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SinglePoint
01-16-2011, 6:15 PM
Does anybody have a recommendation for an entry- to mid-level 22LR rifle? When I was young I remember shooting my dad's nylon stock Remingthon semi-auto that fed from the stock-butt. My son is now reaching that age and I want to pass along some similar memories. Since those times, I moved on to other cals (.308, .223, 30-06). Haven't owned or shot a 22LR rifle in a long time and I'm not sure what to get. Any suggestions are welcomed. The criteria are that it must be a fun, reliable, and reasonaly accurate rifle that he could grow into, and maybe shoot for accuracy some day before he moves on to other things many years from now. Prefer semi-auto, but maybe a bolt action. I have been looking at the Marlin 795 and 60SS (and of course the 10/22), but wondering if there may be a better rifle out there I should consider, even if its a little more money. I am partial to laminated wood stocks, but synthetic OK too. Thanks for the help.

1lostinspace
01-16-2011, 6:23 PM
Ruger 10-22! Nothing is more fun! Get a M-4 stock and a 2 MOA Vortex red dot on it!

calibanman
01-16-2011, 6:33 PM
10/22, 3 or 4 extra 10 round mags, a few soda cans and a brick of ammo is all this man is gonna say.

usmcchet9296
01-16-2011, 6:42 PM
CZ are bolt action and will teach your son not to waste ammo and are guns of superior quality.

burr2of4
01-16-2011, 6:43 PM
you cant beat a ruger 10/22 I have that remington nylon 66 you were talking about. its a great gun too

Reductio
01-16-2011, 7:17 PM
10/22, hands down for a fun gun, and you can customize the heck out of them.

beerman
01-16-2011, 7:18 PM
Why dont you try to pass it on the way you learned it (and loved it),,,,search and find the boy a nylon 66. I learned how to shoot with one and my boy learned to shoot with one also. Yes, I still have the gun untill a grandkid comes along.

SideWinder11
01-16-2011, 9:39 PM
10/22....

Mister BLASTEE
01-16-2011, 9:49 PM
Ruger 10/22

Thefeeder
01-16-2011, 10:48 PM
Here are a few outside the 10/22 box

Anschutz (many different models)
Kimber 82
Kimber HS (Hunter/ Shilouette)
Kimber SVT
Cooper
CZ
Remington 541T
Browning Model 52
Browning BAR 22
Browning ATD ........a favorite
Winchester 9422
Henry

and soooooooo many more...........

rkt88edmo
01-16-2011, 10:51 PM
Marlin 39
Savage BV/FV line

pennys dad
01-16-2011, 10:54 PM
Marlin 795 + scope + sling = $220 perfect plinker

Horta
01-16-2011, 11:12 PM
10-22's are outstanding! If you want a classic long barreled lever action, the Marlin 39 is mighty sweet and expensive, but it shoots great.

AdiosKali
01-17-2011, 7:02 AM
Check out the Sig 522!

shadow65
01-17-2011, 7:20 AM
For a non AR15 type .22, the Ruger 10/22 is hard to beat. My favorinte is the short model with 16" barrel.

Sajedene
01-17-2011, 10:50 AM
Marlin 795 + scope + sling = $220 perfect plinker

This!

I was shooting it up to 400 yards yesterday. (yes, it involved a lot of Kentucky windage but it was so fun!)

mikaarce
01-17-2011, 10:54 AM
10/22 and lots of aftermarket products.

Izzy43
01-17-2011, 3:14 PM
CZ are bolt action and will teach your son not to waste ammo and are guns of superior quality.

