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Old January 13, 2013, 02:19 AM   #1
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.22lr Bolt Action - Tube Fed Recommendations

Hello,

Just looking for any recommendations on a bolt action .22lr, that has a tube for the magazine. Thanks!

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Old January 13, 2013, 05:20 AM   #2
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Henry Golden Boy.

My brother owns one and we have a great time shooting it together, even at paper.
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Old January 13, 2013, 09:15 AM   #3
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uhh golden boy's aren't bolt action. and i think marlin makes them. or did
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Old January 13, 2013, 09:59 AM   #4
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OK, lever action. I assumed OP just didn't want magazine-fed.
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Old January 13, 2013, 12:58 PM   #5
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Marlin is about the last holdout for tube fed bolt 22s. I have a 983T I bought 4 years ago and it shoots like a target rifle. The new bolts from Marlin have a better trigger or some such.

A search on gunbroker will get you lots of choices for older 22s with a tube feed. Plus the older guns will have all steel and wood stocks. Don't worry about the age. Its hard to wear out a 22 barrel.

http://www.marlinfirearms.com/Firearms/xt/XT22.asp
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Old January 13, 2013, 01:27 PM   #6
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Marlin 981T,very good accuracy, I have it set up for shorts for low noise shooting with cci match ammo.
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Old January 13, 2013, 01:33 PM   #7
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marlin has a tube fed bolt action. marlins were great rifles when they were marlin. i'm not sure how they are since they were bought out. i have an older marlin model 25 and newer 25m (22 mag) with the detachable magazine. throw a few extra loaded mags in your pocket for faster reloads than the tube mag. either way my experience with marlin bolt 22/22mag has been positive.
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Old January 13, 2013, 02:11 PM   #8
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Gunshows and pawn shops are a good place to find decent tube fed bolt guns for a reasonable price. I have a 80's 783 marlin 22mag , late 50's 81dl marlin, and a mossberg 356k. Both the 81dl and mossy were bought at gunshows within the last year for less then $120. Both are great guns but I prefer the mossy by far. Cruze this forum if you have any questions regarding anything rimfire http://www.rimfirecentral.com
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Old January 13, 2013, 03:44 PM   #9
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IMHO, the best of the lot was the Remington 512. They can be found, though not as common as the box magazine 511.

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Old January 13, 2013, 07:06 PM   #10
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Tube Mag

I have a .22 Mag Marlin with a tubular magazine and you know they are kind of a pain - to load and unload.

The only positive thing is that in a target rich gopher enviroment, the high capacity tube makes it easy on the thumb!

A detachable mag is far easier to deal with. Especially when getting in and out of the truck in the gopher patch.

However a tubular mag does add a nice look to the rifle. IMHO
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Old January 14, 2013, 07:19 AM   #11
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Thanks everyone for your advice. Is there anything in particular I should look out for on a used model?

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Old January 14, 2013, 11:40 AM   #12
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Some marlins have a cartridge guide spring above the chamber. Most of them I have found had this spring broken and the cartridge carrier bent to compensate. Broken firing pins can also be a problem. If its been dry fired you could have a ping where the firing pin has hit the chamber. As always if you can shoot it do so, if not check everything very closely or maybe even invest in some dummy rounds to at least see if it will cycle. What ever you do don't get impatient and settle for something that's marginal. There were millions of these guns sold so mint closet fresh guns are still available on the cheap if you keep your eyes out. Nice new bolt 22's can be bought for less then $200 so don't pay anything more then $125 for used one unless its something really special. http://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/index.php
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Old January 14, 2013, 12:23 PM   #13
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IMHO, the best of the lot was the Remington 512. They can be found, though not as common as the box magazine 511.
If you go this route, make sure it is a 512X. The X says that it has factory scope grooves. Great guns (I've got one).
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Old January 16, 2013, 10:18 PM   #14
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The dumbest move I ever made was trading a really good 512X for a damned common K98 so I could be a deer hunter.
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Old January 18, 2013, 08:56 AM   #15
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http://www.marlinfirearms.com/Firear...on22/981TS.asp

That. I have a 981T and its fantastic.
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Old January 18, 2013, 09:25 AM   #16
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Im going to jump on in on the Marlin band wagon.. They can be found used for under $150
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