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Old 04-09-2009, 1:37 PM
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I've recently found a range 10min down the road from my place. My collection shoots some pricy ammo. I'm looking for a cheap semi-accurate .22lr that can be found for under $200. I'm looking for 1-2" groupings at 50 yards. If this isn't possible then still suggest the next best thing for under 200. Thanks
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A used Ruger 10/22 for starters.
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10/22 is great but can end up a money pit
if you want a good shooter out of the box with no intention of fixing it up...
got with a marlin model 60
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yea, my ar-15 is enough of a money pit. I'm just looking for something that is cheap, good to go and doesn't need an work (i'll probably add a cheapo scope to it though). This is just something that allows me to shoot everyweekend on my college budget.
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One option is to go with a S&W 22A. I had one and it was very accurate (I miss it alot now). Has a cool rail mount on all their barrels. They have various barrel sizes that you can get for it also. Ive seen them go for $180-$260 used. The S&W 22A is under rated IMO.






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Remington 597. Love mine.
I paid $169 for the base model.
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Check the Marlin 795 Post, got mine for $167 otd after rebate from Big 5 recently. Might still be able to get one for cheap like that. Otherwise, the used 10/22 is also a good suggestion but good luck finding a cheap one with the way things are atm.
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yea, my ar-15 is enough of a money pit. I'm just looking for something that is cheap, good to go and doesn't need an work (i'll probably add a cheapo scope to it though). This is just something that allows me to shoot everyweekend on my college budget.
go with the marlin 60 if you are just looking to fart around at the range
as you stated, you wont have to buy anything for it other than a scope if you wanted. doesnt use mags since its tubular fed so no worries on hoarding mags. just head to the range with the 60 and a box of bulk .22lr and you can shoot all day lol.

they come standard with a "bull" barrel if thats your fancy and will shoot quarter sized groups at 50yrds no prob

are they still $120-$130 at big5?
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The Ruger 10/22 can be had for around $200 on sale. These little guns are great and run forever. They can also be made into custom tack drivers, for a fee. The best part is if you want to get rid of one they sell quick and at close to new price. In fact Bass pro has them at $199 right now:


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USED 10/22 FTW cheap and you can do TONS if you want at a later date!!
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My first option was to get a 10/22, but then when I thought about it I figured I would be dumping way too much money into it. I was looking for a cheap 22lr rifle that was accurate out of the box. After I shot a buddy's savage mkII, I was sold. I've seen them go for just a little over 200 so do some search and figure out what you want.
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Stop by your local gun store or pawn shop and pick the used .22 you like.
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A Ruger 10/22 would be a good first choice. I have one and have put Tech Sights on it so that I have a AR sight picture.

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A Ruger 10/22 would be a good first choice. I have one and have put Tech Sights on it so that I have a AR sight picture.

Looks pretty cool, got a link to check out where to get them?
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I don't think you can go wrong with a 10/22. They go on sale for right around $200 all the time. I see used 10/22's for under $200 often.

If you're looking for a bolt-action, there are plenty of good choices available. I like the Romanian Model 1969 trainers. They are extemely accurate and use 5-round magazines, although they don't always feed that well. It's sort of hit and miss. I bought one from Big 5 a while back for $69.

For a pistol, the Smith and Wesson 22A is a pretty good gun for the money. I've got one that I use as a loaner when somebody wants to go shooting. New they are over $200, but used ones can be found at pretty good prices. I got mine in the box with all the paperwork and 3 extra magazines for $135.
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Marlin Model 60!
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Used Marlin 60. Got mine for $100 OTD at a pawn shop.
Had to replace some old parts, but it is +30 yrs old...
Plus, 17 round tube baby!
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Remington 597

I got mine on sale at Big 5 for around $140 two years ago. They're not nearly as customizable as a 10/22 but they're cheap, reliable, and accurate.
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Default Ciener kit for your AR

Get a Ciener 22LR (or Spikes, or CMMG) conversion kit for your AR. Once you have one, you will shoot the hell out of it.

The 22 kits are great, give you tons of practice on your AR platform. You can shoot all day with a $15 brick of ammo.

I have a Spikes conversion kit ($200) and it is outstanding. With a 1/9 twist barrel you will get about 2 inch accuracy at 50 yards, which is pretty reasonable for fun shooting.

If you want something more accurate, consider an older American bolt action gun with target sights. Something like a Mossberg M42 or M44 or a Remington 513 would be perfect. They are superbly made guns, and very accurate.

Either way you can't go wrong.
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If you want something inexpensive you can spend money on to upgrade later, the 10/22 can't be beat. If you want removable mags, it's also the best choice.

If you want something more accurate out of the box for less money, the Marlin 60 is the way to go. The 14 round tube mag (18 round on older guns, I believe) is easy to load, but slower than using mags.

I've got 2 Marlin 60s that cost less combined than my 10/22, and out-shoot it, but there's not a lot of upgrades for them.

You can't go wrong with either one, or both!
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To echo a few before me, you really can't go wrong with a 10/22. But if you are looking for something inexpensive I'm selling my Marlin 700 for $100.
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Just bought 2 Marlin 795's for $129 each after rebate from Big 5
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I recommend the Marlin 39A. You can get them from $250 used to $500 new. They will feed and shoot everything short of .22 magnum. Not only will it feed and shoot them but you can mix and match them in the same tube load. It is accurate and easy to maintain. Finally, it looks cool and feels great in your hands.
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Marlins in general will chew through ammo reliably, more so than the Ruger, IMO
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I'd have to say the marlin 60 is by far the best solution. Look around at local pawn shops for a deal. They are fun and accurate plinkers and my friends that have 10/22's all enjoy my marlin better!
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Ordered a Marlin 60 for $100. Can't wait to see how it does! Thanks!
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Go to a local gun store and look at their used .22 rifles. Marlin 60 is a good choice as is the Remington 552. The 60 (I got the 70SS Papoose; same action, take-down features) will go on forever with reasonable care. The 552 has the added bonus of shooting shorts or LRs. Also has the charging handle on the left side. For a righty, you fill the tube with ammo, clip the rod in place and as you are turning the rifle over, slide the operating rod back with your left hand. If you are coordinated (or with some practice), the rifle is loaded and ready as you turn the gun upright. Here's some pics:

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Savage Mark II will exceed your 1-2" @ 50yds accuracy requirement and can be found new for under $200.
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I recently looked around to pickup another 10/22 and was shocked by the price! Why are these inexpensive little 22's going for 200+ nowadays? Nothing has changed on them over the years. I bought my first one for $69.95 a while back. In fact, it wasn't that long ago you could buy any number of 22 semi-autos for under $100. Just ridiculous.

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