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    Default Buying first rifle- .22 LR options, which is best?

    Short background: Never owned a gun before, looking for something fun, not finnicky, within $300-$450 range for the rifle itself. Most likely shooting 50-300 yards at max--this isn't going to be a possum gun. So, fun to shoot, accurate, but don't need a tack driver necessarily.

    After a bit of research and reading, I've settled on a .22 (.22 LR) for 1) cheap ammo, 2) low kick, and 3) lower cost for the rifle. All of which fit well with this being my first gun.

    I've narrowed it down to 4 rifles, listed below. Most of them seem to have positive feedback from owners, but I wanted to get outside opinions, and see which ones people liked the best of these.

    Smith and Wesson M&P 15-22
    GSG-522
    Walther G22 (bullpup)-local store has a couple in stock, w/ out scope, $400, with scope (not sure magnification), $475
    Austria MSR MK22 (SCAR-wannabe)


    Any and all advice I'd greatly appreciate, including any specific maintenance problems if there are any on that list.


    Hopefully I can be soon

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    I would buy the S&W M&P15-22 or a ruger 10/22 (half the price of the Smith).

    Both will serve you well.

    I don't know how well you will do out to 300 yards.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by BangBang View Post
    I would buy the S&W M&P15-22 or a ruger 10/22 (half the price of the Smith).

    Both will serve you well.

    I don't know how well you will do out to 300 yards.....

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    Don, Thanks for the tip on the ruger. I'll take a look at it. Realistically, I'm probably looking 50-150 yards. Just something fun, easy to maintain, and fun to shoot. Thanks for the advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BangBang View Post
    I would buy the S&W M&P15-22 or a ruger 10/22 (half the price of the Smith).

    Both will serve you well.

    I don't know how well you will do out to 300 yards.....

    Don
    Dido! I'll just add that in our family we have both the M&P 15/22's and the Ruger 10/22 and they're both great choices. The difference comes down to old school or the new with me being the old school with my more than 30 year old basic Ruger 10/22, and my teenage sons being the new school with their hot of the shelves M&P 15/22's, but we all agree that they're both great guns. I think it comes down to feel and preffered features and style, but I don't think you can go wrong with either. Good luck!!

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    I own one of all of those and a ruger the ruger is a good reliable gun and accurate. But the funnest to shoot is the walthers shoots great never had a prob little picky on ammo but not bad.the bullpup keeps the gun lenth short but still gives u a 24"barrel verry accurate and fun only prob is clip is to small so fun you bun through 10round fast. If you are lookin for a huntin gun can't beat the ruger I have had mine since I was 12. Ruger should have called that gun the black plague. Because its a killer

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    The good thing about the ruger is all the after market stuff u can get stalks, barrels,& trigger assembly and so on

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    If you want great customization options, the Ruger would be the best option for you because of all the after market parts available.

    GSG also makes excellent quality firearms for under $400. The GSG 552, GSG-5 (Looks like an MP5) and GSG AK-47 (Looks like an AK, chambered in .22lr) are some of the firearms I myself have been looking at. I've only fired the GSG 5, and it is a highly accurate weapon, even with just the iron sights.

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    I'll throw in my hat for the Ruger 10/22. It's a fun shooter stock and with a few low cost mods will become a tack driver. You can also go tacticool with it. I think it's one of the most modified .22 rifles ever. Mine has a bull barrel, trigger kit and Evolution stock and even with me behind it, it's scary accurate.

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    Another vote for a ruger 10-22 here. I own a GSG-5, and I love the gun, but it takes about 2 HOURS to do a ful cleaning on. Its a huge pain in the ass, which makes me not want to shoot it much. I now have a classic wood stock ruger 10-22 with 2 25 round mags, so I almost NEVER take the GSG out of the safe. The ruger will eat any ammo I can feed it, and it never gives me problems! Much more reliable than the GSG. The ruger is definitely my grab and go gun when dealing with pests at the house!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy View Post
    Another vote for a ruger 10-22 here. I own a GSG-5, and I love the gun, but it takes about 2 HOURS to do a ful cleaning on. Its a huge pain in the ass, which makes me not want to shoot it much. I now have a classic wood stock ruger 10-22 with 2 25 round mags, so I almost NEVER take the GSG out of the safe. The ruger will eat any ammo I can feed it, and it never gives me problems! Much more reliable than the GSG. The ruger is definitely my grab and go gun when dealing with pests at the house!
    First, thanks to everyone for the suggestions and advice. Billy--I did not know that about the GSG-5. Since this'll be my first rifle, 2 hours to clean for you would probably mean 3-4 for me, so I'll cross that one off the list.

    I'll probably be making a decision over the weekend, I'll let you all know which I end up going with.

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