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pmoradi2002
04-12-2012, 3:25 PM
I'm looking to purchase a .22 in the very near future, however I cannot choose.

I'm not sure if a pistol or rifle would suit me better.

It will be only for fun, so it will only see range time. Will be shooting it anywhere from 15-75 yards.

I'm looking to keep it under $400, the cheaper the better.

Please don't suggest the Ruger Takedown as I know many will.

Fellblade
04-12-2012, 3:29 PM
How about the normal Rugar 10/22? Turners has it for $209 right now (spring sale flyer) and after the tax and fees you'd still have about $150 left for accessories.

Chaos47
04-12-2012, 3:31 PM
Please research / search. This is asked evey week and it will just end up looking like this list:

(in no order)

Pistol:
Buckmark
Ruger MK or 22/45
Ruger SR22

Semi auto rifle:
Marlin 795
Marlin 60 (tube fed)
10/22

Bolt action rifle:
Marlin XT-22
CZ

davek8s
04-12-2012, 3:34 PM
Please research / search. This is asked evey week and it will just end up looking like this list:

(In no order)

Pistol:
Buckmark
Ruger MK or 22/45
Ruger SR22

Semi auto rifle:
Marlin 795
Marlin 60 (magazine fed)
10/22

Bolt action rifle:
Marlin xt-22
CZ

Yep that's it. List complete. Get any of the above.

SoCal Bob
04-12-2012, 4:00 PM
Here is a link to the Turner's Spring Flyer: http://www.turners.com/engage/displayad-2012_spring_flyer.php

Marlin rifles are on page 35
Ruger rifles are on page 39

I didn't see any other .22 rifles in your price range.

Izzy43
04-12-2012, 4:33 PM
Please research / search. This is asked evey week and it will just end up looking like this list:

(in no order)

Pistol:
Buckmark
Ruger MK or 22/45
Ruger SR22

Semi auto rifle:
Marlin 795
Marlin 60 (tube fed)
10/22

Bolt action rifle:
Marlin XT-22
CZ

Bolt Action: Add Savage to the mix.

For the OP, go to a gunshop and handle all the rifles and pick the one that feels the best. For a pistol, good luck shooting it @75yds. While some may be able to do it, not many. Pistol accuracy (due to short sight radius) gets iffy past 25yds unless you have a scope with magnification and then good luck holding the pistol steady enough to hit anything. Opinions differ, this is just mine.

Chaos47
04-12-2012, 4:57 PM
Bolt Action: Add Savage to the mix.


Agreed the MK series seems nice, I just don't see it pushed as much as others.
I like the looks of the TR model (I have practically the same Boyds stock on my 795)

I would not advocate the Savage semi auto though. Really no reason to get a 64 over a 795 imo

And I know someone will come along and say that the Sig Mosquito should be on the pistols list. Sorry they have the worst trigger I have ever felt on any gun period.
Walther P22 I have never shot but I have seen photos of ones with cracked slides..
GSG 22 1911 I dont know enough about, seems to have good reviews. Too bad the CA ver. has to have the welded on thread protector..

Sneaky
04-12-2012, 5:21 PM
Ruger 10/22
Marlin 795
Remmy 597 <(I own this one)

But have had good experience will all 3

JNunez23
04-12-2012, 5:26 PM
Get a 10/22..a normal one. Or look at some Marlins.

If you want a handgun, GSG, Ruger SR22 or 22/45.

Savage if you want bolt action, and M&P 15-22 for your "tacticool" needs.

pennys dad
04-12-2012, 5:27 PM
+1 to Chaos's list.

there are other options but these are the best for starting and having immediate fun.
I would suggest for 75 yards use a rifle

sholling
04-12-2012, 5:56 PM
My suggestion is that you wait until the Shooting Fair (http://www.raahauges.com/sports-fair.php) in June and get out there and try lots of products. Corona is an easy drive from Irvine and it's a ton of fun. For rifles I'd try a Ruger 10/22, I'd shoot a couple of scoped Savage MkII rifles, and I'd try a CZ455. For handguns I'd try a Browning Buck Mark and a Ruger 22/45. Turners is a co-sponsor and always has special sale prices for the fair.

If you go with a rifle I highly recommend taking an appleseed (http://appleseedinfo.org/) class. They're held about 3-4 times a year at the same location as the fair.

