Just starting- recommendations on a 22 rifle

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Just starting- recommendations on a 22 rifle

Post by pappaszx9 » 01 Jun 2018, 12:48 pm

Hey guys, new to the forum and to gun ownership. I'm looking at a decent 22 rifle to get started on. Mainly target shooting and plinking.

I have set myself a budget of around $700 to spend on the rifle including scope. Although I'm willing to spend more if needed. I think I'd rather spend a bit more on a 308 or similar at a later stage.

Let me know what you think.
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Re: Just starting- recommendations on a 22 rifle

Post by scoobs » 01 Jun 2018, 2:52 pm

i was looking at spending about $600 on mine. ended up spending the extra and buying the lithgow la101. cost me $400 more, plus scope, but i do not regret it one bit. such a nice rifle to shoot
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Re: Just starting- recommendations on a 22 rifle

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Re: Just starting- recommendations on a 22 rifle

Post by in2anity » 01 Jun 2018, 6:25 pm

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Re: Just starting- recommendations on a 22 rifle

Post by JimTom » 01 Jun 2018, 6:33 pm

Lithgow LA101 however it’s more than your budget.
Should get a CZ455 for a little more than your budget mate.
They would be my two picks mate if you’re buying new. If you’re getting second hand then I’d go a BRNO Mod 2 or similar.
That’s just me mate, I have owned the abovementioned, I’m sure others will have differing opinions.
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Re: Just starting- recommendations on a 22 rifle

Post by Stix » 01 Jun 2018, 7:27 pm

Im with Marksman (& JimToms latter suggestion)...go the brno model 2 or cz452.

But for a first rifle, there are any number of used .22lr's that you'll be happy with & will shoot to acceptable standards.

If you buy second hand, try to get some verification the rifle is ok first...ask its history etc...you can often tell if someone is trying to pull one over you.
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Post by Flyer » 01 Jun 2018, 8:04 pm

pappaszx9 wrote:I think I'd rather spend a bit more on a 308 or similar at a later stage.

I guarantee your .22 will be the rifle you shoot the most. Cheap ammo, no recoil, no hot barrels, accurate, and if you take up target shooting you'll probably be using it every other week.

Buy yourself a decent 22 and you'll never regret it. If money's tight, it doesn't have to be new. Same goes for the scope - you can buy cheap new or try to find something used in good nick that'll last years.
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Re: Just starting- recommendations on a 22 rifle

Post by SHV » 01 Jun 2018, 9:52 pm

Savage TR usually around 900 dollars now 599 if still available, bushnell AR 3-9x40 on sale for 130 dollars, plus rings maybe 40 dollars, a very decent set up for beginners
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Re: Just starting- recommendations on a 22 rifle

Post by AusTac » 02 Jun 2018, 12:19 am

I'd get a 2nd hand cz 452 in your case, lovely rifle, i also own a lithgow la101 in .22 thats a ripper, but pricey though, best off going into a shop looking feeling working and shouldering rifles to see what you like, a cheap but new rifle you'll find the machining to be quite "agricultural" to put it nicely, i always come back to my .22 the big cals are awesome but you'll see what i mean later into your journey in firearms ownership
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Post by bigfellascott » 02 Jun 2018, 1:31 pm

I guess the choice will depend on what you want to achieve, if you want to be a competitive target shooter (ie go in comps) then you will need to spend more than $600 but if it's just for a bit of practice/fun then you don't need to go to ridiculous prices to do that and infact some of the cheaper stuff will shoot fairly well too, again it all comes down to what you are wanting and willing to put up with (ie not as nice wood or finish to the stock and metal parts, good or average trigger that might need a bit of a tweak to make it better.

Any of the above will suit your needs well, savage also make a nice Varmint Barrel 22 and they shoot very nicely too and don't cost a huge amount (end of the day you can always upgrade to better if you feel the need) sometimes it better to go the mid range price and decide if you are happy with that or the other thing you might be better off doing is go to a range or if you have friends with 22's have a good go of theirs and see if anything stands out for you as being something you'd like to own and use.

