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Old 09-06-2008, 01:30 AM   #1
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So I've really got the shooting bug and want to get a 22 rifle to add to my slowly growing collection. All I'm after is something for plinking and to learn basic rifle skills on. Nothing to fancy or expensive, just looking for a good time at the range.

I've been doing some research and asking around and I have my list down to four finalists.

Savage Mark II
Marlin Model 925
Ruger 10/22
Henry Lever Action Model H001

Before anyone says it, yes I know I'm all over the map with autoloading, bolt action, and lever action all in the final mix but this is why I'm coming to you for guidance. Any thoughts?

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Old 09-06-2008, 01:44 AM   #2
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So I've really got the shooting bug and want to get a 22 rifle to add to my slowly growing collection. All I'm after is something for plinking and to learn basic rifle skills on. Nothing to fancy or expensive, just looking for a good time at the range.

I've been doing some research and asking around and I have my list down to four finalists.

Savage Mark II
Marlin Model 925
Ruger 10/22
Henry Lever Action Model H001

Before anyone says it, yes I know I'm all over the map with autoloading, bolt action, and lever action all in the final mix but this is why I'm coming to you for guidance. Any thoughts?
I have the Marlin and the Henry - I have shot a 10/22 in stock configuration as well as one that was accurized. I never shot the Savage but they are good guns. I love the Marlin, but I can guarantee you that you will never buy a better .22 than the Henry. It is smooth as silk and has the BEST walnut stock that you will even see on a gun - any gun. The action is smoother and tighter than my Winchester and Marlin centerfire lever actions, and for the price of just over $200 it is a steal. The only objection I have is that the barrel band is made of plastic and not metal like the full sized lever guns. It is extremely accurate and never jams. I can hit a quarter at 75 yds all day long, and in fact was shooting the primers on live 12 ga. shotshells at 50 yds. for sh!ts and giggles.
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Get the Henry.

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I would go with the bolt gun, they're usaully more accurate than semi-auto rifles. Although I also like the Henry.

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WIth a cheap BSA 2-7x scope, my Henry is just as accurate if not MORE accurate than my Marlin, Mossberg, Taurus Mod.63, and Win. Mod512.

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I have an older Marlin that I picked up cheap at a Gunshow. I love it. I don't see how you could go wrong with a Marlin.

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My father-in-law has an older Marlin .22 LR rifle that is bolt-action and stores it's rounds in a mag tube like a shotgun.

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If you are wanting to get one for low cost. I would getan older Mossberg the 151 or 152 or something along that line. You can find them for less that $200 and with $5 in supplys the stocks on 99% of them can be made to look like a finely figured stock you would expect to find on a $15,000 African rifle. Look on gun broker for Mossberg 22lr.

For a nice bolt gun today I would go with the CZ 452 or 453 American or Varmint. with a decent 4-12 or 4-16x scope on top.

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It's not on your list, but I'm going to push the Savage Mark IG single shot bolt action rifle. With a 3-7x20 scope this rifle is a tac driver off the bench.

I've always been fond of single shot rifles. The shooting pace is a bit slower and I enjoy a slower pace. That probably comes from me shooting my old traditional muzzleloading rifles and pistols the past 35 years. When I was younger I did enjoy the semi-auto .22's...

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Purchased a Marlin 880 for the eldest daughter, an adult sized tack driver! The younger daughter received a Ruger 77-22. I was so impressed I bought myself one too. It was the grandson's turn and grandpa and grandma found him a Henry youth lever. It's really smooth and the young fella keeps it on a 2" swing target at forty yards as long as he can use a sandbag to help him with the weight. There are many super choices.

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