For some reason I’m not a big fan of automatic 22’s. Maybe it’s because most of the auto’s I’ve ever shot seem to jam fairly frequently. So I typically tend to buy lever action or bolt action 22’s as a result. If anyone has any suggestions on a great auto 22, I’m all ears, but if this little Marlin is any indication of the quality it’ll be up against…..it had better be a damned fine gun.
I picked this up on sale at Bass Pro shops for just under 200 bucks. It is drilled and tapped for mounting a scope, but like most 22’s….why bother. The typical killing/target range of a 22 is within 100 yards anyway and if you can’t handle that with iron sights you probably have no business shooting. Besides, everyone uses scopes on guns these days and I am a staunch supporter of learning to shoot with iron sights before you ever pick up a scoped piece.
This past weekend on a dove hunting trip to Tonkawa, Oklahoma some friends and I really gave this little gun a workout. During a break in the middle part of the day we took turns shooting at floating spent 12 gauge shells in a nearby pond….doing our best to sink them. Most shots were in the range of 30-50 yards and this gun performed admirably flying through two 400 round bricks in a little less than 2 hours. Not a single jam and the only problems arising were two dud rounds that didn’t fire after multiple tries.
After shooting it for a couple hours I must say I was thoroughly glad I picked up this little steal. And if our little break in session is any indication of its ability on a hunt I have no doubt that many a rabbit, squirrel and pest varmint will find this weapon quite detrimental to their health.