Is there an ACCURATE tube fed bolt action 22lr?


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Orion8472
January 27, 2013, 03:22 PM
Just wondering if there is a firearms maker who makes an accurate tube fed, bolt action rifle in 22lr?

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vtail
January 27, 2013, 04:02 PM
Does it have to be bolt action?

My Marlin 60 semi-auto is extremely accurate. Even more so after I installed Tech Sights.

Orion8472
January 27, 2013, 04:07 PM
Yes it does. There may be nothing out there, just wondering. I already have a semi-auto 22lr rifle and was wanting something with lockup and no magazine to mess with. Plus, tube fed rifles often hold more than basic 10 round options.

Orion8472
January 27, 2013, 04:15 PM
Well, what do ya know. I went to Marlin's website, and saw that they have the Model 981T. Looks like what I was after. Not sure of it's accuracy, but can't imagine it not being anything BUT accurate.

Does anyone have one?

Jackal
January 27, 2013, 04:19 PM
Remington 512 or Mossberg 46. Both superbly accurate, bolt action, reliable and tube fed.

sixgunner455
January 27, 2013, 04:32 PM
I was going to say Marlin. My brother's old Marlin bolt has a tube magazine, and is one of the more accurate sporters we've shot.

keyboard commando
January 27, 2013, 09:06 PM
Remington 582.

fiddleharp
January 27, 2013, 10:06 PM
Hey, just for the heck of it, I'll up the ante.
Does anyone know of a tube-fed left-handed bolt action .22 rifle?
At least one that wasn't discontinued fifty years ago?
Hey, just stirrin' the pot! :evil:

Sock Puppet
January 27, 2013, 11:39 PM
Marlin still does. 925 maybe? not sure about left handed, though.

Reloadron
January 28, 2013, 12:05 AM
Remington 510 or Mossberg 46. Both superbly accurate, bolt action, reliable and tube fed.
Maybe a little off topic but the Remington Model 510 is a single shot, the Remington 511 is magazine fed with 5 and 10 round magazines (maybe others) and the Remington 512 is a nice tube magazine fed .22 bolt action rifle. Personally for an accurate .22 bolt action rifle I like the older bolt guns over much of the newer stuff.

http://bearblain.com/images/Rimfires1.png

Ron

P.B.Walsh
January 28, 2013, 12:23 AM
I know it was made in the early 30's (30-33), but my little Remington Model 34 is a sweet shooting rifle that is accurate as long as my brain is working correctly! Really, my only, ONLY gripe is that the stock can become a bit slick acter shooting a while due to sweat, there is no checkering on the grip, only on the forend.

I know it is not "cool" or "hip" or even shiny new, but it flat out works just as good as my Savage MkI FVT with a globe and peep sight.

Good luck to your shooting adventures!

Bearhands
January 28, 2013, 06:57 AM
You might want to check this one out....... lots of great reviews, some not so great.

http://www.marlinfirearms.com/Firearms/xt/XT22.asp

I'm hoping to pick up one of them in the near future.

Cfish
January 28, 2013, 07:12 AM
Check out the Marlin 981T.

Orion8472
January 28, 2013, 09:50 AM
Bearhands, that synthetic XT-22 tube rifle looks great. Just about what I was after. Thanks for the suggestion! Gotta decide between blue or Stainless, though. :cool:

Cee Zee
January 28, 2013, 09:57 AM
I have an XT-TR which is the Marlin XT that is tube fed. First off it shoots shorts too and it holds 25 of those. And it has the ProFire trigger which is almost a direct copy of the Savage AccuTrigger in how they operate. It is a very nice trigger. I also have a 925. It's a nice rifle but it's not nearly as nice as the XT. The trigger upgrade is a big help for accuracy. There are other models of the XT with a tube mag but to me the blued, synthetic stock model works great. It's a rifle you should be able to treat rough and not have it get all beat up like some rifles will do. I like Henry rifles for example (and they are tube fed) but they get beat up too easily IMO.

The XT is a very solid rifle that should out last all of us. They are made in Kentucky so there are none of the production issues. I really like mine and expect to keep it a very long time.

DM~
January 28, 2013, 11:27 AM
Best RH bolt tube feed 22 i've found, is the Remington 582,

http://fototime.com/F5BB1736018AB55/standard.jpg

For LH, the only ones i've found are the ones that are converted to LH, so i recommend a Henry lever for LH, at least that's what i use and i really like it.

DM

Orion8472
January 28, 2013, 01:20 PM
I might look for an older rifle [if I can find one]. Seeing too many "warning" type issues about the new Marlins. Would rather not have to mess with a potentially flawed rifle. Now, if Marlin/Remington has fixed some of the early teething issues, then I'll still consider a new one.

pseudonymity
January 28, 2013, 07:28 PM
Another vote for a Remington 582. They are not all that easy to find since they have been out of production for many years now, but they shoot surprisingly well for having a pencil barrel and a barrel that is not free float.

