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Location: Puyallup, WA / Grand Rapids, MI
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I'm looking to buy a cheap .22 for hunting. I would use it unscoped and only take short shots.

Does anyone have any experience with a Mossberg 702 or Marlin 795?

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Unless you absolutely need a semi auto 22, I would suggest anything else but. And using the words semi auto and "cheap" in the same sentence when discussing 22s is going to mean trouble more often than not.
I had several over the years and don't think I ever got through a box of ammo without a jam,misfire, etc.

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Location: new brunswick
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if your struck on a semi go get yourself a ruger 10/22.....by far the best action goin in the 22's!! Thumbs up

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Location: Minnesota
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I have an older Marlin .22, can't remember the model. You have to keep it clean, or the action does not through the spent casing out right and it jams. I can shoot the center out of a clay pigeon at 50 yards, so they are accurate enough, just a bit troublesome. Now, i would recommend a bolt action, personally. Unless there is some urgent, unresolved matter between you and a "rascally rabbit", I wouldn't go out and get a cheap firearm of any type. Shop around, network a bit and save. Get a good one that you'll be happy with for a while. There is nothing worse than setling for something, then growing to hate it, and knowing full well that was coming. Then, you'll go out and spend the money on a good one anyway. my Dad has a beautiful Remington .22, i've loved it since i was a young kid. I've had an oppertunity to use it on some rabbits, and it was great.

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Location: Puyallup, WA / Grand Rapids, MI
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Yeah, I wonder about getting a bolt action instead. Any specific models that you recommend? (under $200?)

The Mossberg does look like crap and gets mixed reviews for reliability, but I like that it weighs about 3 pounds. I'll be carrying this gun on long snowshoeing treks.

The Marlin feels a lot sturdier and gets a bit better reviews for reliability, but its more expensive and heavier.

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Location: new brunswick
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the savage mark2 seems to work fine also

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Location: Peyton Co
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Since your budget is $200 or less and a semi........as already stated you won't go wrong with a Ruger 10/22.

I have seen them for $189. I have one and really if ever clean it and fires any brand of ammo I put in the clip. It is pretty accurate to 50 yds as well.

Good luck with your choice

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Location: Puyallup, WA / Grand Rapids, MI
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Well, thanks.

I'll give it a look.

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Location: Maryland
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i have to agree with the others that said you cant go wrong with a 10/22 ive had mine four about 5 years now and it still shoots just as good as it did the day i got it and its very accurate. you can get a couple of the models for under 200 bucks i think i paid around 250 for mine but that is with a wood stock and ss barrel. i used mine this morning to get some black birds out of the field and actually hit 1 at 90 yards which impressed me since ive only got it sited in at 50.

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Location: Puyallup, WA / Grand Rapids, MI
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I went with the 10/22 with a light synthetic stock. $200. Haven't taken it to the range yet, but I shot up a couple cans at 25 yards. It's fun at least. Couple jams, but nothing serious.

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Location: Maryland
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just curious what brand ammo were you shooting when it jamed i found that remingtons shoot best out of mine and without many jams at all if any and the few times that i tried federals i had a couple jams. another thing you might want to look at is getting a couple of the butler creek hotlips magazines they work alot better than the factory ones. the factory ones i had didnt always want to keep feeding the ammo like they should but they could have a better design now since that was 4 or 5 years ago when i got mine.

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