The Best Autoloading .22s

By CTD Rob published on in Firearms, Reviews

Marlin Model 60

Marlin Model 60

Marlin Model 60

Since its introduction in 1960, it has continuously represented one of America’s finest rimfire values. It has a 19″ Micro-Groove rifled barrel, a cross-bolt safety, manual bolt hold-open and a patented automatic “last-shot” bolt hold-open. The tubular magazine holds up to 14 Long Rifle rounds. With features such as its sleek walnut-finished hardwood stock and a precision-crowned muzzle for enhanced accuracy, it is easy to see why the Model 60 continues to be one of America’s best-selling rifles. The Model 60 is well suited for small-game hunting and vermin control, as well as for serious but low-cost target practice while preparing for hunting with larger rifles. The relatively large ammunition capacity is adequate for casual recreational target shooting, plus the low price and ease of handling makes it well-suited as a first rifle by young hunters just learning to use a semi-automatic rifle.

Browning SA-22

Browning SA-22

Browning SA-22

Few auto loading rimfire rifles have endured the test of time and the marketplace like the Browning SA-22. It stands alone as one of the first auto loading rimfires, and one the most desirable rifles ever made. The SA-22 was one of the last of John M. Browning’s designs, and his genius shines through in every feature. The slim, stylish forged steel receiver and slender barrel takes down into two compact units without tools. The SA-22′s tasteful engraving and select walnut make it an object of lasting beauty and enjoyment. Owners enjoy these rugged rifles both in the field and as heirlooms. The SA-22 is a takedown autoloader with a bottom ejection. The rifle has a scroll design, and a polished, blued finish. The front sight is a gold bead, and the rear is an adjustable folding leaf. Browning drilled and tapped the barrel to accept a scope mount. The tubular magazine holds ten rounds, and loads from the butt of the gun. No other auto loading rifle has the character or beauty of the Browning SA-22.

Remington Model 597

Remington Model 597

Remington Model 597

The Model 597 is easily the most advanced autoloading rimfire rifle ever built, and the most technologically advanced breakthrough in autoloading rimfire rifle technology in 35 years. The difference starts with the proprietary bolt-guidance system, which features a unique set of twin tool-steel guide rails for better stability, feeding reliability and greater out-of-the-box accuracy. The bolt, hammer, and sear of the Model 597 all feature an exclusive nickel-Teflon plating for smooth, dependable operation and an ultra-crisp trigger pull. To assure reliable, long-term accuracy, Remington also incorporated a unique positive-locking, permanently rigid barrel attachment clamp. Receivers are grooved for standard rimfire mounts and tapped/drilled for Weaver-style bases. Completing the breakthrough design are an innovative last-shot “hold open” magazine feature and Remington’s patented, easy-to-use staggered-stack magazine.

Mossberg 702

Mossberg 702 Bantam Plinkster

Mossberg 702 Bantam Plinkster

Whether your idea of fun is chasing after small game, serious marksmanship practice, or just plinking around, you’ll find a new best friend in these perfect go anywhere, do anything kind of rimfire .22s. Companhia Brasileira de Cartuchos (CBC) manufactures the Model 702 in Brazil, and Mossberg imports the rifle under their name. It is essentially the CBC Model 7022 restyled to Mossberg’s specifications and previously sold under the MagTech brand name. The “Plinkster” name was previously applied to a different .22 semiautomatic rifle made and sold by Mossberg. “Plinking” is a popular term for informal recreational target shooting. It is available with many combinations of barrels and stocks, from synthetic to maple stock, and from chrome to blued steel barrels. The blued barrel is 18 inches long and the chrome barrel is 21 inches long. Mossberg modeled the bolt and receiver design after the Model 70 variant of the Marlin Model 60, but the ejector, firing mechanism, and feed system are different. Perfect for hunting or target practice, the Plinkster gives its owners maximum value for their dollar.

Ruger 10/22 Carbine

Ruger 10/22 Carbine

Ruger 10/22 Carbine

The Ruger 10/22 is an American classic. Simple and robust, its durability and reliability are legendary. This is the standard, classic configuration 10/22, featuring a hammer-forged 18.5” barrel, crisp single action trigger, extended magazine release, and hardwood stock. The rear iron sight is adjustable and the front iron sight features a gold bead insert. Ruger grooved the receiver for standard rimfire rings, and drilled and tapped it for a scope mount. A Weaver style scope base is also included. This 10/22 comes with a removable ten-round rotary magazine that fits flush with the stock, but it will accept factory and aftermarket high capacity magazines, including 50 round drums! With a bit of oil on the bolt and high quality .22 LR ammunition, your finger may get tired from pulling the trigger, but the Ruger 10/22 will still be ready for more!

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