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    Im considering a .22 rifle

    Has the post says I'm considering a .22 rifle but I'm unsure of a bolt/single shot or lever action. What would be the merits of either of these especially on a trap line has this is my first time trapping. I am familiar with all the actions and partial to bolt action. Do you have any models or manufacturers that you suggest or you warn against. Henry and Marlin and Winchester are 3 manufacturers I am currently looking at but open to other suggestions . Thank you for all replies.

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    some random thoughts:
    • THE standard American .22 rifle is the Ruger 10/22. Everybody owns one and there are hundreds of aftermarket accessories. Probably the most popular .22 in America.
    • Savage has a reputation for exceptionally accurate rifles at a reasonable cost. I own a couple of Savage bolt actions in calibers other than .22 and have always been pleased with them.
    • I prefer semi-autos over bolts, levers, or single shot. In a .22 semi-autos are reasonably priced.
    • Levers are more expensive. Very nice, but expensive.
    • Bolt actions are available for a low price at good quality but I still prefer semi-autos. I like bolt actions for guns where accuracy counts. The effective range of .22s is so limited that accuracy isn't the most important factor to me.
    • All of the major manufacturers make pretty good stuff. I would be comfortable with any of the manufacturer's you mentioned.
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    If you want a really nice .22 for a reasonable price get yourself a Henry. I own over 20 .22’s and my very favorite is my Henry. Nice and short. Easy to carry. Fun and very accurate to shoot. You will not be sorry.
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    Many trappers use .22 shorts or other low powered rounds which may give an autoloader some problems. I can see no advantage in using an auto for trapping. I like a short barrel length, handy weight and not too pretty finish because trapping can get your gun a lot messier than a day at the range.

    A good used bolt action would be a good tool. In any other state I'd carry a revolver.
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    As stated above. A lever action henry is my favorite. I actually have a Sussex county edition henry. #22 out of 500 , my dad got it for me on my 22nd bday. Its engraved with hp monument, the delaware etc. Gorgoeus. That one lives in safe. The other is for plinking
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    Basically, a plain jane Henry will do just fine for a trapline.
    I would only buy a bolt gun if I were to put a scope on it, but that's not needed or wanted for trapping. A semi-auto will give you fits when using .22 shorts.

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    For a dedicated trapping rifle consider...Crickett Synthetic Stock | Keystone Sporting Arms, LLC
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    The Henry lever is a really nice rifle....I have one and am happy with it.....but as you stated you would like to use it for trapping....it might get a little more of a beating, muddy, etc and a bolt might be better option.....the cricket Mikec suggested might be a great choice if it will be dedicated to trap line..
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    Another vote for the Henry, but you could save some money and carry weight and get a cricket.
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    I think I have narrowed down the selection to a Henry carbine and a cricket 722 I think is the model (cocks on bolt open). Thank yous for the quick response and suggestions.

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