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Old March 4, 2020, 09:57 AM   #1
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Mossberg 802 or Ruger Rimfire or Henry?

For some reason lately I started thinking again about a non-semi auto .22 rifle. Must have been because I pulled the Mossberg 702 out of the closet recently and remember that the bolt action uses the same mags.

I currently have a Marlin XT-22, but have been rather disappointed with it in terms of accuracy. No matter what I shoot in it, it's 2 inches at 50 yards while the Ruger Charger I have is about half inch at the same distance.

Needless to say, I think 2" @ 50y is abysmal for a bolt .22.

But, since I have the Charger and it uses the same mags as the Ruger Rimfire, I'm left wondering which I should get if I go with a bolt action. The Mossbergs are extremely cheap, but I've had good results with my 702, it actually outshoots the Marlin.

However, I've also thought about a Henry rifle in .22 because a lever action sounds fun, but it's probably the most expensive option and isn't as sleek with a scope put on it. Not sure I want to put a scope on these rifles just yet, but the Marlin has one on it as a bolt action .22 without a scope feels... wrong.
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Old March 4, 2020, 10:01 AM   #2
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I tried to find the e-mail I received from Mossberg,,,
But I must have deleted it.

I own a Mossie 702 Plinkster and asked if the 702 & 802 Mags were interchangeable.

According to the reply from Mossberg,,,
They are not.

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Old March 4, 2020, 11:01 PM   #3
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Have you checked your Marlin to see if everything is tight where it should be and loose where it is supposed to be? The last time I had a rifle shooting 2" at 50 yds the barrel was loose at the receiver.

If you can't get the Marlin to shoot and a new gun is in order.....I love my Henry 22. No scope. My scoped 22 is a Savage Mark II. Most ammo shoots around 1/2" at 50 yds. My only Mossberg rifle is a centerfire, but it shoots good. So I wouldn't try to talk you out of it. But if you're selling the XT22 I have $50 burning a hole in my pocket
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Old March 5, 2020, 01:29 AM   #4
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Have you checked your Marlin to see if everything is tight where it should be and loose where it is supposed to be? The last time I had a rifle shooting 2" at 50 yds the barrel was loose at the receiver.

If you can't get the Marlin to shoot and a new gun is in order.....I love my Henry 22. No scope. My scoped 22 is a Savage Mark II. Most ammo shoots around 1/2" at 50 yds. My only Mossberg rifle is a centerfire, but it shoots good. So I wouldn't try to talk you out of it. But if you're selling the XT22 I have $50 burning a hole in my pocket
I sent it in years ago to get looked at and was told the barrel was "lapped" but even after that there was still chatter marks in the grooves. I told someone else about the issue and they contacted Marlin and asked what they deemed acceptable accuracy with the XT-22 rifles and the response was 2 inch groups at 50 yards w/ Remington Golden Bullet.

I've shot about everything in it to little success, the best groups I've gotten were CCI Quiet at 15 or 25 yards.

I would be more than happy to sell it with the scope mounted and the speed loader (it's a tube magazine) but not for $50.
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Not sure I want to put a scope on these rifles just yet, but the Marlin has one on it as a bolt action .22 without a scope feels... wrong.
As does a lever gun with a scope.
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Get a Ruger American and be done with it. They shoot great right out of the box with just about any ammo you use.
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