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sleeper 12-09-2012 02:55 AM

Picking a 22lr for my first rifle.
Like the title says. I am looking at getting a .22 shortly after Christmas is Santa doesn't bring me one. Criteria are semi auto, mag fed, accurate, and cost effective. Since my only plans for customization include a scope and bipod I have kind of eliminated the ruger 10/22. So we are narrowed down to the Marlin 795, mossberg 702, and savage 64 Gfxp any and all suggestions are appreciated.

Hunterdan 12-09-2012 03:04 AM

I'm partial to the marlin. I had a model 60 that was extremely accurate out of the box. Same action as the 795 and just as accurate. Plus you can pick one up for as little as $100 sometimes. If you feel like upgrading it, you can buy a laminate stock from boyds that completely changes the look of the gun.


robertb6112 12-09-2012 03:12 AM

Marlin 795!

sleeper 12-09-2012 03:19 AM

I had pretty much made up my mind on the Marlin, but then noticed that there is a 3 inch longer barrel on the Savage. Would that help the accuracy?

John_Deer 12-09-2012 03:45 AM

The micro groove barrel on the marlin has been proven accurate. The only problem I see with the marlin for you is the scope. The marlin has a built in dovetail mount. I would go with the savage so you can use a weaver type scope mount.

sleeper 12-09-2012 04:03 AM

I guess I need to go put these three in my hands before I make up my mind but I thought that the savage has the same dovetail mount as the marlin.

Hunterdan 12-09-2012 01:36 PM

The longer barrel isn't going to make a noticeable difference ib accuracy. The marlin barrel is also rather thick compared to some so its almost like a heavy barrel. If you don't like the dovetail mounts you can get an adapter to go to a better and stronger mount. I never had an issue with the scope moving or creeping with the dovetail mounts on any of my guns, 22 or airgun.

bstickler92 12-09-2012 04:35 PM

I've had my Marlin 795 for a year and a half now and she's a tack driver with a Daisy 4x15 airgun scope on the dovetail mount. I have not had problems with the scope, it came loose after a few hundred rounds once because I didn't remember to loctite it. But that's what you get for a $2 flea market scope. Extra 10 round mags can be had on CTD for $12 to $13. Great rifle

aandabooks 12-09-2012 05:10 PM

I would put the Ruger back on your list. Even if you don't add more than a scope it is still a good rifle. The only thing I don't like about mine is that there is no last shot hold open.

ScottA 12-09-2012 06:28 PM

My two favorite 22's (sans my S&W 15-22) are the Marlin 60 and then the Ruger 10/22. I'd take a second look at them.

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