Is the mossberg Plinkster .22 rifle any good?


October 14, 2008, 03:13 PM
Is the mossberg Plinkster .22 rifle any good?

I was going to get a Ruger 10/22 with wood stock ($175) but handled a Mossberg "Plinkster" today and it fit great. I loved the synthetic stock and the straight stock pistol grip was longer and more comfortable than the ruger. It had some cheap 4X scope on it and was $115. Are these any good? I did notice that it had a groove (like an HK91)on the receiver for scope mounting that didn't seem very practical.

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October 14, 2008, 03:30 PM
People like them. They're Russian imports AFAIK.

For the same price, you should be able to pick up a Marlin 795, which is similar but American-made, with a good warranty and customer service.

October 14, 2008, 03:38 PM
Own one and like it...great shooter. The only thing I don't like on it is that the mag follower holds the bolt to the rear when empty. I pull back on the bolt with one hand and remove the mag with the other. If I don't hold the bolt back and just pull the mag, the bolt slightly scratches the rear of the follower.

October 14, 2008, 03:57 PM
Yuppers, my son has one and it's a great little rifle. In fact since he got his and we use it so often, several other families/friends have bought them 'round here after playing with it. I am an honest believer that for the money, they just can't be beat. Son's doesn't have the scope, but that was his choice, not mine....he likes the challenge of the iron sights just as the wife and I do.


Northslope Nimrod
October 14, 2008, 04:29 PM
You might try other models of the Ruger. They may fit you better.

I go rabbit hunting occasionally where we shoot over 600 rounds in a day. The Rugers seem to be the only model that can spit that many rounds out reliably in cold weather.
If at all possible, I recommend the Ruger 10/22.

October 14, 2008, 05:06 PM
A 10/22 cost twice as much as a Plinkster, is it twice the gun in stock form? I don't think so. Where the Ruger shines, is in all of the aftermarket stuff available for it (including buttstocks that are more comfy), making it easy to customize for yourself for your wants and needs. In stock form, the 10/22 is no more accurate or reliable than the Plinkster, even in the harsh cold winter weather here in Wyoming.


Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
October 14, 2008, 05:10 PM
I've heard of reliability issues, but see posters above for contra.

They are made in Argentina.

For a smidge more, you can get an American-made Marlin 60, 700, or 795 semi-auto, but for $90 new, it's hard to go wrong with the Plinkster if it groups at all and doesn't jam. The receiver looks a lot like the 10/22. Aluminum. The scope mount is functional, I assure you, but being aluminum, it won't last multiple generations of moderate use, like an all-steel rifle.

October 14, 2008, 05:31 PM
Actually they are made in Brazil by a company named CBC and imported by Mossberg International, Inc. As for reliability issues, comparing the three Plinksters to the three 10/22s I have used and have witnessed others using on a regular basis around here in the past, the Plinksters win hands down with cheap Federal 550 bulk stuff. Once you advance to better ammo, reliability issues are about the same across the board.

Am I saying I would trade my 10/22 with Raptor stock and Green Mountain barrel for a Plinkster....not a chance in h*ll but I can promise you there are days that I grab the cheapo plastic gun rather than get my nicer guns beat up in the truck and 4-wheelers and such out on the prairie.


October 14, 2008, 05:42 PM
I like my Plinkster. I've never had any major reliability issues either. It will eat just about any bulk ammo, CCI MiniMags and Sub-sonics. I have tried the Stingers, but the mags dont feed them well. Accuracy is good. I have a pic of a target from a while back that I will try and find.

I have a scope on mine set for 25 yards. In fact, I got a headshot on a groundhog at about 25 yards yesterday.

October 14, 2008, 05:50 PM
I have one. Works pretty well for $99 that I paid for it. I put a red dot sight on it and it's surprisingly accurate.

October 14, 2008, 05:53 PM
I have the 702. I like it. I just have a $10 Daisey scope on it from Wal-mart, and run the cheap remington ammo through it and it has been good to me. IT is what it says it is. for plinking. If that's your objective with a little bit of critter slaying then it is just right. If you want to do match shooting and show off how big your wallet is when you go to the range, you can spend A LOT more on a .22

October 14, 2008, 06:24 PM

Can't find a pic of any of my targets. I used to take your average soda bottle cap and trace it on paper. I would put several on one sheet use those as targets. At 25 yards, mine will put a mag (10 rounds) in a circle that size.

October 14, 2008, 06:36 PM
I would spend a hair more and get the Marlin Model 60. I have heard they have issues, but some here have had no problems.

October 14, 2008, 08:04 PM
enough said. I have had thousands of rounds through it.


October 14, 2008, 08:09 PM
Mine works great. Buy one and be glad you did.

October 14, 2008, 09:18 PM
Plinksters are great. I have one and just bought one for my daughter. Also scored some Plinkster mags discounted at Wallyworld for $7 each. Score!

October 14, 2008, 11:05 PM
My wife has one with a BSA 'Sweet .22" scope on it, and loves it.

October 14, 2008, 11:46 PM
it is brazilian made, same company that makes a lot of other firearms.
they are copies of the marlin 60/795. they can be hit or miss on reliability, but if you get a good one, you spent 100 bucks well. they are also one of the few 22 rifles left, being made, that has a fully adjustable rear site, it is a bit crude with a spin wheel, but it works well.

Northslope Nimrod
October 15, 2008, 12:03 AM
Are there any high capacity mags for the Plinkster?

chris in va
October 15, 2008, 02:08 AM
I only have one experience with the Plinkster.

Bought one from WalMart, took it to the range. First magazine, couldn't get two shots through without jamming. Tried a different mag, same thing. Changed ammo with no effect.

I took it back the same day and fought with the manager to get my money back (not fun).

Same situation with the Marlin 60, jammomatic. Yuck.

October 15, 2008, 01:54 PM
Bought one for my oldest son a couple of years back. He shot it a TON, but decided he wanted something nicer. (My old 77 39A) But it shot reasonably well, was very reliable with decent ammo (CCI etc) and ran through the bulk pack stuff as well as my 10/22. I would rather buy a used Model 60 at a pawn shop for the same money, but if you want a NEW gun then it is a good buy for the money. (Great little gun to drop behind the seat of a truck, carry on the tractor or ATV).

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