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Old December 18, 2011, 11:35 PM   #1
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whats a good 22lr rifle

i know most would say 10/22 ruger for available options and parts. but what about rifles like CZ-USA? what do you guys shoot and what do you recommend.
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Old December 18, 2011, 11:37 PM   #2
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I have a mossberg 702 plinkster, not much customization for it but its a fun and accurate rifle. i got mine 2 years ago for $120 and have never had any problems with it.
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Old December 18, 2011, 11:51 PM   #3
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The CZ's are nice rifles and have developed quite a following. I would never give up my 452. That said, you can probably get a good rifle for less money. Maybe it would be better to ask about bad experiences, since there are so many good .22's available.
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Old December 19, 2011, 12:46 AM   #4
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Love the Marlin 795 and CZ-455 American

They are the only .22LR rifles I've owned, so I don't really have anything to compare them to.
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Old December 19, 2011, 12:53 AM   #5
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I like my Marlin Model 60.
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Old December 19, 2011, 05:42 AM   #6
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Marlin, Ruger, Savage, CZ... just about any of them are very good for plinking! Good Luck, it can be addicting before you know it you done bought every brand... LOL...
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Old December 19, 2011, 07:20 AM   #7
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The CZs are solid rifles, but the two I've had needed a bit of tweaking to make them more accurate and function well.

I'm impressed with the Savage Mark II BTV and fellow shooters at our club find it's an accurate rifle. There are many different models of the MK II, including with or without the Accutrigger.

Ruger 10-22s don't seem as well made as in the past, but there are so many after-market improvements available that it's fun to make them into whatever someone would like them to be. I like the Deluxe stock model much better than the carbine, since it fits me better and is easier to modify to take heavy barrels, accurize, etc.

Marlins, especially the 39A were once excellent rifles, but lately have had lots of quality control problems.
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Old December 19, 2011, 07:30 AM   #8
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wat about the remington nylon 66? i heard they are accurate rifles if you can find one. only downside it was frowned apon cause of the plastic stock.
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Old December 19, 2011, 08:06 AM   #9
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There are a lot of good ones. I plan to keep all of mine including: Marlin 39, CZ 452, Marlin 2000, and a Remington 66. I need more and will add as the years pass.
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Old December 19, 2011, 08:23 AM   #10
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the rem 597 is also a nice one.... i like 10/22 and 77/22s those are my favs... good luck!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old December 19, 2011, 08:28 AM   #11
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I like my 10/22 great little gun
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Old December 19, 2011, 08:50 AM   #12
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CZ`s are great, you cant realy go wrong with them, If you want something even better get an ansch├╝tz (high end 22s).
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Old December 19, 2011, 09:09 AM   #13
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I've been truly pleased with my 10/22. It's been much better than I expected - finished very nicely for a $200 gun and uber-reliable. Also, no one ever told my 10/22 that it's not supposed to be accurate. It shoots good groups all day long.

BTW - get the "All-Weather" model if you want a sporter - it's a a tad more expensive, but the "bare" aluminum reciever is finished much more nicely than the spray-painted black aluminum recievers on some of the other models.
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Old December 19, 2011, 10:00 AM   #14
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I've shot Marlin's, Ruger's, and Henry's.

The Marlin's and Ruger's were my dad's and well hell they are older than I am and still is shoot straight. The springs finally had to be replaced in the Ruger, but hell its 30+ years old.

I got my Henry a few years ago, and honestly, I probably will never by a different .22
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Old December 19, 2011, 10:11 AM   #15
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I have a 10-22( actually my son does ) and a Marlin 39a.

Both are great rifles. I wanted a lever action from the time I was 14 or so and finally bought one about 6 years ago.

That is a fun rifle to shoot. I did have a trigger job done on it and the trigger breaks nice and clean at about 4 lbs.

It has been trouble free from the get go.

