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#1 Post by wm » Thu Oct 03, 2019 2:51 pm

What was the best 22 rifle you have ever owned and why?

Best is obviously a broad category so feel free to include explanations and illustrations that make your point. There are no wrong answers, just interesting anecdotes and opinions to discuss.

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#2 Post by wm » Thu Oct 03, 2019 3:02 pm

I really kind of struggled with this. Just narrowing it down to a couple was tough. In my top 5 I have a Sears branded Winchester 290 that my father owned and he first taught me how to shoot with, a Ruger 10/22 that I picked up at a yard sale because it was a "air rifle with a co2 canister stuck in it" (the screw on the magazine had backed out a bit and hung up in the rifle …… fixed it with my pocket knife!), Winchester 52 target rifle that I shot small bore with during which I met all sorts of great friends and mentors, and a Savage 23.

I went with the Savage 23 because it was the rifle that was not connected to other people. It was my alone rifle …… the one I have always reached for when heading out for a day of solitary hiking and plinking or squirrel hunting. Its really accurate and feels like it is adult sized as opposed to scaled down. But it is how I use it that makes it special to me. The memories I have with it all me and mine. This is a crowded world we live in, and for me at least that time alone, really alone, is special. When I pick that rifle up I get a little shiver of anticipation of just wandering alone in the woods and fields.

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#3 Post by jhrosier » Thu Oct 03, 2019 3:09 pm

I have had a bunch of .22 rifles over the past 50 years.
My favorite has become a CZ 452FS.
It beats all for combined workmanship, appearance, and accuracy.
I never imagined that a full-stocked rifle would shoot 3/8" groups at 50 yards.

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#4 Post by Beaker » Thu Oct 03, 2019 3:20 pm

The favorite or my best .22 rifle?? Too hard of a question. My least favorite was my Remington 550-1 though. It was accurate but a jam-o-matic, no matter how clean it was kept.

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#5 Post by fordwannabe » Thu Oct 03, 2019 3:53 pm

A toss up for me. Best as far as most used, a savage MKII bolt with a big scope and is threaded for my suppressor. Has an accu-trigger and shoots itty bitty groups. Reliable as a rock.
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#6 Post by yooper2 » Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:00 pm

My favorite is an old Winchester 1890, fun to shoot and a joy to carry in the squirrel woods.
Best is probably a CZ 452 American left hand. Thing is very well made and shoots like a bench rifle with good ammo. Absolutely the most accurate sporter weight rifle I've ever owned.


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#7 Post by win40-82 » Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:23 pm

I've a Winchester 52C with medium weight barrel that is super accurate. It has scope blocks so I use Unertl 20X on it. The craftsmanship is outstanding.
Right behind that is a Remington 513T which is just as accurate but just doesn't have the fit and finish as the 52C. BUT for the most fun its the Ruger 10/22 with red dot sight, grand kids can empty a 25 round mag in about 5 seconds. Pop cans flying everywhere.
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#8 Post by Bronco » Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:52 pm

Springfield M2 22. Not a MII.
When eyes were good could hit a lemon all the time at a 100 yards with the sights it came with. Still have it , got it from my father. Great shooter and chock-full of memories!
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#9 Post by GunnyMack » Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:55 pm

Like WM said, mine and mine alone , for me it's a lowly ol High Standard Flight King. It was the first 22 I bought. But I have to say ANY 22 is a favorite of mine as i have Rugers, Remingtons, High Standards. But I think Remington hit the nail on the head with their 552 or 572- the semi that will work with short,long or long rifle .
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#10 Post by TraderVic » Thu Oct 03, 2019 5:10 pm

A Winchester Model 1890 ( "90" ), hammer, octagon barrel, pump 22 LR.
Still have it. It was my grandfather's, then Dad, now me. I can only guess Grandad bought it new. An absolutely fine piece of true craftsmanship.

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#11 Post by barbarossa » Thu Oct 03, 2019 5:12 pm

My greener martini ,I can just sit there and look at it all day

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#12 Post by 4t5 » Thu Oct 03, 2019 5:14 pm

marlin model 60

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#13 Post by 4t5 » Thu Oct 03, 2019 5:15 pm

keep it clean and it just keeps running

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#14 Post by bikerbeans » Thu Oct 03, 2019 5:24 pm

I am still looking for my best 22 rimfire.

