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Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by keas3, Dec 20, 2012.
Looking for a good .22 rifle for target shooting but don't have a lot of many any suggestions??
I bought a mossberg 702 plinkster for $130 it works pretty good I put 100 rounds of winchester xpert HV 36gr soft lead hallow point through it and it only had one malfuntion the iron sights are ok but I put a cheap scope on it and it shoots qaurter sized groups at 50 yards. Works pretty well for trapping and what not only down side really is it comes with a 10 round clip and I haven't found any hi cap after market mages.
How do you feel about a used rifle? There are many pre-owned .22 rifles available at gun shops, pawn shops, and online. One advantage to a used one is they are already broken in, and are usually pretty close to sighted in. In most cases, a used rifle will cost about half to three quarters of what a new one will. Check around, there are some good deals out there if you look for them.
check out the Marlin, Savage, Ruger and CZ rifles. lots of choices for a rimfire target rifle. the only limit is the depth of your wallet!
Marlin, Savage and Mossberg have new rifles under $200. A lot of the big box sporting goods stores have specials around $150.
Not sure about your area, but look around for a basic Ruger 10/22. Should go for about $200. Get the basic model and then when you have the funds you can alter it in all kinds of ways later. Even unmodified, it is an awesome little gun and not the least bit picky about ammo, which is why I bought it. I'm not in love with the magazines but I'm told it's their unique design that helps make them so reliable, and I honestly have not had any feed issues with it.
The miracle gun! Good for everything. Targets, self defense, elephant hunting, you name it. First they cost more than $200 these days. Quite a bit more usually. Second to make it a good "target" rifle he will have to spend several hundred dollars more. That's not exactly a cheap rifle, which is what he asked for.
A good cheap target rifle means a rifle that shoots tight groups and doesn't cost a lot. Savage makes just such a rifle. Marlin makes some nice rifles but they aren't as accurate as the Savages. The sporter barrel Savages are the cheapest and they are quite accurate but the varmint barrel models are more accurate and still fairly cheap for one with a synthetic stock. The FV would be my choice for a good, cheap target rifle. Lots of other rifles are very nice and pretty accurate. But they either cost more than a Savage or they don't shoot as accurate as a Savage. Often you see both on the same rifle. But yourself a Savage MkIIFV and you won't be sorry. It will cost slightly more than a 10/22 but it will shoot far better. You can certainly make that Ruger shoot very well but it will cost you about $600 or more to get there.
Marlin 60 or 795
Both are great rifles but "target" rifles? I would certainly pick one of these if I could only own one .22 but for a "target" rifle give me a Savage. You get accuracy far and above what you pay for IMO. I have 60's and a 795 and I've owned and sold other ones because I had too many. They have all been great rifles. But a person can win some target competitions with a Savage rifle. I've done just that. Marlin makes great and accurate rifles. But Savage rifles in that price range are more accurate and that's what it takes for a good target rifle. Of course if Appleseed is your game then a 795 is certainly a good choice for a "target" rifle.
Marlin 60, Ruger 10/22...
Picked mine up for $197 at Academy. It's a tack driver out of the box, so not sure why it would take several hundred dollars to make it a target rifle. All it needs is a decent scope if you're shooting at range.
Tack driver? Do you understand that other rifles are far more accurate than the 10/22 right out of the box? You might be that 1 out of 1000 that gets a really accurate rifle from the factory but most Ruger owners spend hundreds to make their rifles shoot as well as CZ's, Savages, etc.. It is possible to get some Rugers to shoot with even more expensive rifles but luck starts to play a bigger role in the process. I'm not knocking the 10/22. They are fine rifles for what they are which is a semi-auto rimfire. But they just aren't in the same class with bolt action rifles unless you modify them a lot. The idea that it just takes a scope to make it shoot with actual target rifles is just not realistic.
The Ruger 10/22 is kind of like the Cessna 182 of the gun world. It doesn't rank first really in any specific qualification, but it ranks second in just about all of them.
The savage 22 s are awesome
When you say "target shooting" do you mean for shooting at casual targets or trying to get super tight groups, like a competition gun would be expected to perform?
Do you like to tinker?
I have a J C Higgins bolt action that was my first .22. It is just a rebranded Marlin. It has been full length bedded and is very accurate. I've seen these used in gun shops for less than $100.
I also have a Ruger 10/22 that became a project to see what kind of accuracy I could wring out of it with nothing but stock parts. It is capable of sub half inch groups at 50 yards with the right ammo. It took some experimenting with a pressure pad under the barrel and trying different ammo to find a favorite. But with a little time and trigger work along with ammo selection it is a pretty accurate package for stock trigger, stock, action and barrel.
Out of the box the 10/22 is not the most accurate but they are easy to tinker with and have some accuracy capable parts if one is willing to put some time into them.
What he said. And some of them are pretty accurate out of the box but it's more about luck than anything else. Most of them don't compare to bolt action rifles. That's just how life is. But they can certainly be made to be accurate. I'm pretty sure they would never out fly an F22 Raptor. There's only so much you can do with a prop rifle err... semi-auto rifle.
Marlin and Savage will have good, reliable, and inexpensive rifles. Handle a few at your local LGS and get the one that fits you the best.
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if your budget can stand it, check out the Anschutz rifles. not cheap, but probably some of the best made production rifles available.
Ruger MkII Bolt action .