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northhike 11-10-2010 06:55 PM

Looking for a .22WMR Rifle
I have always had an affinity for the .22WMR. I like and have .22LR rifles, but enjoy shooting the .22WMR better.

I am looking to purchase a .22WMR rifle (bolt action) and wanted to get your opinions on an innexpensive rifle. I looked at the Savage 93F, but also read that the magazines are horrible. What other rifles would you suggest in that price range?

Txhillbilly 11-11-2010 12:19 AM

I have a Savage 93,and have had no problems with the magazines at all.It's a great gun.
Marlin,and Browning make some fine 22WRM bolt actions as well as CZ.

AusLach 11-11-2010 12:30 AM

A mate of mine has a Ruger 77/22 in .22WMR and loves it. It has a 9 round detachable box mag and his is in stainless steel with the black laminate stock. I must say it shoots very nicely and is a looker too.

JTJ 11-11-2010 12:31 AM

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My wife has a MK II in 17M2 and does not have any mag problems. The synthetic stock is designed for open sights so the drop is wrong for a scope. I complained to Savage about the stock. You can get a laminate stock at Boyd's for under $100 but you might want to look at one of the wood stocked models. You would also have to get a new trigger guard and screws if you replaced the stock. Her stock needed to be shortened so I bought an unfinished stock from Boyd's and cut the stock and reshaped the comb. Savage gave me the trigger guard after I complained. I finished with Tung Oil.

big shrek 11-11-2010 09:39 PM

Quite a few .22 & .17 rifles have minor mag issues, it usualy can be resolved by "tuning" the mag...
I. E. bending the feed lips a particular way for optimal results...
or a few other little magwell/mag fiddling tricks...

But I head straight to the Marlins when I want a rimfire...less expensive, but usually more precise.

I've got a Marlin 25MN (.22WMR) that shoots tighter groups than any rifle I've ever owned.
And I've owned a LOT of rifles.
It's my go-to Coyote rifle, my sweet spot is between 100-150 yards. No Yote survives that zone.

The Marlin 925M is the current version of the 25MN, with a second action screw
(which is the second mod one generally does, right after the trigger)
and the Marlin 982-VS is the Heavy-Barrel super-precision version.

Marlin 25MN pron

Bigdog57 11-13-2010 12:31 PM

I second the Marlin - my 25MN is a very precise shooter! Those who claim the .22WMR is "inherently inaccurate" have never shot the Marlin. ;)

JTJ 11-13-2010 11:58 PM

One of the local gunshops had a new Marlin 925 for $235. At that price, I am wondering if it is worth hitting the pawn shops.

Bigdog57 11-14-2010 12:11 AM

That's about what the OTD price would be from Wally's, after 'tax, tag & dealer prep'.
Pawnshop may give a better deal, but you'll need to haggle 'em down some. Pawnshops here start around $150 to $175 just for a ratty .22LR rifle.

Hunt SD 11-14-2010 03:15 PM

I bought a new Savage 93 in 22 wmr a few weeks ago and can attest to the mag issues. I have a hard time getting mine to lock into gun. Perhaps some tuning is in order.

big shrek 11-14-2010 04:11 PM


Originally Posted by JTJ (Post 385905)
One of the local gunshops had a new Marlin 925 for $235. At that price, I am wondering if it is worth hitting the pawn shops.

I got my Marlin 25MN for $85 at a pawn shop...with a cheezy TASCO crapola scope.

I shop a LOT of pawn shops...they're my favorite place to buy guns, other than P2P.

I use the Marlin House-Brand conversion chart to grab old Marlins that nobody under 40 knows are Marlins ;)

In that way, I can haggle like a dirty dog..."Revalation?? Who on earth ever heard of that?? Can it shoot??"

The basics of Pawn Shopping are simple...
Haggle, haggle haggle, and then haggle some more.
Be prepared to walk out & come back another day.
Don't tell them what YOU know. Make them tell you what THEY know.
If they don't know jack-squat...POUNCE! :D

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