Schlyme
04-12-2012, 7:29 PM
How about the normal Rugar 10/22? Turners has it for $209 right now (spring sale flyer) and after the tax and fees you'd still have about $150 left for accessories.

they make a lot of extras for the 10/22! I just put one in a 10 day! now i'm waiting to win the lottery to add to the collection!

pmoradi2002
04-12-2012, 8:09 PM
Thanks for all the replies, I'll need to go and get my hands on some of these weapons :)


My suggestion is that you wait until the Shooting Fair (http://www.raahauges.com/sports-fair.php) in June and get out there and try lots of products. Corona is an easy drive from Irvine and it's a ton of fun. For rifles I'd try a Ruger 10/22, I'd shoot a couple of scoped Savage MkII rifles, and I'd try a CZ455. For handguns I'd try a Browning Buck Mark and a Ruger 22/45. Turners is a co-sponsor and always has special sale prices for the fair.

If you go with a rifle I highly recommend taking an appleseed (http://appleseedinfo.org/) class. They're held about 3-4 times a year at the same location as the fair.

This sounds AWESOME! I'm in!

PS- I've attended Appleseed before :cool:

REPR
04-12-2012, 9:45 PM
Thanks for all the replies, I'll need to go and get my hands on some of these weapons :)

So you leaning more towards a rifle or pistol?

pmoradi2002
04-13-2012, 1:00 AM
So you leaning more towards a rifle or pistol?

Most likely pistol since I already have 3 rifles.

Are there any advantages of a bolt action on a .22 (or any caliber for that matter)?

Ogre8472
04-13-2012, 10:14 AM
If your leaning to a pistol then Im going to say Browning Buckmark! Simply a pleasure to shoot.

roushstage2
04-13-2012, 10:58 AM
Are there any advantages of a bolt action on a .22 (or any caliber for that matter)?
They tend to be a bit more accurate.

sephy
04-13-2012, 11:18 AM
10/22 and add Tech Sights (http://www.tech-sights.com/) would be my vote. Mine is so fun that my fiancÚ never lets me shoot it!

Ogre8472
04-13-2012, 11:55 AM
10/22 and add Tech Sights (http://www.tech-sights.com/) would be my vote. Mine is so fun that my fiancÚ never lets me shoot it!

Lol. I have a great and simple solution for that! Buy her one so you can shoot yours:cool:

chucksolo69
04-13-2012, 12:12 PM
For under $400.00 you are pretty much limited to the Ruger semi-auto handguns or the zinc 1911's,e.g., GSG/SIG 1911 .22, SIG Mosquito, Colt 1911 .22, Walther P22, etc. The Ruger SR22 has an aluminum slide so that's a good thing. No one mentioned the new Browning 1911 .22 A1. Excellent gun. A lot of people don't like the fact it is only 7/8ths the size of a regular 1911. I have one and it is probably the best .22 pistol I have owned. I have a SIG Mosquito and traded in a P22 for it. It is a bit pricier than the others though.

Webologist
04-14-2012, 2:42 PM
S&W 22a was missed as well. For about $250 it's hard to beat accuracy-wise. I spent last night rimfire shooting with my buddy and the little 22a grouped as well as our scoped rifles at 25 yards. My new SP 101 .22 had 3X the group size. I just wish the Smith looked as good as it shoots.

Remus
04-14-2012, 3:02 PM
If you are willing to spend a bit more than your budget by about another 100 then:

Browning ATD
Browning BAR 22 (rare)
Marlin 39a

If your budget is pretty set then:

Henry 001
Used winchester pump action (a rougher one should be within budget)

Everyone has a ruger 10/22, a cz, etc; the ones mentioned above are quality firearms that you should consider until you have narrowed your intended style of shooting down.

Excaliburr
04-14-2012, 4:01 PM
Well everyone has already mentioned most of the standard great rifles and pistols, but one has not been, the Ruger Mark III. I used Gun Genie and found that it is in your price range, but may be hard to find and they are a great, accurate pistol. Throw up a scope and you have a cross between a pistol and a rifle. Personally, I prefer the MarkII, but that you would have to find used. When I see them up for sale used (rarely) they tend to be about $300. Funner than heck to shoot, low recoil and extremely accurate. Good luck on your decision.