Need help choosing .22 rifle

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by carloglock19, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. carloglock19

    carloglock19 New Member

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    Hello all,

    I'm in the market for a .22 rifle for my 12 year old son it will be used mainly at the range (indoors 25yds) for target practice. We stopped by Dicks sporting goods and they had quite a few. He held the Ruger 10/22 and the Remington 597 and immediately fell for the 597. The Ruger was priced at $238. and the 597 at $179 in OD with a scope included. I have searched through the forum and saw some good and bad posts in regards to the 597. Any advice and expertise will be truly appreciated thanks in advance!
     
  2. LittleBear

    LittleBear New Member

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    I personally recommend the ruger 10/22...Great value, lasts forever, very easy to customize...But hey if likes the remington get that, I have never had anyproblems with my Dads remington 22 or any of my remington firearms.
     

  3. carloglock19

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    Thanks! He really liked the feel of the 597 when he was checking it out and I think the scope is what sealed the deal for him. I hear that federal or CCI ammo is best when shooting the 597. I will post pics once we decide and purchase!
     
  4. ScottG

    ScottG New Member

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    Henry! Good smooth action. Classic levergun. Accurate as well, even with bad eyes....
     
  5. amoroque

    amoroque New Member

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    A remington 597 was my first rifle and I still have it today. Never had a problem with it except I've wore out a few magazines.

    I would say if he likes it go for it. Should last him a lifetime! :)
     
  6. Benning Boy

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    The Henry Survival, next generation AR-7 clone, is youth sized, everything goes in the stock, so frees up safe space.
     
  7. carloglock19

    carloglock19 New Member

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    I was looking at the Henry rifle thats a cool .22! Thanks for all the advice I will take a look at the 597 again the sale ends Saturday so I got a few days to help my son decide. As always this forum is awesome thanks once again!
     
  8. big shrek

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    There was a .22 lr Remington 597 KABOOM recently in Australia...I don't think they've solved all the problems with the 597 yet...

    I would suggest a Marlin 60 or Marlin 795, especiially the 795 as it's usually $129 and has a $25 REBATE going on until Dec 31st, 2010 :D
     
  9. carloglock19

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    Yeah I've read some bad stories mainly from people using the wrong ammo! We picked up a 597 last night OD stock with a nice little scope on it! I will be hitting the range later and will be using some Federal ammo to see how that works! I will post results when we get back. Thanks for all the replies and advice!
     
  10. DrumJunkie

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    Congrats. Those are pretty nice 22's. I had one back when I was young and cool:D If the vote as still out I'd of said go with the 10-22. But you got a good one. Can't wait to see the range report :)
     
  11. carloglock19

    carloglock19 New Member

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    Thanks my son is excited we are about to head out and beat the Saturday rush at the range! Checked out the rifle this morning and everything seems to be in order!
     
  12. carloglock19

    carloglock19 New Member

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    Hello all,

    Here is the after range report with my sons new Remington 597 and I have nothing but good things to say about this little rifle! We put 150 (Blazer.22LR) rounds through it and it only started acting up towards the last 10 rounds all the factory grease/oil and gun powder started gunking up and I had a few double feeds. We brought it home and cleaned and oiled it since it was really dirty! The magazine is a little weak on the 9th round it wouldnt feed but it got better after a few loads and had no problems after that! Overall we are happy with it our groupings were good @ 25yds and we figured out how to adjust the scope. For $179 I can't complain.
     
  13. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Me I would have started him out on a bolt action. Many people's accuracy suffers when they start yanking that trigger as fast as they can 10 times in a row.
     
  14. blackwinch

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    I know every young man wants an autoloader heck, my first rifle was a 10-22 but, honestly the best rifle for a young man is a good bolt action. If he is smaller in stature maybe a CZ 452 Scout. This rifle will outshoot a factory 10-22 or a Remington 597 all day long and not give a hiccough.
    The Savage bolt action offerings can't be beat either. On top of which there are tons of used rifles to choose from. A 40 or 50 year old Mossberg might even be a good choice. If he is going to use it at a range for target practice don't sell the bolt action rifles short for fun. Its more fun to shoot more accurately than your friend than it is to leave a bunch of brass on the floor.
     
  15. ICU

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    same old, same old

    I'm really getting sick of seeing this crap about "get a bolt action first, its more accurate..." I call Bull Spit on this. Ok, granted, yes, physics says that a typical bolt action is "more accurate" that a typical semi, Im not arguing that. What i am arguing is that, especially in this case, you take any beginner shooter, getting his/her first gun, and any rifle will still shoot more accurately than the shooter is capable of. In fact, Id bet to say that any decent rifle, will shoot better and more accurately than most of the people that try to shoot them. No im not talking about from a sandbag, bipod bench rest, competition shooting, but actual range, target, plinking shooting, the essence of learning a gun shooting. I shoot mine w iron sights right now, and I'll be darned if my shooting doesn't suck at 25 yards compared to what the weapon can actually do. Yes bolt actions are fun, and yes, semi's are fun, but the argument for bolts about "teaching better shooting habbits" is BS too. I say teaching SELF CONTROL is more important. Sure, one has to slow down with a bolt action, but that doesnt teach, that forces by situation. I say that a new shooter should, and does have te control to not just unload a clip, and he who wants to learn to shoot better will adopt proper habbits... and still have the option to unload a clip in the rare chance that one wanrts to! For me, every 250 rounds i may want to pop of a few in a row, and i now have that option with a semi, that would not be there w/ a bolt. It still takes me an hour to go thru 150 rounds, and whatdoyaknow, i have a semi. And even with friends' bolt actions, my grouping is still all over the place. So no my friends, having a bolt action does not make you a better shooter. Proper, safe practice does, with whatever tool you're using at the time. It's up to us to choose to have the self control to train ourselves, and our youth properly.

    Ok, I'm gretting off my soap box now. Feel free to flame.
     
  16. blackwinch

    blackwinch New Member

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    Congratulations you got your spotlight!
     
  17. Jynx

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    My first .22 was a bolt action something or other. I'm sure that rifle was probably about a million years old. It helped teach me how to hold a position while pulling another round, which was further elaborated on when I started with the SA revolvers.

    I have a Ruger 10/22 now, but I usually don't pop them off like crazy. Can't say I've fired a Remmie 597 that I can think of off the top of my head, so I can't think of anything bad to say about them from experience. I can tell you that my 10/22 is a sweet little lawn-chair popper though :)
     
  18. Jynx

    Jynx New Member

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    Wow... Not even going to touch that one. That's easy, even for me.
     
  19. T.Mihm

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    I think what future readers should get out of this is that the art of precision shooting is best left to bolt actions, the art of "fun" (generally speaking for youth) shooting is best left to semi-autos, and the act of proper shooting does not depend on the gun, but the teacher.

    As with every argument, there are two sides to the story. A Barret M82 is semi-auto, with confirmed kills over 1000 yards. And my bolt-action .22 is way more fun for me to outshoot other guys at long ranges. To each his own.

    -Travis
     
  20. MrGrumpy89

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    I have a Savage Arms mk II non accu trigger version. and I bought my girlfriend a ruger 10/22 for christmas. I got to say I like the 10/22 more. I like how it comes with a weaver rail with the rife. And yes it is very customizable. How ever I have never shot the remington, but I am very pleased with the ruger.