+10, consider a CZ Scout. Excellent accuracy. Here is a link to it:http://cz-usa.com/products/view/cz-452-scout/

I doubt you will find another .22 bolt action rifle specifically directed towards younger shooters that has the fit, finish, reliability and accuracy of this rifle at this price point. It has the same receiver, bolt and barrel of its bigger brothers but a shorter version of the barrel. Check them out at rimfirecentral.com in the CZ sub-forum. Search for "Scout". Those who have them love em. I would not start a young shooter out with a semi-automatic. Teach the basics first. Bolt action, iron sights and safety (not necessarily in that order).

otteray
01-17-2011, 3:22 PM
Marlin 795 with out of the box accuracy, clip magazine (that's what Marlin calls 'em, not me:hide:) and inexpensive.
Marlin Model 60 same accuracy, longer reload time, if you are in a big hurry. Mine holds about 17 rounds, IIRC. Can be ammo picky.
O.T.: Personally, my fav is a beautiful 1920s Model 39 lever action with a lever as smooth as glass, made well before the microgroove barrel; but still accurate as heck.

shadow65
01-17-2011, 3:25 PM
My first .22 was a Marlin Model 60. It was an accurate rifle.

mindwip
01-17-2011, 8:27 PM
Marlin 600 here, special bull brrl version of the 60. 17 rds load on Friday shoot all weekend! I love tube feed as the lines are so nice!


ps dont buy a marlin to customize. You get what you get which is great. Added a scope and sling to mine and thats i ever want done.
Edit, i grew up shooting my dads 22 tube feed good memories.

DeathByDoubleDip
01-17-2011, 9:21 PM
Marlin 600 here, special bull brrl version of the 60. 17 rds load on Friday shoot all weekend! I love tube feed as the lines are so nice!


ps dont buy a marlin to customize. You get what you get which is great. Added a scope and sling to mine and thats i ever want done.
Edit, i grew up shooting my dads 22 tube feed good memories.

Had I known how expensive it'd be to customize a 10/22, I would've simply gone with a Marlin 795 plus a sling, back when Marlin had that $30 rebate going on last year. Ah well. Ended up getting a 10/22 carbine-length, although I'm pleased with its performance so far. Magdumping at steel plates over at A Place To Shoot in Valencia was fun.

oddjob
01-17-2011, 10:34 PM
Browning BL-22 is what I got my son. I had a few 10-22's, but for a first 22lr rifle I didn't want my son to have a semi-auto. Besides...he had a lot of fun working the lever action. I did too. We still have that gun. Ruger bolt gun would be good too. If you decide on a semi-auto I would go with the 10-22. Lots of accessories for it.

ptgarcia
01-18-2011, 9:28 AM
If you want a gun to spend money on customizing the 10/22 is for you. If you want a great shooter out of the box that won't break the bank the Marlin 60 or 795 are for you. If you want to spend another $100 or so the CZ are beautiful guns and great shooters. If you like the lever action the Henry is fantastic. Thompson Center makes fine quality rifles also. Lots to choose from depending on your needs/wants. Cost was a concern for me when I bought so I picked up a Marlin Model 60 and sling for $150 on Black Friday.

shadow65
01-18-2011, 9:51 AM
Marlin 600 here, special bull brrl version of the 60. 17 rds load on Friday shoot all weekend! I love tube feed as the lines are so nice!


ps dont buy a marlin to customize. You get what you get which is great. Added a scope and sling to mine and thats i ever want done.
Edit, i grew up shooting my dads 22 tube feed good memories.

Never seen one but sounds interesting.

ricardo
01-18-2011, 11:54 AM
love my model 60

Ricky-Ray
01-18-2011, 12:52 PM
Definitely can't go wrong with a 10/22.

mindwip
01-18-2011, 2:30 PM
I will post pic, lol I bought it thinking it was a 60 but when I got home it had an extra 0. Best gun buy of my life

Nick1236
01-18-2011, 2:42 PM
Marlin 795. Can be had for about $120 after sale and rebate (if they still have the rebate).

Very accurate out of the box. I changed my stock and put a cheap bushnell scope and it is still under the cost of a 10/22

Turo
01-18-2011, 2:57 PM
My Model 60SS (Stainless with green laminated stock) is a great gun. Everybody is right when they say it's not a customizable as the 10/22, but it's usually more accurate out of the box.

randver
01-18-2011, 3:04 PM
my savage mark II BTV is the most fun and accurate 22 i have ever short or owned.
for fun and accurate i would go with a savage or CZ.

but i will be teaching my daughter to shot with a single shot bolt action 22 with iron sights like i learned

my savage before a put the scope on it
http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee94/docadw/DSCF0235.jpg

rojocorsa
01-18-2011, 3:21 PM
CZ-452 FTW!

mindwip
01-18-2011, 5:03 PM
My baby. With two targets from my last shooting session. 23yrds sighting in scope, elbow rested on counter using Blazer 40 gr lead nose.

