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The glaring missing piece (need) in my firearms collection are 22 LR rifles. I am looking at the Marlin 39A (yes, older one if I can find one), M&P 15-22, and the requisite Ruger 10/22. Anyone have any other favorites? Pictures and a reason for liking the gun would be most welcome. I am gathering information at this point, so I am not soliciting for offers to sell. I am not interested in any 22 chambering beyond 22 LR (ie, 22 magnum), but firing other 22 rounds in addition to 22 LR may be a plus. I would be curious to learn whether these rifles firing multiple types of 22 rounds make anyone's favorite list. Thank you in advance for your insightful and courteous replies! Wishing all here a safe and meaningful holiday weekend.

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Anschutz sporters,Browning ATDs.Winchester 94/22s...the list can go on and on.....and on!
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I was lucky enough to find a 1950 Marlin 39A rifle with 24-inch barrel at a LGS about 10 years ago. The $325 I spent then was more than worth it. It is very accurate with the factory open sights and will shoot any and all .22 rim fire ammo. Everyone who shoots it loves it. I also regularly shoot a 1953 vintage 39A carbine with a 20-inch barrel and it is also a great gun. Both are very high quality firearms. Real heirlooms. My other .22 rifle recommendation is a CZ bolt action. Real wood stock with real blued steel action and barrel. Solid feel and accurate. Again, it will shoot any .22 ammo. Slightly more expensive than most, but will last forever.

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The Remington 580 series was an inexpensive bolt action capable of moa accuracy with good ammo.the early versions came with a walnut stock,later guns had birch or it might be beech.This 582 will shoot sv into 1/2"@50 yards with a cheap 4x scope

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I was at a large outdoor trade days affair this AM. There were a couple Marlin 39s of older vintage and a Star Target Pistol that
I'm interested in. Both 39s were marked at $400, just a little
more than I wanted to pay. I have a dozen good 22 rifles and
39 is my favorite. The best to fire S, L, LRs. The only thing they
don't like is the truncated cone type bullets in some of hyper 22s.
Going back in AM, dealers will be hungry for sales when in the
11th hour.
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Among the ones you mentioned I have the 15-22. Most fun soda can plinker I've ever owned.

Once you got the autoloader in the safe, consider a bolt action. Savage is a fine and economic choice if you can keep the mods off it. As you can see I failed.




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I like my CZ 452 American 16" threaded bbl. 5 or 10 rnd mags, light and quiet Their current offering is the 455 synthetic threaded bbl. They also offer a 455 combo with user changeable 22lr and 17HMR bbls. Great guns and very accurate. The 455 varmint is good if you don't carry it around a lot. Any of those you mention are also nice rifles.
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Bought a Browning t-bolt from the Navy base exchange at Bremerton in 1967. Fits like a glove, 6 lbs, super trigger, quarter sized groups at 50yds off the bench with 4x scope. I do prefer shooting it with the peep sight it came with. It's a straight pull and shoots all size .22's. It came with a 5 shot clip and a single shot adapter which I use all the time anyway. Made for about 11 years, check them out. You won't be disappointed.
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The now-out-of-print Remington Nylon 66 is one of my all-time favorite .22LR rimfires.

1. Virtually indestructible. One-piece Nylon stock.

2. Accurate.

3. More reliable than almost any autoloader made before or since.

4. Minimum care required. Alaskan trappers used them a lot.

5. 14-round tubular magazine protected by the stock, accessed from the butt.

6. Will accept tip-off scope mounts.

7. Very lightweight and easy to carry.

Most gun shows will turn up one or more - but they are getting more scarce as more and more people discover their utility, and collectors are driving up prices.

Here is a picture of the most prolific model, with the Mohawk Brown stock:



There are quite a few variations and spin-offs. Here is a chart I made up for collectors:



They can be customized, to a certain extent. Here's a "beater" that I converted into a "tacticool" model, scoped, equipped with a GI sling; the barrel is equipped with an adapter for a flash hider or suppressor. This is my knock-about rifle.



I can heartily recommend this rifle for both collecting and just plain fun shooting. A world record was set with over 100,000 hand-thrown wood blocks shot out of the air. No malfunctions whatsoever.

