Rifle differences

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Rifle differences

Postby RCN » Sun Aug 06, 2006 1:55 pm

I'm thinking about buying a .22lr or a 17hmr for plinking, varmit and target mainly. At my local Big 5, I saw a Ruger 10/22, Remington 597 and a Savage .17hmr with the stainless steel bull barell, and thumbhole stock. The Savage is $375, Remington is $144, and the Ruger $235. Which rifle is the most accurate, most reliable and best value for the money?

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Postby quackhunter » Sun Aug 06, 2006 8:44 pm

Most accurate - The savage in 17 will shoot circles around the others.

Most Reliable - The 597's suck, the clips are junk, 10/22 are pretty good but still jam off and on. The savage being a bolt is the best. Had one for a year and shot thousands of rounds through it with no problems.

Best Value - In my eyes the savage. You can get a wood stock heavy barrel for 200 bucks. Stay away from the synthetic stocks = Junk. The 597 is a huge waste of money.
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Postby CrackerJackShot » Sun Aug 06, 2006 11:02 pm

One thing I can say is the Ruger 10/22 has the most product offered aftermarket than any other. You can rig it up with new stocks and whatever you want for reasonable prices. You can make it look like a 5000 dollar gun for only a few hundred. Not to mention they are accurate and personally I have NEVER experienced any kind of jam with it. The other guns I have no knowledge of... although my dad REALLY wants that Savage.
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Postby Major Woods » Mon Aug 07, 2006 11:50 am

I only have experience with the Ruger 10/22.
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Postby goosecaller » Mon Aug 07, 2006 12:10 pm

10/22 is the best .22 that I have ever owned. don't know about the others
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Postby bgoldhunter » Mon Aug 07, 2006 4:19 pm

10/22 is the most fun .22 I have, but my Browning semi-auto .22 is more accurate. My Savage 93R17FV (17 HMR) is by far the most accurate rimfire I have ever owned. It will flat drive tacks, even with the tupperware stock.
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Postby Ducksbeus » Wed Aug 09, 2006 8:46 pm

.22 Magnum is a hot little round...maybe a little cheaper ta shoot...check your local regs :thumbsup:
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Postby ARDuckBuster » Wed Aug 09, 2006 9:34 pm

One thing to keep in mind if you are going to do alot of plinking is shell cost. 22 is 500 rounds for about ten dollars. The 17's are a little more pricey. You can also buy hotter 22 rounds for varmits if you need to.
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Postby shocktroop » Sun Aug 13, 2006 8:00 pm

It depends on what your going to do of course and how much you might want to spend. The 17 will outshoot everything else you listed, but the ammo it a little more pricey, and as for varmints, 17s are great cause they're so accurate, but that little tiny 17gr bullet holds you back. A .22 will do better when you place the shot where it needs to go. The 10/22 has an endless supply of aftermarket parts and is the standard in rimfire bullseye competition. If you want an accurate fun gun, maybe some small game, and are not shooting thousadnds of rounds, then a 17 is good. If you get obsessed with accuracy, plan on upgrading and shooting tons of $ammo$ then go with the 10/22, lots of offerings from eley for match ammo and the sky is the limmit for customination, lots of it you can do yourself.
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Postby pennsyltucky » Sun Aug 13, 2006 8:42 pm

i have a 597 and never had trouble with it except the crappy clip. works as well as the 10/22 and just as accurate as i am.

certainly a good gun. but id rather the savage or even a marlin bolt.
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Postby Michigan » Fri Sep 22, 2006 7:47 am

the 17 HMR is a faster round so it has a flatter trajectory and a bit longer range. I think you loose some of the punch when you get farther down it's effective range because of the light weight bullet. It is expensive right now because it is still relatively new.
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Postby gone winchester » Sun Sep 24, 2006 7:27 am

Id go with the .17HMR. Thats a grand little round. The savage will last for a long time. I have a .22mag bolt action and its accurate beyond belief!
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Postby CrackerJackShot » Sun Sep 24, 2006 8:30 pm

Quite frankly in accuracy, I have a Marlin Model 60 Semi Auto .22 with a scope on it and it is DARN accurate... Ill sand bag it solid and at 50 yards it will put about 30 rounds inside of a nickel
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