March 2000

Vintage .22 Rimfires: In Certain Cases, They’re Super Gun Values

We tested three now-discontinued bolt-action rifles to see how they compared to current production guns. We found they were more than a match in performance—and likely cost less.

[IMGCAP(1)] Although there are many nice new bolt-action rimfire rifles available today, some shooters prefer the look and feel, and what they perceive to be higher quality, of older rifles. Whether or not yesterday’s rimfires were of higher quality than the newest is a matter of opinion, chance, cost, and experience, and is hence arguable. Surely older rifles more commonly had real walnut stocks, and their bluing was, in some cases, exceptionally well done, even on relatively inexpensive rifles. Today, used rimfires are often bargain-priced. Some, though, are pure collector’s items and are priced accordingly.

We were fortunate to have access to three rimfire, bolt-action, magazine-fed r...

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