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.22 LR rifle

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by jakemccoy, Feb 10, 2008.

  1. jakemccoy

    jakemccoy Senior Member

    May 26, 2007
    Northern California
    I'm looking for a good one. Any suggestions? I'm new to this caliber.
  2. Vityaz

    Vityaz New Member

    Jul 20, 2007
    West Virginia
    The Ruger 10/22 is always good.
  3. Bearhands

    Bearhands Active Member

    Feb 21, 2007
    Man, you're gonna get a million suggestions! (a good thing!)

    My .$02, Depending on your use and location,(plinking, hunting) a bolt action will serve you very well. There are TONS of choices out there. I'd suggest going to gun shops and shouldering a few of them to see which one "fits" the best. Then, snooping around the market for the best buy. Savage, Marlin are usually very "out-of-the-box" accurate and inexpensive. Winchester's Wildcat (Russian TOZ 78) Remington Mod 5 (by Zastava) are good bets, CZ's are super (more expensive) but as I said.. there are MANY 22 rifles out there. Best of luck in your hunt!
    Now I'll let all the Ruger 10/22 guys chime in. ;)
  4. HM2PAC

    HM2PAC Active Member

    Jul 21, 2007
    Maine, USA
    10/22 guy chiming in

    Bearhands is right, you're going to get a lot of different answers.

    I like my 10/22 it is easy to upgrade by myself, accurate, reliable, and semi-auto. Magazine fed.

    The Browning Buckmark rifle is a mag fed semi-auto that utilizes the same mag as the Buckmark pistol.

    The Winchester Wildcat looks interesting. Marlin 60's are reliable and everywhere. The Marlin 60 is tube fed.

    For a bolt-gun I would choose between the Savage and the Marlins.

    Higher-end bolt-guns would be CZ, Weatherby XXII, Browning.

    Lever guns are also available from Marlin, Henry.......

    Long story short, there are a lot of choices for rimfire shooters. A good place to get even more information is:http://www.rimfirecentral.com
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2008
  5. 357fan

    357fan New Member

    Nov 25, 2007
    Ogallala, NE - No, really.
    I'd say pick an action type first, then settle on the gun.

    Here are my personal choices:
    Semi - 10/22
    Bolt - Savage Mark II
    Lever - Henry 001

    As a side note, my Henry is my favorite long gun of all time. It's light, accurate, inexpensive and lots of fun. I can hit a soda can at 75 yards offhand, standing and with the original iron sights with ease. I love this gun.
  6. HisDivineShadow

    HisDivineShadow Member

    Jul 25, 2007
  7. cat_IT_guy

    cat_IT_guy Participating Member

    May 9, 2007
    Metamora Illinois
    Savage Mark II - bolt action, about $300 and quite accurate with a decent scope
  8. aka108

    aka108 Participating Member

    Aug 26, 2006
    Tallahassee, FL
    Simply depends on how much money you want to spend. Anywhere from 100 bucks up to thousands. Acquaintence of mine is having a bench 22rf being built that is setting him back 18K. Marlin 60 is great in the low price market. Marlin 39A is a dreamer in the 400 buck range.
  9. Vermont

    Vermont Member

    Dec 27, 2007
    I just got a Winchester Wildcat. I haven't shot it yet, so I can't comment on the accuracy. It comes with three 10 round magazines and one 5 round magazine. Pretty generous.

    I had a tough time assembling the bolt the first time, but then I realized it was made entirely of metal and I should quit pussyfooting around and use some force and the thing twisted right together. The stock was nice. Not as pretty as the one on the Winchester website, but still nice.

    I read one review where the reviewer said he had trouble getting the magazines in easily. I didn't have trouble with that, but getting them out is a little harder than it should be, but not a big deal. The magazine release is in an awkward position and you have to hold it down until the magazine slides out about an inch or two.

    Other than that I am pleased with it. I'm hoping we get a warm day so I can see how it shoots, but I might just take it out in the snow.

    The MSRP just went up from 230 to 269, so I guess they are selling plenty of them even though I don't hear much about them on THR.
  10. gcrookston

    gcrookston member

    Nov 22, 2007
    My choices would be:

    Semi: 10/22 Ruger
    Lever: Marlin 39a
    Bolt: Savage
  11. tjj

    tjj Member

    Nov 4, 2007
    S Louisiana
    CZ 452 American if you want a bolt gun.
  12. 1911NM

    1911NM Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    Northern NM
    The question with .22 rifles is never which one, but how many. :D I agree with other posters to pick an action first, then look at guns. Since no one has brought up pump guns, Taurus has a slick looking copy of a Winchester gallery gun for a reasonable price. 10/22 is always a good starter, but .22's are just so much fun, and inexpensive (somewhat), pick one you like to start, and just go back to get more as finances and the fun permits. YMMV.
  13. RockyMtnTactical

    RockyMtnTactical Senior Member

    Oct 21, 2006
    Ruger 10/22 for a semi (my preference).

