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#1 TRJ

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 06:42 AM

I'm looking for a rifle.

I have .22 in my stash, so that's a perk for.22 suggestions...but I'm not married to it.
I'd like it to be inexpensive, but good quality. I value accuracy. This will be a training/target rifle. I don't hunt rodents. I'm biased toward detatchable box magazines, but not concerned if bolt, lever, or semi-auto. I love a beautiful wood stock, but favor low weight. Whatever the stock, it needs to accept a bipod and sling. A picatinny rail section for optic mounting is preferred.

Will be shot by kids (pre-teen) and adults.

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 07:09 AM

Pretty hard to beat the ever classic Ruger 10-22. As many aftermarket options as an AR-15, and the durn thing just works, and works well. Marlin makes a nice semi-auto too.



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Posted 06 November 2018 - 07:17 AM

Savage MkII FVT. Hear me out. It meets several of your needs. Box mag Bolt action with superb out of the box accuracy Target peep/ globe sights from the factory. It is missing the wood you desire, but a call to Boyds remedies that quickly. They make excellent target/training rifles. Below is mine that I use for biathlon type shooting. 4ff02af1ca67553fb27d2ca970914637.jpg

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 08:42 AM

I bought a CZ 455 from a member on here I've been very happy with. Bolt action, detachable box mag, scope, and sling. The wood is nicer then any of my other wood stocks in the safe, even on much more expensive guns.

They are available from the factory in several different configs so you should be able to check your needs out of the box.

What sold me was the modularity including accessory barrels to swap to other rimfire cartridges, aftermarket triggers, optics and iron sight options, etc. Very easy to fully take apart, which is important since 22 is such a dirty cartridge.

I'm a bit of a contrarian, so I didn't want just a 10/22. I also wanted something that was bolt action for when my kids get to shooting age to start out with. Otherwise they'll just waste ammo instead of learning marksmanship.

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 09:07 AM

It is easier and quicker to list the bad 22 rifles.
Here is my list:

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 09:24 AM

I have two .22LR rifles. The Ruger 10/22 and the Rossi R22 which is a clone of the Mossberg 702 plinkster. I've put about 1000 rounds through the 10/22 and about 300 through the R22. The 10/22 was used for an Appleseed event, and the R22 was just putting holes in paper for fun. Both rifles have been reliable, no problems at all. The pros for the 10/22 are the aftermarket and the mags aren't expensive for what they are. The R22 has next to no aftermarket and the 10 round mags are $20 for a folded sheetmetal mag. If you get the Rossi for $120 like I did go for it otherwise you can find deals on the 10/22. I think I got mine for $220 this year.


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Posted 06 November 2018 - 09:54 AM

the 10/22... Design is solid, it goes bang every time. They are inexpensive, been around forever, and there are parts, mods, etc out the wazoo because it is so popular and has been around forever. 

 

No one, will EVER say the 10/22 is a bad choice for a .22, whether for hunting small game, pests, plinking, or just plain saying "i needed to own a .22" 


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Posted 06 November 2018 - 10:06 AM

One more for a CZ 455

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 10:13 AM

I bought a .22 conversion kit for my AR.

It works for me.

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 11:07 AM

Pretty hard to beat the ever classic Ruger 10-22. As many aftermarket options as an AR-15, and the durn thing just works, and works well. Marlin makes a nice semi-auto too.

Without thinking about it a lot, this would be my suggestion as well.

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 11:08 AM

I'm looking for a rifle.

I have .22 in my stash, so that's a perk for.22 suggestions...but I'm not married to it.
I'd like it to be inexpensive, but good quality. I value accuracy. This will be a training/target rifle. I don't hunt rodents. I'm biased toward detatchable box magazines, but not concerned if bolt, lever, or semi-auto. I love a beautiful wood stock, but favor low weight. Whatever the stock, it needs to accept a bipod and sling. A picatinny rail section for optic mounting is preferred.

Will be shot by kids (pre-teen) and adults.

 

 

Sounds like AR-15 to me. 

Are you in Cook County?  Make it a pistol (with a brace).

 

.223 through a 16" barrel is easy to shoot. If you want it light..get a pencil profile barrel.  

 

BTW, you can get wood furniture sets for an AR as well. 

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 01:03 PM

It is easier and quicker to list the bad 22 rifles.
Here is my list:


Add the S&W M&P 15-22 to your list. As far as I know, S&W hasn't fixed the runaway problem that got it banned from Appleseed yet.
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Posted 06 November 2018 - 01:58 PM

The Remington® Model 597™ Semi-Auto Rimfire Rifle  :yes1:



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Posted 06 November 2018 - 02:50 PM

I don't think I've ever met a .22 that I didn't like.

 

I'm currently trying to find a good deal on a RPR in .22LR, since I can share mags with my 10/22.



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Posted 06 November 2018 - 04:00 PM

I got to looking at these a bit.

Volksquartsen makes a cool straight pull bolt gun.

https://volquartsen....82-summit-rifle

It's like $1k, but dang I really like the concept.

I'm torn between the CZ455 and the 10/22 if I'm not buying anything to irritate my wife... But my birthday is in January and Christmas is closing in.

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 04:11 PM

The Browning T-Bolt is neat too.
https://www.browning...les/t-bolt.html

Finding these online for $600.

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 04:28 PM

After re-reading your first post I have concluded that we live by different definitions of the word "inexpensive". lol



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Posted 06 November 2018 - 04:53 PM

After re-reading your first post I have concluded that we live by different definitions of the word "inexpensive". lol

No we don't. I've got the attention span of a cocker spaniel in a squirrel preserve... I look up .22 rifles on YouTube and oooh look at that! Then I start justifying the extra expense...

