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Anyone Recommend a good .22?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by alligator94, Jun 17, 2007.

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  1. alligator94

    alligator94 Member

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    I am trying to get recommendations for a good .22 rifle that is not that expensive. I am just going to use it for plinking at the range and I do not want to spend a lot of money on a rifle that will not be used for hunting. Preferably a good semi-auto that will shoot shorts. Thanks everybody!!
     
  2. Glockman17366

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    Well, if you want to try a lever action, look at a Henry.
    These are pretty nice and pretty inexpensive.
     
  3. RNB65

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    If you want one that will last a lifetime or three, look at the CZ 452.
     
  4. General Geoff

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    Finding a semi auto that shoots both .22 short and .22lr is going to be a feat.
     
  5. TOU

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    Agreed 100%. CZ 452 Trainer, accurate, inexpensive ($225) light weight handles well...and did I say accurate?!

    CZ: You can pay more, you can pay less but you can't buy more for less.
     
  6. skud_dusty

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    Sounds like you need a Ruger 10/22. They run just under $200 for the basic model and are semi-auto. They don't shoot .22 short though, just LR.

    My favorite gun is my 10/22...and that's saying a lot (I have an AR :neener: )
     
  7. 351 WINCHESTER

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    Try the Savage semi auto. They are about $100. at walmart and make excellent plinkers. Stop looking for one that shoots shorts as ammo for shorts is much more expensive and hard to find than long rifle ammo.
     
  8. kcmarine

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    10/22. More customizations than you could shake a stick at.
     
  9. TFin04

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    Just get the Ruger 10/22.

    I tried to save money with a Savage and I'm constantly having feeding problems. Parts are hard to find and there is next to no aftermarket for them (even though the guns have been made forever...).

    Spend the extra dough and pick up a nice 10/22. Trust me, you will be very pleased with one.
     
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    Since shorts are more expensive than long rifle these days you won't find any reason to have a semi-auto that shoots them.

    As others have said, get a Ruger 10/22.
     
  11. glockman19

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    Another + for the Ruger 10/22.

    inexpensive reliable and plenty of aftermarket accessories.
     
  12. telomerase

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    Not at all, there's a Remington auto that shorts both. Of course it was designed when shorts were cheaper, which has not been true for some time.

    ...so unless you have some reason to want to use more expensive shorts, get a Marlin 60 if you don't want to tinker, and a 10/22 if you do.
     
  13. SteelyNirvana

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    Get a Marlin model 60. The old 17 shot ones can be found from $70-$100 at local pawn shops. They are reliable and acurate just keep the action clean. New ones feature a last shot bolt hold open which is nice and can be had for around $150 or so.
     
  14. CajunBass

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    Another vote for the 10/22. They haven't been around forever it seems for no reason.

    The Marlin 60 is a good one too though.

    If you want really nice, but probably more expensive than you're looking to spend, get a Marlin 39 lever gun. It will shoot shorts, longs (Do they even make them anymore?) and Long Rifle.
     
  15. Geno
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    Shorts? :scrutiny: Well, that means you'll spend $95.00 on the rifle if on sale, and over the next five year, somewhere north of $3,000.00 for ammo. Yes, exaggerating. Get any American-made .22LR and be happy.

    1) T/C Arms (Classic or HB)
    2) T/C G2/Contender/Encore
    3) Ruger 10/22 (HB)
    4) Remington (597 HB)

    There you go, 1st place, a 2nd three-way-tie, 3rd place and 4th place. CZs are good, but they aren't American. Buy American when you can. I tried that when I just bought my Savage .22LR...&^$$(@)# thing is from Canada! Course I didn't see that until I returned home. That really urinated me off, because I told the saleman American-made rifles. Oh well, little bugger is tremendously accurate! Hmmm...kinda like the CZs. :eek: Okay, okay...buy what makes you happy then. :)

    By the way, while I joke a bit here, I take my .22LRs pretty darned seriously. They are my all-time favorite...how so? Well, I just bought my latest 8,000 rounds of Rem .22LR Thunderbolts. Those 8,000 rounds will not last my daughter and I long...perhaps a month of summer shooting. My daughter can go through 1K in an afternoon of run-it-up shooting. She loves .22s! Ditto!
     
  16. MassMark

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    Simple...Lose the desire to shoot .22 Shorts and go with a Ruger 10/22 - that was easy... :)
     
  17. KINGMAX

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    Stick w/ a 22 LR

    I would say stick w/ the 22 LR. It can be found everywhere, Plenty of aftermatket stuff in a RUGER 10/22 flavors. (The aftermarket stuff makes for alot of 'like new to slightly used' goods to be had at cheap bargin prices).

    I say get a new RUGER 10/22 in Stainless if you want a good looking 'Deluxe Plinker' right out of the box, complete w/ checkering on a wonderful wooden stock, complete w/ a rail to mount a scope on.

    I have had mine for years, have yet to break anything on it yet >>> ( :banghead: = 'knock on saw dust' )
    It is like I described above. I got mine from 'WALLY - WORLD', :scrutiny:, @ ABOUT :confused:, $227.88, :D. Stainless Steel, long barrel, wonderful wooden stock w/ nice deep checkering, nice quality butt plate on the stock. My wife bought it for my for my birthday several years ago.

