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Book Giveaway: What’s the Greatest .22 Rifle of All Time?

The popularity of the .22 rimfire is at an all-time high. According to Wikipedia, annual production of .22 rimfire ammunition is estimated at 2–2.5 billion rounds − far greater than any other caliber.

Every manufacturer of rifles or carbines offers at least one model of rimfire rifle and some, such as Remington and Marlin, offer dozens. With so many of these rifles out there, we thought there might be some opinion as to which is the best. Here’s your chance to vote for your favorite, and maybe win a copy of the Gun Digest Book of the .22 Rifle, by C. Rodney James.

In this book, popular Gun Digest author C. Rodney James provides a starting point for the beginner, as well as a summary of the state of small-bore rifles, ammunition and shooting for the intermediate rifleman/woman. He also points the way for those who wish to venture into the more rarefied regions of upper-level competitive shooting, bench-rest shooting, long-range varmint shooting and that eternal search for the perfect rifle.

Rodney makes it clear that he is not shilling for any particular product, and that what he has to say about various arms, ammunition and other items is based on personal experience, research and analysis. According to Editor Dan Shideler, Rodney does so in an insightful and entertaining way.

What’s your choice for greatest .22 rifle of all time? Post your pick in the comments below for a chance to win a copy of the Gun Digest Book of the .22 Rifle.

Good luck! We’ll announce the winner next Tuesday (March 1).

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Winner will be selected at random and announced Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2011.

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31 thoughts on “Book Giveaway: What’s the Greatest .22 Rifle of All Time?

  1. lonewhite

    Weather we were hunting the mountains for grouse or the plains for rabbits. I grew up hunting in Montana with the Marlin Model 99 M1 Carbine. My choice for greatest 22lr.

  2. ralphkramden

    Call me a contrarian, but my vote goes to the Stevens Favorite. It was the .22 for countless working stiffs, and how many boys and others owned one as their first or only gun? Maybe my fondness/bias for single shots is showing with this vote.

  3. madsci

    Sorry to go against the grain, but my vote is for the Winchester Model 69A. It’s a great shooting bolt action that came with a 5 shot magazine. I was able to obtain a couple of 10 shot magazines to reduce the number of reloads. The rifle was dead on accurate at 25 yards with iron sights. It did a great job at 100 yards with iron sights when I was a bit youger.

  4. Surculus

    While great fun, no semi-auto 22 can qualify as “greatest 22 of all time” as they do not instill the marksmanship of a manual action. No single-shot can qualify, for altho’ they make fine target & teaching tools, they are not practical for hunting w/ the 22. So the greatest 22 of all time will be a manually operated repeater of some sort by default. While I’m inordinately fond of the Remington 521T that I learned on, I must admit that the Marlin model 39 take down lever action 22 must be a front runner for the best 22 ever.

  5. shorne

    While you can’t beat the customability of the 10/22, I guess I’ll be the contrarian here and go with my all time favorite, the Marlin 60. I can fill the same hole all day long with my beloved 60 and she shoots shorts, longs, and long rifles. I’m sentimental I guess. (or just mental) :)

  6. shedhunter

    I would also have to go with the 10/22. Both of my daughters learned to shoot with a 10/22. They are easy to use, accurate and most importantly fun! When I go out squirrel hunting I always take a 10/22 even though I have 4 other 22 options available.

  7. bobcdcloz

    The Ruger 10/22. very handy, light and easy to carry, simple design, great platform for upgrades, 10 shot mag is almost indestuctable, excellent craftmanship, and above all- very affordable!

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