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Help me buy my first .22

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by CrazyFeet, Dec 27, 2007.

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  1. CrazyFeet

    CrazyFeet Member

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    I want to pick up a 22. I will use it for range time only. No hunting.
    I would like it to be cheap, not a high end target gun. I would like it to be reliable/long lasting and somewhat easy to clean/maintain. Options to add accessories would be nice.

    Thanks all feedback is greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Ed Ames

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    Generic answer is "used 10/22" ... they aren't too expensive, they last a long time and are maintainable, and they've got the widest range of accessories. Used because you said cheap and 10/22s are getting spendy nowadays.

    That said... For myself, I'd get a bolt action (CZ has a good rep -- I don't own one but I would). It'll cost a bit more up front and maybe a bit less overall (because you won't go buying a fancy aftermarket folding stock or other mumble mumble for it) but it'll be a LOT better for range use/target practice.
     
  3. OAKVILLE SHOOTER

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    I second the 10/22, but I know the CZ guys will be along shortly.
     
  4. CrazyFeet

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    Looking into the ruger now.

    I have to say i would rather a gun that feeds and shoots more consistently then a cheaper gun that I have to unjam a lot at the range.

    The price of the ruger is not out of my range. Are there a lot of accessories for the ruger?
     
  5. Shawnee

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    Go with the Ruger 10/22 or Ruger 77/22.

    There are tons of accessories for the 10/22.


    :cool:
     
  6. ADKWOODSMAN

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    If you can find an older Remington bolt gun Model 511, 512 or 513 you will be a happy camper. Accurate solid and will last forever.
     
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  7. General Geoff

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    What kind of action are you looking for? Bolt, semi auto, lever, single shot? If you refine the criteria a bit, we can be of much more assistance. :)
     
  8. ArmedBear

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    I sold my Ruger 10/22 and bought a Marlin 60 as my inexpensive .22 autoloader. The Marlin stock works much better with a scope, and at least my 60 has been much more accurate and reliable than the 10/22. I got sick of stovepipes, lousy accuracy, uncomfortable stock fit with a scope, and "click" when it was empty (every other gun locks open when it's empty; to get a Ruger to do that costs you 50 extra bucks).

    Note that most 10/22 shooters have replaced at least some parts with aftermarket upgrades. There's a good reason for that.

    As an inexpensive, reliable, accurate autoloader, I'd recommend the Marlin 60 hands down. These days, it's a lot cheaper than a 10/22, as well.

    Now for really fun guns, I love my Marlin 39 lever guns, and the Henry lever guns are less expensive and have a loyal following as well. For a boltie, the CZ's are great and not too expensive, especially for their quality and accuracy, and checkered walnut stocks.

    This site has a cult of CZ and a cult of 39.:) That's how much people like them.

    But my new Marlin 60 cost me $120 and shoots great. The wood models all have laminate stocks, too, now; they're just stained in a solid color, so some people don't know they're laminates.
     
  9. Vaarok

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    Marlin Model 39 or Henry lever action 22 rifle. Because who doesn't like a levergun?
     
  10. CrazyFeet

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    i think i would prefer a semi auto but i would not rule out bolt action either.

    Thanks for all the great posts so far!

    I started my research into .22 's looking into the mossberg plinkster but after reading some reviews decided to stay clear. That lead me to the marlin's and then the ruger.

    Again I would like to have a gun with minimal problems, fte,ftf, jams, etc, etc.

    Most likely I would just throw a cheap scope on it or buy one with a scope.. maybe down the road change the stock and things like that
     
  11. Eyesac

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    Casting my 10/22 vote...
     
  12. tubeshooter

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    You won't be able to beat a 10/22 for accessories. Marlin model 60 doesn't have nearly as many but is tried and true - you have to like tube feed, though.


    There are a couple of other entry-level options. If you're just looking to get in the game, you probably won't go far wrong with any of them.
     
  13. scrat

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    Agree i have both a marlin model 60 and a marlin 700. toe to toe. with a ruger 22 my marlins will outshoot a ruger any day. Especially my 700. The model 700 is a big 5 model 700 which is a copy of the model 70. the model 60 is a tube fed. its very quick and easy to load. No cut thumbs and dealing with a huge magazine for a little bullet. The model 700 is a magazine. i have 2 7round magazines and 3 15rnd magazines. So it just depends. some 10/22 people will say tube fed thats no good. i say ok whatever. Then shoot next to them. we are both done. they pull the magazine out and start to load. i unscrew the top piece pull the ram rod out fill up the tube and and put the ram screw back in. Then start shooting. While they are still loading. Then i get tired of the tube fed. so i grab my 700. Put a 15 rnd clip in it. start shooting. When im done i pull it out and start reloading at twice the speed. Then start shooting. ok accuracy.


    my 700 the other week i took it out to the range. I went to the steel side. Amazing i would put a 15rnd mag in. Every pull i hit steel. every single shot. My 14 year old son was doing the same exact thing.

    Break down. i can take apart both rifles in less than two minutes. Spend about 4 minutes cleaning them. then have them back together in two minutes.
     
  14. akolleth

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    Marlin model 60 for a cheap, accurate, reliable, fun little gun that doesn't require hundreds of dollars of "Accurizers" like the 10/22 to make it useful

    It's tube fed, semi auto. Reliable as all get out, and crazy accurate for its price. Holds either 14 rounds or 18, depending on the age of the gun.

