Tips for First-Time Rifle Buyers.
With such a wide variety of rifles on today's market, your first firearm purchase can be a bit daunting. If you’re a first-time rifle buyer, Winchester Repeating Arms would like to offer some tips to make your first firearm a safe, prudent and useful purchase. Always seek out other resources, such as certified training, gun store experts and excellent online resources from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and the National Rifle Association (NRA). And always read and understand all information contained in any firearms owner's manual.
SELECT THE RIGHT RIFLE FOR YOUR NEEDS
(Please note that this is just a brief overview to get you started on your way to becoming a new rifle owner. Many resources, with more specific details, are available from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the National Rifle Association, your state's division of wildlife resources, your state's department of justice and from experts at many local ranges. This is especially true of any safety or legal issues regarding firearms ownership and hunting.)
Nearly every major firearms company offers a bolt-action rifle. The Winchester Model 70 has the distinction of being the industry standard among all sporting bolt action rifles. It is the rifle all others are judged against. Its exceptional design is durable, accurate, and proven for over 80 years under the world's most demanding conditions and pursuing the most challenging game. The legendary writer Jack O'Connor called it "The Rifleman's Rifle."
THERE'S LOTS TO BE SAID FOR THE 22 LR RIMFIRE CARTRIDGE.
YOU CAN'T HIT WHAT YOU CAN'T SEE.
MATCH YOUR BULLET TO YOUR NEEDS.
Modern rifle ammunition is designed to meet specific purposes like big game hunting or target shooting. Make sure that the ammunition you purchase with your new Winchester Repeating Arms rifle matches the caliber marking on the barrel. Ask your dealer for assistance if you are unsure about the correct ammunition for your rifle.
To prevent lead from being deposited inside the barrel during firing, most high velocity rifle bullets have a lead core surrounded by a metal “jacket” made of a copper alloy. This jacket may completely encase the bullet and is called a “full metal jacket” or “FMJ” for short. FMJ bullets are still widely used for target shooting and training.
Small game hunting bullets with thinner jackets, a hollow point or an exposed lead or polymer tip are designed deform quickly on impact. Thicker bullet jackets allow deeper penetration on larger animals and are more typical of big game bullets.
Made from copper, brass or other alloys, some newer hunting bullets do away with a lead core entirely. Some jurisdictions now require lead-free bullets for hunting.
Winchester-brand ammunition offers you a wide choice of calibers loaded with the latest hunting and target bullet designs.
IMPORTANT ADVICE FROM THE NATIONAL SHOOTING SPORTS FOUNDATION. "Using improper or incorrect ammunition can destroy a gun and cause serious personal injury. It only takes one cartridge of improper caliber or gauge to wreck your gun, and only a second to check each one as you load it. Be absolutely certain that the ammunition you are using matches the specifications that are contained within the gun’s instruction manual and the manufacturer’s markings on the firearm." LEARN MORE ON THE NSSF WEBSITE.