    CZ 452 for a bolt.
  14. bannockburn

    bannockburn Elder

    Apr 24, 2007
    Same as RockyMtnPractical, but I would also add a Taurus pump gun for some old time plinking fun.
  15. Ol` Joe

    Ol` Joe Senior Member

    Feb 25, 2004
  16. MiddleAgedKen

    MiddleAgedKen Member

    Nov 1, 2007
    Fairview Park, OH
    Pump is also an option. I've never tried it myself, but folks who have rave about 'em. Henry and Taurus, I think, offer examples.
  17. Average Joe

    Average Joe Participating Member

    Aug 29, 2005
    Easton, PA
    Ruger 10/22
  18. rangerruck

    rangerruck Mentor

    Jan 12, 2006
    Texas, baby!
    if you are new to the 22, and looking for a rifle, get either a Marlin, cz, or Savage bolt action. for semi auto, get a marlin mod 60. these are all under 150 bucks, they are all reliable, they are all accurate.
    DO NOT GET A RUGER 10.22. I have one, and like it very much, except i do
    not consider it a beginners rifle, It needs mods and upgrades, at least another 100 bucks worth, just to make it remotely accurate, and function reliably.
    You can typically get a marlin mod 60, for less than 80 bucks, at a pawn shop.
    it would be better to go to a gunshop that has a used section. Ask if that gunshop has all it's trade ins and used stuff checked by a gunsmith.
    Also, if you don't know how the rifle takes down, or works, don't be afraid to
    ask the clerk. The guys at the gunshops are usually pretty helpful, at least they are In houston, and know what they are doing.
    If looking for a pistol, get any revolver, so simple , usually a Taurus will fill
    the bill, they come in switch bbls, 22 / mag , or 17hmr/ mach2.
    For pistol, go with the simplest to take down, and they will also be very accurate, this would be the S&W 21A or the Beretta Neos. Both will be less than 230 bucks, and they require 1 button to push, or 1 thumbscrew to turn, to take down. Again, DO NOT GET A RUGER PISTOL. Unless you are handy, and can follow directions exactly, the ruger is simple to take down, but if you put it back together wrong, and do not follow the directions exactly, you will ruin it, or blow it up. Now the ruger is a great pistol, and has the rabbit ears for easy pull back on the bolt, it is so easy to pull , I had a couple of Grandma/Grandpa's at the range decide they would buy models just like mine, for home defense. they were both old and Artheritic, but they could both easily manipulate the mag release, and the bolt pull. this was on the ruger 22/45. easier mag release, than the MK I or II or III models.
  19. CajunBass

    CajunBass Mentor

    Jun 2, 2005
    North Chesterfield, Virginia
    A Ruger 10/22 is accurate enough for plinking and squirrel hunting right out of the box. No, it's not a match grade rifle, but it's not supposed to be. I've got two, I've done nothing to either except add scopes and they'll knock squirrels out of trees all day long if I do my part. When I miss, it ain't the guns fault.

    Yes, the pistols do require you to follow the directions to strip them down and reassemble them. That hardly seems to be a major inconvience to me. Actually it sounds like a prudent thing to do. (I hardly ever clean mine, but that's a subject for another discussion.)
  20. MCgunner

    MCgunner Senior Elder

    Dec 3, 2005
    The end of the road between Sodom and Gomorrah Tex
    Yep, that's exactly where I'm at. :D I LOVE rimfire rifles! I like bolts, single shots, autos, pumps (don't have one yet), levers (don't have one yet), whatever. IMHO there is no BAD .22!!!!! I even have a Charter Arms version of the AR7 I like that most people here seem to despise.

    I guess my favorite is my first OLD Remington M512X bolt gun. But, my favorite plinker/utility rifle is my 10/22. It's a stainless gun, rugged goes everywhere with me. Iron sights on it, scopes on my other ones.

    I'm going to get a Browning take down someday, beautiful little guns. I want a Marlin sometime or another, also, maybe a papoose. Those are handy and better built guns than my AR7. Ah, the .22 ain't made that I wouldn't like to own, really, but I'd probably still use my old Remington for hunting and my 10/22 as my utility .22. Just that .22s are so affordable and I just like owning them.

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