Breda wants a .22 caliber rifle, after her shooting experience the other day with one. Being a woman of good taste, she wants a bolt action rifle, as she’s come to enjoy the aesthetic feeling of manually operating the bolt.
I love bolt action. There is just something so neat about working that thing back and forth and making the cartridge pop out. Is that weird?
No, it’s actually perfectly normal. For people that “get it”, there is a simple elegance to bolt action rifles that can’t be found in semi-automatic rifles; something (for me anyway) about a bolt action that just feels “correct”.
In terms of actually getting a .22 bolt action rifle, both Marlin and Savage make excellent products for that market; I have a Marlin 25M, my very first gun, a bolt action .22 Magnum rifle and I love it. You can find a brand spanking new Marlin 980 for less than $300 in most places, and I promise that you’ll get endless hours of enjoyment from it.
Shooting .22 is probably the purest form of “fun” in the shooting sports, and for a lot of us it takes us back to when our parents first taught us how to shoot.