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.22 Caliber recommendations

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Falcontech, May 24, 2006.

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  1. Falcontech

    Falcontech Member

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    I am looking to eventually purchase a .22 rifle for target shooting with family, etc. I am just looking for anyone's opinion as to what to get. Brands, models, features, etc.

    Thanks,

    Falcontech....
     
  2. Poodleshooter

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    For newbie shooters check out Marlin Firearms,CZ and Ruger. I'd go with a bolt action Marlin,personally. They're versatile and quite accurate.
    Check out Walmart's special order firearms section in their website online. Those prices will likely beat your local gunshop's prices.
     
  3. Oldnamvet

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    CZ 452. Can hit a dime at 50 yds all day long. Great little bolt action.
     
  4. Seancass

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    i second poodlekiller. marlins are my person favs. they always hit what they are pointed at. they have always impressed me. you should probly find someone with some guns so you can try different actions. levers are my favorite because they are so much fun, but they are not for everyone.

    really, anything that says marlin on it gets my recomendation.
     
  5. CZguy

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    My two favorites are the CZ 452 and the Marlin 39a.

    Both a lot more accurate than I am.
     
  6. wild billz

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    I was just making this choice myself. I bought the CZ 452 after looking at all the options, then I happened to find a LNIB Marlin 60 for 75 bucks and got that the same day.

    I can say that the CZ rocks, it is a great fit and finish and very accurate, I am very pleased with the Marlin 60 too. I managed to get both that were on my short list and am happy.

    Those are the ones I'd recommend after doing the research and asking the same opinions here. Left on my list is a lever gun, but not right away. by the way my best friend has the marlin 39A and its awesome. they are expensive. I bought the CZ and the 60 for way less than a 39A.
     
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    Anybody have ane experience with the Marlin 981T? I have been looking to get one of these for a while.
     
  8. CB900F

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    Fella's;

    The only kicker to a Marlin bolt gun is if your left eye dominant. Marlin makes no left hand bolt guns that I know of. Savage does make a nice little bolt-action .22, I've owned one & would own another. CZ's 452 is now also available with the bolt on the 'proper' side of the action also. :D

    900F
     
  9. wild billz

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    I looked at a Marlin 981T, it was on my list, but after looking at it, I didn't like. I don't like the synthetic stock and the trigger wasn't very good. I have not shot one, so it may be accurate, but I crossed it off my list after holding it.
     
  10. Duneblade

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    I too am in the same boat as you. I will be going with a Ruger 10/22 stainless barel. The gun can get purchased at wal-mart for around 200$. There are many aftermarket items you can get for it. Therefor, it can be a fun fam/personal longerm or short term gun. From what everyone has told me there is little diffrence between a Marlin, and a Ruger in regards to accuracy. Anyway just my 2 cent.
     
  11. borrowedtime69

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    my recommendations, for what its worth...

    ive been heavily into .22's for about 20 years and have owned many. here's the list i recommend....

    For a semi auto that you can later work on and rebuild into a real shooting machine caue theres tons of accessory parts on the market for them, including barrels, target hammers, stocks, mags, you name it; get a Ruger 10/22 price, between Used to new - $110 -$200. first modification i would do is to buy a Power Custom target hammer to get the heavy trigger pull down to a managable 2 1/2 pounds!

    For a great little semi auto thats accurate and reliable right out of the box, get a Marlin 759. price usually $100 --> $140

    For a really good lever action i recommend a Marlin 39A. all steel reciever. price used to new is $190--> $420

    for a good bolt action, i think that a marlin bolt of most any model they make would be cost effective and accurate. cost around $125-->$180

    for a good bolt that may run some $$$, get a CZ Lux .22 LR, they are the cream of the crop!

    For a break action-single shot, look at New England Firearms. get one of the models that are drilled and tapped for scope base. price; $130-->$180

    stay away from Remington 579's, Mossberg Plinkster. i didnt include any Savages , #1. ive never owned one, & #2. i dont really care for their looks. but from what ive heard they can be inexpensive quality firearms.

    got any specific questions, please email or Private Message me through THR.org service. Best of luck!!
     
