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Can someone recommend a high quality .22 LR rifle?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by catargetshooter, Feb 17, 2008.

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  1. catargetshooter

    catargetshooter Member

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    I'm relatively new to shooting, and so far my experience has only been with handguns. Now though I'm ready to get my own rifle (yes, I live in one of the worst states in nation for this hobby). Anyway, I have no idea what would be considered a good brand for a .22 rifle so I'd like general recommendations on what companies are considered good manufacturers? I'd like something that would last a lifetime. Help, tips, advice, anything on this topic would be appreciated. Sorry my question is so vague but I have to start somewhere.

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  2. BryanP

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    CZ 452 would be my first choice. It's a sweet little bolt action .22lr. You can get them with or without iron sights. I'd suggest with iron sights as you can still mount a scope if you wish to do so. Accurate as hell and reasonably priced. If you're just starting out you can't go wrong with a bolt action .22.

    If you prefer semi-auto you can buy a basic little Ruger 10/22 which can be upgraded/modified in many ways, or buy a pre-"upgraded" target model.

    CZ 452 Lux with iron sights

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    CZ 452 American with a scope

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    CZ 452 FS (mannlicher stock)

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    Basic Ruger 10/22

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    Target 10/22 (without a scope mounted)

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  3. cgs500

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    Ruger 10/22 is a fun semi auto with a bunch of accessories.
     
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    +1 for the Ruger 10/22. Fun as hell to shoot, extremely customizable, very reliable. Cheap too; you can pick em up at wal-mart.

    jw
     
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    use the search Luke :mad:

    We just did this topic in the last week or so, it's about 2 pages back. It's about 4 pages long.
     
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    Thanks for the recommendations. I have few questions then, first off what makes the CZ 452 better than the Ruger 10/22 models? Just from the pictures the main difference appears to be the quality of the wood? My main concern is accuracy.

    Next question, I’m already aware Ruger makes good guns but as I recall didn’t that company willingly support some stupid guns laws and regulations? I forget the details but Mr. Ruger said something like: “No honest person needs a magazine that holds more then 10 rounds.” I might be confused though...

    Sorry! I wanted to ask questions if necessary, that's why I started a new thread. I suppose I could have used the search feature though.

    Should add for now I plan to shoot using the sights, rather than a scope (buy that later on). I'd prefer a semi-auto to bolt-action but again my main concern is accuracy above all else.
     
  8. keyboard commando

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    Cz 452 Fs

    :D I bought a CZ 452 FS last year. I couldn't be more pleased with it. I think for the money it is one of the very best rimfire rifles in current production. As for accuracy,it will hold it's own with with any other. Great fit and finish is another plus as it is a very nice looking rifle.:)
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    Bill Ruger is dead, and Ruger is now coming out with factory hi cap packages of the mini 14.

    jw
     
  10. Steve H

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    I don't think it's really "better", just a different type of rifle, bolt action vs: semi auto. Both can be very accurate.
     
  11. Rembrandt

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    I'll probably get incoming rounds for this (no offense intended).....but CZ's and Rugers are not high quality .22's. I own both and many other brands, those rifles are not in the same class either in fit-finish-or-accuracy...rather they fall into the mid-range catagory.

    Since the question was for "high quality .22LR" rifles....those would be Anschutz, Cooper, Kimber, Remington 40X, Winchester 52's, Suhl, Martini, and one or two others.

    Now Rembrandt hunkers down for incoming from folks who are convinced CZ's are "high quality .22's".....
     
  12. keyboard commando

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    Accuracy

    :D The CZ rifles are VERY accurate right out of the box. The barrel and rifleing are hammer forged. My 452 FS is a tack driver.:D:scrutiny::scrutiny:
     
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    You didn't say what kind of action you were looking for. Assuming you want out-of-the-box accuracy, I'd recommend the following:

    Bolt action - CZ-452 (any variant)

    Semi-auto - Thompson/Center R-55 (any variant)

    Lever-action - Henry H001T - all lever guns come with buckhorn sights, but there are a number of better sights available at very affordable prices - some require gunsmith services, some don't.

    Your choice of lever gun becomes almost a religious decision - I've found that lever-gunners are much more passionate about their preferred gun and manufacturer.
     
  16. Eagle1899

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    Cooper or Anschutz, they are the best.
     
  17. catargetshooter

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    I'd love this one: kimber but I should have mentioned anything more than 500$, 600$ max is probably past my price range for my first rifle. Something around 500$ with reasonable accuracy will do.
     
  18. Eagle1899

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    Kimber no longer builds rimfires.
     
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    gunbroker.com
     
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    The CZ 452 while not being a high end rifle it is high quality and it offers the best bang for the buck. It's all steel and wood, the only plastic is the magazine floor plate. Out of the box accuracy is superb my 452 is on par with my Kimber .22 and my Anschutz 64 sporter at 50 yards.
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    The triggers are adjustable to a point, mine is set a 2lbs I could go lower but that would require a spring replacement the real rub is there is no trigger stop so I built one using spring steel wire.
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    If you really want a high quality high end rifle then get a Cooper, Anschutz, or Winchester 52 but you will pay for it.


    If you are the do it yourself kind of guy then the Ruger 10/22 is just the ticket, but over time you will end up spending well over your $500 mark in building it.
     
  21. Eagle1899

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    Did not not say you can't get one.
     
  22. Bill B.

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    If it says Anschutz you are looking in the right direction .........many to choose from in many different price ranges.
     
  23. cp1969

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    Buy something that you will hand down.

    Can't go wrong with CZ452, Marlin 39, Winchester 61, or Browning SA-22.

    They're all wood and metal, adult .22's.

    If you've got the money, you can spend a lot to get a gun that will shoot a little better than the CZ.

    The Marlin 39 is without peer (my opinion) in the lever action class and now that Remington has bought Marlin, it wouldn't surprise me if they discontinue it.

    The Winchester 61 is the pump that set the standard. You'll pay to get one.

    The Browning SA-22 is another classic design that probably will get crowded out as the masses clamor for ever cheaper semi autos.
     
  24. Javelin

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    Get that new MP5 GSG .22 rifle. They are really neat and cost under $500. You won't regret it.

    :)
     
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