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Old 11-30-2011, 03:21 AM   #1
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Default Any Recommendations For A First .22 Rifle?

Any recommendations for a first .22 rifle? I just got into shooting (handguns) this year and it seems to me that learning how to shoot a rifle is an important skill to learn. I would want it for learning/practicing/regular target shooting initially, plus the ability to to use it for small game down the road should food become scarce.

I talked with the people at my local range today and they offer lessons I can take to get started. Several of my family members are also interested in learning, so hopefully it will get a decent amount of use.

I've read through some of the old threads here and have seen that there are bolt actions, levers, and semi automatic rifles and I'm not sure what the advantages/disadvantages are. I'd like to get something that is good quality. I do really like the look of those handsome wood stock rifles, but that is obviously not the most important aspect. Any recommendations or advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 11-30-2011, 03:27 AM   #2
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Anything from marlin is good. Ruger 10/22, henry, winchester and older remingtons are all great little 22s. If you want accuracy then bolts are usually the way to go. The question i should have asked first is what is your price range? The ones i mentioned are the cheaper end with the most expensive being henry i do believe.

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I was in the same spot a while back, not sure if I'd even like rifle shooting. I got some advice from one of my bandmates when I was thinking of learning to play and buying a guitar..."Get a brand name, spend about 200 bucks, if you don't stick with it, you're only out 200 and you can always recoup the money, if you do, you've got something to build from". Following that advice, I did a little research (thank you TONS FTF'ers), hit the wally world and walked out with a Ruger 10/22. $120, cheap ammo/accessories and whaddya know, I LOVE IT!!! So now, I own 4 guitars and 3 rifles. Still can't play guitar worth a crap but it's fun to try. Can't shoot much better (rifles anyways) but I never had a bad day with it. Tons of choices when it comes to customizing...be careful, you can spend A LOT really easily, but I just left mine stock. Ruger 10/22 gets my vote, hope that helps!

Also, Ruger has a great service dept...so I'm told, never had a problem with any Ruger but that's comforting...

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Look at a Henry Lever action. Good rifle and still made in the USA. Plus fun to shoot!

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Have a look at the Anschütz 520 (CIL300).

Pretty accurate, good german quality und fun to shoot.
Also it has, like the 10/22 a standard 10 round magazine, instead of the tubed mag (pipe mag) and mags are fairly cheap to get.

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My vote goes M&P15-22 Has tons of features - lots of room for growth.

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Id reccomend a 10/22, there's soooo much to do with it. There are carbon/fiberglass stocks, different barrels, bolt setups, even 200 rnd mags! So long as you have one it won't get oldbits just plain fun to shoot

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My vote goes M&P15-22 Has tons of features - lots of room for growth.
I'll 2nd that motion. It's more fun that a barrel of monkeys, and by far is the easiest design to maintain.

2nd choice would be a Marlin 60.
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A slow but accurate bolt action is a great way to start and to really hone shooting skills, and there are a lot of great options in the 22LR bolt action category.

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i like the 10/22 as well,its only limits is how much can u spend,the aftermarket is huge!

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