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Looking for Something Different in a .22

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by CunningPlan, May 9, 2013.

  1. CunningPlan

    CunningPlan Vancouver New Member

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    Hey All,

    As the title said, looking for a different .22 (prefer LR). Something relatively easy to maintain/clean and fun to shoot. Just for some real plinking fun (when ammo is easily available again).

    No real preference, so if I left out something from what I've found so far please toss in a suggestion!

    Pistol or rifle/carbine doesn't matter!

    I usually use CCI Mini Mag or CCI AR-22 (high velocity) if that helps any.


    So far I've found:

    S&W AR15-22

    AK47 in 22lr

    Walther G22

    MP5 in 22lr

    Uzi in 22lr

    1911 in 22lr

    H&K 416 Pistol in 22lr

    STG 44 replica in 22lr

    PPSH-41 replica in 22lr

    Carbine Revolver in 22lr

    P90 Ruger 10/22 conversion

    SCAR in 22lr

    M1 Carbine in 22lr
  2. clambo

    clambo Vancouver, Wa. Well-Known Member

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    I'm partial to old Winchester and Remingtons, in that order. Bolt action mainly. I care more about accuracy than firepower as I'm more a hunter and less a mall ninja. Or old and fat depending on how you look at it. If you must have an auto...Winchester, Remington, and all the others have made awesome semi autos since roughly the turn of the century. The early Winchesters were pretty cool looking, the Remington Speedmasters were lights out accurate...and the old Savage Springfield gill guns frequently went full auto on their own. I thought it was pretty cool but my dad didn't think it was such a great idea for a 9 yr old. Probably had something to do with it blowing cases and I shoot left handed.
  3. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    Well I have about half the guns on your list (in some version) and all are quiet fun.

    Another one I just picked up that you do not have on your list is the M&P .22. Same fit, feel and function as the standard so good training gun.
  4. AngryRedTicTac

    AngryRedTicTac Vancouver, WA Active Member

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    I have shot the 15-22, the STG, the 416 and the Scar, and enjoyed them all. But the .22 I love most is the Sig 522. It is the least ammo sensitive rimfire I can ever imagine getting ahold of, it simply doesn't care what you feed it. Aside from the inevitable dud here and there, it is 100%. And with Mini-Mags, it has been 100% without exception. Break down is absurdly easy, and it's very easy to clean. The magazines are Black Dog, so great quality and superb reliability, and are almost always available for 10-13 bucks a piece for 25-26 rounders. Including right now. And in the accuracy department, :) it's happy....

    SIG522 Classic

    If I was to pick up another, it would be the STG, but since a friend already has one, I cannot come close to justifying the massive cost of one. That said, it feels like it is worth every bit as much as you pay for it, solid brick of a rifle!
  5. Focer

    Focer Mt Hood Active Member

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    Love my 15-22. Worth every penny.
  6. Benihaus

    Benihaus Portland American

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    put the Browning 1911-22 on your list, that thing is awesome! I have the 15-22 in the pistol variant, and I love it.
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  7. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Any of the Winchester 1890 1906 61 62, Remington 12 121 572, Savage 03 1906 1914 25 29 -A -B Pump action

    Savage currenly makes some great bolt action .22's the MKII series my favorite is the MKII FVT heavy barrel with Target peep sights

    Henry makes some wonderful lever action .22's
  8. PDXSparky

    PDXSparky Keizer / Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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  9. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    "American 180" full auto carbine. 1/2 a brick at a time.
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  10. SgtKashim

    SgtKashim Wilsonville, Oregon Member

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    It looks like, based on what you've linked, you're looking for something on the "tactical" end of things. In that vein, I have a friend who runs a GSG mp5 clone with a suppressor tacked to the front to keep legal length. It's quite fun to shoot... but particularly with subsonic rounds, it's a wee bit unreliable. I believe the GSG guns have been killed by lawsuits, but there's an HK branded version floating around now.

