Budget .22


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Der Stro
August 27, 2010, 12:03 AM
Hi all,

After dropping a hundred dollars for only 440 rounds of 7.62x54R, I realized that I may not be able to afford to go to the range as often as I'd like, and therefore decided I need a .22, quickly.

My main concern here is budget, all .22's I've looked at were at least $200, but generally much more expensive. Are there any models out there known for being cheap, and of fairly decent build quality? I'm not fussy over brand names or anything, I would just like something I can punch paper all day with, without breaking the bank.

Thanks!

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kbbailey
August 27, 2010, 12:12 AM
Anything Ruger
Single Six or MKII, MKIII
I have both, can,t say which I like better. MKII may be a little more accurate, Single Six is more versatile w/ magnum cylinder (a big plus).
I can't imagine you wouldn't like one also.
I think both are available in stainless "Hunter" models.
You need not worry yourself about buying used....I don't think you can hurt one If you tried.

vermont88993
August 27, 2010, 12:33 AM
mossberg 702 plinkster (auto-loader)
mossberg 802 plinkster (bolt action)
remington 597 (auto-loader)
marlin 795 (auto-loader)
marlin model 60 (auto-loader)
marlin 981T (bolt action)

thats about all i can think of (these all are long guns, not pistols) i have no experience with any of these guns... i have a ruger 10/22 and saving for all of these 22 rifles since i can only afford 22LR (im a teen and don't have a job...i wish i had a job!!!) i recommend any of the marlins and the remington i have no feedback on the mossbergs so i cant say anything about the mossbergs. the remington 597 or the marlin model 60 would be my first choice...
just my 2 cents

KodiakBeer
August 27, 2010, 12:45 AM
Rifle or handgun?

In either case, I'd say spend a few extra bucks - $300 (instead of $200) will put you into the realm of decent quality .22's.

With handguns, I'd say the Buckmark is the best choice, with the the Ruger at a close second.

Rifles - it's hard to beat the Ruger 10/22.

bgeddes
August 27, 2010, 01:15 AM
As this post is in the rifle section of this forum that's where the concern will be focused.

I have not shot the Mossbergs, so I will not comment on them.

For a $200 bolt gun, you have to consider a Savage Mk II w/ the Accutrigger. A steal at the price and accurate enough to actually work on marksmanship skills.

Semi-auto, the Marlin 60 is a classic, tube fed gem. While typically not as accurate as a bolt gun, certainly a good piece. The Remington 597 is the sleeper of the bunch. Available all over, at least as accurate as a Marlin 60, but a full size gun for adults.

Ruger 10/22? Popular, yes. Reliable, yes. Modifiable, yes. Accurate by comparison, No. They are good guns. But out of box, there are better choices, IMHO.

Geno
August 27, 2010, 09:27 AM
Savage Mark II is about as good as one can buy at $169.00, and they very accurate.

Geno

JoeMal
August 27, 2010, 09:35 AM
Marlin Model 60 - $150

JFrame
August 27, 2010, 09:49 AM
If you want a .22 rifle on a budget -- do NOT get a 10/22. You'll start accessorizing the darned thing, and wind up spending four times the value of the rifle! :D

<------ (Speaks from first-hand experience...)

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44Dave
August 27, 2010, 10:07 AM
Marlin 795. Accurate enough, and damn inexpensive.

Der Stro
August 27, 2010, 11:23 AM
Thats for all the replies guys, I think I settled on the Savage MkII. I found them for under $150 used, and I do love a good bolt gun.

As for the 10/22...well, I stared picking out all sorts of accessories and stocks and before I knew it I was looking at a $500 project gun :scrutiny:

ForumSurfer
August 27, 2010, 11:34 AM
Marlin Model 60 - $150

Accurate and fun. I have two. It's a great choice if you aren't doing any customization beyond sights and optics.

Ruger 10/22

Also accurate. Can be customized and accurized to whatever level your wallet can stand.

