I have an old .30-06 rifle, two 12 gauge shotguns, a .45 Colt revolver, a couple air pistols and a high-powered .177 air rifle. Ammo for the .30-06 is insanely expensive, about $1-1.50 per round. .45 Colt isn't much better, about 50 to 75 cents per shot. 12 gauge shotguns are a bit limited in what you can use them for, and while .177 pellets are super cheap (a few dollars for hundreds of rounds), the air pistols and rifle that I own are single-shot, and the rifle's break-action is a real bear to cock.
I was at Scheels today, looking at the firearms, and I saw a Marlin 795
rifle on sale, normally $150, but with sale and a mail-in rebate, down to just $115. Then I saw a box of ammo, 555 rounds of .22LR for just $22, about the price for just 20 .30-06 rounds. That sold me on it.
This is my first semi-automatic firearm. Everything else I've owned has had a bolt or slide, or fired only a single shot. The closest thing I've had was my double-action revolver. This rifle promises to be fun, and possibly useful. I used my air rifle to take out the flock of pigeons that were damaging the barn, but it was a lot of work, cock-load-aim-fire, cock-load-aim-fire, cock-load-aim-fire, over and over again. This rifle has a 10 round magazine (hopefully I can buy more), so I'll be able to take 10 shots without losing my bead on the target.
While at Scheels I saw a couple other rifles I'd really love to own. The first is a Henry Big Boy
lever-action repeater chambered in .45 Colt. I love the design of Henry rifles, and having one that's chambered in a round I already use (and a very powerful round at that) would be nice. Alas, it was about $850.
The other rifle I was lusting over, and probably the next one I'll buy is the Rossi Circuit Judge
. Like my Nightcourt Judge pistol, it's chambered for both .45 Colt and .410 shotshells, but uniquely, this rifle has a revolver action! It looks like a normal revolver pistol, but with a full stock and a loooooong barrel. It's a more reasonable $550, which is still more than I was willing to spend right now. It would be so sweet to take that rifle to a firing range and have everyone oohing and aahing over its unusual design.