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 brother’s “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:
The .22 LR caliber 702 Plinkster is made to the high standards of quality of Mossberg International with the balance, feel and accuracy of rifles costing much more. Whether hunting small game, serious marksmanship practice or just plinking around, the 702 Plinkster fits the bill.
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.