Best Rimfire Rifle for Beginners

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Now we go over why the Ruger 10/22 is the best rimfire rifle for the beginner.

Ruger 10/22

Ruger 10/22 Wood
Ruger 10/22 Wood

The quintessential .22LR rifle.

We have fond memories of getting our shooting merit badges with the 10/22.  Nothing really to say about it other than it’s the best rimfire rifle out there.  It’s super easy to maintain, shoots accurately, is cheap, and has endless upgrades.

Model Recommendation

Ruger 10/22 Synthetic
Ruger 10/22 Synthetic

There’s tons of factory options but we recommend getting the 10/22 Carbine.  There’s the wood stock above and also the synthetic.  I went with the synthetic which was cheaper at my LGS (even though they have the same MSRP of $289).

Ammo Choices

Rimfire is still kind of hard to find in stock and at a reasonable price (less than 8 cents a round).  But if you’re in need of some gun food, check out our recommendations in our online ammo buying guide.

Accessories

I did not like the stock sights and went with the awesome rated Tech Sights which are M16 style aperture sights.  They make hitting 50-100 yard targets easy.  You also don’t need any gunsmithing to install them.

Tech Sights for Ruger 10/22
Tech Sights for Ruger 10/22

Then there’s endless stocks which make the 10/22 more comfortable, match ready, or even look like completely different guns.  Here are some of the popular ones.

Hogue Over Molded Stock
Hogue Over Molded Stock
Archangel Stock
Archangel Stock
Keystone Sporting Arms Stock
Keystone Sporting Arms Stock

Want even more choices in upgrades for triggers, sights, stocks, etc?  Check out our Best 10/22 Upgrades article.

And the most comprehensive video which made me buy my 10-22 (my first gun!) from Nutnfancy: https://youtu.be/1vuj-WNhAaA

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Or you can just buy a Marlin 60, or Marlin 795. Don’t do any modifications. Just go out, shoot, and have fun. They are cheaper than the 10/22 and are perfectly acceptable 22 rifles.