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22 rifle question

Legba

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Not strictly an OC question, but gun-related. I have a chance to pick up a Marlin model 25 bolt-action 22 on the cheap. I'm nominally a collector and I don't own a 22 of any kind for the present. I wondered if anyone had any particular recommendations for a cheap 22 rifle. Ruger 10/22s are nice, but they cost a bit more than I wanted to spend for a rimfire. A pump-action would be nice, but they aren't as common as they were when I was a kid. Maybe a Marlin model 60... can't decide.I just want something for beer can sniping - don't need a fancyfloating-stainless-steel-fluted-bull-barrel or the like. I don't know that I have a preference for action type - bolt or semi would be fine. Any recommendations? problems?things to look out for?

-ljp
 

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10/22 all the way. I've got two of them, one I converted to 17MII. I talked my friend into buying one this year even though he was worried about the price as well. If you keep your eyes peeled you should be able to find a good used one for $180-$200. I remember when new ones were $150....should have bought a few more.:banghead:

Anyway, they're fun to shoot, plenty accurate enough for plinking in stock configuration and if ever you should decide to make a tack driver out of it there are almost as many accessories availlablel as AR-15's

I've also got a Remington Nylon66, another older remington semi-auto with the tube fed magazine, a Remington fieldmaster pump 22 and an old bolt action Marlin. They hardly ever get used.:(

The best thing about the tube fed magazine rifles is if you want to shoot 22 shorts or CB's. 21 shorts will fit in my Rem pump. The semi-autos are single shots with the shorties.
 

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Yeah, I sell these things all the time, but I haven't actually used any rimfire stuff since I was a kid. I was hoping to find something decent for <=$100 (I can get the Marlin 25 for $50 with a spare mag.) The boss here would want $150 or so for a Ruger, and they do have a lot of accessories... tough call.

-ljp
 

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Well it depends.

.22's in semi, bolt, pump and lever actionare great forthe purpose of training on the cheap with something similar to a centerfire rifle.

The .22 rifle is a great tool, whatever configuration you decide on.

Many used bolt action .22 rifles can be found for <$100.


I've sold all my .22 semi auto rifles (except one)and replaced them with .22 kits.
 

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I've got the marlin 25N, w/ 4x32 Tasco Silver Antler Awesome little gun, very accurate. have had a couple semiauto,but someold used onescan misfeed,misfire,and stovepipe on ya if they have lots of wear, and havn't been cleaned properly.butI prefer the bolt. I think I paid $143.00 for it new many years ago.



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While not exactly in the < $100.00 range. I have to mention the Henry Lever Action. I paid $208.00 for mine and it's worth every penny. (though it had been a while since I bought a .22 and had a bit of sticker shock initially)
They also sell a nice looking pump action for around the same price that looks pretty good.

I LOVE this little rifle.. Now if only my wife hadn't instantly adopted it as hers...

Guess it will be easier to just go buy another one.
 

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The Henry pump does sound interesting (I learned to shoot on a pump 22 as a kid), but I can get more common types dirt-cheap through the shop here. Tough call.

-ljp
 

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I love my 10/22. There's so much available for it, it's like shooting a Honda.
 

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I have a 10/22 equipped with a Tasco Pronghorn scope that I wanted to go try take a couple toikeys wit last November but all the blogging I did in a (vain but fun) attempt to keep the Bama from getting into the White House precluded it.

RUGER 10/22 YESYESYESYESYES!!!!! Superb product and I can drive tacks with it at 100 yards with that Pronghorn scope. When I DO go after turkey (rifles are okay in most parts of Virginia) I won't need a lot of camo as 75-100 yards is enough to make the critters feel safe. I think, because I have never hunted turkeys before, just spotted them but seems to me that 75+ yards is enuf to avoid spooking them.

