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Best .22LR for less than $250?

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Looking to get myself a .22 and I don't want to spend a lot of money. I live two miles from a nice rifle range, so that's where I'm gonna use it (no hunting).

I've done some research and it seems that the best .22LR for less than $250 is the CZ 452 (Trainer version).

Can you guys recommend something better? I've already ruled out the 10/22, so I apologize in advance to the 50 guys that would have recommended that.

Oh yeah, I'm talking about a new rifle too. I'm not interested in getting a used one.
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'Best' is a tough call. The CZ 452 doesn't have any peers in the accuracy department in its price range. It also has good fit and finish and you can run across some pretty nice looking wood.

Marlin's 25N is nice but plain looking. The upside is easier scope mounting, standard sling studs, and a much better safety (if you aren't hunting with it that last one won't matter much).

The Marlin Model 60 is a reliable old semi-auto but its accuracy doesn't measure up to the two bolt guns mentioned above. I don't know what Thompson TC22s are running these days but they are the cream of the semi-auto crop.

If I had $250 to spend on a 22 I'd go with the CZ and a couple of bricks of Wolf Match Target.
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