Recommend a bolt-action .22lr


January 8, 2011, 12:51 PM
I'm looking to pick up a decent bolt-action .22 in the future. I have a few criteria:

- cheap-ish (not looking to pick up a CZ or anything, looking more in the $200 price range)
- aftermarket aperture sights available
- 10 round magazines available
- comes with swivel studs to mount GI-style sling
- feels like an "adult" gun (length of pull, etc.)

There are lots of bolt-action .22lrs out there that I've been looking at, but it's hard to dig through and find what meets all these requirements, in addition to being decently accurate and well-made. I'm looking for general plinking, and perhaps some Appleseed shoots in the future.

With the requirements above, what would you recommend?

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January 8, 2011, 12:59 PM
I loved my Marlin 925 and I *think* you can find a 10 round magazine for it. It was $200 new.

This is a photo of it with a Nikon Prostaff 3-9x40 scope and an UTG (Harris) bipod. Everything here cost me $409 and I bought it all new. I should never have sold it.

To tell you the truth, I'm not sure it meets all your criteria. Sorry

January 8, 2011, 01:03 PM
I've been looking at the Marlin 918T it's a bolt action with the tube mag. I dislike detachable mags for rimfires as they are easy to lose or damage. I had an old Mossberg New Haven 8 shot semi, and finding replacement mags was almost impossible.


January 8, 2011, 01:10 PM
In new rifles, I like the Mossberg 802 Plinkster Bolt Action. I comes with 10-round mags in several different configurations for under $200. It's grooved for scope mounts, but I'm not sure if any od the current models are drilled and tapped for receiver sights like my old Model 340K. Sling swivels are an extra, too, but easy enough to add.

January 8, 2011, 01:11 PM
My son really likes his Marlin 981T. You might give the guys at Tech Sights ( a shout and see if their peep sight for the Model 60 will fit. May only need a taller front sight.

January 8, 2011, 02:55 PM
savage mark-II

January 8, 2011, 05:40 PM
Also, if possible, I would like one that can be safely dry-fired. I don't know if that's too much to ask for a rimfire rifle, but I consider dry fire practice pretty important

January 8, 2011, 05:58 PM

Bill B.
January 8, 2011, 06:40 PM
aperture sights available

Get an old used Mossberg with the aperture sights already on it. With a little careful shopping you can get one for $200.00. I would look for a 140 series if possible.

January 8, 2011, 06:52 PM
I like my Savage MKII. But really like this........


January 8, 2011, 08:22 PM
CZ has been my best buy to date

red rick
January 8, 2011, 09:09 PM
Savage Mark II. I have the FV.

January 8, 2011, 10:30 PM
>>I've been looking at the Marlin 918T it's a bolt action with the tube mag<<

That would be my choice as well. I too prefer tube feed over magazines. ;)

January 8, 2011, 10:32 PM
A whole bunch of 5xx series Remingtons out there used. The ones with 5xxT are Targetmasters and they will shoot. Some either take a full military style tight sling, or come with one and they are full sized rifles. Won't come with 10 round mag though.

January 8, 2011, 11:20 PM
I got a Savage MkII BV a couple of years ago. It has a sling and there are 10 rd magazines available. Very nice shooter.

chris in va
January 9, 2011, 12:15 AM
I recommend you *not* get a bolt action for Appleseed. The Ruger 10/22 would be ideal for that.

Otherwise, I've had a lot of fun with my Henry lever action.

Peter M. Eick
January 9, 2011, 01:40 PM
I have a cz452 and it is nice but frankly it is a "work in progress". I have already worked on the trigger to get it "reasonable". Worked on the bedding and played with the action to get more accuracy out of it.

If I were to do it over, I would buy either a cooper or a kimber and shoot it but not putz with it.

Consider if you want a shooter or a putzer and then buy appropriately.

March 8, 2011, 02:16 PM

Interesting comment about the putzer CZ 452.

I bought one last week and I am now putzing. The trigger creep, trigger grit and trigger inconsistency was the WORST, I have ever seen in any gun!

So far I will do this:
1. rebuilt trigger - using adjustible sear, smaller trigger springs
2. Install a bigger fire pin spring
3. Free float the barrel
4. Bed the action.

