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Danz la Nuit
08-05-2012, 8:44 AM
My dad has an uber old single shot .22 and I am considering purchasing him a modern mag fed .22 I would like to pimp it out, high quality, durable, scope it, lots of extra mags, etc...

Main usage would be for amusement at the indoor and outdoor range trips! http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/images/smilies/cool.gif

Casket
08-05-2012, 8:46 AM
If you want to "pimp it out," get a 10/22.

CSACANNONEER
08-05-2012, 8:51 AM
The "best" for what purpose? Are you looking for a $5000 compition gun? If so, the answer will still vary depending on the type of competition you're doing. Biathilon rifles arent the best for BR. BR rifles aren't the best for silloutte, etc. If you just want a rofle to pimp out with aftermarket parts, a 10-22 is your best choice.

Danz la Nuit
08-05-2012, 8:55 AM
The "best" for what purpose?

Main usage would be for amusement at the indoor and outdoor range trips! :cool:

CSACANNONEER
08-05-2012, 8:57 AM
Main usage would be for amusement at the indoor and outdoor range trips! :cool:

Then, whatever floats your boat is going to be best for you.

Sheperd80
08-05-2012, 8:59 AM
+1 for the 10/22. Cheap, accurate, reliable, endless custom stuff.

Theres a takedown version as well that im hearing good thinhs about too

Danz la Nuit
08-05-2012, 8:59 AM
Then, whatever floats your boat is going to be best for you.

No doubt, just looking for name brand feedback and such,

looks like Ruger makes the 10/22, are there any particular versions of it that anyone would recommend more than the rest?

CSACANNONEER
08-05-2012, 9:06 AM
No doubt, just looking for name brand feedback and such,

looks like Ruger makes the 10/22, are there any particular versions of it that anyone would recommend more than the rest?

Since you want to pimp it out, I'd find an OLD, used, one as cheap as possible. You should be able to find a beater from the 60's to 80's for $100-$200 if you look hard enough. The new ones just aren't the same quality.

cudakidd
08-05-2012, 9:07 AM
10/22 for aftermarket upgrades, heres the wifes

http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo284/cudakidd/CIMG1850.jpg

Mine for competition

http://i384.photobucket.com/albums/oo284/cudakidd/ruger/CIMG4883.jpg

And two more after these. I have lots of 22 rifles, LOTS. And the best to tinker with are the 10/22s...

Danz la Nuit
08-05-2012, 9:10 AM
Those are some awesome looking .22's!

What price range should I be expecting at local shops around San Diego?

For a 10/22 and a solid scope?

CSACANNONEER
08-05-2012, 9:23 AM
Again, find an old plinker and put the stock, barrel, FCG, rings and optics of your choice on it.

003
08-05-2012, 9:45 AM
https://www.volquartsen.com/category/20-rimfire-rifles/9-volquartsen-semi-auto

shadow65
08-05-2012, 10:00 AM
You could go with an AR .22.
Detachable mags
Same function as a standard AR (If going with CMMG)
Nearly any accessories for a standard AR will work on the CMMG
Decent accuracy. My stock M4 LE will shoot sub 1" at 50 yards with decent ammo.

Use the same lower with another caliber upper.

Two rifles in one.

JNunez23
08-05-2012, 11:20 AM
Still, for me...is the Ruger 10/22 :)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v611/kirsten06/Gun%20Pics/1022pic.jpg

23 Blast
08-05-2012, 11:32 AM
Danz La Nuit,

I have a couple of 10/22s and both are modified from stock. Mine aren't as cool as those competition rigs posted earlier, but there's so much fun to be had with 10/22's. My son's 10/22 started life as a standard barrel stainless with polymer stock, and now wears a Tapco FDE stock with a 3-9x40 scope on it. It's a really fun gun and very lightweight. I've played with a number of different configurations on this rifle including using a LER scope, red dots, forward grips, etc. This one is my "fun-gun tacticool Barbie-for-men plinker."

My other 10/22 is one I recently got and did a retro mod on. I turned it into a faux- M1 Carbine using a Sarco stock and Tech Sights. This thing is really fun and the Tech sights are impressive.
http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd128/BasinBictory/be31b06d.jpg

Excaliburr
08-05-2012, 11:37 AM
Ruger 10/22 all the way! I have a couple and you can buy many parts, upgrades etc. I think you should buy the least expensive stainless one and then you can add whatever mods you want. Now, on the other hand, if you will be changing the barrel anyway, then by the blued version. I guess this all depends if you want the painted aluminum look or just the real aluminum look. The receiver is all you care about if you plan to pimp it out as you say. I have seen guys have $1000 invested in their 10/22's after all the mods etc. Many of them can't shoot any better than if they just left the thing alone. Some are so darn front heavy from using heavy steel bull barrels I don't see how they are fun to shoot at all. Personally, the effectiveness of the .22LR round is only good to at most 150 yards, so I don't find it necessary to toy with them too much. A couple of mods are all that is needed, like a better trigger. The looks can be awesome, but you can't change the fact that beyond 150 yards the .22LR isn't all that. I guess I choose a different centerfire round for that purpose. It is kind of like the saying, show your friends a Kimber and show your enemies a Glock!

spetsnaz
08-05-2012, 11:58 AM
10/22

socal147
08-05-2012, 11:58 AM
Show your friends a Kimber and Show your enemies a Glock!

