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Old 09-03-2012, 02:50 PM   #11
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Non-semi .22

I'd probably look first at a Henry lever action. First because it is just a darn cool gun. Second because I can't remember anyone complaining about it.

Or check out the myriad of bolt actions: Savage, Marlin, etc.
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Old 09-03-2012, 03:02 PM   #12
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Also if u see a used Ruger model 96 it is also a good lever gun
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Old 09-03-2012, 04:28 PM   #13
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I always start to ask myself why can't they share but then memory kicks in and being the youngest growing up with 2 older brothers I know it's impossible to share.
LOL! I have two younger brothers and, if memory serves correctly, they were quite annoying most of the time. Therefore it was my obligation to 'keep them inline' by any means necessary.

Of course I'm sure their memory is a little different on the matter.

But to your point, sharing was not an option unless it served MY best interests or I was suffering a fleeting sense of empathy.
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I would go with a Savage Mark II its not a single shot but it is a great rifle and decently priced.
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Old 09-03-2012, 06:22 PM   #15
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Buy them both there one if u can afford to.Buy the cricket for the youngest it will be more fun for him.The Henry for the older one I have three kids its much easier and they don't share a present then u can't buy kids smiles from a new gun
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Buy them both there one if u can afford to.Buy the cricket for the youngest it will be more fun for him.The Henry for the older one I have three kids its much easier and they don't share a present then u can't buy kids smiles from a new gun
This is kind of the direction I am leaning towards. A very entry level, inexpensive one for the youngest and something a little more advanced for the older boy....and me.
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By the way, thanks to everybody for the input so far. All of this will help in our decision making.
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Either a Henry lever or a Marlin 60...
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Old 09-04-2012, 12:29 AM   #19
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As far as "entry level" I'm a supporter of the Ruger 10/22.

Namely because of its after-market support. Want a bigger mag? Done. Match barrel? Done. Different stock? No sweat...

Plus its cheap, reliable, accurate...

Just fine for a a new shooter.

That being said, if I had a dollar for every good beginners .22lr, I'd be able to buy a fine savage model 10.
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I'm talking from some experience here. I would probably go with a single shot. Ithaca 49, Rossi, but it's best to get an inexpensive one. The single shots are good because there is much less of a chance of a negligent discharge, and it is better at teaching fundamentals. Also, I wouldn't put a scope on it. It is much better to start them off with open sights and move up on a scope.
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