Picking the right .22

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by SpRtN2012, Mar 15, 2010.

  1. SpRtN2012

    SpRtN2012 New Member

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    I really want to buy a .22 for small game hunting. The problem is I don't have that much money, and I don't really know what to look for. I've shot .22's hundreds of time, but I don't know what to look for, especially for small game hunting. Please reply
     
  2. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Active Member

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    Are you wanting a bolt action or a semiauto? What's your budget? Planning on scoping it or going to use the iron sites?
     

  3. 375shooter

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    Probably the best thing to do is go to your local gun shop and handle as many .22's as you can. You will immediately know which guns you don't want and that will simplify things by narrowing down the choices. Generally bolt actions will shoot the most accurately, followed by lever guns, then semi autos. I know you said you don't have much money to spend but if you decide to fit a scope, try to get a rimfire version of good quality. I find it's usually best to splurge a little, rather than buy something cheap first, then have to replace it later for something better. For your first .22, I would stick with the .22 Standard Rimfire as opposed to the .22 Rimfire Magnum for the simple reason that the ammo will cost less and will likely shoot more accurately. I hope this helps.
     
  4. ScottG

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    There's quite a few rimfires for around $200 or less. You could always try a Henry. Very accurate and smooth lever action. Plus it's made in the USA.
     
  5. Madderdaddy

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    Never seen one of these around me for under $200. I bought mine for $270 and that the cheapest ive seen, dont know if this has anything to do with it but i live in N.C.
     
  6. Madderdaddy

    Madderdaddy New Member

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    By the way, Check out a marlin model 60. I just bought one (very nice rifle) the are about $160 around my area and you could also check out a marlin model 795 (Clip version with synthetic stock) they go for about $125 and their is a deal with marlin where on that particular model you get $25 off which makes it a $100 gun. NOT BAD AT ALL FOR A MARLIN... Check it out
     
  7. ScottG

    ScottG New Member

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    Might be your place of purchase more than place of residence. I bought mine from WalMart a couple of years ago. With the Salesman of the Year increasing guns sales though, maybe the prices are higher....
     
  8. jbd

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    i really like the ruger 10/22. you should check them out very rugged and reliable. like someone said go to the local gun shop and see what feels good.
     
  9. Madderdaddy

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    Got mine at walmart too. But prices have gone up drastically in the past few years.
     
  10. saviorslegacy

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    I have a Remmington 522 Viper Rifle. It looks exactly like this one: http://pictures.auctionarms.com/2288061128/9490021/8d8316c0270bae1081118296b48a2bf8.jpg
    The accuracy is really good and it is pretty reliable. I have had it for 3 or 4 years and I have discharged maybe 2,000 rounds or more through it w/o a problem. I also bought it used so it has had more rounds than that put through it.
    I think it was 150$ w/o the scope. I saw one at the flea market for 80$ last year. I only have one problem with it, the mags are impossible to find. I spent 40$ on getting a second magazine.

    Other than that, it is an awesome gun!
     
  11. stalkingbear

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    I'm glad you've had good luck with your Remington Viper but I honestly can't recommend them. They were discontinued some years ago by Remington when it was discovered a lot of them were plagued with reliability issues. I've had several come to me with these issues. The magazines are hard to find as well. It's my opinion that the op should stay away from the 522 Viper. There's too many good reliable rifles out there than to take a chance on a Viper model 522.
     
  12. DoyleTheDog

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  13. SpRtN2012

    SpRtN2012 New Member

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    Well I wanted to get a bolt action, and probably scoped. Either that or a red dot (if you can put one on a .22). Any suggestions?
     
  14. Madderdaddy

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  15. big shrek

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    Well, you can go with a Marlin 795 semi-auto...costs around $129 or less.
    They also have a $25 Manufacturer's rebate going on until Dec-31st, 2010, so that puts 'em in the $100 range :D

    The 795 has a medium-weight tapered barrel, which tends to be a slight bit more precise than standard thin .22lr barrels. It is a heck of a bargain.

    Or a nice used 25-series Marlin 25/25n/925/etc...usually $120 or less in pawn shops.

    Same for the 80-series including the 880 SQ/980 Heavy Barrel rifles that put CZ's back on their haunches :D

    Just about all of them have a 3/8" scope rail or D/T for rails/scope mounts, so you can slap a Center Point Scope or Red Dot for less than $75.


    But for me, if you are gonna go .22 for varmints/small critters up to coyote size...might as well go .22 MAGNUM!!

    Gun Porn...
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    A good Marlin 25MN or 980VS will outshoot any .22lr out there, and do it for low $$$ for the price of the rifle, even though the ammo is more expensive, plus it gives you out to 150 yards to blast something!!
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  16. SpRtN2012

    SpRtN2012 New Member

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    I have to say I like the picture of the Marlin 25mn with the bipod, very nice. How much do those usually run?
     
  17. big shrek

    big shrek Well-Known Member

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    80-120, depending on how you haggle ;)

    Bipod 40 at walmart :)

    Center Point scope 69.98 at walmart too ;)
     
  18. SpRtN2012

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    Ok, might sound like a semi-stupid question, but can you put a red dot on one of those?
     
  19. big shrek

    big shrek Well-Known Member

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    Just as quick ;)

    It has a 3/8ths rail, which fits the new Center Point Red Dot from Walmart $39.98

    If you want a Pic rail, Rimfire Technologies sells this one...which I just got in...well worth the $$
    https://www.rimfiretechnologies.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=15014
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    OH, BTW...the 25M/925M is the same rifle, just newer, and they added D/T scope mount holes.
    I had to drill my holes & tap them myself on the 25MN.

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