best plinker for the money

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by Crazvet, Jul 13, 2013.

  1. Crazvet

    Crazvet New Member

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    I'm sure this has been covered but I couldn't find it. I want a good quality good shooting rimfire rifle to extend the fun at the range and teach my children to shoot. I prefer a flexible platform tho the S&W 15/22 is pricey and over my budget (tho if I found a used one at a good price)
     
  2. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Who doesn't love a 10/22?
     

  3. paraROCK

    paraROCK New Member

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    Remington 597 very reasonably priced.

    Not as many aftermarket upgrades out there compared to the Ruger 10/22, but still a great gun for the money.
     
  4. TruggieTex

    TruggieTex New Member

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    Glock,
    The 15/22 IS fun! REALLY fun!
    To learn to shoot, however, I recommend a single shot or at most bolt action rifle. The early foundation of firing process competency is very important to developing good safety habits, event resolution skills, and a respect for firing a weapon. I have a Winchester Wildcat and a very old Savage break over single shot that my kids learned on....both VERY inexpensive rifles, but fully capable of endearing kids to the sport and bringing many smiles...
     
  5. Anna_Purna

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    One generally learns to be a better shot when they have to make that shot count. Get him/her a bolt action rimfire, (can be had at walmart for 100 dollars or so). With a semi-automatic, you have so and so many rounds extra to hit that target, that they don't learn the fundamentals.

    Listen to TruggieTex :)
     
  6. Crazvet

    Crazvet New Member

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    I have a old Savage Model 6C that can be locked in single shot that was my first gun I shot, it will be their first as well. I need something to keep their interest(as they inherited my ADHD lol), I know not many 15/22's are sold used but anyone know the best place to look for a good used one?
     
  7. mahall

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    Smith 22A for around 300 would my choice!! And someday soon I will choose!! Lol dang 9mm are to expensive to shoot these days!! Couple of boxes of shells and range time>60 bucks or so-:(
     
  8. SSGN_Doc

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    My first rifle was a bolt action .22. A JC Higgins branded Marlin. I've seen them used in pawn shop for under a $100.

    Also can check on Marlin model 60 rifles. Good for the money, new or used.

    Ruger 10/22 rifles are good when you can get a deal or find one gently used.

    Henry and Marlin lever action .22s are great as well, but they can be kind of pricey.
     
  9. Hawg

    Hawg Active Member

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    Marlin model 60 is the best bang for the buck. More accurate than the 10/22 out of the box and cheaper.
     
  10. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    my suggestion, would be either a Marlin or Savage bolt action, or a Marlin model 60 or Ruger 10/22 if wanting to go the semi-auto route.
     
  11. Crazvet

    Crazvet New Member

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    Is there decent aftermarket support for the Marlin model 60?
     
  12. mdauben

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    I'm going to buck the trend in my recommendation. Everyone seems to be fixating on "teach my children to shoot" and ignoring the request for a "flexible platform" and the OP's stated interest in a specific semiauto rifle.

    So, if the S&W is outside your budget, I'd recommend either the Marlin 60 or Ruger 10/22. The Marlin is going to be generally a bit better 'out of the box' but the Ruger is still a good rifle and if you think you might like to tinker with your rifle or customize it to your exact tastes the 10/22 is the way to go.

    Others have recommended single-shots or bolt-actions as 'teaching guns' and if you want to buy a dedicated gun for that role, there's a lot to be said for them. If you want a multi-purpose rifle, though, the can limiting. If you are concerned about encouraging good marksmanship or trigger discipline it's easy enough to load any repeater one cartridge at a time.

    I suppose there is some aftermarket support for the Marlin but it pales to insignificance next to the amount of aftermarket parts and modification available for the 10/22.
     
  13. Crazvet

    Crazvet New Member

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    For the time being extended mags are my main concern, that way we can keep the fun going once their good basic shooters
     
  14. big shrek

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    Yeah, but the difference is that the 1022 NEEDS aftermarket parts to get precise...and work properly...
    (Tuffer Buffer, VQ action parts, Archangel, and a myriad of other manufacturers make better 1022 parts than Ruger does)
    whereas the Marlins whoop booty right out of the box :)

    A bone-stock Ruger 1022 is like a Chevy Nova with a 6 cyl...
    runs alright, but does a lot better when you throw a 350 & better suspension parts in...
    note the huge Chevy aftermarket...similar...
    Places like Volquarzen actually make better 1022's than Ruger ever could...but cost around $800 to start.

    Marlin gives precision right out of the box, but could use better looks (stocks/shiny toys)...
    Kind of like a Yamaha V-Max...ain't gotta do much but personalize it.
    hence the smaller aftermarket, but better rifle sales.

    Wifey's Marlin 60 w/ Boyd's thumbhole stock, SR bipod, pink camo sling & DIP trigger/guard combo
    [​IMG]

    The Ruger 1022, created in 1963, has sold around 8 million rifles.
    The Marlin 60, created in 1960, has sold over 16 million rifles...
    The Marlin 795, created in 1996, has sold over 5 million rifles...and is quickly catching the 1022 since the 25-rd mags came out...
     
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  15. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    very small when compared to the Ruger 10/22. Boyd's Gun Stocks makes a few stocks for it. there are some aftermarket upgrades i think for the trigger. sights and scope rings and such. but nothing like the 10/22. you can build a 10/22 with practically all aftermarket parts.
     
  16. Crazvet

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    I'm a big Yamaha fan so I like Ur example(I ride a FZ1) if I was gonna pay $800+ I'll go w the S&W 15/22. The Marlin is winning so far, I expect a firearm to be accurate out of the box without paying tons of cash, hence Savage is where I normally start looking for a rifle
     
  17. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    those are pretty much the same suggestions i also make in regards to a semi auto 22. pull it of the box andat most just want to put a scope on it and get to shooting, then go with the Marlin. like to tinker and customize, then get the Ruger.

    i bought my model 60 a couple of years ago at my LGS used for $75. it shot great, but was cosmetically challenged. i have about $100 in it right now and it looks great and shoots great. mine was made in about 1980 or 1981.
     
  18. Crazvet

    Crazvet New Member

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    $75 sounds great, I never have good luck finding guns used until I buy a new one lol
     
  19. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    just got to hit the pawn shops and the gun stores. hit them on a regular basis.
     
  20. limbkiller

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    Semi auto get a 10/22 as the after market goodies is unreal. Great rifles. I own several.

    Bolt action get a Savage or a Marlin and have a ball. I own both and love both but believe the Marlin a bit more accurate though the trigger is better on the Savage.