .22 handguns as well that wont break the bank. There are other brands too, just stay away from the bottom of the price range, High points dont make good heirlooms.

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    ok cool marlin is name brand then? havent heard of them like I have ruger and s&w and such. ill take it those rifles are both ok then, even at $180 or no? eh yeah @ 9mm, thats still about 18 cents a bullet, bit higher than I want to spend I think for now. 22 it is I guess, im guessing if i want to be able to get my money back for them, screw high point and go with marlin/ruger/s&w (name brand)? i can kind of ignore the price of the gun (in my head) if i know i can sell it for about what i bought it for in the future.

    ammo confuses me though still greatly, i dont know much about guns yet. so if a .22 is the cheapest to shoot, and a .22lr is the cheapest (with accuracy) to shoot, how do i lookup ammo for these guns? i would just lookup .22 ammo correct? or .22lr ammo i take it (another thing that confuses me is caliber vs guage vs "mm" for example 9mm versus a 40caliber)? now what EXACTLY am i looking for if im looking for CHEAP .22 and .22lr ammo though? a specific type? a specific brand? or what please? id like to compare the cheapest of the 2. i cant shoot .22lr ammo in a 22? what about vice versa? also please answer what was missed in my previous post right before this one. thanks so much, really looking forward to owning a firearm. especially if i can find a closer shooting range.

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    .22lr (long rifle) is the most common .22, and the one you are after. There are also .22 short, and .22 long (rather rare), and .22 magnum, the .22 magnum is in the price range of the 9mm. 9mm refers to the diameter of the bullet (more or less) in the metric system, bullets described by caliber are diameter in 1/100s of an inch. There are exceptions, 357 magnum and 38 special shoot from the same bore, etc....

    Which specific .22lr will work best in your gun will depend on what gun you buy and can only be determined by experimentation. But that's half the fun, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mat420 View Post
    With the .22 could I shoot for 3, 4 cents a round? What would an LR be in addition to that? I kinda like the Walther P22.

    Well here's the thing@sschmidt, I have the money I'm just trying to be very careful with my money, as I always am. If I can spend 130 on a High Point great, but if I can spend 300 on a S&W a (maybe even a used s&w), have it last me just as long and still be able to sell it for about what I bought it for, thats even better. I assume the Highpoint is more of a gun that youre not going to see that $130 again. Id rather spennd the extra if I can get my money back for the gun in the future.
    You say the HIgh Point would last around 3000 rounds, whats an average gun last? S&w or Glock or something.
    So I assume .22 is the cheapest, 9mm comes after that? Is that correct? How big of a price dif? I tried to check myself but "brand" and type of bullets and everything makes it confusing.

    I'm alot less picky with rifle/shotgun look, I might definitely have to grab that .22 marlin if I get both a rifle and handgun.
    Are these both ok? Marlin 60 C .22 LR Semi Auto Mossy Oak Break Up [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    Marlin 60 SS .22 LR Semi Auto Stainless Laminated [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    I can literally get 500+ carts. for 15, 20$? Thats exactly what I'm looking for.
    Thanks again!!!!
    Yes, like I mentioned, many would argue that a used ___________ is better than a new Hi Point and that would be a good argument in most cases. I purchased my Hi Point primarily to keep in the dresser that sits beside my bed. Occasionally I shoot with it, but it's mostly home defense. You can buy a new Hi Point from $150-200 easy, but no, you're not going to get that back, especially if you pawn it. That being the case, I would look at maybe a used or new S&W depending on your price range.

    If you TAKE CARE of your firearms, they will last a while. 3000-5000 rounds is not uncommon for a good weapon. But for your purposes, it doesn't sound like you will exceed that anyway.

    Your choices look good. I think you might even be able to get a Marlin 60 at Wal-Mart for around $180 new in box.



    If your situation is that you need a firearm NOW, then by all means, buy the Hi Point. If you need one now, and cost is the reason you can't afford the bigger names, then don't wait. How much are you worth to yourself?

    If it's primarily recreation, I think you would enjoy saving and getting a nicer pistol.

    Quote Originally Posted by Deadwood View Post
    In the 3-4 cent price range .22 is it. you can get 9mm for about $180ish per 1000 if you shop around. Dont go too cheap on the gun, you'll end up spending more on ammo in the long run than you did for the gun anyway. Marlin and Ruger both make relatively inexpensive .22s that with care will last you the rest of your life. Ruger makes some nice .22 handguns as well that wont break the bank. There are other brands too, just stay away from the bottom of the price range, High points dont make good heirlooms.
    I strongly agree with Deadwood in this regard. Home defense weapon, by all means... Anything after that and you would be better served looking elsewhere.

    Quote Originally Posted by mat420 View Post
    ok cool marlin is name brand then? havent heard of them like I have ruger and s&w and such. ill take it those rifles are both ok then, even at $180 or no? eh yeah @ 9mm, thats still about 18 cents a bullet, bit higher than I want to spend I think for now. 22 it is I guess, im guessing if i want to be able to get my money back for them, screw high point and go with marlin/ruger/s&w (name brand)? i can kind of ignore the price of the gun (in my head) if i know i can sell it for about what i bought it for in the future.

    ammo confuses me though still greatly, i dont know much about guns yet. so if a .22 is the cheapest to shoot, and a .22lr is the cheapest (with accuracy) to shoot, how do i lookup ammo for these guns? i would just lookup .22 ammo correct? or .22lr ammo i take it (another thing that confuses me is caliber vs guage vs "mm" for example 9mm versus a 40caliber)? now what EXACTLY am i looking for if im looking for CHEAP .22 and .22lr ammo though? a specific type? a specific brand? or what please? id like to compare the cheapest of the 2. i cant shoot .22lr ammo in a 22? what about vice versa? also please answer what was missed in my previous post right before this one. thanks so much, really looking forward to owning a firearm. especially if i can find a closer shooting range.
    Depending on what you pay for your marlin/ruger etc., and how many rounds go through it, you may not be able to get what you paid, especially if it is new. Regardless you will get much closer than a Hi Point.

    You can find Remington .22lr at Walmart, and like I said it's about $15-$20 for 550 cartridges. Happy hunting!
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    very informative deadwood thanks. thanks to all of course. SSchmidt :)

    marlin 60, i can get my money back for? if not what should i look at please?

    looks like its down to a walther p22 or a sigsauer and...looking like the mosquito is more accurate and possibly better all around unfortunately (i like the p22 more)

    whats the next cheapest after a .22lr (ammo cost) please? i dont really want to be limited to 2 guns just because of look (im really picky :\)

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    just googled like 20, 30 minutes what the next cheapest gun is to shoot...cant find crap.
    probably end up with a .22 because its cheap fun but wtf would be next? annoys me when i cant find stuff on google because i know its out there.


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