What .22 is best?

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by beastmode986, Oct 10, 2012.

  1. beastmode986

    beastmode986 New Member

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    If I am to get a .22 what do you guys recommend out of these 3
    Remington 597
    Remington 597 vtr
    Ruger 10/22
    I want something that's going to be accurate and reliable. I like how the 597 automatically ejects the magazine for you and I like the look of the 597 and 597 vtr better than the ruger. Are they mire accurate than the 10/22? I plan on using whatever gun I get for squirrel and rabit hunting.
     
  2. Gh0zt36

    Gh0zt36 Active Member

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    I've done alot of research into the 597 cause im pikin one up tomorrow. Gun: Excellent quality . Everything Ive read and seen is more accurate than the 10/22. But the magazines are garbage both factory and aftermarket. You might get one that works than you have a reliable accurate platform. That being said you might not get one that feeds reliably right off the bat . You might have to go through a couple. But I've heard nothing but good things bout the rifle itself.
     

  3. Cattledog

    Cattledog New Member

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    Depends on how much you want to do with it down the road. The 10/22 has a massive aftermarket behind it and is infinitely customizable. Definitely the choice if you are looking to build a tack driver. Out of the box, the 597 is a fine rifle but as stated high cap mags can be rare and picky and the aftermarket parts are almost non-existent. My vote would be for the 10/22.
     
  4. mudpupp

    mudpupp New Member

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    I don't own either, and have never shot either one.

    That being said, there is only 1 .22 cal rifle that leads the way in ALL competition shoots.

    It is also revered as the best .22 rifle ever made, and is by far THE most popular ever.

    It also has very reliable magazines and more aftermarket accessories than even the AR-15.

    That of course is the 10/22.

    If I was to buy a .22 the M&P 15-22 would be my first choice because of its looks, but the 10/22 would be the one I bought for hunting or competition.
     
  5. Gabby

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    I have no hands on personal experience with the Remington models you've listed. I've had and currently have quite a few 10/22s. The Ruger, as it comes out of the box, is likely to demonstrate moderate accuracy and will most likely need a trigger job. At least this has been my experience with the older metal trigger versions. I haven't any experience with the newer plastic trigger models.

    As mentioned by a previous poster, the Ruger can be easily modified into just about any configuration you can imagine, including a tack driver. Also, should you ever decide to sell it down the road I believe you will find it has better resale value.
     
  6. Overkill0084

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    Maybe I'm a bit out of date on these things, but when accuracy is the priority, I go looking for bolt actions.
    Of your choices, I'd go with the Ruger just because of the HUGE aftermarket for them.
     
  7. jjfuller1

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    for sure the ruger 10/22. easy choice
     
  8. kytowboater

    kytowboater Active Member

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    Out of the choices I would choose the 10/22.
     
  9. orangello

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    No consideration for the Marlin Model 60???
     
  10. beastmode986

    beastmode986 New Member

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    First gun I ever shot was a marlin 60. The thing that turns me off is that it's tube fed though. How's the accuracy compared to the other guns I listed?
     
  11. orangello

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    I would say it compares favorably with my buddies tacticool 10-22, accuracy-wise.

    I don't use one, but they do sell these things that hold multiple tubes worth of ammo ready to gravity feed to the tube. http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/product/GNS-120

    18 rounds has been enough for me.
     
  12. Old_Crow

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    The 597 would be my choice for a 22 WMR. But for a 22LR it's hard to beat a 10/22. The Marlin Model 60 is the most economical of the semi-auto 22LR crowd. Buy a model 60 that has a stock that you like right out of the box. A million rounds later you might have to fix something about it.
     
  13. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    How about a CZ 455 American or Lux?
     
  14. beastmode986

    beastmode986 New Member

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    Idk I like bolt guns but the lack of a rate of fire turns me off. Are there any that have spare mags widely available? If I got one it would have to be way more accurate than a 10/22 marlin and 597
     
  15. kytowboater

    kytowboater Active Member

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    I was going off the provided list.
     
  16. jjfuller1

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    so if you open to more suggestions.... if you want out of the box, add a scope and sh0ot bullseye. buy a marlin 60. if you want aftermarket parts, buy the 10/22. of the ones you listed i voted 10/22. but of all the . 22.'s my vote is for a marlin 60
     
  17. kycol

    kycol New Member

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    I would go with a marlin 60 myself for accuracy and dependable for a semi auto, and a Henry golden boy for lever action
     
  18. Blueguns

    Blueguns New Member

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    Definitely the 10/22 out of those choices.

    The thread title scared me at first. :D
     
  19. Blueguns

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    Why do you need a high fire rate? I always thought a bolt/lever/pump action gun would cumbersome and sort of useless, until I got my first gun (a pump .22).

    For a first rifle a bolt/lever/pump .22 is the way to go in my opinion.
     
  20. mrt8110

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    I would not buy from the list you provided.I have 2 10-22's and I am not impressed. I have two Marlin 60's and I am impressed.Never shot the 597 ,heard to many negative reports. Handle them all, you will know then the right one. Cliff