The Mossberg 702 Plinkster is a semi-automatic rifle chambered in .22 LR. It is Mossberg’s economical .22-caliber rifle.
Adjustable rear sight
|Features:||21" barrel has a muzzlebrake|
Synthetic/carbon fiber finish
Synthetic/Mossy Oak Break-Up
|Scope:||Drilled and tapped for scope mounts|
|Weight:||4.1 to 5.25 pounds|
|Twist:||1 in 16"|
|Length of Pull:||"|
|Drop at Comb:||2.125"|
Editor ReviewThe Last Pick
If you’ve ever gone out to a friend’s farm or acres of shootin’ land, than you’ll know what I’m talking about. Of all the guns you brought out, the .22 is the last one selected. It sits there and waits until you blow through all the more costly ammo and then it gets its turn. You fire it until you’re sick of it. You itch to finish off the seemingly bottomless supply of .22 ammo, but then you end up with more bullets than targets, so you leave. Needless to say a good plinking gun is a must in this circumstance.
This is where I found myself around Memorial Day while visiting a friend in Nashville. And what was that .22? The Mossberg 702 Plinkster.
The 702 was originally designed by the Brazilian company CBC and called the 7022, but Mossberg began importing the design – modified slightly – to rebrand their “Plinkster” model.
Aesthetically it is similar to the most widely sold rifle in the world, the Marlin 60. Notice the rounded receiver and stock.
Where the two differ, the Plinkster operates in a much simpler manner. Instead of being tube fed, it uses a box magazine. Although you can hold four more rounds in the tube, a magazine is much easier to re-load.
Even though it’s a rifle, the Plinkster feels more petite than it should. The stock and pistol grip feel rather thin like that of a youth rifle. For comparisons, the Ruger 10/22 (the premier economical plinking rifle) has a bit of a wider stock to the point that it feels like a larger caliber rifle. An interesting note, however, is the Plinkster has a longer length of pull than the 10/22, but the Plinkster actually weighs 1.3 pounds less! Which must be taken out of the stock. Elementary.
How’d it work out fer ya?
Well, I look at it like this: most economical .22s will jam. It’s the way it is. You buy an economical .22 because it works with economically priced ammo, but the thing about it is, the whole time it is expected to perform adequately. It’s not marketed to be a biathlon rifle able to withstand freezing temperatures and precise shots in high winds, no it’s meant to shoot cans and kill squirrels.
Yet, if there one thing you can’t complain about it’s accuracy. At 100 plus yards I’ve been able to pick off orange clays resting on a dusty berm.
No, when I look at economical .22s accuracy isn’t really a concern. Notice I referenced two other rifles: the Marlin 60 and the Ruger 10/22. The Plinkster falls in the middle somewhere between the two. It functions better than the Marlin, but the Plinkster stills jams during extraction. Of the several Ruger 10/22s I’ve fired, none have jammed consistently. The Plinkster, at least the one I tested, jammed every 20 rounds or so. It was an older model, probably one of the earliest, and those I’ve heard have had problems with jamming. The ones currently manufactured are said to be much better and jam less frequently.
The Plinkster has a fixed front sight post and an adjustable rear sight. To adjust it, you need a flat head screwdriver. It has an extended magazine release that’s fitted with a finger groove. It also has a cross bolt safety and the magazine protrudes out a good bit.
Now the features aren’t all that sexy and they don’t really differ much from the aforementioned rifles. It’s just the little things. Like the Marlin 60 has a tubular magazine fixed under the barrel, and the Ruger has a small rotary box magazine that fits flush with stock.
It’s hard to complain about an economical rifle, shotgun or handgun. You really have to be forgiving if they jam or are minutely inaccurate. It’s like going to McDonalds, ordering a $5 extra value meal and getting outraged because the fries are a bit stale. You get what you pay for. But seriously, my only complaint about this rifle is that the bolt won’t stay locked to the rear. The magazine will keep it there, however, once it’s removed it’ll close unless the charging handle is pulled back and then pushed inward. It’s a little tedious.
The Plinkster is a decent enough rifle, but when compared to other economical .22s I think it falls short. Bear in mind there are plenty of options. In the end, choosing an economical .22 really depends on its size and feel. And for me, the Plinkster is a bit too small for my taste.
Check out what others say about the Mossberg 702 Plinkster:
A Rifle Review: The MagTech Model 7022 (Aka Mossberg 702 Plinkster) .22 Caliber Rifle by L. Spain, Associate Content