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May 27, 2007, 07:03 AM
OK I want a 22 semi auto just to screw around with. Which one should I get? Remington? Savage? Marlin? Ruger? Should I get a Long Rifle or a Magnum?

May 27, 2007, 09:40 AM
If you want a .22 to "screw around with," there are more aftermarket options on the Ruger 10/22 than probably any other rifle out there. They are inexpensive to purchase and for practice. If you are using it just for plinking, I would get the .22 long rifle. I think everyone should have a 10/22, they are as much fun as any firearm out there, maybe more.

4V50 Gary
May 27, 2007, 09:42 AM
Roo-gehr (trying to type it with a French-Canadian accent). Ruger because there's an entire cottage industry that supports it with doo-dads; some of which are useful and others less so. For instance, I love (but don't have) that useless MG-34 dress-up kit for it.

May 27, 2007, 09:51 AM
Marlin 60. Great plinking gun. Good price.

May 27, 2007, 12:03 PM
I'm looking for something I can take right out of the box and shoot. I'm not looking to modify it or anything. No need to have aftermarket parts available.

May 27, 2007, 12:13 PM
Marlin 60 hands down.
Reliable, and more accurate.

Rugers are nice, but the Deluxe Models I had for students to use. intruders "had to have" and goofed them up being goofers and gamers.
I sold for a profit and bought guns for kids to shoot.

Remington Speedmaster, wood and blue.

Remington Nylon 66. Still holds the record for shooting 100,110 1" square blocks tossed into the air. Gun never missed a beat hitting all these targets. :cool:

hehehe, The first "plastic gun" and still the best one ever made.


May 27, 2007, 01:59 PM
I'm looking for something I can take right out of the box and shoot. I'm not looking to modify it or anything. No need to have aftermarket parts available.

Remington 597. The trigger isnt too great on it but it will outshoot any 10/22 out of the box with CCI Mini-mags. Also if anyone tells you they are not reliable they havent seen the new magazines. Mine hasnt skipped a beat in over 1000 rounds with the new magazine style.

May 27, 2007, 02:12 PM
The 10/22 is highly over rated. If you don't want to modify it I would go with the Marlin 60. CZ also makes a fine semi auto, the model number escapes me at the moment though.

May 27, 2007, 04:12 PM
Another vote for Marlin 60.

May 27, 2007, 05:06 PM
I have a Marlin 60 and a 795 and they both shooot great. About a 1/4" larger groups then the target rifles at 50 yards at the range. I had to buy a second rifle after taking my wife to the range the first time after years of trying. She told me if I ever wanted to shoot again I better have a second rifle for myself.

May 27, 2007, 05:18 PM
Marlin 60 here. Great and fun gun to shoot.

May 27, 2007, 05:57 PM
I read your first post stating you wanted to screw around with it, and I voted for Ruger 10/22, but then I read your second post that said you didn't want to modify it at all.

The Marlin model 60 or 795 are two great .22LR rifles. I have an ancient 795 that I am getting ready to replace... probably with another 795.

I out-shot my dad with his bull barrel 10/22 with my ancient 795, using CCI stingers, at 25 yards.

May 28, 2007, 04:58 AM
Marlin 60
Marlin 60
Marlin 60
Marlin 60
Marlin 60

Oh, did I mention the marlin 60. Flat out the most accurate inexpensive .22, out of the box. Utterly reliable too.

(Proud owner of a Model 60, that after 5000 rounds, still shoots 1/2" groups at 50 yards (with the right ammo), and have had about 5 failures (FTEs) in those 5000 rounds.)

Mike U.
May 28, 2007, 06:26 AM
I have a Marlin 60 that's been in my family since the 70's. The thing has had so many thousands of rounds put thru it, I can't even get an estimate from my family.
It is still dead-eye accurate and utterly reliable. The rifle is amazing and nothing but. There is an excellent possibility it will go down to my grandkids. That is, if they can pry grandpa's cold, dead fingers off of it. :D

May 28, 2007, 07:02 AM
Marlin M-60.;)

May 28, 2007, 08:18 AM
Ruger 10/22 :cool:

Just plain fun...


May 28, 2007, 08:37 AM
The top one for one hole groups, the bottom one for giggles.:D


Keith Eckensviller
May 28, 2007, 03:35 PM
One word RUGER. Two numbers 10/22. No dought about it.:cool:

May 28, 2007, 04:39 PM
1. Marlin (Model 60, 700, 795, 7000, etc.).

