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Old 05-25-2020, 08:49 PM
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For a very modest investment you can get an old Mossberg that'll out shoot either of the guns you have now. Magazine fed, tube fed, single shot, bolt action, semi-auto, lever action, Mossbergs cover the field. Get one of the old units that was hand lapped, one in good to fair condition. See what an old rifle can do for your humbling when it can shoot smaller groups at 50 yards than either of the two rifles you now own. One of the most accurate rifles that I own is a Mossberg 26C, single shot. Cost me $50, and it is my go-to squirrel gun because it is that good.
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Old 05-26-2020, 09:09 PM
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Another vote for Henry's. The 2 most fun and versatile 22s I own are Henry's.
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Old 05-27-2020, 12:13 PM
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Get you a 597 while you still can. It is a very nice rifle, fun to shoot, very accurate.
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You want a great plinker rifle and one that also serves as a great squirrel rifle (if you are so inclined), find a nice Brno Model 1. It won't break the bank and is a really sweet handling rifle. I've never encountered one that wasn't accurate and they are not ammo fussy.

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I agree.

It is getting harder to find a BRNO #1 in excellent condition, but if you can find one, go for it.
A CZ 452 is another option.

For lever action, I prefer finding an excellent condition Winchester 9422 or a Marlin 39A. The Browning BL-22 is another good option. I believe in saving my money and buy something nice, one time. About a year ago, at my local Cabelas, I got an early 1970s 39A in NIB condition for $500 plus tax. A deal like that is worth waiting for. They do come up more times than you think. Figure out which top notch classics meet your needs, and when one comes by, be ready to jump on it.
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Old 05-27-2020, 01:56 PM
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Old 05-27-2020, 02:34 PM
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Time to add a 455 Tacticool bolt gun or similar. I would not buy the wild cat. There is a lot of junk on the market and a few real good designs like the 10/22, TCR22. Anything else semi auto I would just avoid unless it was a classic tube feed. If you get the TCR22 you can use the same 10/22 magazines you have. A huge bonus. You need a precision 22 rimfire now that you have your blasters covered. Or a nice 22 pistol. Henry lever may be a fun addition.
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Old 05-27-2020, 11:54 PM
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Thanks to all for the suggestions and discussion so far. You've made me research some of the models I had not heard of before.

Pistols were also suggested. I do have 2 Ruger Mark IV pistols, a 5.5 inch Target and a 6 inch standard. I also have a Heritage Rough Rider for fun and shooting ammo that's less reliable in the semi-sutos. My first gun was an M&P 22 compact. I shoot the Tigers in Steel Challenge and Rimfire Challenge matches.

Many suggested a bolt rifle. Is it the accuracy that draws you to them?
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Old 05-28-2020, 07:56 AM
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Thanks to all for the suggestions and discussion so far. You've made me research some of the models I had not heard of before.

Pistols were also suggested. I do have 2 Ruger Mark IV pistols, a 5.5 inch Target and a 6 inch standard. I also have a Heritage Rough Rider for fun and shooting ammo that's less reliable in the semi-sutos. My first gun was an M&P 22 compact. I shoot the Tigers in Steel Challenge and Rimfire Challenge matches.

Many suggested a bolt rifle. Is it the accuracy that draws you to them?
I was gonna suggest you go with a bolt action for bench shooting or a lever action for offhand. Just because you already have semiautos covered. Just a new experience.

As far as accuracy--a well set up 10/22 can keep up with most bolt actions. Any choice you make is valid, it's all part of the adventure! I do feel you should at some point upgrade at least one of your 10/22s by sending it to CPC for blueprinting the barrel, bolt and trigger. At least the bolt. You could also send your BX trigger to Brimstone, which I strongly recommend. Big improvement over the stock BX.

Yesterday I bought a brand-new Marlin 60. I already have a 1964 Marlin 99, which is similar. I have two CZs, a Romanian trainer, Norinco JW-15, etc etc. It's great fun to have lots of options to shoot, depending on your whim. I love both semiautos and bolt actions. Never been a lever guy, mainly because I do my rifle shooting sitting down. But a Henry would be a good way to go for a lever gun, and that may well happen for me someday.