If you are interested in learning more about them, this article I wrote may be of some help:

The story of the Remington Nylon 66...

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The Marlin 39A is a great rifle. So are the CZ Americans. A Williams Foolproof rear sight is the way to go on the Marlin. Scope the CZ. I have learned a lot about 10-22s over the past two years. I used to not care for them but have learned the installation of a BX trigger, making sure all the screws are tight, and CCI ammo makes one into a pretty trick rifle.
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I have a wide variety of rim fire rifles and yes I am partial to the marlin 39a as well,

but by far my most accurate one is an old Mossberg 44a us
it will send bullets through the same hole as long as you do your part, and has been doing it reliably since the 1940s
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the 15-22 smith is a fun gun and I have a small 4x scope on it and it is coke can accurate at 50 yds no problem, it is just fun to let it run

another one I own is an early Remington 552 speedmaster, it shoots it all shorts, longs and long rifles

http://image.sportsmansguide.com/adi...633962i_ts.jpg

I have a cz52american in 17hmr, great gun, http://static.productreview.com.au/p...3a24bf2cdd.jpg

a heavy barrel savage b mag in 17wsm, a marlin ss 22mag bolt gun

love the gun and the round,
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The Marlin 39A is a really great rifle; gave mine to a grand-nephew several years ago.
What I 'm left with now is bolt-actions--a Sako 78, which is a real whisker picker; a Rem 541S, a pretty good rifle which I somehow don't much care for, and a Krico stutzen-stocked carbine with double set triggers. Used to squirrel-hunt with the Sako; don't recall ever firing the Remington or the Krico.
I'd recommend the Marlin for an all-around .22.
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Yes, you do need some .22 rifles! Everything mentioned so far is a great choice.

I own semi-autos, pumps, levers and single shot .22's, but my preference is bolt actions. The Kimber of Oregon 82's and Remington 5XX series are nice rifles that shoot really well. Here's a few of mine.

The bottom rifle on this rack is an 82B Super America.


The bottom rifle in this case is a Remington 541S.


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I purchased my neighbor's CZ 452 Trainer at a recent swap meet. It has superb adjustable sights but I mounted a Leupold 2X7x28 mm scope on it. Talk about a tack driver! CZ is making some very fine firearms.
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I used to be pretty heavy into collecting 22 rifles. Particularly into the older , better built guns of the 40s through 60's. ( Read very little sheet metal and plastic.). I would often buy them for very (!) short money, refinish the (usually walnut) stocks, and reblue /touch up the metal. Regardless whether a rifle was made by Remington, Mossberg, Marlin, Winchester, Savage, Sears, Western Auto...... it was usually a thing of beauty once cleaned up and a true joy to shoot at the range. Eventually, my safes were overflowing so I gifted many to kids /new shooters where I could and sold a few (usually to fund new .22 projects or S&W revolvers).
Admittedly, I keep a few (special purposed) modern 22's in the safe these days but my favorites will always be the half dozen or so I keep from days of quality long gone.

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Great pic of the Rem. 552. Always a favorite and quality built. Thanksfor showing
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I have 3 .22 rifles, from long ago, that I still love. The first is a Winchester Model 62 pump action, that is an absolute classic and very fun to shoot. I also bought new an original Browning T-Bolt, like was mentioned earlier; shoots extremely accurately and was made in Belguim.....beautiful. And lastly, I have an older model Browning .22 auto; a smaller rifle, but very handy and fun to shoot.
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The Rossi Model 62 is an excellent rifle. It is a copy of the Winchester Model 62. I grew up on the Winchester Model 62 and it was accurate and fast. The Rossi is a respectable regeneration. Got my daughter the carbine Rossi years ago and it is still running. Figure my grandkids will learn on it. With practice, you could run these as fast as a semi. Good luck.
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I agree with Paladin, I love my Nylon 66. It's the reason I've never bought a 10/22. I grew up shooting the 66 my grandpa gave me for my 7th Birthday. Between it and my Ruger Standard pistol I could shoot a brick a weekend, two if I had friends over. I don't ever remember either malfunctioning on me. The only thing, if you're a lefty, warmish cases from weaker ammo will hit your right arm sometimes.

