Good .22 for under $300?

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by tallguy130, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. tallguy130

    tallguy130 New Member

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    I'm looking to get a blot action .22 for plinking and learning basic shooting skills. Because I don't have too much free cash right now I'm looking in the under $300 bucks range.

    You guys have any thoughts on what would be good for a guy who's somewhat new to the sport? I have been looking at the Savage and Marlin lines and am mostly happy with the semi-auto Savage I already have. $300 bucks ain't much I know but I would like to get the most for my money.

    Thanks for the help!
     
  2. ScottG

    ScottG New Member

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    You could always get a Henry Lever gun for that price.
     

  3. Yunus

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    If you don't mind answering, why do you want a bolt action .22 if you already have a semi? There are definitely good reasons for it and its your money and you should decide how you want to spend it, its just to me a .22 is not an accurate enough bullet that I would be concerned with bolt vs semi for accuracy, if thats why you want a bolt. If your buying the cheapest .22 available like I do, but I'm just curious.
     
  4. Catfish

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    I think your doing right by going with a bolt gun. I have not bought a new .22 bolt gun for over 10 years, but if the new Savage .22`s are as good as their centerfire rifles they`re great.
     
  5. Rimfire McNutjob

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    If you belong to one of many many clubs you can get one of the most accurate 22 bolt action rifles out there now and have plenty of money left over for ammo.

    You can get a Mossberg M44us for $175 +$22.95 for shipping from the CMP. The best thing about it they will ship it right to your front door. It will take a while to get Wait time are right at 3 to 4 months. If you can't wait that long look at any of the older Mossberg 42, 44, 46, 142, 144, 146 and many many others.

    Also if you must have a brand new rifle then look at the savage line.

    Well I take back what I said about the M44us they are sold out. Man they went fast.

    Check out pawn shops you can almost always decent used 22 in there for reasonable prices.

    If you look on sites like gunbroker beware some troll mfers like to list $100 rifles on there for $500+ to see if they get some one stupid. When in doubt come back and ask. If you don't have a Blue book of gun values and you find a used gun pm me and I will gladly look it up for you and tell you the prices.
     
  6. tallguy130

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    ScottG - I am considering a Henry as well. No one ever has a bad thing to say about them, and that's saying a lot when it comes to firearms!

    Yunus - I'm after a bolt gun for a few reasons. The semi I have now was the first rifle I bought and it came with a scope attached as part of a package. I enjoy using it but I find myself rushing my shots and counting on the scope to hit the target more then my own skill. I want something that will force me to slow down on focus on the basics of using a rifle.

    Granted, I could just take the scope off and have a little more self-control when shooting but I'm new to the sport and I want to learn things from the ground up. To me an iron-sited bolt-gun is that first step.

    Or maybe I'm over thinking it!
     
  7. dnthmn2004

    dnthmn2004 New Member

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    You can't go wrong with a Savage rimfire. Just get a bolt action to compliment your existing Savage. Its certainly a different game with a bolt action. I know what your talking about, slowing down and paying attention to the basics.
     
  8. Yunus

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    well thats a great reason to get a bolt gun. If it were me I might step it up to a .17HMR or something because of the increase in distance but as others have said you won't go wrong with a Savage .22. A friend of mine has a Mark II .22 with a thumbhole stock and its the same stock as on my Howa 1500 .223. So if you get comfortable shooting the .22 a centerfire on that stock would probably feel very similar save for the extra kick.
     
  9. Rimfire McNutjob

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    I would really look at browsing the used section of your local shops. Many will have some good deals on quality firearms for decent prices.

    I had found a Ruger M77/22 bolt action 22lr oh they are sweet shooting guns. It didn't look at that good but nothing a little sandpaper and truoil couldn't fix. It was $200 at the time and like always I didn't have that much spare money so I had to pass.

    If you looking for new try Gallery of Guns.com - Gun Gallery, Ruger Firearms, Shooter Online Services, Firearm Industry News, Firearm Dealer, Gun News
     
  10. RL357Mag

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    You are overthinking it. Trigger control and impulse are not a function of action type. The Henry is probably the best buy out there. They are very accurate, beautifully stocked with premium black walnut, and smoother than any other lever action made. I have one and it is a tack driver at 50 yds. I have hit the primers on 12 ga. shotshells at 25 yds. with a cheap BSA scope. The only complaint I have with Henry is their use of plastic for the barrel band and front sight, other than that, I consider it as accurate and well-made a .22 as you'll find anywhere for $200.
     
  11. user4

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    Look around on Craigslist. I just bought a Marlin Model 60 for $75. It's dead accurate.
     
  12. Rimfire McNutjob

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    Man I wouldn't trust anything on craigslist. You might end up getting butt raped.
     
  13. user4

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    If you know your weapons, what's the harm? I've bought all my current weapons from CL. Not a single issue.
     
  14. Lindenwood

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    Why not, at first, just try loading one round at a time in your magazine? Knowing you only have one shot might get you in the mindset you are going for.

    But otherwise one of the <$200 Marlins will surely serve you well for what you are trying to do.
     
  15. tallguy130

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    Thanks everyone! I'm trolling the local gun shops keeping an eye out for a good used one. Hopefully I can get what I'm after for even less and save the rest for a future firearm.

    But keep the ideas coming! Its very helpful to a new shooter to have some advice on what's good and what's crap!
     
  16. KingTiger

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    Another vote for a Savage bolt action. I've got the Mk II BV & it's very accurate with CCI subsonic HP's. A local dealer has the Mk II BTV for $333, Dick's carries them also, if you feel like dealing with them. The BTV is the same as the BV (laminate stock, bull barrel, no sights) with a thumb hole stock vs standard. Both have the AccuTrigger, which IMO makes the Savage's such great shooters for the $.
     
  17. Lindenwood

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    Isn't he just looking for a decent bolt-action that he can just shoot with? I don't see why he needs something more than this:
    MAR 925RWS 22LR BOLT W/SCP 7 RD SYN , which should still shoot near MOA pretty easily . Hell, my stock 10/22 off a cheap BiPod would shoot 2MOA with bulk ammo all day.
     
  18. cpttango30

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    Because some of us like having rimfire RIFLES not rimfire SHOTGUNS.
     
  19. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    YOU might get some suprise butt seax you didn't plan on.
     
  20. user4

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    Good point. I should live my entire life in fear and never leave the house at all. Just too risky out there what with the butt pirates roaming the streets these days. Don't even get me started on those fat welfare mama's in Wal-Mart. They'll EAT you.