The $99 .22 at Dick's Sporting Goods


March 10, 2008, 03:12 PM
I was in Dick's Sporting Goods today and was just about to leave, but decided to walk through the Hunting Lodge area. I noticed one rifle out of the rest of the .22's. I couldn't get a good look at the tag for information or anything, but the price said $99.99. I'm about to purchase my first firearm (a .22 rifle) and would like some information on this .22 for $99.99. Anyone have any experience with it?

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March 10, 2008, 03:25 PM
I was walking through the local car dealers lot and noticed this model for $9,999. Any idea what it is?

March 10, 2008, 03:28 PM
In case you didn't get the sarcasm from Twud, Dynasty, most people will require a make/model (company that made it and which type it was) in order to answer that question. Without that, we're just guessing about what gun might be $100.

March 10, 2008, 03:28 PM
Now there is no reason to be a Jerk.
However we really do need more information.
Can you give us a description of the rifle? Was it a Bolt or Semi?
At that price, the chances are it was something like a Marlin Model 60 or Similar.

March 10, 2008, 03:51 PM
It was probably a Savage (maybe the 64).
If so, it's a decent plinker...not much more to say.

March 10, 2008, 03:55 PM
maybe a Mossberg 702?
ive got one and its not that great, i would suggest a bolt over a semi for that price range

March 10, 2008, 04:06 PM
I doubt it was a Marlin 60 for $100 if so I need to get one! Probably a Mossberg plinkster.

El Tejon
March 10, 2008, 04:08 PM
Is it that Mossberg "Plinkster" thing?:confused:

Did it look like this=>

Or this=>

March 10, 2008, 04:54 PM
My guess is going to be a Cricket, or Chipmunk, or whatever they call those single-shot bolt actions these days.

March 10, 2008, 05:02 PM
It's the plinksters, it's all they have for that price. I've worked there a bit.

Frankly, I don't put much trust in them. Get a 10/22, and you'll be happier--more aftermarket support, more customization options, and a better rifle to boot. Or special order the 10/22 Rifle, try it on for size (since the original, the "carbine" version, seems slightly short to me, and I'm 6'0)

March 10, 2008, 07:29 PM
Haha, that was funny twud.

On the other hand: If i had to guess I would say it probably wasn't a 10/22. Those brand new usually run around $180 or so, not $99. But then again, it could be anything! It could have been an L85a2 platform converted to .22, in which case THATS A STEAL! haha! Ah... those L85A2 rifles are so awesome looking.

March 10, 2008, 07:33 PM
only .22s ive seen around at that price are the new england single shots

March 10, 2008, 08:06 PM
I've seen Mossberg plinkster rifles at that price, as well as the Stevens .22s (cheaper versions of the Savages). I've also seen the cricket rifles, too.

I'd spend a little more for a .22, though. Something like a Ruger 10/22 or one of the Savage or Marlin rifles- the Savage bolts do have the Accutrigger feature, and commonly available mags. That's what I'd get for $200. For $300-$400, I'd get a CZ or the Marlin 39A.

john paul
March 10, 2008, 10:41 PM
i saw a winchester 190 for 69.99 last friday at the pawn shop and last year i bought a win. 290 for 62 and some change (with tax!) so there really is no telling!

March 10, 2008, 11:08 PM

I don't know what model you saw, sorry.

For a bit more (not a HUGE amount more), though, you can get any of quite a few well-regarded .22s.

I have a Savage .22 bolt-action rifle with synthetic stock and stainless bull barrel, came with a chintzy (but fine-for-me) scope. When I bought it all I knew was I wanted a .22, and the price was right ($140? $160?) -- couldn't have told a Savage from a Weatherby from anything else. However, I've been very pleased with it (it's my only .22 rifle), and have since been happy to learn that Savage is actually a well-regarded brand.

However, it's hard to go all that *wrong* with a .22 -- just look for one that's in your price range and has features you like. The 10/22 is the best-known autoloader, but .22 is available in so many configurations (bolt action v. autoloader v. lever action, and that bolt action can be a single shot, or be mag fed ...) that you can pore through until you find one that strikes you as the right one.

If you want to accessorize, the 10/22 has the great advantage that since "everybody" has one (I don't, but the concept is clear), there's a lot of aftermarket stuff built for it.


Good luck!

Carl N. Brown
March 10, 2008, 11:22 PM
I have a pre-cursor of the Mossberg 702 Plinkster, a Mag Tech 7022 made by CBC if IRC with an odd but practical adult-size wood stock and I paid 69.95 ; the Mossberg 702 has a slim synthetic youth dimensioned stock. My 7022 has been a good gun when my grandson accompanied me to the range (I have a Marlin 60). Still, if I was buying new I would opt for a Marlin 60 or Ruger 1022 for a few bucks more.

March 10, 2008, 11:53 PM
not many options there...

Chem Geek
March 11, 2008, 12:24 AM
I've seen a plinkster in action, or rather in inaction. Couples of guys showed up at the range and it was constantly jamming on them. No idea if it was cleaned out, the ammo, or what. They barrel swept the firing line a few times and I left a few minutes later after telling them to keep it forward and being ignored.

I have a Marlin 60, which shoots very nice. These can be had for just a little more, and mine has been very good so far.

March 11, 2008, 12:30 AM
if i had to guess i would say it is a Savage Arms 64. i saw one the other day at Dunham's for $109.99 with a 4x15mm scope included.

March 11, 2008, 12:34 AM
I have a Marlin 60, which shoots very nice. These can be had for just a little more, and mine has been very good so far.