LOL if you search marlin 600 on google the first post is by me! asking about it! I am number one in google!

http://img151.imageshack.us/img151/9548/20110118174642.jpg

http://img146.imageshack.us/img146/9936/20110118174445.jpg

http://img214.imageshack.us/img214/3992/20110118174546.jpg

bad_monkeys
01-18-2011, 6:45 PM
Ruger 10-22. Fairly cheap and a lot of aftermarket goodies to turn it into a real tack driver.

Kappy
01-19-2011, 5:28 AM
If you love fiddling, go with the 10/22. It's the rimfire Barbie, like the 1911 is the pistol Barbie and the AR-15 is the centerfire Barbie. You can do tons of things to it, including making it look like other rifles. I've seen conversions to make it look like a Thompson, Ma Deuce, AR15, M1Carbine, etc. You can do tons of customization.

Alternately, the CZ and Savage are great if you want a tack driver out of the box and want it to be what it is.

joeyant
01-19-2011, 5:41 AM
Does anybody have a recommendation for an entry- to mid-level 22LR rifle? When I was young I remember shooting my dad's nylon stock Remingthon semi-auto that fed from the stock-butt. My son is now reaching that age and I want to pass along some similar memories. Since those times, I moved on to other cals (.308, .223, 30-06). Haven't owned or shot a 22LR rifle in a long time and I'm not sure what to get. Any suggestions are welcomed. The criteria are that it must be a fun, reliable, and reasonaly accurate rifle that he could grow into, and maybe shoot for accuracy some day before he moves on to other things many years from now. Prefer semi-auto, but maybe a bolt action. I have been looking at the Marlin 795 and 60SS (and of course the 10/22), but wondering if there may be a better rifle out there I should consider, even if its a little more money. I am partial to laminated wood stocks, but synthetic OK too. Thanks for the help.

If its for your young son, don't listen to the mall ninjas here who are suggesting a 10/22. That's because they love buying all kinds of useless crap like bayonets and quad rails to attach to their 10/22 that your son will care nothing about.

Go to Big 5, pick up a marlin 795, and you'll never put it down.

It is the most accurate entry level rifle for a young shooter because Marlin has a patented Micro Groove inside the barrel.

Safety wise, you will appreciate that the bolt will hold open after the last shot, so he will know when the magazine is empty.

All you need for him is a scope.

dwh100
01-21-2011, 12:37 AM
My son is now reaching that age and I want to pass along some..."quality"... memories.

Winchester 9422

foesgth
01-21-2011, 7:53 AM
I would give you some advice but I'm the guy who had to buy a separate safe to hold his .22s. For teaching a new shooter I would stay away from a semi-auto. I just bought a Mossberg Half-pint for my grandson to use. It has a great feature. It starts out as a single shot. Remove the single shot adaptor and insert a mag and you have a bolt action repeater. CZ makes a similar rifle if you want to spend more money. Stay with open sights to start out. But what ever you decide on make sure it fits your son so he can get a proper sight picture.

RandyD
01-21-2011, 9:06 AM
I started my daughter off with a single shot bolt action cricket .22 LR. She is small and the rifle fits her. We practice safe gunhandling, loading, unloading and dry firing with plastic 22 LR snap caps once a month at home. She is too small to properly hold and grip a full size Ruger 10-22, but when she grows up, I'll get her a Ruger.

ilikeguns
01-21-2011, 9:23 AM
lol. I'm sure I'm the 40th person to say it: 10/22.
its the best for the price and the most customizable ect ect. Just get the 10/22.

smbob
01-21-2011, 7:13 PM
Henry H001 22 LR lever action.