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#15 Post by Pitchy » Thu Oct 03, 2019 5:25 pm

I don`t shoot 22`s much any more but when i was about 12 i had a single shot bolt action Stevens that i shot a lot of rats at the dump with.
Other than that the Win. pumps are cool and i have no issues with my Henry lever. :)
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#16 Post by jeepnik » Thu Oct 03, 2019 5:30 pm

Can't say it's the "best" whatever than means. But it is my favorite.
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#17 Post by gamekeeper » Thu Oct 03, 2019 5:38 pm

About 35 years ago I walked into a gun shop near where I worked at the time just as two young guys were leaving, Jim the proprietor said you'll never guess what I just bought for twenty quid off those guys, and he held up a BSA Supersport Five, I said I'll give you twenty-five, bugger he said but he did let me have it :lol:
Turned out to be the most accurate .22 I'd ever had, before or since, sadly a Marlin Mountie came my way and I did a swop, never warmed to that Marlin, it was nowhere near as accurate.
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#18 Post by jdad » Thu Oct 03, 2019 5:42 pm

This is my type of thread. I'm a rimfire junkie.

These are what I still have

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Bolt - CZ452 American

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#19 Post by Pete44ru » Thu Oct 03, 2019 6:09 pm

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I've owned/shot/hunted literally dozens of different .22cal long guns, of every type and make, over the past 60 years - so I have a few different kinds of faves:

* Lever gun: a .22 WRM Winchester 9422M-XTR (most handsome this category) - runner up: a Marlin 39a.

* Autoloader: a .22LR Ruger 10/22 Carbine (most versatile this category) - runner up (tie): A Browning Auto-22 & a Remington Nylon 66

* Bolt gun: a .22LR Belgian Browning T-2 T-Bolt Deluxe (most accurate this category) - runner up: a Winchester Model 69a

* Pump gun: a .22LR Marlin Model 38 (most nostalgic this category) - runner up: a Remington Model 121A

* Single Shot (break-open): a .22H Savage Model 219 (best handling this category)

* Single-shot (dropping block): a .22LR Stevens Model 71 favorite (most accurate this category)

* Combination gun: a .22LR/.410 Savage Model 24 (most nostalgic this category) - runner up: a .22WRM/.410 Chiappa Double Badger


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#20 Post by 2ndovc » Thu Oct 03, 2019 6:15 pm

My favorite is a Martini-Greener. I can shoot that rifle all day long and never stop smiling!

My most accurate is a short barreled Savage MKII with a threaded barrel and Kryptek stock. That thing is a tack driver!
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#21 Post by barbarossa » Thu Oct 03, 2019 6:35 pm

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Another favourite 22 is my C Sharps 1885 highwall, 26 inch half Octagonal barrel and single set trigger

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#22 Post by Sarge » Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:47 pm

A mld-70s Marlin 39 Mountie. Ran slick and was lights-out accurate; This was 77-78 I could not seem to miss with it.

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#23 Post by Old Savage » Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:58 pm

9422 Classic very slick.
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#24 Post by Ray Newman » Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:28 pm

I am lucky enough to have my maternal grandfather's(1886-1981) Winchester M1885 Low Wall Winder Musket. A take down, factory chambered in 22 LR, has a Lyman tang, Beech front sight, and the Krag rifle barrel sight. Killed my first woodchuck with it and besides my grandfather, all of my cousins and uncles hunted with it. Brings back memories every time I see or handle it.

My next best would be a CPA-made Stevens 441/2 .22LR. has a Schuetzen stock and a Lyman 15 Super Target Spot 'scope. Very accurate, but a bit difficult to shoot from the bench.
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#25 Post by AJMD429 » Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:49 pm

A Savage 24 (I think) 22 LR/410 that I got used. Thinking 'survival/truck gun' at first, I handed over the money and took it home. Then I got looking at it, with lots of wear and tear, but quickly realized the wear and tear was not that of a used and abused kids rifle ready for barrel shortening and a flashlight duct taped to the stock. This gun had the extensive wear but highly maintained condition of a gun that had been used afield by someone who really cared about what they were doing and what equipment they were using.

I wish that gun could talk.

Since I obviously wasn't going to use such a gem as a truck gun, but was also not at all a bird or small game hunter, it went to the back of the gun safe as a potential trade or resale item.

Ten years later I found myself with a 6 year old son who obviously needed to have a 22. My first thought was one of the several models of "kids rifles" on the market, until I looked at the crude sights and still-too-long stocks unless your 'kid' is 15 or so. I didn't come from a family where you would wait that long before getting a 'kid' his or her first gun...!