Enjoy the quest!
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Thanks to all for the suggestions and discussion so far. You've made me research some of the models I had not heard of before.

Pistols were also suggested. I do have 2 Ruger Mark IV pistols, a 5.5 inch Target and a 6 inch standard. I also have a Heritage Rough Rider for fun and shooting ammo that's less reliable in the semi-sutos. My first gun was an M&P 22 compact. I shoot the Tigers in Steel Challenge and Rimfire Challenge matches.

Many suggested a bolt rifle. Is it the accuracy that draws you to them?
Accuracy is typically better, but personally I just enjoy operating the bolt instead of just pulling the trigger every time.

I was going to suggest a Rossi RS22 as an non-high-end plinker rifle, but because you already have a 10/22 there's no point. For the cost ($100 or so), the RS is a fun little rifle.

Seems a .22 bolt gun would be the next rifle for you.

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For me, shooting a bolt gun, or a lever action, is a different skill set than shooting a semi-atuomatic. Like driving a manual transmission is different than driving a car with an automatic one. I came to shooting relatively late, and each discipline I encountered made me feel like a kid moving on to the next big present at Christmas. This was also taking place during the last ammo shortage, and I was trying to make my supplies last longer. So a bolt gun was a natural choice at that time. Now I have a bit of everything. Or maybe another way to say it is that I always wanted to see what the fuss was about on the other side of whatever fence I have been. It has been a rewarding journey so far.

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If you don't mind single shots, I love to plink with my Winchester Model 67. That 27' barrel is very accurate and I hit steel plates out to 200 yards.
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As the poster above mentioned, single shots! I didn't even think of those. I have a Remington 510 that, despite having only patina as a finish and a slightly pitted and dark bore will outshoot literally every other rifle I own no matter how much it costs. They all have a steel ramp so all you do is simply drop a cartridge in where the magazine would go and close the bolt. No fumbling around trying to align the round with the chamber like many single shots are set up. You don't even need to look. Just drop the cartridge in, close the bolt, take the safety off and shoot. I've found it is actually in my top three most enjoyable firearms. They are always inexpensive as well, but don't let the price fool you. They are great, *very accurate* guns.

Another unique option would be to look for a Savage Model 6A or Stevens 87. They are semi auto, but if you aren't familiar with them the action is certainly odd. The bolt stays to the rear until you release the trigger. You can also lock the bolt forward with shorts to have a straight pull bolt action. They have "gills" in the receiver, and the gun is full sized. Mine holds 16 rounds of .22LR and is very accurate. It does take some getting used to with the bolt working the way it does. Kind of like an Auto 5 but scaled wayyy down. Almost like a recoil rearward then forward after.
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not high end? go good go low. escort 22 lr from hatsun , a turkish mfg. very similar looking to an cz trainer. mine is very accurate good looking rifle. $169.00 is what i paid . may be higher now.
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Old 06-18-2020, 08:28 AM
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For a very modest investment you can get an old Mossberg that'll out shoot either of the guns you have now. Magazine fed, tube fed, single shot, bolt action, semi-auto, lever action, Mossbergs cover the field. Get one of the old units that was hand lapped, one in good to fair condition. See what an old rifle can do for your humbling when it can shoot smaller groups at 50 yards than either of the two rifles you now own. One of the most accurate rifles that I own is a Mossberg 26C, single shot. Cost me $50, and it is my go-to squirrel gun because it is that good.
I agree with PigButtons on this. Vintage Mossberg rimfire rifles of any persuasion are real "sleepers" when it comes to "more gun for less money". There are plenty of variations to choose from, plenty of parts available to keep them shooting. There is even a support organization, Havlin Sales Inc., for historical information and technical support.

Every Mossberg semi auto rimfire rifle I own (5) has exhibited outstanding accuracy all out of proportion to the price I paid for them (less than $200.00 each).
Just my take,
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Old 06-18-2020, 12:40 PM
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If you are interested in a bolt gun, and are looking for something that is "budget" friendly while still being high quality and very accurate, you may want to take a look at the KSA 722 Varmint models. Qaulity is excellent as well as customer service. You can pick them up for around $350. Not bad for a true steel and walnut bolt gun with a 1/2" or better @50 yards garauntee. Just a suggestion.
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