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Best 22 mag rifle?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by joehaha, Apr 27, 2007.

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  1. joehaha

    joehaha Member

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    Greeting,

    I just purchased a Ruger Single Six. Which has made me very happy with the 22 mag round. So my question to my fellow collectors. What is the best 22 mag rifle to go along with the Single Six? I don't care if it's bolt, single shot, semi-auto or lever action. I want the best all around new rifle out of the box. Thanks in advance for your help.
     
  2. chestnut ridge

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    The 22 magnum is a favorite of mine. I have an older Mossberg Chuckster
    that is accurate. I have a Marlin 922 semi-auto that is over built and
    heavy; but seems to shoot good. Also a H&R single shot break open
    rifle. This is one of the better deals going right now. It came scope
    ready with an attached mount, and a nice rubber pad and decent looking
    laminated stock for under 150.
    I want one of the taurus pump rifles in 22 magnum; and the Winchester
    9422 would be nice. The CZ bolt rifles are hard to beat for value and
    accuracy. I would avoid the Ruger 10/22 in 22 mag; as many report
    these are jam-o-matics.
     
  3. doubleg

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    Only 22mag I ever shot was a marlin 925m. To say the least I was impressed. :cool:
     
  4. rangerruck

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    for new, i would say a cz or a brno 611 would be it. for old , the mossy chuckster is allways debated as the number 1 to 3, for accuracy. Now I must say, that ANY old marlin, wood stocked, is very good. the garand/carbine looking 99's are very nice , heavy made and unique. but the best of the marlins would have to be the 780 series, tube feds or mag feds. They were heavy, full sized rifles, beautifully made, with great wood and checkering, and here i would also put this series of 22 mags as a top 5 all time, in 22 mag accuracy.
    of course ruger in 22 mag is interesting, but accuracy, and durability is iffy , from what i understand. Ruger's 22 mags, in bolt fed though, are classic styled and have a good reputation. there is also a few made with a more futuristic or modular look , such as magtech, or Excell arms. Also a very interesting one, if you can track down, Would be a Jaeger Italy, copy of an Ak or maybe also an ar, but the ak for sure, in 22 mag. supposedly wonderfully made, impeccable parts, and wonderfull accuracy , from a semi auto , 22 mag.
    That being said, since I like the classics, a new cz or brno would be so kule, and for a used , go to a gunstore or gunshow, and look for the mossy, or the marlin 780 series. quite yummy.
     
  5. Old 112

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    Both Savage and Marlin bolt actions have a good acurracy reputation. I believe Savage has added the Acu-trigger to the 22 lineup, and Marlin has improved their trigger, also. There are many loadings availabe these days in 22 magnum, so finding a very acurrate round should not be to hard a task. My older Savage 65M really likes Fed. 50gr jhp, but will not do better than 3 or 4 inches at 100yards with anything under 40gr, and sometimes much worse with the 30 to 33gr. stuff. 22 magnums are just plain fun. Old 112
     
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    I have been quite happy with one of the Remington M597M rifles...

    Forrest
     
  7. Dr.Rob

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    Marlin Bolt rifles are great and simple and inexpensive, the trigger leaves much to be desired though, but as a way to get into it cheap... Marlin is a great choice.

    The CZ bolt gun has a very good rep. I'm not fond of the sheet-metal trigger guard, but these rifles shoot!

    I'm pretty sure Savage makes a bolt rifle with an Accutrigger.

    I'd give those three a close look.
     
  8. joehaha

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    Thanks guys,

    This is just the type of info I'm looking for. What about lever guns? Ruger 96/22? Again thanks in advance for your help.
     
  9. 351 WINCHESTER

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    You can't go wrong with a cz452 or 453. As for the sheet metal trigger guard don't worry it's big enough even when you are wearing gloves.

    For your information at least the trigger guard is steel. Can't say that about marlin, savage, etc. Mostly plastic or pot metal.

    Get the cz.
     
  10. rangerruck

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    for a lever, also don't forget Taurus. but for old , the king would proly be a marlin levermatic 56, if you can find it. just a fabulous rifle, with a futuristice use of cams, for a super short , super fast lever throw. If you can find the wone made in '55, it is all 100% steel. dont know if they made the ones in '55 in 22 mag, though, i know they made them in 22lr. after that, marlin swithced to the common sloped back, aluminum receiver, but the rest is still all steel.
     
