22 "tack driver"?

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by boatman, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. boatman

    boatman New Member

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    Just wondering if someone with more experience can give some suggestions.

    Have a S&W MP22, lots of fun.

    Wondering if there are 22s that are much more accurate? I will put a constraint of a)saying less than $1k, and then b) less than $500.

    I mainly target shoot, not competitive, but just for myself. Thanks.
     
  2. tCan

    tCan Active Member

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    Certainly for $500 you can get a very nice .22

    I'm sure someone will chime in shortly. :cool:
     

  3. wjkuleck

    wjkuleck Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Ruger 10/22T

    Regards,

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  4. boatman

    boatman New Member

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    Interesting you say that. I have been told this is not much more accurate than the s&w I have. Curious if you have tried both?
     
  5. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    You can get the MP22 in a heavy barrel version. That said, there are many target rifles out there. What type of action do you want?
     
  6. boatman

    boatman New Member

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    Right. I looked at the 10/22 and saw there is a target version with a 20" barrel, and also another version with 18", as well as tatical with 16" like on S&W. So I would believe that the target version with the 20" barrel would be more accurate. This looks to be about $550 vs. the $290 for the entry level.

    I am open to the type of action.
     
  7. wjkuleck

    wjkuleck Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Actually, I disposed of my M&P-22 due to an out-of battery discharge. Ruined the gun and my day. So, I can't comment on its accuracy.

    I have a Ruger 10/22-T from its introduction. Here is a current model; MSRP is $499:

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    I haven't fired it for a number of years, but when I did accuracy testing I was getting under an inch at 50 yards, and I'm not a great shot. As with all .22s, you have to find the ammo it likes. Some people don't understand that or don't care to go to the trouble to search.

    The stainless version, K10/22TBBZCP, is fifty dollars more.

    Regards,

    Walt
     
  8. Trez

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    My vote would be for the Weatherby Mark XXII. I have the older Italian made semi-auto and wherever I point it shoots... I can knock the fruit off a pricky pear at 100 yds, open sights. It has the best sights ive seen on a gun let alone a .22......
     
  9. c3shooter

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    If you have hung around here for a while, you know I am a fan of older Mossberg 22s. I have a Mossberg 44US (bolt action military trainer) that has shot 5 round one ragged hole groups at 50 yards. I am impressed with the present day Savage 93 models with heavy barrels.

    I also have a Savage 93 in .17 HMR that can shoot 1/4 inch 5 shot groups at 100 yards.

    All of above about $300-$375 with a decent scope. They will all shoot better than I can. But it will not be with Remington or Winchester 500 round bulk box ammo.
     
  10. Catfish

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    It really depends on what you consider a tack driver. If your talking about bench rest accuracy your not going to get it with any of the sporting rifles. I built up a 10-22 that shoots very good, but it won`t hold a candle to my old model 37 Rem., and alot of people think it`s a tack driver.
     
  11. boatman

    boatman New Member

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    another forum mentioned savagearms. Their 22LRs are really inexpensive, starting at less than 200 and with 'accutrigger' (assuming that is their better trigger), a scope and boresighted at $330!
     
  12. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    It is hard if not impossible to beat the Anshutz if you can afford one. Savage makes several target model bolt action 22lr rifles that are extremely accurate. Take a look at the Savage MKII BSEV or one of the other MKII rifles. Several to choose from in the $500-$600 range. Some cheaper ones too that shoot very well. You can start at the link below.

    Savage Arms > Firearms > Browse Models
     
  13. NY Marksman

    NY Marksman New Member

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    Henry makes some very accurate, affordable .22s under $500.00
    Either of mine cost well under $500.00 and both are very accurate.
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  14. Jeff56

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    For under $500 you can get a CZ 453 which will shoot very, very well (groups in the .1x" range at 50 yards consistently) or you can get a less consistent but actually more accurate Savage MkII with a varmint barrel and a good stock (not the plastic one - Savage sells rotten synthetic stocks) and you can shoot groups UNDER .1" at 50 yards. Not every time of course but you'll average under .25" if you can do your part. At least mine will do that. You're right that you can get a fantastic shooting Savage for under $200 with the AccuTrigger. It will shoot about as accurate as the varmint barreled rifles only it will heat up and lose accuracy if you're shooting a lot of rounds. At any rate the AT can't hold a candle to the set trigger on the 453. It can be adjusted down to 8 oz. as it comes from the factory. It may be hard to find a 453 under $500 but it will be very close.

    For under $1000 a Sako, an Anschutz, certain Remingtons (I keep forgetting the model # for the really good one) and of course the used Remingtons can be world class (like the 40X) as well as certain Winchesters. You'll find more 40X actions in BR shooting than you will about anything else. Also you can sometimes find a Suhl 150 for around $500. I saw 2 of them for under $500 just before Christmas 2 years ago and I've been kicking myself for not getting one ever since but I had a line on a 40X already built for BR shooting but I never got the money together quickly enough. I had already bought a .44 magnum for my bear problems and it took me a month to raise the money and by then the 40X was gone. That really broke my heart until I used the money to get a Savage 12 LRPV. That rifle is amazingly accurate.

    If I were you I'd put about $350 into a Savage with a good stock and a varmint barrel and spend about $400 on a really good scope. You'll be shooting tacks all day long at 50 yards. Seriously. I can easily drive tacks at 50 yards with mine. I can do it with my 453 too. One of my best groups with the Savage had 4 really good shots and a flyer. The flyer made the group a .3" group which isn't that great for that rifle. But the other 4 shots measures a .01" group. Essentially that's 4 bullets into one hole that can barely be measured to be bigger than the size of the bullets. Once you get that close it's very hard to accurately measure the group size. But like I said it isn't as consistent as my CZ and it is very picky about ammo. The CZ will shoot ammo other than the stuff it likes best and still do well. The Savage won't. Both of them shoot their best with Wolf ammo BTW. That ammo is very good in a lot of rifles and it's a lot cheaper than the real top of the line stuff which in my experience doesn't shoot as well (like Tenex).

    BTW here's the group I described where I put 4 shots in one hole out of 5 attempts. I used OnTarget to measure the group. I can post an image showing the measurements if anyone is interested.

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  15. wb_carpenter

    wb_carpenter New Member

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    My $70 marlin 60

    3 shot group from 50yds

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  16. Toll13

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    My 10/22 can pass all 25 rounds of my BX-25 through the same dime sized hole every time.

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  17. tCan

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    At what distance?
     
  18. Toll13

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    25 yards is the max for my range. Need to find an outdoor one.

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  19. PX15

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    Just another option?

    I'm a big fan of the older Marlin 39 family of lever action rimfire rifles.

    Don't know how much of a "tack driver" they are, as I'm old and I need the head of MY target tack to be larger than the average person might require. :D

    But, I do believe the older Marlin 39's have a reputation for overall quality AND accuracy.

    I have two 1970 Century Limited's (blinged up Mounties), a 1950, 1975, and 1995 39A. The 1975 has a Williams peep sight and it's pretty darn accurate.

    In my experience nice older 39A's are kinda pricy to buy, but they hold their value very well..

    Best Wishes,

    Jesse

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