Advice on first .22LR

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by JBall, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. JBall

    JBall New Member

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    Looking for my first .22LR. Kinda narrowed between a S&W M&P 15-.22 or a Ruger 10/22. Unfortunately I live in upstate NY. What do people think mid a good by. Just recently getting very into firearms and shooting. As of now only own a tactical remington 870 for home defense. What would everyone suggest as a second all around shooter. All opinions arewwelcome.
     
  2. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    Either of the two you mention are good shooters. Just depends on what you want.
     

  3. JBall

    JBall New Member

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    Thank you, I was fairly certain of that already. I do really like the AR platform but with everything going on as of late and the fact I live in New York State make it almost pointless to have the quad-rail system of an AR anyway. Idk would like others feedback. Especially with other suggestions for my first rifle cause number three probably won't be for quite a while after.
     
  4. hawkguy

    hawkguy Well-Known Member

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    i say 10/22! why? versatility! especially considering your NY problem....:p

    who knows? maybe you move to a state with normal gun laws in the future? :D you could just slap a pistol grip stock on that bad boy and "tacicool" it out! if you hang around NY, you could keep the "harmless" standard stocks.

    but right now....no one can shot any 22, so i'd wait awhile myself....unless you come across a good deal. if you're LUCKY these days, you can find some 22 to OVERPAY for! :mad: i almost barfed when i saw them charging $10 for 50 rounds at a LGS here.
     
  5. SmokyMtnHiker

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    I've always been a Marlin fan. My dad started me off with an old Marlin model 80L circa 1965ish which can fire 22lr, 22short and standard 22 (of which i've never seen a 22 standard).

    I'm not a huge supporter of National Retail Stores (NRS) but if you arent wanting to get riped off by the ridiculous prices I'd get what they offer. Sadly your LGS (local gun shops) right now cant sell thier guns for the low ball NRS prices, they need to make a profit to survive.
     
  6. 95sniper

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    May I suggest a gun that can shoot different types of 22 ammo, such as a henry lever action or a bolt action. The way things are now if you find any 22 ammo you gotta buy it up...
     
  7. JosephMD

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    I think you can get 7 round magazines for the Marlin 795. That would be a plus for NY if these new laws stick.

    J
     
  8. jigs-n-fixture

    jigs-n-fixture Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I'd go with the 10/22, just because of the versatility. Do a search on eBay and you will know what I mean. You can dress the 10/22 up as anything you want, and modify it into a high accuracy target rifle easier, and for less money than any other 22 I've seen.
     
  9. Curlyjoe_99

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    I have both a 10/22 and an AR-22. like them for differing reasons.
    for a first 22, think stock setup. so either a semi or lever 22lr will work.
    From what i understand about your living area, I'd lean toward a lever action that is already setup for full size scope mount. I was surprised to see a lever action with 3/8 dovetails mounts in a gun shop. the 10/22 and marlins usually can accept the full size mounts without a gunsmith needing to work them. If you go lever action, changing from dovetail to full size seems to require a gunsmith. otherwise scope mounts for dovetails may leave you with reduced scope options. something to consider.
    the statements about being able to shoot the three types of 22 are valid but, I've only seen 22lr & 22short on shelves.
    10/22's have ten round removable mags, the marlin semi's can have up to 17 rounds in a tube fed. same goes for lever actions.
    If you think you will want to trick the rifle out then opt for a 10/22.
    the SW's are fine rifles but all of the tricking out is already done and you may have difficulty finding a 10rd or less mag for it if future legislation does away with the grandfather clause.

    just my opinions, yours may vary
     
  10. gelandangan

    gelandangan New Member

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    I always prefer the 10/22.

    Ruger have great rotary magazine system that IMHO the best in the game.
    The magazine are very robust rather than thin sheet metal type from other manufacturer.
    On top of that, the magazine are usable on the lever action 96/22 and bolt action 77/22 just in case your 10/22 got decommissioned.
     
  11. tnel74

    tnel74 New Member

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    Marlin model 60 would be my choice.
     
  12. AR10

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    My first .22 was a single shot lever action. My second rifle was a repeater lever action. Loved them both. My third rifle was a semiautomatic and I have no idea what brand it was, not a very memorable rifle. I do remember spending more time loading it, than I did shooting it.

    My first was a Ithica 49 and my second was a Browning BL22 grade 2.
     
  13. JBall

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    Thanks very much for all the great feedback guys. This is a great app/community. What are a few decent bolt action and a few decent repeaters around the 500$ range. If thats redicilous and more needs to be spent to get something worth getting then enlighten me please! LoL
     
  14. austin92

    austin92 New Member

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    Thats not bad for .22 mag lol
     
  15. Colby

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    If you are thinking 22LR rifle, there are very few people who could figure out any way to "bad-mouth" a Ruger 10-22. It is considered by so many as the ideal gun for many purposes.
    Check around on-line - here and other places. The 10-22 is a very well respected gun.
     
  16. 95sniper

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    Actually 500 is a high price for a 22 the ruger 10/22 is anywhere from $250 to $300 depending on the model. The henry lever actions are around $300. Marlins usually are around $200. If you are looking for an accurate bolt action look at the ruger mk series with the accu trigger.
     
  17. davva360

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    I purchased a 22 last year and for me it came down to a choice between the Marlin Model 60 or a Ruger 10/22. They are both great guns but as I wanted something that was accurate out of the box and had no intentions of adding anything but a scope to it, I went with the Model 60.

    I think the Model 60 is the best performer of the two out of the box, but if you want to be able to customize to your hearts content the 10/22 is the better choice.
     
  18. robertb6112

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    The model 60 is a great .22. I pulled my dads out after not being shot or maintained for about 20 years. And it shot flawlessly. I was even shooting Remington out of it.
     
  19. JosephMD

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    A lot of folks have mentioned the Marlin Model 60 -- does anyone know if that is still legal in NY once their new laws are in place? I know that a lot of gun laws exempt rimfire rifles with fixed tubular magazines from their capacity restrictions, but NY didn't even exempt law enforcement when they pushed this thing through, so who knows.

    J
     
  20. davva360

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    According to the information I read it did exempt 22 tube fed magazines. A local gun store would know for sure.