The wide variety of affordable 22 rifles available may leave you confused, but with the right information you can find the best rifle scope for you and your wallet. This article will break down the advantages of different rifles and their costs.
The Savage Mark II is many shooters first choice for a quality .22 under $600. Savage Arms is an award winning gun manufacturer whose A17 won the NRA’s Rifle of the Year in 2016. The AccuTrigger included on the Mark II makes adjusting the weight of the pull easy and intuitive, and it has some of the best accuracy right out of the box for any rifle in this price range. It’s also a heavy gun at 7.5lbs. With an MSRP of $533 dollars, it is a consistently good rifle for an affordable price and it is not uncommon to find them for under $250.
PROS: Excellent accuracy out of the box, AccuTrigger system is great for fine tuning
CONS: May be too heavy for extended shootings
Even more affordable than the Savage Mark II is the Marlin Model 60. It has MSRP of $208.74 so it’s not difficult to snag one for less than $150. The Marlin is often referred to as the most popular .22 in the world; they are a common sight in cabins, grandfathers’ houses, and the back of your neighbors’ closet. The only drawback to the Marlin 60 is the tubular loading system, which is unwieldy at best. It is a light rifle and weighs only 5.5lbs, making it great for first time shooters. The Marlin is easy to clean and maintain, has replacement parts are widely available.
PROS: Incredibly cheap, reliable.
CONS: Smaller fit, may not be comfortable for bigger hands or statures.
Some difficulty cycling normal velocity rounds. Tubular load system is slow. lf you want the same action but with a magazine-fed system, the Marlin 795 is roughly the same price, but is even lighter than the Model 60 and an inch shorter (18”). It’s a synthetic stock instead of the wood stock of the 60, but it would be perfect for camping or portage. lf the other models aren’t sturdy enough, the Ruger 10/22 is the upgraded version. It’s got amazingly smooth action, a rugged design that can take a large amount of wear and tear, and has consistently great accuracy through 200 yards. The base model has an MSRP of $309, but can often be tracked down for under $270. It’s got way more customization options and accessories than either the Savage Mark II or the Marlin Model 60, ranging from large magazines to a variety of sports-shooter gun stocks.
PROS: Accurate, tons of customization options, easy to modify, rugged.
lA more classic style gun would be a Henry .22 Lever action, which has that classic action seen in almost every western. This gun is a little pricier than the other rifles, with the Golden Boy model usually going for around $500 and the base walnut-stock model (H001) going for around $340. The gun is pure American-made and proud of it. It comes with the legendary customer service and warranty that has made Henry a favorite with customers for decades.
PROS: Amazing quality control and all-American construction
CONS: Lever action may slow down an avid shooter
The CZ 455 American Combo has a similar aesthetic to the Henry .22, but with bolt action instead of lever action. It’s the longest gun on this list at an overall length of 38.2” and a hefty 6lbs. It also includes an option for changing into the .17 that has been sweeping rifle competitions for the past two years. It retails for around $560.
PROS: Full size, comes with .17 option
CONS: Pricier than other options
Sometimes a military style gun is more appealing, which means the discerning customer would be looking into a Sig Sauer 552. It’s got an all-polymer folding/locking stock and a Pica tinny rail system for mounting anything from flashlights to laser points. It has an MSRP of $587 and regularly sells out for around $600; it’s a gun in high demand from everyone from sports shooters to law enforcement trainers. It has both 10 and 25 round magazines.
PROS: Amazing construction, lightweight, rail system is great, 10 and 25 mag options is great for sport shooters.
CONS: Most expensive option on this list, difficult to find in stores.
Hopefully this list has given you the information you need to make the right choice for you next rifle.