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    Default Marlin 795 vs. Ruger 10/22 vs. Mossberg Tactical .22LR

    So I have pretty much dwindled down my choices for a .22LR to these three firearms. I have read/listened to/watched many reviews on each gun, so I am now looking for the honest opinion of the people here at NES. Let me explain why these firearms have made it to the final three. Overall I am looking for an inexpensive, accurate, reliable firearm for plinking, target practice, small game hunting. These can all be had for the $150-250 range.

    Marlin 795- everything I have seen shows excellent accuracy and reliability. However the aftermarket is not as strong as it is for the 10/22 and it isn't as visually appealing as the Mossy. Also very affordable $150 max minus a $25 rebate.

    Ruger 10/22- Seems to be the end all, be all of the .22 rifles. Has a strong aftermarket and is a well proven design. Most people love this gun. About $200+ new if am correct. There are also high cap mags available for this one, unlike the other two.

    Mossberg Tactical .22LR- Research led me to believe it is a 702 plinkster slapped inside an AR type platform. Looks great and could be highly customized. This is a newer model from what I see, so I am not very sure of its accuracy or reliability.

    Any and all input is greatly appreciated, just looking for the opinions of more experienced shooters on what rifle they think is best.

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    I'm not sure if you want 22lr specifically, but the marlin 982vs falls into each category you are looking for. It however is 22mag. Synthetic stock ss barrel bolt action. I preferred it over my 10/22 any day of the week

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    are looking to spend money on the rifle, for example: new trigger, barrel... or are you looking for the best rifle in the $150-$250 price range?

    if you are going to re-build the riffle with after market parts, look at the 10/22T (T=target) they come with a really nice target barrel, a nicer trigger, and a nice synthetic stock, adjustable with thumb hole.

    I got one of those, all i did was replace the trigger with a KIDD 2 stage trigger. excellent rifle. i would buy another one if they came with iron sights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JT88 View Post
    So I have pretty much dwindled down my choices for a .22LR to these three firearms. I have read/listened to/watched many reviews on each gun, so I am now looking for the honest opinion of the people here at NES. Let me explain why these firearms have made it to the final three. Overall I am looking for an inexpensive, accurate, reliable firearm for plinking, target practice, small game hunting. These can all be had for the $150-250 range.

    Marlin 795- everything I have seen shows excellent accuracy and reliability. However the aftermarket is not as strong as it is for the 10/22 and it isn't as visually appealing as the Mossy. Also very affordable $150 max minus a $25 rebate.

    Ruger 10/22- Seems to be the end all, be all of the .22 rifles. Has a strong aftermarket and is a well proven design. Most people love this gun. About $200+ new if am correct. There are also high cap mags available for this one, unlike the other two.

    Mossberg Tactical .22LR- Research led me to believe it is a 702 plinkster slapped inside an AR type platform. Looks great and could be highly customized. This is a newer model from what I see, so I am not very sure of its accuracy or reliability.

    Any and all input is greatly appreciated, just looking for the opinions of more experienced shooters on what rifle they think is best.
    I have 10/22's and also Marlin 795's.

    There is a big difference. The 795 is really bare bones. The trigger is pretty bad. The stock sights are pretty bad. I took a dremel to the rear sight to make it more well defined and square.

    The 10/22 is a much more refined rifle.

    However, the 795 is so damn light and easy to carry. My 10/22's have morphed into really heavy and bulky rifles. Heavy wood stock, heavy barrel, scope etc. 10/22's have the potential to be like that so eventually they get built that way. I have a 10/22T and a 10/22 I built from the ground up.

    795's have very little modification potential so you can keep it light and untouched. If I had to take a 22LR camping or just for walking around the woods I'd probably grab the Marlin.

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    I would go 10/22. The compact model is just 4.5 pounds and comes with fiber optic sights. It's a very light and fun little .22. Or, as Underwhere notes, you can get a heavier target version or build your own to produce just about any form of .22 you want.

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    I have a 10/22, and when I did an Appleseed, the fellow next to me had a 795, and I got to shoot it. I would go with the 10/22. Mine had a decent trigger and a good barrel right out of the box. After fuxoring the trigger pack, I put in a Volquartsen TG2000. I recently removed the iron sights (had techsites), and put on a small red dot. I don't think the tree rats are safe this coming season
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    Yea I have a lot of open land out where I live and I plan on doing my fair share of critter hunting.

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    The benefit of the 10/22 is you can build it into virtually anything you want it to be.

    Out of the box, it's nothing special - moderate reliability, shitty iron sights, and looks like a smaller version of your father's hunting rifle.

    BUT, you can turn it into ANYTHING you can: an incredibly accurate tack driver (see the 'ultimate' threads), an affordable, reliable military trainer (see the Appleseed LTR), an evil black rifle in .22LR, a highly revined work or art, or anything in between. You can spend $200 or $1000.

    So if you plan on changing or modifying your rifle (anything from a new stock to a complete makeover), go with a 10/22. But if you're going to keep your rifle stock, keep your options open.

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    I’m biased as I think the 10/22 was the first gun I ever shot. My Uncle gave me my first 10/22, a Target with a stainless steel barrel that still might be my favorite gun. When looking for a .22LR you can't really ask for anything more than the 10/22 brings to the table. It may be more nostalgia than anything else but for me the 10/22 would be the easy choice.

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    M&P 15-22.

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