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Plinking Rifle - 17hmr or 22lr

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by jkraig, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. jkraig

    jkraig West Linn, Oregon New Member

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    I am looking at picking up a rifle for my son's to plink with. Should I go with an 17hmr or 22lr? Bolt action or semi auto? i know the 22 will be a bit cheaper to shoot, but what is more fun?

    Help me make up my mind with some suggestions. :thumbup: Does anyone have a rifle for sale??
     
  2. PeakResources

    PeakResources Portland (past) Colorado (now) Member

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    My boy loves his Ruger 10/22. For fun to shoot factor, follow-up shots are quite fast with the semi, and I never have to worry about him shooting too much and costing me too much. I have a 17hmr too, but 22lr is plenty for him to handle, and plenty of fun when punching paper or shooting action targets.
     
  3. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    Go with a 22lr, tube fed. 500 rounds@ $15 vs 50 rounds @ $12 for HMR

    22LR isn't as dangerous as the range isn't there. It will help with close shots, stability, and gun handling accuracy etc.

    My first gun was one of these:
    http://marlinfirearms.com/Firearms/SelfLoading/60SS.asp

    Was very forgiving.

    I bought a bolt HMR because I wanted accuracy. The 22lr I have is semi auto where accuracy isn't that important. It's more about just shooting.


    My suggestion: 22LR in a semi-auto (bimart has a sale on Rugers right now)
    My $.02
     
  4. HahnsXD

    HahnsXD Battle Ground WA Active Member

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    My Savage HMR is my favorite gun to shoot but for a starter gun, .22lr. Semi auto=Marlin 60 or 795. Bolt action=Savage with accu-trigger..
     
  5. jkraig

    jkraig West Linn, Oregon New Member

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    I think 22lr will be the choice. It seems the guns and ammo are the most reasonably priced in this caliber. I think I will try and find a tube fed Marlin.
     
  6. chase

    chase Wilsonville, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Ugh, I cant stand tube fed. I would recommend 22lr because of price factor. The only reason to go with 17hmr is if your going to varmint hunt or need accuracy past 100 yards.

    I would highly recommend checking out the savage mark II, bolt action, magazine fed.

    Otherwise a ruger 10/22 is fun for semi-auto fun but less accurate. If you like playing barbie, the 10/22 is the way to go, lots of accessories.
     
  7. das_napeth

    das_napeth Snohomish, WA Member

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    I let my nephew learn on a 10/22 and wow...didn't care about accuracy at all. So I bought him a single shot to slow him down. He will move his way up to mag fed or tube fed bolt action then a semi-auto. What about a Henry's lever action .22 I absolutely love my father-in-laws. Marlin papoose wouldn't be a bad idea either, good to learn on and could second as a hiking companion since it breaks down
     
  8. jkraig

    jkraig West Linn, Oregon New Member

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    Both son's started out on and H&R 410/22 combo set that are single shot that were given to them by thier great grandfather. They are great guns to learn with and very safe. I also started on a single shot Stevens 72 that my grandfather bought me, and still have it.:thumbup:
     
  9. scharmon

    scharmon Oregon City, OR New Member

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    I picked up a Cricket from Wally Mart for my son a couple weeks ago. Bolt action, fires .22 Short, Long or Long Rifle standard or high velocity and has a built in key lock for the bolt. Nice gun for under $110.00
     
  10. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    Greg NE PDX Active Member

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    I've got a used Mossberg 377 "Plinker" for sale. 22LR, semi-auto, tube magazine, synthetic thumbhole stock, and scope rings. $175.
    If you're interested, I can email you some photos.
     
  12. Brandon44647

    Brandon44647 Portland Member

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    I just posted a Ruger 10/22 in the classified w/ tons of extras, you might wanna take a look at it.
     
  13. BroncoFan

    BroncoFan Eastern Oregon Well-Known Member

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    33 years ago my dad bought me a remington 500 series bolt action. Wouldn't let me have a scope. Best thing he could have done. Save the 17 for later and go for a tube or magazine bolt action 22.
     
  14. td1622

    td1622 Eugene, Or New Member

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    Diffinatly the 22lr and yes the Ruger 10/22 is great but don't forget about the Remington 597 ... very similer to the 10/22 but sometimes you can find them cheaper, I have one and it is a great little plinker!
     
  15. toddt36

    toddt36 tacoma Member

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    22lr bolt like these guys said, start a kid out on semi auto isn't good imho
     
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