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Old 10-23-2021, 11:39 PM   #1
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I have a very close friend that is somewhat interested in hunting, but extremely frugal. He won't spend the money on it, probably ever. I say somewhat interested because he did purchase the annual public hunting permit to join me on the e post card hunts, and we ended up winning g a squirrel hunt. Now he wants a 22 for the hunt.

He does a lot for me...a shade tree mechanic he has helped me with my vehicles since high school. He has been there to play catch over winter break in college. He helped me build my shed. He helps build computers... he is a true friend. Truth be told, I feel I can never repay him as he is the one I turn to for help. He never asks for anything in return. A true friend in every sense of the word.

That said, I thought about gifting him a 22. He only owns a shotgun for self defense right now. I talked to him about what kind he might want and he really wants the cheapest one he can get. If I got him one, I wouldn't go all out but I would definitely get him something reliable and nice. He deserves it.

My question is, for his first rifle and being an adult, should I buy one for him, or give him $*** in a gift card to go look them up himself and get one that he wants. Another concern is he will wait until the last minute, buy it, and it won't be sighted in. This is 99% guaranteed to happen if I don't buy it for him haha.

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Old 10-23-2021, 11:44 PM   #2
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If he is what you say he is to you and you can afford it, buy him a reliable accurate 22.
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Old 10-23-2021, 11:48 PM   #3
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If he is what you say he is to you and you can afford it, buy him a reliable accurate 22.
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Old 10-23-2021, 11:49 PM   #4
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A friend like that deserves something decent. Find a good .22 and 4X scope and enjoy some time together. Good friends don’t come around often.
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Old 10-23-2021, 11:49 PM   #5
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Marlin model 60. Not too expensive and not a piece of junk.
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Old 10-23-2021, 11:51 PM   #6
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Agree with the rest. Buy one for him. Will mean more to him that way coming from you.
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Old 10-23-2021, 11:53 PM   #7
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I'd buy a nice reliable 22 and gift it. It would mean much more to him in the long run.
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Old 10-23-2021, 11:53 PM   #8
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Up until recently, Ruger 10/22s we’re about $200. Gift him one.
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Old 10-23-2021, 11:53 PM   #9
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Appreciate the advice. Thats what I was leaning towards. I just didn't want to be pushy or over bearing by it coming off that hey this is your rifle for the hunt versus him getting exactly what he wanted. But at the same time, I know he would end up getting something that could not be accurate, not perform well, then he has a bad taste and doesn't enjoy the outdoors.

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Old 10-23-2021, 11:57 PM   #10
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It sounds like you are putting a lot more thought into what gun he'd like than he is. If you buy him a .22, he'll probably be thrilled and won't know the difference between that one and all the others out there.
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Old 10-24-2021, 12:00 AM   #11
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There are so many accessories available for the 10/22. I would go that route
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Old 10-24-2021, 12:12 AM   #12
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I've got a lot of .22s. They became my favorite gun to shoot when Obama was in office.

I'd get him a bolt action savage with an inexpensive scope. It'll shoot great and last forever. Once the bug hits him he can decide if he'd like something else!
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Old 10-24-2021, 12:53 AM   #13
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If he is what you say he is to you and you can afford it, buy him a reliable accurate 22.
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Old 10-24-2021, 01:17 AM   #14
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I love my Rossi LR22 cheap, reliable and very available many places for $170
Lots of rounds downrange without a single issue
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Old 10-24-2021, 04:15 AM   #15
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You sound more frugal than him. If he’s done that much for you then he deserves a good gun.

Get him a nice .22 with a scope. Sight in the gun, and take him hunting.
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Old 10-24-2021, 04:30 AM   #16
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No cash, The gun would mean a lot more to him. Something he may can pass down later on in life.
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Old 10-24-2021, 04:34 AM   #17
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You sound more frugal than him. If he’s done that much for you then he deserves a good gun.

Get him a nice .22 with a scope. Sight in the gun, and take him hunting.
^^^ this right here.
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Old 10-24-2021, 05:06 AM   #18
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Marlin model 60. Not too expensive and not a piece of junk.
My exact thought
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Old 10-24-2021, 05:53 AM   #19
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After you give him the rifle, do a little gun safety with him. Sometimes the sharpest crayons in the box aren’t the safest people outdoors.
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Old 10-24-2021, 06:03 AM   #20
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Buy him a nice .22 and a couple bricks of ammo. Take him out shooting/plinking. A friend like him is invaluable.
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Old 10-24-2021, 06:03 AM   #21
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Buy him a gun and it will mean more to both of y'all. New I would go Mossberg 702 pinkster. If you don't mind buying used I would go Ruger 10/22 or marlin 60 and never look back. I have both and if my house was on fire and I could only take one gun it's the 10/22
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Old 10-24-2021, 07:07 AM   #22
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Ruger 10/22
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Old 10-24-2021, 07:37 AM   #23
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I would go buy him the plain blued henry lever action 22. Fantastic guns and really arent too expensive. That would last him a lifetime no doubt.

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Old 10-24-2021, 07:47 AM   #24
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You sound more frugal than him. If he’s done that much for you then he deserves a good gun.

Get him a nice .22 with a scope. Sight in the gun, and take him hunting.

