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In Your Experience: Most Accurate Out-of-the-Box .22 Semi-Auto Rifle?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by easyrider6042004@yahoo.ca, Feb 27, 2009.

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  1. easyrider6042004@yahoo.ca

    easyrider6042004@yahoo.ca Member

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    Folks, I need your help answering this question. Could've been asked and answered before but tried a forum search but couldn't find a definitive answer.

    First a short background. Got a few bolt actions: a couple of CZ452s (Style and Varmint), Lakefield 91TR, Winchester 69A...all capable of satisfying accuracy up to 100 yds. My best group with cheap Winchester ammo (never bought anything other than the cheapest ammo) on a calm summer day was with the CZ452 Style, Bushnell 4-12 x 40 AO scope, benched on sandbags, 100 yards, 5 shots, 1 1/2 inches center to center.

    I want to buy a reliable semi automatic 22LR rifle that is as accurate (or close) to my CZ452 Style above. New or used. Is there a semi auto that can better, equal or come close?

    Please give details of your groups:
    Rifle make and model, if possible year of manufacture
    Scope make and specs, or stock iron
    Method (i.e. bench rested, on sand bags etc)
    Ammo
    Distance (range)
    Group size


    Thank you.
     
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  2. jimmyraythomason

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    A Ruger 10/22 carbine I bought in the '70s. With a Simmons' 4x scope it put ten shots into one ragged hole at 100 yards and took several squirrels at excess of(paced not measured )120 yards. I killed a crow with it at 125 long paces. The bullet drop was about 2 inches at that range.
     
  3. husker

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    my new rem 597 is the best 22 i have out of the box. 1=rem597,2=marlin60,3=10-22, 4= henry lever action that im still waiting to arrive at my door. so i dont no were it will rank yet, the rem and ruger are less than a year old. the 60 has been around for years. i payed less than $200 for them. all came with scopes. the 597 is equal to my buddy's 10-22 stainless with the bull barrel. we shoot in doors at 25 yrds.
     
  4. benzy2

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    I love the marlin model 60. If you can find one I would go with the CZ/BRNO 511. They sound to be as good as the bolt 452 series but in semi auto. If I were looking to spend a bit more than a base 10-22/model 60/597 I would go with the 511 though they can be a little hard to find at times.
     
  5. zx12rider

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    My pick

    Ok I have owned almost every 22 a person can find. I think the most accurate semi is (other than a custom 10/22) the T/C followed by the Remington, marlin, then ruger. That being said I like the Ruger most, then remmy(speedmaster not 597) then T/C, marlin. At one point I was looking for the Weatherby semi made years ago but I hear the barrels were loose fit to the reciever and not the best shooter.

    Oh and I forgot the BAR-22 Browning which is a fine gun.
     
  6. ctgmi

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    As the norm, no.

    Bolt actions will normally be more accurate then a semi.
    While never had my hands on a CZ 511, I’ve heard nothing but good things as far is accuracy is concerned about these rifles. Though finding one can be a challenge.
     
  7. ArmedBear

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    There are out-of-the-box 10/22-based guns, without Ruger parts but using the basic design and the same magazines.

    Magnum Research and Volquartsen probably make some of the most accurate out-of-the-box .22 semiautos these days.

    You do pay for that accuracy.:)
     
  8. JonB

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    Yup, was going to say Volquartsen for the 10/22. But much cheaper is the Marlin 60.
     
  9. tango2echo

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    VQ 10/22 or one of the many customs if price is no object. I am very pleased with a recent Marlin I picked up. Fit and finish was poor, but it puts 10rds under a quarter at 50yds all day.

    t2e
     
  10. gvnwst

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    ArmedBear pretty much got it. For cheaper, the marlin mod 60 or rem 597.
     
  11. ArmedBear

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    Yeah, group size vs. price, I'd vote the Marlin 60 as well.

    Mine has good fit and finish, too. It's not a Lazermark, but that's not waht I was expecting, either.:)
     
  12. CZguy

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    You might want to look at a Ruger 10/22T (not the standard carbine)

    But, as others have said the Marlin 60 is very accurate, and a great value.
     
  13. Funderb

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    savage mkII, best investment in .22 shooting i'v made. Keeps costs low because its a boltie.
     
  14. Bill B.

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    Thompson Center Benchmark is the best .22 auto I have ever fired for accuracy. Mine will shoot with most of my Anschutz's and a buddy of mine made the comment that his CZ 453 wouldn't shoot with it and that's with cheap ammo. For whatever reason the TC Benchmark does't seem as ammo picky as my bolt guns. The only drawback to a box stock TC is the trigger as it is not bolt rifle quality. I shoot mine from a bench with front and rear rest with a 24x scope with a 1/8 MOA dot. Getting ready to use it in some plinker matches where the .22 used has to be under $500.00. I have no doubt that it will do it's part if I do mine.
     
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    marlin model 60 22" barrel
     
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    Another vote for the Marlin 60
     
  17. Funderb

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    I'm an idiot.

    Savage model 87a. my bad.
     
  18. easyrider6042004@yahoo.ca

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    Gentlemen, many thanks for your replies. Seems there are more box-stock options than I originally thought. I really want a semi-auto because I miss my 10/22 with folding synthetic stock. I sold it because it only possessed marginal accuracy but was so reliable and so much fun.

    My favorite local GS can bring in a CZ511, at around CAN$500, if they can find one. While I really enjoy by 452s, I cannot justify that much cash for any gun, particularly during these tough times.

    The TC Benchmark and the Volquartsen excite me, again they're priced out of my league.

    Realistically I am limited to around CAN$250 maximum which would narrow my choices to economy entry level pieces, like the Marlin 795 or 10/22 which are available. No Marlin 60s, Savage or Rem 597s in my local GS so will call other stores.

    Right now, I am leaning towards the Marlin 60 but will make decision after I handle as many eco/entry models as I can find, up close and personal.

    Thanks again guys
     
  19. Mike U.

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    Model 60 '70's vintage, 22 inch bbl.
    Shoots way more accurately than I am now capable of.

    As a side note, I've recently discovered this particular Marlin loves Winchester's new Silver Box HV Xperts.
     
  20. Schleprok62

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    Either the Remingtoon 597 or the Marlin 60 for a low buck, accurate 22 semi... unless you wanna spend a lot of money. Stock 10/22's are not notoriously accurate out of the box... matter of fact, they're notorious for "patterns" instead of "groups"
     
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    Marlin 7000 target. You have to keep it really clean to keep it reliable; I have a bushnell 3x9 w/ adjustable objective; I have drawn a crowd at the range w/ Ely Tennex shooting 1 ragged hole 10 round 50 yrd groups.
     
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    My Marlin is a 'tack driver'.
     
  23. PT1911

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    my ruger 10/22 has been a great addition.. I could never complain about the accuracy... I am sure there are more expensive guns out there that have better capabilities (all the single shot heavy barrels) or something akin to that..marlins semi-autos have given me fits..
     
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    marlin anything, especially the 7000, or the ever simple savage 64. screw the ruger, and I have one.
     
  25. husker

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    PT 1911 the 10-22 aint a cheap 22. to make my 10-22 shoot as accurate as my other two 22s id have to go buy a better barrel.and now i have a $350 dollar 22 that maybe shoots as good as my $110 marlin 60 or my $149 rem 597. dont get me wrong either. if you want a platform wich to build your own tommy gun, mg42,or what ever their great. my buddy bought a marlin with what he called a micro grooved barrel. its a real shooter. its a bolt action though
     
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