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Posted: 12/13/2011 8:28:43 AM EST
A woman friend of mine came along to go shooting with me at my ranch. She loved shooting the various guns I had. She is also now wanting her own rifle. I told her she should start easy and work her way up. She loved my .22 magnum rifle and shot about 73 rounds out of it. She said she would buy it as a x-mas gift to herself and something under 200 bucks would be preferred.

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Posted: 12/13/2011 8:31:37 AM EST
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A woman friend of mine came along to go shooting with me at my ranch. She loved shooting the various guns I had. She is also now wanting her own rifle. I told her she should start easy and work her way up. She loved my .22 magnum rifle and shot about 73 rounds out of it. She said she would buy it as a x-mas gift to herself and something under 200 bucks would be preferred.

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I'm glad you are aware of the rules.

You're going to have a hard time finding something under 200 in 22 mag. Marlin has a bolt action (XT22M is the model number, I think) that can usually be had for around 250.
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Posted: 12/13/2011 8:31:38 AM EST
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Savage 93 G or 93 GL. MSRP is around $279 for either, but you should be able to find them cheaper.
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Posted: 12/13/2011 8:32:43 AM EST
"Best" and "under $200" don't really belong in the same sentence when talking about rifles, with the possible exception of a 10/22 which, by the way, is the correct answer to your question.

22 Mag ammo is ridiculously expensive while 22LR is still available for about $0.03/round.

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Posted: 12/13/2011 8:32:46 AM EST
Originally Posted By JamesP81:
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A woman friend of mine came along to go shooting with me at my ranch. She loved shooting the various guns I had. She is also now wanting her own rifle. I told her she should start easy and work her way up. She loved my .22 magnum rifle and shot about 73 rounds out of it. She said she would buy it as a x-mas gift to herself and something under 200 bucks would be preferred.

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I'm glad you are aware of the rules.

You're going to have a hard time finding something under 200 in 22 mag. Marlin has a bolt action (XT22M is the model number, I think) that can usually be had for around 250.


I'll be glad to help her out a little, she use to be very liberal considering shes a dance major. However, a weekend of shooting changed that and she opened her eyes once she realized how important politics were.
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Posted: 12/13/2011 8:32:53 AM EST
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Marlin Model 982. Scary accurate and mags are available at walmart and everywhere else.

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Posted: 12/13/2011 8:33:12 AM EST
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Savage 93 G or 93 GL. MSRP is around $279 for either, but you should be able to find them cheaper.


Or maybe a used one at a gun show.


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Posted: 12/13/2011 8:33:52 AM EST

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Savage 93 G or 93 GL. MSRP is around $279 for either, but you should be able to find them cheaper.


Or maybe a used one at a gun show.

Bonus, they come with the Accu-Trigger.
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Posted: 12/13/2011 8:35:53 AM EST
Savage is the correct answer.

Check out the 17hmr also. I love them!
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Posted: 12/13/2011 8:37:06 AM EST
Guess I should of said the best .22 under $200.00. She is a poor college student, haha. If she gets the gun, I'll buy her 200 rds of .22 as a present.
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Posted: 12/13/2011 8:38:01 AM EST
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"Best" and "under $200" don't really belong in the same sentence when talking about rifles, with the possible exception of a 10/22 which, by the way, is the correct answer to your question.

22 Mag ammo is ridiculously expensive while 22LR is still available for about $0.03/round.

Go 22LR and you'll both be happier.


This is good advice. 22 mag is almost as expensive as 223. Might be better of with 22 lr.
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Posted: 12/13/2011 8:38:20 AM EST

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Guess I should of said the best .22 under $200.00. She is a poor college student, haha. If she gets the gun, I'll buy her 200 rds of .22 as a present.

If it is just a .22, then you can't go wrong with the 10/22 or my new favorite, the Remington 597.
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Posted: 12/13/2011 8:38:51 AM EST
I would stay away from the .22 magnum for this.

Either go to .22LR for the low cost, or else step up to 5.56 for the performance.

The .22 mag is specific for small game applications.

