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Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by sprice, Mar 7, 2011.

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  1. sprice

    sprice Member

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    What's the most accurate .22lr semi-automatic rifle that can be had for under $500? I'm leaning to ar-15 types but maybe a customized ruger 10/22?

    Will a savage mkII compete with a cz 452?
     
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  2. BrocLuno

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    Really accurate will turn out to be a match rifle and that is 99.99% a bolt gun. How do you define accurate?
     
  3. sprice

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    I revised it a little. What's the most accurate instead of a really accurate semi?
     
  4. mshootnit

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    bsa martini
     
  5. wanderinwalker

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    The Thompson Center R-55 has a reputation for good accuracy from a semi-auto, and I believe the sporters are around the $500 price-point.

    If you're willing to give up the semi-auto for accuracy and reliability, check out the Savage Mk IIs or CZ-455s. I might recommend the Savage Mk II FVT with peep sights for learning shooting fundamentals. Be warned, the synthetic stocks aren't very stiff and a little sling tension will twist them pretty easily.
     
  6. arizona98tj

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    Accuracy....don't get the Smith & Wesson's M&P15-22. While S&W claims they come with a match grade barrel, they are far from it.

    If you want a AR type semi-auto .22LR that has the same manual of arms as a regular AR-15, then get the 15-22. Just don't get it because you think it will be accurate.
     
  7. Sky

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    Or get an AR and the chrome 22lr conversion kit and you will have many options. Varmints out to 50 yards or longer depending on the barrel with the 22 and much much further with the 223.
     
  8. GLShooter

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    For $500 get a used 10-22 ($150) a Volquartsen hammer/sear set up ($80) a Green Mountain fluted 18" barrel ($125) and a Bell & Carlson stock ($130)

    This is my 10-22 with a Shilen barrel but the GM's will shoot great too.

    [​IMG]

    Greg
     
  9. Furncliff

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    I shoot the cz 452's daddy, a Brno#1. It's good for 3/8inch groups at 50 yards with target ammo.

    The sad thing is that my much cheaper (like $160) 1990's vintage stock (except for Boyds Thumbhole) Marlin 60 with a cheap scope can almost get there. It will do about 1/2 inch on a good day.

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  10. Gordon_Freeman

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    I recommend the Colt/Umarex M4 OPS carbine or the Smith and Wesson M&P 15-22.
     
  11. trigga

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    what do you plan on doing with it? ever consider getting a used ar15 then a .22lr conversion kit? might be a little more but gives you more versatility. I use the .22lr for squirrel hunting and it has proven more than accurate, and .223 for deer. the spikes tactical kit i have is highly reliable with cci mini mags and stingers. if you want a nice dedicated .22lr rifle ar15 style, my vote is for the smith mp22. light weight and nice barrel unlike the colt replica .22lr. the colt just looks better, thats about it.
     
  12. doc2rn

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    If you just want an accurate semi out of the box its gonna be a Marlin mod 60. If you want an accurate tack driver get the CZ 452 or the Ruger 77/22 MK II V-Bolt, not the screw in barrel.
     
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    I agree with Doc on the Marlin 60.

    After adding a scope and bipod my targets are now post-it notes.

    The very small ones :)
     
  14. mrbro

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    Another vote for the Marlin 60. My '71 vintage 60 with a 4x scope does about 1.1 moa with Wolf MT out to 130 yards. We did a big ammo test recently where I spent more on ammo than I did for the gun and scope 25 years ago.
     
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    I like the 10/22 thats what I have. The good thing about 22's is that you dont have to buy real expensive optics. To tell you the truth I have a ncstar on my 10/22 right now.
     
  16. DM~

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    Out of the box, the Marlin 60 is the best buy out there, and they do shoot VERY good. If you want to customize your 22 and make it shoot, get a 10/22. I just don't like they way they feel like a beached whale in my hand, and you can't fix that.

    DM
     
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    +1 on the Marlin 60 out of the box...
     
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    This thread is wandering all over the place. Firstly, we need to know 'how' accurate. Saying the "most" accurate doesn't really tell us much and recommending a T/C because it's the most accurate out of the box doesn't do much good if you'd be satisfied with a Marlin 60.

    Out of the box, the T/C is probably the most accurate but it will eat up all of your $500.

    However, you could build a really accurate 10/22 with $500. A used carbine can be had for $150 or a brand new one for $200. Spend a little more and get a walnut sporter for $275. Couple that with a $200 barrel and a $40 Volquartsen hammer and you have a 10/22 that will shoot with most boltguns. Contrary to popular belief, rimfires are not like centerfires so you don't need a steel heavy barrel to shoot tiny groups. Sporter and midweight barrels are just as accurate and don't feel like a boat anchor in your hands. I would strongly suggest going this route if you plan on hunting with it. Look for sporter barrels by Green Mountain ($100-$150) and midweight barrels by Clark Custom and Shilen (+$200). The midweight barrels will require opening the barrel channel on a factory stock but this is easily accomplished.

    For boltguns, folks generally consider the CZ's to be more accurate than Savages but they also cost more. Which is okay because they're nicer rifles and many come with turkish walnut. My Savage MKII and CZ 452 shoot about the same but the Savage is a heavy barrelled target model tested with a 24x target scope and the CZ is a full-stocked model tested with a 1-4x scope that is set parallax free at 100yds.
     
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    there are so many things you can do to a 10/22 for 500 bucks... go with that!!
     
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    I have less than $500 in this 10/22 build. Fajen stock, Volquartzen barrel, Simmons scope, did the trigger myself modding the original Ruger parts.

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    I have 2 CZ452's, a heavy barrel Ruger and they all shoot great. But I am thinking of trying a Marlin 60. Are they really better than a Ruger? How about the Mossberg Plinker?
    Are they any good?
     
  22. frankenstein406

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    Old mossbergs, marlin 795, lot of options, but what will be comfortable in your hands? Just because your gun can, doesn't mean you can. Take some classes in shooting.
     
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    That sums it up nicely. I've got a Glenfield/Marlin Model 60 made in the early 80s that shoots better than I can manage. Best part is I only paid $65 for it at a pawn shop a few years ago. They are great little rifles for the money.
     
  24. 76shuvlinoff

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    I like Marlins, for levers I have a 39A .22 and a 1894C in .357

    However I think the best money I ever spent was $90 for a lightly used Marlin 60 3 years ago. Add inexpensive (not cracker jack cheap) glass and it will probably bore you.... but you will be grinning.
     
  25. pelzer24

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    Don't count out the Remington 597. They're better than a 10-22 out of the box as well.

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