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a shout out to the venerable .22lr

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by speelyei, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. speelyei

    speelyei Willamette Valley Active Member

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    Just came in the house from shooting my Savage Mk II bolt action .22. I got it used on Gunbroker a year or two ago for $200. Dollar for dollar, that little gun is about the best bang for the buck I've spent. I set up a 100yd range with some little gongs, and I can easily burn an afternoon listening to those ping.
    Since it's a bolt action with a 5 round magazine, I set it up to feel similiar to my .308, and I can get all the trigger time I want without going bankrupt or being a slave to the reloading bench. I put an Aimpoint Wally-world scope on it, and have been very happy with that combo so far. If I ever get over east during sage rat season, beware... this thing is like a laser... like cheating...
    Hats off to the .22, easily the best investment in firearms IMO.

    Now, I just need a .22 pistol...
     
  2. Bajablast

    Bajablast Hillsboro, OR Active Member

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    I just added another .22lr to my collection this week, which brings me up 5 in total. 2 pistols, and 3 rifles. Most bang for the buck there is. I have a feeling there may be another one or two before I am done.

    As far as getting a .22lr pistol, I own a Ruger MK III 22/45 and was looking to get a Walther P22, but ended up with another Ruger, but this time got a Mark II 22/45. They will eat anything and everything, which the P22 or Sig Mosquito won't. Just my .02.

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  3. WIRED tactical

    WIRED tactical Snohomish County, WA Member

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    Agreed. I absolutely LOVE my Mossberg bolt action and my Walther P22. Either of them will eat anything I put in them and the bolt action is extremely accurate. Its extremely fun to load subsonics running at 730fps into it and watch them drop in the scope at long range. I can shoot all day with that thing. Only problem is the small 7 round mags which make loading time > shooting time.
     
  4. The Cheese

    The Cheese somewhere special Member

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    I had 8 at one point. Have since pared it. I love them in all shapes and sizes. An AR with a 22lr kit installed is a ton of fun just to blow through ammo not super accurate, and it sucks to have to load the mags all the time, but you can shoot the piss out of it all day long for next to nothing. Bolt 22's are fun and slow you down a bit so you take your time and aim. 22pistols are fun. Don't own any, but the ones I did own were fun to shoot when I had them. Need to get another one of these days. That and a can. Cans are fun too.
     
  5. sandman1212

    sandman1212 NW Oregon Active Member

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    I have 3, 1 rifle, a modified 10/22, Browning Buckmark and Ruger MK I. I am sure I will be adding more in the future. lots of fun and great to train others with.
     
  6. Throckmorton

    Throckmorton Florence,Ore ah gone Well-Known Member

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    A year ago or so when loading components disappeared,I brought out the .22's,and boy are they a lot of fun ! With the red dot zero'd in I can hit pieces of pieces of clay targets on the fifty yard berm.
    Late last year my brother died,and among his estate was my Rem. bolt action I had as a kid..almost 50 years ago !! Man,was I excited to see that thing,I thought it was long gone...he sold a ton of guns before he died,sadly. I'll pass it on to my grand son,and it'll still be shooting good when he passes it on.
    Yep,.22's are just a whole lot of fun !

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  7. speelyei

    speelyei Willamette Valley Active Member

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    I have a 10/22, and the Savage. If I were to add to the collection of rifles, I'd for sure like one of those military trainers (Mossberg, etc), and a bull-barelled 10/22 all done up fancy. Maybe one of those octagonal barreled gallery guns, too.
     
  8. HollisOR

    HollisOR Rural OR, South of Dallas Active Member

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    A friend once commented, "A person never has enough .22s".
     
  9. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I traded a problematic Rem 7400 for a 22 marlin with a scope.Very acurate for one of the cheapest 22s.Great fun.

    Now for a pistol,I wouldn't go for too many other than the Ruger Marks or a Buckmaster with a heavy barrel.The walther p22 seems nice and there are a couple others I can't recall right now,but the 2 I mentioned just shoot really well.
     
  10. teflon97239

    teflon97239 Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    No matter what amazing features, capacities or capabilities other calibers have to offer, .22's are just plain fun.

    9-shot revolver
    Semi-auto target pistol
    Ancient single-shot bolt rifle
    New(ish) semi-auto rifle
    Old semi-auto rifle

    But alas, my little .22 collection is woefully incomplete. I just gotta have a lever gun.

    Anybody got one for sale or trade? Lemme know direct!

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  11. cyclesurvival

    cyclesurvival Vancouver Well-Known Member

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    I just hook up with an old buddy and we go shooting together. I have atleast 15 22's, bolts, single shots, and some autos. Only one pistol. We have to decide what we are going to shoot because we can't take them all and if you take too many you end up cleaning them for half a day. with the stinking weather, shoot time is only a couple of hours before you get cold and tired of the rain. so I only take a few. I can't wait tell we get some sun so I can do a all day shoot.
     
  12. boxer13

    boxer13 PNW Active Member

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    Yup, 22 is such a great little round. I have 4 (3 rifles and 1 pistol) and still want more of each. Such a fun gun to shoot and always cheap to do so.
     
  13. chemist

    chemist Beaverton OR Well-Known Member

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    I only have one .22 pistol, but a whole bunch of rifles. I even got another Marlin just because it was $95 new. It's never had a round chambered in it.

    My latest favorite is a custom-built 10/22 with a fast-twist barrel that will stabilize and safely shoot 60 gr. Aguila subsonic through a can. I've done the calculation and it still amazes me that the 60 gr. .22 has a higher cross-sectional density than anything else I shoot, even higher than a 230 gr. .45ACP.

    As long as the bullet doesn't slow through the transsonic regime on the way to the target, the .22 can be amazingly accurate, even in the hands of a novice like me. (But I do weigh my ammo to sort out the flyers.)
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  14. das_napeth

    das_napeth Snohomish, WA Member

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    Henrys lever, Sig 522, (2) 10-22's, Mossberg 42m, (4) Marlin's, Savage mark II, cant remember who but a 22lr/20 gauge, Walther P22, (2) revolvers and (2) Jennings. Love the little guys!
     
  15. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    When Sam Spade suddenly realised his .44 was empty,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,he pulled and shot Ivan the horriblest twice with his .22:thumbup: I love the little duce duce and own around ten,, or should say the kids and grand kids do. John
     
  16. skywag

    skywag On the Columbia River Active Member

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    Winchester Model 75
    Colt Woodsman
    Remington factory custom 40X sporter
    Walther P22
     
  17. skerky

    skerky Southern Oregon Member

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    I have a Ruger 10/22 with Tech Sights and two Ruger pistols. I'd like to get a Marlin to put a scope on and possibly a revolver. My goal is to convince my wife that 22s don't actually count toward number of guns I have/buy. :)

    (Fortunately, she really enjoys shooting the rifle, so I think I can sell her on another one.)