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Old 03-18-2013, 03:01 AM   #1
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I am a handgun owner but am now considering my first semi-auto rifle... Primarily for range and fun... Which is the best model and brand?

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Can't go wrong with a Ruger 10/22. They've been around for a long time. I have the Take Down model and it performs like a champ.

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What is the best car? What is the best airplane? What is the best golf club? What is the best college?

There is no such thing.

That said my top 3 I would consider are:
S&W AR15-22 (own it)
Marlin Model 60
Ruger 10/22

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I'm a HUGE fan of the 10-22. Their out of the box performance is great and there is literally TONS of things you can do with them with aftermarket parts available everywhere. I have three and could have a couple more.

Buy you can't look at semi auto 22 rifles without looking at the Marlin rifles too. I am no tas much a fan of the tube mag but thereis no denying that they are very good rifles. I am in the middle of a rebuild to an old model Glenfield 60 that was treated very poorly before it made it to me. I'm looking forward to how it ends up.

There are bolt guns made by Savage that are pretty nice. I don't like the models without the accu-trigger as much because the triggers are a bit gritty but they are accurate. And if a bolt gun is your flavor they are worth looking at.

If a lever gun is for you then the Henry.....Nuff said there.

If I was looking to get a 22 rifle today and did no town one then the Ruger 10-22 would be a sure bet for me. THe idea that you can keep it as is or totally change it to fit whatever you might want from it is just too much to pass on.
I am kind of a 22 addict though. So I just seem to keep coming home with them.....Don't look at me like that!!! Don't judge me! I can stop any time I want....I just don't want to...so there.

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Ruger 10 22 is excellent but i have an original marlin model 60 in my closet with literally a million rounds through it so ya know personally id go with the marlin m 60

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in the semi-auto 22 rifle choices. there are two that are standouts. both are decently priced as well.

the Marlin M60. if you just want a rimfire semi-auto 22, that at most might put a scope on it and then just enjoy it the way it is, this would be my first suggestion and choice. very accurate right out the box.

the Ruger 10/22. now if you enjoy tinkering and modifying your firearms or might want to in the future, then the 10/22 might be the best choice for you. they probably make more aftermarket parts and accessories for the 10/22 than any other rimfire 22 rifle.

i own an older M60 and have to say it's a very good rifle and one i enjoy shooting a lot. i have shot several 10/22's, but stock, out of the box, i do prefer the M60. now i have given some thought that maybe one day in the future, i might get a beater 10/22, and do some customization to it and make budget tackdriver.

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I like the Remmy Nylon 66, Rugar 10/22 and then the Smith AR15/22.
In a bolt a Remmy Nylon 10 or 11. In a pump definitly a Winchester & a Henry or Marlin in a lever. Ric

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Thanks everyone! Going shopping later today!

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CZ has some dandy bolt action 22lr's, if you want a target gun.

http://cz-usa.com/products/view/CZ-455-Varmint/

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The Marlin Model 60 is terrific. I've owned one since the mid-70's and it is still my favorite. They even make them in stainless now.

If you are one of those who are never satisfied and like to keep adding stuff then the Ruger 10/22 is for you. They're like an AR15, a 1911, or a Glock, there is all kinds of garbage you can hang on them. If you like a good, quality piece of equipment that is good as is, and to which you would only add a sling and a good scope, then get the Model 60.

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