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Old 12-21-2012, 12:49 PM   #11
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The miracle gun! Good for everything. Targets, self defense, elephant hunting, you name it. First they cost more than $200 these days. Quite a bit more usually. Second to make it a good "target" rifle he will have to spend several hundred dollars more. That's not exactly a cheap rifle, which is what he asked for.
Picked mine up for $197 at Academy. It's a tack driver out of the box, so not sure why it would take several hundred dollars to make it a target rifle. All it needs is a decent scope if you're shooting at range.
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All it needs is a decent scope if you're shooting at range.
Tack driver? Do you understand that other rifles are far more accurate than the 10/22 right out of the box? You might be that 1 out of 1000 that gets a really accurate rifle from the factory but most Ruger owners spend hundreds to make their rifles shoot as well as CZ's, Savages, etc.. It is possible to get some Rugers to shoot with even more expensive rifles but luck starts to play a bigger role in the process. I'm not knocking the 10/22. They are fine rifles for what they are which is a semi-auto rimfire. But they just aren't in the same class with bolt action rifles unless you modify them a lot. The idea that it just takes a scope to make it shoot with actual target rifles is just not realistic.
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The Ruger 10/22 is kind of like the Cessna 182 of the gun world. It doesn't rank first really in any specific qualification, but it ranks second in just about all of them.

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The savage 22 s are awesome

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When you say "target shooting" do you mean for shooting at casual targets or trying to get super tight groups, like a competition gun would be expected to perform?

Do you like to tinker?

I have a J C Higgins bolt action that was my first .22. It is just a rebranded Marlin. It has been full length bedded and is very accurate. I've seen these used in gun shops for less than $100.

I also have a Ruger 10/22 that became a project to see what kind of accuracy I could wring out of it with nothing but stock parts. It is capable of sub half inch groups at 50 yards with the right ammo. It took some experimenting with a pressure pad under the barrel and trying different ammo to find a favorite. But with a little time and trigger work along with ammo selection it is a pretty accurate package for stock trigger, stock, action and barrel.

Out of the box the 10/22 is not the most accurate but they are easy to tinker with and have some accuracy capable parts if one is willing to put some time into them.

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Out of the box the 10/22 is not the most accurate but they are easy to tinker with and have some accuracy capable parts if one is willing to put some time into them.
What he said. And some of them are pretty accurate out of the box but it's more about luck than anything else. Most of them don't compare to bolt action rifles. That's just how life is. But they can certainly be made to be accurate. I'm pretty sure they would never out fly an F22 Raptor. There's only so much you can do with a prop rifle err... semi-auto rifle.
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Marlin and Savage will have good, reliable, and inexpensive rifles. Handle a few at your local LGS and get the one that fits you the best.

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if your budget can stand it, check out the Anschutz rifles. not cheap, but probably some of the best made production rifles available.

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Looking for a good .22 rifle for target shooting but don't have a lot of many any suggestions??
Ruger MkII Bolt action .
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