Marlin XT .22 magnum with Simmons scope

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  1. lionking

    lionking Member

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    Was a impulse buy a few months ago when Walmart was having the clearance sales in August, the Marlin wasn't on half-price clearance but for $199 I just got it. Went down the isle and got a $35 Simmons 22 mag scope for it.

    Finally tested it last Sunday. Took three shots to get it close to the bulls eye then instead of trying to sight further tested a few brands of ammo to see what it would do. This was after four hours of shooting other guns so was a bit tired. Only tried 5 shots each just to see.

    For the money it is a nice rifle, the trigger is amazing. If not for a flyer out of the 5 shots the group would be under half inch with the Hornady, CCI FMJ, and Federal ammo. It didn't seem to like the CCI HP or Winchester ammo as much. Can't say this is the best it can do but here are results from Sunday at 50 yards.
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  2. Armored farmer

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    I love those .22 magnums!
    When you find your best ammo, let us know.
    I haven't sat down and tested brands through mine.
    It sounds like a @lionking rifle match is in order!
     
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    I just picked up (rescued?) A marlin 882 the other day, where did you find ammo? I had one in the past and I'd bet if you start fresh you can tighten those groups. They sure are fun little rifles!
     
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    I've had a Marlin Model 882 SS, chambered in .22 Magnum for the past twenty years or so. I stuck a compact Simmons 2 1/2x scope on it and it has proven to be an accurate, reliable "walk around" rifle for hunting groundhogs in the rolling hills of Ohio's diverse farm pastures.
     
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  5. Barbaroja

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    I like the scope I’ve got one on my 10/22 and you can’t beat it for that price
     
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  6. chicharrones

    chicharrones needs more ammo

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    Indeed. My one and only .22 magnum rifle loves Remington 40 grain PSP and Hornady 30 grain V-Max.
     
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  7. Armored farmer

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    Nudge, nudge......
    <Tell him you want a .22 mag 50 yd contest!>
     
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    chicharrones needs more ammo

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    Sounds like fun. I need to go to the range sometime in the next week or so anyway. :D
     
  9. BigAlShooter

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    Yeah, I had a Marlin 22 mag Walmart special many years ago. It shot pretty good, good trigger, but just wasn't that accurate. Yours seems more accurate than mine. I sold it to one of my buddies and spent probably another $200 on CZ 455. Both rifles really liked the CCI 30gr V-Max, if you can find it. I loaded up with a bunch of boxes of those a long time ago. I think that's the only 22 wmr ammo that will shoot under 1MOA. Let's see if someone else knows of a better ammo.
     
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