    The best thing is the price, I bought mine for $50 :what: :what: at a gun show, you can get them brand spanking new for $125
     
  15. Wolfgang2000

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    I sold my Marlin 60 and bought a 10-22. The marlin jammed after a box of shells. It was a OK plinker but accuracy was nothing to write home about.

    I bought a Wally world 10-22, (the one with the laminate stock), I've never looked back. Right out of the box it shot a 10 shot group that could be covered with a dime. This was at 25 yards rested, with 10 year old federal lightning ammo.

    We are not made with a cookie cutter. What works for me may not work for you. I'm a Marlin fan, but I couldn't get a marlin semi auto 22 to work for me. I like Ruger, and have never had a problem with them. My oldest step-son was shooting his new GP-100 and after 5 shots the barrel went down range.

    Bottom line, if it is made my man it can fail. Shoulder a couple different types and get the one that fits you the best. Pick the action that you like the best. Then just jump in, the water is fine! :D
     
  16. Superpsy

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    another 10/22 vote here. As for adding accessories...whew, you can change the stock gun completely with after-market parts if you would like. I've changed my extractor (increased reliability) and bolt pin (no annoying clacking noise) and I'm looking into changing the trigger. I'm not a fan of the 10/22 stock trigger. ick.

    If you have time checkout rimfirecentral.org. It's a great resource.
     
  17. Six O'clock Tactical

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    I have an old (mid 60's) Marlin model 60 and an OLD ('47) Remmington 510 Spotrmaster. To be perfectly honest, the 60 (and I probably have the "great lemon" in terms of getting what you'd never expect from something you don't expect much from)...(everyone follow that? Yeah I had a tough time too...) shoots with insane accuracy for any inexpensive .22. I use quality ammo, and a decent Bushnell, and also had the crown redone by my local smith, but even that doesnt explain 1.5 MOA groups with a Marlin semi.

    The Remmington on the other hand is insane because not only did I only pay $100 for it, but it looks pretty sharp, is bolt and detachable-fed, eats every type of .22 ammo out there (not including mag of course) and has the fully micro-adjustable rear peep sight. Basically when I saw it I knew it was the perfect long plinker for me.

    Where was I going with all this...

    Oh yeah:
    Basically what I'm saying is that youre going to just need to look for guns that wont give you trouble. Levers, bolts and pumps are the perfect way to go, as they dont jam nearly a fraction of the time and add a fun dimension of firing a gun where semis just seem to make you... lazy. I love firing pump and lever, and I think most would agree that with low-cost ammo, stovepipe jams are common with semis and that takes alot of fun out of the whole range day.
     
  18. CrazyFeet

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    yeah thats what I would like to avoid. I dont want to mess around with the gun... i want to shoot it :)

    thats why I am not ruling out levers or pumps or bolt action.

    This is not my first gun just my first 22. My nephew has one and wants me to get one so we can shoot 22's together..

    I will probably swing by the gun shop today and see what they have in stock. That should make my decision a little easier.
     
  19. trueg50

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    They should have a couple models of 10/22 kicking around.

    I have a carbine, but it felt a little too "short", my solution? Throw on a 10/22 recoil pad, added 1-2 inches and feels much nicer now. Plus it is rubberized so when I lean it against anything I don't have to worry about it sliding.

    Other than that I love it.

    Also, keep an eye out for Scoremasters, I shot my fathers 511, and that was a beauty. Not too cheap but 77/22's are among the top 22's you can buy.
     
  20. hags

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    Forget about the 10/22 if you want a shooter out of the box.
    If you want to tinker and throw away money than go for it.
    Consider either the Thompson/Center R-55 Benchmark or, and I know it's a bolt action but, a CZ 452.
    Both are extremely accurate and very well built.
    The T/C has a better trigger, better barrel, a much better stock and a lifetime warranty.
    You could dump hundreds into a 10/22 and not have it shoot as well as a T/C Benchmark right out of the box.
    Ask me how I know.......:D
     
  21. CrazyFeet

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    How do you know? :)

    Thanks
     
  22. Six O'clock Tactical

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    Ahh yes... the family shoot. May I suggest making sure that you get a gun of a different action than your nephew? Just so you can trade off and mix things up a bit.
     
  23. rangerruck

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    the ruger 10.22 is not a beginner's gun, at all, and that goes with any semi auto, but even more so , especially the 10.22. you should have an understanding of how semi auto's work, you should have someone else take one apart for you and explain to you, you should be handy with tools.
    get a bolt action, they are simple , require almost no cleaning at all, and you can pick them up at new stores, gun shops, or pawnshops. your best bet is to go to a gunshop, that has their guns checked out by a gunsmith to make sure they work and fire, and buy a used one there, as cheap as possible, that you like. Have them explain it to you, how to load it, take it apart, etc. That way , if you do have a problem with it in the next month, if they are a decent store, not only will they remember you, because they explained the weapon to you, but usually a gunstore will take something back they sold to you used, within 30 days.
     
  24. gotime242

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    Marlin 7000

    5 years so far, not one malf.

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  25. davera

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    A vote here for a Marlin in any of the available action types, semi = 60, inexpensive, reliable and plenty accurate, lever = 39A more expensive but still reliable and accurate, bolt = 925 or 981 types, you know the rest.

    Remington still makes a pump action in the 572 and their 552 is a nice classic style autoloader.
     
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