BCRider
January 28, 2013, 07:47 PM
How accurate do you expect it to be?

I've got an old Cooey 600 tube fed that easily shoots 3/4 inch groups at 25 yards. And I'm not that good. I expect that if I were to get a proper bean bag style front rest and train myself more and get into a more natural position that the rifle would easily manage 1/2 inch groups and quite possibly tighter than that. I simply don't shoot from a bench rest style ofen enough. And like any skill there are still lots of variables even with bench resting the gun.

csa77
January 28, 2013, 07:55 PM
Winchester 72

ricebasher302
January 28, 2013, 09:27 PM
My Marlin 981T shoots as accurately as I'd expect any .22 in that price range to. Haven't done a lot of bench shooting, but I can tell you that it's wiped out a heap of prairie dogs and pigeons.

Cee Zee
January 29, 2013, 12:34 AM
I might look for an older rifle [if I can find one]. Seeing too many "warning" type issues about the new Marlins.

That doesn't apply to the Mayfield, KY built rifles. They have had no problems to date. And at $200 they are an excellent bargain. But check around. You'll find that everyone gives kudos to the Kentucky built rifles. It's a new factory instead of a moved factory manned by disgruntled employees and minimum wage types. There was a big base of skilled labor available in KY I believe. At any rate they haven't had the problems that some of the other Marlins have had. Most of the problems with Marlin centered around their lever action, centerfire rifles anyway.

And again, the triggers on the new models is head and shoulders better than anything Marlin has released before. I have quite a few Marlins and I've been shooting them since I was old enough to shoot. And the ProFire trigger puts them all to shame.

TooManyToys
January 29, 2013, 04:14 AM
Go for a vintage Mossberg from the 60's or earlier.

They are Very accurate and built like a tank.
Look for one in all original condition, ie; Rear Peepsite, Hooded front sight (w/ multi sight pins!) plus, there are several styles original factory scope mounts available too.

There is a strong club,.. The Mossberg collector's Asso. for parts, info etc.
Prices continue to creep up on these fine old rifles so you can't really loose.
Whats not to love!

Shanghai McCoy
January 29, 2013, 08:35 AM
Add my vote for the Remington 512. It was and is my first rifle...

TIMC
January 29, 2013, 11:55 AM
Well, what do ya know. I went to Marlin's website, and saw that they have the Model 981T. Looks like what I was after. Not sure of it's accuracy, but can't imagine it not being anything BUT accurate.

Does anyone have one?

I have one and find it to be very accurate, also probably my favorite .22 out of the several I own. I have mine threadded for suppressor use.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v369/timc/3FEAA69C-C4B3-429A-97DA-533384C9EC29-8067-00001ABB957EED9F.jpg

Orion8472
January 29, 2013, 12:27 PM
The only difference in the 981T and the XT-22TR seems to be the trigger? What else is different?

Acera
January 29, 2013, 02:48 PM
If you want a vintage target rifle with a lot of features check out the Mossberg 51M (b).

It came with factory mounted:
Two rear sights, a receiver mounted precision aperture and a barrel mounted blade sight (yeah, both mounted at the same time).
Multiple different flip up front sight posts.
Tube fed through the stock.

Can find them at gun shows and on the net. Probably more accurate than most folks can shoot it.

Cee Zee
January 29, 2013, 11:55 PM
The only difference in the 981T and the XT-22TR seems to be the trigger? What else is different?

The stocks seem to be a little different. I haven't paid that much attention though. But Marlin says the XT22 has palm swells and the reviews I've seen from owners say the stocks are different. The main reason I don't know the difference between the 981T and the XT22's is that I've never seen a 981T in a store to look at. And trust me I looked for one for years because I wanted one. So a big difference would be that the XT's are actually widely available.

Also I don't know where the 981T's are made but by all accounts the new plant in Kentucky is producing the best rimfire rifles Marlin makes. I know my XT is a very solid rifle and has no flaws at all. Rifles built at the older Marlin factories are where the problems seem to come from according to what I've read. I actually haven't seen any problems with Marlins and I've checked a bunch of them just looking to see if I could find those problems.

And of course you seem to point out the lone difference as it if isn't a big difference. It is. I have a 925 with the same trigger the 981T comes with, the T900. It's head and shoulders below the ProFire triggers. It's not even close.

