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Agree on the older Mossbergs. Have a 44US that will outshoot most Winchester target rifles that sell for 4x more. You might also look around for a used Marlin 81 or 81DL. Great little bolt action. You will hear a lot about Marlin 60's, and Ruger 10-22s- but there are other better cheaper rifles to be had. Rarely does anyone WEAR OUT a 22.
Marlin makes a very solid series of .22's that are inexpensive yet reliable. I like finding them in pawnshops & in local "Shopper" type papers
I'm rather fond of Calico .22's of any pedigree...folks tend to put them back together wrong so I buy 'em for a song and re-assemble them for my own fun Ain't nothin like 100 rounds of .22lr's fired off as fast as you can speedbump 'em
I started my hunting career with a Stevens Favorite when I was seven years old. That would have been '56. That little rifle made it's way out of the family while I was in the service in the late 60's. I'd give big buck$ to get it back if I could find it. I did try for several years, never could track it down.
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You should try the Stevens favorite in 22mag. I go by price. Since the 22lr can be picked up for $11 for 500 I like to use a semi auto but when 22mag is going for almost the same price for 50, a single shot makes sense. CD