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Looking to get a 22mag bolt rifle

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by zerobarrier, May 3, 2014.

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  1. zerobarrier
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    Hello all,

    I am looking for a 22mag rifle. I have looked around a little at marlin xt22 and savage 93. I don't really know much about the 22mag and have never owned one. I do know I would like one with a heavy barrel, no fluting, which I will have threaded at some point to put a YHM stinger on it.

    As for the stock, I would like something similar to the boyds tacticool stock - probably just replace the factory stock with the boyds one. I have never had a stock done in one of the duracoat camos and I kind of want to do that, artic camo or urban digital. I saw a rifle on here with the urban digital and it looks real nice.

    I will mainly use this to punch paper in my back yard at 100yards, 200yards max, and probably to shoot groundhogs and such.

    My question is any recommendations? What type of accuracy can I expect to get, I would be happy with 1 moa if that's possible.

    The reason I am getting a 22mag is I recently was given about 1000rds of cci 22mag so I would like something to shoot them with. Plus 22mag, at least in my area, is available where as 22lr is not.

    Thanks in advance for any info
     
  2. bikemutt
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    I have a savage 93 stainless which I've had threaded. Boyds stock like you describe.

    Its the most boring rifle I own, stupid accurate. Nikon rimfire bdc scope.

    I can't imagine you going wrong with a 93.
     
  3. 03teufel

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    I grew up shooting a bolt action Marlin .22 WMR. I don't remember much about it except it worked, was accurate and I shot a lot of groundhogs with it. I remember a cheap Bushnell 3x9 scope on it, but I just can't remember the model of the rifle. Anyhow it's been my experience that Marlin rimfire rifles are legit.
     
  4. viking499

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    Sounds like my experience. The model was a Marlin 25M. Great gun. My son now has mine. Going on 30 years old and still goes bang every time. The only drawback I have ever had to this rifle is the magazine. I think Savage has the same issues. If I were buying a new 22 mag rimfire, I would get a CZ.
     
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    I picked up a neglected 77-22mag a few years ago in the lgs where I worked. After trying the old H&R auto, a Marlin, a 94-22, and a Savage 93 HB, I have found my 22wmr soul mate. First one that will give me 1 1/4 MOA, and is weather resistant. Took a few hours to clean it up, some searching for rings, and trying a dozen or so loads but it is a performer with the relatively cheap CCI maxi solids. $375 I paid for the all weather gem. Bargains are out there.
     
  6. ZGunner

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    I'm with Viking on the CZ. I have a CZ 462 American in 17 HMR, absolutely the best rimfire I've ever shot. I would not hesitate to get one in 22 WMR.

    A Savage would be a close second. I've had a few Savage Mk IIs that we're awesome. If a 93 is anything like the Mk II you would not be disappointed. I believe they can be had for less as well.

    http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/90745/Savage+93FVSR+22WMR+HB+TB+RAIL

    I have the Mk II (22lr) version of the linked rifle. Threaded barrel and it'll make a nice package with a suppressor.
     
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    I have the CZ452 in .22lr, .22 magnum & .17HMR. For shooting at targets out past 120 yards, I would look at the .17hmr if ammo is available. The round seems inherently accurate.
    If I had to judge accuracy, .17HMR>.22lr>.22magnum.
    That being said, I like the .22 magnum, if hunting within 85 yards it is my preferred small game caliber. Obviously I like the CZ platform too!
     
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    ZGunner I really like that savage, just wish the barrel was longer then 16". Other then that its perfect.
     
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    Reading these posts and others about 17hmr vs 22mag, I may change my mind and get a 17hmr. I can easily sell the bullets I got and buy 17's. I kind of like this one and it has everything I want, so I won't have to buy a different stock and send it out to be threaded.

    http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/71748/Savage+93R17TRRSR+17HMR+THREADEDBBL

    What do you guys think? Will the 17 be just fine for groundhogs and paper out to 100yards and on occasion just paper out to 200yards?
     
  11. ZGunner

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    17 HMR is a heck of a round. I don't think you would have any problems with that rifle. I've taken my 17 out to about 75 yards with ~1" 5 round groups. Impact on small creatures makes for very quick humane kills.

    Though I'm not sure what a suppressor would do for a round going that fast. I don't have any experience with suppressed 17s. I can tell you standard velocity 22lr through a suppressor still has the loud crack of the bullet breaking the sound barrier.
     
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    What kind of CCI? Maxi-Mag or V-Max?

    Their V-Max is almost as good an ammo as Hornady's V-Max out of my .22 Mag rifle.
     
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    CZ 452

    Here's mine in .17hmr that I recently had threaded so that I could use my SWR Spectre II.

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    This is my 93FVSS. It is a tackdriver out to 150yds. I have changed the scope to a Nikon ProStaff. This rifle has the accutrigger and the Boyds Varmint Stock. I had to enlarge the barrel inlet because of the bull barrel but it didn't take to long to do.

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    I like my CZ's, but the reviews have been very good for the new Ruger American Rifle in .22 Mag. I picked one up but do not have a report yet. I am way behind on shooting due to snow and rain. Quality seems a step up from Savage and maybe Marlin. Hopefully I can post accuracy results in a day or two.
     
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    I bought a Marlin in 22 mag and have been pleased with it's performance, fit and finish for a 200 buck rifle. (OK, 210 + tax...)
    It seems to like the Hornady VMAX load best but shoots fine with the CCI and Winchester loads that I have.
     
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    when I compared the cz and the savage I felt the cz was a clear winner, even at the higher price. It looked and felt like a real rifle, while the savage felt a little.....less. They still shoot great and I like the savage 110 a lot, but the 93 wasn't for me. Ruger's 77/22 was a fine rifle too, they just didn't make one in left hand.
     
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    Since I want a CZ in 22 mag, that is the one I recommend. I have a Marlin right now and want a bit of an upgrade. When I find one with nice wood at a fair price, I'll buy it.
     
  20. ole farmerbuck

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    Snow? Rain?? It's so dry here that our rabbits carry water jugs!:)
    I have both Savage and Ruger american. Both shoot excellent. I also have 2 Marlins 925? but have never had groups with them close to the Ruger or Savage. Heck come to think about it, I have 2 Savages. One fluted and the other heavy.
     
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    By the way to the OP, In my opinion, you'll like the 22mag over the 17hmr. I have a Savage 17hmr and when taking the 17 and the 22mag to the p-dog town, the mag wins hands down.
     
  22. Shanghai McCoy

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    I agree with ole farmerbuck. I went with the 22 because it has the heavier bullets and we have BIG coyotes here in Kansas.
    Maybe I'll bait them in with bottled water..? :rolleyes:
    ;)
     
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    The older Marlins in .22 WMR, pre-Model 25MN, were the Model 782 and 783. Bolt action, the 782 was magazine equipped, the 783 tube fed. I own a 782, and, with ammo it likes, I get 1 MOA at 100 yds.

    Your wallet will determine if a CZ, or even an Anschutz 1516D, will be the answer to "which rifle". Most people find .22 WMR rifles, even the less expensive ones, are more accurate than they are.
     
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    I shot my Ruger All American today. I am not to thrilled with it. It would not feed and the sights were way off. The group was not very good either but since most of it was off paper it is hard to tell. Improperly assembled magazines is a known problem and other brands come with sights not regulated too. I will mount a scope at a later date and see how it groups.
     
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    I had to tighten the spring also but Ruger is sending me a new one no charge. I didnt try it without a scope but with a scope, well pleased.
     
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