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I just got an 8 gun cabinet for Christmas, for one one gun, so am starting the research for another. Everybody needs a .22 rimfire, I like bolt action and I think Marlins are a great value. Does anyone have a model 981T or model 925, and if so, what is your honest opinion? Intended use is plinking, casual target and maybe some varmint control; squirrels, woodchucks and maybe a coyote if they get too bold.

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Went to the store and handled a 981T. Too light and cheesy open sights. I am now thinking towards the 980V, more weight and no sights to mess up the lines. Or I may just go for an autoloader for the fun factor; any opinions on the Remington 597? I likes the looks of it.
 

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I bought my dad a Remington 597 in .22 Mag. Great gun. He can not put the thing done. It is a bit tricky getting the mag apart and back together with the double springs on the bolt slides. But it shoots great. Volquartsen makes a target hammer for it, highly recommended. Drops the trigger weight down to a crisp 2.5 - 3.5 lbs pull. The only thing I suggest is if you get the .22 Mag or .17 HMR only load 5 rounds in the clips. Anymore and the clip binds up.
 

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I second the marlin model 60. Bought one 12/24 at Academy and got a free aluminum case($55) for $100. Only shot 250rds through it so far, but it's a great little rifle. Biggest things I like about it are its simple design and feel. Being pretty accurate doesn't hurt either.


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Being around just short of forever they've managed to get all the bugs worked out of the 60.

My dad has a 597. Great little cheap 22.

You might want to consider the Savage 22's. From what I can tell they are the same as the Marlin's at a slightly lower price.
 

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savage .22s

Friend of mine bought a bolt action savage. It's a good shooter, but I don't like how the synthetic stock feels, or how the mag juts out from the bottom.

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I'm looking at gettng a wood stocked Savage LH. All the non Ruger 10/22 mags just jut out ruining the lines. I hate tube mags though, so I'll live with it.
 

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I have a Marlin 883 bolt action 22WMR. Nice rifle- not super nice, but nice enough. It has pressed checkering (that doesn't look so good), and some of the inletting on the stock isn't milimeter perfect, but hey- it cost me $150. Besides that it shoots great, functions perfectly, and overall it looks pretty nice- real walnut stock with decent blueing.

I also have a marlin model 60- laminated w/ stainless barrel. Love that gun- super accurate and very reliable. Only had one feed problem- with Reminghton Golden Bullets. That gold gunk they put on the bullet gums up the works. Now that's a sharp looking rifle. I stripped off the sights, and put a silver 3x9 scope up top. Has the heft and feel of a big game rifle.
 

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I have a 81ts that i just love for hunting tree rats and general plunking . it shoots just about anything i feed it at 1in or less at 50 yards , does the best with CCI Stingers and Remington golden bullets . both at just over 1/2in at 50 .

Would not trade it for anything , to good a gun .
 

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:lol: :lol: :lol: Just gotta tell this!!! Fella I know spent a gazillion bucks sexing up a Rugie 10/22. I got him onto an ancient Marlin bolt action with some gosh-awful peep sight on it this weekend... his second group (target grade ammo) beat the BEST he ever shot with the Ruger! And he's got $30.00 in the Marlin. He's happy and sick...all at the same time. :lol:
///olde 8) pharte///
 
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