2. Savage close second (any of the Model 64s).

3. Remington 552 speedmaster third (not the Rem 597, which can have "issues").

Then there's....

4. Thompson-Center R55 (arguably the best semi going)

5. Taurus Model 63

6. Rem 597 (not a *bad* gun)

7. Mossberg 702 Plinkster

8. Walther G22

9. CZ 511

10. Any number of old designs from Remington, Winchester, Mossberg, Stephens & Savage. Gun shows are your friend.

Ruger - bah...not in the top 10.

May 29, 2007, 01:33 PM
Ruger 10/22 -
There are enough after-market parts, for this gun, you can build any type of rifle you want. You are only limited by your wallet.

May 29, 2007, 02:31 PM
I'll chime in on the Remington 597 too. Never had a marlin, had to play with the Ruger before I liked it, but that Remington 597 has been a great shooter! I've had mine about a year now, about 2500 rounds, and have had great luck with it. All my magazines are the new ones so I know the badmouthing was only a magazine problem (isn't it almost always?) and its more accurate than the Ruger is.

May 29, 2007, 03:10 PM
marlin 60

May 29, 2007, 03:37 PM
I'm partial to the Remington 597 because I like the weight and balance of it, and the open sights are actually usable, and they tend to be very accurate. The Marlin is also a great rifle and very accurate, but I don't really like the feel of it.

I've never really warmed up to the 10/22 - had a couple and they were fine, I just didn't like them. My boys didnt' either, so they got sold to buy more 597s :D My brother in law has a tricked out 10/22 that he's got about $650 into, it shoots almost as well as the stock 597s.

Whatever you decide, do yourself a favor and use good ammunition. Cheap .22LR bulk pack ammo is mostly junk (except for maybe Federal Champion) and will often give you grief. I shoot CCI Minimags exclusively and only rarely have a misfeed or FTF.

May 29, 2007, 05:06 PM
I'll take a marlin 60 over a 10/22 any day. My 10/22 was very finiky. Cant go wrong with the 60.

May 30, 2007, 12:13 AM
so to all of you marlin lovers, what do u think of the marlin 795??

May 30, 2007, 01:02 AM
It depends on what you want to do with it.

If you just want to take it out of the box and shoot it, a Marlin Model 60 should be more accurate than a 10/22.

If you want hi-cap magazines, folding/telescoping/"assault style" stocks, target barrels and parts, laminated thumbhole stocks in a literal rainbow of colors, anodized everything, etc, then the 10/22 would be the way to go.

Te Anau
May 30, 2007, 08:05 AM
The Ruger 10/22 isnt nearly as great a rifle as one would lead you to believe.My stock Remington 597 or Savage 64 will outshoot a stock 10/22 anyday.

May 30, 2007, 08:20 AM
I voted Ruger 10/22, because to me, "playing around" with a gun eventually means modifications, and the 10/22 is a tinkerer's dream. If you're absolutely certain you won't want to do some home gunsmithing in the future, then the Marlin 60 is a good option.

Oh, and .22LR. .22 Mag ammo is far more expensive and overkill for a plinker. I like .22 Mags just fine, but .22LR is the way to go if you're only buying one.

June 1, 2007, 01:24 AM
no no i mean plinking and stuff like that when i say playing around

June 1, 2007, 01:48 AM
and does anybody like 22 semi autos with clip magazines?

June 1, 2007, 06:43 AM
Something like this?


Take a look through this thread. http://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=112771

Mike U.
June 1, 2007, 05:43 PM

The Tactical Rimfire or EBR on a Budget. :D

Niiice rifle!

June 1, 2007, 06:29 PM
I voted Marlin. I have a 10/22 and I love it, but I only bought it so I could spent another $1,000 messing with it. The model 60 works great out of the box and it about the best value for the dollar that I know of. Actually, if Remington still made the Nylon 66, I might have been tempted to vote differently.

June 1, 2007, 06:38 PM
10/22 is a classic rifle. I own one and its been an outstanding gun. Why else? First, its a Ruger and is a well made gun that will out live you with care. Secondly, if you want to add accesories to it, I would guess that it has the largest amount of after market toys available.

September 21, 2007, 02:11 AM
Well I'm gettin a Marlin :p but should I get the tube mag or the clip mag:confused: Are there fiber optic sights readily available? Is a scope overkill for plinking? In my mind it is because you have to have more skill for sights. However, if I am 150-200 yards away that is a different story. What would be a good scope for plinking that has a descent price tag (about a hundred bucks)? Yes I know the thread is 112 days old but I finally have the money for the gun.:D

3 weelin geezer
September 21, 2007, 12:28 PM
For instance, I love (but don't have) that useless MG-34 dress-up kit for it.

