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Old November 8, 2012, 02:37 PM   #26
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Gonna go against th grain on this one a little bit.

First off, I love the CZ trainer, in fact, that is what my local Boy Scout council uses for it's marksmanhip programs. They are good, reliable guns.

However, for personal use, I like the Ruger 77/22.
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Old November 8, 2012, 03:58 PM   #27
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^^^^^^ Great choice.

I don't know why I overlooked them. M77 actions work fine for me and I already have a couple of M77V rifles.
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Old November 8, 2012, 08:03 PM   #28
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lets talk .22's

You ought to look at The Marlin 60. It is an inexpensive 22. Accuracy is awesome. In my opinion it will out shoot the Ruger out of the box, and you won't have to sell your .17. Cliff
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Old November 8, 2012, 09:13 PM   #29
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I don't know why I overlooked them. M77 actions work fine for me and I already have a couple of M77V rifles.
That they are. It is definintly the "little brother" to my M-77 Mk II in 7mm Rem Mag.

Another plus, it uses the same rotary mag as the 10/22 so you can standardize.
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Old November 8, 2012, 09:28 PM   #30
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Another vote for CZ: they are very accurate and come with great factory sights. You should also look at new or used Marlin bolts, which are also very accurate and far less expensive. You can buy good quality after market aperture sights for many .22 rifles from Tech-Sight - I have them on my Marlin 60 and they are great.

Speaking of semi-automatics, you may want to look at the Marlin 60 or 795. They are very inexpensive, accurate and they function reliably.
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Old November 9, 2012, 01:01 AM   #31
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reasonable prices

The OP wants a "reaonable price". CZ's are great, but they are a bunch of cash for a .22. I'm suggesting a Ruger 10/22.

Buy one at Wally World for less than $200. Shoot it as is. When the urge strikes to change, there is a whole raft of accessories for the 10/22.

And.......whoever sold Mom & Dad a .17 as a starter rifle/plinker should sell something else besides guns.
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Old November 9, 2012, 10:37 AM   #32
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Marlin XT-22 cost me $190 OTD, and has been reliable, accurate and fun. I just picked up a Marlin 795 for $100 on armslist and has been stone cold reliable too, plus it shares mags with the XT. My Dad shoots a 10/22 and a friend shoots a Marlin 60 tube. All of us have a fun time, and over boxes and boxes of cheap bulk, there have been no issues. All the guns shoot better than we do! The CZ's are fine weapons, but don't overlook some of your other choices!
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Old November 11, 2012, 05:20 PM   #33
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Citadel M1 Carbine. I don't know how accurate they are, but they look great and have the sights on them.

Looking for another gun and I nixed marlins from my list.
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Old November 12, 2012, 07:25 PM   #34
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I've got a Marlin 60 and love it but it's not a Savage MKII. The Savage will shoot 1 MOA at 100 (or less on a good day) however, the best ever w/ the Marlin was 1.5" five round group at 100. I love it but it's not a target rifle.
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Old November 13, 2012, 11:12 PM   #35
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I will put another vote out for the Mossberg 702 Plinkster. Mine has been great since day one. Never tested accuracy at 100 but at 50 it will hold a nice group.
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Old November 16, 2012, 07:48 PM   #36
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Locate an old Marlin Glenfield Bolt action .22. Most will out shoot most of the newer guns, and were built very rugged.
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Old November 17, 2012, 03:16 AM   #37
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Another vote for the Marlin brand.

I have the model 60 semi-auto and the model 39a lever action. Both are great shooters. I highly recommend the model 60/model 795 [diff is basically tube fed magazine vs detachable magazine], as they should cost new under $300 easily, after fees/taxes. And used they can be had closer to $100. Great knock-about guns!

CZs are very nice. They cost more in the area of a new Model 39A lever action though.

If you goal is a low-cost plinker for cheap recreational shooting, I'd say you should check out the Marlin and the Ruger 10/22. Both have good reputations and won't break the bank.
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Old November 17, 2012, 04:43 AM   #38
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If a unique foreign gun might be welcome, you might spot a Romanian M-69 Trainer (bolt-action) for about $150 at a gun show.
Mine is very light and handy, though you might consider a new Marlin 60, as many suggest.
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