Originally Posted by cpttango30
Ok along the line of the disscussion I have with jiro.
I want to know why a QUALITY rimfire rifle should be so much cheaper than a centerfire rifle?
Shhhh...we don't want to pay more than we have to.
I think most .22 rifles are priced to meet the expectations of the market. Millions of shooters are quite happy with mass produced Marlins and Rugers. Hell, I'm quite happy with my Granddad's single shot Ranger...
I do think there is a difference between cheap and inexpensive. I'm quite happy with my bolt action Marlin Model 25N. It ran me about $155 new. It has been a nice solid rifle for the last 18 years or so. My wife's Plinkster was cheap, but it is fun to shoot, accurate, and so far it has never failed us in any way. I believe that my .22 rifles are made with a far lower grade of metal than the Swedish steel of my Mauser. However, none of my .22 rifles seems likely to fail any time soon.
It would be fun to step up to a fine precision rifle like an Anshutz. I'd love to have one like the Olympians use. However, I'm not sure that my Marlin--perhaps with the addition of a lighter replacement trigger group--would be totally, totally, embarassed by such a rifle. When I was in college we shot some kind of heavy single shot bolt action rifle and I qualified as a collegiate marksman after a semester of class. However, I have just as much fun with my Marlin and fun is what .22 rifles are all about.
I think many of the more expensive .22 rifles are built on a more expensive centerfire rifle frame. For example, a Ruger Model 77/22 looks to be built on the frame that was built for larger centerfire rounds. I think that would be great for hunters who use centerfire Model 77s for game.
Ultimately, if a more expensive .22 makes you happy, go for it and let us know how you do with it. I'd love to know how much of a performance jump I would get if I paid 3x or 4x more for a .22. A side by side comparison of an Anschutz, an off the shelf Marlin, and a moderately tricked out 10/22 might be fun.