5 Affordable Semi-Auto Plinking Rifles that Never Go Out of Style
By Chris Eger
For all those needs to include punching .22LR holes in paper, training, plinking, and hunting small game, these semi-auto rifles deliver while being light on the wallet.
Marlin Model 60
Perhaps the distinguished gentleman of the group, Marlin’s Model 60 has been in continuous production since President Eisenhower was in office. This tube-fed .22LR includes a micro-groove barrel, a cross-bolt safety, and Monte Carlo style stock in both wood and synthetic variants. Often made under the Glenfield banner, these were popular in big box department stores such as Sears and Montgomery Ward back in the day, which has contributed to more than 11 million of these light and compact plinkers being cranked out over the years.
Currently produced in Remington’s Huntsville, Alabama plant, new examples start at about $158 while, for those with an eye towards a classic Glenfield or Connecticut-made JM gun, check out the Guns.com Vault and get ready to be happy. Also, for those who prefer the same proven action but with a detachable mag, check out the Model 60’s half-brother, the similarly priced Model 795.
First fielded in 1964, William B. Ruger’s Model 10/22 has been popular ever since it hit the market. Handy carbine-length guns with a 10-roundSource: Guns.com