Re: 22 Centerfire rounds?
I have two .221's: a Cooper 38 Phoenix and a Remington LVSF. Love them and that cal. for medium-range varminting. The FB is a bit louder than my Hornet, which is the quietest CF round out there; would hazard a guess that the .221's just a little less than a .223's report, and my heavier-barrelled Cooper is quieter than the LV sporter. At any rate, you'll appreciate the extra range, speed/energy of it over the Hornet if you can live with the extra decibels where you shoot.
As for actions, I'd look around for a closeout LVSF or a good used one. I just picked up mine new for a decent price after it sat on a dealer's shelf for 2 years. Stainless, with a jewelled bolt, I don't know of many of this Rem. model rifle that didn't shoot great out of the box; will eventually go with a heavier Shilen barrel and H-S stock, but makes a great carry rifle as is.
Also, FWIW: Something that might interest you is one of the Marlin lever-actions in .218 Bee they made a few years back. Are hard to find and usually bring a high price used, though. I'd like one someday and wish Marlin would make another run of 'em.
Last edited by lewwetzel; 05-07-2011 at 09:54 AM.