Right now here in SoCal, Turners is selling the Marlin 795 .22LR for $110 when the Marlin rebate is factored in. Off the shelf that is a better rifle then a 10/22, and cheaper.
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Posted: 12/13/2011 8:40:43 AM EST
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I would stay away from the .22 magnum for this.

Either go to .22LR for the low cost, or else step up to 5.56 for the performance.

The .22 mag is specific for small game applications.

Right now here in SoCal, Turners is selling the Marlin 795 .22LR for $110 when the Marlin rebate is factored in. Off the shelf that is a better rifle then a 10/22, and cheaper.


She said she wanted to go hunting with me during the x-mas break. She specifically said she wanted a .22mag. I'm just happy shes willing to have a gun.
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Posted: 12/13/2011 8:41:37 AM EST
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Guess I should of said the best .22 under $200.00. She is a poor college student, haha. If she gets the gun, I'll buy her 200 rds of .22 as a present.


10/22 is the correct answer in this case.

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Posted: 12/13/2011 8:44:57 AM EST
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Guess I should of said the best .22 under $200.00. She is a poor college student, haha. If she gets the gun, I'll buy her 200 rds of .22 as a present.

If it is just a .22, then you can't go wrong with the 10/22 or my new favorite, the Remington 597.


The 10/22 is a bit expensive and the stock trigger isn't that good. The nice thing about 10/22s is the aftermarket bling you can get for it.

I'd go for a Marlin 795 or 60. Better trigger and lower cost.
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Posted: 12/13/2011 8:46:25 AM EST
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I would stay away from the .22 magnum for this.

Either go to .22LR for the low cost, or else step up to 5.56 for the performance.

The .22 mag is specific for small game applications.

Right now here in SoCal, Turners is selling the Marlin 795 .22LR for $110 when the Marlin rebate is factored in. Off the shelf that is a better rifle then a 10/22, and cheaper.


She said she wanted to go hunting with me during the x-mas break. She specifically said she wanted a .22mag. I'm just happy shes willing to have a gun.


If the goal is hunting the .22 mag might be better. For plinking go .22 LR.
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"Best" and "under $200" don't really belong in the same sentence when talking about rifles, with the possible exception of a 10/22 which, by the way, is the correct answer to your question.

22 Mag ammo is ridiculously expensive while 22LR is still available for about $0.03/round.

Go 22LR and you'll both be happier.


This is good advice. 22 mag is almost as expensive as 223. Might be better of with 22 lr.


Agreed. She should get a 10/22. They come in a bazillion flavors, and there's 87 million ways to personalize it.

It wouldn't be my first choice for HD, but a 25 round mag of Mini-Mags to the face or chest of a violent attacker is better than harsh language.


Hard to tell how tall she is from the pic, but a compact model might fit her better than a regular model.

For hunting, let her borrow one of your guns. .22 Mag ammo will make her wallet cry.
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Posted: 12/13/2011 8:49:53 AM EST
Rossi has the little single shot 22 mag for a little over $100. If she doesnt mind the one shot and hammer thats about all you're gonna find for under $200 new. I'd go the used at a gun show route. Ever since the 17HMR came out, you can find the magnums pretty cheap there.

Score some points by buyin her a cheap beater and refinishing it. Get a little brass plaque engraved with her name on it and super glue it to the stock and she'll be putty in your hands!

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Posted: 12/13/2011 8:51:21 AM EST
Please do not get her the marlin mod 60 that was suggested a few post up. The 10/22 is far better and worth the extra money.
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Posted: 12/13/2011 8:51:33 AM EST
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http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/36_62_975/products_id/24155

Good choice.

Also the one I recommended.
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Posted: 12/13/2011 8:54:50 AM EST

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http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/36_62_975/products_id/24155

I have the left handed version. It's a tack driver.

I'll suggest though that unless she plans to shoot varmints with it, getting a rifle in .22 LR makes more sense. It's a lot cheaper to shoot. The Savage MarK II is a good choice (I have one of those as well).
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Thoughts on this one?

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/36_62_975/products_id/24155

I have the left handed version. It's a tack driver.

I'll suggest though that unless she plans to shoot varmints with it, getting a rifle in .22 LR makes more sense. It's a lot cheaper to shoot. The Savage MarK II is a good choice (I have one of those as well).



