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Posted: 7/4/2002 9:31:30 AM EST
Hello everyone. I would like the honest opinion of some of the more experienced shooters. What is the best repeating .22 under $200? I looked into the Ruger 10/22, and I like that one, but any other suggestions?
Link Posted: 7/4/2002 9:36:16 AM EST
M16 with .22lr conversion.. and surpressor.
Lay down some surpressive fire if they go on the offensive...
Link Posted: 7/4/2002 9:53:40 AM EST

Originally Posted By bukshot:
Hello everyone. I would like the honest opinion of some of the more experienced shooters. What is the best repeating .22 under $200? I looked into the Ruger 10/22, and I like that one, but any other suggestions?

Marlin 39A lever gun.

Classic, accurate, decent rate of fire with a bit of practice and will digest most anything you want to feed it from CB caps to hyper velocity ammo.
Link Posted: 7/4/2002 9:58:29 AM EST
[Last Edit: 7/4/2002 9:59:18 AM EST by bukshot]
I looked at some Marlin's, and I must admit I do like the look of them, but I've been told they don't cycle as well as some others. Any comments? Any good semi's?
Link Posted: 7/4/2002 10:36:08 AM EST
My 39A will eat just about anything with the exception of truncated cone ammo like Remington Yellow Jackets.

Food for thought:

Rimfires can be finicky about feeding. What one person tells you here might not apply to the rifle you buy in either feeding or accuracy even though they are the exact same model.

Good luck.
Link Posted: 7/4/2002 10:40:43 AM EST
You can seriously upgrade a 10/22 to the accuracy level needed for taking proper kills on squirels. I would get the target model if I where you.

Stick with the 10/22 even though the money goes to Ruger.
Link Posted: 7/4/2002 10:47:22 AM EST
My 1st choice for squirrel is a Marlin 39A. This is a lever gun though. If you have your heart set on a semi-auto then it'd be a Ruger 10-22, preferably with the bull barrel.
Link Posted: 7/4/2002 11:38:42 AM EST
Stainless/synthetic 10/22 or 77/22 with 3-9X scope on top.
Link Posted: 7/4/2002 11:40:07 AM EST
Link Posted: 7/4/2002 2:22:21 PM EST
Link Posted: 7/4/2002 3:19:52 PM EST
I just got a new Marlin 39A and it IS excellent. It is very accurate, has a very heavy barrel compared to other .22 rifles I looked at and cycles smooth. My investigations prior to buying one revealed very little operational problems and it appears that it's history is very long, there's a lot of them out there and these guns are very popular. I recommend it highly for your application. It's close to $400 however. Worth it though. Very nice and dense Walnut as well.
Link Posted: 7/4/2002 3:30:48 PM EST
I went hunting with a 50bmg. Nothing survived!
Link Posted: 7/4/2002 6:55:30 PM EST
I have a 10/22 with a target barrel, Fajen stock and a Bushnell 3x9 scope. It does the job just fine. Lately it's been re-fitted with a propoint 3 30mm red dot for dispatching raccoons caught in the act of crop damage.

Second choice would be a Marlin model 60. My dad taught me to shoot on one with a Bushnell 2x7 scope. It brings back good memories.
Link Posted: 7/4/2002 7:48:20 PM EST
Try the new Thompson "Classic". It beats the Ruger hands down as far as accuracy goes. The only drawback is the 5 round magazine.
Link Posted: 7/4/2002 7:52:32 PM EST
Is hunting squirrel with .223 a bad idea?

Link Posted: 7/4/2002 8:06:39 PM EST
I have to second the suggestion of the RWS rounds in the 10-22. Knocks them out of the tree like a lightning bolt. You do your part and the RWS will do its.

My 10-22 has the barrel shortened to 16.5" and is accurate as can be. I would never put a heavy barrel on a field gun.
Link Posted: 7/4/2002 8:15:39 PM EST
Do ues a .22 for squirrel hunting.

