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Bolt action .22 LR recommendation

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Head on over to https://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/ for more discussion about any rimfire than you could ever care to read. They're partial to 10/22s but there's tons on bolt guns too. For my 2 kip I think the CZ is the most well made bolt gun at a very moderate price, or maybe they aren't so moderately priced anymore, used to be, old world workmanship.
 

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Ruger American Rimfire, uses the same mags as the 10/22, and it is pretty dang accurate. Cut a coil off the trigger spring, put a Leupold 2.5x scope on it and go have fun. Got one for my wife set up like that and it is her pest rifle, she loves it.
 

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Seeing you already own a 10/22 I suggest getting a .17 HMR if this is for scoped rifle practice and prairie dogs. Lots of options at affordable prices, I have a Marlin witha heavier barrel which is an absolute tack driver. It was a great tool in teaching my boys accurate shooting and preparing for big game. Being able to stretch the distance with the .17 was bad news for ground squirrels around here.
 

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I am going to buy a bolt action .22 LR to hopefully help my wife practice getting onto target faster and pulling the trigger sooner. We will either shoot targets or prairie dogs. She shoots a Ruger American now and I could get one in .22 LR but wondered if anybody has better experience or suggestions in that same price range? Savages look nice too but I already have a 10/22 so have plenty of magazines. Thoughts ?

If you have plenty of magazines, get another 10-22. They're awfully tough to beat. But I did pick up a sweet CZ 572 American bolt action 22. The thing is a shooter. I'm shooting quarter sized groups at 100 yds with 7 shots.
 

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Thanks all! I will be looking a few. I have a 10/22 and a marlin from my childhood. I am wanting to replicate a big game shooting situation so will stick to bolt action for that reason. I may have to buy 2 because my wife needs a youth model and they just look damn fun to shoot. For the price point, may start with both a Savage and Ruger. I be looking at the sales coming up and snag one here soon. The .17 sounds like a good idea too!
 

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My Marlin 880 is the first gun I ever owned and probably the last I'll ever sell.
Whatever you do, agreed with the idea of buying great and beautiful in a 22 -- it'll likely get used more than the other stuff.
 

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My Marlin 880 is the first gun I ever owned and probably the last I'll ever sell.
Whatever you do, agreed with the idea of buying great and beautiful in a 22 -- it'll likely get used more than the other stuff.
Same here. I remember seeing an ad for the 880SS (stainless/synthetic version) in Outdoor Life, and ordered it through the local hardware store. It is a fantastic little rifle, I would be scared to guess how many squirrels, rabbits, grouse I have taken with it in the last 30ish years.
 

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One piece of advice… make sure that you are still practicing dry firing and working the bolt with the centerfire. I work with lots of new/young/inexperienced shooters, and short-stroking the bolt is a real problem in the heat of the moment if they have been practicing with a rimfire.

Rimfires are great for cheap, low-recoil, low noise practice and plinking, and I’d recommend having most shooting be done with them. I no longer own a bolt action rimfire (I plan to fix that transgression sometime in the future), but I have kids to practice “working the bolt” between shots to get ready for the real deal, then I have them to end the shooting session with dry firing and working the bolt on the centerfire (running it all the way to the stop at the back) in real-world field positions.
 

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Tikka T1X or CZ 457 gets my vote.
Savage Mark 2s are usually tack drivers, but are plagued with feeding issues. Mine took a lot of tinkering to get it to feed and extract reliably.
 

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Thanks all! I will be looking a few. I have a 10/22 and a marlin from my childhood. I am wanting to replicate a big game shooting situation so will stick to bolt action for that reason. I may have to buy 2 because my wife needs a youth model and they just look damn fun to shoot. For the price point, may start with both a Savage and Ruger. I be looking at the sales coming up and snag one here soon. The .17 sounds like a good idea too!

If you can find a 77/22, that will use the same mags as your 10/22. And the weight of the 77/22 is pretty close to a bigger rifle.
 

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The 77/22 is my all-time favorite.
I had a 77/22 years ago and traded it for a Winchester model 255. I've always been a lever action fan and that 255 was an oddity for the area I lived in. (I also sold it years later for three times the price that the gun shop I traded at had it priced at). But I still miss that 77/22. The action was smooth as butter and the gun was just beautiful. It was also a tack driver. Too bad I could never talk myself into leaving the shotgun at home during squirrel season!
 

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Cz 452, 457. Both good shooters.

I'm a lefty and run a 452. I did the trigger upgrade and the firing pin spring upgrade. Also chopped the barrel 3 inches and threaded for suppressor.
 

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Is you can find a marlin 880-sq buy it. You wont be disappointed.

On judgement day, I'll have to answer to god for all of the animals I have killed with mine...
 
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