You want one? All its missing is a little pin that you use those little hats on to keep the pin from falling out. I think it is for replacing the pin that holds the trigger in place.

3 weelin geezer
September 21, 2007, 12:30 PM
4V50 Gary wrote

For instance, I love (but don't have) that useless MG-34 dress-up kit for it.

You want one? All its missing is a little pin that you use those little hats on to keep the pin from falling out. I think it is for replacing the pin that holds the trigger in place.

September 23, 2007, 08:40 PM
The tube fed is nice because there is no clip to get in the way. Plus there is no wondering where the clip got to. However, if a person has several clips it's much quicker to pop out an empty clip and pop in a full one than it is to refill the tube. So if you don't mind the clip sticking out get the clip fed and several extra clips. Otherwise get the tube.
For precision open sight shooting I think you might do better with a williams aperature sight and a brass bead rather than with fibre optics. As for .22 scopes I fooled with simmons but had problems with the scope and with parralax trying to shoot a close ranges so I went with burris and leupold but only because I needed AO and close focus. If it wasn't for that I'd have a 4x or maybe 6x fixed power. Pentax has some scopes around 100 , so does nikon and weaver .......but who knows .....they could all come from the same chinese company that made the simmons 22 mag junk I have.

September 23, 2007, 09:16 PM
Nice thing about a 10/22 is that they are common on the used gun market. The thing is to buy one used, shoot it until it gets tiresome then sell it for the same price.

September 24, 2007, 06:38 PM
Ruger 10/22............hpg

September 24, 2007, 09:09 PM
I have a marlin 60. Very accurate. I like it a lot. It only feeds lighter weight round nose bullets though. Who wants hollow points or 40gr. bullets with a .22 anyway?

September 24, 2007, 09:29 PM
Marlin 60. Like it better than my 10/22.

September 24, 2007, 11:50 PM
My Dad also gave me his 45 year old Hi Standard Sport King P100 pump action .22. So, I'll have the Marlin and the Hi Standard. The only thing is with the Hi Standard wont properly feed the long rifle rounds. The gun is made for shorts, longs and long rifles. Any thoughts:confused:

September 25, 2007, 09:13 PM
Marlin 60 for the best accuracy period

September 26, 2007, 05:26 PM
You don't have to buy new. The most accurate .22 rifles I have shot were a JC Higgins single shot bolt and Mossberg single shot bolt. I have a Marlin 60 and put a cheap scope on it and it is a good shooter but I am not that fond of filling the tubular feed. Just a personal thing.

September 26, 2007, 08:40 PM
Ruger 10/22 is your best choice with out a doubt.

September 27, 2007, 12:34 AM
What about a Marlin 22 with a clip magazine? Is that any better?

September 27, 2007, 10:14 AM
Ruger 10/22-first choice. second choice-marlin 60

September 27, 2007, 11:02 AM
model 60 marlin in LR.... nothing else need be said on this topic...

but I will ;p

everyone says either ruger 10/22 or marlin 60...

I have had good luck with a sleek little marlin 60, but I don't plan to upgrade her either... so ... you know the rest

Clip fed marlins, oh I do have one of those also ;)

they're not bad, a semi auto would be a pain though. Personaly I like to just drop drop drop down the tube and away you go, specialy in high cap mag state bans... they make products for speedloading 10/22 mags, but the also make even faster products for loading tubes!!! I like the magazines more on a bolt action, where you really take your time with each shot.

end story, if you like the mag get the 10/22(painful for me to say as a faithful marlin man), if you want a tube fed get the marlin 60...

September 29, 2007, 12:22 AM
O yea I know what you mean, I got a 30-06 bolt rifle. Have to take your time when its 3 bucks a round! With a 22 you can get a hundred or more rounds for 3 bucks! Where do you get your speed loaders for the tube magazines?

September 30, 2007, 08:28 PM
Another vote for the Ruger. Marlin triggers suck. Rugers triggers aren't great stock, but they are easier to work yourself.

Mine liked a good trigger polish job and RWS Target ammo.


All stock parts that I worked, except the scope.

September 30, 2007, 08:41 PM
I like the Ruger, it's a neat lil gun you can do a lot with but for straight out shooting out of the box I'd go with the Marlin 60.