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Old 05-19-2019, 08:05 PM
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S&W 15-22. I shoot mine at 200 yards all the time. Considering getting a second one.
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Old 05-19-2019, 08:38 PM
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good cheap accurate semi-auto 22lr

The Mossberg Plinkster 702 or its cousin, and even better, Rossi version. Both about a $100 or a little more at Wally World, Academy Sports or similar sporting goods sellers.

Both can be improved with Mcarbo trigger spring kits for less than $15. They use 10 round magazines which will be your biggest expense in owning one of these rifles.

Yes, you can buy a 10-22 and make it a better gun, but not without spending another $200-300, on top of the $200 initial purchase price.
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Old 05-19-2019, 08:57 PM
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I second the vote for the Rossi. Awesome little gun for the price.

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Old 05-19-2019, 09:32 PM
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I second the vote for the Rossi. Awesome little gun for the price.

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I love my little Rossi RS22. It's light, accurate and cheap. I spent another $20 or so and bought the 25 round mag for it that fits the Mossberg 702 Plinkster (same gun).
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Old 05-20-2019, 07:59 AM
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Hi I'm new to the forums. Also new to shooting and am looking for a good first semi auto rifle. I'm wanting something accurate & reliable. Also looking for something with a barrel length between 16" to 20" And prefer the 22.Lr caliber but also looking for pistol caliber rifles/carbines. And looking for a AR-15 rifle even considering building one or getting all ready assembled one with lower/upper. Any good recommendations under 500$?
I've owned both the model 60's and am currently a 10/22 junkie. So after having had about 12 model 60's in the past and hunting with them extensively (traded them off throughout the years) I can tell you that if you want a great rifle to just start out with I would recommend the model 60. The trigger is good enough, usually better than the stock 10/22 triggers right off the bat. The barrel is long and holds 14-18 rounds depending on production year of the model 60 and there are no magazines to keep track of. Now that being said, if you're looking for a 22 you can customize your particular shooting style or hunting style with I'd pick the Ruger 10/22. Know this though in order to get an acceptable shooting experience be prepared to put some money into the rifle after buying one. I have a completely stock 1968 ruger 10/22, but the shooting experience with the ones I've customized myself are a better and more enjoyable shooting experience. I'd say put at least $80-90 in the trigger itself and at least $200 between the optic and rings used. Also in either case (the model 60 or 10/22) buy a torque wrench. I use the wheeler torque wrench and it comes with all the bits you will need. Also invest in a good gun vise and a wheeler (or some other type) of scope leveler kit. If you're into tinkering go with the 10/22, if you just want to be able to have a good out of the box (having to do nothing modification wise) then go with the model 60.
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remington 597 Semi-auto in 22 lr., 16" heavy bbl. Good accuracy.
Ditto with better than good accuracy out of the box for $200 or less sans cheap scope combo. It will need a VQ hammer to bring the trigger pull down into the 3# range.
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Old 05-20-2019, 10:07 AM
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I have 3 10/22s, 2 standard carbines and one deluxe. All 3 are accurate, not bench accurate but squirrel/bunny head accurate at 50 yards plus. You will have to do something about the trigger. DIY trigger on the 2 standards, a BX in the deluxe. The 2 I did are about 3-1/2#, the BX 2-1/4#. You don't have to spend a fortune on the 10/22 . I kind of want a 20" sporter bbl for the deluxe, just looks better.
I would suggest you buy the 10/22 and shoot it as is(you will need a scope or red dot) to find out how it shoots, you may find you only need a trigger job as I did. I have peep on 1, red dot on #2 and a 2-7 VX-1 on the deluxe.
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I've had a few different brands of .22LR semi-autos. The only two that I still have are the 10/22's. They are now tricked out with aftermarket bolts, barrels, stocks, trigger kits, drilled receiver for (rod) cleaning, etc., and they are keepers because they are dependable and accurate. The others got sold, traded, or trashed (Model 60). The "others" I found difficult to clean, reassemble properly (Rem 597), not cleaning rod friendly, or design flaws (TC). If you don't get a nice 10/22 now, you'll probably get one later.

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Old 05-20-2019, 11:37 AM
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As far as a semi .22 I would say the 10/22 is an easy choice. Great starter rifle in it's OEM configuration. Plenty accurate for plinking and hunting small game out out of the box. If you want a tack driver you can try and find a used target model for around $200 and send it to CPC for a "Full Tune-up" for $200. Still leaves you another $100 for a new stock or whatever else you may want to add.
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Hi I'm new to the forums. Also new to shooting and am looking for a good first semi auto rifle. I'm wanting something accurate & reliable. Also looking for something with a barrel length between 16" to 20" And prefer the 22.Lr caliber but also looking for pistol caliber rifles/carbines. And looking for a AR-15 rifle even considering building one or getting all ready assembled one with lower/upper. Any good recommendations under 500$?
Far be it for me to try to redirect you from a semi auto to a bolt action even though I would agree with other posters that a bolt action is a better, and often less expensive, option for a new shooter.

The problem is you haven't really spelled out what you are looking for. How much do you want to spend? How much accuracy are you seeking? Accuracy costs money. An example would be a Volquartsen Classic .22LR. It is certainly one of the most, if not the most accurate, semi auto .22LR available. Expect to spend $1,500.00 + on one. On the other hand, there are some semi autos in .22LR that are likely more accurate than new shooters need for less than $200.00.

Personally, I use a Nylon 66 for a field grade semi auto. They are no longer made, and they will set you back around $400.00 when you find one, but if you take care of one it will never be worth less than you paid for it. It is also much more accurate than normal run Ruger 10/22s and dead bang reliable. It would not be, and isn't, my longer range target .22 however.

I might also mention that mostly I use bolt action .22s for hunting. The Nylon 66 is primarily for fast moving small game at ranges longer than I want to use a .22 pistol.

Give us more data about price and purpose and you will get better answers.
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2 rifles a come to mind for me would be the M & P 15-22 obviously the 22LR .For your pistol caliber carbine take a look at FM products they make a 9 mm I have one it has been very good so far decent accuracy and very reliable. Best of all it takes glock magazine.
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The OP seems to be missing all this good advice?
Mine is the M-60 for $150, or better a Pawn shop Glenfield or M-60 can be had for $60-100. Every one that I have or had shoot fine.
Cranking it up a notch (twice as accurate) is the Savage A-22 at apx. $250 or $350 with the heavy barrel & laminated thumb hole stock.
We have a precision match at our range every week with very little targets at 30Y (think fly & ant size for the small ones). We also shoot out to 100Y & the A-22 is keeping up with a couple CZs, which amazes me for a semi-auto that you can buy at Walmart!
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Hi I'm new to the forums. Also new to shooting and am looking for a good first semi auto rifle. I'm wanting something accurate & reliable. Also looking for something with a barrel length between 16" to 20" And prefer the 22.Lr caliber but also looking for pistol caliber rifles/carbines. And looking for a AR-15 rifle even considering building one or getting all ready assembled one with lower/upper. Any good recommendations under 500$?
Semi-auto: You said accurate and reliable. I say go for the Savage A22; the Marlin is cheap and great, but from what I hear, the Savage will out-shoot it.

AR: Go to palmettostatearmory.com, look for a kit you like. Wait for it to go on sale.
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Read here ~ Compare your 702 Plinkster's accuracy to your other .22 rifles https://www.rimfirecentral.com/forum....php?t=1139447 ~~JMJ~~
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AR: Go to palmettostatearmory.com, look for a kit you like. Wait for it to go on sale.
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