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    Best first firearm?

    Hi there I have recently made a YouTube channel and i plan on making a video on the best first firearm. For many itís understandably the 22lr (was for me) but after doing a lot of hunting on a very tight budget Iím looking at making the video on a single shot 12 gauge due to the fact how versatile they are from small game to to waterfowl to big game. They are cheap to run cheap to buy. Built like a brick shit house and very safe. I have taken deer and pigs with mine not to mention all the small stuff. The only down side I can think of is there limited range and the fact that you canít legally use them on DOC land I would be interested to hear other peopleís thoughts on the subject. Target audience being those who want to have a go at a bit of everything but who canít afford a rifle for every scenario etc
    My first deer was taken with a 22 and I imagine Iím not the only one. Just interested to hear others thoughts
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    22 BSA open sights tube mag shot countless wallabies with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gonetropo View Post
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    I wouldn't recommend a semi-auto for a first firearm, better to learn good habits with a bolt action first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GravelBen View Post
    I wouldn't recommend a semi-auto for a first firearm, better to learn good habits with a bolt action first.
    i started with a winchester bolt. after a month got a semi. was 25 years later i got a bolt again (7mm RM)

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    My first was a Cz 22 I still have it has taken more game than any of my other firearms big and small game!

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    what are you trying to achieve
    are you using a single shot because its interesting or just because its affordable

    build your channel on what you believe, too many cooks ect....

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    Krico Model 300 22lr, dad bought it back in 1972 and I still have it. Shot for years with open sights before I was allowed to scope it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill999 View Post
    what are you trying to achieve
    are you using a single shot because its interesting or just because its affordable

    build your channel on what you believe, too many cooks ect....
    I now use a rifle BUT for the longest time the break open shotgun is all I had and could afford at said time I want to make video on best first firearm on a budget one that will is capable of producing all nz species. With different shell obviously. Just wanted everyone else input on the subject!

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    first thing id do is the guns you have in your safe and ones your friends have

    i wouldnt go out and buy one for a review, youtube for a long time is zero return

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    Ohhh no no my plan isn’t to go buy one mate! Got a few here to review!

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    I would have to put my vote down for a bolt action .22 magnum, small and cheap to run but a bit more power than a .22lr. I guess you have to ask what makes a good first firearm, IMO that's something which teaches you good gun safety in terms of how to handle a firearm while being well within your means to actually use it a lot so you can learn to shoot effectively. Age would also be a deciding factor and whether the firearm is intended to be a learning tool or something that just goes boom, with a small caliber bolt action you can place out targets like cans or bottles/caps and have some fun shooting them down. If you just need to put meat on the table that might not be so important in which case depending on the situation and where you have access to hunt a single shot 12g might be better, if it was me and i was on a budget i would take an sks or a bolt action norinco over a single shot 12g but that's down to what species i would be using it for and personal preference.

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