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smogcity
07-13-2007, 7:36 PM
General plinking and teach the kids to shoot someday. My dad taught me on a winchester lever action and I'm leaning that way...Any other ideas?

Ratters
07-13-2007, 7:45 PM
Doesn't everyone have a 10/22? :)

There's lots of good .22s out there, I don't think Winchester makes a lever .22 anymore though. Marlin makes a nice one, the Henry's are nice too.

double_action
07-13-2007, 7:51 PM
For teaching my kids, I just picked up a Remington 514, got it for next to nothing too. :)

tuna quesadilla
07-13-2007, 7:55 PM
If you want a semi-auto, I'd go with the 10/22. For bolt action, I've heard good things about the Marlin 981T. It's a bolt-action, tube-fed rifle.

tiger222
07-13-2007, 8:12 PM
ruger 10/22 no doubt, though the CZ511 (?) looks to be a quality item too...

CalNRA
07-13-2007, 8:18 PM
I am not over my resentment toward Ruger due to the founders' active part in the gun control policies we have today.:mad:

Marlins have some excellent inexpensive 22s, semi or bolt. Their 60s are known for being more accurate than stock 10/22s for half the price, and the variant, the 795, I have two of them and one has seen over 10k rounds so far with no sign of wear or tear.

Fragenstein
07-13-2007, 8:32 PM
I'd also have to say the 10/22. Lets face it, best bang for the buck.

Pulsar
07-13-2007, 8:40 PM
Marlin Model 80. Simple, bolt action, detachable mag, fairly accurate, and cheap. Don't know if they are made anymore, but they are insanely common, made under several names, but all the guns are identical.

While I like the 10/22, I don't like semi-autos for teaching kids to shoot, the knowledge of the easy follow up shot doesn't help kids develop:cool: good aim.

A lever action is a good choice as well, I can't knock the Marlin 39A, though they are getting rather pricey, it's probably one of the best lever .22's around.

You could also look into a single shot .22 Fairly cheap and definitely helps teach the fundamentals.

double_action
07-13-2007, 8:48 PM
I don't like semi-autos for teaching kids to shoot, the knowledge of the easy follow up shot doesn't help kids develop:cool: good aim.

That's the reason I got the Rem 514 for the kids.

Oswald2001
07-13-2007, 9:08 PM
I always start kids off on a bolt action 22.

It's easier to teach safety, build safe shooting skills/habits and it keeps the kids' excitement level down enough for them to pay attention.



After that comes a 10/22.

They always love a semi-auto. :)

Jeffy
07-14-2007, 11:03 AM
I'd go with an bolt-action. Remington doesn't make the 514 anymore. They have a 'Model Five' that replaces it though.

I've heard good things about CZ's Rimfires. Ruger makes the 77/22 which is a bolt-action also. Kimber 22, Sako Quad, Winchester Wildcat 22, etc...

patman
07-14-2007, 12:34 PM
Rem 514: Used ones can be found cheap sometimes, <$200 used market.

I too like the bolt actions but don't forget about the falling block actions.

Newer rifles are nice in that they are drilled and tapped for a modern scope. Modern not so expensive stuff: Marlin 915Y, Savage-Stevens 13300 CADET, or Henry Lever Action .22 Youth Model, or CRICKETT rifles (http://www.crickett.com/CrickettRifle/crickettrifle.html). (buds gunshop has a nice catalog linky (http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/index.php/cPath/672)).

My son started with a beatup Rem510. A project gun that shoots great with open leaf sights but looks so bad the camera won't take a picture of it for now. The only complaint he has is that it's not dt'd for a scope.

The main concern has been weight. He's not weak, 11yr, but the comfort level is much better with something less than 4lbs. In fact, I have more fun with his rifles than my Rem HB'd 513T!

And yes, the 10/22 is a blast also. 12 mags loaded and bang,bang,bang... at the water baloons. :D 4 times of this and the brick is gone ;)

I'd go with an bolt-action. Remington doesn't make the 514 anymore. They have a 'Model Five' that replaces it though.

