Smith and Wesson M&P15-22 or Ruger 10/22?
MP 15-22 if you want manual of arms like an AR 15. Great for training on a budget and still getting same controls.
I have both. I train with the S&W and hunt with the 10-22. My 10-22 has bull barrel 2-8 scope, my S&W has a red dot.
I have a 10/22, and have no desire for a M&P15-22. It would be good for someone who has no experience with an AR to train with, but for actual use, I prefer a 10/22.
The only thing I have to say negative to say about the M&P15-22 is there was/is an issue with the pins in the lower walking. I believe there is a recall on on them but I don;t know the specifics on the issue, only that there is one.
Neither. Train as you fight: with a good quality .223/5.56 AR-15. Or, if that is your preference Tavor/X95, AK, SCAR, M1A/M14 whatever.
For semi-auto .22LR plinker, Ruger 10/22 is the only one best option (reliable, accesories everywhere and so on…)
If you want AR, than get propper AR in .223.
Depends on what you’re planning to do with them. Either is more than accurate enough for small game/pest control/plinking right out of the box. The 15-22 has the advantage of a built in Picatinny rail for mounting optics and the original sights are also better, in my opinion, than the Ruger factory sights. I have both. The Ruger is at my parents house for pest control on their property and the M&P is at my sisters house as I used it to teach her kids the AR manual of arms.
If you can afford them then both. I own both and both are so close accuracy wise that I really can’t compare. I hunt with both, take both to the range or plink at cans and use in case of rabid animals and both are really good for those activities. If you can only afford one then I really don;t know what to tell you.
My 10/22 Is older than my M&P15-22 and after I bought it I put sling mounts on it and added a peep sight and it is kinda’ sorta’ reminiscent of an M! carbine. Now Ruger offers that style as a small bore M1 clone more or less with the over barrel wooden stock and a Picatinny rail. I am pretty sure that Ruger has not changed the scope mount taps so a picitinny rail may fit all 10/22s My 10/22 is almost 22 years old and really proven in the mud and muck. My M&P15-22 is over one year and seems to be just as good so far but in 20 years in the woods then I will tell you. I think I will still have the same answer though. Both. I have also put my M&P through the test too and the collapsible stock while hog hunting in pine thickets and yes I hog hunt with .22LR but with a well places shot and in thick brush you can’t even hunt with a .30-06.
But definitely both. You can’t deer hunt with them but you can sure have fun with them on targets, small game, hogs if you know how to aim and have the shooting discipline to make the shot count. Not to mention Coyotes, prairie dogs and other varmints that the state wants to cut down on in numbers.
I love both of mine and would not trade them for anything so I am totally torn but I would say both.
The answer really depends on what you’re going to do with it. If it’s a budget rifle for keeping your skills fresh and you already own an AR, I would recommend a CMMG converter for the AR instead. I have been running with one for many years and they work well for practice and even competition.
If this is your first rifle, then you can’t go wrong with either. If you live in California, I would probably lean to the 10/22 since it looks less ‘scary’