I'd personally be heading to the local range and see if you can ask a few people to let you have a go of theirs (explain what your situation is) ie trying to decide on which 22 to buy - I'm sure you will find a few who are willing to let you have a go if their outfits.

Good luck with it all.
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Re: Just starting- recommendations on a 22 rifle

Post by SCJ429 » 02 Jun 2018, 3:34 pm

I have seen the odd stainless Savage 22LR on abused guns for around $300. Great for starting out and good for in excess of 10,000 rounds of great practice.
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Re: Just starting- recommendations on a 22 rifle

Post by in2anity » 02 Jun 2018, 6:37 pm

SCJ429 wrote:I have seen the odd stainless Savage 22LR on abused guns for around $300. Great for starting out and good for in excess of 10,000 rounds of great practice.


All 22s will shoot a heck of a lot more than 10,000 rounds. If you stick to target ammo, I’ve heard in the realms of 1/4 of a million.
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Re: Just starting- recommendations on a 22 rifle

Post by Wombat » 02 Jun 2018, 7:05 pm

in2anity wrote:
SCJ429 wrote:I have seen the odd stainless Savage 22LR on abused guns for around $300. Great for starting out and good for in excess of 10,000 rounds of great practice.


All 22s will shoot a heck of a lot more than 10,000 rounds. If you stick to target ammo, I’ve heard in the realms of 1/4 of a million.


Yes. A .22 is more often damaged by poor cleaning practices or rust than being worn out. Shooting on a wet or obstructed bore, using multi piece steel rods and cleaning from the muzzle end is how to shorten their useful life.
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Re: Just starting- recommendations on a 22 rifle

Post by in2anity » 02 Jun 2018, 7:16 pm

And the way I see it, the only practical benefit of a SS barrel is ease of cleaning (which if you shoot a lot, is indeed a notable perk). Cleaning guns is boring and time consuming.
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Re: Just starting- recommendations on a 22 rifle

Post by SCJ429 » 02 Jun 2018, 8:08 pm

Yes I have seen an Anschutz that had shot over 100,000 rounds, it was showing its age. I did say in excess of 10,000 which would be a lifetime of shooting for most folk.
Stainless is more resistant to rust, a good thing for novice shooters who often pull their rifle out of the safe to find rust all over their blued finish because they didn't realise that a dab of grease was required. Any downsides to a novice getting a stainless Savage?
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Re: Just starting- recommendations on a 22 rifle

Post by AZZA'S HJ47 » 02 Jun 2018, 8:22 pm

Save some money and get a la101 love mine and its not fussy on ammo. Great Australian made rifle
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Re: Just starting- recommendations on a 22 rifle

Post by in2anity » 02 Jun 2018, 8:24 pm

Nope - generally they're just not worth the few hundred extra dollars. OFC if you're shooting comp. different story, but then you'd buy an Annie amiright? And FWIW, I do agree with you the Savage is the pick of the bunch (for a $600 budget). The TR mkII is by definition more of a target rifle than a 452, a 455 or even a BRNO mod2; just look at the comb. Sure there are always exceptions to the rules; f***K me have I seen some BRNOs shoot, but its a risk going a lighter barrel if you're intent on groups (which one normally is when they first start shooting).
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Re: Just starting- recommendations on a 22 rifle

Post by SCJ429 » 02 Jun 2018, 8:45 pm

I am not saying that I am a fan of the Savage or its trigger but if I had $300 in my pocket and I wanted a 22 that is what I would get. Spend the rest of your budget on a scope.

I have seen the 452 used in 3P and they do OK, CZ has always been good value for money and generally shoot well. I am not sure a novice shooting cheap ammo will do any better with it. Spend $300 and get most of your money back when you sell it to upgrade.
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