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Classic American Rimfires?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by KodeFore, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. KodeFore

    KodeFore Well-Known Member

    I would like to know what folks here consider the classic american made rimfires?

    "Classic" for me means something that has been around a long time or maybe has had a major Impact on the shooting scene, something that still appeals to many shooters today.

    I am going start things off with the Marlin 39, Remington 572, and Marlin 60. These are guns I own & love shooting. I have never had a ruger 10/22 but I think that should be on the list. ( If I can ever find a a takedown model I might jump on that bandwagon)

    So what do you think?
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    If the Browning SA22 isn't on the list, it darn well should be.

    It has been in continous production longer then any other .22 rifle made.

    I'd have to throw in the Winchester 9422 also.
    It was as good as it gets when they were still being made.

    And the gool old Winchester 1890/06/62A pumps.

    They sold a boatload of them over the years too.

  3. TexasPatriot.308

    TexasPatriot.308 Well-Known Member

    by that definition, mine aint a classic but I have had a Sears & Roebuck (made by Marlin) single shot for over 50 years, I can still shoot a snake in the head (cottonmouths in the water) with the iron sights at up to 50 yards, no problem...the rifle is beat up and I still love it.
  4. content

    content Well-Known Member

    Hello friends and neighbors // The Marlin 1897 ,used by Annie Oakley,or the later 39 (as stated)would be high on the list.

    From personal use, starting in Boy Scouts, my choice is the Winchester 69 or 69A bolt action.
  5. loose noose

    loose noose Well-Known Member

    Stevens Favorite, I've got one and truly love it, it belonged to my grandpa, as well as my dad, and still shoots accurate.:D
  6. natman

    natman Well-Known Member

    Winchester 52
    Marlin 39
    Winchester 69a (first gun I ever fired)
  7. stan rose

    stan rose Well-Known Member

    I not as long on the earth as some of the other members, but my "classic" .22lr accumulation consist of Winchester 62, 69a, 9422, and a Remington single shot Target Master that my grand father got for Christmas in the late 1920s. All are a lot of fun to shoot.
    And I forgot about an old "salt wood" Browning T-bolt I got from my uncle. They may not be as prevalent as some other models, but I think it's a classic.
  8. Boattale

    Boattale Active Member

    The Remington 51_ series of bolt rifles is in there. I think 77/22 is as well.
  9. Furncliff

    Furncliff Well-Known Member

    Marlin 39...in production for 100+ years. The best selling lever rimfire in the world.

    Marlin 60... more than 11,000,000 sold.
  10. WoodchuckAssassin

    WoodchuckAssassin Well-Known Member

    My dad's Remington Scoremaster .22 is still the gold standard for me. He's had it for 50 years, is STILL the only .22 he owns, and drives tacks all day long.

    My Ruger 10/22 shoots very nice nickel size groups at 50 yards, but the old Scoremaster will never be touched in terms of quality, and down-right good looks!
  11. soonerfan85

    soonerfan85 Well-Known Member


    Remington Model 12 Gallery Special slide action, for those of us that are old enough to remember when shooting galleries used real .22 rifles.

    The Winchester slide actions rifles with external hammer.

    The Ruger Mark series pistols.
  12. Rembrandt

    Rembrandt Well-Known Member

    Winchester 52's......about as American Classic as John Wayne.
  13. Nasty

    Nasty Well-Known Member

    The Remington "Nylon"...the very first of plastic firearms. Millions still in use today...this is mine dating back to a birthday in 1967.

  14. Jackal

    Jackal Well-Known Member

    Any Remington 500 series and Mossberg 40 series.
  15. ironworkerwill

    ironworkerwill Well-Known Member

    Savage 99 gets my vote
  16. tuj

    tuj Well-Known Member

    Remington 40X and Kimber 82G.
  17. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    Remington Model 37 and 40x.
  18. DrawDn

    DrawDn Member

    Winchester's 52, 69, & 9422.
    Remingtons 511, 541, & 581.
    Browning T-Bolt & SA22.
    Marlin 39.
    Ruger 10/22, 77/22.
    Springfield 1922.
  19. Abel

    Abel Well-Known Member

    The Winchester 190 & 290

    ...and the 255 too!
  20. Joe I

    Joe I Member

    I guess it depends on what facet of the shooting sports you're into.

    For me, the Remington 37 and 40X, and the Winchester 52 represent the high point of American target rifles.

    The 10/22 is probably the most-accessorized .22 out there. Frankly I don't care for them in out-of-the-box condition, but you can certainly make something out of them with aftermarket parts.

    If I had to pick an overall favorite, it would be the Marlin 39. Well-balanced, good accuracy, classic looks, beautiful wood-to-metal fit, perfectly weighted for an all-day carry.

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