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04-26-2009, 5:37 PM
Okay, I'm looking for recommendations. I want (almost need) a 22lr rifle. I don't want a semi auto (don't like messing w/ mags), I shoot lefty so a bolt gun may be an issue, I want ultra reliability & accuracy & (this is a biggy) -- don't want to break the bank - ideally $350-ish - max but will listen if there's something out there that fits my needs and is not much more.

04-26-2009, 5:39 PM
Ruger 10/22
Marlin 60
Marlin 795
Henry lever action (various models)

or if you already own an AR type rifle, add a CMMG bolt & magazine lit ($200)

04-26-2009, 5:55 PM
This fits your description. Although the mags are the markII's weakest point.

04-26-2009, 6:07 PM
Okay -- so lever action -- seems like a nice rifle, but a bit pricey. the others are semis that I'm not really interested in....

04-26-2009, 6:08 PM
marlin model 60 fits the bill :thumbsup:

AC Gould
04-26-2009, 6:20 PM
but CZ makes the 452 American in a true Left Handed model. MSRP is about $500.00 Davidson's has two in stock. About $450+DROS and tax.

If accuracy and quality are what you are after, the CZs are hard to beat for the price. 5 and 10 shot mags are available along with a single shot mag for training kids.

04-26-2009, 6:48 PM
how are the cz mags? in my experience, the mags tend to be a weak point in most 22's :(

AC Gould
04-26-2009, 7:13 PM
The mags are really quite good. CZ makes both steel and poly mags. Extras are available from Midway. I've never had any feeding problems with mine. Remember this is a bolt gun, so mag problems are not the same as with a semi-auto, if you work the bolt correcty. Shoots a 3/8" group @ 50 yds with a 6X scope and SK Standard plus ammo.

04-26-2009, 11:49 PM
This should fit the bill:

Semi Auto (but no magazines - tube fed in the stock)

Well under $350

The gunblast guys seemed to love it:


04-27-2009, 12:11 AM
10/22 and IF you shoot SLOW it is like a bolt action!! :) (well maybe not) but I think it is the BEST .22LR rifle out for the last few years (ok more than a few yrs) :)

Hot Brass
04-27-2009, 7:20 AM
Get a CZ, and be amazed with the accuracy. Mine loves Power Points, Americam Eagle HP`s, and I have plenty of Wolf Match Target for braggin rights.

04-27-2009, 8:35 AM
The CZ is a very good bolt action .22lr. I am left handed, and have used for over 40 years a Marlin Golden 39A lever. It is a very well built rifle, is very accurate, and uses a 19 round tube feed magazine. It is worth a look.

As for semi-auto, the Marlin Model 60 does not use a magazine, but has a 14 round tubular feed magazine. These can be found at very good pricing at Big 5, I think they are not on sale this week, but just about every other week they are. I gave one to my wife, and believe me, I do not want to be messing with her rifle every 5 min., and the way she goes through .22 ammo, I know it doesn't have feed or jam problems. Her Model 60 feeds the cheapo (well, I guess cheap isn't a good word even for .22lr these days, make that questionable quality) Remington Golden Bullet bulk pack stuff all day long with no problems. She puts several thousand rounds through it without cleaning, just a shot of CLP from time to time.

04-27-2009, 9:41 AM
Get a Henry, preferably a H001T-- beautiful gun, great quality and service, American-made.

04-27-2009, 9:47 AM
i got a marlin 795, tons of fun adn accurate, ammos cheap, the whole thing is just pretty cheap and fun. its what i teach my friends on

04-27-2009, 10:29 AM
Well if you have to go with a .22lr, marlins are good but rugers are better to ME plus they have the best warranty..... But ever think about a .17HMR????

04-27-2009, 10:33 AM
I know you said you are a lefty but my Mossberg 817 is so so so accurate.... even at a 100yards but with mim. winds.....

04-27-2009, 10:50 AM
Polish Wz48. Single shot, bolt action, military trainer. Has a straight bolt handle, so shooting lefty and reaching over to operate bolt is actually very natural-feeling. My kid shoots it this way and loves it. Very accurate rifles too. As an added bonus, it looks a lot like a Mosin Nagant and has the same sights. Can be found for around $200 and many of them are over 50 years old/C&R (cash and carry in CA).


04-27-2009, 11:14 AM
I've got these two. Just the basic models. Both have been pretty accurate & very reliable. Both within your price range. The Marlin Model 60 is semi, but both are tube-fed.



I've seen this model go for under $300 NIB.

04-27-2009, 11:26 AM
savage mark II "G" models are left handed


04-27-2009, 11:38 AM
That lever action henry rifle is looking pretty good!!

04-27-2009, 11:44 AM
I would throw out a big thumbs up for the Marlin 60. I have 2 and I'm lefty, shooting it left handed doesnt bother me at all...Fairly cheap, reliable and accurate enough for plinking.

mala in se
04-27-2009, 1:01 PM
+35 for 10/22

06-06-2009, 9:27 AM
I'm a lefty and I enjoy shooting the Marlin 60. I like the tube magazine that carries 14 rounds. When hunting small game such as Jack Rabbits, I like having a semi-auto. It is much faster for second shot follow up. I don't have to deal with magazines to reload all the time. Nor have to rack a bolt or lever action after every shot. Magazine fed 22lr's tend to jam most of the time.

And the Marlin rifles are very reliable and not ammo picky!
Just my 2 cents.

06-06-2009, 9:47 AM

The incomparable Marlin Golden 39A represents the oldest shoulder firearm design still being made anywhere in the world. In fact, the 39's great grandfather, the Model 1891, was the first repeating rifle to be chambered for the 22 Long Rifle cartridge. And over the years, Marlin 22's have become legendary among people who know rifles. The fact is, the Model 39 is still the standard by which all other 22 sporting rifles are judged. Understandable when you consider the clean, flat, solid top receiver, and an action machined from solid steel forgings, which are then heat-treated for greater strength. The Model 39A also features a rebounding hammer, a hammer block safety, and it disassembles in seconds with only a coin. And the stock is crafted from genuine American black walnut and features fine cut-checkering. Thanks to Micro-Groove® rifling, a special process that produces less bullet distortion and a better gas seal, the 39A gives you the kind of accuracy most other 22's can't touch.

Caliber 22 Short, Long or Long Rifle Capacity Tubular magazine, with patented closure system, holds 26 Short, 21 Long or 19 Long Rifle Cartridges. Action Lever action; side ejection; solid top receiver; rebounding hammer; hammer block safety; one-step takedown; deeply blued metal surfaces;gold plated steel trigger. Stock Genuine American black walnut with fluted comb; cut checkering; full pistol grip and fore-end; blued steel fore-end cap; swivel studs; grip cap; rubber rifle butt pad; tough Mar-Shield® finish. Barrel 24" with Micro-Groove® rifling (16 grooves). Twist Rate 1:16" r.h. Sights Adjustable semi-buckhorn folding rear, ramp front sight with brass bead and Wide-Scan™ hood. Solid top receiver tapped for scope mount; scope adaptor base; offset hammer spur (right or left hand) for scope use. Overall Length 40" Weight 6.5 lbs.

06-06-2009, 3:33 PM
Get a lefty cz they run under 400 usually.

06-06-2009, 8:37 PM
You didn't say if you needed a scope, rings, etc.

When you add them all up, this isn't a bad deal:

Am selling a left-handed CZ 452 American package. Besides rifle, a Leupold 2x7 rimfire scope, Talley medium height rings, and a Timney trigger (in blister pack, not installed) are all included. Rifle and all items are NEW.