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Old 02-07-2014, 03:19 AM   #1
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Okay I have absolutely no experience with firearms. I do have a basic knowledge but just no hands on experience. With that I came to a conclusion of 4 different .22 rifles:

H&R Single Shot Sportster
Ruger American Rimfire
Henry Lever Action Octagon Frontier Model
Remington 572 BDL Fieldmaster
Ruger 10/22 TD (w/flash suppressor)


What do you think? I can only get one and I'm 19 if that makes a difference.

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Any of them but the H&R. Not that it's not a good rifle you'll just quickly become bored. The bottom three are all excellent and I've shot or owned them. The Ruger American looks good but for a bolt action I lean towards Savage with accutrigger. One you don't have on the list that should be considered is the S&W M&P 15-22. That would be my choice if it were on your list.

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Welcome from Utah... IMO the Henry lever action would be my choice... Henry doesn't make a bad gun

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One you don't have on the list that should be considered is the S&W M&P 15-22. That would be my choice if it were on your list.
I'm not a big fan of AR style rifles. I, for some reason, have the idea in my head that they're complicated and hard to clean.
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I'm not a big fan of AR style rifles. I, for some reason, have the idea in my head that they're complicated and hard to clean.
Actually it is easier to clean than the 10/22 and far easier than the lever. It is on par with a bolt gun for ease of cleaning.
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I own a Ruger 10-22. Excellent gun. I've never had an issue or failure.

That being said, I think levers are more fun. I would go with the Henry.

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I'm not a big fan of AR style rifles. I, for some reason, have the idea in my head that they're complicated and hard to clean.
That's the great thing about the AR design. They are extremely easy to clean and maintain. My .22 rifle is the S&W AR15-22. If I were looking at others besides the S&W, my choices would be

Ruger 10/22
Marlin Model 60
And the Henry... just because it is so dang cool.
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Seems that the Henry is the the most fun but I am now really interested in an AR .22. How is the Ruger SR22 incomparison to Smith & Wesson's M&P 15-22?

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The Ruger is a 10/22 dressed up like an AR. The S&W is an actual AR design. The AR design allows you to open the chamber and easily remove the bolt. With the Ruger, it's just not that easy. It's still a good rife, but just not as easy to maintain.
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The SR22 is a handgun. IMHO, the S&W stands alone at the top of the AR .22 heap. It is closest to the controls of a full size AR. Mags are affordable and work well. Break down is simple. Not that I'm trying to steer you to the S&W but I would take it over a 10/22 anyday in the semi-auto category.

That being said, it is not as accurate at 100 yards as a Savage bolt gun or a Henry. I own the hex barrel Henry that you're thinking about and it is a fantastic rifle. Beautiful wood and a butter smooth action. Nothing wrong with that selection and one that I would buy again.

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