September 1998

Marlin Model 7000 Our Pick In A Heavy-Barrel .22 Semiauto Rifle

The Marlin wasn’t the most accurate rifle of this test, but we thought it was a better buy than the Ruger 10/22T and the Savage Model 64FV.

Autoloading .22’s are lots of fun and can be lots of gun. They tend to run you broke on ammunition because of the lure of easily and quickly firing off the entire magazine. In fact, this might be one reason to own a semiauto .22 that has a limited number of rounds in the magazine, say five to seven rounds. This limitation tends to force the shooter to make every shot count, much as the fellow with a six-shot muzzle-loading revolver is reluctant to shoot quickly because of all the work needed to make the gun ready to go again.

Be that as it may, self-loading .22’s offer lots of shooting fun, but unfortunately many of them are not all that accurate. They would be more fun if they could hit...

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