CajunBass
August 27, 2010, 11:38 AM
Thats for all the replies guys, I think I settled on the Savage MkII. I found them for under $150 used, and I do love a good bolt gun.

Good choice. I've got a few 22's, rifles and handguns, and I ALWAYS head to the used counter/rack first. I don't remember the last NIB 22 I bought.

NCsmitty
August 27, 2010, 12:06 PM
I ALWAYS head to the used counter/rack first

+1 on a used 22.

There are literally tons of good used 22 rimfire rifles at gun shops or pawn shops, just waiting to be adopted. Often good deals can be found.



NCsmitty

mattyizzo
August 27, 2010, 12:21 PM
I just picked up a Remington 597 about a month ago for about $180. Shortly after that I spent about $25 on 500 rounds of ammo.

Cheap and fun to shoot right out of the box.

ForumSurfer
August 27, 2010, 12:25 PM
here are literally tons of good used 22 rimfire rifles at gun shops or pawn shops,

I see many used bolt action 22's in my area. Guys buy them to punch holes in paper, then realize they'd rather have a semi auto that doesn't require lots of reloading. There's almost always a high quality, barely used bolt action 22 or 17 that is optics ready in the used section.

Atticum
August 27, 2010, 12:34 PM
I agree with used but for a Savage MkII maybe not, only b/c the older ones dont have the accutrigger. If you find a used mkII with an accutrigger you are good to go.

22-rimfire
August 27, 2010, 12:46 PM
I agree with Atticum. The Savage Mark II is a very good choice. I have one but it is the more expensive Classic version with the walnut stock. You may have read the other active thread on choosing a 22 rifle. The Marlin is a good choice also if you are looking for "cheap". You want to punch paper.... the other rifle that I would look at is a CZ 452 Trainer which run about $350 new. They will probably be discontinued soon, but they are still around new and you can find them used too. This is the CZ that has a hard wood rather than walnut stock, the long 26" barrel, and very good iron sights. Costs more than the Savage Mark II if you are looking at the lesser priced models in particular. But a very good buy if you compare to the pricing on the CZ 455. (It replaced the 452 and 453 models.)

P.shooter
August 27, 2010, 01:01 PM
If you want a .22 rifle on a budget -- do NOT get a 10/22. You'll start accessorizing the darned thing, and wind up spending four times the value of the rifle! :D

<------ (Speaks from first-hand experience...)

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That's why I got the Target (Tactical) version. With the bull barrel and tight trigger it's already got most everything I want on it. The only thing I added was a scope, some extra magazines, a sling, extended magazine release, auto bolt release...

Crap, nevermind. :D

Well at least most of the parts are pretty cheap.

Hoppes Love Potion
August 27, 2010, 01:36 PM
I recently got a Henry lever-action .22 with the octagon barrel. $315 but it's really a great-handling and extremely accurate rifle. The basic model with round barrel can be found for about $240.

Lever-actions are just so much fun.

JFrame
August 27, 2010, 01:41 PM
That's why I got the Target (Tactical) version. With the bull barrel and tight trigger it's already got most everything I want on it. The only thing I added was a scope, some extra magazines, a sling, extended magazine release, auto bolt release...

Crap, nevermind. :D

Well at least most of the parts are pretty cheap.



Heh...Evidently, there are only DEGREES of 10/22 madness... :D

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otcconan
August 27, 2010, 01:58 PM
I find it hard to believe that after he mentioned he was spending too much money on 7.62X54 (a rifle cartridge), and posted in the rifle forum, still some were asking rifle or pistol.

I know you already made up your mind, but my .02 says a Marlin bolt-action like the 880. Don't think they make it anymore, but I bought mine at Wal-Mart for $150 and it had a heavy competition barrel and shot 1" groups at 50 yards. And I'm a BAD shot. I'm betting you can find a used one for around that amount.

momchenr
August 27, 2010, 03:26 PM
I grew up with a Marlin Model 60. Many, many fun summers with it even before I left home, and now I have one of my own. I've put thousands and thousands of rounds through them and think they're great. They may not be as accurate as a heavy-barreled bolt gun, and some people dislike the tube-mag... but for general plinking and rodent control they're hard to top in my book.

