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Old 05-18-2019, 01:45 PM
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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$?
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Old 05-18-2019, 02:37 PM
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Hello! The CZ 511 semiauto in 22lr is a good rifle. Do not know if you can gett them in the US or the price over there.
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Old 05-18-2019, 02:48 PM
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Ruger 10/22; Marlin/Glenfield 60. Both more than capable and well under you budget.
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Old 05-18-2019, 05:37 PM
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You've mentioned four different directions. For now I would recommend just getting a Marlin 60 and build your marksmanship skills. The 60 is about the same as the 10/22 for accuracy, and you never have to buy magazines; a hidden expense most people don't think about.

But it boils down to your intended use of a 22. Do you want to just go shoot it as is (60), or spend $$$ on upgrades (10/22)?
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Old 05-18-2019, 05:49 PM
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remington 597 Semi-auto in 22 lr., 16" heavy bbl. Good accuracy.
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Old 05-18-2019, 06:11 PM
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CZ 512.
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Old 05-18-2019, 06:17 PM
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The Savage A22 has had good reviews.
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Old 05-18-2019, 10:02 PM
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+1 on the A22 other than that the 10/22 (you don't have to upgrade but the option is there)
Pistol caliber carbine...... the Ruger PC hands down
AR's ..... build it watch the sales especially palmetto state armory you can end up with as little as $300 in one if you wait for the right sales
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Old 05-18-2019, 10:54 PM
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Accurate doesn’t describe a 10/22, unless you spend a fair bit on upgrades. The factory trigger is horrible, and much of the rest of the gun is not what you would call quality made.... a lot of the hidden parts are functional but crude and butt ugly. It’s hard to find an accurate semi-auto rimfire. A 5.56 carbine would probably be a better setup and you can shoot inexpensive bulk ammo or more premium .223 ammo for better groups.

For a .22 LR you might consider a bolt action, to save ammo cost and also for better results at the range. A CZ 455 or 457 would be within your price ..... and they have the advantage of being able to easily swap in different caliber barrels. A CZ is a quality built, old fashioned wood and steel heirloom gun you can pass on to your kids, unlike most modern firearms which are built to a cheap price.

But you need your budget to cover a scope and rings, regardless of what you end up with.

Have you considered a Henry lever action in .22LR? Henry owners are fanatically loyal and it is a great company. You need to consider warranty and customer support, in whatever brand you go with. I really think that for a first gun a .22 LR is the best. A semi-auto? Not so much. They are great at burning up vast piles of ammo tho.

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Old 05-18-2019, 11:17 PM
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Accurate reliable and ar like. S&W 15-22. Not Uber popular on this forum but it will get you started.

Me I like 1022s over Marlins.
On a Marlin you get what you got, on a 1022 you can change what you want.
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Old 05-18-2019, 11:30 PM
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Oh yeah, what do you want to do with your first rifle? Hunt, puncture cans, carry it in the truck, punch teeny holes in targets, backpack it? Any self defense use? All these factors point to different types of firearms....

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Old 05-19-2019, 10:42 AM
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Although like many here, I have a number of .22 rifles - Win., Rem., Ruger, CZ, Marlin, etc. But my GO TO is my older scoped Ruger 10/22 with improved trigger and tightened chamber. Accurate, reliable, comfortable to carry, hold, and shoot. It is easy, safe, and quick to load and unload and carries plenty (10 rounds) of ammo. The iron sights are good as backup.
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Old 05-19-2019, 10:48 AM
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The 10/22 myth is that you have to spend a lot on them to make them accurate,,,,,,,,,,, I've had plenty of 10/22's over the years and by that I mean probably 25-30 of them. The factory trigger is a bit heavy but way better than a Marlin and it functions just fine if you know any trigger control skills. Bone stock I have never had one that wouldn't keep it on a nickel at 25 yards and quite a few that would do better. That is pretty good for a $200 rifle.
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Old 05-19-2019, 03:57 PM
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It can be done for $500 if you find the right deals
10/22 carbine used or on sale $200
Upgrade to Magpull stock $100
Upgrade with KIDD trigger kit $120
Tech Sights or cheap scope $70-ish plus

This will be a moderately accurate semi-auto 22 rifle

Throw another $100-200 on a barrel if you want to shoot bugholes @ 50 yards

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Old 05-19-2019, 08:09 PM
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Out of the box - my pick is a Marlin Model 60. A stainless laminate unit runs under $300 new. A blued/wood model runs around $150. They are fine shooters, they are well understood, and they generally run well out of the box.

2nd is a 10/22. They may not be as good straight out of the box - but they have a HUGE aftermarket support to provide all the upside anyone could ever want from barrels to stocks to triggers.

But....

I wouldn't pick a semi-auto as your first 22. I would recommend a used 22 bolt action in the sub-$150 price range. Pick one that's already set up for mounting a scope with either drilled and tapped receiver or a grooved receiver. Mount a quality scope and then learn the mechanics of shooting. After you have that down - pull the scope and learn iron sights.
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