So, as a true gun-loving redneck, I found the obvious answer was a CAR-15 with a 22 LR adaptor (replaced The holy cartier). The stock can actually be put in the shortest position which is perfect for a six-year-old (who would have to put a 'Cricket buttstock in his armpit, then scrunch down like Igor to see the sights) , the muzzle is protected from getting dipped in the dirt by the flash hider, it has a convenient carrying handle, the sights are not only high quality and precision adjustable, but they are actually at a height that is usable for a kid without scrunching down awkwardly, as well as being way more durable if the gun would be dropped or mishandled. The dreaded vertical pistol grip is much more suited for training and aimed fire than a normal wood stock, the safety is intuitive, the balance point with the short barrel is much better for a 6-year-old than 'classic' guns like a Marlin 39, and perhaps most importantly for some kids, it really looks cool...! 8)

So an AR-15 with collapsible stock was one of the first actual '22' rifles any of my kids shot, which included my son. They all 'grew up' to shoot it in 5.56 mode later on, so it served double-duty.

However, as he grew older, by age 12 or so he was clearly interested in hunting game of all types, and was going to take it very seriously. So one day I remembered I had an excellent gun for just that purpose now that he was older and had longer arms to handle the much longer rifle. It was also nice that it was a single shot, which helps teach disciplined shooting. So the second '22' he shot was the Savage combo-gun.

My only real concern was that the sights pretty well sucked. The front I believe is either a worn square blade or may have some remnant of a bead, but the back is a scrawny little rounded off and worn 'notch' with only the crudest drift adjustment in the dovetail for windage and the usual crummy elevation slider.

I guess that's why young people have much better vision - so they can use really crappy sights... he had no problem hitting the 4-inch gong at a hundred yards with it 95% of the time when sitting at the bench. :shock:

Since then, that gun is become somewhat of a constant companion for him (along with a Glock 9mm of course :D ), and taken lots of small game for the dinner table. It would probably be the last gun he would ever part with or modify in any way. It is really nice to see it in the hands of someone who really appreciates it, far more than I ever would have.

Third '22'.... As for me....probably my Ruger 96/22, with the aftermarket integrally suppressed barrel and red dot sight... quite the different type of firearm than the Savage, but an invaluable one and probably the best one I can think of for teaching new shooters. It has no recoil, no noise, no intimidating appearance, and if used from a rest, the red dot sight makes it almost impossible to miss the 6" gong at 50 yards.

So the person who has never shot a gun, and is nervous about the noise and the recoil and that they might make a fool out of themselves by missing the target, winds up hitting it 10 out of 10 times and looking at me like "...is shooting a gun really this easy...??...this is FUN....!!!"

And from there we spend four hours going to bigger and noisier guns very gradually, then ones with recoil..... it is amazing how much noise and recoil a person puts up with once they're having fun....! We usually close out the session with them shooting either a Garand or an M1A, and then a Super Blackhawk or a Redhawk, and when they hit a 5 gallon bucket with a 44 magnum at 50 yards, having never even shot a gun until that day, their facial expression is the epitome of feeling "empowered". :mrgreen:
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#26 Post by buckeyeshooter » Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:24 pm

I have a Remington 121 pump. Serial number in the 2xxx range. I was taught to shoot with it by my grandfather, my father was also taught to shoot with it, as were my brothers and sister. It is still in excellent condition and I have only a Daisy 22 that I bought a Walmart in the 80's for $30. to compare it with.

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#27 Post by piller » Thu Oct 03, 2019 11:26 pm

My Marlin Glenfield 60 18 shot .22 lr that I bought from a friend of my older brother. It was my first rifle, first .22, and it was accurate.
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#28 Post by OldWin » Fri Oct 04, 2019 12:52 am

I have a pile of .22 rifles now, but when I was a kid, we had none.
My grandfather was a Maine warden prior to, during, and for a while after WW2. He had a small homemade gun cabinet with a small assembly of firearms. In there, was a Remington model 512 that he gave to my dad to shoot some pest. We had it from then on.
The thing was, and is, un uncanny shooter. It's only ever worn its original sights. I used to carry it all over the woods when I was a kid. I just loved the old thing. My friends had "better" semi autos with scopes and all, but as long as I could make out the mark, I could always best them with the old 512. I haven't fired it in a long time now. Guess I should fix that.
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#29 Post by 6pt-sika » Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:45 am