Yup…. Ruger 10/22. 22s are too cheap to go the cheaper route. Since you are buying, his wanting a cheaper one shouldn’t matter anymore anyway. Buy him a quality accurate 10/22, throw a scope on it and don’t tell him it’s more than the pennies he would have spent. He doesn’t need to know what it cost.

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Old 10-24-2021, 07:54 AM   #25
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If he has done everything for you that you said he had why go cheap? Sounds like he’s saved you much more money over the years than you’ll spend on a .22. If I’m gonna give someone a gift , I give them something I would like to receive myself.
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Old 10-24-2021, 07:57 AM   #26
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Perfect opportunity to show him what his friendship has meant to you.
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Old 10-24-2021, 08:23 AM   #27
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Set him up for success.
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Old 10-24-2021, 08:32 AM   #28
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Up until recently, Ruger 10/22s we’re about $200. Gift him one.
This, because if he goes out and buys a cheap one that will not function properly after a few shots, and cannot hit the side of the barn, he will not want to participate soon afterwards.
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Old 10-24-2021, 08:39 AM   #29
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Ruger 10/22……reliable, accurate & affordable. I have quite a few guns and my 10/22 easily sees more action than all the others.
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Old 10-24-2021, 08:42 AM   #30
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I was always so jealous of my cousins 10/22’s with “banana clips” when we were kids. So many fun memories with those and a brick of ammo.
I know a guy who’s given a few people guns that he claims to have “won” in raffles when pride may have been an issue.
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Old 10-24-2021, 08:46 AM   #31
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Buy him a gun for sure as a gift. RUGER 10/22 with a modestly priced scope. You will both be thrilled with that choice! Check for sales before you buy used. If you buy used, just clean it well and check the function first. Also. It takes minimal effort to refinish the wood stocks on these if it is damaged.
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Old 10-24-2021, 08:50 AM   #32
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Ruger 10/22 a good scope, sighted in, a bunch of ”cheap” lead heads and a box of CCI mini mags for the hunt. Go shoot it together at a range before the hunt.

Hell, I don’t even know the guy, and with what you described about him, I want to buy him a 10/22 myself.
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Old 10-24-2021, 08:56 AM   #33
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You sound more frugal than him. If he’s done that much for you then he deserves a good gun.

Get him a nice .22 with a scope. Sight in the gun, and take him hunting.
I had to convince him spending $3 on a three-ring binder to keep all his college paperwork organized for the year was worth it. He contemplated it for like 10 minutes before I said, "dude it's $3 and you are going to use it for at least an entire year."
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Old 10-24-2021, 09:12 AM   #34
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I re read my post and I see where it sounded like I was going to cheap. Oops.

I want something reliable and fun, and I was thinking the 10/22. Not to mention it should be everyone's first rifle haha. He doesn't need a $2,000 tactical 10/22 but I wanted to get him a **** good squirrel killer! Yall have helped me confirm the 10/22 would be a great choice. Thanks!
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Old 10-24-2021, 09:12 AM   #35
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I had to convince him spending $3 on a three-ring binder to keep all his college paperwork organized for the year was worth it. He contemplated it for like 10 minutes before I said, "dude it's $3 and you are going to use it for at least an entire year."

That’s not frugal.. that’s a sickness!
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Old 10-24-2021, 10:23 PM   #36
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Well, went ahead and picked him up a 10/22. He will be over on Halloween to "fix my computer that had a blue screen and now won't turn on." Haha instead I will surprise him with this.

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Old 10-24-2021, 10:24 PM   #37
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Now that is bad***! Well done!!
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Old 10-24-2021, 10:33 PM   #38
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After you give him the rifle, do a little gun safety with him. Sometimes the sharpest crayons in the box aren’t the safest people outdoors.
X2, do this for sure. Gun safety is just part of the deal, go over this with your buddy. Buy the rifle, buy the ammo, pay the gun range fees, buy the targets, buy the ear and eye protection, etc., and make it a “package deal” for a good friend.
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Old 10-24-2021, 10:35 PM   #39
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What a nice rifle, good going!
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Old 10-24-2021, 10:35 PM   #40
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Well done. Everyone wins.
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Old 10-24-2021, 10:39 PM   #41
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Well done, OP
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Old 10-24-2021, 10:58 PM   #42
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Marlin model 60. Not too expensive and not a piece of junk.
My first thought as well--
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Old 10-24-2021, 11:08 PM   #43
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Nicely done!
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I was going to recommend a tikka, but see he has one. Let us know how it plays out .
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Old 10-24-2021, 11:43 PM   #45
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Well Done Sir.
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Old 10-24-2021, 11:44 PM   #46
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I have a very rusted up marlin .22 with scope I will donate. ��
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Be sure you can use a .22 for where you are hunting
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Old 10-25-2021, 01:06 AM   #48
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Next time you need some help. Call me. I’ll be your best friend! Just kidding. Well done!
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Old 10-25-2021, 02:55 AM   #49
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Well played!
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Old 10-25-2021, 05:23 AM   #50
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You might as well gift him a brick of ammo too...Mr cheapo is gonna crap & walk outta walmart when he realizes it costs more to shoot than buy the gun.
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