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    I just bought a Marlin 925M to go with my Ruger Single Six.
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  12. Milkmaster

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    I don't know about it being the BEST .22WMR rifle, but I have been salivating over the Henry Golden Boy in .22 mag
     
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    Joehaha;

    THE best? Probably Volquartsen. Be prepared to spend something in the very high 3 to low 4 digits.

    Best levergun? Probably the Marlin 1894M, everything the model 56 wants to be. Best bolt gun is debatable, although the CZ & chuckster are gonna be contenders. Best semi-auto, see above. Volquartsen produces extremely fine goods.

    900F
     
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    I don't know about best, but I'm very happy with my CZ452. I've had it for 10 years, other rifles have come and gone, this one has stayed.
     
  15. H&Hhunter

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    Well to go along with the single six I'd be mighty tempted to buy a Winchester 94-22 in a mag or Marlin made neat little lever gun in .22 mag for a while it was based on the 39.

    As far as bolt guns go I really like the Kimber hunter in .22 but they ain't cheap!
     
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    The Savage 93G is a nice rifle. I have a lefty 93GL with which I'm pleased. Mine is pre-AccuTrigger so I need to put in a Rifle Basix sear to improve the trigger. The current ones with the AccuTrigger should be good to go right out of the box.

    Mine likes CCI Maxi Mags.
     
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    I think

    I think CDNN had some Anschutzs in 22 mag on clearance. That was a while ago so they might be sold out.

    Cooper

    Value wise, CZ.
     
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    Another vote for the CZ, my 452 has sent my 10/22 to the back of the safe.
     
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    I would recommend a CZ 452 or CZ 453 Varmint bolt action rifle. I have a CZ 452 Varmint in .17HMR. that is a tack driver, beautifully crafted, and has been 100% reliable. Check it out. You won't find many, if any unhappy CZ 452owners.

    No offense, but the trigger guards are just fine. There is no concern over trigger guards.
     
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    To go with a classy single-action you need a classy lever-action.
    Find yourself a Winchester 9422 Magnum while there's still a few out there.
    You might still be able to find a new one in the box.
    Just my 2 cents and speaking from experience.
    WFR

    2nd choice would be a CZ452
     
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    Anschutz are very good!
     
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    Compared to their other rifles, to me the trigger guards on CZ rimfires look cheap.

    Aesthetics do play a part in what I buy. It's not the ONLY criteria.
     
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    .22 wmr

    Ruger 77/22 Mk II is my favorite in all weather coating with a Boyds thumbhole stock.
     
  24. CB900F

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    Fella's;

    I've had a Ruger Single Six with both cylinders. Never did shoot any .22 magnums in it though, just couldn't see a reason to. Particularly at mag prices vs .22lr prices. And, as these things go, it got traded for something I thought was more useful at the time. And that decision may be about to bite me in the butt, as these things do.

    Speaking of biting though, the .22 magnum bug has struck me. Also, in the past, I had a Savage model 93GL in .22lr and thought I might get another one, but this time in the magnum version. They're good guns, particularly at their price point. Well, that plan got thrown from the train, impacted spectaularly, and splattered my disposable funds all over a poor unsuspecting gun shop. I ordered a Browning left hand .22 magnum T-bolt Target/Varmint with the wood stock and blued metal. I think I coulda bought about 3.5 of the Savages for what that little excusion into wannawannawanna cost me.

    Not only that, but there's the cost of the accessories. Some take no thought at all, ie. Turner sling & Talley mounts. But, what glass? Now there's a question that's gonna take some thought.

    And if this thing isn't here by Christmas, there may be either a meltdown in Montana, or I'll have to convince some SEAL team to go into Browning's headquarters & "convince" them to get flippin' busy!

    900F
     
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    A friend of mine had what I believe was a Winchester lever-action 22mag, and could hit red wasps resting on the water and turkey vultures soaring in the air. Kind of a sad story that MS has him wheelchair bound and I'm contemplating asking if I can keep and use it, partially out of respect.
     
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