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Old 11-25-2012, 06:04 PM
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You can't go wrong with a Ruger 10/22. I have been shooting the same 10/22 for 20 years and put it through heck and it's still spitting lead. I also like the savage 22lr. I got one for my wife last Christmas and so far it seems like a great gun for a real cheap price.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:20 AM
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I would suggest the Ruger 10/22. It comes in many varieties with tons of available options. I've had mine for 16ish years and it is still in great shape. I also have the Remington 597 VTR that I really like if you are in to the tactical-style rifles.
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Old 03-08-2013, 01:56 AM
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I have two .22s I inherited from my dad that I highly recommend...

A Browning SA-22 Takedown, and a Thompson Center Arms Encore with a few barrel sets including the .22 which is super accurate.

I can plink 1/2" groups at 50 yards all day long with the TCA CCI MiniMags, and its Pentax scope.

The action and barrel sets are stainless, and the stock and forend are synthetic on this one, although nice wood ones are available.

The TCA Encore system has a great safety and a dual firing pin hammer that works for rim and center fire cartridges.

The neat thing about the system are the interchangeable barrels, which allow you to shoot all kinds of ammo and, keeps things on a decent budget and are extremely accurate.

The Browning SA-22 is a classic with an 11 round tube fed magazine a cassette type action that pulls out and takes down for easy servicing.

Mine seems to prefer any cartridge hotter than a short to faithfully cycle the action.

Whatever you get I am sure you two will have a lot of fun, and I am happy to see another father passing along such a great tradition.
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Old 03-10-2013, 04:51 PM
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Cz's are great they make the best bolt action 22's. savage makes "economy" bolt action .22's. which are great and will also last a life time. they just don't have the fancy blueing or the high gloss stocks like the cz's.

I have a savage Mark IIg, i highly recommend it.

When teaching a kid to shoot, semi autos are the worst. My second gun was a Ruger 10/22 and I wasted the first 3000 shots just seeing how fast I could empty a 25 round magazine. semi autos really aren't good for teaching marksmanship.
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:05 PM
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Marlin 60 all the way. Love the Ruger 10/22, but if someone ever said I could only have one 22lr rifle, it would be a marlin 60.

For a bolt gun, I favor the cz 455 (or old 452), but I'm also a big fan of the savage 93/mark II's.

Those are the 4 that I'd spend money on, maybe adding a marlin bolt action to that list at a distant 5th place. Marlin 60 is the highest selling firearm model of all time for a reason.
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:19 PM
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My .02 cents, go for the Marlin MODEL 39a. I first saw it in outdoor life over 30 years ago and was finally able to bring it home to my safe 3 years ago. It will someday go to my son, after we have scuffed it up adding memories to it.
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:05 PM
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I like the Marlin 39.
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Old 03-11-2013, 04:12 AM
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I like the Rem 513T I have 3 of them. All of them are over 50 years old and all of them shoot like a dream. Yeah they are heavy but they will grow some forearms on that boy. Don't be scared of a heavy gun be scared of those that can hold one. Just Kidding.

I'm partial to Remington in 22lr. I want to try out the newer model 547. The Ruger 10/22 is okay but some of them need triggers. Never have fired a CZ 22lr so no comment on that.
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Old 03-11-2013, 05:24 AM
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You haven't been back since your orignal post in Nov.

What is your budget? And what type of action are you in the market for? Bolt, semi-auto....? Those points would help, though just about any avenue you're interested in has been covered here.

My pics for being on a budget ... used 10/22 for semi-auto, Marlin 25 for a bolt, don't think there is a budget lever .22.

My pics if money is no object, Winchester Model 63 take-down for semi-auto, CZ 455 for bolt (swap barrel model) and a Marlin 39 for alever gun lever

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Old 03-11-2013, 06:28 PM
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Hard to go wrong with a 10-22.
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