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Old July 17, 2005, 09:13 PM   #1
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22 LR rifle, under 100

i am looking for a 22 LR under 100 bux, i saw some marlins in walmart for under 100, are they any good? what kinda scope and mount would i need for that, i just want to for cheap target shooting and just plinking. is the marlin and ruger 10/22 much difference? and if so, in what? consistency, accurecy, distance, etc?

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Old July 17, 2005, 10:32 PM   #2
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A marlin model 60 is, hands down ,the best value for the money. Money aside it is one of the best .22 rifle ever made right out of the box. I don't own one personally but have a cousin who does, almost bought one for myself but opted for a .22 pistol instead. you could find one for around $50-100. I have a poor quality picture of one if you'd like to see it.
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Old July 17, 2005, 11:58 PM   #3
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Have read about some Romanian trainer rifles in a bolt action. Around for $69 if I recall. A number of people have said they are quite accurate. Look over at for some info using the search function.

Also, in general the Marlin 60 is a bit more accurate than the 10/22 right out of the box. If you plan on modifying the Ruger, many people do, I would pick it. If you just want to buy and enjoy the Marlin is the better deal.
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Old July 18, 2005, 08:37 PM   #4
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I own a 60. I mounted a 3x9 crossman air rifle scope on it.
All together probably $120. I can keep groups under 1.5 a 100yds.
It si a great reliable plinker. Hard to clean, and you cannot accessorize it as you could a 10/22. But if you want a cheap reliable 22 I think the 60 is the way to go.
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Old July 18, 2005, 10:18 PM   #5
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Id get a $100.00 Savage at Wal-Mart before the Marlin.
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Old July 18, 2005, 11:08 PM   #6
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I own a Marlin 60, and it is a reliable, accurate rifle.
My preference is the Ruger 10/22 though. I like having detachable magazines. That way I can have four or five loaded magazines on the bench and just swap them out. Loading the Marlin's tube can be a pain, and I still haven't figured out quite how to do it while maintaining muzzle discipline at the range. The options of customizing the Ruger are almost endless as well. Here are pics of mine that cost under $100 total including the scope. I buy used at pawn shops.

The Ruger 10/22 generally goes for about $100 used in a pawn shop in my area. The Marlin 60 averages $60-75. If you really want to save some dough and like the Marlin, search out a Glenfield 60. It's the same gun with a lesser quality stock that was marketed by Otasco or Montgomery Ward. They are rarely over $50 used.
If you want to customize a 10/22, you can get into the game cheaply by purchasing a pawnshop gun and swapping out the parts as you go. Here's my page on my enhanced 10/22s.
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Old July 19, 2005, 07:18 AM   #7
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A fun .22LR rifle I bought this weekend was the Walther G22. Ths is a bit out of the $100 range, but WOAH is it loads of fun to plink around with. I found it on sale for $299.

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