I also shot my Dad's Winchester 94/22 quite a bit and really liked it too. I could hit soda cans from the hip with it and it worked every time. I had a Marlin 39A for a while but didn't ever care for it all that much. It was pretty accurate but also kind of finicky with ammo. I had a 1904-made 1897 that had the same problem.

Another .22 I really like as a cheap-and-cheerful knockabout rifle is the old Remington 550-1 autoloader. They can be had for under $200 and will shoot any length .22 short of magnum. My Great-Grandpa bought mine new in 1952 and it's at least had perfect function for me in the last about 15 years. Shorts will leave marks on my right forearm though. As you may be able to tell, I love .22 rifles more than about any of my other firearms and have quite a few.

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As a child I grew up with a 1908 Stevens visable loader she was my Grandpas first rifle,that misurable loader(as tthey were known) is still shooting
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I really like vintage 22 rifles when they were built from milled steel and walnut. Just about every pre 64 Winchester and a few Remington's, Marlin's and Savages. When bent tin and plastic came about all interest waned. The early Marlin 39's are great as is most early Winchesters. I do not do plastic, pot metal, cast, or MIM built guns. The Ruger 10/22 was designed to be built as cheaply as possible with no skilled labor required. Everything I detest about guns. The rub is, they work and work well. They can be rebuilt and modified by anyone with a 5th grade education, no skill with tools required. Again everything I dislike, and they work. The same with the Remington nylon 66 that Paliden likes. These are plastic guns with a sheet metal covering on the receiver (put there only because Remington did not think they could sell a plastic gun to the public) and a bent tin can for a rear sight. Again, being built inexpensively and with methods and materials I do not like and they work reliably. Ships captains in Alaska like them because plastic don't rust. The 22 rifle I will take to my grave is a pre war Winchester model 61. All milled steel and hand fitted by master craftsmen.
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6 or 7 years ago Weatherby brought back the Mark XXII, as a bolt action. It is a Anschutz 64 action which was stocked by Weatherby. They were available in 22 and 17 HMR Magnum and 22 LR and 17 Mach II. I have the "Normal" 22 LR, and I have put an oversized scope on it due to old eyes (4.5-14x50 Veri-X III). At 100 yards off sand bags it has shot 1/2" groups using Eley Club Extra ($8+/- box of 50, but discontinued) and the same sized groups with Eley Team (about same price). Compared to an Anschutz Sporter (any model not worked over by Savage) they are very affordable.

I could also recommend the Kimber of Oregon or Kimber of America (that means New York) 82 Varmint model. I have the Oregon and my brother has the American. Both rifles have nice to very nice Black Walnut stocks, stainless fluted heavy barrels. With Federal Gold Medal Target (711) ammo either rifle will group 3/4" to 1" at 100 yards with a scope and off sandbags. These rifles shoot even better with the Eley Team (I just never have any for my brother. )

The surprise recommendation is a Brazilian made GR-8 by FIE. It is an import copy/clone of the Nylon 66. I picked up 3 on sale in 1985 or 86 for $69 each, one for each of my sons. They have been through rainstorms, snow storms and mud puddles without number. They shoot the Federal bulk pack ammo. I used to get it 525 rounds for $8.88 at Wal-Mart. With that ammo the usually got 1" groups at 50 yards (with scope and sand bags).

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My .22 rimfire rifles include:

1. Savage-Anschutz Model 164 bolt action sporter (about 1974) with an old Weaver 3X post & crosshair. Regularly shoots any ammo (including promo cheapies) into 1" at 50 yards.

2. Marlin 39A, about 1970 vintage. Will do just about anything I might ask of a .22 rifle.

3. Winchester Low Wall "Winder" musket, about 1890's vintage, .22 Short single-shot. A bit large and heavy to carry in the woods, but easily capable of postage-stamp size groups at any reasonable range. Keeps me constantly hunting for .22 Short ammo, which can be hard to find anymore.

4. Winchester Model 62-A, made in 1940. The classic slide-action take-down .22 rifle. Light weight, easy to carry, and will shoot the eyes out of rabbits as far as my old grampa eyes can see to focus.

