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Old July 10, 2020, 07:33 PM   #1
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Marlin XT-22M .22 WMR

The first gun I graduated too from the .22LR, bolt action, child's version, was an old 22 Mag from my grandfather and with that gun I killed my first deer. At age 6, I hit her between the eyes at 25 yards.

For all these years, the 22 Mag has had a soft place in my heart, and I have never owned one.

The other reason I want a 22 Mag Long Gun.... I own two 22 Mag Revolvers.

I have been shopping for a while.... many years and just never pulled the proverbial trigger. This year my kids gave me some gift cards for Father's Day and I used them to make a purchase at Bass Pro Shops. I had a hard time making up my mind, but landed on the Marlin XT-22M.

This Marlin may be one of the best buys in any gun store. The action is a little tight, but it will smooth out and break in quickly, especially with an initial cleaning and oil.

About two years ago, I purchased one of the modern Redfield scopes (that are owned and made by Leupold), a 3-9x40. I had the scope on a deer rifle, but moved to some else, so the scope has been lying around begging to be mounted and used.

The gun comes with 4 round and 7 round clips. The 4 round is nice, as it is a flush fit, which will be nice on the range. The 7 round will great for hunting.

I punched out the rear dovetail sight and unscrewed and removed the front sight. I purchased two Weaver bases and mounted them up with some lock-tight. A nice surprise was that I could use one of the base, plug screws to plug the screw hole at the front sight. It is nearly a perfectly flush fit and looks very clean.

Can't wait to take her to the range! I have purchased 5 boxes of 22WMR, different brands to see which loads the gun likes best. Once I dial her in and find her favorite pills, I will probably purchase 500 rounds of that recipe.

I really see this as my GO-TO-GUN for so many reasons moving forward.

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Old July 10, 2020, 09:12 PM   #2
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I had the stainless version of that rifle, and sadly got talked out of it. I'd been a CZ fanboy for quite some time and only stumbled across the rifle because I felt like I got such a good deal on it. It was gummed up with something sticky- like soda goo or something. Once I got it cleaned up and a scope on it- I was tickled silly with it. A young fella just starting out in shooting took a shine to it, so I made a deal with his dad. I wouldn't turn down another one if it wandered my way.
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I'm going to use the words "clip" and "Long Colt" every chance I get. It grinds my gears to see new members attacked when we all know dang good and well what's being refered to.
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Old July 13, 2020, 11:59 AM   #3
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I still have a Marlin 922M and a Ruger boat paddle stocked one. Almost bought a Ruger Precision but opted for the 17HMR. Killed a few coyotes with the Marlin, some areas around Phoenix you were restricted to shotgun or rimfire. Not the best coyote caliber, but with the Marlin you could double tap them and that normally did the trick, Liked the Winchester 40gr SP rounds the best.
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