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Besides the 10/22 what's a good .22LR rifle?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by epijunkie67, Feb 15, 2006.

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  1. epijunkie67

    epijunkie67 Member

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    Currently, my only .22 rifles are a sigle shot bolt that's older than me and a throw away mossburg plinker that works OK but not exactly a dream gun. I also own a Henry lever in .22 mag that is a blast to shoot and does handle like a dream gun.

    So I've been thinking about getting a better .22 LR rifle than what I have now. I know that the 10/22 is considered by many to be a top notch rifle but I was wondering if there were other suggestions out there. I don't want to throw down a grand on a .22 but it doesn't have to be cheap either. No single shots. I'm not a huge fan of bolt action though I wouldn't rule one out. I own several lever rifles and love them, I like semi auto also, and although I don't own any pump action rifles they look kind of interesting.

    So, if you're only going to own one .22 LR rifle which one should it be? Mostly range work with some hunting thrown in.
     
  2. mustanger98

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    I recommend looking on Gunbroker.com and a couple of other auction sites and finding a Remington Model 521-T. This is a bolt action repeater with a 6rd detatchable magazine. Made between 1947 and 1969. There's several on there right now, IIRC. Mine turned out to be a great rifle with it's target sights- front and rear- and workmanship/artistry you won't find in a new production rifle without spending big $$$. You might consider a 541 as well.

    The pumps are nice too if you can find a nice one not worn out. Taurus rurnt their's putting that stupid lawyer safety on top of the bolt.
     
  3. Sistema1927

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    Marlin 39A.

    A .22 for adults.
     
  4. Lupinus

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    Marlin model 60, inexpensive but not cheap
     
  5. ziadel

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    Remington 597?

    I've heard someone is supposed to start making 25 round mags for them...
     
  6. P. Plainsman

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    Marlin 60, very accurate little semi-auto rifle for little cash.

    Marlin 39A, handsome, full-sized lever rifle with fine amenities. Mine jammed a bit too much, though, and it was not as accurate as the cheapo Model 60.

    The 60 gets the nod.
     
  7. flatdog

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    Well if your open to bolt actions you should seriously consider the CZ 452 American. The ones I've seen and shot deliver outstanding accuracy. You would have to get a custom 10/22 to match it.

    They just brought out the 453 American with a single set trigger. No personal experience, but I'm guessing it would be more of a good thing.

    http://www.cz-usa.com/01.04.php
     
  8. White Horseradish

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    I have a Marlin 795 an love it. Marlin 60 might be a better choice for hunting, though, since it has no protruding magazine to snag stuff.
     
  9. Ifishsum

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    +1 on the Remington 597. I have 2 and they're great little .22s. I've replaced all but one 10/22 with a 597, and that last one is going away soon for a Savage Mark II bolt.

    IMO, the best thing about the 10/22 is you can replace almost everything with aftermarket parts.
     
  10. TNT

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    I would take a long hard look at the TC Classic.
     
  11. ArmedBear

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    Only one?

    CZ bolt action or Browning SA 22. Maybe Browning BL-22 or Marlin 39.

    Boltie or levergun so I can shoot CB's at crows out the window. SA 22 because it really can do everything and it's a takedown, too.
     
  12. losangeles

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    I like 22 rifles. Actually, you can't have enough 10/22s. The great thing is that you can have many and each can seem different if you mod them each differently. Each are different, and each are the same. Lots of advantages in that fact.

    As someone suggested, if you don't mind bolt-action, the CZ 452 is a great rifle. It's one of the most accurate for the price, out of the box. I bought one myself after reading reviews of people who have taken it to the range. I don't have numbers for it but do confirm that it's impressively accurate shooting with the iron sights.
     
  13. mattw

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    I am also looking for a new .22 LR. Whats a good bolt action for less than 250? any one know about the cz 513 basic?
     
  14. michakav

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    +2 on the Rem. 597. Got mine a couple years ago. Had some problems, but they worked the bugs out of the newer ones. I had to get the newer metal mags for mine, but all is well now. Tack driver for $150, can't beat it.
     
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    Hmmm... If I were you, I'd try to find a clean Remington Nylon 66. I'm pretty sure that's my favorite .22 rifle.

    Shame they discontinued it. :(

    StrikeEagle
     
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    +1
     
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    Remington 597

    +3 for the Remington 597. I just got one and love it... :cool:
     
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    If you ever come across a Winchester model 75 or a Remington 513 target rifle you can't go wrong.
     
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    +4 I bought one at a garage sale last year without a mag....... Bought a lot of 5 mags (plastic) on ebay for $19 and they all work great without jams or stove piping. Put a Nikon pro staff 4x32 and it is a tack driver. It's my grouse gun.
     
  20. Seven High

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    Take a look at the Remington 552 semiauto or the 572 pump action. They are both top of the line in my opinion. Both are adult sized. :)
     
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    My go to squirrel rifle is an older Remington 521t bolt gun. I have been reducing the tree rat population for about 30 years with it.
    My fun .22 is a Ruger Mannlicher stocked rifle, Stainless Steel. Accurate, fun, and is just beautiful.
    I have others in the safe(s), but these two are my favorites.
     
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    Hi Junkie,

    I have my dad's 521T that is simply the most accurate rifle I own. It has some junk optics on it now that will soon be replaced by a Leupold rimfire scope. It is just a ton of fun to shoot.

    The other is my 39A. I'm going to assert that there's a little cowboy in every guy (Except some notable liberals....). There's something very nourishing to the cowboy inside us all to be slinging lead with that great little lever action.

    John
     
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    +1

    I have one and its reliable as any semi-auto and accuracy with open sights is crazy.
    If you prefer a detachable magazine look for a Nylon 77.
     
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    I have looked at the Marlin 39M for 35 years and finally got one this year. I would never have taken a break of 20 some years of shooting if I had bought this instead of some cheapy Sears bolt action.
     
  25. 22-rimfire

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    Bolt: Try to find a Remington 541-S or 541-T which were made in the 1980's and 1990's. Very accurate bolt action out of the box. You are probably looking at around $500.

    Lever: Few can beat a Marlin 39A. Gun is quality and has been made for many years.
     
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