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mammothchick67 02-08-2009 05:01 AM

Most accurate .22? Price limit
I'm really into target shooting w/ .22 LR. Right now I have a little Henry plinker and that isn't cutting it in terms of accuracy. It isn't railed so I can't put a scope on it.
All of you experts out there... What is the most accurate .22 out there? I have a $400-600 budget. That doesn't include the scope. This means that I can't afford an Anschutz or anything elaborate like that. I do want quality so please don't recommend more plinkers.

Your advice is much appreciated!

cpttango30 02-08-2009 12:29 PM

You can go to the CMP and get yourself one bad ass 22lr the Mossberg M44US with a peepsight or put a scope on it and have a $200 22lr that shoots better than anything on the market today in your price range. If you really want to get into it step it up a notch and get the Kimber M82 for $600 this is a very accurate 22lr. that will shoot like a laser.

The catch is you have to belong to a club and meet the Eligibilty Requirements for Purchase which is not hard.

Now both of these rifles come with peep sights. I HATE peep sights but other love them. PALMA shooters use them to shoot 1,000 yards. So they have their place. Me I would get the mossberg m44. This is $175 +22.95 shipping. That is not even $200 for your rifle. That leaves you $400 for optics and mounts. A Weaver Classic V-16 4-16x40mm Put that in some Burris Signature z-rings then spend the rest on some federal 22lr match ammo 711B is what 99% of the Mossberg guys I know shoot.

There I just spent your $600 and you now have one crazy accurate 22lr. Now after you shoot that for a while you can take and strip the stock down and refinish it. Many of them mossberg m44 US rifles had some very good looking wood on them.

Check out the mossberg forum on

I love rimfire rifles and pistols. My rimfire collection is bigger than my centerfire by 1 gun but that is soon changing. I need to add a Ruger Charger to my stash.

stalkingbear 02-08-2009 12:34 PM

I would recommend looking around for an used Kimber bolt action. You'll be able to shop around and get 1 inside of upper end of your budget. CZ rifles are proving to be excellent in accuracy, and feature the only single set trigger factory on any rimfire. Short of that, go with Remington 547, Savage, or Marlin bolt actions. If ammo price isn't an concern, and you just want to plink/target shoot-look close at .17hmr/.17mach2.

Brad C. 02-08-2009 01:15 PM

Here's what I would do. Now this is if you want a true target rifle that will shoot better than any gun you have ever owned in all probability. You might as well do it right the first time. Call Mac Tilton. 805 720-7720

I would save a little more money and buy a good used Suhl 150 or 150-1. They don't have safeties on them, but your going to be target shooting anyway. They don't make Suhls anymore, but I have yet to have to replace a part on mind because it was broke. The Suhl 150's have one of the most accurate factory barrels ever made, and they also have one of the best factory triggers as well. Mine is set on 2oz. Here's what kind of groups I have shot with my factory barrel Suhl 150.

Brad C. 02-08-2009 01:23 PM

My buddy Tom posted this at another site on 2-05-09.

talked to mac tilton today at mt guns he said
he has like nib suhls, 1 150 and a bunch of 150-1's
for 850 and up. in the wood stocks with sights. said
some look like brand new never fired.

sgtdeath66 02-08-2009 08:25 PM

if autos are fine with you i would recomenda remington 597or a marlin mod 60. also have you checked out theres alot of people over there with a lot of knowledge on this subject

big shrek 02-08-2009 10:19 PM

Any Marlin. The Micro-Groove barrel is the best thing since Sliced Bread.

An old 1970's Marlin 60 will outshoot most new .22lr rifles. And only cost you around $80-150. Brand New around $200.

It ain't the cost of the gun, it's the manufacturing that makes a difference. When Marlin went to the Micro-groove barrel system, it only took a few minutes to do a barrel, instead of the hours that it took previously...which meant they got more time to properly hand-fit their components for a more accurate rifle. I shows even more so in Bolt-action Marlins...unreal accuracy, especially in a .22lr.

When you can regularly make CZ & Howa owners worry who is going to with the next Black Death Match @ 25 & 50 yards at your have a good shooting lil rifle :) And I ain't even glass-bedded it yet.

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