I find the .22LR the most fun cartridge to shoot. Cheap with low recoil – a few dollars can provide a few hours of shooting fun. With that said – there are also many .22LR firearms that can be purchased inexpensively.
Over the Thanksgiving holiday I visited my brother on Georgia who lives on 42 acres way out on the country. I had brought along a couple of long guns as well as my Smith & Wesson M&P9. I noticed in my brothers “armory” a small rifle and moved in for a closer examination. I had thought for sure it was a Marlin – and was surprised to find that it had “Mossberg” engraved in the side of it. Turns out I was holding a Mossberg 702 Plinkster.
Initial impressions were very favorable. Polymer stock was comfortable and I found the Plinkster extremely light. Adjustable sights sit atop the barrel along with a set of grooves to mount a scope or other optic. The 10-rd magazine sticking out the bottom ejected easily by pushing a lever to release it (somewhat similar to a Ruger 10-22).
I decided to fire a few shots through the Mossberg. As I was getting my targets and other firearms together I was remembering how I had seen the Mossberg at Wally-world for right at $100. Very affordable.
I set up some targets against a large mound of dirt, proceeded to load the 10-rd magazine. The magazine is interesting in that on one side there is a “window” which to view to see if there are round left. The magazine was easy on the thumb. I inserted the magazine into the receiver and it made a distinct sound once it was locked in. It wasn’t load – just felt and sounded right. I pulled the charging handle back and released it – and engaged the cross-bolt safety.
After positioning the sights on one of the paper targets I took off the safety and began to squeeze the trigger sending rounds downrange approx 35 yards. I was very pleased with the trigger – surprised really. It was light and crisp.
I proceeded to reload the magazine and engage other targets. I shot in all close to 150 rounds of Remington .22LR HP Golden bullets. I had no malfunctions and was very pleased that the bolt holds open after the last shot via the magazine follower.
I had a great time shooting the Plinkster. I found it accurate, lightweight, reliable – fun!! Doing a bit of research I found mixed reviews on other websites. All I can say is this one worked great and I may pick one up myself.
Here is basic summary:
Mossberg 702 Plinkster .22 Bolt Rifle:
- 22LR caliber
- 18″ barrel
- Black synthetic stock
- Adjustable rifle sights
- 10-round capacity detachable metal magazine
If you are in the market for a semi-auto .22LR rimfire – the Mossberg 702 Plinkster is worth looking at.
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