Originally Posted by dks7895
Your requirement of semi-auto kinda changes things. A bolt action CZ or Anschutz will be easily capable of 1" groups @ 100 yards. However, a semi-auto is a different bird. I think your best bet for out of the box accuracy would be with a Marlin 795. Replace the tupperware stock, a little trigger work and some nice glass can be done well under your $800 budget. A Ruger 10/22 can shoot just as well, but you will spend every bit of the $800 and maybe more. Not a fan of the Savage 64 or the Remington 597.
You can buy the Marlin 795 for ~$125 and Marlin is offering a $25 mail in rebate through 2011 on top of that. Buy a $40 rimfire scope and hit 1" groups @ 50 yards with ease.
I'll second that
Here's my Marlin 795, got less than $225 in it
$99 Marlin 795 on sale, minus $25 rebate
$15 Ramline stock (originally intended for the Marlin 70HC)
$10 to make the Ramline a folder with an ATI-SKS Retrofit Kit
$20 Shooter's Ridge Bipod on sale
$10 Razor Sling
$70 DIP billet aluminum replacement trigger guard & wide blade target trigger (set to 2 & 1/4 pounds)
$5 worth of Acraglas bedding compound
$10 Marlin 25MN target-adjustable rear sight
I eat Rugers & CZ's for breakfast at the range...peeves them off to find out that a Marlin tore 'em a new one
Makes for a lot of new Marlin converts in Florida, tho...