But I can tell you that with an old Weaver "Quik-point", shooting at flushed Wabbits with snap-shots is awesome. As to turkeys, I like the fact that there are not - or rather if I manage to get one (or two - I can dream!) there wont be the hazard of shot breaking some kid's teeth at the Thanksgiving feast. I am pretty dang confident that I can put one right at the base of the neck. If anyone thinks different please enlighten me. AND DONT YALL DARE CALL ME A FUDDER!!

Anyway I think it should be mandatory that every household in these United States have a 10/22. Unless you are doing Olympic competition shooting it is absolutely positively the best general-purpose .22 rimfire rifle extant. I love my 10/22; if it could cook and clean I would marry it. (and yes there are those who know I have said the same thing about my Walther P.38. Does that make me a bigamist, or a closet Mormon??):celebrate
 

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if you are interested in a pump you should look around for a Rossi pump. It's not possible to wear one out in a life time. They are very much like the old Winchester pumps that they used to call gallery guns. Rock solid. Accurate. EASY to clean/lube. Not good for a scope though.
 

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I have several Marlins. They're cheap enough to buy several and they run flawlessly, and are very accurate. I have two model 60s, the old one without the last-shot bolt-lock and a new one with. They are both fun little guns.

I would go with the Marlins again, too. You don't need to pay more than a small amount to get a .22 that does everything you expect it to. The money I saved buying Marlins allowed me to buy other guns.

My .22s:

Marlin 60
Marlin 60S-CF
Marlin 925
Marlin 882SSV (.22 WMR)
some old Winchester single-shot
 

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"Not strictly an OC question, but gun-related. I have a chance to pick up a Marlin model 25 bolt-action 22 on the cheap. I'm nominally a collector and I don't own a 22 of any kind for the present. I wondered if anyone had any particular recommendations for a cheap 22 rifle".

Yup. Get the Marlin. It will serve your interests and you can't beat the price.:dude:

 

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Il_Duce wrote:
I love my 10/22. There's so much available for it, it's like shooting a Honda.

:lol:

You really can't go wrong with a 10/22. It's worth every penny of the $100 more than you wanted to spend.
 

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Yea, 10/22's are like a$$holes. Everyone has one and if they don't there's something seriously wrong. :what:


10/22's are one of the best and most versatile rimfire rifles out there. You can buy one for $150 spend some more if you get bored with it and turn it into something like this

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That's not mine but pretty close to what I'm looking into doing to mine.
 

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I'm less than crazy about how you have to sort of "feather" the bolt when changing mags and charging the chamber.
Is there another magazine-fed .22 semiauto that you guys like?
 

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Overtaxed wrote:
I'm less than crazy about how you have to sort of "feather" the bolt when changing mags and charging the chamber.
Is there another magazine-fed .22 semiauto that you guys like?
What do you mean?? Locking the bolt open and releasing it from the locked position IS a little tricky, but other than that I have no prob whatsoever ejecting a spent mag, inserting another, and firing away. Hey, with the 10/22 you have TEN SHOTS to accomplish whatever your purpose in shooting may be. Personally speaking that is NINE shots more than I am actually going to need.
 

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Alexcabbie wrote:
Overtaxed wrote:
I'm less than crazy about how you have to sort of "feather" the bolt when changing mags and charging the chamber.
Is there another magazine-fed .22 semiauto that you guys like?
What do you mean?? Locking the bolt open and releasing it from the locked position IS a little tricky, but other than that I have no prob whatsoever ejecting a spent mag, inserting another, and firing away. Hey, with the 10/22 you have TEN SHOTS to accomplish whatever your purpose in shooting may be. Personally speaking that is NINE shots more than I am actually going to need.

That's what I meant... sorry for not articulating well. My only/first experience with a 10/22 was at a rental range outside of San Francisco, and I was surprised that the bolt was released in that manner, as you described.
I'm by no means an advocate of spray and pray, but I just wanted to know if there's a semiauto .22 that doesn't have that feature, since it could potentially be a hindrance to a quick mag change.
 
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