I just bought a used model 60 in good shape, for $75.00 out the door at a local pawn shop. In my experience this is a fairly common price.

The Marlin model 60 is more accurate than a Ruger 10/22, out of the box. The only advantage the Ruger has is a overwhelming array of aftermarket parts.

March 11, 2008, 12:49 AM
The Marlin model 60 is more accurate than a Ruger 10/22, out of the box. The only advantage the Ruger has is a overwhelming array of aftermarket parts.

+1 Not sure if I'm in a minority, but I really am not a huge fan of the 10/22, it goes bang when I pull the trigger an all, but the Marlin Model 60 is just a better feel to me, plus its the first rifle I ever fired, giving it some bonus sentimental points.


March 11, 2008, 01:09 AM
In that price range it could have been the Marlin model 60 or a Savage Mark II.
I've been eyeing up the Mk II lately. Just bought a 10/22 today though so no fun for me for awhile.

March 11, 2008, 01:10 AM
Did the rifle look something like this:

If so, then what you saw was a Rossi Matched Pair, most likely a youth model. Mine is the synthetic model. They make them in wood as well, which would be inadequately sized for a grown man. They include a .22 barrel and your choice of a .410 or 20 gauge shotgun barrel, a case, and a carry strap- designed for the case, which is optimistically referred to as a sling in some Rossi literature, as well as a integral trigger lock keys (it uses the some lock system as Taurus revolvers). I bought a Chinese SKS/ AK sling, because the leather tabs are sixed well for the small sling swivels.

Mine came with fiber optic sights. Others come with lesser quality adjustable rifle sights.

March 11, 2008, 01:27 AM
Get a Marlin 60 or 10/22. Not that much more money, and a lot more rifle. IMHO

March 11, 2008, 07:25 AM
While a 10/22 is a decent .22 a marlin 60 is just a much nicer rifle to shoot.

March 11, 2008, 07:30 AM
I have one of the 702's. It's not a bad gun if you use the right ammo. I got the one with the cheap 4x scope, and it's pretty friggin' accurate.

March 11, 2008, 09:25 AM
If it is a Junkster pass on it and go for a Marlin 60 or Ruger 10/22 you will be much happier in the long run.

March 11, 2008, 08:33 PM
It was this rifle-

The Mossberg 801 Half-Pint Plinkster bolt action.

March 11, 2008, 09:13 PM
I've got a Marlin 60,Ruger 10/22,and a Mossy Plinkster.
For the $98 OTD at wallyword,with a $29 Tasco 30mm
red dot,it is the "funnest/cheapest" gun in the house.
I've had some problems with the last batch of Federal
bulks,then tried Win ammo. Ran 100% on Win. bricks.
You might not "hit the tack",but 3 rounds later the tack
has nothing to "hold on too".
For cheap fun,get one,a nice red dot "speeds things up".
Ive got many .22's,the 702 burns more ammo then most.


March 11, 2008, 09:24 PM
Get yourself a Weatherby Mk XXII You can pick one up for around $350. They're real pretty and shoot like crap.
I know, I own 2.

Smitty in CT
March 12, 2008, 11:35 AM
The 801 "Half-Pint" is based on the 802 bolt-action.

The 802 is a decent bolt action, but, the "half-pint" is TINY!! it has a 16" barrel and a shortened stock. This is a gun for a small person or an 8-year-old.

It is a much safer design than some other "starter" rifles out there.

A lot of folks that don't like the Mossberg 702 (semis) or 802 (bolt-actions) have never held or fired one, I've bought 3 of them over the past few years, they are very reliable, accuracy is pretty good for an $100 rifle.

The only thing that I don't like is the trigger, but it's no worse than the any 10/22 that I've tried....

FWIW, the 802 bolt-action triggers are very good...

April 16, 2008, 11:16 PM
I bought a 709 Plinkster at WalMart about a year ago for $98 along with a BSA 3-7 variable scope for $14.95. Wanted a cheap .22 to teach the kids with. Let's just say I wasn't expecting much from this gun. Boy was I wrong.

Have had much fun with this cheapo gun. Zeroed in the scope right and now get 3/4" groups at 30 yards and <1.5" at 100 yards. What's nice is the recoil is zero so once you get on target, the other shots can be semi-rapid fired right on. Impresses the heck out folks when a spent shotgun shell is made to dance a football field away. Guess I got a good one. It's had over 7 550 round bricks of cheap Federal ammo through it with no serious problems. They DO need to get cleaned well after about 300 rounds or will start to occasionally FTE.

April 17, 2008, 09:28 PM
It is hard to go wrong with a 10/22 - this was my first rifle and it is still going strong. It won't shoot CCI Stinger ammunition, but that is explained in the manual.

I'm sure there are folks here near where you live that would be happy to shoot with you on their equipment if you decide to save up for the extra $100 for a different rifle but it will take most / all of the summer to do so.

Good luck and be safe no matter what you do!

April 17, 2008, 09:49 PM
Sounds like the cricket.

April 18, 2008, 11:58 AM why couldnt the hi point or baretta look more like that

April 18, 2008, 12:48 PM
I shot a Mossberg Plinkster 702 the other day.

Things I liked;

Inexpensive--- about $100.00
Extended magazine release
bolt hold open feature
fully adjustable rear sight
free floated barrel
very accurate

Things I don't like;
gritty trigger

The Plinkster has some features that the 10/22 has available as after market products; mag release, bolt hold open,accuracy.

I have heard that it resembles a Marlin only with a detachable mag instead of a tube magazine.

for $100.00 without the need to add after market parts it makes a great little gun.


April 18, 2008, 01:53 PM
I bet it was a Henry or Savage.

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