View Full Version : which .22mag bolt gun?

July 11, 2012, 03:01 PM
Wanting a .22mag bolt gun and not sure where to begin. I will want it scoped (prolly a 4x), it won't be used for much other than punching holes in paper out to 100yds, maybe a little small game hunting but not much so it doesn't have to be sub-MOA. Prefer light-weight, don't want a mag sticking out the bottom too bad (getting in the way), I've always preferred compact/youth rifles and don't want to spend more than $500 INCLUDING scope.....does this rifle exist?

July 11, 2012, 06:14 PM
sounds like a ruger 77/22 (laminate) I picked up used..the missus claimed it as hers..

If I did'nt have the ruger, I was hard pressed to decide on a savage mk II BTVS in 22 mag or 22 lr..

(I got the lr) and enjoy it immensely, the trigger is better in the savage than the ruger stock..

July 11, 2012, 06:39 PM
does this rifle exist?
Absolutely and the 77/22mag is a great choice. With scope, might push your budget a bit. In this case, I woudl recommend the savage line. While you are in there, might consider the thumbhole stock. Just click on the;) magnum series. Certainly there are just a whole bunch of other choices. .... ;)


Be Safe !!!

July 11, 2012, 06:53 PM
For $500 including the scope, my guess is you will end up with either a Salvage or a Marlin. Either would not be a bad choice, but not my preference.

The Ruger 77/22 Mag is a better choice, IMHO, but these are rbinging $450-ish on the used market, you might get lucky and find one with a decent scope for that price. If you can find a blued one, you can pick them up for a little less.

July 11, 2012, 07:04 PM
Lately, on the internet and in the field, I have been seeing a bunch of used Marlins and the price is right. I picked one up that came with a walnut stock but have seen most in birch. .... :)

Tell God what you are looking for, work with his timetable and he will lead you to one. .... ;)

Be Safe !!!

July 11, 2012, 07:32 PM
Mine is a CZ452 varmint model. Real accurate and a pleasure to shoot. Impressive workmanship on the wood and metal, too. It's like a fine centerfire rifle.

July 12, 2012, 02:15 PM
cz455 lux all day long

July 12, 2012, 03:58 PM
About 12 yrs ago I saw one of those Romanian Cugir 1969 Training rifles reamed to .22 magnum. I wasn't a pretty rifle, but it was an inexpensive all business utility rifle that shot and handled really well. The open receiver made loading quick for a single shot.

July 12, 2012, 05:52 PM
After looking through the suggested models, I'm 99% sure I'll be going with the CZ 455 American....now to look at glass. (gonna have to bump up the $500 limit a little bit)

July 12, 2012, 07:18 PM
Not much- have you looked at the Mueller line? Perhaps one of these times we could meet up here in town and you could take a peek or two through some of mine.

Seriously, just because they don't cost an arm, leg, and various other pieces and parts- don't overlook them. There's a lot of quality in them thar lookin glasses.

July 12, 2012, 08:56 PM
The Ruger model 77 and the CZ Lux are both pretty good in my mind. I had the Ruger in black synthetic with stainless steel. I like the "all weather" appeal. I also liked the extra slim stock and light weight. It handled pretty nice. Anyone that bought one, I would expect, should be happy with it. But we know opinions vary among members. The Lux was a real treat for me and I consider it to be a step up. I tried to load a 22 Mag 50 grain round into a Remington model 5, but it would not fit. That was the round of my choice. I did load that round into the CZ and it did fit fine. When sighting in, I first set the rear sight on the correct distance mark and fired that round. In one single shot I was done dialing it in.
The Ruger has a scope on it, so open sights were not an issue. The CZ cries out to use the superb iron sights. And whoever put those babies on that rifle did a heck of a good job in getting it right.

July 13, 2012, 10:47 AM
Consider a Marlin 783 or 883. They are plenty accurate to 100 yards, no magazines to worry about, walnut stacks and leave you a couple of hundred for glass/mounts.

Big Shrek
July 13, 2012, 11:31 AM
+1 Doceaux!!

I've eaten my fair share of CZ's & others at the range with my $85 Marlin 25-MN that was found in a pawn shop :)
I slapped on a decent scope (4-16x44), a bipod, a sling, did a trigger job & pillar bedded it...
and on the benches I make guys who spent thousands quite mightily frustrated!! :D
What more could ya ask for??
I added a few things since this pic...different mounts...etc...

Those older Marlins are hard to beat once you tweak 'em a little...kinda like hotrodding an old Ford 351M into a 502!!
Ugly as sin, but it shocks 'em when ya roar off the line :D

The only thing I have left to do is buy an XT22 trigger and install it...just to see if its any better than my slick50 trigger job...

Ga Warlock
July 13, 2012, 05:50 PM
My .22mag Is a rem model 5 with the zastava-serbia barrel. I think I paid $350 from a gunshop new. Its got a prostaff 3x9x40 on it. It will shoot dead acurate out to 100yds. I mostly shoot CCI 40gr ammo and it will keep up with a buddy's 17 HMR all day long.I will NEVER sell this rifle. It's a keeper.