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MagnumLite .22 REBORN! Range report w/ PICS

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by AKElroy, Feb 27, 2010.

  1. AKElroy

    AKElroy Well-Known Member

    When I first got this Magnum Research MagnumLite, I was very disappointed. Factory trigger was VERY heavy (it is an OEM 10/22; PLASTIC!), and the BlackHawk Axiom Stock was VERY light; making it nearly impossible to sight in.

    This was a costly rig; I found the rifle on GB for $529.00; The Bushnell Elite 3200 5X15X50 AO also on GB for $289.00. I had hoped this would be all I needed to spend. Wrong---

    After the first disastrous range session, I ordered an OEM 10/22 Target stock on ebay ($76.00), a Volquartsen VG2000 from Shooters Supply (199.00), Burris EXT 6- screw rings ($59) to improve the stock setup.

    What a difference!!! I am not happy that I needed to throw more money at an already EXPENSIVE rig, but I am pleased with the results. It is shooting well under MOA with CCI Mini-mags, and I am not a very good shot. I like my coffee. It points like a wand, feels VERY substantial in the hand, and is a confidence inspiring joy to shoot. The VQ Trigger group makes a HUGE difference; it is not super light @ approx. 3lbs, (great for hunting), but it is clean & crisp.

    I have it set for a 65 yard zero w/ the CCI's, and I am confident in head-shots on tree-rats out passed that distance with this setup. This is now my go-to rimfire hunting rig.

    If I clamped this into a lead-sled to get past my caffeine induced tremors, I am certain I could drill ragged holes with match ammo.

    Final tally? I don't want to think about it!

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  2. lopezni

    lopezni member

    yeah with a 10/22 it is best to buy an action, then build of of it. That said you could've invested half of what you did into a bolt rifle and gotten better accuracy.
  3. mikewayde

    mikewayde Well-Known Member

    Looks great...
  4. WNTFW

    WNTFW Well-Known Member

    Burris Xtreme rings are hard to beat for the money.

    What distance are your targets shot at?
  5. C-grunt

    C-grunt Well-Known Member

    Glad you got it worked out. Felt kinda bad for you reading your original post.
  6. Dookie

    Dookie Well-Known Member

    The Magnum Research is a great action. They do use factory internals with a "target" trigger built by Clark, I believe. That is why they are so cheap out of the box. But you get a superb action and barrel and if you were to purchase the action and barrel separately you would pay nearly $600

    That is a fine looking rifle.
  7. AKElroy

    AKElroy Well-Known Member

    I have accurate bolt guns, this was to fill a different niche. As for accuracy, I am not a very good shot & the flyers around these groups are either pulls by me, or just as likely scope adjustments. I fiddled with it a few clicks after every 3 rounds to get it to my desire POI.
  8. AKElroy

    AKElroy Well-Known Member

    65 yards.
  9. halfded

    halfded Well-Known Member

    I like it this way much more than the magnumlite. The magnum was just too "technologically advanced" looking for lack of a better description. Nice build and better groups!
  10. AKElroy

    AKElroy Well-Known Member

    I still do not like the light barrel. This thing is SOOOO light at the front, it really takes getting used to. I am highly considering ebaying this barely used barrel & buying a more traditional target bull barrel. I was warned that 10/22's can become money pits, and I am definately seeing that happen.

    When it comes to buying a specialty item, my advice is to find it or buy it locally. If I had known how this gun FELT, I never would have bought it. That is the danger of buying on-line. So, I am left with a magnum research receiver out of the original purchase w/ everything else either replaced or nearly so. Not a disaster, MR probably makes the best receivers out there.

    Oh well--At least selling the parts will recoup some of the expense. Anyone interested in an OEM trigger group? Carbon fiber MR barrel? Blackhawk Axiom / Knoxx Stock?? Used for 1 range trip; 200 rounds max. They are outstanding quality, just not what I want.
  11. NCsmitty

    NCsmitty Well-Known Member

    I think that you made a good decision to cut your losses. So you ended up with the basic Magnum Research rifle with upgraded trigger?

  12. conhntr

    conhntr Well-Known Member

    why do you have a 15x scope on a .22?
  13. Kentucky_Rifleman

    Kentucky_Rifleman Well-Known Member

    I use 3x9s or bigger on .22s I target shoot. I just get much better look at the target, and it translates into much better shooting for me. The OP has gone way deeper into his pocket for his scope than I usually do, but I certainly see the logic.

  14. conhntr

    conhntr Well-Known Member

    for the same money i would get a better quality scope of a magnification that would make sense for a .22

    i prefer a fixed 4 or 6 power but a 3-9 makes sense also. for the money spent on that 15 power monster (mounted on a superlight rifle?) you can get a really nice scope.

    i have both nikkon and weaver fixed powers on my .22s and like them. centerfire rifles i have leupolds.
  15. AKElroy

    AKElroy Well-Known Member

    When I was a kid, my father & I would spend hours shooting down weeds & sapplings on my grandfathers property. I love precision shooting, but my astigmatism has advanced to the point that I can't use open sights anymore. I really have a desire to continue precision shooting, and that means a lot of quality glass. With the OA, I am able to get in really close as well.

    I have 4 rimfire rifles; and a .22/45 pistol. Two of the rifles (this one included) wear a lot of glass, (the other, a target Marlin wears a 4X14 AO) two are retired w/OS, and the pistol wears a scope.

    It's just how I roll, homie.
  16. AKElroy

    AKElroy Well-Known Member

    The Elite 3200 is not a decent scope?
  17. conhntr

    conhntr Well-Known Member

    no i didnt saw it wasnt a good scope. for the SAME money if you go for a regular 3-9 or fixed power 4, 6x you can move up a class.
  18. AKElroy

    AKElroy Well-Known Member

    Pretty much, assuming I decide to trade the MR Barrel. I like the balance it offers in the field, though; it balance pivots in the middle of the trigger guard, just about perfect for shooting offhand. For tight groups from the bench, I just prefer more weight up front. I guess I need two; I will see how this one perfoms on tree rats in a couple of weeks; I have a trip planned to show my son how to skin & prep the little critters, and we will be making some camp stew assuming I can hit them. I have a stand that is witness to a half dozen or so of the critters every time I have sat in it.
  19. AKElroy

    AKElroy Well-Known Member

    Since so much shooting is done close in w/ head shots preferred, an AO is almost a requirement on a rimfire. The Bushnell is pretty much made for this purpose.
  20. Kentucky_Rifleman

    Kentucky_Rifleman Well-Known Member

    I've never used the Nikons much, but we're of like mind on the Weavers and Leupolds.


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