She wants to hunt and hasn't stopped begging me when we are going, haha. She even picked out ''camo'' clothes to go in.
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Posted: 12/13/2011 8:57:38 AM EST

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Originally Posted By TxEnforcer:
Thoughts on this one?

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/36_62_975/products_id/24155

I have the left handed version. It's a tack driver.

I'll suggest though that unless she plans to shoot varmints with it, getting a rifle in .22 LR makes more sense. It's a lot cheaper to shoot. The Savage MarK II is a good choice (I have one of those as well).



She wants to hunt and hasn't stopped begging me when we are going, haha. She even picked out ''camo'' clothes to go in.

Does Texas require her to take a hunter safety course? IF so, paying for that, some ammo and a basic safety kit would be a good Christmas present.
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Either .22lr or .223 AR. No sense in messing with the in-betweens.
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Thoughts on this one?

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/36_62_975/products_id/24155

I have the left handed version. It's a tack driver.

I'll suggest though that unless she plans to shoot varmints with it, getting a rifle in .22 LR makes more sense. It's a lot cheaper to shoot. The Savage MarK II is a good choice (I have one of those as well).



She wants to hunt and hasn't stopped begging me when we are going, haha. She even picked out ''camo'' clothes to go in.

Does Texas require her to take a hunter safety course? IF so, paying for that, some ammo and a basic safety kit would be a good Christmas present.


We will be shooting on my land. We have plenty of small game on it as well as white tail. She'll have a good time.
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http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/36_62_975/products_id/24155


Sold many of these stupid accurate. anything from savage is your best bet. Dont get me wrong rugers are awesome but the savage rim fires are awesome. Many times Cabelas alot of different savages on sale just about every other sale
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IMO, a .22 Magnum is a niche cartridge. It's an expensive extended range .22rf, and gets one into 'rimfire only' hunting seasons. I wouldn't bother with it as a target/plinking rifle. Go centerfire. It's not like a 5.56*45 has any recoil.
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You can buy CCI Mini Mags or other "hot" 22LR for hunting.

I'd avoid 22 Magnum unless you absolutely cannot.
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IMO, a .22 Magnum is a niche cartridge. It's an expensive extended range .22rf, and gets one into 'rimfire only' hunting seasons. I wouldn't bother with it as a target/plinking rifle. Go centerfire. It's not like a 5.56*45 has any recoil.


She shot my 5.56, she said it was too bulky and intimidating. She wants a cute little gun and something to use for hunting trips with me. Remember she is new and still is a little uneasy shooting but she wants to learn.
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Thoughts on this one?

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/36_62_975/products_id/24155

I have the left handed version. It's a tack driver.

I'll suggest though that unless she plans to shoot varmints with it, getting a rifle in .22 LR makes more sense. It's a lot cheaper to shoot. The Savage MarK II is a good choice (I have one of those as well).



She wants to hunt and hasn't stopped begging me when we are going, haha. She even picked out ''camo'' clothes to go in.

Does Texas require her to take a hunter safety course? IF so, paying for that, some ammo and a basic safety kit would be a good Christmas present.


We will be shooting on my land. We have plenty of small game on it as well as white tail. She'll have a good time.

No license required if hunting on your own land?
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Posted: 12/13/2011 9:06:31 AM EST
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Posted: 12/13/2011 9:07:14 AM EST

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Thoughts on this one?

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/36_62_975/products_id/24155

I have the left handed version. It's a tack driver.

I'll suggest though that unless she plans to shoot varmints with it, getting a rifle in .22 LR makes more sense. It's a lot cheaper to shoot. The Savage MarK II is a good choice (I have one of those as well).

She wants to hunt and hasn't stopped begging me when we are going, haha. She even picked out ''camo'' clothes to go in.

Does Texas require her to take a hunter safety course? IF so, paying for that, some ammo and a basic safety kit would be a good Christmas present.

We will be shooting on my land. We have plenty of small game on it as well as white tail. She'll have a good time.

No license required if hunting on your own land?

I don't know about TX licensing requirements, but lots of states only require a hunter safety course for hunters under 18.

