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.22 Rifle for a young shooter...which one?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Protein anchor, Oct 6, 2006.

  1. Protein anchor

    Protein anchor Well-Known Member

    Hi, I am new here to the forums :). I have been away from shooting for a few years and am now back to it! My 12 year old would like to shoot in my club's junior rifle program. What are you thoughts on the brand of .22LR I should get for this purpose? Thanks for the info, I have been looking a this site for a week now and it looks to be very high traffic with lots of great info...outstanding! :D
  2. Uncle Alvah

    Uncle Alvah Well-Known Member

    CZ Scout!!!!!
    Unbeatable value, great accuracy, high quality. What's not to like?
  3. rangerruck

    rangerruck Well-Known Member

    that or a marlin 925.
  4. Mac Attack

    Mac Attack Well-Known Member

    For a bolt gun Buy one of the Kimber .22 LR trainers from the CMP.

    For and inexpensive semi nothing beats a Ruger 10/22.
  5. Protein anchor

    Protein anchor Well-Known Member

    Thanks so far!

    Great suggestions, I will investigate those of course. I was reading the other day and noticed Marlin 60 and 795 etc...do you gys prefer bolt action or is that action required for the Junior Rifle club? I thought an autoloader would be OK. Not sure, as far as my son's physical characteristics, he is pretty stong and average height, so a small rifle is not necessary I do not think. Keep the comments coming, thanks, :D
  6. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Well-Known Member

    12 year old.... depends at what level he wants to compete and your financial ability to support it. He's growing quickly at this point in his life. I lean toward a full sized 22 rifle rather than a youth model. Some of the full sized 22's are still pretty comfortable for a younger shooter.

    I would assemble a list of possibles and then go to a well stocked gunshop and have him handle some of the rifles. Most young men these days will want a 22 semi-auto. If they are allowed for the competition and you are comfortable with it, consider them. The Thompson Center 22 Classic is high on my list at about $300-$350. The Marlins and Savage models are great too. I have to mention the Ruger 10/22. Not my favorite, but everyone seems to have one. My personal favorite is a Weatherby Mark XXII as it shoots as good as it looks. (It would have to be acquired used.) The Weatherby may be too large a rifle for a young shooter as it is a full sized rifle. Gun shows would be the place to find one or online.

    Bolt guns; I would look again at the Marlin and Savage models that are available as they are more economical. On a slightly higher plane, consider the Remington 504, Ruger 77/22, CZ 452, Browning T-bolt, or the more costly Anshutz, Cooper, Kimber models. Take a hard look at the CZ 22 rifle. High quality shooter at a middle price range and well known for out of the box accuracy. My personal favorite would be probably acquired "used" and that is a Remington 541-S or 541-T. They are in the $500-$600 range typically in as-new condition. The Kimbers, Walthers, Coopers and Anshutz models will be in the $800-$1000+ range generally.

    Good luck. You'll need to get one too to shoot with him.
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2006
  7. Spencer

    Spencer Well-Known Member

    I haven't had much experience with .22 rifles, but I've heard good things about the marlins and the ruger 10/22.
  8. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Well-Known Member

  9. usp_fan

    usp_fan Well-Known Member

    +1 on the CZ Scout. They are very economical, Accurate, cock when you operate the bolt, can be fed singly or from a mag, and can fit in the adult stock when the shooter grows. One is on my to get list for our son when he's a little older.

  10. mikeb3185

    mikeb3185 Well-Known Member

    bolt action - marlin
    semi- ruger 10/22

    i dont like rem-marts- but that is me, many do
  11. stevelyn

    stevelyn Well-Known Member

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    sm member

  13. mio

    mio Well-Known Member

    I know a lot of people with the ruger 10/22 and they all love thiers. I have a marlin model 60....stay away from it.
  14. DF357

    DF357 Well-Known Member

    Henry Levergun.

    I gave my then 12 yr old granddaughter one...she loves it.
  15. rockstar.esq

    rockstar.esq Well-Known Member

    Tula Toz-78!!!

    Under $150.00 most areas, bolt action, crazy accurate, four magazines, and a threaded muzzle. Add to that the stock fits a grown man and the bolt cycles MUCH smoother than the oft lauded CZ's.
  16. hksw

    hksw Well-Known Member

    I'm a big fan of CZ rimfires and have a couple Scouts. If your kid is anything like my niece, however, they are nearly adult sized at that age nowadays and the Scout will probably be too small for them. I'd opt for the 10/22, which is a little bigger than the Scout but still a little smaller than full size.
  17. rbernie

    rbernie Well-Known Member

    I'd be more inclined to get a G2 Contender with a 22LR barrel and youth stock. Single-shots are great learnin' tools, and you can drop a 223 or 243 barrel on it when he gets older.

    It's a neat way to make a rifle that's always "his".
  18. Cueball

    Cueball Well-Known Member

    I would suggest bolt action to start with. I say that because there is generally less tendency to just blow thru a bunch of rounds. With the bolt gun, you can help him learn proper technique, better accuracy, and good habits a little easier IMHO.

    As far as type of rifle, again I believe that the CZ452 is the best bang for the bucl out there. They are VERY accurate out of the box and can be had in the Trainer/Special model for $220-240 price range.

    If you feel that you must have a semi, a Marlin model 60 is an inexpensive option and is reasonably accurate out of the box. I don't suggest the Ruger 10/22 unless you like to tinker/mod your guns. To get a reasonable trigger, and a fair amount of accuracy out of a 10/22, you are going to have to spend some time and money on it. But for those that love to tinker or do mods to their guns, they are a dream as the aftermarket is pretty much endless for those rifles.
  19. Chuck Dye

    Chuck Dye Well-Known Member

    Get in and among the crowd in the junior rifle club and find out what is being used. When you wrote "junior rifle" I immediately returned to my days as a member of the Davey Crockett Junior Rifle Club of Ft. Myer VA. In that club we shot serious 50ft. indoor four position. Everyone had target models with peep and globe sights, and full regalia, slings, cuffs, 10-X jackets. Most of us had middling rifles such as my Winchester Model 75, a few had Winchester Model 52’s, and the envied minority had Anschutz 64’s. I do not recall any turning up, but I suspect a light sporter, even a Winchester Model 52 sporter, would have received a lot of razzing. If your son is headed into the snowbird and pinwheel crowd, an autoloader is not appropriate and may not even be allowed. Indeed, one of my most ignominious moments on the firing line was the very public, very thorough, chewing out I received for loading a magazine.

    edit: ooops! I suppose it might be obvious, but bolt action was really the only option at the DCJRC.
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2006
  20. BrainOnSigs

    BrainOnSigs Well-Known Member

    I have had good luck with the CZ 452s. Very accurate. You might want to look at the new CZ 453. It comes with a "set" trigger.

    My son's CZ 452 Scout:

    My CZ452 Varmint:

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