Several experienced riflemen, such as Jeff the Baptist, have advised me to get a .22 as my first gun, instead of the Marlin .357 that had been my plan. I'm not thrilled about it, as I will barely be able to afford a first gun, let alone a second. But their arguments make sense, so I will heed them. Perhaps later I will be able to afford something heavier, such as a Remington 700 BDL.
I'm considering the Winchester Wildcat, but I know that the chances of walking into a gun store and finding a used model might not be good. So I'd like to know what knowledgeable readers think that I should look for in a used .22.