Orion8472
January 30, 2013, 09:40 AM
Is the XT-22TR a KY built rifle?

moonzapa
January 30, 2013, 12:39 PM
The most accurate .22 LR rifles I have ever owned were the CZ-452, clip-feed and the Weatherby .22LR semi-auto featuring a ammo feed tube. My faves, hands down and I have owned them all, Marlin 39A, Marlin semi auto, Savage pumps, etc.

(I don't own the Weatherby now, it was damaged by a "friend". I foolishly lent it to him and he cracked the stock from fore-end to heel. It was a lesson to me for life, "A borrower-or lender, never be").:banghead:

Hope this helps. Good shooting!

Cee Zee
January 31, 2013, 11:57 PM
Is the XT-22TR a KY built rifle?

Yes it is. Mayfield, Ky to be exact.

I'm not going to exaggerate and say these rifles will shoot with CZ's and Savages. Mine won't. But it does shoot quite well IMO and it does shoot shorts. And they cost a lot less than the CZ's and a good bit less than the Savages. They are also very sturdy rifles from what I can tell. It just seems to be a very solidly built rifle without adding a bunch of weight. The bolt is extremely smooth and the sights are built strong like traditional iron sights. They are well built and accurate rifles with great triggers and actions. And they are great bargains.

Orion8472
February 1, 2013, 12:02 AM
Thanks. I will have to acquire one at some point.

OptimusPrime
February 1, 2013, 12:12 AM
Well, what do ya know. I went to Marlin's website, and saw that they have the Model 981T. Looks like what I was after. Not sure of it's accuracy, but can't imagine it not being anything BUT accurate.

Does anyone have one?
I've got one and it is dead-on accurate. I got it because I can shoot the 22shorts as well and I've got a neighbor I don't want to scare. I can pick off rabbits at 47 yards all day long and that's about as far as I would want to use that round. I recommend the rifle; for both accuracy as well as ammo flexibility.

buttrap
February 1, 2013, 06:05 AM
The original .22 auto is a tube feed and shoots just as well now as over 100 years ago. The Browning or Rem 24.

19-3Ben
February 1, 2013, 07:21 AM
Well, what do ya know. I went to Marlin's website, and saw that they have the Model 981T. Looks like what I was after. Not sure of it's accuracy, but can't imagine it not being anything BUT accurate.

I used to have one. It was more accurate than it had any right to be at that price range. I was very very impressed and kick myself for selling it.

Sav .250
February 1, 2013, 09:22 AM
Accuracy is subjective to say the least. The rifle may be accurate but the shooter may not be. Tubes,clips, whatever, are all accurate in the hands of a proficient shooter.
Or put another way, They`ll get the most (accuracy) out of the weapon.

The Marlin 60,tube feed, accurate. Unless your one of those who is "re-coil" shy. Just kidding.

Orion8472
February 1, 2013, 09:52 AM
I've gone away from the 981T to the XT-22TR. But I appreciate the info. I hope to find one relatively soon. :uhoh:

wingman
February 1, 2013, 09:53 AM
I have a 981T, very accurate especially with Wolf Match ammo, I did switch out the trigger it now has a Basic trigger very light pull, right now I have it set up using target cci shorts for back yard target shooting. One reason for purchasing the tube was I could switch to shorts easily, after hundreds of rounds no failures, new models have a better trigger I'm told but Marlin does make some accurate rifles. For the price difficult to beat.;)

Orion8472
February 1, 2013, 10:06 AM
That's also a reason I was wanting a tube 22lr. Being able to shoot shorts, longs, and long rifles is one of the most versitile rifles there is.

Cee Zee
February 1, 2013, 03:32 PM
Again I looked for a 981T for years. I did finally find one at Bud's but that was right after the XT's were announced and I had already decided it made sense to wait for the better trigger. Ask anyone who owns a Savage with an AccuTrigger and they'll tell you what a big improvement it is. And IMO the Marlin trigger is better than the Savage trigger. Both are good but the Marlin is smoother.

You get the best options with the XT. The 981T is certainly a nice rifle. I wanted one a long time. I guess someone was watching out for me getting me to wait for the better rifle. The only real difference apparently is the trigger and that is a big difference. It's a big step forward IMO and most other people think so too. A lighter trigger always means better accuracy AFAIK and the ProFire is definitely a lighter trigger. You get the safety of a heavy trigger and a sear block plus the light pull of a competition rifle. They don't go down to the real low levels of bench rest rifles or anything but they sure are lighter than the 4-6 lb. triggers on older style Marlins. I have several of those older Marlins and I know they can be very accurate any way. But having a better trigger available and not getting it is like throwing away accuracy IMO. It just wouldn't make sense.

Orion8472
February 1, 2013, 03:56 PM
Thanks again! I'm looking forward to finding one sometime soon [I hope]. Will eventually scope it, but may play around with the iron sights for a while.

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