Advice Needed - Bolt Action .22 (First Rifle)

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by Jeff-Blaney, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. Jeff-Blaney

    Jeff-Blaney New Member

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    So, I'm just new to the forum, and new to the gun world in general. I'm in the market for a .22 to use around the farm for varmint control and some occasional plinking.

    I have heard a lot of good things about the Marlin 60 and Ruger 10/22 but I'm not sure if I'm ready for a semi-auto just yet. As I mentioned, I'm just new to the gun world so I'm leaning towards a bolt action, something that is good quality (out of the box), good value, and reliable.

    I have been browsing various websites, just seeing whats out there prior to going rifle shopping. I don't want to break the bank either as this is my first rifle, so I've taken notice to the Marlin XT series as well as the Savage Mark II. I'm sure there are plenty of others out there similar to these models however.

    Just need some suggestions. Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

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    Honestly, there is nothing wrong with a semi auto for a first .22 rifle. I think a Bolt action is probably better from a "slow down and make it count" perspective. But I tend to be a bit out of date sometimes.
    FWIW, I own nothing but bolt action .22s. IMHO a good bolt action will typically be more accurate, but a well executed 10-22 can be pretty excellent. I find the Savage Mark 2s appealing, YMMV.
    If you wanted to look a bit more upmarket, CZs .22s are worth a look.
     

  3. BillM

    BillM Active Member Supporter

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    Savage MkII. I've got a couple of them, both with accu-trigger.

    Either one shoots better than I can and they have been 100%
    reliable.
     
  4. vincent

    vincent New Member

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    Greg makes a good point...If your main use is critter gittin', quick follow up shots can be nice. You won't get that with a bolt...

    Marlin, Savage and the Rugers are the most popular brands (among others) but don't let inexperience shy you away from a semi-auto...My SIL handles her 10/22 like a pro and she's purely a novice...

    I don't currently own a .22 in bolt action, (yet! :D) but I started out as a rifle greenhorn with a 10/22 and never looked back

    Welcome to the forum and +1 to you for doing some research!!!
     
  5. Olympus

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    Unless you're relatively young, nothing wrong with a semi auto for your first gun. My first rifle was a bolt 22, but then again I was only 6 at the time. My second rifle was a 10/22 that I bought with "my own money" when I was 10 years old. Still have it and shoot it today. Nothing to be afraid of with a semi auto 22. They are a lot of fun and eat through the ammo quickly.

    Really need a budget to go on here.

    For bolt guns, I'd recommend the CZ455. Gives you the option of buying a different barrel and mag and you can use the same gun to shoot 22lr, 22 mag, and 17hmr. All you do is buy a new barrel and mag and swap them out on the gun. One gun with 3 caliber options.
     
  6. Jeff-Blaney

    Jeff-Blaney New Member

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    Thanks for the input so far, I really appreciate it.

    I haven't totally ruled out a semi-automatic just yet. There is tons of debate over the Marlin 60 and 10/22 so there is a million reviews/opinions on those guns. Just from what I read however, I was leaning towards the Marlin 60. I was just hoping to hear a similar debate regarding economically priced, good quality, reliable bolt actions.

    I guess I should have included a price range. At this stage in the game I just can't see myself spending over $400.00

    Keep the comments coming, I'd love to hear what you people think!
     
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  8. priell3

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    I traded a problematic semi-auto Remington 597 for a bolt action Savage Mark II.

    No worries, no regrets.
     
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  10. robertb6112

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    The marlin 795 is a good semi-auto to consider. But I still like my savage MK II better.
     
  11. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    you could possibly find a CZ right around $400 if you look hard. They are excellent rifles. The Marlin and Savages are good too, just not in the same class. Older Marlins can be bargains if you found a used one. My first rifle was a JC Higgins (rebranded Marlin) It's probably older than I am, but it is a sweet shooter. Not too much goes wrong with a well made .22 bolt gun, but I did have to put a new ejector in it finally. Not bad for a 40+ year old gun.
     
  12. bax8arms

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    Rossi makes a single shot combination gun. For one purchase you can have a .22lr, .410 shotgun and a .270 rifle. They come with a barrel for each that changes rapidly.
     
  13. Jeff-Blaney

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    I just watched some video reviews online and sifted through the CZ website, they do appear to be nice guns. According to their website, the 455 seems to be around the $450-500 mark. Adding an extra $100 onto my budget wouldn't bother me if I'm getting a good quality product that I can utilize without issue over the rest of my life.

    So far, I'm seeing a significant trend here towards the Savage Mark II, as well as the CZ 455. I would still like to hear about the Marlin XT though.
     
  14. dwmiller

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    I'm a 10/22 fan myself for about $250 buy a basic blued carbine spend $50 on two 25 round ruger bx mags and still have some cash for a decent 3-9x40 scope and plenty of ammo.
    Pluss the 10/22 is just about the easiest and most popular rifle to pimp out.(lots of parts) check out utube for custom ideas in any price range.
    Around christmas you should be able to get the rifle on sale at one of the big stores. Give yourself the christmas gift you always wanted...
     
  15. wharvey

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    I would tend to go with a bolt gun as they are more versatile. CZ is suppose to be the most accurate but I wouldn't dismiss the Savage.

    FWIW, I have two auto-loaders in .22 and a Marlin lever 39. Haven't shot the autos in years. They're just not as much fun, but that is personal taste.
     
  16. kdog

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    I picked up a TOZ 78 bolt action .22 a week ago.
    TOZ is a russian brand, that makes pretty nice rifles, for small money.

    The TOZ78 is sold in the US as the Winchester Wildcat.

    I took it to the range last sunday, after I picked it up, and fired a few rounds.
    It seems pretty accurate and reliable.

    There a several different versions on the market. Mine has a drum rear sight, where you can change the distance just by rotating the rear sight and get new sight blade in a different hight. You can adjust it for 25m, 50m 75m and 100m distance.
    The front sight is set up like a screw, so you can change the elevation and the windage.

    Here a link to some pics I took of my TOZ 78 (never mind the CZ75)

    https://skydrive.live.com/redir?resid=AA5E95620DD8612B!380&authkey=!AMDxbjnxIxY_zrI
     
  17. cbibb

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    You will eventually end up with both a semi and a bolt just got to figure out which one to buy first lots of good recommendations 10/22 is great lots of add on options sky's the limit bolt guns savage for buget get more for your money as far as trigger and operation and accuracy.:) CZ is up the food chain for bolt guns in looks and operation imop Go to the local range if possible and check out some of the guns other people shoot ask questions and may be shoot there gun shooters love to share I have had lots of different people shoot my fire arms.
     
  18. dwmiller

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    I have to agree with that. Both bolt and semi have there place. You just need to figure out what is right for you. Check out ranges in your area, many will rent you guns to try out
    . Also clubs usually have a few members who will take you to the range ig you express an interest in their paticular baby. Just be polite and offer to buy some ammo snd you can get a hands on education on a paticular firarm.
     
  19. dteed4094

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    Spend what you will but you can pick up an older Remington, Winchester, Stevens, Springfield, Savage Etal for $75-100 that will shoot as good as you can. I like to find them Kind of nasty looking (no rust) and clean them up. My most accurate 22 is A Remy 511 that I paid $25 for last year. I haven't had a semi auto I liked well enough to keep.