If you're over 18 when you start hunting, you just buy a license and go.
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Posted: 12/13/2011 9:08:39 AM EST
Originally Posted By GUNGUY148:
Please do not get her the marlin mod 60 that was suggested a few post up. The 10/22 is far better and worth the extra money.


The Marlin costs less and is a better rifle out of the box, particularly the trigger. If you throw in enough money in aftermarket stuff the 10/22 might become the better rifle.

The 10/22 has the worst trigger of any rimfire rifle I've shot.
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Posted: 12/13/2011 9:12:06 AM EST
She will need the course and the license.

Cute gal.
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Posted: 12/13/2011 9:12:16 AM EST

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IMO, a .22 Magnum is a niche cartridge. It's an expensive extended range .22rf, and gets one into 'rimfire only' hunting seasons. I wouldn't bother with it as a target/plinking rifle. Go centerfire. It's not like a 5.56*45 has any recoil.


She shot my 5.56, she said it was too bulky and intimidating. She wants a cute little gun and something to use for hunting trips with me. Remember she is new and still is a little uneasy shooting but she wants to learn.

If you're firm on .22 mag, you can't go wrong with a Ruger 77/22, but it will not be cheap. Any <$200 .22 mag will likely be an abused farm gun.

Personally, I'd work on lessening the intimidation (probably noise based) and go with 5.56.
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Posted: 12/13/2011 9:13:34 AM EST
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Please do not get her the marlin mod 60 that was suggested a few post up. The 10/22 is far better and worth the extra money.


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Posted: 12/13/2011 9:14:47 AM EST
Check pawn shops, there's probably one collecting dust for cheap somewhere.

I'd say that's the "best one", regardless of model
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Posted: 12/13/2011 9:26:46 AM EST
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Thoughts on this one?

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/36_62_975/products_id/24155

I have the left handed version. It's a tack driver.

I'll suggest though that unless she plans to shoot varmints with it, getting a rifle in .22 LR makes more sense. It's a lot cheaper to shoot. The Savage MarK II is a good choice (I have one of those as well).



She wants to hunt and hasn't stopped begging me when we are going, haha. She even picked out ''camo'' clothes to go in.

Does Texas require her to take a hunter safety course? IF so, paying for that, some ammo and a basic safety kit would be a good Christmas present.


We will be shooting on my land. We have plenty of small game on it as well as white tail. She'll have a good time.


Sounds like an interesting place.

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Posted: 12/13/2011 9:31:21 AM EST
Hate to say it but a ruger mini14 ?
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the marlin 25mn is also a very good choice....
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Posted: 12/13/2011 9:47:35 AM EST
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http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/36_62_975/products_id/24155


Great Gun. I have 3 of the Savage rimfires (.17 Mach 2, .17 HMR, .22 Mag) and they are superbly accurate. I had the muzzle of the .22 Mag threaded for my suppressor.
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Posted: 12/13/2011 10:27:45 AM EST
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Not the best, and good luck finding one (much less at that price), but this one sure is fun...

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Oh man ! You have the best Rimfire collection
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Posted: 12/13/2011 3:46:20 PM EST
Rem 597 22mag. I have the heavy barrel w/ laminate stock with a Weaver V24 scope. It will out shoot any of the 22mags listed in this thread.
It ain't going to come in under 200 clams though. Check and see if they offer a synthetic stock, regular barrel in the 597 it might be at the price
you need. I have shot 3/8" groups at 100yds with mine,with the 34gr Remington Vmax bullets. It is way more accurate than the 22LR version of the same rifle.
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Posted: 12/13/2011 4:07:50 PM EST
Savage makes a couple of bolt-actions that MSRP between $250 and $300..they probably have some retailer-specific rifle/scope packages as well..it's a LITTLE more than what she specified, but probably the best you're going to find in the range you're looking for.
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Posted: 12/13/2011 4:30:00 PM EST
Marlin bolt .22 mag with a detachable mag, not the tube mag. Extra mags are dirt cheap, a buddy of mine growing up had one it was a damn tack driver. I have always wanted to get one used at a pawn shop to play around with. I read a magazine article years ago about a guy that converted one to a lightweight take down pack rifle.
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