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Ruger 10/22 good for beginner?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by stsai465, May 17, 2012.

  1. stsai465


    Apr 17, 2009
    DFW, TX
    My nephew is getting old enough where I've taken him shooting a couple times and I'm now thinking of getting him a rifle (would be actually owned and controlled by his mother). Is a Ruger 10/22 a good first rifle to own/shoot?
  2. The_Gun_Guru

    The_Gun_Guru Build the Wall


    A standard 10/22 is about $200 or less.

    The new 10/22 Takedawn is around $300 to $350 depending on where you buy it. Bud's has them for $349 shipped to your dealer.


  3. Kloogee


    Sep 16, 2011
    For my 7yr old son, I chose to go with a bolt action. I wasn't sure I was ready for him to be able to continuously keep pulling the trigger.

    How old is your nephew? How responsible is he?
  4. FLIPPER 348

    FLIPPER 348 Happy Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    Bend Oregon

    A young/1st time shooter should learn to shoot with a bolt action .22, then a semi auto.
  5. The_Gun_Guru

    The_Gun_Guru Build the Wall

    Ruger makes one-round mags for the 10/22.

  6. Bob Hafler

    Bob Hafler

    Sep 13, 2011
    The Ruger 10/22 is an outstanding .22 rifle. Imo I think for the begining young shooter the bolt action rifle would be best to learn to shoot with. I think it slows them down a little and makes them think a little more about each shot rather then just blowing off 10 to 25 rounds in a matter of seconds where they learn little to nothing. Plus bolt action rifles are easier to maintain a little cheaper and just as if not more accurate then a 10/22. I can say first hand that I have a early 50's Marlin 81 DL bolt action 22 rilfe that IMO is more accurate than my one year old 10/22 and in some ways is more fun to shoot. Both are great little .22 plinkers but there's just something about that old Marlin that I really like.
  7. racer88

    racer88 NRA & SAF mbr

    Oct 14, 2009
    Started my son (age 8) with a single shot bolt action (Crickett). 2 years later, I got him the 10/22.
  8. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    I would say so. However, I also think a bolt action would be better.
  9. stsai465


    Apr 17, 2009
    DFW, TX
    My nephew is about 13. I've taken him shooting a couple times and his Boy Scout troop has some involvement as well.

    So maybe a Marlin XT-22Y Bolt-Action instead?
  10. He will learn to shoot better with a bolt action.

    He will have more fun with a semi auto.

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  11. Caver 60

    Caver 60

    Jun 12, 2007
    Started my boys with a single shot 22 and a single shot shotgun. After they learned to shoot, then we moved up to other types of actions.
  12. .22s aren't a penny a round anymore. I first shot at Scout summercamp and after a lot of reading and shooting with friends and their fathers with my dad got a Rem Bolt action/clip at 14yrs.
    Open sights with a bolt (that's how one qualifies for the merit badge)
    Got a Weaver scope for the vicious plague-ridden Beechy Ground Squirrels a year later.
    Let him invest in his own semi when he turns 18.
    There's shotgun, blackpowder, and archery MB's to keep him interested.
  13. ronin.45


    Apr 24, 2008
    Get the 10/22 and meter the ammo out as you see fit. The 10/22 will shoot right along with most bolt guns in the hands of a kid and you can reward him with some extra rounds if he's doing well. The 10/22 has the ability to grow with the shooter. Unlike a single shot kids bolt gun that is oiled and stuck in a closet after a few years, he can modify the 10/22 to any form he wants and enjoy it forever.
  14. Dan Glock

    Dan Glock

    Nov 24, 2011
    Not trying to hijack but how well does the Remington 597 compare to the 10/22?
  15. Kloogee


    Sep 16, 2011
    That is exactly what I got for my 7 yr old. It has been a great gun for him so far. However, for a 13 yr old (depending upon the kid himself) I would be extremely tempted to go with a 10-22. But I honestly enjoy shooting my son's gun myself. It shoots better than I do and with the bolt it does cause you to slow down a bit take more care with each shot rather than just blasting through a ton of ammo.
  16. The_Gun_Guru

    The_Gun_Guru Build the Wall

    VERY well said!!!

    I couldn't agree more.:thumbsup:

  17. My kids haven't given up their bolt guns.

    On the contrary they shoot their bolt guns more then semi autos because they were taught to value an accurate rifle, and they compete in small bore rifle matches.

    A bolt action rifle properly wielded can pay for college, a semi auto won't.

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  18. stsai465


    Apr 17, 2009
    DFW, TX
    Wow... 17 posts in and not a single person has said "get both..." I thought that was the default answer when confronted by choices like that.


    In terms of responsibility, I'm proud to say my nephew is a straight-A honors student and active in a lot of extracirricular activities (his grandparents are very strict). His shooting ability is marginal at this point; honestly the first time I took him to a public range, my emphasis wasn't any shooting skill but that he remembered and followed the 4 safety rules properly and exercised proper muzzle and trigger discipline. I'll have to teach him how to properly work a bolt-action since his experiences so far is all my semi-auto stuff.
  19. b_oglethorpe


    Nov 14, 2011
    It's good for novice thru expert. I love nothing more than taking out the old10/22. You can shoot all day for twenty bucks.
  20. Kloogee


    Sep 16, 2011
    Winner! Why didn't I think of that?