Basically, the one that YOU like.
Everyone has a different budget, size, shape, intended purpose. All these things go into choosing the right rifle for you; be it a 22lr or a custom built long range precision rifle.
While it’s not a question that can be answered definitively, there are some basic considerations that can point you in the right direction when choosing your first 22lr.
First and foremost, what do you intend to use it for?
Generally speaking, a hunting rifle will be of lighter build than a target rifle, although there are target disciplines that also require lighter rifles and not everyone likes a light rifle for hunting. A heavier barrel will be stiffer and generally have a more consistent POI (point of impact) with it’s ideal ammunition (ok, that’s and ENTIRLEY different subject!).
Your body type:
Strange as it may sound, this can have quite an influence on how well you shoot the rifle or how much you enjoy shooting the rifle. Some might make you feel cramped. Some might make you feel too stretched. Some stocks may be too big for your hand or some may feel like you are holding a twig. Basically, some rifles you just might find difficult to get comfortable behind and shooting well requires that you don’t have to think about holding or shouldering the rifle (after some practice) but to be able to just concentrate on the shot. Part of choosing any firearm needs to be HANDS ON. Sure, you can listen to a bunch of fan-boys online all yammering about what THEIR idea of the perfect rifle is, or you can get some ideas of what’s available in your price range and get out to you local gun dealers and get them in your hands to see how they feel or, make some friends at your local range and see if people will let you have a few shots (if you are friendly, polite and not full of yourself, you will probably find quite a few people willing to do this).
This bit is pretty self explanatory. Either:
a/ what can you afford to spend on the rifle, or
b/ what you are willing to spend on the rifle.
You can buy perfectly serviceable and fairly accurate 22lr for as little as $300, new, or even $50 for an old trooper that has seen better days. On the other end of the scale, top hunting 22lr can be $1500-2000 or more and an elite target rifle can cost many thousands of dollars.
No one can really answer the question of how much to spend but you. However, generally speaking, a more expensive rifle will be prettier (you will hear the term ‘fit & finish’ a lot) but that doesn’t necessarily make it better for YOU.
Below you will find real reviews of real rifles by real users.
If you want to add a review of a rifle that you own or have used enough to know it well, here are a few things to include to make it useful to other forum users, especially newbies:
Brand, model, date (year) bought
What is the build quality like
how does it shoot and with what ammo
If anyone can think of other considerations in choosing a 22lr, jump on in & add to the thread.