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Is there an ACCURATE tube fed bolt action 22lr?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Orion8472, Jan 27, 2013.

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  1. Orion8472

    Orion8472 Member

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    The only difference in the 981T and the XT-22TR seems to be the trigger? What else is different?
     
  2. Acera

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    If you want a vintage target rifle with a lot of features check out the Mossberg 51M (b).

    It came with factory mounted:
    Two rear sights, a receiver mounted precision aperture and a barrel mounted blade sight (yeah, both mounted at the same time).
    Multiple different flip up front sight posts.
    Tube fed through the stock.

    Can find them at gun shows and on the net. Probably more accurate than most folks can shoot it.
     
  3. Cee Zee

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    The stocks seem to be a little different. I haven't paid that much attention though. But Marlin says the XT22 has palm swells and the reviews I've seen from owners say the stocks are different. The main reason I don't know the difference between the 981T and the XT22's is that I've never seen a 981T in a store to look at. And trust me I looked for one for years because I wanted one. So a big difference would be that the XT's are actually widely available.

    Also I don't know where the 981T's are made but by all accounts the new plant in Kentucky is producing the best rimfire rifles Marlin makes. I know my XT is a very solid rifle and has no flaws at all. Rifles built at the older Marlin factories are where the problems seem to come from according to what I've read. I actually haven't seen any problems with Marlins and I've checked a bunch of them just looking to see if I could find those problems.

    And of course you seem to point out the lone difference as it if isn't a big difference. It is. I have a 925 with the same trigger the 981T comes with, the T900. It's head and shoulders below the ProFire triggers. It's not even close.
     
  4. Orion8472

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    Is the XT-22TR a KY built rifle?
     
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    Weatherby 22 LR Semi Auto

    The most accurate .22 LR rifles I have ever owned were the CZ-452, clip-feed and the Weatherby .22LR semi-auto featuring a ammo feed tube. My faves, hands down and I have owned them all, Marlin 39A, Marlin semi auto, Savage pumps, etc.

    (I don't own the Weatherby now, it was damaged by a "friend". I foolishly lent it to him and he cracked the stock from fore-end to heel. It was a lesson to me for life, "A borrower-or lender, never be").:banghead:

    Hope this helps. Good shooting!
     
  6. Cee Zee

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    Yes it is. Mayfield, Ky to be exact.

    I'm not going to exaggerate and say these rifles will shoot with CZ's and Savages. Mine won't. But it does shoot quite well IMO and it does shoot shorts. And they cost a lot less than the CZ's and a good bit less than the Savages. They are also very sturdy rifles from what I can tell. It just seems to be a very solidly built rifle without adding a bunch of weight. The bolt is extremely smooth and the sights are built strong like traditional iron sights. They are well built and accurate rifles with great triggers and actions. And they are great bargains.
     
  7. Orion8472

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    Thanks. I will have to acquire one at some point.
     
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    I've got one and it is dead-on accurate. I got it because I can shoot the 22shorts as well and I've got a neighbor I don't want to scare. I can pick off rabbits at 47 yards all day long and that's about as far as I would want to use that round. I recommend the rifle; for both accuracy as well as ammo flexibility.
     
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    The original .22 auto is a tube feed and shoots just as well now as over 100 years ago. The Browning or Rem 24.
     
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    I used to have one. It was more accurate than it had any right to be at that price range. I was very very impressed and kick myself for selling it.
     
  11. Sav .250

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    Accuracy is subjective to say the least. The rifle may be accurate but the shooter may not be. Tubes,clips, whatever, are all accurate in the hands of a proficient shooter.
    Or put another way, They`ll get the most (accuracy) out of the weapon.

    The Marlin 60,tube feed, accurate. Unless your one of those who is "re-coil" shy. Just kidding.
     
  12. Orion8472

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    I've gone away from the 981T to the XT-22TR. But I appreciate the info. I hope to find one relatively soon. :uhoh:
     
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    I have a 981T, very accurate especially with Wolf Match ammo, I did switch out the trigger it now has a Basic trigger very light pull, right now I have it set up using target cci shorts for back yard target shooting. One reason for purchasing the tube was I could switch to shorts easily, after hundreds of rounds no failures, new models have a better trigger I'm told but Marlin does make some accurate rifles. For the price difficult to beat.;)
     
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    That's also a reason I was wanting a tube 22lr. Being able to shoot shorts, longs, and long rifles is one of the most versitile rifles there is.
     
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    Again I looked for a 981T for years. I did finally find one at Bud's but that was right after the XT's were announced and I had already decided it made sense to wait for the better trigger. Ask anyone who owns a Savage with an AccuTrigger and they'll tell you what a big improvement it is. And IMO the Marlin trigger is better than the Savage trigger. Both are good but the Marlin is smoother.

    You get the best options with the XT. The 981T is certainly a nice rifle. I wanted one a long time. I guess someone was watching out for me getting me to wait for the better rifle. The only real difference apparently is the trigger and that is a big difference. It's a big step forward IMO and most other people think so too. A lighter trigger always means better accuracy AFAIK and the ProFire is definitely a lighter trigger. You get the safety of a heavy trigger and a sear block plus the light pull of a competition rifle. They don't go down to the real low levels of bench rest rifles or anything but they sure are lighter than the 4-6 lb. triggers on older style Marlins. I have several of those older Marlins and I know they can be very accurate any way. But having a better trigger available and not getting it is like throwing away accuracy IMO. It just wouldn't make sense.
     
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    Thanks again! I'm looking forward to finding one sometime soon [I hope]. Will eventually scope it, but may play around with the iron sights for a while.
     
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