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Old December 19, 2011, 10:15 AM   #16
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Mossberg 702 Plinkster,,,

It is an inexpensive but very reliable and accurate plinking rifle,,,
Not a whole lot of aftermarket accessories,,,
But it works fine without them.

The CZ rifles are like a Lexus car,,,
They are certainly high quality,,,
But the price is right up there.

Marlin Model 60,,,
Ruger 10/22,,,

If you want something a bit old fashioned,,,
Try an H&R Sportster single-shot,,,
Mine is scary accurate.

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Old December 19, 2011, 10:22 AM   #17
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I have several .22s including a 10/22 and older Winchester 190 and have had several different models over the years but, the one I have always wanted was a Kimber. Just couldn't bring myself to pay the money they want for them. I have heard great things about the Ruger 77/22s which is to be expected, the 77s are just great rifles regardless of caliber (not sure about the 77 Mk II). I have never owned a CZ but but everyone that does seems to like them.
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Old December 19, 2011, 12:47 PM   #18
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Out of the box,you simply can't beat a Savage.
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Old December 19, 2011, 01:01 PM   #19
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I have a 10/22. It's a lot of fun.
I've shot Marlin 60s, and rebuilt one for a friend. They're good too.
The Savage MkII series feel cheap, but shoot really well.
Marlins are nice, but also tend to have a "cheap stamped steel" feel to them. I had a 925 that was a lot of fun, but sold it after trying my best to wring every last bit of possible accuracy out of it.
CZ 452s are great rifles. They feel like a "real" centerfire rifle, and all of the one's I've shot have been fantastic. If you have $300-500 to spend, that would be my choice. The newer 455 versions also seem to be pretty nice. They occupy the great middle niche of .22 quality and price.
If you have more to spend, get an Anschutz, Weatherby MkXXII or even a Cooper.
When I last bought a 22, I ended up saving for a long while and getting an Anschutz. With good ammo it shoots better than I am capable of, but it's pricier than several of my centerfire rifles.
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Old December 19, 2011, 01:34 PM   #20
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There are many "good" .22s. Define your objectives and budget and you'll get more useful feedback. In general, you get about what you pay for but some rifles are more suited to certain purposes.
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Old December 19, 2011, 01:35 PM   #21
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With modern manufacturing techniques, I am going to say "Any of them"
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Old December 19, 2011, 01:50 PM   #22
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If you want a semi-auto, I have to throw my hat in the ring for the Marlin Model 60. It is accurate, reliable, and cheap. Mine has decimated my workplace's squirrel population. Some don't like the tube feed, but I've never found it to be an issue.

If you want a bolt-action, and you don't mind spending the extra cash, I would go with the CZ. They are beautiful rifles and the ones I have shot have been fantastic.
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Old December 20, 2011, 12:02 PM   #23
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Just because no one has mentioned them, I'll toss out another suggestion - Remington Model 552 Speedmaster. They are not cheap (run about twice the price of a Ruger 10/22), but are beautiful and reliable semi-auto rimfires.

My father has one made in the mid-90s that is stupidly accurate for a stock gun.

I know Remington quality has dropped off in the last few years - not sure if this affects the 552 or not.
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Old December 20, 2011, 12:59 PM   #24
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I've shot a number of 22s over the years, many of which I never even learned the make and models but my top 2 contenders are a marlin 60 and a ruger 10/22.

the 10/22 looks like an AR15 and has faster reloads, better reliability and lighter weight on it's side. (EDIT) mine has an AR15 conversion, not all 10/22s look like ARs)

the marlin model 60 had compactness and accuracy on its side. you had to clean it very often, use specific ammo types and carry a can of remoil with you but it was literally a tack driver. at 50-60 yards me and a buddy of mine used to shoot empty 22 casings off of the wood pile.

cant even come close to that with the 10/22 but it still holds minute of squirrel accuracy without issue.
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Old December 20, 2011, 01:07 PM   #25
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the 10/22 looks like an AR15 and has faster reloads, better reliability and lighter weight on it's side
There is a striking resemblance. I can hardly tell them apart...

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