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Old 01-10-2010, 07:38 PM
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I've been looking around for a breakdown rifle that is relatively inexpensive, and it seems that they're getting harder and harder to find. I am wanting a lightweight .22 for my 72 hour pack, and I can't find anything that's NEW. I would really like the M6, but unfortunately they are no longer made and they are becoming way too expensive to buy used. I like the Henry AR-7, but I'm not sure I am sold on the reliability of it. I'm pretty sure that Marlin stopped making their inexpensive survival rifle -- I believe it was called the Papoose -- is that correct? And I really can't find any other survival .22s that are inexpensive.

Anyone else know of an inexpensive survival .22 that can breakdown quickly to fit in a 72 hour pack? I'm thinking the $150-$250 range.

Oh, and please don't tell me to buy some crazy different gun -- I already own a Ruger mini 14, a survival shotgun, and a Mossberg 12ga. I'm specifically looking for a relatively cheap .22 that can breakdown quickly for my 72 hour pack. And I am specifically looking for something NEW -- thanks.
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there between 180 and 220 depending on were you look
Old 01-10-2010, 07:51 PM
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Thanks, but like I mentioned in my post, there are lots of questions about the Henry's reliability.

I may end up getting one and being careful about the ammo I use with it, but I was hoping there were other options on the market. Unfortunately, I'm not finding any other options in that price range.
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my grandpa has one there pretty good little guns i would recomend using the hi velocity ammo with em but there not as bad as you might think
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Unless you plan on melting the barrel with thousands of rounds in one day, the Henry will do you fine so long as you respect it's limitations. Keep in oiled, relatively clean and use hyper velocity ammo and it will serve you well.
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Alot of folks like the Marlin Papoose

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think i like about the henry is it all fits in the butstock is waterproof and floats makes a great kyak gun but the papoose does look nice never seen one befor today thanks
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Marlin model 70pss Papoose brand spankin new. just check their website...
http://www.marlinfirearms.com/Firear...ding/70PSS.asp
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i did lol
just dont like how without the bag the pieces are seperate were as the henry the gun is the compartment
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i did lol
just dont like how without the bag the pieces are seperate were as the henry the gun is the compartment
Yea but on the other hand there are no questions regarding the reliability of the Marlin and it's much easier to find.
I'd take the Marlin anytime.
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I didn't realize you where looking the buy the henry. They a supposedly the cream of the ar-7 crop. I will still take the papoose any day over the ar-7.
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i prefer my ruger to all but ad far as take down 22s i have no experience with the papoose so ill have to take your word for it
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Besides the AR-7 and the Papoose, are there any other breakdown rifles in this price range that are still in production?
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Browning SA22 and Norinco clone
Winchester 9722 and 9722M

Not sure about others
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Savage 24. It is a combination of shotgun and centerfire or rimfire barrel in one package.

The stevens model 30 is a quick to reload single shot. You could find them for less than $200.

IF I were to get one. I'd save up for a browning 22 or marlin papoose.
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Thanks, but like I mentioned in my post, there are lots of questions about the Henry's reliability.

I may end up getting one and being careful about the ammo I use with it, but I was hoping there were other options on the market. Unfortunately, I'm not finding any other options in that price range.

That is only for that model (the AR-7) Henry makes a nice breakdown Lever Action 22 that is quite reliable. Instead of the AR-7 (if you want a semi Auto) I would reccomend the Marlin Papoose.

If you don't mind a single shot there are numerous break open combinations in every caliber/gage combination from .22 over .410 to 30-06 over 12 guage. That are quite packable. Even a Winchester, Rossi or Marlin lever-actions have break-down models that should be reasonable used at a gun show.
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Thanks, but like I mentioned in my post, there are lots of questions about the Henry's reliability.

I may end up getting one and being careful about the ammo I use with it, but I was hoping there were other options on the market. Unfortunately, I'm not finding any other options in that price range.
Yea those Henry's really suck LOL If you are going to do that, you might as well buy a Cricket. Those are small enough that you can just throw in a bag without breaking it down and only 100$. When I was teaching kids to shoot, they shot everytime. Better than I could say for the Henry survival Rifle I tried.
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Actually the Henry AR7 is a good gun and I have had no failures with mine. The older charter arms were crap and jamomatics. My henry shoots dead nuts accurate and goes bang every time. I use Federal Bulk Pack high velocity ammo from wally world and it shoots those great. Many folks try to shoot standard velocity out of it and it is not made for it so yes it will not cycle all rounds of certain ammo. Find an ammo that works well in it and you are good to go.
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I have a Charter Arms AR-7 that is two steps beyond junk.

I would definitely go with the Marlin papoose, but I am a Marlin junkie, never met one I didn't like.

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I have a Charter Arms AR-7 that is two steps beyond junk.

I would definitely go with the Marlin papoose, but I am a Marlin junkie, never met one I didn't like.

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Another vote for Marlin. Besides the SKS herd, almost everything I own is marlin. Excpet for the shotguns which are remington.
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