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TrueNorth 03-15-2010 01:28 AM

First .22
Hey all, I'm new to the firearms world (if you read my intorduction thread you'll know that already).

Anyways, I'm just starting out and am looking for a good beginner .22 rimfire rifle. I'm not too sure what I want, however it will mostly be used for just plinking and practice.
I do like good ol' bolt actions, but I think I want a semi-auto just so i can pound out rounds quick and get my skill level up.

I do plan to keep it for awhile - so good quality is a factor, and price is not really consideration, provided its not made of gold :)

Does any one have a particular rifle that they're happy with and would recommend (or advise to stay away from) or even just brands that i could research up on?

skullcrusher 03-15-2010 02:04 AM

Well, from the keep long term, quality and price factor I would have to say the Ruger 10/22.

There is literally tons of aftermarket stuff for the 10/22 so if you wanna upgrade or make better or more fun, that is the rifle. Jmho.

Semi-auto. High cap mags are plentiful.

Oh, we have a resident professional gunsmith here that can turn the WalMart 10/22 into a great shooter. :)

canebrake 03-15-2010 02:10 AM

Marlin model 60, purchased 1967 for ~$39.

Yea I like it and I think it's quality, durability speak for its self!

lastrebel70 03-15-2010 02:31 AM

Well first off welcome to the forum and as for which rifle, my personal opinion would be either a Marlin Model 60 or a Ruger 10/22. I have both and the Marlin was my first rifle. I shot it for years with never any problems as long as I kept it clean. As for the Ruger, I have had it for a long while also and never any problems with it either. They are both accurate for plinking and very dependable.

Gojubrian 03-15-2010 06:47 AM

Welcome to there fine forums!

The marlin 60 is great and so is the ruger 10/22. My favorite is the remington .597. :cool:

TrueNorth 03-16-2010 01:11 AM

Right on, I'm hearing a lot of support for the Ruger 10/22. I'm also hearing that they have an amazing cult-status with modifications.

Are they good straight from the box, or am I going to want to invest in enough mods to build a second rifle?

Also, what's the reliability of the 10-rd rotating mags, and the 25-30rd box mags.

I have a friend who's got a 50 round mag but says its a bit touchy.

lonyaeger 03-16-2010 01:20 AM

Lots of fun right out of the box but, of course, you'll want to add a scope. You don't have to spend a lot of money on one (you'll need rings, too).

I highly recommend a trigger job from Stalkingbear, one of our esteemed members. It will help you a lot with your accuracy.

I have had no problems with the stock magazines. Can't speak to the higher capacity mags, but you can buy extra 10-shot mags for pretty cheap.

ScottG 03-16-2010 04:16 AM

The rifle you really want is a Henry....

Madderdaddy 03-16-2010 02:22 PM

henry's are nice and so is the model 60, ( i have both ), However if you are looking to hone your skills check out a bolt action. The reason i am saying is because with a semi people tend to just put out lead real fast instead of concentrating on posture, breathing, grip.... also another factor is that bolt actions tend to be more accurate because of certain tolerances

big shrek 03-16-2010 11:12 PM

Much to be said for a good inexpensive Marlin rifle...

The Marlin 25MN in .22WMR (used-$80)

The Marlin 795 with Ramline stock (New-$109 + stock-$14.95)

If you prefer old-style, the Marlin 989-M2

Or, the MOST POPULAR .22LR RIFLE OF ALL TIME, the MARLIN 60 with over 12 million sold!!!
Hey, wifey wanted pink stripes...what can ya do...LOL

And there are plenty of nifty accessories for the Marlin 60/795's!!
In fact, most of the Ruger stuff can be used on Marlins as well!!!

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