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It's gonna be a fun plinker and small squirrel-getter. Price range 200 max.

I've been looking real hard at the Marlin 60, but the plastic buffer has me worried. I like to shoot with velocitors and that is a no-no in this gun, so I'd only be using high velocity ammo. Federal Bulk, mini mag etc. How long do those plastic buffers last before they need replacing?

Also been considering a Ruger 10/22, but the only experience I have with Ruger rifles was an American and I had serious issues with getting any ruger magazines to work. Can you shoot velocitors in it? I may be willing to give it another try.

Any other brands like savage or Mossberg that I should consider?

Just to toss this out there: I do have an opportunity to pick up a used Marlin 981T (pre Remington) for 105 +tax and background from a local pawn shop. It's a really nice one. Hardly shot at all it looks like. I know it's bolt, but it might be a gem. Only thing I don't like is that it doesn't balance very well with that plastic stock. It feels top heavy.

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Ruger 10/22 is the 'gold standard'. Got a Marlin mdl 60 free when I bought an 1895. Like it as much as the Ruger. Downside between the two is the tubular magazine on the Marlin could be prone to being damaged.
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The 10/22 is a solid choice.
Huge after market for it compaired to others if you want to go down that rabbit hole.
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It's gonna be a fun plinker and small squirrel-getter. Price range 200 max.

I've been looking real hard at the Marlin 60, but the plastic buffer has me worried. I like to shoot with velocitors and that is a no-no in this gun, so I'd only be using high velocity ammo. Federal Bulk, mini mag etc. How long do those plastic buffers last before they need replacing?

Also been considering a Ruger 10/22, but the only experience I have with Ruger rifles was an American and I had serious issues with getting any ruger magazines to work. Can you shoot velocitors in it? I may be willing to give it another try.

Any other brands like savage or Mossberg that I should consider?

Just to toss this out there: I do have an opportunity to pick up a used Marlin 981T (pre Remington) for 105 +tax and background from a local pawn shop. It's a really nice one. Hardly shot at all it looks like. I know it's bolt, but it might be a gem. Only thing I don't like is that it doesn't balance very well with that plastic stock. It feels top heavy.

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Had 1022s since they were introduced, and no problems with any of them so long as I stuck with OEM mags. ( Oldest I have was made in 66 or so)

For a fun plinker, a Marlin model 60 is fine. Then again, we use our 22s here often, and much more use than a backyard plinker. I have had 2 of them end up in the closet after thier tubes were dented up to the point they wouldn't feed reliably.

For an all around rimfire that can be used in a multitude of roles, the 1022 clone below has alot going for it. ( Bought one last week, and Ruger should have a standard model just like it years ago....... ( Most features I add to a 1022 are already standard via TCR22)


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Mine will outshoot all std contour bbl oem Rugers using the same ammo.....so far.

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I got my 10/22 in 1971

Never had an issue and still uses the original mag without issues

I've shot it and all 3 of my kids have shot it quite a bit, couldn't guess how many rounds but many thousands

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Have two 10/22's, picked up a Model 60 because it was cheap and couldn't be happier with it. Accurate, good action, and a lot of fun.
Just bought a S&W M&P15-22, haven't shot it much but it's a hoot. Great little trainer and good platform to get the kids used to the AR. Also threaded so I can use my can when it gets out of jail...
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You’ll get more accuracy out of a bolt gun and probably for under your price limit.
You’ll get more wow factor out of something like a 94/22 but that’s way out of your price range.

The 10/22 is a very capable rifle.
I have a half dozen or so.
I have piles of the BX25 mags as well as piles of Butler Creek steel lips mags, all run just fine.
There is no problem running HV ammo in one.
The older models will have metal trigger housings although I’ve yet to have a problem with the plastic housing.
The stock trigger is usable but upgrading it is a good idea to squeeze the accuracy out of it.

If later on you’d decide to go with one of the Ruger bolt guns they share magazines and you can also get the 10/22 in the Charger pistol.

As mentioned there are tons of aftermarket parts for them.
The 10/22 is the AR15 of the rimfire world.
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+1 to the 10/22 ... but be warned. They like to be accessorized, and they multiply like rabbits!
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If you never had an AR 15 but plan on getting one in the future,
Smith and Wesson makes a good .22 that is very like an AR 15,
but you would probably need to get it used to fit in your price range.