TheDriver
August 27, 2010, 03:32 PM
Another vote for Model 60.

ForumSurfer
August 27, 2010, 03:47 PM
I grew up with a Marlin Model 60. Many, many fun summers with it even before I left home, and now I have one of my own. I've put thousands and thousands of rounds through them and think they're great. They may not be as accurate as a heavy-barreled bolt gun, and some people dislike the tube-mag... but for general plinking and rodent control they're hard to top in my book.

Yep, mine has fired 100's of 1000's of rounds probably and it still shoots "minute of rat." When you're firing 1000 or so rounds at the time, that tube feeder isn't going to be any slower than the mag fed models...unless you have 1000 rounds preloaded in mags.

The only time it gives me issues or predictable unreliability is when I clean it. Once it's got a couple hundred rounds through it and the ammo has it dirty...it runs like a champ. :scrutiny:

If I was strictly shooting paper, I might opt for something more pricy and a little more accurate.

The 60 is a very, very, very fun gun. If I lost all my weapons tomorrow, the first thing I'd replace would be my ccw piece followed by another 60. It's just fun and "accurate enough."

wlewisiii
August 27, 2010, 05:41 PM
Marlin 60.

hometheaterman
August 27, 2010, 05:43 PM
The Savage Mark II is a great choice. The one thing I'd mention with used ones which I see was already mentioned is make sure you get the one with the accu trigger. I see lots in this area used for around $130-150, but none of them have the accu trigger.

BTW if you get one without the accu trigger Walmart used to sell them for $117, however, I think last time I was in there it might have been $127. So make sure if it doesn't have the accu trigger that you don't pay anymore than that. They are still under $200 new with the accu trigger.

benzy2
August 27, 2010, 05:45 PM
Well, from a semi auto point I would go Marlin 60. If it is a bolt rifle then either a Savage or a Marlin. If you want a lever rifle Henry is about the only choice in that price range. Then there are rifles from a few decades ago on the used rack. Many are top quality rifles but often they don't come ready for a scope mount. There aren't too many bad rimfires out there made today. Pick what you like.

kragluver
August 27, 2010, 05:47 PM
I didn't see anyone mention used yet. If you really want budget and a fun project to boot, buy an old beater off of Gunbroker for < $100 and fix it up. You can typically find old bolt actions made by Mossberg, Marlin, etc for the big box stores (e.g., Montgomery Wards or Sears) for around $100 or less. They'll need some TLC and they won't look like much, but they do shoot. I've bought and fixed up a couple of those old rifles made back in the '30s and they have been perfect for my kids. I enjoy the work of fixing them up.

TexMexSu
August 27, 2010, 07:14 PM
We love our Marlin 795.
On sale for $124.95 with a $25.00 rebate.
Put a $30.00 scope on it and we can chase a pop can all over the pit with it!

By far our favorite gun at the out door range.

It now has a couple thousand rounds through and will fire just about any ammo.

I was going to buy a Marlin 60 to go along with it but a sale at Cabelas ion Nagants and we too are now looking at ordering a box of 7.62 x 54R........

gun guy
August 27, 2010, 08:12 PM
I just finished a test of 2 popular 22 rifles, the winner was the Mossberg plinkster, under $200. The other day at the gun store I noticed a "magnatech" 702. It is identical to the Mossberg in every way except looks, it looked rather plain compared to hot pink camo. The sticker price on the weapon, new, was $120. Thats full tilt retail. I don't know anything about magnatech, but it looks just fine to me. A 22 to practice and plink with just makes sense.
Good luck

augustino
August 27, 2010, 08:37 PM
Here's what I think would provide the most bang for your buck, and yes in this order;
1. Marlin model 60
2. Marlin model 60
3. Marlin model 60

These are my top 3 and yes in this order. After that everything else is about the same.

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