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HunterGuy
December 24, 2010, 02:30 PM
Been looking for some time now about getting a .22 LR for plinking purposes as well as for friends who aren't as familiar with shooting to use at the range with me.

As far as what i'm looking for:
1.) Bolt Action
2.) Chambered for both shorts and LR
3.) Tubular Magazine

From what I can gather on with my own resources I am really looking at the Marlin 981T.

Any comments/suggestions?

DiscoRacing
December 24, 2010, 02:32 PM
Dont know if they shoot shorts or not... but 'round here ya can always find model 60s for about 75 to 80 bucks scoped... alot of times 50 or 60 bucks.

Dr. Pepper
December 24, 2010, 03:20 PM
I have had my 981T for 5 years and put about 60,000 rounds through it. Never had a feeding problem with shorts or long rifle. I did have to replace the feed throat after about 40,000 rounds or so.

The trigger is a bit stout but Rifle Basix make a nice aftermarket trigger.

Jimro
December 24, 2010, 03:59 PM
You will be very happy with the Marlin.

Jimro

Buzzcook
December 24, 2010, 11:29 PM
If you can find a used Remington Model 512 you might like it. Otherwise the Marlin is the only new one available.

HunterGuy
December 26, 2010, 02:45 PM
Actually, the more I looked and read the more I want one of the .22 WMR. Yes, the ammo is a bit more expensive but the versatility of it is magnified 10 fold.

The only problem is I am reading about them and am torn between 3 rifles, everyone has something good and bad to say about them all.

CZ's Model 452
Savage's Model 93F
and Marlin's Model 982VS (I know they make a 925M but I really like the 982)

jhgreasemonkey
December 26, 2010, 03:41 PM
Actually, the more I looked and read the more I want one of the .22 WMR. Yes, the ammo is a bit more expensive but the versatility of it is magnified 10 fold
I have a marlin .22wmr model 983. It's tube fed (holds 13 rounds), comes with a really nice checkered walnut stock with a rubber recoil pad, good open sights with brass bead and hooded front sight. For right under $300 it's the best buy in a nice classic looking .22wmr in my opinion. http://www.marlinfirearms.com/Firearms/22WinMagnum/983.asp

BusGunner007
December 26, 2010, 03:46 PM
For personal plinking and new shooters, I believe the Marlin 981T is the one that fits your described needs.

Moving up to the .22 Mag. later is a good plan.
It might be a bit more oomph than a first-time shooter would like.

I've wanted a Remington 552 SpeedMaster for a long time.
It's an autoloader that shoots .22 S,L,LR.
I think it's the only one of its type made now.

Good luck.

HunterGuy
December 27, 2010, 10:47 AM
I have a marlin .22wmr model 983. It's tube fed (holds 13 rounds), comes with a really nice checkered walnut stock with a rubber recoil pad, good open sights with brass bead and hooded front sight. For right under $300 it's the best buy in a nice classic looking .22wmr in my opinion. http://www.marlinfirearms.com/Firear...Magnum/983.asp


Nice! Did not know they made a tube fed .22 WMR rifle. I'll definately be looking into this more. Thanks.