I've heard good things about CZ's Rimfires. Ruger makes the 77/22 which is a bolt-action also. Kimber 22, Sako Quad, Winchester Wildcat 22, etc...

virulosity
07-14-2007, 1:07 PM
My vote goes for a bolt action marlin with tube magazine. Of all the expensive toys I have, the $99 marlin is one of my all time favorites.

Satex
07-14-2007, 1:17 PM
What, no one likes Henry repeating arms?
While I don't own one, they seem to have a good reputation and are very affordable. So if you want a lever action, they are worth considering.

http://www.henryrepeating.com/

dwh100
07-14-2007, 4:12 PM
CZ 452 Scout!
Got one for my son when he was 6 yrs old. Liked it so much, I had to pick up an CZ 452 American for myself!

tygerpaw
07-14-2007, 8:06 PM
I like the Marlin tube fed semi's or maybe a tube fed pump. It's a lot easier to load a tube, and you can still get 15 rounds, where with a 10/22, your'e stuck with 10 rounds and a sore thumb. Just MHO.

82A1CAL
07-14-2007, 9:06 PM
10/22 semi auto. +1 Kid starter gun, any bolt, level or pump action that is in your budget.

ThomasMagnum
07-15-2007, 6:50 AM
The marlin 39a will actually hold 19 22LR and 27 22short. I would recommend the marlin if you have bigger kids because it's quite heavy. I have not shot a Henry but they are supposedly good guns and can be had for very little money. The nice thing about the tube fed is that you can shoot 22 shorts which is a big plus when teaching because you don't need ear protection as they are so quiet. It's an important thing to keep kids from flinching early on and using almost silent rounds give them more comfort.

Oswald2001
07-15-2007, 7:02 AM
The Colibri and Super Colibri rounds are very quiet too and fine for initial exposure to shooting for the youngest ones.

They won't cycle a semi-auto and I have had problems with them feeding while manual cycling of the action.

They have fed well for me in a Ruger bolt action.

TheClap1
07-15-2007, 2:14 PM
Personally I like my Marlin model 60 tube fed. It's reliable and I have never had any problems. When my son gets old enough it's going to be his first rifle.

smogcity
08-10-2007, 9:36 PM
The gun was cheap as snot from Turners...Then i made the mistake of spending a night lurking on rimfire central:confused::eek:...Houge od green stock, GM 20" black bull barrell, Kidd trigger group and extractor, and Mueller apv optic all in the mail and the credit card is F**ked...This is JUST as bad as BRD:D

Prince50
08-10-2007, 9:45 PM
Crickett is the way to go for little girls.

Rifles courtesy of WES at Tenpercent.

Girls courtesy of the Prince and Deyoung gene pool.

Sofa coutesy of my FFL, Al B.

http://members.auctionhawk.com/anza-knives/3616528-3_Pink_Princes.JPG

smogcity
08-10-2007, 9:53 PM
Oh crap...forgot about the kids :)

Where do they sell the cricket in Los Angeles?

IH8CALAWS
08-10-2007, 9:59 PM
10/22;)

MudCamper
08-10-2007, 10:14 PM
Taurus is now making the venerable Winchester model 62 pump action. I'd take a serious look at it.

Dr. Peter Venkman
08-10-2007, 10:54 PM
Can't go wrong with a 10/22; just reinforce good habits.

Rule .308
08-11-2007, 7:57 PM
The gun was cheap as snot from Turners...Then i made the mistake of spending a night lurking on rimfire central:confused::eek:...Houge od green stock, GM 20" black bull barrell, Kidd trigger group and extractor, and Mueller apv optic all in the mail and the credit card is F**ked...This is JUST as bad as BRD:D

Don't ya just love it? A $169.00 rifle sets you back another $600.00-$700.00 in goodies and add ons making for a $900.00 .22 rifle!! My last .22 that was just fine as it was with a simple Butler Creek stock morphed into a 17M2 within days of finding RFC, that place will do you in quick. Now I have one of the 10/22s that Turner's put on sale and while I have not decide exactly which direction I am going with it you can rest assured it will result in 100's more being spent on it. SHEEEESH!!!