I enjoy all of these, and they make great training tools for the grandkids to learn with. Same grandkids have already made off with a couple of Ruger 10-22's and several single shot bolt-actions by Winchester and Remington that I picked up over the years.

If I had to pick just one it would have to be the Winchester 62-A. Simple, functional, light weight, easy to carry, and deadly accurate at rimfire ranges. Not easy to find in top condition anymore, and pricey when found, but well worth it to me.
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I only have one, a Ruger 10-22 that I bought at Wally World with a plastic stock. I put a Leupold rifleman on it (paid more for the scope than the rifle) and a Volquartsen drop in trigger group, paid more for the trigger group than the rifle too...

But at least it has a nice trigger now. It's a great squirrel gun, we hunt squirrels a lot. I have a liking for crock pot squirrel stew...

I usually shoot Federal American Eagle in it. I have bricks of that round.

22's are fun and used to be inexpensive to shoot too.
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I have several 22 rifles, a Ruger 10/22, a Charter Arms AR 7, and some others, but.... The neatest, and one designed by our old friend, John Moses Browning, and still being made after what? ... Over a hundred years is the little, elegant, Browning 22 semi auto take down rifle. I tried to get mine to pose for my iPad, but ended up using a stock photo. Looks just exactly like mine. Mine is one of the newer, made In Japan by Miroku versions, but is just as elegant as the Belgian made versions.



I also have a "Winchester" model 92 made by Miroku, and the fit and finish are every bit as good as the old "real" winchesters, (except that they have added a lawyer mandated tang safety and a rebounding hammer),so when I had a chance to pick up this Browning, I did not hesitate. Only drawback, you have to remember where your forward hand is, or the bolt will bite you!!!

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I like my CZ 452 American 16" threaded bbl. 5 or 10 rnd mags, light and quiet Their current offering is the 455 synthetic threaded bbl. They also offer a 455 combo with user changeable 22lr and 17HMR bbls. Great guns and very accurate. The 455 varmint is good if you don't carry it around a lot. Any of those you mention are also nice rifles.
I also have a CZ 452 American it's a great bolt action 22 rifle. These rifles are built like they used to build them in the great USA , solid actions, beautiful walnut stocks and high quality workmanship at a great value.
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My very first .22 lr was a Ruger 10-22 Bicentennial which is still running strong today after countless 1000's of rounds,
picked up a second one as a backup as well as a SS version that I unfortunately traded away .


As for bolt actions while my buddy swears his CZ is great Im a died in the wool Ruger rifle fan and so decided to try the Ruger 77-22 (sort of a miniaturized Mauser 98 action) and was a bit surprised nobody had mentioned one above until I went to Rugers website and saw the $979 MSRP.
Ruger® 77-Series 77/22® Bolt-Action Rifle Model 7002


On a side note it will interchange magazines with the 10-22 as well.

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I like the Remington 541 rifles .I picked up a heavy barrel and a 541t in the past few months.They shot better then my kimber
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I, too, am lucky enough to have a 1950(birth year) marlin 39A. super accurate with everything I have shot in it. holds 25 shorts or 18 LR rounds. my most recent purchase of a "new" .22 was a Ruger American Rimfire carbine last fall. great trigger out of the box. adjustable, but did not need adjusting. one hole groups at 25 yds with SV and HV Winchester and CCI. 1/2" at 50 yds all day. I know it has that old no personality synthetic stock but for a behind the seat truck gun you can't beat it. give them a look see. they come in the carbine and rifle models. lee
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I own several, I like them in all shapes and actions.


This is my 10/22, custom barrel, stock and trigger, the only thing that is original is the receiver


This is a Colt M16 SPR in 22LR - a blast to shoot, eats ammo quick


Winchester Model 61 pump action Mfg 1955


Here is my Marlin 39 Century


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Henry Golden Boy - super smooth action
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My son and his boys now own my second Marlin 39A, bought in 1968 and used very happily for many years until I was no longer able to hunt. Wonderful rifle, man-sized, slick action, and reliable with .22 Short, Long and Long Rifle rounds. If you look for one, be sure to get one with the JM stamping, not one made since Remington acquired Marlin (or however that deal went down--I think some damn conglomerate may have bought both companies). There are many reports that the Remlin rifles are of lesser quality. The one I gave my son didn't have the crossbolt safety added later by the lawyers. I found it perfectly safe to carry on half-cock.

