Originally Posted by bamashooter68
I shoot empty brass cases all the time at that range give or take with all of my 22's including my 10/22. They have a smaller diameter than mints. That's with bulk Federal 510, CCI Mini mags, Federal Auto Match, American Eagle, Remington Viper, whatever. I don't hit them every time but I do hit them consistently. My scoped Savage MkII can hit them every time if I do my part. Its really not that hard.
I wouldn't even be able to see a peppermint or brass case at 70 yards. I guess I need to go to the optometrist.
And you can tell 70 yards away that you actually hit the brass case rather than the dirt around it??
I don't want to take this away from the OP's original intention. I stated my peace, I just didn't want someone coming here and thinking that he/she could win the olympic shooting match with a 10/22 and federal bulk ammo (and i know that's not what you said, I'm exaggerating my point). Not here to ruffle feathers, just pointing out I can't achieve that with those circumstances.
But, I would side with everyone in this thread that talked about buying a solid bolt action depending on how much you want to spend, I would spend the most you can afford on a well regarded rifle such as those older Winchesters or an Anschultz if you so desire and have the wallet for.