Not that the Ruger is a bad Choice...…..
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+1 to the 10/22 ... but be warned. They like to be accessorized, and they multiply like rabbits!
thats a good thing though, it'll be easier to source parts if you run out of spares after things go tits-up
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Love my Ruger 10/22's & my SR22 pistol as well. I've been shooting 10/22's since I was a kid & that's more than a few years now. That being said, I feel that Rugers QC has been suffering the last several years. I've bought new 10/22's that weren't as reliable as my older ones have been & still are. The SR-22 has been great though. My wife bought a brand new SR40c & the first day at the range, maybe after about 4-5 mags through it, the extractor spring broke. I've heard of a lot of people having problems with the SR9's & SR40's, maybe that's why Ruger is getting rid of them. Even with all that if I was getting a new semi-auto 22LR, I'd still get a 10/22. If it was less than ideal, they are super easy to work on & upgrade as well as accessorize after you have it running good.

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I'm not a semi-auto fan. that said I have more than one in 22lr. i do not have a 10-22. the 10-22 has lots of add-on stuff and is rated very high. If you have to get a semi-auto, it would not be a bad way to go. I have a Remington 597 in the barn for targets of opportunity. If works just fine up to 50 yards. beyond that I grab another rifle. I think when it come to accuracy (splitting hairs) the bolt actions are the way to do. Just sit down and get out the pen and paper. Write down what you want in one column and what you plan to do with it in the other. Then look for one that will do it all. By the way. I shot a Weatherby MK XXII a few years ago. I could do it all.
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Not likely to be in your price range but if keltec does a 22carbine to accompany the new 22pistol it will be 33round magazine in the grip.
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I really like the Marlin 795 I've bought at least a half dozen in last 3-4 years,my kids keep claiming them,and interestingly I bought all my kids a 10-22 when they was young,after I bought my first 795 the 10-22's have stayed in safe and kids have claimed the Marlin's.lol
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Had my 10/22 for @20 years, it's been built and unbuilt a couple of times.
Can literally say that I've had zero failures with it that weren't either caused by the ammunition or the operator (lightened hammer spring).

A couple of years ago a bag of early '60's magazines were handed down to me that my grandfather had for his rifle. Some were still loaded but still work fine.

Had a Nylon 66 for a while, good rifle, mediocre trigger. Accurate enough for most hunting.

But the Remington 552 is the one .22 semi auto that most people forget about.
Got to borrow one for a couple of years, and it was everything the 10/22 wasn't.
Full size, left side charging handle, and literally doesn't care what you shove in the mag, shorts, longs and long rifles, it just keeps going. Not cheap compared to the Ruger or Marlin rifles, but built to last a lifetime.
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I really like the Marlin 795 I've bought at least a half dozen in last 3-4 years,my kids keep claiming them,and interestingly I bought all my kids a 10-22 when they was young,after I bought my first 795 the 10-22's have stayed in safe and kids have claimed the Marlin's.lol

I have a couple 795s
Really like them
Sold my 10/22 years ago. Nothing wrong with it, just like the 795s more
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I would look for a used Remington Model 550-1. It will shoot long rifle, long, and shorts. I am over 70 and mine has been in the family as long as I can remember. Still functions like new.

I have many other brands, models, etc. None can take any .22 round I throw in it and shoot problem free.
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Thanks guys. I'm gonna take a look at the Ruger 10/22, and do some research on the T/CR22 (that looks very enticing).
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Thanks guys. I'm gonna take a look at the Ruger 10/22, and do some research on the T/CR22 (that looks very enticing).
Check out Kidd Innovative Design for 10/22 goodies if you get one.

The auto bolt release is a must.
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Just to toss this out there: I do have an opportunity to pick up a used Marlin 981T (pre Remington) for 105 +tax and background from a local pawn shop. It's a really nice one. Hardly shot at all it looks like. I know it's bolt, but it might be a gem. Only thing I don't like is that it doesn't balance very well with that plastic stock. It feels top heavy.
Thats a very good price on an excellent bolt action 22. I would not let that one get away. You can always get a 10-22 but Marlin stopped making them long ago. I have one I bought NIB and its not for sale.

Its a gun that will shoot less than one inch 50 yard groups. Easy to scope and no magazines to lose. I don't get it about being top heavy. Mine doesn't feel that way at all and I have a Nikon 4X scope on mine. And a bolt gun will shoot any power 22 rounds. But I would advise against shooting the Colibri 22. They WILL stick in the barrel. Trust me on this. But CB22s CCI quiet bullets and and other low powered rounds are fun to shoot. Also 22 shorts. I think it holds around 25 rounds of shorts. And this makes a great prepper gun for when you want to shoot but you don't want everyone for half a mile to know you are shooting.
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