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Best "sleeper" you ever bought?

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Guns that "shoot better than they should".
You know, the kind of stuff that you didn't expect much from before you shot it, but proved to be real gems.

I'm lucky enough to have a few, which I stumbled across here and there over the years.
For handguns, I'd say it's my Taurus 96. Much better than expected (or paid).
For rifles, either a FrankenRuger 10-22 or an old Marlin-made Sears bolt .22.
And to sneak in a .22 air rifle, I have an RWS springer that turned out to be much more than I bargained for.

What's yours?
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A Norinco ATD .22, a copy of the Browning that loads in the buttstock. Bought it because of the look and was surprised how well it shot. With a cantilevered scope mount on the barrel and with a 3x9 Redfield the short barreled thing was amazing. Used it to shoot steel chicken shoots at 25 yds offhand. Had to knock them off a 4x4. Five birds per relay x ten relays. A fun way to spend an evening. Won a bunch of money with it. Still have it but I shoot other .22s now.
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