Budget 22lr

Budget 22lr

This is a discussion on Budget 22lr within the Hunting Forum forums, part of the Related Topics category; I'm buying a budget 22lr. Already have a Marlin 60 and a 10/22 so I'm talking real budget here. Around the $100 range. Looking at ...

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    Budget 22lr

    I'm buying a budget 22lr. Already have a Marlin 60 and a 10/22 so I'm talking real budget here. Around the $100 range. Looking at 3 options.

    Savage 64f
    Rossi RS22
    Mossberg 702

    The Rossi and the Mossberg are apparently almost identical. Manufactured in Brazil and re-branded.

    What are you opinions, experiences if any with these 3?

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    Any of the 3 would do a good job. You didn't say what you were going to use them for?
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    The Savage is the better of that group, IMO! I had a Savage Mod 93F which is essentially the same as the Mod 64F except that it was in .17 hmr. Without a doubt one of the most accurate rimfire rifles I have ever owned! (I have owned a bunch over the years!)
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    At that price point just buy the one you like the best and shoot it.
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    I've had a number of Mossberg 702's come through Hunter Safety class. Every one has had feed issues.I
    For an experienced shooter they are an inconvenience. For a new shooter, they can be a deal breaker.

    Just my opinion, but there is inexpensive and there is cheap. I like Mossberg, but the 702 is just cheap.
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    With 2 autoloading .22 rifles on hand already, what is the intended role of the next one? What are you wanting a new gun to do that the others don't or can't?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabill View Post
    Any of the 3 would do a good job. You didn't say what you were going to use them for?
    Just some plinking. Maybe a squirrel or rabbit. We've developed quite a coyote problem in the area so it maybe used for that as well.


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    With 2 autoloading .22 rifles on hand already, what is the intended role of the next one? What are you wanting a new gun to do that the others don't or can't?
    Honestly not crazy about the tube feeding on the Marlin so I hardly even take it out. The 10/22 is MY gun. I want one of these others for my son so we can go out plinking/hunting together. Thing is I'm not sure he'll be into it. So rather than spend $200-250 on another 10/22 I'd rather spend $100 and if he loses interest I'm not out that much. I'll just throw it in the safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PepNYC View Post
    Just some plinking. Maybe a squirrel or rabbit. We've developed quite a coyote problem in the area so it maybe used for that as well.




    Honestly not crazy about the tube feeding on the Marlin so I hardly even take it out. The 10/22 is MY gun. I want one of these others for my son so we can go out plinking/hunting together. Thing is I'm not sure he'll be into it. So rather than spend $200-250 on another 10/22 I'd rather spend $100 and if he loses interest I'm not out that much. I'll just throw it in the safe.
    A .22 lr IS not what you want for a coyote problem! I have used both .17 hmr and .22 mag on coyotes and they are less than ideal IMO! If you know coyotes are on the agenda .223 or 12 ga w/ high base BB or larger shot for close-in running shots are better bets! Just my .02 worth!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PepNYC View Post
    Just some plinking. Maybe a squirrel or rabbit. We've developed quite a coyote problem in the area so it maybe used for that as well.




    Honestly not crazy about the tube feeding on the Marlin so I hardly even take it out. The 10/22 is MY gun. I want one of these others for my son so we can go out plinking/hunting together. Thing is I'm not sure he'll be into it. So rather than spend $200-250 on another 10/22 I'd rather spend $100 and if he loses interest I'm not out that much. I'll just throw it in the safe.
    See if your son likes your 10/22 or Marlin. If he does, gift the one he likes the best to him. If it's the Marlin he prefers, no problem. If it's your 10/22, get another 10/22 some time down the road.

    Last year I gifted my daughter my favorite lever action - a simple Henry H001 - because she liked that gun the best. It was "Dad's gun," and now it's hers. Maybe many years from now she'll have fond memories when she sees "Dad's gun."

    I think I got more out of gifting it than she did out of receiving it.
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    I've bought several Marlin 60s at $100 or less...perfectly functional...at pawn shops. Then, once he's shot a bit more, he'll decide what type he wants, if he doesn't like the Marlin...and you've got a good, cheap rifle left over.

    I bought the 702 Plinkster for my granddaughter and didn't like it at all...the M60's a much better rifle. She was young enough the lightweight aspect made it work for her, though.

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