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Most drop dead reliable, take no @#$% .22 rifle?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Jack19, Feb 22, 2007.

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  1. Jack19

    Jack19 Member

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    I'm looking, again, for a good .22 rifle.

    What I'm looking for is this. The absolutely most drop dead reliable, take a pounding, abuse me all day, every day, for ten years (you know what I mean) .22 you can recommend. Assume all due care and cleaning will take place.

    I have no preference between semi, lever, pump, or bolt action.

    Parts replacement, if ever necessary, should be simple and capable of being made by a gun smithing moron (me.)

    Help?
     
  2. GunNut

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    Ruger 10/22!
     
  3. vzenmn

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    Single shot bolt action.


    Or what Gunnut sugested.
     
  4. Bazooka Joe71

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    ruger 10/22. Click, Bang. Every time.
     
  5. gaudio5

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    i have a old marlin 781 .22 bolt action that i have counted atleast 20,000 rounds through and it still pops 2in groups @ 50 yards its been droped in the mud, hell the dog even pissed on the bolt and it still works 100%
     
  6. the naked prophet

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    Savage Mk I.

    There's nothing to break, it's a single shot bolt action. Pretty accurate. Yes, it's fun to crank out the rounds with a semiauto, but I just love the simplicity and ruggedness of a single shot bolt action.
     
  7. db_tanker

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    gotta give a big +1 to the Ruger 10/22


    one of the easier "point and click" interfaces to deal with today. :)


    Just be thankful that Microsoft doesn't make rifles or pistols...:cuss:


    D
     
  8. Geno

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    T/C: Any of the Following 3

    Thompson/Center:

    Single-shots: Encore Pro Hunter or the G2 Contender. That depends on your weight preference and desired barrel length. If you want a barrel from 16" to 23", get the G2 Contender. If you want a barrel length from 24" to 28", get the Encore Pro Hunter.

    Autoloader: If you want an autoloader, look into T/C's Classic .22.

    Doc2005
     
  9. El Tejon

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    All models can have lemons. Find one you like and buy multiple copies.

    However, if you are set on just having one, I'd second Doc2005's rec.
     
  10. MatthewVanitas

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    Drop-dead reliable?

    10/22?


    How would it be physically possible for a semi-auto to be as reliable as a manually-operated rifle?

    So far as I can see, there is _no_ semi-auto .22 that would be as reliable as a single-shot bolt-rifle.

    Technically, wouldn't a single-shot .22 with a hammer rather than a striker (say, a Savage/Stevens Favorite or other falling block) be more reliable than a boltgun?

    If it needs to be a repeater, I'm under the vague impression (correct if wrong) that tube-feds are smoother-feeding than box mags. Though a levergun does not generally have as much force as a bolt (again, correct if wrong), I'd imagine that an all-steel Marlin 39A has more camming force than a .22 could ever need.

    Not saying a 10/22 is a bad gun, just that I can't imagine how it would be more reliable or less prone to breakage/fouling than a manual.

    -MV
     
  11. rnr4me

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    I'd agree w/ the 10/22 crowd. I've got 3 and they've never given me any problems.

    I would add, though, any Marlin 39 variation. Those lever actions are shooters!
     
  12. kentucky_smith

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    Remington 572 pump

    Shoots short, long and long rifle reliably every time.
     
  13. boerseun

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    Right now I have a 10-22 and an older mossberg .22 semi auto - neither is as reliable as my old BRNO .22lr bolt action I have way back in Africa - but since you also mentioned parts replacement as an issue - get the 10-22. Lots of parts available - if a barrel warps or gets worn out (not likely) you just get another one and put it on in less than 10 minutes.
    Beware of aftermarket stocks, barrels, triggers and all that...some of them are pretty dingy. Stick with brand name parts and you'll be good - and never buy plastic magazines!
     
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    The 10/22, however customizable and rebuildable it may be, does NOT fall into this categorization. I also think that the Contender family is a bit fragile relative to a bolt gun, courtesy of its exposed spur hammer.

    An Enfield No7 trainer WOULD meet the stated requirements best - but good luck finding one of those. :what:

    In the end, just about any bolt action 22LR will prove stone-cold reliable. I have had quite a few Marlin 25s and they're boringly dependable and work decades after their manufacture date just as they did on the day they were made.
     
  15. High Planes Drifter

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    My older brother has a 10/22 and tho it is a range-favorite, it chokes with the 30 round mags. I'd suggest a quality bolt rifle if reliability is the chief concern. Perhaps a Remington or a Savage.

    Actually I think Id go with the Remington in light of the stance they took for gunowners over the weekend.;)
     
  16. pipboy

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    no way is the 10/22 the most reliable
    why in fact my old stevens single shot was prob the most reliable 22 ive ever had
     
  17. Professor K

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    I'd be more thankful Apple doesnt. There'd be no replacement parts, they'd all shoot obscure useless calibers that can only be had at Apple Store, and the only way to upgrade it is to throw it out and buy a new one.
     
  18. skinnyguy

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    I'd say marlin mod. 60. preferably one of the older ones, with the engraved stocks, they have a larger capacity and more durability. Had one given to me by my dad when i was 9... between my dad, brothers, 5 or 6 cousins, 2 uncles, my mom on a couple of occasions, my then-wife and who knows who else pumping rounds through that thing like there is no tomorrow - i think it stovepiped ONCE, and that was because i'd bought a box of cheap and cheaply made ammo.

    it's too bad my ex-wife still has it, i'm 43 now and i sure miss that rifle, and my dad too.
     
  19. 3sixbits

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    Take this from a true sucker for a good .22 rf. If I could own only one firearm it would be a Marlin 39 lever action. They've been made now for over 100 years for a good reason! I know you can buy three 10/22 rifles for what a 39 costs, and the 10/22 is a vary good rifle. To get a 10/22 to shoot as well as a 39 you will pour a lot of money into it.
     
  20. Cosmoline

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    CZ-452 ZKM. Best .22LR for the money ever made. It's built like a Mauser and I don't know how you'd hurt it.
     
  21. wnycollector

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    +1 for the 10/22 WITH the factory mag!

    I have had SOME (~dozen or so since 1991!) FTF problems with the higher cap mags.
     
  22. Levercaster

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    Marlin 925 clip fed bolt action. In 25 years, I've shot more stuff with it than I can remember. Had a 10/22. It sometimes jammed or failed to feed. The Marlin shoots short, long, long rifle and shot shells without fail. Accurate, too! :)
     
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    I didn't know Mosin Nagants came in .22 LR... :evil:
     
  24. guywithglasses

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    +1 for the CZ 452 bolt gun. It's like a little .22 Mauser. Even has Mauser style sights adjustable from 25-200 meters. Very accurate, too.
     
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    No idea where you'd find one, but this J.C Higgins model 42 has been 100% reliable (and surprisingly accurate) since my dad got it in the late fifties (I'm told).Bolt action, 8rd, magazine fed. Hard to be much more reliable unless you go with a single shot IMHO. [​IMG]
     
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