Re: What's your favorite .22 rifle ??
Nostalga : Almost everyone's favorite - Their first! Mine was a mil. surplus Mossberg Target (19 VERY hard earned 1960 bucks!) with both US amd British stamps from a pawn shop. Squirrel hunting was hard with the peep front and rear sights, but once you found found him, head (even eye) shots were the norn! Eventually had a scope mount made for it but it just wasn't as much fun. Still deep in the back of mi gun safe = Wish I hadn't lost the peep sights!
Plinking and fun: Super light 10/22. Light syntheic stock, composite barrel,
two lb. trigger (hammer mods), and a 4-12 parallax adjustable scope (easily the heaviest single part of the setup! - old eyes need help.
Remington Nylon 77 ---That's right - 77 not 66! The 77 was the clip fed version of the plastics of which few were made. I also own a bolt action version (88?) and had a lever axtion version (99?) A little hard to clean well but it's one of my most accurate rifles and digests almost anything loaded into it with ease. My godson talked me out of the lever action and I've never forgiven him!
Target: Paper -Anschutes 54 - one hole @50 yards with RWS50 and no wind. NUFF SAID!
Moving: 10/22 as above but with thumbhole laminate stock and ss fluted/ ported barrel (this gun is MUCH better than it's shooter!!!
Pretty ones: Weatherby semi-auto. Mine was accurate but overly complicated and very hard to clean. GONE!
Ruger 77/22 Tough (and heavy) The one I had couldn't hit the side of a barn FROM THE INSIDE!!! I ran 11 different hunting and target strings through it and couldn't find one it liked. I freefloated the barrel and reshot and got a modest improvement but nothing to write home about. A lot of people say they have had good luck with theirs so I may have gotten a lemon. GONE!
Remington 580 581 591: Extremely strong action (six lugs + bolt handle) This series is an all time favorite with me. It has good accuracy with careful ammo selection, clean classic lines, some of the older ones had a REAL walmut stock which with some modest checkering and a grip cap is classically beautiful. They're not my very most accurate rifles but they keep jumping into my arms when I go to the range or plinking or hunting (I know, I know, I'm a sucker for a preiiy face!) I had two 491's in the old 17 Remington rimfire Which were super ground squirrelers but the ammo dried up. The 17's are gone, SIGH!
Unusual and show: Remington rolling blocks A target one that weighs over 10 lbs. A "Boy Scout Musket" with military stock, Several others that range from beautilly crafted to POOPOO!
The first Remington automatic (and first trully successful modern 22 automatic of any kind) Remington paid royalties to John Browning for exclusice rights to produce the 22 Browning automatic. The guns are functionally identical and very similar in styling. The relationship ended in the early 1900's and Browning started having them made in Belgium. (still being made?
It may have become obvious that I lean toward the Remington camp and am a firm believer that you should have (at least) one 22 for every purpose!
Which is my favorite -Where'r we goin' n' what are we gonna do?