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I'm quite the novice with rifles... I've only shot some cans with my uncle's .22 (the make of which I have no idea). I currently own a Glock 30 (.45), and I recently bought a .22 Taurus... but I'm still very ignorant to the mechanics of a rifle and what makes a good rifle preferable to a person. Is there a web site or book which details the basic operation of a rifle in addition to the methods employed by enthusiasts to modify their rifles, and the reasons some people may choose a certain technique vs. another?

I have an ever-growing interest in the mechanics of firearms and the hobby of reloading, but the area I'm in (I'm a student at UC Berkeley) is sparce of gun enthusiasts, and so I apologize if I come off a bit as a green horn. :wink:

Anyhoo, any direction toward information (or information itself) anyone can provide would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

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Scatch Maroo:

Well, let me be the first to welcome you. Glad to see new faces. As far as looking for an informative site goes, look no further, these guys here know their stuff. This site is my recomendation for learning about rifles. I am constantly amazed at the knowledge that the members of this site posses. And all speak through experience. I have notice that everyone kinda keeps to what they know and don't pretend to know everything. Like myself, I am also very new to rifles and target shooting, I know I don't know everything and still have much to learn.

Reloading is fun and really interesting, if you have the time it is definately worth it!


P.S.- Sorry to hear your attending Berkley, just kidding, but I've heard that school is extreamly Liberal. How do you like it so far?
 

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Scatch Maroo,

I definatly have to agreee with APK on this one, look no further than this site. I am not a novixe with firearms by any means, but im not as smart as these guys here. I have hunted since i was 12 and well this is my 5 year around hunting and "larger Bore rifles", so i know my stuff just not all of it. Just my 2 cents

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Scatch,

The best way is to start asking some of the basic questions, and we'll do what we can to answer them. There are several people on these forums that are new to shooting, and the good thing is that the more questions you ask now, the less that will need to be asked by the next guy.

On that same note, I would suggest using the search feature of the forums to see if some of your questions have already been asked. If not, then fire away.

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Thanks for the suggestions, and the warm welcoming! I've enjoyed reading the posts so far, but a lot of the time I get lost with the jargon, so I suppose I'll just ask people to explain the words when I don't understand 'em.

APK 223: Berkeley's liberalism is ever-present, but negligible. The political affiliations of the professors rarely surface lest you take a class in which there may be room for their opinions. The town itself is ran by a city council which prides itself on being, "extremely left," but if you aren't a business or home owner in the area, I don't think you'd ever really notice. The majority of the students I've encountered are actually open-minded in terms of discussing political idealism, and there are both Republican and Libertarian party clubs on campus. So long as you aren't bothered by the presence of people with extreme views opposite of your own (and I do mean extreme), the liberalism of the area will fail to inhibit your enjoyment at all. Once you learn to smile at the weird chap telling you to vote for LaRouche, you find that the people and the area are very chill, and the massive curriculum offered by the school proves endless opportunities, to boot. It's definitely different, but not necessarily bad.

Are you a ROTC student, or did you already commission and now you instruct ROTC?

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