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Old 09-02-2011, 12:18 PM   #1
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Default .22 for my 12 year old, need recommendations

I'm going to get my 12 year old a .22 rifle for Christmas this year. He is not new to guns. He shoots my wife's Walther PK380 quite often, and is actually quite good --- can hit a soda can at 30 ft.

He has shot a few types of .22 rifles, but all of them were single shot bolt action. I would be comfortable with him having a fairly low capacity semi-auto rifle, but I've never purchased rifles (only own handguns), and I want to get something relatively inexpensive, but easy to use and reliable.

I was thinking of a Ruger 10/22 Compact, but only because I've heard good things about the 10/22. Was hoping to keep it under $300. (Oh, I also have a genetic predisposition that only allows me to buy new guns. OK, maybe it's not genetic, but I really don't want to buy a used gun.)

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Old 09-02-2011, 12:28 PM   #2
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For out of the box accuracy... I prefer the Marlin. The Henry lever guns are also very nice. I have all 3 and like them all for different reasons. I think a great starter gun is the Marlin 795 with a cheap rimfire scope.

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My mom got me a remington speed master 552 when I was young. It is my favorite after 20+ years. I would suggest one of those but I don't think they make them anymore. For $300 you can get a really nice set up.

I agree the marlin 795 is a great gun, will last many years and will leave some money for a scope, case, or other cool stuff. My marlin gets fired every time we go to the range, everyone loves it. It's 30+ year old and shoots great. On the 10/22 they look very nice and I have only heard good things. I think there are more toys for it then any other 22 so you can't go wrong.

So my suggestion if you only want to do the rifle go 10/22. Bit if you are thinking scope, case, bipod or other extras too go marlin 795 and get a extra mag.

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Ruger and Marlin .22lr rifles have been popular entry level guns for decades, millions of kids have cut their teeth on them and either is a fine choice and can be bought new and equipped with a scope for $300. Another option that is becoming popular these days is the "tactical" .22 made to function and look like an AR or a SIG 556. S&W, Ruger and SIG models are popular, though some do run a tad higher than your price point.

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Paul... we live about 20 minutes from each other. I have daughters; 12, 10 and 6. They enjoy shooting .22s and would be happy to have you guys out to test drive some of my rifles. You can then determine what your son likes the best and surprise him for xmas. PM me if you are interested.

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I bought both of my kids .22lr's My 8 year old son has had a Henry Youth Lever-action for almost two years, He likes it as well, I bought my 10 year old daughter a Mossber 802 Plinkster in Pink last year for Christmas, Its a bolt action rifle, She has a good time with that as well.
I liked the idea of the two I purchased over a 10/22 due to the fact that it is a little more involved and holefully they learn a little acuracy and gun safety while shooting rather than just firing off as fast as possible, Not that the 10/22 isnt a finr rifle, Its just how I did it.
In the end its up to you.
I say good on you for getting kids involved in handleing weapons.
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Another option that is becoming popular these days is the "tactical" .22 made to function and look like an AR or a SIG 556. S&W, Ruger and SIG models are popular, though some do run a tad higher than your price point.
I have looked at getting one of the mossberg tactical 22. All the info I find is they are pretty nice but not something a kid would start on as they do take some fine tuning. They do come in less than $300 but I think kids might get the idea that most rifles jam or need a special touch if this is there primary.
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My youngest has a Romanian trainer, an M69. It is light, accurate, well made and they still sell for less then $100.00. It has a 3 leaf open sight. 25, 50, and 100 meters. It is really accurate. Most are not all matching numbers, my sons is. All have magazines made in Taiwan. Very good Rifles. Ethans was made in 1985, it was purchased still new in 2006.

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I suggest, like others have, Marlin, Ruger, and Savage.

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well lets start by saying that marlins are great, as are rugers. savages are okay. they are fun and do just fine but i prefer the first two. now on to the other point.

i think one should think about a semi. vs a bolt for that age. knowing from how i was at 12(just a tad trigger happy from excitment). having a semi is fun but nothing taught me better than my marlin bolt action .22. knowing i had to work the bolt every shot made me want to pay attention to small things like making everyshot count. and really paying attention to all the basics. sure now that im older i'll blast away with a semi for ease. but i still love my marlin bolt i got more than 12 years ago. it gets fired every range day. and is super accurate.

i bet you my paycheck that i can place my shots in a tighter group nearly as fast with my bolt than a semi. next time i go to the range i will time myself just to see.

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