I would love to have a Nylon 66. A brother-in-law had one many years ago, and I thoroughly enjoyed shooting it.

But that little Browning take-down sure looks sweet.
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My favorites:
1. Springfield M2. The first rifle I shot in competition; on an ROTC rifle team in the 1950s.
2. Winchester Model 52 sporter. The property of a friend who bought it new. He sold it to me shortly before he died, and when I shoot it I think of shooting sessions with him.
3. Remington 540 XR Target. A lot more accurate than I am, I have it set up for off hand shooting and it's the best rifle I have for off hand practice.
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I much prefer the Marlin 60 or 795 to the Ruger 10/22.

I find the lack of a last shot hold open feature on the Ruger to be unacceptable. And I find the manual bolt lock lever to be infuriating.

I owned a 10/22 for a month or so and sold it to fund a Marlin 60, a much older cousin to the 795.

My 795 sports a wood stock and Tech Sights. My 60 also has the Tech sights.

Not as much aftermarket support on the Marlins, but the basic rifle as it sells is superior, IMHO.
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The 22 was the first love for many of us.

I once owned an older Marlin 39 Mounty carbine. It was not as accurate as my old Nylon 66 or Mossberg target or several Remingtons I owned. Mine only ejected or loaded a new round if one used the same hard stroke. A slight pause was a jam. I had always wanted one, I personally was disappointed but made money on it.

I currently have a Ruger 10/22 it is a plinker fun gun. I bought an abused Marlin 25 at a gun show. The bbl had been held by a bloody hand in several places, the birch stock had no finish and dings.

I draw filed the bbl and blued it. Refinished the stock and I was repairing a prewar Octagon bbl 8-57 sporter stock for a guy. I fixed the crack and blind inletted cross bolt and glass bedded it. I had my Marlin stock on the bench and decided to glass bed it too. The little 25 dollar gun shot as well as the Anchuts I owned at that time. I sold the Anschutz.

I would like to trade into a CZ 22 LR. It seems to be calling my name.

Clones are sometime good. I bought my son a Norinco copy of the little Browning 22 auto, put a scope on it. It shot very, very well. At 25 yards it was one ragged hole.

If I were starting a 22 rifle collection and left out some of the old classic Win-REM items I think I would go for broke on the first one, a Kimber 22. I have 2 Kimber 7mm08's awesome guns.

One needs a fun gun, some kind of clip fed auto, A 10/22 or perhaps a fake AR platfoorm one.

Then you need an accurate beater so you are not dragging the Kimber through the rocks or leave it out in the rain in your boat.

Stainless synthetic stock something. I do love blue steel and walnut but this one is the shoot the eye out of a bunny in all kinds of weather.

Marlin 60 or Ruger? I vote Ruger because of the magazines over tubes.

I had a Remington 66 or was it a 77, forgot. It had the magazine and the cheap scope that came with it. Tack driver accurate. The only reason I got rid of it was the magazines kept splitting on the corners, new ones out of the factory pack the one that came with it all split making it a 2 shot gun. If I put 3 rounds in the Mag it would not work.

I also had the Remington 572(?) pump 22. It was very accurate. Some guy bought it and I was out looking again.
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I have two Marlin 39, one from the 1920s and one from 1987. They are both great shooters.

Another one is the Winchester 63. It was my dads rifle and it is a wonderful shooter.

Also, as mentioned, the Browning T-Bolt, not the modern day one. It's an amazing shooter.

The last one to mention is the Browning 22SA, which mentioned before is still being made today.

