Originally Posted by GCA
Well than, what is a decent stock rifle?
And what upgrades would you recommend? (And their prices)
Try and find a Tokyo Marui M14 - they are pretty damn accurate right out of the box, and work well as a DMR rifle. Down the road, it can be converted to a higher-powered semi-auto-only sniper rifle if you wish, but in its stock form, it gives you the option of full auto. Put on a low-powered scope (3X or 4X) or red dot sight. Use heavier bb's, like .25's. Play with it stock for a while before upgrading and get used to it.
When you're comfortable with the gun, add metal bushings (for reliability - $20), a moderate spring upgrade to around 360-375 fps (like a Prometheus or Modify 110 - $20ish), a tightbore barrel (6.04 or 6.03, $60-$80), and an upgraded hopup rubber (Prometheus - $25ish).