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Ranger .22 bolt action HELP FAST

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Savage Shooter, Oct 26, 2008.

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  1. Savage Shooter

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    I am thinking about buying this gun its on an auction right now and I can't find any information on it:confused:. It's listed as Ranger .22 cal bolt action rifle, 26" bull barrel, adjustable peep sight, heavy gun, surface rust, SN N/A other than that I know nothing but I like the looks of it and think I could clean it up to make a nice .22 target gun. If anybody has information on it like what it's worth,history,what it shoots like i'd really appreciate it. I need to know something by wendsday night. any helps apprecitated thanks

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    the ranger is a sweet shooter I had one about 10 years or so back kick myeself for selling it lol
    I now have this mossberg 144 and she is a shooter as well
     

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    Ok I found one like it on gunbroker, but it doesn't have the rear peep sight or the front hood they want 400.00 for the gun and it doesn't even have all the parts is this outragious or is that a good price. I would like to have a good bar to go up to in the auction but I don't no what it would be. I am not going to 400 i like it but not that much.:D
     
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    Lets see, obscure (at best) old gun, no spare parts likely to be had, high priced, questionable "pedigree".

    If you want a nice little target 22 why not just get a Mossberg M44US from the CMP for $175 ... or any number of more common good shooting bolt action 22's?
     
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    I'd sure be interested in the condition of the bore, especially with surface rust indicating that it sat around in an attic or elsewhere for an extended period.

    I'm not familiar with the model, but the screws on the aperture sight looks as though they've been hamfisted. The old Unertl it wore before the irons were remounted was probably worth a lot more than the rifle.
     
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    Oooo what is a mossberg M44US and what is the CMP. and so cheap I like:evil:
     
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    http://www.thecmp.org/22targetsurplus.htm

    Have to jump through some hoops to buy from them, but it's worth the jumps. The M44US I got a few weeks ago (pics on another thread here) is with out a doubt the most accurate 22 I've ever fired. (not that I'm all that good, 'cause I ain't, but this M44 surely is)
     
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    Is there any other target .22 that is a little newer than the m44us but not as expensive as the kimber above I would like to keep it under 200.00. The m44us is great in all but i would just like something a little newer if I could get it if not it will be fine I love the peep sights I don't really care for scopes on my rimfire rifles. A little on the heavy side but it won't be packed anywhere really i could take it and blow my buddys .22's out of the water :D they'd never see it coming. I could use it as a squirrel sniper rig or pesky birds in the cattle lot.:evil:
     
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    There are a few of the old position rifles around, but not a lot of trading. Cabela's gets them in from time to time--there are a couple in Rapid City, SD. CDNN sells a Russian made smallbore for 299 called the CM2.
     
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    what do you mean by old postion rifles
     
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    Probably the wrong terminology, but I'm referring to .22 rimfire rifles with bull barrels that were used for marksmanship training and in smallbore NRA competition. Shots were taken on a 50' indoor range or longer outdoor range in head to head or postal matches. Ten shots each from prone, sitting, kneeling and offhand.

    Back in the 30s and 40s and following the war, this was the domain of the Winchester model 52, Rem M-37 and a few offshore rifles such as the Finnish Lion, Hammerli, and eventually the Anschutz. Wild looking thumbhole stocks, hooked buttplates and 20x scopes became common and then faded away. The outdoor matches were either fired all prone or from the various positions. The prone rifle stock differed greatly from the position rifle stock.

    Eventually the discipline was condensed to three position iron sight and silhouette events, with a few running boar shoots and regional variations. New competition guns cost 2K and up, and smallbore rifle teams are few and far between (hence the emphasis on postal matches). The CMP Mossies are example of guns provided by the director of civilian marksmanship to clubs who used them to train new shooters for decades, but are no longer needed or available for reasons practical and political.
     
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    The Ranger 22 in the picture is a Stevens 416 22 target. It was made from the late 1930's until about 1949.

    Bamajohn
     
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    You -might- be able to find something newer, if you shop around a lot, but you won't find anything that will shoot any better for under $200 IMHO.

    The M44US I got -is- 60+ years old, but it shows little, if -any-, evidence that it has ever been fired. To me, no matter how long ago it was "born", that is a new gun, and a bargain to boot. I should probably buy a few more while they still have them.


     
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