I was thinking,
I'm reaching the age of 16 and my dad offered to buy me my first hunting rifle. Which one should I get or what do you guys recommend?
Why are you asking a bunch of strangers on an Indonesian noodle-drawing forum instead of asking your old man?
If he's willing to buy you one he clearly has some inclination towards firearms.
Also, if you're implying pic-related, then no, Mosins are not a starter rifle.
Get a 30-30.
Also, never include the fact you're underage when posting.
I'm passed the age of giving a shit how old you are, so long as you aren't causing trouble, but some users are autistic.
Mosins are a great babby's first rifle
because they're relatively cheap, loud, novelty of owning military surplus, basically a throwaway that can be a beater without any regard for consequence. If you get a decent one they can actually shoot fairly straight.
its hard to go wrong for a hunting rifle. It really depends on what you are hunting and where.
so what kind of terrain are hunting in and what are you hunting?
I agree mosins do not lend themselves to being hunting rifles, they are heavy and cumbersome. a great hunting rifle is 16-20 inches in length, has a short smooth trigger and light weight. a mosin is neither, i think its more of a collectors gun or if you need one gun on budget.
Actually an M91/30 was my first rifle but nah you're right
m38s are about the same weight and length as your average hunting rifle. trigger is easy enough to make pretty nice, and polishing the bolt makes the action pretty smooth.
as long as the bore and crown are fine, they make fine hunting rifles. not saying op should get one, just that they're not bad.
Because they are heavy and have a bit of recoil, among other things.
It's the same as recommending an Enfield as a starter, it makes no sense.
If it comes to a starting rifle overall, it should be a .22lr.
If it comes to a starting hunting rifle, a 30-30 is the best bet.
Anything in .300 win mag. I got one as my first hunting rifle at 13. Great round, toughens up yer shoulder, and can hunt anything. In canada here it's also not that bad price wise, but we also don't have much of a milsurp market besides sks food
Google .308 wounds and get back to me.
.223 is good for killing men who are 250lbs and their heart is only 6inches deep. A deer or hog are much harder to kill than a human being just try catching a moose broad side and see how much is pisses him off.
Are you even a hunter?
Anything that says Savage and is chambered for .243. Light recoil. delightfully huge muzzle blast, kills stuff dead. It's like a boy-sized 25-06.
-I said 16 so that people could factor in that I was young
-I lift around 90 pounds so a heavy rifle wouldn't be that much of a problem
-I put a picture of a mosin nagant for reference
-Thank you for the suggestions
-I might get a 30-30 but some places out where I live don't sell the ammo for cheap
-I have shot 7.62x39, 5.56 NATO, 30-aught-six rounds, win magnum, and some .223's
-I am hunting up near Midland Texas (it's my grandfather's land)
-I am hunting commonplace deer, buck, and some rodents
Just so you gents know.
Thank you gents for some fine suggestions
But seriously, the 30-30 would be a pretty decent round. I'd also look into rifles chambered in .308, 30-06, .270, etc. for deer. I personally wouldn't want to go for a fucking mosin. If you're specifically wanting a rifle to hunt with, get a hunting rifle. Also, it doesn't matter how much you can lift, shit like that starts to take a toll the longer you walk with it. Not saying you can't do it, I'm just saying. Depending on what you mean by"rodents" you could use anything from a .22lr to a .223, depending on what you're wanting to shot and what you plan on doing with it.