:party:

Absolute Truth

xibunkrlilkidsx
08-05-2012, 12:31 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v301/GimpyVision/IMG_20120221_185248.jpg

10/22 for just plain fun plinking. this 10/22 has been a target rifle and now is a tactical metal plinker to fill my inner COD needs.

slicknickns
08-06-2012, 1:15 AM
Very new poster and will go against the grain with a Marlin 795. Better bolt holds open, easier mag release and in my eyes, a far better standard magazine. I don't like Ruger's internal rotaries.

cudakidd
08-06-2012, 5:46 AM
All of your 795 advantages are fixed with standard/easy 10/22 upgrades. And it's not a disadvantage to use upgrades on a 10/22.

Think of the 10/22 as the Jeep Wrangler of the 22 market. Huge aftermarket list of options and parts, easy to swap out, rarely see anyone using a bone stock model.

Thats the unbeatable advantage, customized to the specific need for your 10/22, tactical, plinking, bench rest, competition etc...

TechSoldier
08-06-2012, 6:51 AM
Seeing as you mentioned indoor & outdoor I'm suspecting that you aren't planning to use at long distances. With that in mind I'd go for a more tactical application such as the Sig 522 which has been known for its accuracy and reliability. I personally own one and love it more than my AR15.

Here's one that's been modded:
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5053/5554678574_a43a46cf3d_z.jpg

boxcutter3005
08-06-2012, 10:43 AM
Those are some awesome looking .22's!

What price range should I be expecting at local shops around San Diego?

For a 10/22 and a solid scope?

For a barebones 10/22 between 250 and 300 dollars, you can get a decent scope for it as low as $60. The 10/22 goes on sale regularly at big 5 and turners, and Parallax Tactical usually has the regular one for a fair price.

MyOdessa
08-06-2012, 11:06 AM
You need to decide on action first: bolt, semi-auto or lever are most common.

Anschutz is still one of the best for bolt action, CZ is much, much cheaper and very good, both are good as they come.

Ruger 10/22 is very good for semi-auto and you can spend as much as you want customizing it, up to thousands of dollars.

Henry makes nice lever actions that are well made and fun to shoot.

k1dude
08-06-2012, 11:58 AM
Marlin 60

Marlin 795

Ruger 10/22

Henry H001

CZ 452

You can't go wrong with any of the above. Choose the action and features that you like and pull the trigger.

Kelster1574
08-06-2012, 11:59 AM
Semi Auto - Ruger 10/22 or Remington 597

Bolt - Savage Mark II

Just my .02, Good luck on your search

MrExel17
08-06-2012, 12:04 PM
10/22 hands down!

bombadillo
08-06-2012, 12:11 PM
NOTHING beats the modularity of a 10/22, but I really like the model 60 a lot and even the remington 597 is a decent gun out of the box that looks pretty cool depending on how much you want to spend.

Izzy43
08-06-2012, 12:44 PM
My dad has an uber old single shot .22 and I am considering purchasing him a modern mag fed .22 I would like to pimp it out, high quality, durable, scope it, lots of extra mags, etc...

Main usage would be for amusement at the indoor and outdoor range trips! http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/images/smilies/cool.gif

What would your Dad's main use of the rifle be? That should drive your decision on what firearm to purchase.

Examples:

1. Rifle that YOU can modify to fit his use be it plinking or hunting or semi-serious target work in a semi-auto rifle. Ruger 10/22, money not limited.

2. Rifle that shoots precise, accurate groups consistently right out of the box with little modification for plinking or hunting or semi-serious target work. CZ bolt action Lux for iron sights, American or Varmit model for scope.

3. Rifle that shoots accurately right out of the box for plinking, hunting, casual target use. Savage or Marlin bolt action or Marlin semi-auto (I prefer the Model 60 Marlin as the semi-auto)

4. Scope, anything not make in China and set aside $300+ for the scope, Weaver, Leupold, Nikon, some Vortex.

I would rank out of the box accuracy and fit and finish as follows:

1. CZ bolt action
2. Savage/ Marlin bolt action
3. Marlin Model 60 semi
4. Ruger 10/22 semi

Volquartsen, Anschutz and Cooper make even better rifles in .22 at a much higher cost. A low cost bench rest rifle that is a proven tack driver is the Kimber 82G, heavy at 10+ pounds, huge bull barrel, great aperture sights and can also wear a scope in single shot for around $650.

Kris79
08-06-2012, 12:57 PM
i love my s&w 15-22

kendog4570
08-07-2012, 7:15 AM
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/images/icons/icon5.gif What is the "best" .22 rifle these days?

The one you can hit with, any distance, every time. That one is a keeper. I have a MAS 45 with a crappy trigger and stumpy stock that clobbers ground squirrels every time out to 100 yards with standard velocity ammo and iron sights. Put the dope on the sight, and the bullet goes there.
It ain't going nowhere, except to one of my sons.