I did a search, but didn't really come up with anything. BIG 5 has a sale on Marlin 795's for $139. until Sunday. For that price I'm kind of interested and having a second .22 rifle may not be a bad idea.
I've already got an excellent 10/22, so this would be just for grins and maybe backup. So what can you rimfire guys tell me?
Thanks, CA :)
Get 'em while you can CA!! :D
Where's all the rimfire guys?
Marlin 795 - delivered $137
Thanks Cane. However, I've been thinking it over and am going to pass on it. I'd like to have it, but there are other priorities right now and I need to focus on them. It was a nice thought though. :o
I'm going to send my 10/22 trigger group to Bear instead. I'm also waiting to pick up that Charter Arms Bulldog Target .44 and between the paperwork and the trigger job, it comes out almost the same and money is tight, so this makes more sense.
I'm also swapping out scopes on my Eddystone tomorrow, and even with credit for the Elite 3200, it's going to cost me eighty bucks.
Then too, I have to try and find and buy some .44 Special ammunition. Right now, it's scarcer than hens teeth.
I have both the Ruger 10/22, and the Marlin 795 (which is now in a wood stock), and I like them both. I like the 795 for open sight shooting, while the 10/22 has a Tech-Sight TSR200 Aperture on it. The 795 grooved receiver could be cut better to accept a wider selection of scope rings IMHO.
The 795 is a fun rifle. It's a good straight trouble free shooter for the money. So, if you do decide down the road to pick one up I don't think it's a bad investment for enjoyment. It's not a Ruger 10/22, but it functions well.:)
Thanks for the info Joe.
You are welcome. Also, here is a little test I finished up running today between my Ruger 10/22 and Marlin 795. I think the results are rather interesting.
Back at the beginning of November, I decided to run some shooting comparisons between my Ruger 10/22 with its TSR200 Aperture Sight's, and my Marlin 795 with its open sights, from 25 yards using the 5 Bull Target TQ-3/5, 5 shots at each Bull.
My 'Course of Fire' was:
Top Left Bull - 5 Shots Offhand
Top Right Bull - 5 Shots Kneeling
Center Bull - 5 Shots Setting
Low Left Bull - 5 Shots Prone
Low Right Bull - 5 Shots Prone
Both rifles have the same Allen Sling which was the only shooting aid I allowed myself during this rather un-official test between these two rifles.
The only change I made during the testing was to put the Marlin 795 into a wood stock, and change the factory rear leaf sight out for a Williams "open square notch" rear sight.
Here's the results of my testing. I shot 100 rounds from both rifles, with the different .22LR's I used listed at the side.
Marlin 795 (Score: 872 of 1000)
11/09/09...210-3x (Fed. #745)
11/09/09...213-1x (Fed. #745)
11/21/09...220-2x (Win. X22LR)
11/21/09...229-3x (Win. X22LR)
Ruger 10/22 (Score: 872 of 1000)
11/18/09...202-2x (Win. X22LR)
11/18/09...219-1x (Fed. #745)
11/22/09...223-5x (Eley Sport)
11/22/09...228-1x (Eley Sport)
I was surprised that I ended up with the same "overall" score from both rifles when using two differnt sighting systems, as well as the different ammo.
When I do this again I will focus the test on one brand of .22LR and see what happens then?
This was fun!!!
I've got a 795 and I have no complaints. It shoots straight and functions well. Fit and finish is what you would expect for $140 but over all a good rifle.
CA, I feel your pain on the 44 special ammo. It's hard to find and when you do you're going to pay for it. I can buy 44 mag ammo cheaper then special!
To bad they don't make a butler creek banana mag for it. You can buy the stock and scope for the difference in cost with the 10/22.
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