WOW what a loaded question. That is almost like asking what your favorite color is. I have many .22s from the marlin 39A to Benchrest rigs. I shot BR a little and have a sporter and 10.5# gun built on the Sako action. Both have Lilja bbl and Stith stocks. I have a 17m2 Lilja as well. I LOVE the fact I can change the bbls out as I see fit. I can turn my sporter BR rig into one nasty squirrel gun with the HM2 barrel. I just change out the stock and barrel and off to the woods we go. There are MANY manufacturers that make an incredible .22. check out rimfirecentral.com as well as benchrest.com. I bought my first BR rig used and would never look back. Tim Mcwhorter built it when he was doing rimfire guns. Although I don't have the money for the matches anymore, it sure is fun to shoot. I have made many a person a believer in the inherent accuracy of the .22. We regularly shoot live flies off of the backer board at the range with those lilja bbls. I wouldn't hesitate to buy a used gun particularly with one you can change the barrels out at will. If you are really planning on shooting over and out to 100 yds I would consider one of the upper lines. All will shoot but the Suhl, Sako, and Anchutz will probably out the rest in the accuracy dept. Remember at 100 yds with a rimfire the wind reading plays a large factor in your ability to take that target. No you do not have to have the super expensive rigs but had I started with the Sako, I would only own 2 .22s and not about a dozen
Good buy on the mkII, you'll love it. My Dad shots the same gun and loves it. I bought a CZ 452 Military trainer last summer (my ruger couldn't keep up with the MkII even with a target barrel) Now my Dad is looking at CZs. They shoot the same at 50-100 but the CZ stays tighter at 150-200. The nice thing about the CZ is that it will keep up with the Anchutz at any range and seems to be way less picky about ammo. As far as bang for the buck, you've definately got a winner.
I love my Anschutz, it is an extremely competitive rifle. The stock is very adjustable, and as anyone who has shot a supermatch, the trigger is like nothing else. Walther is another name I haven't seen mentioned that makes phenominal .22 rimfire rifles. At a much lower cost, CMP sells unused military surplus Kimber's that look very nice for $600. All of these would make great options for shooting long range with a rimfire. They are not lightweight squirrel guns though. My Anschutz weighs about 15lbs without scope. Knowing what you are looking to accomplish might help guide you better. I have no firsthand experience, but have heard great things about the savages which have already been mentioned, but that is a much lighter weapon.Heavy is steady. Another lightweight that I just came accross that had a heavier barrel on it is the Browning Tbolt. My local Gander Mounatain had one used for around $400 and it was a gorgeous rifle with a very unique action. Hope this helps.
CZ, period. Shoots great right out of the box. If you want to tinker and spend money needlessly for accessories and aftermarket barrels, triggers etc. then by all means buy a Ruger 10/22 . I don't think I can give my honest opinion here on the 10/22 without breaking forum rules, if you get my drift. Take a trip to rimfirecentral.com. More info for the rimfire enthusiast there than any other internet site.
Ok, somebody's got to do it! Not only are there several companies that make them, but there are several companies that MADE them as well. Accuracy out to 100 is a thing of beauty from a rimfire, some are lucky enough to have a doorstop that will do it all day with whatever it is fed, and just as likley to have a bench queen that insists on a steady diet of Gold Medal whatever to shoot just a bit better than average. Allthough nothing is certain, it is hard to go wrong with the bolt guns that are already classics, and at the risk of competing with a new bidder in the future, because i don't have enough of them already, I would say that a few of the classics would satisfy most users if they put em to use. The Winchester 69 is a grand rifle, clip fed, 5 or 10 round, the 72A is a thing of beauty with a tube magazine, and in the Remington's you have the 511 with the clip, and 512 with the tube. Truley classic rifles and any of them should do all that can be expected from a rimfire, especially if the majority of shooting will be with whatever ammo was available, and from an unsupported shooting position, these fine classics will make believers of most. Just my two cents though. Hoep you find what you are looking for.
I like tube feed rifle's. They load easier, feed well, and hold 14 to 17 rounds. I had a Marlin and an old Mossberg. Accurate little boogers.
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