All are great rifles and would be hard for me to choose just one. Also, all but the T-Bolt are take down models as well, if that appeals to you at all.
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I like my CZ 452 American 16" threaded bbl. 5 or 10 rnd mags, light and quiet Their current offering is the 455 synthetic threaded bbl. They also offer a 455 combo with user changeable 22lr and 17HMR bbls. Great guns and very accurate. The 455 varmint is good if you don't carry it around a lot. Any of those you mention are also nice rifles.
I have 3 452 CZ 22 American rifles. Deadly accurate with great triggers. There was as time as with most guns you could pick them up for a song. No longer. The 17hmr is scary accurate and even with cheap glass can put five shots in a 1/2 group at 100 yards. Most holes touch. And I do mean cheap glass. Great rifles.
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I have some .22s. Favorites are a Winchester 52 from the 1930s, a
Remingtion 40X from the CMP, a couple of 10/22s, and a Ruger 77/22.

Was out shooting the Ruger a few days ago. Remington Thunderbolt
ammo, 3X scope, offhand. Didn't do too bad for as rusty as I am
after the winter.
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Most shooters started with a 22 rifle and I think everyone should own at a least a dozen. Even old and cheap 22s shoot great...when you can find ammo.

My first gun was a Remington 581 purchased new in 1968 for $49.95. It was stolen with all my other guns in 1985. I found another 581 at an estate sale. Owner was a gunsmith and he had tinkered with it some. Cut the barrel to 20", added an action screw, etc. I added a new stock that I inletted myself.




I searched for years for a 22 Martini at a price I could pay. Got this one for $165 off Gunbroker. Refinished the wood.




Passed on a BRNO #1 I saw at a show about 10 years ago. Seriously kicked myself ever since. A while back I bagged this one. Not the Deluxe Model I passed on, but I still like it. A previous owner had painted the stock black. I think it looks much better after I refinished the wood. I hate refinishing stocks but it seems I always wind up doing it.




I bought this at a police auction in 1987 for $11.50. Terrible shape. All metal was corroded and wood was hideous. Worse, some dolt had drilled out the firing pin and sunk a big machine screw in the hole to make it into a toy for his grand kid. I polished the metal and blued it at home. Stripped and refinished the wood (there I went again) and replaced the missing sights. After looking for 15 years I found a gun show dealer who had the breech block to make it function once again. Was never so happy to pay $5 in my life. Total investment is about $23 in cash and many hours of labor.




I don't have a photo but last year I satisfied another itch and bought a Mannlicher stocked Ruger 10/22.
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A few of my favorites:

For a lever gun I prefer the Winchester 9422. Superb accuracy, fit and finish. Its just an elegant rifle.

Another vote for the Ruger 77/22. I picked up a used one many years ago at a very reasonable price. It just feels good in my hands and is more accurate than I'm capable of being.

I have a Rossi 62 that I got used and dirt cheap. Surprisingly accurate little rifle. That thing and a set of spinners makes for a very fun afternoon.

The Marlin Model 60. Cheap, reliable and accurate. What more could you want? Currently I have a Model 99M1 which is simply the Model 60 with a short barrel and a stock that resembles the M1 Carbine. Great little gun.

I have a 10/22 Tactical Model that I bought for the purpose of hosting my .22 suppressor. I picked it because the barrel was already threaded. Had to do quite a bit of work and replace a bunch of parts, but its a fine shooter now. Honestly, if it weren't for the can, I probably wouldn't own it.

The Nylon 66 is a fine rifle, but I must caution don't ever take that sucker apart! A friend brought me one in a box. Some 20 years earlier his Dad had taken it apart to give it a good cleaning and never could get it back together again. It took me most of a day of studying parts diagrams just to figure out what was missing. Lots of little bitty parts in there. Once I got the parts, it was two more days of some serious fussin' and cussin' to put it back together.
Of course I had to test fire it. Ran like a top and a pure pleasure to shoot. I almost hated to give it back to him.
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My only 22 rifle is a 1948 vintage Winchester 61 pump. Likes every kind of ammo except Remington blue. Really likes Remington Viper.
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So here is a little known fact brought to my attention by a fellow .22 collector many years ago. So if you turn a nylon 66/77 rifle on it's left side , ejection port up, you'll notice that the ejection port is recessed fairly deep and bullet shaped in itself. You can lay a .22 lr round in that port and quickly cycle the bolt to chamber that single round. Even the shape of the inside of the receiver is shaped to guide the round into the chamber. I'm told this feature was designed purposely so that a gun could be loaded quickly for hunting/home pest control. I can tell you (from my own days dabbling in Nylon collecting) it works!
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I'm surprised that there has not been any mention about the Mauser 22's. Here are a couple, the Model ES340B and ES350B. These are both prewar.



