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Old 06-06-2012, 06:41 AM   #1
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well, not really. i already have an old savage 24 in 22lr/20 made in '65 but i may be getting my first new rifle soon. just wondering what y'all thought might be best for me. i'm pretty set on a bolt or lever action because i'm not your typical soon to be 19Y.O. and i dont want to spray a bunch of lead, hoping to hit the broad side of a barn at 2 feet. i'm reasonably capable with a rifle and plan to do some 50+ yard shooting with CCI quiet (supposing the rifle tolerates it) so i need a rifle capable of at least 1-1/2" groups at 75 yards.

i'm interested in the marlin xt22 (both the tube fed and box mag fed), savage MKII GL ('cause i'm a south paw), standard savage MKII and the Henry lever action. i'm unsure what the gun shops have as i havent really checked either. i remember the big shop had a few cheap .22 bolts, some made by companies i'd never heard of and i cant remember who they were. i'll see about checking them out this weekend and report back with what they have in my price range. in the mean time, what do you think of the guns i've listed?

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I've a Savage MkII. It's my only (first?) rifle. I really like it. It has something called an 'Accutrigger' whose break really does surprise me. Or maybe I'm just too dim when concentrating on my sight picture to be aware of my finger moving at the same time. First or second time out with it I got a three or four targets with 1.5" groups at 100 yards bench rest. (Haven't gotten that since though. Wish I bought a truck load of that ammo.)

However; I wish I had realized the benefits of a tubed rifle. I haven't yet found a comfortable way to hold the rifle with my support hand. The magazine really gets in the way. So unless you only going to shoot with a bi-pod or bags, its something you should consider.

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I will always recommend the Ruger 10/22. I paid $187 for mine and slapped a cheap 4x scope on it. I can shoot nickel sized groups @ 50 yards rapid fire. It's very accurate and reliable. Still looking for a high cap mag though.

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I will always recommend the Ruger 10/22. I paid $187 for mine and slapped a cheap 4x scope on it. I can shoot nickel sized groups @ 50 yards rapid fire. It's very accurate and reliable. Still looking for a high cap mag though.
Ruger has the BX-25 mag out now or are you looking for bigger? I haven't shot my 10/22 yet, but when we get back from vacation I'm gonna shoot it!!!
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Ruger has the BX-25 mag out now or are you looking for bigger? I haven't shot my 10/22 yet, but when we get back from vacation I'm gonna shoot it!!!
I know there are a bunch of options out there. Problem is I'm in ma. It's tough to find mags that have been kicking around the state since 1994.
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I've shot a savage 22 with accutrigger and a couple of henry lever actions. both are fine examples of rifles.

however, you did not say if you are planning on shooting from a bench, in the field, or both. based on you wanting small groups and don't mind a slow pace, i would lean toward the bolt actions because i mainly shoot from a bench right now. the Henry's owners always seem to have some issues working the lever while at a shooting bench where i am located. in the field the lever action can be cycled as fast if not faster than a bolt. so more details are requested before truly recommending anything other than more questions and information.

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sorry for the lack of detail. i'll be shooting off hand and maybe a bit of prone, not much bench shooting. i'm going to be shooting in my back yard. i may see about borrowing my grandpa's lever and bolt to see what fits my shooting area better. i have a small "gallery" area that has a range of about 20 feet. i enjoy shooting spend 20 gauge shells there. in my mind, i'd probably use the bolt more for long distance shooting and the lever in the gallery area. that's just what there rolls are in my head.

the 4th tree on the left (the farthest one) is about 50 yards from the end of the garage. if i get the urge and climb up on the roof of my shop, i could get close to 100 yards. the yard has been cleaned since.

this is the gallery. i'ts a bit more grown in right now, i have to trim the bushes.



EDIT: not really interested in semi-auto. i've considered them in the past but i just dont think i'd have as much fun as i would with a bolt or lever. plus i dont know if i'll have the money to get a 10-22. last i checked, they were going for $200 around here and that was some time ago. if money was no object, i'd get a remington 572.

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If your still looking for a bolt action, I would suggest you go with the XT-22. I've got one (XT-22R) and its a blast to shoot......well it's my girlfriends but I shoot it just as much as she does. It's been used on a bench and in the field to take out multiple gophers from as close as 5 yards to as far away as ~80 yards. Once you get used to adjust for the drop the rifle is accurate as the shooter is.

One of the nice things about this rifle is it has iron sites so you don't HAVE to buy a scope before you can use it. It also comes drilled/tapped as well as having a dove tail mount.

The trigger is smooth and seems a lot like the accu trigger that savage uses. You can also set it from 3-7 pounds.

Grips shot from sand bags, I'm sure with a better shooter the groups could tighten up.
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If your still looking for a bolt action, I would suggest you go with the XT-22. . . . Grips shot from sand bags, I'm sure with a better shooter the groups could tighten up. (5dhots 25ysrds)
Your groups are pretty consistent at 1 - 2 o'clock. I wish mine were that tight. Do you have adjustable sights? I bet if you came down & left a 'click' or two, you'd be dead center.
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I'm all about Marlin rifles

The XT22 is basically an 800/900 series with a better adjustable trigger and a slightly better synthetic stock than was previously offered.

On the upside, for those who have older 25N/800/900 Marlins, you can have a gunsmith install the new XT trigger in 'em


As far as speed of reloading a tube-mag, if you use a Spee-D-Loader or some home-made tubes,
you can reload faster than the average 1022 owner at an Appleseed if you practice a bit

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