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Plinking options for a new shooter

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Oregon Rob, Dec 10, 2015.

  1. Oregon Rob

    Oregon Rob washington county Active Member

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    I'm of course thinking of the Ruger 10/22 what other good options are out there?
     
  2. TOVO

    TOVO SW WA. Active Member

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    It's hard to beat a 10/22. Good choice in my opinion.
     
  3. AndyinEverson

    AndyinEverson Everson, Wa. Well-Known Member

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    A used Remington 510 , 511 or 512 are always nice options.
    The later 580 series are a great bet as well.
    The older Mossberg 42 series are very underrated where I live and are "sleepers" , as it were at many gunshows.
    The Winchester 69 and 72 are very nice, as are the 67 and 68.
    Andy
     
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  4. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    That just got me to thinking. Nothing wrong with the 10-22 but when it comes to .22 rifles in general, it's hard to name one that's not a worthy plinker.. brand new or 100 years old.
    They're all good.
     
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  5. locobob

    locobob Beaverton, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Savage MKII - I like bolt guns for beginners, they make you work a little harder on the fundamentals since the next shot is not just a press of the trigger away.
     
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  6. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    .22 ammo is still hard to find.
     
  7. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Are you looking just for a rifle? Semi-auto only or bolt? Pistols?

    In semi-auto rifles, they've been well covered already, but I would add the Marlin Model 60 to the list, if you don't mind a tube-fed magazine.

    If bolt-action is okay, I'd highly recommend the Ruger American Rimfire - bonus that it takes the same magazines as the 10/22.
     
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  8. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Out of my all of my .22's, my Henery .22lr Lever action is the most fun and gets used a lot.

    Shoots shorts, longs and LR's of any brand all day long.

    Tube fed would be my only dislike - BUT there is a guy that makes speed loafers for tube fed guns on Amazon.


    My Marlin 60 is also tube fed and is my 2nd favorite but I have shot a lot of stock 10/22's and IMO the Marlin is 100% good to go out of the box. (This is coming from a die hard Ruger fan) The 10/22 needs upgrades to shoot as well as a Marlin 60 BUT if you want to dump a lot of money into upgrades then the 10/22 will outshoot the $220 Marlin at around the $400 mark.
     
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  9. edslhead

    edslhead Vanc Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Silver Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I'm hoping to get a Henry next year. I like the looks of em and levers are a hoot:D
     
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  10. Oregon Rob

    Oregon Rob washington county Active Member

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    Good feedback... lever guns are fun.
    He's got Yong sons who will eventually be shooting it.
     
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  11. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    A Marlin 795 and a cheap Simmons 22 Mag 3-9X32 Rifle Scope.
    So accurate it's boring. Well under $200 for the combo if you catch a Sale.
     
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  12. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    +1 on the Marlin 60 I was handed down one and it's an awesome rifle.

    You really can't beat the 10/22 for fun, accuracy, cost, and versatility.
    Yeah you can spend a silly amount of money on them, but having the mags to change out and customizing it can be fun.

    I also have a pump action .22lr that I've had since I was 10 and shoots like a dream.
     
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  13. Mongo1

    Mongo1 Santiam Canyon Active Member

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    I agree there are a lot of choices and most are excellent but I also want to put a vote in for the old Marlins, very accurate
     
  14. Flopsweat

    Flopsweat Slightly right of center Well-Known Member

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    Tell us more about the fellow who's looking. Is there a price range, has he shot a lot of different .22's does he have a preference of any kind?
     
  15. PaulB47

    PaulB47 Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    The 10/22's always left me cold for some reason. I like my Marlin 39M, it is classy. My son has a CZ452 that is also very nice.

    These days I'd seriously consider a .17HMR over a .22LR, if I were just getting into it.
     
  16. Medic!

    Medic! What just happened? Has eagle eyes. But cant remember what he saw. Bronze Supporter

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    Browning SA.

    Shoots great.
    And looks better than any .22 should!
    Hand engraved. With gold inlay. And burl walnut checkered stock.

    Think you'd like to have one?
    Good!
    But your gona have to sit down for this part.

    OK. Comfortable?



    There $1200.;)






    Ouch! :eek:
     
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  17. IheartSig

    IheartSig Beaverton Diamond Supporter Diamond Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    My first rifle was a Marlin model 60 .22, it was a great choice in my opinion. The tube magazine made it easy to learn and load etc, the accuracy was on point. It was a great starter .22 and I still have it, I plan on giving it to my Son, like my Father did to me.
     
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  18. Hedrin

    Hedrin Portland area Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I had a standard 10/22 when I was younger, but it disappeared on me a number of years ago. I now have a 10/22 takedown Marine edition. Comes with a hard plastic case and a water resistant gasket. No place in the case for a scope, but I'm not really a scope fan anyway. Got it on a Palmetto State Armory sale recently, but they are currently out.

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    OK, elucidate, what is needed?
     
  19. Medic!

    Medic! What just happened? Has eagle eyes. But cant remember what he saw. Bronze Supporter

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    In a lever gun how about a Winchester 9422?
    There out there on the used market. And besides being a fun gun. They are always going up in value.

    Pricy. But for a young person it would make a lifelong heirloom.
     
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  20. Page.k

    Page.k Seattle Active Member

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    I have a few thoughts on a few that I like and have used...
    Rifles:
    AR7
    AR15 with a 22lr upper
    Rem 597
    Mossberg 702
    Pistols:
    S&W22A
    Ruger MKII

    If you have a AR in .223/5.56 you can pick up a 22lr drop in kit for about $150 on sale from time to time. It's cheaper than getting a upper in 22lr but the groups you'll get are a lot larger.
     
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