I “had” a Remington 541-S that I wish I had back . That one would shoot five shot groups from the bench at 25 yards that could be covered with an aspirin tablet . I also “had” a Kimber 82 classic with a three digit serial number that shot almost as well . And finally I also “had” a very nice Pre 64 Winchester Model 61 that would on a good day from the bench at 25 yards do as well as the two bolt guns already mentioned .
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#30 Post by Tycer » Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:49 am

My father in law’s Remington 510 Targetmaster from when he was young. I got it from him not long before he passed and all his other guns got auctioned. I hope to teach a grand child to shoot with it and preserve it for them.
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#31 Post by mickbr » Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:05 am

CZ452 in the past. One a open sighted military trainer as they call it and the other a scoped Cz452 American. Im currently looking for a ruger 96/22 lever action which will probably become my main 22.

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#32 Post by Bill in Oregon » Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:15 am

My first .22 was a used-hard Winchester Model 1890 pump that cost $30. Dad agreed to put up half if I could raise/save the other $15. The stock had been repaired but it seemed in decent shape. However it turned out the bore was too rough for any serious accuracy, so we traded that in at the Bon Marché department store in Tacoma, Washington, toward a new Belgium-made Browning T-bolt -- complete with infamous salt-cured stock (did not know that at the time). This would have been about 1966 or 67.
It had a fabulous barrel, a wonderful trigger and very capable receiver sights. I used it to earn my Marksmanship merit badge, even though I could have shot the courses with government-owned Remington 40X target rifles our Fort Lewis instructor had access to. He was at first skeptical about the T-bolt, but when he saw the groups I was shooting, he shot it himself and pronounced it a very fine rifle.

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#33 Post by marlinman93 » Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:34 am

My criteria for "best .22RF" has to be very accurate. I'm not someone who thinks blasting lots of rounds quickly is that important, and I don't care about a .22RF being lightweight woods hunting rifle. I don't do hardly any .22RF hunting, so that's not on my criteria of best.
So if a .22RF is extremely accurate, it's going to get into my top 10 of guns I love. That said, my all time favorite for a long time was my Model 52 Winchester heavy barrel target. It was the most accurate .22 I'd ever owned, and for many years nothing could beat it that I owned.
Then a few years ago a close friend passed away and I was asked by him before his passing to sell whatever guns he couldn't get sold prior to passing. In the guns was a gun that never appealed to me a lot, simply because it was too new, and a clone. It's a Ballard Rifle Co. copy of the original Marlin Ballard, and done in Schoyen style with a heavy Badger barrel in .22LR match chamber. I decided before I sold it I'd like to try it out at the range. So I took it out for a day with several types of ammo from run of the mill to high quality target ammo. The gun outshot any gun I owned, including my old friend the Win. 52!
After that day I went home and began contemplating my options. The Schoyen style Ballard was a very expensive gun, but I figured I could get some of that back if I sold the 52. I approached my friend's wife about buying it, and she was happy I wanted to keep Fred's gun. We worked out a deal and I've never regretted buying a newer clone. Sold the 52 to another friend and it's in good hands also.
Every time I shoot the newer Ballard I love it even more! It's so accurate it's almost boring, so I try to challenge myself by shooting at smaller targets, and stretching the targets out further to make things interesting.

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#34 Post by vancelw » Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:35 am

A Ranger (Sears) M34 single shot.
My grandfather gave it to me when I was 12 or 13.
It was rusty on the outside and had a chunk knocked out of the stock.
I could stretch a box of shells a long way with that.
Used to shoot bumblebees
The bolt Spring finally got weak. I guess I could fix it....
Its still in the safe. Always will be.
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#35 Post by EdinCT » Fri Oct 04, 2019 3:26 pm

I won a few hundred bucks in a check pool at work when I was young and bought myself a Remington 541S and unlike 6PT it hasn't left. It is a amazing rifle! I also have a 39A that does well but if I was forced to choose the 39A would go before the 541S.
My Dad give me is Remington Model 4 rolling block when I was a boy and it was so worn from his shooting it that it will split the rim of a high speed long rifle and pepper your face. If you stick to standard velocity lr you are good which Im sure high speed ammo wasn't made when this rifle came out.
I remember lazy summer days in my Grandfathers wood lot shooting shorts out of this gun at around 40 paces at empty 20 shot shells laying on end and seeming like I could not miss! My eyes are gone the way of 60 plus year old shooters and 22 shorts sure don't seem to shoot like they did in my rifles so I guess its all memories now.

