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#158507 - 12/15/08 08:41 PM Re: Recommend a .22 rifle [Re: Blast]
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#158523 - 12/16/08 12:56 AM Re: Recommend a .22 rifle [Re: OldBaldGuy]
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I'm not big on recommending firearms to anyone, but this I like.

Marlin 981T
http://www.marlinfirearms.com/Firearms/BoltAction22/981T.asp


- reliable bolt gun with tube magazine. You don't see me walking around with a .22 very often tho.

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#158529 - 12/16/08 01:42 AM Re: Recommend a .22 rifle [Re: Blast]
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Ruger 10/22! Plenty of aftermarket parts and it is bullet proof. Pardon the pun

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#158538 - 12/16/08 03:25 AM Re: Recommend a .22 rifle [Re: learnmore]
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Originally Posted By: learnmore
Ruger 10/22! Plenty of aftermarket parts and it is bullet proof. Pardon the pun


no offense meant, but ruger 10/22's are extremely over-rated.....

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#158543 - 12/16/08 04:05 AM Re: Recommend a .22 rifle [Re: DannyL]
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[quote=DannyL]

"no offense meant, but ruger 10/22's are extremely over-rated..... "

DannyL


Over-rated? How so, please be specific.

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#158544 - 12/16/08 04:24 AM Re: Recommend a .22 rifle [Re: JohnE]
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Originally Posted By: JohnE


Over-rated? How so, please be specific.

John E


ok, in order:
- plastic everywhere where metal was used in the past
- rotary magazine, which without proper TLC will give you a very expensive single shot.
- all the "trick out bling parts" on the aftermarket leaves you with a 500.00 .22 rifle, which shoots no better than my 140.00 .22 bolt gun.
- and last but not least, these are not the 10/22's we bought 10 years ago, especially 15 yrs ago.

I like simple and dependable. But that's just me. Too each their own....

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#158564 - 12/16/08 09:25 AM Re: Recommend a .22 rifle [Re: DannyL]
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I have not checked current 10-22s out, so they may have gone down hill, but there are certain firearms that you buy due not only for their own sake, but because of the aftermarket support

Ruger 10-22 - .22 rifles
Remington M-700 - Bolt action centerfires
Mossburg 500 or Rem 870 - shotguns
AR-15 type lowers/uppers - may not be the best semi-auto rifle out there (in fact I'd say it's not - I prefer something with an op rod), but the aftermarket support....
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#158576 - 12/16/08 02:17 PM Re: Recommend a .22 rifle [Re: Blast]
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Originally Posted By: Blast
Any suggestions on a good but relatively low cost (under $175) .22 rifle? It can be new or used; bolt, lever or semi-auto; box or tubular mag. Easy mounting of a scope is a small plus. I just want something decent for squirrel-popping and rabbit-banging.

-Blast


I was about to recommend a savage 24c- .22 rf over 20 gauge, single shot to encourage accuracy and economy, 20ga backup to stop that charging wounded squirrel before he gets at your throat, grooved for tip-off scope. The accuracy is remarkable, I suspect because the attached shotgun barrel provides unusual rigidity to the rf barrel. Nice compact little firearm, disassembles to fit under the seat of the pick-up, cheap and reliable...

Then I discovered that used ones were selling for $375-1250. Anazing-mine gas a nasty birch stock and plastic appointments. The world has gone mad.

BTW, as I understand it, TX law prohibits rabbit-banging.
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#158590 - 12/16/08 04:04 PM Re: Recommend a .22 rifle [Re: DannyL]
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Originally Posted By: DannyL

- plastic everywhere where metal was used in the past

That's not necessarily bad. Plastic is pretty good these days, and the parts that Ruger does use plastic on does not seem to suffer for it. YMMV?
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- rotary magazine, which without proper TLC will give you a very expensive single shot.

I have not had any problems with any of my magazines after maybe a thousand rounds. I've never given them more than a cursory cleaning.
Originally Posted By: DannyL

- all the "trick out bling parts" on the aftermarket leaves you with a 500.00 .22 rifle, which shoots no better than my 140.00 .22 bolt gun.

Just don't buy them if you don't want them. The only aftermarket parts I bought were a GI sling, Tech Sights (for Appleseed), and an extended mag release (cause if you do a hundred mag changes in a day your thumb starts to feel it).
Originally Posted By: DannyL

- and last but not least, these are not the 10/22's we bought 10 years ago, especially 15 yrs ago.

Not sure what you mean by this. It's the same design that's been around since forever. Do you think that build quality is down? They seem solid to me when I handle them behind the counter, but I have not shot a recent example.
Originally Posted By: DannyL

I like simple and dependable. But that's just me. Too each their own....

I think the 10/22 is just that. But I sure wouldn't mind it if you sent me a different rifle to shoot for a year or so to learn the difference, a Henry if you got one. wink

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#158596 - 12/16/08 05:00 PM Re: Recommend a .22 rifle [Re: Nishnabotna]
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I've had my 10/22 hang a few times, usually from an extended session at the range with dirty ammo. The bolt won't close all the way, leading to a misfire. It happens. A manual cycle, like a bolt or a lever gun, will usually overcome such a predicament, though closing the bolt in such a case becomes more laborious. Eventually even they may refuse to return fully to battery, which means a quick strip clean up.

I like the 10/22 for removing the 1" black circle from the center of the target at 50 yards, arcade style. Even just using 10 round magazines it is amazing how fast one can go through a brick or two.
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