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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-01-2012, 05:02 AM Thread Starter
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any recommendations on a 22 rifle?? looking for something fairly compact and light...gotta be a repeater not a single shot...

looking for a trapline gun and coon hunting gun...both activities can be pretty "rough" on guns..carrying them all day (or nite) and setting them down, crawling through brush etc...

the cricket rifle would be perfect but i think they are all single shots...

buddy has a 9422..nice size but a bit heavy..personally rather have a detachable magazine opposed to a tube...

synthetic and stainless would probably be the most durable finish and stock...

not sure what my options are so figured id ask y'all..

was going to get a ruger single six for a trapline gun but that wont be a good thing to have when i need to ding a coon in the head 100+ft up threaded through the limbs..


pretty tough and demanding bill to fill i think...?
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Re: 22 rifle

Check out the Marlin XT-22SR.

http://www.marlinfirearms.com/Firearms/xt/XT22.asp

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Why not consider any one of the old Remington 510 series? They don't make them like that anymore.

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Re: 22 rifle

I'd go with a Marlin. They make some in 22 and 22mag with 7-shot mags as opposed to tubes. I like the tube magazine for carrying and not having to reload, but it's kind of a pain when you're in/out of a vehicle such as trapping though.

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Re: 22 rifle

I'd probably buy a ss,synthetic Marlin for that purpose.I've had probably 5 Marlin 22 and 22 mags over the years.Everyone was accurate and reliable.Currently,I have a CZ American and it's extremely accurate but it's blued and wood which I'm not crazy about.For the money and for what you want,a Marlin would tough to beat.

Don't even consider a cricket.I bought one for my 6 year old and it's great for him but nearly impossible for me to shoot.
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Re: 22 rifle

Geez,I almost forgot.Look at a Ruger 77/22 in stainless with a synthetic stock.I have one in a 22 mag and use it all the time.It's short,extremely light and shoots good.I didn't like the shiny ss so I had a black teflon finsih baked on.They have a removeable rotary magazine that's handy if you have to unload often.For a little more money,I'd probably lean towards the Ruger.
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Re: 22 rifle

I have a savage mark II accurate 10rnd detachable mags can usually get them new with the accu-trigger for around $220

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Re: 22 rifle

Thanx for the input guys! I will look into them...


I have a marlin 25 now...love it...but, was given to me on my 12th birthday...its starting to get beat up a bit...I rather not beat it up...I rather pass that one down some day...

I looked at 100-200$ or so savages and marlins and man are they built like junk....I know the rifle is going to take major use from me.....but I'm the kinda guy that rather have quality...

I REALLY wish the remington pump 22s had a removable magazine! I love them rifles....might end up with one and "live" with the tubular magazine....but like Jason said, that becomes a pain when your in and out of the truck all the time....

Wish PA considered a gun to be unloaded when there was no live round in the chamber....

"Make the first shot count" and get a single shot is a nice thought....but, whoever says that ain't ever been coon hunting...just last nite I had a good example of one that needed more than 1 shot and quick..all I could see was the shoulder area....they usually climb or jump out of the tree with anythiing but a headshot...jumping down and beating up my dogs is never good...climbing into a den is a waste of a good coon....so, a quick follow up is mandatory....most times not needed...but, when it is, its real nice to have...
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Re: 22 rifle

Too bad you can't use a 10/22 here!

With a tube you don't have to load it full if you're just checking traps of course. For coon hunting though as long as you aren't in/out all the time(I assume there's a fair amount of time spent running/crawling to dogs?) a tube probably isn't that bad. More of a pain to load than unload....just pull the spring rod and dump after emptying the chamber.

Maybe a Henry or Marlin lever gun if you want something nicer? But really, for beating the bush with it I thin stainless/synthetic would be ideal.

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