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#36 Post by Rimfire McNutjob » Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:11 pm

A Remington 511 that was my father's when he was a boy and that he taught me to shoot on. I have a Marlin 1873 that's fun to shoot as well, but the 511 will always be my favorite.
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#37 Post by new pig hunter » Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:16 pm

Easy question, Easy answer: Remington Nylon 66.

Bought it new in '72. Shot many thousands of rounds through it, always accurate, always 100% functional. Then it started double-feeding. The internet showed me a simple fixit. Since then I've shot thousands of rounds through it, still 100% functional. It continues to be in excellent mechanical & functional condition.

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#38 Post by t.r. » Sat Oct 05, 2019 7:09 am

I was gifted a Squire Bingham rifle in 1981 that was built in the Philippines. A very accurate semi-auto rifle that shot exceptionally tight little clusters at 50 yards. But after a couple thousand rounds fired, It developed a problem. The local gunsmith told me that he couldn't find any spare parts for it so I sold the walnut stock and magazine on eBay. The rest went into the metal recycle dumpster at local welding shop. So it goes.

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#39 Post by Bill in Oregon » Sat Oct 05, 2019 7:14 am

If there is a winner in this thread, I vote for Vall. That Schoyen-style Ballard is magnificent! :o 8)

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#40 Post by 30-30 » Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:08 am

Hi-- my all-time favorite .22-cal rifle is the Henry Classic Lever Action Carbine, not expensive, but it is very accurate... :)
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#41 Post by Larkbill » Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:13 am

Dead heat between my Remington 511X and 572. Just depends on what mood I'm in when I go shooting.
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#42 Post by Blaine » Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:02 pm

A WWII-ish Winchester 72....Also an old 39 Mountie that was fast and smooth as silk, that I stoupidly traded for a piece of pelosi Rem bolt tube fed 5??...
The 9422 and 9422M rank right up there as well, but not as accurate as the two listed above.
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#43 Post by Chuck 100 yd » Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:29 pm

Most accurate is my Remington 40X .22 that competed in the Olympic Games back in the 60’s . Long story, but after I sold the Redfield Olympic sights that were on it ,I made money on the purchase as I paid $70.00 for the rifle when I bought it.

Most fun pinker is my custom Ruger 10-22 with Fajen stock and match grade shorter SS barrel. It’s almost as accurate as the
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#44 Post by Sixgun Sr » Wed Oct 09, 2019 6:45 pm

If you want to see how accurate your favorite .22 really is, try it at our long range (non NRA) .22 match. FORGET any high velocity ammo or Walmart special junk. The cheapest stuff we use is CCI Green Tag.....that's what I use......

Benchrest with bags....rain or shine-----there's always wind of some sort....nothing for .22 ammo to get blown off a foot in any direction.
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Turkeys--150 meters 10 animals
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High score last weekend was a 28 x 40.....very windy.....the guys all use high dollar target rifles with higher dollar/high power scopes. I've seen scores in the mid to upper thirties on calm days.

I used an original Winchester Lo-Wall with a 28" oct barrel and a 5x Stevens old technology and dark scope....it's all 110 years old....I did manage a 19x40. Even though I thought the rifle was accurate, it was nothing compared to the others and mine is under a half inch at 50 meters.

Chuck 100 has the rifle several guys use...a 40x Remington. I'm thinking of snagging an old Remington model 37 for this game.

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#45 Post by HawkCreek » Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:35 pm

The best one I ever had was my first 10/22 that I saved and saved and bought for myself as a young boy. Shot the snot out of it and never had a problem. Remington Golden Bullets were my go-to and they never gave me any problems either. Shot it so much the barrel walked out about 1/8", I was in high school before I figured out I should take the stock off and tighten it back up!

I'd like to have a 94/22 like the one my step-dad carried in his truck but now days they seem to be made of precious metals.

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#46 Post by Steve in Micco » Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:40 pm

1978 Winchester M9422. Slick from day one . But why these were ever named 9422 escapes me. More like a M9222. Just sayin'.

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#47 Post by 1894cfan » Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:30 am

'77 Marlin 39a, first gun I bought for myself and 42 years on it's still a smooth action tack driver that is still taking out bunnies and squeeks off hand with CCI segmented quiets! With all the guns I own, it's still the one I spend the most time with. :mrgreen:

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