Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Sarcastic_Hate, Mar 29, 2020.
What caliber are you interested in?
But regarding your dilemma don't be afraid of a semi auto. A Marlin 60 will give you a lifetime of trouble free service. So will Ruger or Savage auto. Honestly I can't think of any single shot 22s offhand that are currently in production. A cricket may be a fun little plinker with an emphasis on little.
Ruger #1 is a good centerfire as are the Thompson offerings.
Older NEF rifles and shotguns are ok, a little rougher but not expensive.
Henry has rifles and shotguns in single shot and Henry's a great brand.
Several Italian makers have reproductions of vintage single shots.
I could keep going if need be.
If it's longevity you're after, stop right there. Single shots suffer the same mechanical wear and breakages of all other mechanical devices. Any normal firearm will outlast you with proper care. If you do wear out a gun you will have spend 10 times it's value in ammunition or more. This isn't something to worry about.
If you like handguns, buy a 9mm glock - I dare you to try to wear it out.
Not a .22, but here's one that got my attention, and no, I don't own one... https://tippmannarmory.com
The new Keystone (Crickett) military replicas are pretty tempting too for neat singles-
They are fun to shoot, conversation pieces at the range and can easily harvest about anything in North America.
In terms of single shot 22 lr's, these are the ones I am a fan of:
These BSA rifles were considered top of the line when they were made, and they were not cheap then, nor are they now, even though they have been surpassed as target rifles by Anschutz and Walther.
Rossi switch barrel combo, .410 or .22 lr.
CVA Hunter .44 Mag.
Pink Savage Rascal on left, Savage Cub T on far right, both .22
T/C Encore Pro Hunter, 50cal muzzleloader and .300 Win Mag barrels.
So yeah - a *fan* here too.
The new single-shot rimfire market is much narrower than it used to be -- back in the day, every maker offered at least one bolt action single shot 'boys rifle' or rimfire target rifle. Good news is that young shooters today tend to gravitate directly to semiautos, and older single shots languish on the local gun shop (LGS) shelves at very low prices with few takers. Nothing wrong with semis and repeaters, mind, but single loading a rifle is enjoyable and good discipline.
Remember too, a bolt action rimfire magazine repeater can serve as a single shot -- just don't load the magazine.
I recommend you do a troll of the LGS and see what's available. Figure spending around $200-250 on the very best example you can find -- that will buy a very good used .22 rifle today. Look for the major brands: Winchester, Remington, Marlin, Mossberg, Savage, etc. Also look for well cared for examples, with few stock dings or rusty patches -- chances are the bores will also be in better shape than on a beater rifle. Don't insist on a single shot if there is a bolt action magazine repeater of better quality available. Personally I prefer box magazines over tubes, but that's just me.
Henry used to offer an adult stocked version of their Mini-Bolt called the Acu-Bolt (thanks Aarond, I forgot the name), but I don't see it in their catalog at present. You might find a used one, but that's a long shot. I had one of their adult Acu-Bolt stocks fitted to a Mini-Bolt action (the mounting screw needs to be relocated). It's ultra light, hides under a jacket -- I've used it with CB caps to discreetly deal with trapped possums in our suburban neighborhood.
Are we counting the 24's as single shots?
Seems like cheating, but I'm in:
Also liked this 357Max Encore I had:
Could handle 38spcl to 35Rem type loads, what's not to love?
Cor, she's a beaut!
A Simpson Ltd. fan, eh Todd? https://simpsonltd.com/long-guns/husqvarna/husqvarna-22-single-shot-rifles/
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