  12. wild billz

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    CZ 452 Trainer: $221 at WalMart.
     
  13. Technosavant

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    Before I went with a Ruger 10/22, I would go with a Remington 597. They had their teething problems, but the 3rd generation magazines have them running very nicely, and they are far more accurate than the Ruger right out of the box. Yeah, you can add barrels, etc. to the 10/22, but the 597 is already that accurate, and Volquartsen and Jarvis both make a few aftermarket items if you so choose (I tossed a scope on my $140 Wal-Mart 597, and it is a real tack driver).

    A Marlin or CZ bolt action will be a touch more accurate and reliable, but I just like semiauto for .22LR, myself.
     
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    Just a thought, but you may well find an older Remington 521 or 541 bolt .22 at a gun shop or pawn shop. Prices are usually much less than a new rifle, and they are very accurate.
     
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    Falcon I pesonally can't vouch for CZ or a number of other .22's ,but I can vouch for the Ruger 10/22 and the Marlin model 60. My Ruger has the 20in. SS barrel and sporter stock. It's very light and very accurate it's a joy to shoot. My model 60 I recently sold to my brother was bought before I was born in 73 and is a top notch rifle. My brother was shooting budweiser caps hanging from a tree at 78 yards. My brother is a good shot but he needed a good gun to make the shot with. Just my opinion for what it's worth ,but either would be good choices.
     
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    CZ 452FS




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  17. CZguy

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    :eek: :what: The Ruger can be made to be accurate. But the Marlin 39a and CZ 452 are accurate right out of the box.

    Falcontech,

    You might try going to a big gun store and handling all the different brands and types to see what fits you the best.
     
  18. 22-rimfire

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    If you can find a used Remington 541S or T, you will have a beautiful man sized 22 rifle that shoots very well. I'm not a big fan of the Ruger 10/22's, but I have one with the walnut stock that shoots just fine. I just don't like the magazines. The big Ramline magazines are fun to play around with though.
     
  19. Haymaker

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    A blast from the past ( Lefthanded action too!)

    Check out a BSA MKII Martini action target rifle, they were made and stocked with true lefthanded actions and target stocks.:cool:
    They are extrimely accurate and will hold their own against Anschutz rifles codting 3 times as much.:)
     
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    As someone who just purchased one a couple of weeks ago, the Marlin 60. I love it. It is accurate and works well with any 22 ammo I've used.
     
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    Well, in the "best bang for the buck" category, I can't recommend a Marlin more highly. I have both a Model 60 and a bolt (25N?)...The Model 60 has a better scope, right now, and after trying a wide variety of ammo, and finding what it likes best, it is far more accurate than a .22 semiauto has a right to be. Its also been extremely reliable. You can buy one, plus a good set of rings and an OK scope for under $200. I think the bolt gun will be just as accurate, once I put on a better scope and test various ammo for it, just haven't spent the money/time.

    If you wanna spend a little more, the CZs appear to be great, I've not heard anything bad about them, but have no personal experience with them, yet.
     
  22. Sharpdogs

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    All the recommendations are good but the best value will probably be in the Marlin 60 or 25N. I doubt you will be disappointed with any of the choices above.
     
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    I have a Marlin 995SS. Pretty accurate little gun. I don't like Ruger, for political reasons went over here before, however they are the most modifiable ones out.
     
  24. pauli

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    can't beat the marlin 60 for value.

    can't beat the 39a... period.

    i'll certainly agree with the cz 452 getting the nod in the bolt department.

    if i've already recommended a semi, a lever, and a bolt... i'll also suggest a rem 572 pump, though i don't know if new ones are as outstanding as mine from the early 60's.
     
  25. Sprout

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    I've been very happy with my Thompson Center Classic. Very accurate. There is a huge following over at Rimfire Central.
     
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