Robert

Kappy
01-21-2011, 7:26 PM
It took me a while, but I dug up a pic of my 10/22. The cool thing about it is that it can kind of grow with you.

http://www.weaponscache.com/forum/attachments/rifles/146d1246931470-ruger-10-22-img_0772.jpg

Oceanbob
01-21-2011, 7:27 PM
Does anybody have a recommendation for an entry- to mid-level 22LR rifle? When I was young I remember shooting my dad's nylon stock Remingthon semi-auto that fed from the stock-butt. My son is now reaching that age and I want to pass along some similar memories. Since those times, I moved on to other cals (.308, .223, 30-06). Haven't owned or shot a 22LR rifle in a long time and I'm not sure what to get. Any suggestions are welcomed. The criteria are that it must be a fun, reliable, and reasonaly accurate rifle that he could grow into, and maybe shoot for accuracy some day before he moves on to other things many years from now. Prefer semi-auto, but maybe a bolt action. I have been looking at the Marlin 795 and 60SS (and of course the 10/22), but wondering if there may be a better rifle out there I should consider, even if its a little more money. I am partial to laminated wood stocks, but synthetic OK too. Thanks for the help.

The Nylon 66 is a fantastic .22

I have one here:

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=381521&highlight=nylon

Bedpan Bandit
01-22-2011, 4:09 PM
10/22 hands down. Just shot mine today and it was pure joy hitting the x every time...

SinglePoint
01-23-2011, 7:57 AM
After reading all of the suggestions and perusing the inventory of four local shops, I decided to go with the Mossberg Plinkster (convertable single-shot, bolt action) for my son, and the wife may use it a bit also. But I could not stop there. While looking around I fell in love with a Browning T-bolt:tt1:. However, it is expensive. After trying to find a deal on one, I ran into a CZ 455 American locally and "pulled the trigger" on one. I also considered the Savage BTV, which I liked, but it was a little heavy. I am sure it would be perfect for just target shooting from a bench, but not as good as a plinker. So, its the Mossberg and the CZ. Next I'll be looking for a scope for my CZ. Thanks again to all!

helixultra
01-23-2011, 8:10 AM
I thought with all the people here giving their opinions about the Ruger 10 22 that you'll be eventually be buying one:) Anyways, enjoy your .22's .

SinglePoint
01-23-2011, 8:26 AM
The 10/22s certainly have a following. My grandfather had one and it was a fine rifle, but I have no intention of customizing and that model is just not for me. If the wife picks up shooting, I'll probably get one in synthetic for her. When I took her to the shop (to kind of prime her for my purchase), she picked out the 10/22. Felt nice to her and she like the sights the best, compared to a couple of other semi-autos...

tiredshooter
01-23-2011, 12:01 PM
IMHO - The 1923 Savage model 23a or the Savage model 19 and its varients are by far the most accurate, easy to use rifle for starter shooters than any modern rifle out there. This family of rifles were used as Match rifles for military shooting teams since 1917 and are still in use for team shoots. They were also made for the Boy Scouts and came out with the Model 19 N.R.A. You can still find them in the $150 range with the orig iron sights. The orig peep sights go for about as much as the gun, but they are nice. The model 1919 resembles the P-14 .30 cal in looks and handling. It was very popular with the military folk coming back home. Of all the 22's I have had, this family of rifles are still the most accurate, reliable and easy to maintain.

They are a 5 shot (can be fed single shot) bolt action, magazine fed, 23" bull barrel rifle of timeless design.

No need to add the mall ninja stuff on this rifle. There are however 10 round magazines avail from Triple-K and they actually work.

twb999
01-23-2011, 4:37 PM
Remington 541T. A beautiful, accurate bolt action. Mine gets a lot of second looks at the range.

chesterthehero
01-23-2011, 7:00 PM
10/22 if you want to customize the crap out of it.. without noticing you will have built yourself a $2000 .22

marlin 60 for a classic that looks like a classic and shoots like a dream (my choice)

savage and CZ both make very nice mag fed bolt .22s

cant really go wrong with any of them.. i dont think i will ever get rid of my marlin 60.. when i die the grandkids can fight over that but till then im keeping it.. the 10/22 is great and i want one just because i want one..