.22-250 or .22-3000!
Link Posted: 7/4/2002 8:22:21 PM EST

Originally Posted By keving67:
Is hunting squirrel with .223 a bad idea?


NOT AT ALL! I hate those peckers so much I'm down with what UrbanMarine said about using a .50 cal. Just make sure you don't fire up in the air and there's a back stop. Hehehehehhe.

Oh, and go with a 10/22, unless you want a gun good to go out of the box for under $400...then I'd try a Thompson's .22 semi-auto. It's more accurate than the std. Deluxe Sporter 10/22. however, the 10/22 is far more upgradable, and if you have the money, look into a Volquartsen.

Link Posted: 7/4/2002 9:00:32 PM EST
Check out the Marlin 880SQ,Its a great little gun thats what I hunt with. Pluse its the best looking little 22 bolt gun out there. Mine will hold a 1/2 inch group at 75 yards if I do my part. And you should be able to get it new for right around $200.
Link Posted: 7/5/2002 8:15:18 AM EST
As a teenager I hunted small game with a Winchester single shot .22, a Remington pump action, and a Savage bolt action. I really liked the Marlin 39A, but I've never used one.

The Ruger 10/22s I've used really needed a trigger job.

One of my faverite loads was the Remington Yellowjackets.

Ahh, youth, a .22, and a field of rabbits or squirrels . . .
Link Posted: 7/5/2002 9:56:54 AM EST
I would suggest spending a little more and get a CZ452 varmint. Mine is a tack driver with beautiful wood, great craftsmanship and an ADJUSTABLE trigger. I can't recommend 'em enough. Great little guns. The CZ452 American is really nice too.
Link Posted: 7/5/2002 10:28:07 AM EST

them little fur balls hate to see me and that gun heading out the back door
Link Posted: 7/5/2002 11:02:55 AM EST
I have been thinking about going with the new .17HMR. Ruger, Marlin, and New England Firearms are all making rifles for it. I hear you can get a synthetic-stocked New England Firearms model for around $200. I am waiting to see how well sales take off before making the plunge myself.

Hornady .17HMR
Link Posted: 7/5/2002 11:21:53 AM EST
Wow, I looked at the .17 HMR. I like it! I've heard of the cartridge, but have never seen one used before. I like the idea of it, and I think I will look into that Marlin 17V. It looks a bit more powerful than the .22 LR or WMR. Any scope suggestions?
Link Posted: 7/5/2002 12:57:55 PM EST

no offense intended, but if you ain't using a good single shot .22...., & you plan on having an autoloader, you ain't squirrel huntin, yer wanting back up !!

i shot over 100 squirrels wyth my Stevens Favorite .22 LR.., but using shorts & never missed once..., untill i used a Mossberg .22 autoloader, i depended too much on my second shot if i missed....., at least that is my theory, someone else may have another......., besides most squirrel hunting i ever done there is rarely a second chance
Link Posted: 7/5/2002 5:46:07 PM EST
Where in Mo are ya?Ive got a 10/22 Id let ya shoot.After shooting one I think youd like it.Ive owned a couple of Marlin semi-autos and there crap.I can also put you onto a place to get a NEF in .17HMR for 125.00 give or take a few dollars.Later,45B10
Link Posted: 7/5/2002 6:47:16 PM EST
Link Posted: 7/5/2002 6:56:45 PM EST
Go for the Ruger 10/22, its a great plinking gun that has endless upgrades available if you're into that sort of thing. The accuracy is way better than many expect and not to mention that you can find hi cap mags for when you need some suppressing fire!

You can also modify the trigger yourself. I've done 2 and I'm no genious with metal!
Link Posted: 7/5/2002 8:15:21 PM EST
Very generous of you guys to let me shoot! I live right outside St. Louis, in fact about 10 minutes from the Arch. I got a buddy I go shooting/hunting with often and he has one which I plan to shoot two weeks from now. Just trying to find the experienced shooters opinion. I think I've narrowed it to the .17 or the Ruger.
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