I'm sure I will get this gun right eventually, but it is interesting that I share your experience.

On I saw a post with a poll that said only 14% of owners leave their trigger stock. That to me says volumes.

March 8, 2011, 02:19 PM
>>I saw a post with a poll that said only 14% of owners leave their trigger stock<<

And I'm sure that's a very scientific poll!! :p

March 8, 2011, 02:22 PM
Strange because I bought my dad a CZ 452 for Christmas and right out of the box it was about the most accurate rifle I have ever seen...rimfire or otherwise.

Trigger is a whole lot better than his Savage .22 WMR.

March 8, 2011, 02:43 PM
The comments abut CZs are interesting.

It seems that most of the CZ owners who speak up on rimfirecentral enjoy modifying their rifles. They also seem to have quite a bit of knowledge about them. That might be the reason why many folks install aftermarket triggers.

They are the rifle equivalent of "gearheads". And that is intended as a compliment.

The stock triggers I have used have been wonderful. And they are adjustable.


March 8, 2011, 03:05 PM
Get a Marlin 981TS (stainless) and you won't be disappointed.

March 8, 2011, 04:16 PM
The Marlin 981T and the Savage Mark II are among my favorite .22LR bolt actions. However, it is the Marlin that truly feels like an adult's rifle.


March 8, 2011, 06:49 PM
Second from the top is an Anshutz 1451. I've had it about twenty years and it has killed more critters than any other gun I own.

Better picture

March 8, 2011, 07:22 PM
Mossberg 142-A

March 9, 2011, 01:09 AM
In the $200 range I would look Savage. Not my first choice of rifle with a larger budget, but not much else out there other than maybe a Marlin 925 (who's trigger is about the worst next to a 10-22).

I greatly enjoy my CZs and would recommend them to anyone. To me, they typically fit a given shooter. That shooter is the guy who came from the 10-22 land, said that he enjoys working on his rifle, but is tired of spending big money to do so. Trigger work costs $15 or so and can get you down around half pound on the trigger and a very crisp break all the way up to 5-6lbs or so. Most of the rifles enjoy a good bedding, again, which many guys coming from the 10-22 world are willing to do themselves. After that, the things flat out shoot. In all honesty, they seem to shoot better than the 2000 action Anschutz and maybe a hair behind the 64 action. Other than that, you have to really search to find a better shooter (on average) for similar money. They make a great middle ground rifle for someone wanting more substance than the cheap feeling Savage/Marlin actions but not willing to spend $1k+ on a new Annie. If you want an amazing trigger out of the box, the 453 line gives one of the best adjustable triggers out there, again this side of an Anschutz.

Now that isn't to say I don't like my Marlin and Savage. They both shoot well. Some days better than the CZs. They just aren't the rifle that the CZ is. They are all function and no form. The CZ is a ton of function and loads of form. They are a rifle to hand down from one generation to the next where as the Savage/Marlin feel more like a rifle you would use for 10 years and be ready to pitch away. The factory Marlin trigger (T900) is flat out bad. I tried the home fixes and still thought it stunk. Swapped in a Rifle Basix as well as a bedding job and the thing is a heck of a shooter. Mine is the 917V and I have found less and less reason to shoot 17hmr so it mostly sits, but not because of lack of accuracy. My Savage is a MKII FVT which is a heck of a lot of fun. really like the aperture sights. The accutrigger is potentially the best out of the box (not counting the vastly superior 453) but with a little work on the 452, the Savage falls to second place. I would put it a little behind the Rifle Basix but not a ton. That said, you don't have to spend $100 on a new trigger with the Savage unlike the Marlin.

For me, I find I shoot .22lr more than any other rifle/caliber in both round count and time on the line. I would rather spend more money on a quality .22lr that I can enjoy and go low budget on a couple centerfires as I know I will shoot the .22lr many fold more than any centerfire I own. As such, spending a little more on a CZ is a great use of money and even spending on an Anschutz proves to be a good deal. I would take a Rossi break action in .308 and an Anschutz 54 actioned rifle over a top of the line Remington 700 and a bargain bin .22lr.

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