im 6'0 and 185lbs and my shoulder is a little sore after about 50 rounds out of my MN 91/30 for a day or two, i guess i need some more padding?
I started off with a 10/22, and I recommend a .22 rifle along with everyone else. While I like the Ruger, it doesn't really matter which one you choose, just find one that you like, go to gun stores and hold all of the options, pick which one feels the best to you. All of the offerings from the big name manufacturers are good enough quality.
I now have 4 guns, 3 rifles and one pistol and the .22lr gets shot more than all the others combined, but thats probably because ammo is only .03 cents a round! But its also a joy to shoot, and it still uses all the same fundamentals of the other rifles, especially handling, cleaning and maintenance.
I think that you'll find that most people at gun ranges are very friendly and would be more than willing to give a few pointers to a new shooter. look for the older guy with and old bolt action hunting rifle that looks like he knows what hes doing, chances are he does.
avoid the younger ones with ak's talking about clips and what not, chances are they'll give you wrong info ( just my experience, not directed towards any of the fine AK owning firearm enthusiasts on this forum).
Last edited by MosinRuger; 08-22-2010 at 06:13 PM.