I already called my wife and suggested we go shopping for a .22 tonight. She's going to keep me honest.

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 05:08 PM

 

After re-reading your first post I have concluded that we live by different definitions of the word "inexpensive". lol

No we don't. I've got the attention span of a cocker spaniel in a squirrel preserve... I look up .22 rifles on YouTube and oooh look at that! Then I start justifying the extra expense...

I already called my wife and suggested we go shopping for a .22 tonight. She's going to keep me honest.

 

 

That statement made me laugh out loud. :P



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Posted 06 November 2018 - 05:45 PM

I have two that are my faves, and they are both tack drivers.
 

CZ 452 Lux: it has iron sights, a dovetail mount, a euro-styled stock, the model pre-dates the 455.

Browning auto-22 from 1961, it has iron sights as well as a dovetail on the receiver.  It's a takedown, and fits in a pokerchip case.
They still make this rifle, From japan instead of Belgium, and just as nice, the only real change is no more dovetail on the receiver.



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Posted 06 November 2018 - 05:53 PM

[quote name='TRJ' timestamp='1541542315' post='1180213']The Browning T-Bolt is neat too.
https://www.browning...les/t-bolt.html
Finding these online for $600.[/quote

TOTALLY forgot about the T-Bolt! Those straight pull actions are epically cool!

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 05:55 PM

In my opinion the best bang for the buck is the Marlin 795 for box-fed and the model 60 for tube-fed.

You can often find these cheap used. The model 70 and the 7000 are earlier versions of the 795.

Very accurate and cheaper than the 10/22 which is also an excellent rifle for the money but typically no more accurate out of the box.


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Posted 06 November 2018 - 06:39 PM

I have two that are my faves, and they are both tack drivers.
 
CZ 452 Lux: it has iron sights, a dovetail mount, a euro-styled stock, the model pre-dates the 455.
Browning auto-22 from 1961, it has iron sights as well as a dovetail on the receiver.  It's a takedown, and fits in a pokerchip case.
They still make this rifle, From japan instead of Belgium, and just as nice, the only real change is no more dovetail on the receiver.

I had one of those Brownings with a Nikon scope. Fun stuff. Plus, the tubular magazine is in the stock and I think it keeps the 11 rounds legal. ( Maybe).

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 07:13 PM

You can not beat the Ruger 10/22 for and all around semi auto  22 rifle. You can even get one that breaks in two if you want. All kinds of gear and accessories too. Shoots great too. Price is decent.

 

If you want a lever action I love my Marlin 39A. Bit more pricier but one great shooter. Also breaks in two. 



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Posted 06 November 2018 - 07:40 PM

I just got back from gun store. Didn't have any CZ. So far the only thing I saw that I liked was a Ruger American bolt action. Store wanted $350 LOL. Same gun online for $250.

Looked at a cheaper Ruger that was a piece of garbage. Looked at two Marlins that failed to impress me with notchy actions.

Edited by TRJ, 06 November 2018 - 07:49 PM.


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Posted 06 November 2018 - 09:43 PM

Vote for CZ 455

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 05:27 AM

Went to another gun store. CZ 455 still t top of the list. The action is sooo much nicer than the Ruger. Everything just feels high quality. Store wants $450, found online for $309. $11 on Amazon will put a rail on the dovetail. Hard to argue this one.



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Posted 08 November 2018 - 06:41 AM

If price were not an issue....

https://www.vudoogunworks.com

My buddy is able to shoot through the middle of a lifesaver at 50 yards. Without breaking the candy. Took a few tries, but very impressive. Incredibly accurate. (And expensive)


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Posted 09 November 2018 - 10:03 PM

Personally, if price is not an issue I'd go with CZ. They really are some of the best for the dollar. That being said, I don't own one myself because I didn't want to spend that much on a 22 rifle.

I ended up with a Savage Mark II FV, paid I think $175 out the door. I ended up dropping it in a Boyd's stock and mounting a Mueller APV on it. All said, I think I have $400 in it, so arguably maybe I should have just bought a CZ to begin with, haha. This is a group I shot my last outing of the year at 50 yards and what the gun looks like now. For the record, I'm not really a good marksman so nearly half MOA was very surprising for me and a good shooter could probably do better with the rifle. If you want lighter, I wouldn't go with the heavy barrel like I did, but the Mark II really is more accurate than it has any right to be at its price point.

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 11:46 AM

Personally, if price is not an issue I'd go with CZ. They really are some of the best for the dollar. That being said, I don't own one myself because I didn't want to spend that much on a 22 rifle.
I ended up with a Savage Mark II FV, paid I think $175 out the door. I ended up dropping it in a Boyd's stock and mounting a Mueller APV on it. All said, I think I have $400 in it, so arguably maybe I should have just bought a CZ to begin with, haha. This is a group I shot my last outing of the year at 50 yards and what the gun looks like now. For the record, I'm not really a good marksman so nearly half MOA was very surprising for me and a good shooter could probably do better with the rifle. If you want lighter, I wouldn't go with the heavy barrel like I did, but the Mark II really is more accurate than it has any right to be at its price point.


Nice looking rifle you have there.

I decided to go with the CZ 455. Found one for $279 with irons. I've got a set of medium rings and a Weaver 3-9 scope coming with it. I'll be able to introduce new shooters to shoot irons and then move them up to the scope for more distance as they progress.
At this point I have seven adults and three (maybe four) kids, all asking me to go shooting. Once this is put together I'll have the right tools to make it super fun and confidence inspiring.

I can move from .22 rifle, to .30 carbine, to .308 (adults) over multiple visits. For pistols I can move from .22 to 9mm on the same gun with an exchange kit. Now it just needs to warm up.




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