|Originally Posted By David14:
Another thing to consider is the firearm the OP wants. If they want a bolt, 17HMR or 22WMR would be fine.
This is the route I'm considering, as this rifle would be primarily to indulge my Walter Mitty-esque sniper daydreams (on the cheap). I've tried shooting at my local range with the 22LR at longer ranges, but the groups really, really come apart at 200 yards (more of a pattern), and 300 yards (maximum distance available) is, well, just plain ugly.
The added benefit of the .22 mag over the .17 would be its use as a hunting round, which is how I became interested in this cartridge.
FWIW, the bolt-action rifle (to be named later) would need to come with iron sights, and I would prefer detachable box magazines (although a tubular mag is not a no-go).
Well, Would you consider a lever action? Almost as fast as a semi, but a locked bolt... Henry makes some very, very accurate .22LR rifles (Have shot a Golden boy in less than ideal circumstances and came away impressed) and also offer them in .22mag.
One thing you are absolutely going to need on a rimfire (unless we are talking .17hmr under 200 yards) is a BDC scope calibrated for the load you are shooting. There aren't many of those made for rimfires, Shepherd is the only company I know of. I had a P22LR scope and can't say enough about it-it was stolen and I will replace it some day.