As someone else has already mentioned, the BRNO model 1's are nice as well. This is a deluxe model that I was able to pick up before they all disappeared. I just need to find the time to refinish the stock and add the buttplate but it shoots great as is.



Also from BRNO was the semi-auto model 581. CZ later introduced this back to the market for a couple years as the CZ511. I have one that is still NIB, figured I would put the wear and tear on the 581 and keep the 511 as new.



Recent manufacture are CZ's 452 series. I chose the ones with iron sights. What good is a rifle without irons?

452FS



452 Scout


There are also a couple different versions of their training rifle. I haven't taken any pics of those, just haven'tgotten around to it. CZ's and BRNO's are like potato chips, you can't have just one.
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I'll back up what John said - the Remington Nylon series rifles are outstanding, both in being reliable, accurate, durable and a bit unique. I wish I had the small collection I had back in high school. Right now I only have a standard brown (as pictured) Nylon 66 and I'm fortunate to have one of the elusive Nylon 10 single shot rifles.

I've put a lot of small game on the table over the years, they work 100% in all conditions and they are durable as heck!

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The now-out-of-print Remington Nylon 66 is one of my all-time favorite .22LR rimfires.

1. Virtually indestructible. One-piece Nylon stock.

2. Accurate.

3. More reliable than almost any autoloader made before or since.

4. Minimum care required. Alaskan trappers used them a lot.

5. 14-round tubular magazine protected by the stock, accessed from the butt.

6. Will accept tip-off scope mounts.

7. Very lightweight and easy to carry.

Most gun shows will turn up one or more - but they are getting more scarce as more and more people discover their utility, and collectors are driving up prices.

Here is a picture of the most prolific model, with the Mohawk Brown stock:



There are quite a few variations and spin-offs. Here is a chart I made up for collectors:



They can be customized, to a certain extent. Here's a "beater" that I converted into a "tacticool" model, scoped, equipped with a GI sling; the barrel is equipped with an adapter for a flash hider or suppressor. This is my knock-about rifle.



I can heartily recommend this rifle for both collecting and just plain fun shooting. A world record was set with over 100,000 hand-thrown wood blocks shot out of the air. No malfunctions whatsoever.

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Remington Model 24, manufactured April 1933, 22LR. My only rimfire rifle - and so my favorite.






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I've three .22 RF rifles. A JC Higgens bolt action, made by Marlin and essentially a version of their model 25. Next is a marlin 39A from the early fifties. I got it cheap at a gun show because it was missing the butt plate and a lot of the finish. Last is an old Stevens model 414 Armory target single shot.



All three are exceptionally accurate, which is one of the nice things about 22 rifles. Unless they've been abused, it's kinda hard to find one that doesn't shoot well.

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I love the old bolt guns. They have a tendency to slow me down when target shooting and concentrating on accuracy. When shooting my rifle I tend to not burn through as many rounds as when shooting my rimfire pistols. My current favorite is a real sleeper its a Stevens Model 56 Buckhorn. These rifles were not known for their wood or triggers but were well known for their accuracy and budget prices.
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I started collecting .22 military training rifles a few years ago. I Started out with a 1922 Springfield. From there I picked up a few Lee Enfields, A BSA Martini action, Winchester 52 pre A's ( designed for but not accepted by the U.S. Army ), A polish Mosin copy, and a few Mauser actioned German, Belgian and French rifles. A photo of the Mauser's is shown below.



I have several other American trainers, but I think you get the idea of where my interest lies.

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Fine collection LTC. Am sure prices have skyrocketed on many of them. Thanks for showing a fine collection.
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I used to be less interested in rimfire rifles and a Marlin Papoose was the only rimfire rifle in the house. I had a Winchester 9422XTR, a Uberti 1866 but always found rifles without a pistol grip awkward to shoot for long. Over the last decade my taste in guns has changed and I developed a taste for high quality firearms.

The Anschutz 54 sporters fit right in there and are also great shooters.







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