Which Bolt action 22 LR?

Which Bolt action 22 LR?

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    Which Bolt action 22 LR?

    I would like to note that I am literally Just now starting my research on this subject.

    Up until the tragic boating accident I owned quite a few firearms...but I never owned a .22 LR rifle.

    I know...its a big nono to not have a survival rifle and thats why I'm starting my search.

    My biggest issues are that I'm on a budget, and I'm not sure if I really want a semi-auto 10/22 rifle. I like the idea of a bolt action. If I needed to battle two legged targets I have much better means of doing so, and my .22 would literally just be for small game hunting.

    so here is the big question....Which bolt action, box magazine fed .22LR is of the best quality at the best price???


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    I don't have any recommendations for a bolt action, but I do love my Henry lever action .22. Maybe give the lever a consideration also?
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    ruger 77/22 or cz American would be the choices for me
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    Savage and Marlin both still make good bolt action .22's. I have a Savage single shot .22 that is superbly accurate, and the Marlins I have fired have all produce outstanding accuracy as well.
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    I had great experience with one of these. Can't beat that price with a stick.

    Savage 29200 MKII-FVXP 22LR AT W/SCP $237.00 SHIPS FREE
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    My first 22 rifle was a Marlin model 25N. They discontinued it some years ago, and I wish I still had it. Superbly accurate, lightweight, and easy shooting. Can be found used fairly cheap too. If I find one I am grabbing it. New I would get a stevens model 300. Produced by savage, it is a handy little 22 lr. Savage makes somse of the best no frills shooters that can be had IMO. I have owned several, and my 17 hmr is a little beast.
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    I'm liking the Savage Model Stevens 300. That seems to be a sweet little rifle at an amazing price. Anyone have any personal experience with it?

    also, what about the Savage Mark II GXP?

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    From outward appearances the Savage MkII is basically the same as the Model 93 which has a slightly longer receiver to accept larger cartridges. Model 93's come in .17HMR and .22WMR which are longer cartridges and thus need longer receiver/bolt. The MkII comes in .22LR and .17 Mach2. I don't have the MkII but I do have the Model 93 and it has been a fine shooter and pretty accurate given windage on a 17 grain projectile. The bolt is smooth and responsive. It was a little snug to lock down but I see that as a good thing. Since I converted to Frog Lube, the bolt is even smoother and seems to just glide on air. Overall good fit. I will tell you though, be careful, the bottom of the receiver where its milled out for the magazine, is sharp as a razor. Cut my finger cleaning it. Eased it with a mill file so it doesn't bite me again. Not an issue when shooting, only if you break it down from the stock and bottom plate for a deep cleaning.

    Here is a 70yd shot on a Mtn Dew 20oz bottle using the Savage


    And mine all cleaned and polished up after converting to Frog Lube..


    Here is a 50yd group using the 93. The gray disk is about 1" dia for reference. Yea, a little scope tweak is needed. Think this was my 2nd outing with this rifle.


    I could be wrong but I don't think the Stevens 300 comes with the Accu-Trigger that the MkII and Model 93 do. But its your call. I really like the trigger on my 93.

    The Model 93 is probably the best $260 bucks (got it with the scope and rings as a kit) I have spent on guns recently. I like it. So do all three of my granddaughters (7,9,12).

    Here is a vid of the 9yr old shooting it.
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    CZ American with a scope.

    I can put rounds in the size of a quarter at 50 yards all day long and not miss once!
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    Thanks for that detailed response wolfie, I'm very much leaning toward the Mark II at this point and will probably do a bit more research, and will go to a shop to handle it.

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    I second the Marlins, Rugers and CZ models. I favor the Marlins but I am really wanting one of those CZ's.
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    My votes for an adult-sized .22 bolt gun go to the CZ455 (or the discontinued 452), the Ruger 77/22, and the Savage Mk II series. All are accurate and tweakable if you like to improve your guns.

    I have both a 455 and a 77/22. I love the 77/22 for its big-gun feel, and the 10-shot rotary magazine is simply outstanding compared to everyone else's box mags. The integral scope mount is simple and rugged (wish others would copy that feature). On the down side, the bolt handle crowds the bell of the scope and the bolt could be smoother.

    The CZ had a bolt that feels like it runs on ball bearings. The trigger is adjustable (mine has nearly zero creep) and the barrel is floated back to the action. The plastic mag feels cheesy, but it works as it should - no complaints.

    No direct experience with the Savage, but they certainly enjoy a great reputation, especially in .17 cal.
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    I'm partial to Marlin, but Savage and CZ both make fine rifles.

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    I too have been doing some research on a .22lr rifle. I seem to be stuck on the Savage Mark IIs. I'm thinking that's an ok place to be stuck!
    I have to admit that I'm not familiar with the CZ line of rifles, I'll need to expand my research. Thanks for the tip.

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    Yea, that is probably a good move. I am one of those who doesn't do well with buying stuff sight unseen, especially when its a mechanical thing I will handle or wear. Going to the store and wrapping your paws around it is probably time well spent. but, remember, you can get new stocks of different designs for it. Play with the action and the trigger. Thats the big part.


    And on that note, here is a site that has some pretty nice stocks if you are interested in this style (Savage MkII in the photo):


    I will be ordering one for my 10/22 and once I get it and check it out fully, I plan to get one for my Model 93 as well. Here is the 10/22 version...

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