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Old 04-08-2012, 12:13 PM
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Two days ago I bought the cheapest semi-auto .22 on the market, the lowly Mossberg "Plinkster." A whopping $107 at the local Wally World, I opted for a $7 4X15 rimfire scope to top it off. So, I have $114+tax into it thus far.

After sending a couple hundred rounds down the barrel I've come to a few conclusions- First of all, it's a great value on a well engineered rimfire rifle, based on the Marlin 60 design, it's tried and true. Secondly, it's reasonably accurate, 2" groups at 75 yards after I got it sighted in, no issues with strays so far. It weighs nothing, much lighter than a 10/22, or even an old single shot. The action is pretty rough, but I think that it will smooth out over time and use, as even now I've noticed the components show some polishing of the rougher machined parts, a little bit of gun oil and a few more trips to the range and she ought to be silky smooth.

So, I give this little Plinkster for price/quality. I'd recommend it to anyone who needs a cheap and effective plinking gun.

Edit: Mossberg offers a 25 round magazine, but is out of stock at this time, the magazine is similar to the magazine for their tactical .22 in looks, although the fake plastic cover extends further up the magazine, giving the 702 the "look" of a larger caliber firearm, cost for this magazine is $29.99
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Based off the Marlin so it's not the one that looks like the AR, right?

I'm looking to pick up a couple 22s, 10/22s here shortly. Definately getting a couple Henry break downs to stick in our packs, but plan on a couple standard platforms, too.

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I bought one a few years ago, great gun. I put a small scope on it and shoot out to 150-200yds. I have the metal 10 round magazines.Sturdy. Never seen any plastic ones.
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They are good little .22's. I had one for a long time. I ended up giving it to my son, but I really liked it. Mine was the same rifle but made under the Magtech (?) name. They sold the rights to Mossberg.
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I bought one a few years ago and had nothing but problems. There would be at least one FTF in every mag, sometimes multiple. I sold it and bought a Marlin bolt action 22 with a magazine tube. Great gun.


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I have both the 702 Plinkster and the 715 Tactical (a dressed up 702)
Both are RELIABLE, and a BLAST....

The 715 is CHEESEY, a clamshell around the 702 parts. It doesn't rise to the level of the M&P-15, but it's half the price....and a BLAST...

Bought the 702 at Wal-Mart for $106

The 715 was alot more, $240
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For the $$, the 702 is the best .22 rifle on the market.
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I got one for da Wifey last month --- nice little gun --

Up here in New Yuck -- $100. bucks more --

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A little over a year ago my Daughter says she want to buy her own rifle!

So, she gathered up all her change and went to walmart and I bought her a 702 plinkster with an extra mag. She is a great shot with it and it has been very reliable.

It is a great little gun that I would recommend to anyone and wouldn't mind picking up another one for myself.




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In a weak moment I picked up the 715T tactical...never could get the nerve to take it to the range...

I ordered a camo 702 stock from Mossberg and the proper take down screws...the 715 dropped in no problem, although it doesn't have open sights...added a Simmons 4x32 and ended up with a smooth firing tack driver at 50 yards that eats all the cheap ammo I can feed it and askes for more...and it's light er by far than my 10/22...
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I bought a mossberg 702 plinkster yesterday. well I got home and noticed it had a orange piece of plastic inside of it. I was wondering if the orange piece needs to stay in the gun or if it needs to come out??
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I bought a mossberg 702 plinkster yesterday. well I got home and noticed it had a orange piece of plastic inside of it. I was wondering if the orange piece needs to stay in the gun or if it needs to come out??
Are you talking about the magazine follower? If you pull out the mag and it comes with it, you're fine.
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Let's just say that I just returned a 715 to it's owner.
It couldn't make it more than 3 rounds without locking open on it's own.

What happened was the bolt handle and it's mated notch in the receiver had become damaged through normal use.

The notch swaged out and the bolt handle would catch in it and lock open on it's own.

I have another 702 in the shop for a new barrel, it got ringed.

For the money, save a few extra dollars and get the Marlin 60.

Btw, CBC makes the rifles for Mossberg.
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20 months since I wrote this little review.......

Mossy Plinkster is still running smooth, guessing about 6-7k rounds through it at least. Clean it every once in a blue moon, have a Tasco 3-9X40 on it now, tack driver at 100-200 with the little cheap rifle.

Yup, still lovin' it.
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20 months since I wrote this little review.......

Mossy Plinkster is still running smooth, guessing about 6-7k rounds through it at least. Clean it every once in a blue moon, have a Tasco 3-9X40 on it now, tack driver at 100-200 with the little cheap rifle.

Yup, still lovin' it.
Mine rode on my pack this summer...although I wish it had sights instead of a scope...super light...put about 1000 round through it, mostly Remington Thunderbolts...ONE jam, that after not cleaning it for a month...

My 10/22 and my Henry are jealous...
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I picked up a plinster for $129 - have put 200 rounds through it so far - I had one jam from an odd ball spent casing that got hung up.

Havent cleaned it yet - any advice on that? Tips or tricks?

Seems like a great rifle so far - very light, accurate enough with iron sites so far. Out of the box it was shooting very low, might have been how I was lining up the sights. Will take it small game hunting next year.
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I have one also, shoots flawlessly expect a couple of jams.

Too bad the magazines are expensive and hard to find here. There needs to be aftermarket stuff for it now.
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A friend of mine bought one but lost the magazine. He couldn't find a replacement and was told it was crap anyway so he gave it to me. I ordered a magazine and the darn thing wouldn't fire twice in a row. Took the mag apart, smoothed the sides and coated with a very thin coat of gun oil. The kids shoot it all the time with never another hitch. For $20 it's not bad but my Rugers are still my go to .22LR.
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Strategic polishing with high grit sand paper and or polish with silicone lube really slick a semi auto up.
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Mine rode on my pack this summer...although I wish it had sights instead of a scope...super light...put about 1000 round through it, mostly Remington Thunderbolts...ONE jam, that after not cleaning it for a month...

My 10/22 and my Henry are jealous...
Yours didn't come with iron sights? Mine did, I did have to lok-tite the screws on the rear sight when they loosened up after a couple months.......
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Strategic polishing with high grit sand paper and or polish with silicone lube really slick a semi auto up.
The Mossberg is pinned together, major PIA to fully strip, even worse to reassemble. Valve grinding compound and a couple cans of brak-kleen did the trick on mine, applied the compound to as many of the rough surfaces I could and then shot 100 rounds through it before field stripping it, thoroughly douching it clean with the brak-kleen and then re-lubricating with my Redline assembly lube.

The little Plinkster runs as smooth as any Ruger I've shot, I really should buy another one, but think wifey is getting a bit irritated with my firearms purchasing spree I've been on lately
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