    Volume of rounds: It goes to the range every time we have a shoot, or fish camp trip. Everyone likes to shoot it. I have several 25 - 30 round Eagle, Butler Creek, Hott Lips RED, Steele Lips, all sorts of mags, still the best is the Ruger 10 rounders for smooth shooting, no jamming as most times go. -JOMHO
     
  18. azhunter12

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    Get a 10/22 or a Marlin 60.
     
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    one more time RUGER 10/22, out here you can get one for 180.00 (bought one onsale last week for 159.00) Alot of cheap mods for it out there and fun to shoot.
     
  20. Steel Talon

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    Hello Alligator..

    Simple enough, for me the very best dollar/rifle value out there at one time was/is the Romanian m-69 mil surp. I purchased three for $180.00 a couple years back. Clip fed, chromed barrel, bolt action accurate shooters.

    Check out rimfirecentral.com lots of info on many many rim fires.
    Peace
    Steel Talon:cool:
     
  21. rangerruck

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    i would look at 3 the cz will not only be super accurate, with a set trigger, but it will be a lifetime rifle, one who's beauty you would be proud to hand down to someone. that is for a mag fed bolt. Now for a semiauto, the marlin mod 60, has been made in about a million diff configurations, but you will allways recognize them , however they are disguised, with that same square auto bolt, and that long tube feed. For a 100 dollar rifle, they are about as accurate as you will get , out of the box. But don't get a new mod 60, go to a gunshop or a pawnshop, and get a used one for between 50 to 100 bucks, also if they say Glenfield, it is the same as marlin usually with a squirrel, acorn, bunny, or coyote, engraved into the stock. Same rifle.Just make sure you know how they work, or take someone with you who knows; a gunshop will know if it is allright or not, a pawnshop dude has no idea, but you will get a better price there.
    Avoid the ruger 10.22 , I have one, and they are great, after you do some modification to them. I do not consider them a beginners rifle, more for someone experienced with 22's, and good with tools.
    For a cheapy bolt, with a synth stock, the best deal going for a long time is the marlin, 81 series, now called the 981, it is a bolt action tube, fed, that will fire short, long. and long rifle ammo, the tube will hold about 25 shorts at one time, which is totally sick!!!! And accuracy, it is a marlin no brainer. \
    Dont overlook savage as well, they are world renowned for accurate bbls, but their stocks, especially the synthetic ones, can be a bit gross and mushy.
    so if you find a wood stock savage, with an accutrigger, jump all over that one. Also their semiauto, bottom of the line 120 dollar job, with those brick heavy mags, and that Schnabel type forend, is quite accurate, and comfortalbe to shoot, offhand. Wally world use to sell these for 100 bucks , everyday.
    Cz will be the most, and also the best , of all these rifles for under 300. but I would have ho problems getting any of the others, especially if i new i may beat them up a bit.
    for a lever, any winchester or henry will fill the bill nicely, actually so would a taurus, but those may be a bit harder to find.
     
  22. rangerruck

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    the problem with finding the Marlin mod 60 , with the 17 shot tube, is that they were only made from '85 to '88, and can be hard to find, most dudes who have them, and know better, will never sell them. They also had the last shot bolt hold open, which started in either like '83 or 85. the ones made after 88, well, congress decided you can't handle a 17 shot semi auto, so they made marlin shorten that tube.
     
  23. Ndenway

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    look around for one of the remington speedmasters, they'll fire shorts, longs and long rifles.
     
  24. sm

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    Single shots like the old Rem 5xx series are accurate and shoot short, long and long rifle.

    Old Remington Speedmasters and Fieldmasters, (semi's and pumps) will run S,L,LR as well and these too are accurate, and good looking wood and blue guns.

    Old Rem Nylon 66, either butt fed or magazine, are very reliable, accurate and fun guns. Still holds the record for shooting 100,010 one inch wood blocks tossed in the air...always forget who did that.

    Newer guns:
    I like the Marlin 60 for a semi, and the bolt guns are nice.
    Most of my recent time with the bolt guns, are the kid sized ones [Fun] assisting kids.

    CZ 452 is a nice bolt gun as well.


    Still...some of the older guns, and some can be found "right" as they are not New and all the rage, provide some great guns, at great values, and these guns just need to be bought, used and enjoyed.

    DO NOT - pick up a Browning lever action, or Semi Auto.
    These are Sweet Guns, one cannot let go of, and the next thing one knows, they have spent more money than they intended.

    You have been cautioned. ;)
     
  25. yhtomit

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    Just for clarification: is there a special reason that you want to shoot .22 short? Lots of people (and I agree with them!) are basically advising that you forget about shooting shorts; is there some reason that .22 short is important to you in a rifle?

    As to your quest, I'll throw out that I have a bolt-action .22 by Savage with a stainless bull barrel and black synthetic furniture; I'd tell you the model, but it's at my dad's place right now. (A downside to parents in different states is keeping track of what might be stashed at each of their houses, never mind the various places I've lived ;)) I've fired my Savage less than I'd like to have fired it, but it was cheap ($120 or so, I think) from a mid-range sporting goods store (Dicks, I think) 6 or 7 years ago, and it's a joy to shoot. Bolt action means straightforward to clean, too.

    timothy
     
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