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9 Best .22 Rifles on the Market in 2022


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There are few firearm calibers as timeless as .22 Long Rifle, as it's served as the default introductory shooting cartridge for years. A wildly simple rimfire design, this cheap and plentiful round is perfect for basic firearms and shooting training, as it makes hardly any noise and produces almost no recoil whatsoever.  However, the caliber isn't exclusive to first-timers, as .22 rifles can serve as fantastic small-game rifles, too, as countless hunters swear by their favorite .22 rifle when it's time to chase down some squirrels or rabbits. And, whether you're a hunter or just someone who likes to go plinking at the range, no one can deny how nice it is to shoot for ours without wearing out your should or your wallet. The market for .22 rifles is fairly loaded, but we've done the legwork for you by putting together a list with some of our favorite offerings out there right now. But don't feel like you have to limit yourself to one; few rimfire rifles really break the bank, so make your wishlist as long as you want.

Ruger 10/22

It only feels right to start with a true American classic. Featuring one of the most reliable semi-automatic rifle designs to ever exist, it'd be impossible to ever know how many Ruger 10/22 rifles could be sitting out there in gun safes. It's especially difficult when you consider all the variations have hit the market over the years, namely to Sporter, the Carbine, the Tactical, and the Takedown. Each boasting the smooth action fed by that famous rotary magazine, this rifle is about as dependable and accurate as you can possibly find. And, magazine capacities can vary from 10 rounds all the way up to 100. It's one of the most customizable rifles to ever exist with countless accessories available, including aftermarket triggers and triggers, as well as picatinny rail systems that can take advanced sights, bipods, and other accessories. The stock rifle, however, does come standard with scope mount adapter for tip-off mounts.

Savage 64F

Savage has made a name for itself in the budget tier of the centerfire rifle market, but its rimfire offerings offer the same bang-for-buck allure. The 64F isn't only a great rifle for a bargain at about $130, but it's also become a household name for many of the same reasons as the 10/22: it's accurate, customizable, and reliable. Featuring a detachable box magazine and a 21-inch barrel with a 1:16 twist rate, this rifle is as efficient as it is precise. It's also both lightweight and slick to look at with a carbon steel barrel and receiver and a black synthetic stock. Similar to the 10/22, it inherits an incredible variety of aftermarket products, from upgraded triggers and extended magazines all the way to folding stocks. This is a fantastic option for the hunter hoping to take a crack at small-game hunting, but it's also an absolute blast if you just want something to take out to the range for a day of shooting every once in a while. Additionally, Savage sells a takedown model that you could easily stash in a backpack.

Savage Arms Mark II

If you're looking to pay a little more for enhanced precision, the Mark II is one of the best options on the market, still offering a fairly attractive bang-for-buck price point. Fitted with Savage's famous AccuTrigger technology, shooters and hunters alike will get the feel of some of Savage's most admired centerfire offerings in a smaller, cheaper package. With a 21- or 16-inch carbon steel barrel with a 1:16 twist rate, this rifle is noticeably more accurate than most rifles chambered in .22 LR, and it also features a one-piece scope rail, which you can even choose to have already equipped with a 3-9x40mm Bushnell scope. You have the option of a five- or 10-round detachable box magazine, and you can also pick between various synthetic stocks, or you can go with laminate, camo, or wood.

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Henry Golden Boy Lever-Action

Maybe you always wanted a classic old-west style lever-action rifle but were scared off by the $1,000+ price tag that often accompanies such guns. That is where the Henry Golden Boy comes into play. This rifle is just $449, but has the same classic octagonal barrel, brass receiver and walnut stock that come on Henry rifles in larger calibers. The .22LR version has a tubular magazine and holds 16+1 rounds. The 20-inch barrel has a 1:16 rate of twist. A classic lever action rifle design in a fun and affordable caliber like .22? Sign us up. This gun should provide hours of fun plinking or on the target range with friends.

Tikka M1x MTR

This is another firearms manufacturer who is better known for high-end big game hunting and precision rifles. However, they also make a solid line of bolt action rifles chambered for rimfire rounds. Tikka makes two variants of the T1x MTR in .22LR. One has a 20-inch barrel while the other has a 16-inch barrel. Both have a 1:16.5 rate of twist. These are precision rimfire rifles. They are fitted with a single stage trigger and the muzzle is threaded. The receiver is pre-drilled and tapped for a picatinny rail and accessories. This is the gun to consider if you are looking for superior accuracy.

Marlin Model 60

I admit, I have a soft spot for this one. Mostly because I still have one of my grandfather's old Model 60s. (He had at least two.) The classic Model 60 semi-auto design has not changed much over the years. It still has a tubular magazine that can hold up to 14 rounds. It still has the classic walnut stock. Marlin has introduced a few new variations over the years though like the 60sn. That gun has a synthetic stock in black while the 60c has one finished with Realtree Hardwoods. These guns have a 19-inch rifled barrel with a 1:16 rate of twist. Marlin sells one variant, the 60sn with a 4x20mm scope and mounts already attached. The Model 60 is a great gun for fun target shooting, but also for hunting and pest control around the home. The fact that it starts at under $200 is a great selling point too.

Browning SA-22

When it comes to nice-looking semi-auto .22s, the Browning stands out with the beautiful, checkered Walnut stock. It is hard to go wrong with a gun that was designed by the legendary John Moses Browning. These guns were ambidextrous before their time with the bottom ejection port. The 19-inch, polished and blued barrel has a 1:16 rate of twist. This rifle has a unique design in that the 10-round magazine loads through a port in the stock. It helps give this rifle a slim design that is easy to handle. The varmints and other small game won't know what hit them.

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Winchester Wildcat

For anyone who wants a rifle that is light as a feather, the Winchester is worth a second look. This rifle weighs only four pounds thanks in large part to the molded polymer stock that cuts out all unnecessary weight. This gun has a fascinating design because the entire lower receiver can be pulled from the stock with the press of a single button. Inside, it holds two Allen wrenches at all times to help make sight adjustments in the field. A slide lock button adds an additional degree of safety, important for newer shooters. The front sight is a ramped post while the rear is a ghost ring. As an additional bit of versatility, this gun can take aftermarket magazines intended for the 10/22. This is one of the more interesting recent additions to the semi-auto rimfire market and we're betting it's going to be a popular one for only $229.

Ruger American Rifle Rimfire

We already mentioned the 10/22, but Ruger offers another solid rimfire rifle in their ever-popular "American Rifle" line. While the 10/22 is more of a fast-shooting plinker, the American Rifle is a precision bolt-action tool with the looks of a classic hunting rifle. These guns use a rotary magazine and the Ruger Marksman adjustable trigger. The stocks are a big selling point here with Ruger offering a laminate thumbhole or standard design. Either way, it gives these guns a nice look. The .22 has an 18-inch barrel with a 1:16 rate of twist. This rifle gets high marks from users for accuracy right out of the box.

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