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Mossberg 802 Plinkster?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Brass Rain, Mar 10, 2011.

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  1. Brass Rain

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    Well I'm expecting a little sum for a tax return and was thinking over picking up some AK variant or a Mossberg 500 Mariner, but I've been wanting to do some true long-range shooting for a while. Thing is, in Louisiana there's not a great deal of long range to be had. I remember once on here I was recommended to use a .22 at ranges around 100-200 yards to simulate shooting something more powerful at much further ranges.

    But the why isn't really important, I just ramble a lot. The actual question is: do any of you have experience with the Mossberg 802 Plinkster? I've also looked at an offering from Savage, but the Mossberg has 10-shot magazines over the Savage 5, looks nicer, and is cheaper.

    Specifically I want a bolt-action with a removable magazine and a scope installed from the factory. Good accuracy is pretty important. Low cost is also a plus (the $171 MSRP of the 802 with scope looks like a steal!) and I'd prefer a wooden stock to synthetic, but that's not a huge concern. I'm also considering .17 HMR or WMR but am not sure. If I found some .22 CB caps, I might even be able to shoot in my backyard, which would be neat. Thanks in advance. :D
     
  2. nevermas

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    I've got one, it is cheap ($79) and accurate. Magazines are expensive and rare, so take care of the one that comes with it. You may want to purchase your own scope and sight it in yourself rather than the one that comes with the factory, just in case. But, if you have more money, I would recommend getting something else. Such as a Marlin or a Savage. It is a bolt action so number of rounds in the magazine doesn't matter, just accuracy.
     
  3. Brass Rain

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    Well I was going to go with the factory scope and see how it runs, then change it out for something else after I see what I like and don't like about the factory one. I've never used a scoped rifle before, so I figured I could make a more educated decision when I know what I really want based on experience.

    I have enough to spend more, I just like to save when I can. I'm open to more expensive models, thought I'd like to stay under $300 or so. I'm looking over the Marlin 925 now that you suggested Marlin, and it also looks like a nice option as well, and is offered with a wood stock.
     
  4. Tamren

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    Disregard post, I misread 802 Plinkster as 702 Plinkster...
     
  5. natman

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    You'd be better off with the Savage or Marlin 22s.
     
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    i bought a 702 plinkster. shot it for a week. sold it. my issue was with a scope and iron sights it would never hit the same spot.

    i ended up selling it to a guy i new who shimmed the stock and barrel and did some other stuff to it. it shoots great know. i bought a marlin 983 ( tube feed) as a replacement.

    spend the extra on a marlin/savage/ruger. in my opinion you'll be happier in the long run.
     
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    Yes, I think you'd be much better off with a Savage Mark II, or a Marlin bolt action.

    That being said, I wouldn't pay much more for the scope as part of the package as they are usually pretty crappy. If you are going to try dialing in for longer ranges and adjusting for the wind, you can forget it with a cheap scope.
     
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    I bought a 702 on a whim for about $80 and was pleasantly suprised. I have a few .22 LR rifles, and this one is probably the most fun, maybe with an exception of a .22 conversion AR. Suprisingly accurate, so I think that will translate well to the bolt action version. There are more robust guns out there, but it is a good deal for its intended purpose.

    I think the 702 and 802 use the same magazine, they look exactly the same at least, but I'm not sure. Mossberg has a 25rd magazine available for the "tactical" version of the 702 which hopefully will be available soon. And Techsights are also available.
     
  9. Robert

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    Mossberg makes great shotguns.

    I'd go with a Savage or a Marlin for a nice .22 or .17.
     
  10. Brass Rain

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    Marlin's 925R looks good. Would the Marlin's 22" barrel make any significant difference over the Mossberg's 18" as far as velocity?

    I do like that the Marlin features sling studs and the scope looks to be of better quality. Is the recent buyout of Marlin by Winchester going to effect production times? Because when I tried to order a Marlin 336C I was told that production was slowed down severely and it could be months to a year before I could get one.

    Also, would these .22 Long CB caps feed reliably in a bolt-action .22 LR? http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/63206-5.html
     
  11. MolleMan

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    My 702 was a great gun, extremly accurate for me, I mounted a cheap BSA 3x9 Scope on top and never looked back. I eventually traded for a 10/22 Ruger because of the unlimited aftermarket options for them but if not for that then i would have never gave it up.
     
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    I love my Savage MkII and I have two 10 round magazines for it. Expect to pay 15-20$ for those mags. I'll admit that a cz might be better, but the MkII beats anything under $300. It isn't much more to spend for a gun you'll use for years.
     
  13. Brass Rain

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    I looked over the Savage and was considering it, but I don't like it for two reasons: no back-up iron sights, and it's listed as 6 pounds. I mean correct me if I'm wrong, but that's pretty heavy for a .22 rifle. I'm sure I would be firing it offhand most of the time. For comparison the Marlin 925R is 5.5 and the Mossberg is 4.6 pounds.
     
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    I bought a 702 and couldn't get it to fire more than twice without a jam, no matter what ammo type and mag I used. It got sent back to Mossberg and after a month of waiting I finally got loud with the box store I bought it from and got my money back.
     
  15. Brass Rain

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    I'm kind of thinking I'll pick the Savage Mark II. I keep reading reviews and everyone seems to love the Accu-Trigger and think it's the best thing since self-contained cartridges. It's hard to argue with so many positive words. I'm still open to other models, but it looks like a really good choice. Or at least I hope it would be.
     
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    I think the 702's are hit or miss.

    Mine was very bad, until I spent some time working on it. Now, it's decent. Would never bother getting another one. For the money I paid for it and the time I spent working on it, I should have gotten something a little better.
     
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