How much you wanna spend?
$200 - get a Ruger 10/22
$400 - a CZ 452 bolt action 22lr. I have one and it's a blast to shoot. The rifle is a tac driver.
I personally wouldn't get a youth model. He will likely out grow it in the next year or two.
Hi, could use some help please.
I've decided to purchase my son a .22 rifle for his 13th birthday in Nov. Would like to do a little research first though.
He's getting familiar with shooting them them through his Boy Scouts troop. He's shot both the semi and bolt action.
As a first gun, what would you recommend? Is size important? (do they make different sized rifles?) Some makes better than others? Does price range vary a lot?
I see my local Big 5 has some .22 rifles on the rack, are they worth looking at? I live in Alameda CA if that helps, maybe you know a good local gun store :-)
Here's the thing though, I want it to be a surprise. Can I buy a gun and be confident that it'll fit him if he hasn't tried a few of them first?
Thanx for the help!
Make sure to check Gunbroker and other stores - CZ's normally don't sell for anywhere near MSRP. I've seen a lot of CZ bolt guns in the low to mid 500's, etc.
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Check out a Marlin XT-22. It is the current version of a Marlin 25, a bolt action 22 that has an ammo clip, not a tube. The Marlin 25 has good enough access to hand load single shots of 22 shorts and 22 CB caps. Make sure that the XT-22 is similar. After owning a Henry 22 lever action and a 22 pump loader, a bolt action is sufficient in my view. A 22 bolt action may be a rifle that he will keep forever. Regarding a boy size rifle, I still have mine and enjoy shooting it now and then as is is not overly small.
the CZ's can be very affordable if you find a sale. I got a 452 trainer (birch stock instead of walnut is the only difference) for $299 brand new from my local gun store. buds sells the 452 american for right at $400 iirc. great gun.
however, as nice as the CZ is, i would be hesitant to give one to a child as a first gun mostly because i would cringe everytime is was scratched or bumped (which is bound to happen with a kid) i would vote for 10/22 for his first gun and 452 for you
Can somebody do a .17 vs .22 comparison for me please? *And throw in the .223 too.
I found my local Big 5 has a couple models of the 10/22, both in wood and synthetic stock. Seems like a really small gun though. *How about a .223, too much gun for a 13 y/o? They have a Savage Axis XP, which is a bolt action rifle which I like as a first gun for him. He's tall for his age, weighs about 110.
BTW, you guys are awesome
every ones first should be a .22lr, preferably in bolt action.
I'm a big fan of savage, they may not have as pretty wood, or smooth bolt of a CZ, but the accutrigger makes up the difference in my opinion.
with .22lr, you learn lots about drop and wind really fast, its cheap enough to shoot and with diecent ammo accurate as well.
i would recommend a .22lr too. the .17hmr is about 12-14.00 per box of 50. regular .22lr is pennies by comparison...not only that .17hmr is most fun between 100 and 200 yards. knocking down soda cans at 200 yards with a .17hmr is a riot.
the savage also comes in a .22mag chambered model, might be worth looking into. .22mag is a nice compromise between cheap ammo and decent accuracy past 100 yards. if you're never going to have him shoot past 100 yards (or thats the size of the local ranges) then .22lr is just fine! i will second that the accutrigger is just phenomenal for a first rifle on the savage.
good luck on your purchase. i'm sure whatever you choose will be great fun for both of you.
I have two sons, and have a 10/22, and a CZ 452 for them to shoot, along with a 50 year old Marlin lever rifle. The 10/22 is still very accurate, but the CZ is a TAC driver.
I'd recommend a bolt action for a first time shooter. The bolt action is safer, since is easy to keep the action open, with a wide area to inspect the chamber. The bolt action also slows their shooting down a bit vs. the semi auto, and makes them try a little harder. I like the 'Mauser' style action of the CZ with the safety up top.
I looked at about every bolt rifle from the low end, to nearly $700 for the Ruger 77/22. If you find the CZ out of your price range, the higher end Savages in the $300 range were decent. I forget now, but I think it was the Marlin bolt guns that had a cheap stamped extractor that turned me off.
You may want to budget for a scope. Some rifles don't come with sights on them, so pay attention to that.
Shooting with a .22 is a lot of fun, and inexpensive.