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Old 03-11-2013, 10:19 AM   #1
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Looking for my first .22LR. Kinda narrowed between a S&W M&P 15-.22 or a Ruger 10/22. Unfortunately I live in upstate NY. What do people think mid a good by. Just recently getting very into firearms and shooting. As of now only own a tactical remington 870 for home defense. What would everyone suggest as a second all around shooter. All opinions arewwelcome.

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Old 03-11-2013, 10:32 AM   #2
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Either of the two you mention are good shooters. Just depends on what you want.

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Thank you, I was fairly certain of that already. I do really like the AR platform but with everything going on as of late and the fact I live in New York State make it almost pointless to have the quad-rail system of an AR anyway. Idk would like others feedback. Especially with other suggestions for my first rifle cause number three probably won't be for quite a while after.

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Thank you, I was fairly certain of that already. I do really like the AR platform but with everything going on as of late and the fact I live in New York State make it almost pointless to have the quad-rail system of an AR anyway. Idk would like others feedback. Especially with other suggestions for my first rifle cause number three probably won't be for quite a while after.
i say 10/22! why? versatility! especially considering your NY problem....

who knows? maybe you move to a state with normal gun laws in the future? you could just slap a pistol grip stock on that bad boy and "tacicool" it out! if you hang around NY, you could keep the "harmless" standard stocks.

but right now....no one can shot any 22, so i'd wait awhile myself....unless you come across a good deal. if you're LUCKY these days, you can find some 22 to OVERPAY for! i almost barfed when i saw them charging $10 for 50 rounds at a LGS here.
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I've always been a Marlin fan. My dad started me off with an old Marlin model 80L circa 1965ish which can fire 22lr, 22short and standard 22 (of which i've never seen a 22 standard).

I'm not a huge supporter of National Retail Stores (NRS) but if you arent wanting to get riped off by the ridiculous prices I'd get what they offer. Sadly your LGS (local gun shops) right now cant sell thier guns for the low ball NRS prices, they need to make a profit to survive.

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May I suggest a gun that can shoot different types of 22 ammo, such as a henry lever action or a bolt action. The way things are now if you find any 22 ammo you gotta buy it up...

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I think you can get 7 round magazines for the Marlin 795. That would be a plus for NY if these new laws stick.

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I'd go with the 10/22, just because of the versatility. Do a search on eBay and you will know what I mean. You can dress the 10/22 up as anything you want, and modify it into a high accuracy target rifle easier, and for less money than any other 22 I've seen.

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I have both a 10/22 and an AR-22. like them for differing reasons.
for a first 22, think stock setup. so either a semi or lever 22lr will work.
From what i understand about your living area, I'd lean toward a lever action that is already setup for full size scope mount. I was surprised to see a lever action with 3/8 dovetails mounts in a gun shop. the 10/22 and marlins usually can accept the full size mounts without a gunsmith needing to work them. If you go lever action, changing from dovetail to full size seems to require a gunsmith. otherwise scope mounts for dovetails may leave you with reduced scope options. something to consider.
the statements about being able to shoot the three types of 22 are valid but, I've only seen 22lr & 22short on shelves.
10/22's have ten round removable mags, the marlin semi's can have up to 17 rounds in a tube fed. same goes for lever actions.
If you think you will want to trick the rifle out then opt for a 10/22.
the SW's are fine rifles but all of the tricking out is already done and you may have difficulty finding a 10rd or less mag for it if future legislation does away with the grandfather clause.

just my opinions, yours may vary

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I always prefer the 10/22.

Ruger have great rotary magazine system that IMHO the best in the game.
The magazine are very robust rather than thin sheet metal type from other manufacturer.
On top of that, the magazine are usable on the lever action 96/22 and bolt action 77/22 just in case your 10/22 got decommissioned.

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