    I handled one of the stg44 replicas at a recent gunshow, and I wasn't... really enthralled with it. I love my WWII guns, but this one just felt wrong in the hand. Hard to explain, and a very personal opinion. Your mileage may vary, but I'd definitely recommend handling them before throwing cash on the barrel-head.

    If you can find one, you might enjoy a Calico M100. They're all kinds of unique. IIRC they tend to have some reliability issues, but the truth is most .22s do, to a certain extent. They're space-age, massive capacity... what's not to love?

    I'm also personally a fan of the Marlin Papoose. I used to own one, but for financial reasons it had to go while I was in school. It's a bit more of a traditional gun that some of the others you've linked, but hardly as ubiquitous as a 10-22. And it takes Marlin 70 mags, so it's got that going for it.

    My current .22, though, and one I love dearly, is a Henry .22 lever action. It's a fast-firing lever, wonderful trigger, classic cowboy lines... and again, it's not another 10-22. I'd really recommend you check them out. You really can't go wrong with em. The other cool thing is the lever guns are completely ammo-agnostic. They'll feed LR, L and Short equally well. I plink with the cheap stuff, and have a couple boxes of .22 short CBs for... fun. Out of a rifle length barrel, they're quieter even than my buddy's suppressed GSG-5. Strongly recommend this gun.
  11. Pandaz3

    Pandaz3 Cornelius, Oregon NRA Lifetime Member Platinum Supporter Gold Supporter Bronze Supporter

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  12. Truenorth

    Truenorth Pacific Northwet Active Member

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    My little Marlin Papoose pack rife is a hoot. Even for folks who have never in thier life fired a gun.
    Everyone likes shooting it for some reason. Just ABC simple I guess.
    Came with two 20 round mags and two ten round mags. Breaks down to about 18" in a small padded case, weighs less than 5 lbs.

    Look for a pre 1994 manufactured model. The post 94 ones have some sort of internal feature that prevents mags over 10 rounds from locking in place.

    The new Ruger 10-22 take down looks promising. I haven't tried it yet but I do like to look. I have an old 80's 10/22 that's as accurate and reliable as it was new.

    I bought a Colt M4 22 LR that so far has held up well and keeps zero. Thankfully I bought a bunch of 20 and 30 rd mags in2012 before prices went through the roof.
    Fun plinker. Full sized but lighter weight than it's big brother.

    For stone cold accuracy (varmit control) Remington Speedmaster is my go to .22 LR. Never fails, never misses. Pick a moles eye at 50 yds.
  13. dwaineshort

    dwaineshort Vancouver WA Active Member

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    If you own an AR. I would go with a the m&p 15-22. You can set it up like your AR15. It has all the same functions as an AR15, the other don't. I have a acog on my ddm4v7, and a cheap acog knockoff on my 15-22. Lets me train on a platform like my AR but at 1/10th the cost.
  14. Pandaz3

    Pandaz3 Cornelius, Oregon NRA Lifetime Member Platinum Supporter Gold Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I don't think Marlin calls it the Papoose any more, but they do still make them and they are about the same price as as a 10-22 Takedown. The S&W M&P 15-22 sure does garner the votes though
  15. stmcelroy

    stmcelroy Madras, OR Well-Known Member

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    The STG-44 I almost bought is a great looking and very different .22lr.
  16. Joshg

    Joshg Portland Member

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    image.jpg Nothing new. But it looks fun and is different.

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  17. Skang

    Skang WA Well-Known Member

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    no love for bolt action? :(

  18. stmcelroy

    stmcelroy Madras, OR Well-Known Member

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    For sure. But he wanted different, not super accurate high quality.:laugh:

  19. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    Lakeside Razorback is another something different. Belt fed .22.

  20. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    Had insomnia last night so I assembled a ZF-22. (On your list). Will let you know what I think of it after some range time. Was a little miffed that the side rails are pictured on their website but not included, but they are only a $7 online item (Magpul 7-slot).