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I've got a modified K10/22T that I couldn't be any happier with, awsome rifle.
I realized this weekend though that I need another .22 in either bolt or lever for a couple of reasons:
1 - easy to shoot off hand, so no heavy target barrels
2 - accurate with iron sights that I could add a scope to later if wanted
3 - to shoot powderless rounds (they won't cycle the semi-auto) but they work wonders for backyard pests in the city.
4 - to teach the young ones with when they get a little older

Suggestions?
Lever of bolt?
Brands?
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A lot of your choice depending on your price range....the rifles im going to suggest are (mostly) within the $400 mark. i put these in order of my preference...

For new bolt guns i would look at:
CZ 452 Lux (or Trainer if you can find one)
http://www.cz-usa.com/product_detail.php?id=3

Remington Model Five
http://www.remington.com/products/firearms/rimfire_rifles/model_five.asp

Savage MKII series with the Accu-trigger
http://www.savagearms.com/markiifvt.htm

Marlin 980
http://www.marlinfirearms.com/Firearms/BoltAction22/980S.asp

For New Lever guns:
Marlin 39 (more than $400, but worth it)
http://www.marlinfirearms.com/Firearms/22Rifle/Golden39A.asp

Browning BL-22
http://www.browning.com/products/catalog/family.asp?webflag_=005B&catalog_=B

Henry H001
http://www.henryrepeating.com/h001_leveraction.cfm

There are other rifles that fit your bill out there, but these are all ones i have handled and fired and owned most of them.

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Either would suit your 'needs'. The question is which do you like best? Typically, a tubular magazine works better for Shorts and Longs. My preference is for the Winchester 94/22. Out of production but still available on the used market. They are the highest quality, domestically produced levergun since 1964. All milled steel and smooth out of the box. No safety, no plastic, no potmetal, no stampings.
 

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Thanks all.
Thanks gendoc, I've been keeping my eye on that one, it's certainly helped.
The Marlin 925 is in the running now. I really like the Henry's for a lever gun and heard some good reviews on them. Both fit the bill and right on the money (ie. cheap!). Will likely get the either one if they have nice wood and their in stock, ready to go.

Thanks again.
 

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Thanks all.
Thanks gendoc, I've been keeping my eye on that one, it's certainly helped.
The Marlin 925 is in the running now. I really like the Henry's for a lever gun and heard some good reviews on them. Both fit the bill and right on the money (ie. cheap!). Will likely get the either one if they have nice wood and their in stock, ready to go.

Thanks again.
kozmos
the 925's that i have setup, all have nice wood.
don't know what kind it is, but its nice
and its real!!!!!!!!
some 925 models have syn stocks
make sure you specify model# 925 with no lettering after.
good luck with your purchase.
hope your happy!!!!!!!
sea-ya
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I'm in the same situation and am choosing the lever action for no reason other then I love the feeling from cycling that lever.

I'm just going with the cheapo Henry one because i already have sunk a lot more money into my 10/22 (original budget of $350, about $500 spent so far) then originally planned.

The henry will just be for plinking fun, no big needs for high accuracy
 

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kozmos
the 925's that i have setup, all have nice wood.
don't know what kind it is, but its nice
and its real!!!!!!!!
some 925 models have syn stocks
make sure you specify model# 925 with no lettering after.
good luck with your purchase.
hope your happy!!!!!!!
sea-ya
gendoc
I'm going to regret this:D ...but when you say "setup", what do you mean?
 

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Id go with the Browning BL22.

i like it cuz the trigger goes with the lever and you can play the "rifleman" all day w/o pinching your finger. it also has a short throw too which is all the better since you can keep the rifle against your cheek and operate the lever...

it will also handle s/l/lr rounds too.

The Winchester 94/22 trapper is a really nifty carbine too if you can find one.
 

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My two cents...

For plinking and popping cans, etc a lever action is hard to beat for pure messing around fun.

I've had the Browning BL22, Winchester 9422, and a Marlin 39A. To me, the Marlin is the best of the bunch. Something about the way it feels, makes it hard to put down. It has a real nice and smooth action, smoother than the Winchester and much more so than the Browning. I have a good trigger on mine and it's plenty accurate.

For a bolt gun, the Savage MkII with Accutrigger is a pretty darn good buy.

Well, that's my dos centavos worth of advise. And it's debatable whether or not it's worth two cents! :D
 

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Thanks again all for the recommendations. Looks like there are a few very nice rifles to choose from that fit the bill.
We were talking about Chuck this morning. Connor, not Norris! Well, Norris too, but that's a different subject (something about a pile of dead ninjas on his lawn).
Nothing worse than the Rifleman with blood blisters from being pinched.

I've narrowed it down more to a tube feed for the flexibility of rounds and capacity.
 

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Nothing worse than the Rifleman with blood blisters from being pinched.
Well, he never had that problem because his rifle was modified with a doodad that hooked the trigger to fire the rifle on closing the lever. Once he engaged the doodad (for purposes of rapid fire), he never had to touch the trigger. The lever did it all. For "normal" shooting, he could disengage the doodad.

Actually, I think the Browning BL-22 design is potentially more dangerous because it enables you to keep your finger on the trigger while cycling the lever. This increases the chances of an accidental discharge on closing the lever. Not a problem for an experienced shooter, but potentially a problem for a novice.
 
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