I have been curious about these 22's. What can ya'll tell me about them? Are they reliable & dependable ...etc? I would like to add one to my very meager collection if they are worth it in terms of reliability.
Which? I have an old buttstock-tube fed Mossberg semi-auto that works quite well. It is a bit more ackward to load than the under-the-barrel tubes, but it is also better protected against dings and dents. Modifying LOP is also a no-no.
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We have had a few of them around here. I don't even remember the exact models. Maybe some variation of the Savage or Stevens lines. One Was a J C Higgens, who was Sears. There was one in particular, which had a two piece stock that extended up onto the sides of the receiver. I always liked that one. Isn't the Browning autoloader in the buttstock too?
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My dad has a Remington Nylon 66 from the late 60's or early 70's. It holds 14 in the tube which is fed throught the buttstock. It is a very lightweight rifle and performs dutifully with decent ammo.
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I have two Marlin 88s and a Mossberg 51 that are butt stock tube fed and two of the three are fussy. There's a problem with the cartridge stop on one of the 88s that makes it operate only as a two shot. The spring must be weak on the 51 because the last round never gets pushed into the chamber.
When they work, they are as fun to shoot as any 22.
Nothing beats a detachable magazine for convenience and ease of use.
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Nylon 66 is what came to my mind as well. I wrote to Santa every year for one of those growing up. He never seemed to get the letter(?) So, I ended up buying my own .22 from K-Mart with my paper route money: a Squires-Bingham Model 20 semi-auto.
Which one are you talking about? I have a Winchester model 141 and it works great. I know of a beautifully restored Marlin model 88 that also works great. The advantage of the tube feed through the stock is simply in good looks and a streamlined shape. If everything is working properly there isn't any difference between this style or layout of gun and any other well functioning 22.
I like the looks of the 22 without the detachable box magazine sticking out the bottom, or the tube magazine going out the front, but still having the advantage of 10-15 shots in the magazine.
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Thanks for all of the input. I was looking at this one in particular, but I was just wanting some general info on that type of feeding system.
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Some feed from the side and some feed from the butt and I was curious if one type was more reliable than the other.
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Ohh...I see now...it loads from the side and the tube goes in from the butt end....
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I have a 351 KA I took her out recently with Federal bulk blue box shot a magazinefull into a 1/3 inch group 25 yards. The trigger is a tad creepy but put a scope on one they shoot very well. You spend a bit more to find a new made to match many or the older 22s in shootability.
Yes the butt feed 22s are a little more reliable and a bit easier to clean. The loading and clearing of the weapon is more of a pain than a mag gun you got to pay attention to rounds stickin in tube and that is a accident waitin to happen.