November 10th, 2012 01:28 AM
The true value of .22 firearms
I'm always on the look out for my next gun purchase. Now that I have my functional gun needs met, I'm finding that my interest in .22 firearms of all types has increased drastically! I generally feel like I don't shoot as much as I would like because of cost, and I think that may be a significant factor in this recent focus. For me .22's are guilt free fun. I get as much enjoyment out of my .22's as I do my centerfire firearms, and the training value is also very high (fundamentals are fundamentals).
If cash wasn't a limiting factor, I would definitely be on a .22 buying spree. I'm particularly interested in the following.
Ruger SP101 .22
What is your favorite .22 firearms? Do you have any rimfire purchases on the radar?
November 10th, 2012 01:49 AM
You hit 2 of my 3 favorites, the CZ 455 and the 10/22. The 455 is on the wish list (want one in .22 mag) but I have 5 10/22s, set up for different activities, and all 5 are improved over stock in different ways.
The .22s are just so dang enjoyable to shoot! I also have a number of .22 handguns - 2 DA revolvers, 1 SA, and 2 autoloading pistols.
For the .22 enthusiast, my personal belief is that the battery should include at least one of the following:
- an autoloading carbine - e.g., 10/22
- a revolver - Single Six, S&W J or K frame
- an accurate, adult-sized, good quality bolt action (e.g., CZ 452/455, Ruger 77/22)
- a pump or lever action repeater (BLR, Win 9422)
- an autoloading pistol (Browning Buckmark, Ruger Marks)
I'm on the lookout for an affordable 9422 with checkered stock, a 10"-barreled Ruger Mark, and possibly an original Browning T-bolt. I'd also hit on another 77/22 in .22 mag if the price was right... so I'm far from done, even with 13 rimfires already in the collection.
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November 10th, 2012 02:01 AM
Originally Posted by gasmitty
I've got a Browning BR-22, it was my first gun, worked an entire summer to pay for it. I have a ruger MK II government target model, by far the most accurate handgun I own.
Once I get those last 3 I'll have your complete list! What are the .22 DA revolvers you have?
November 10th, 2012 02:15 AM
I have a Ruger Mk II that is fantastic. My Glenfield Model 60 may have recently bit the dust. It was loaned out for groundhog control and quit feeding and extracting reliably. I need to clean it up good and see if that works. That thing is a tack driver, I really hope I can fix it. If it does not I'll be in the market for another rifle. I'd love to have a Remington nylon 66, they just make me smile. And I'm considering the SR22 to teach my girls how to shoot a pistol.
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November 10th, 2012 02:16 AM
I have a M63 - the 22/32 Kit Gun in stainless, with a 4" barrel (Mrs. Smitty's gun), and a M17 - the K-22 Masterpiece, with 6" barrel. A Single-Six is the SA complement to the rimfire wheelguns.
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November 10th, 2012 08:28 AM
Don't overlook the Marlin Model 60. Add a Williams peep sight and a .45 front post and you have a very accurate semi automatic. Both of my 60's are tack drivers compared to my stock 10/22's (but I enjoy the 10/22's as well).
I have a CZ 452 ultra lux (28.5 inch barrel) that is very accurate.
For lever actions, a Browning BL-22 or a Henry H001 or a H00T. I'd love to recommend a Marlin 39, but that gun has been "undone" by the rebounding hammer (chronic light strikes) and a whimpy extractor. A shame.
My new model 63 SW revolver is extremely accurate.
So you see the problem with .22's is that you can never have just one. Or two. Or three. Or four....
November 10th, 2012 08:31 AM
I have a Mossberg 702 semi-auto and a Henry H001 lever-action. The Henry is especially fun to shoot.
I need to get a pistol and revolver at some point.
November 10th, 2012 08:39 AM
I now carry a Ruger LCR 38sp.+P and its OK. I would and may have to carry a S&W 351c 22mag 7round cap. 11oz revolver. I think the Smith could make an awful mess if you were on the the wrong end of it. I'm 71 now and the 38 hurts to shoot I can handle the 22mag no problem, so as things evolve we shall see.
November 10th, 2012 10:20 AM
Excellent choices for .22 fun.
Please consider modifying one of your choices. Ruger has recently brought out their 10/22 in a TAKEDOWN model. It is sweet!
It comes in a very well thought out carrying case with a sling.
The takedown choice allows you to store this little beauty in a smaller space.
There are just a lot of features for this very worthy choice; look it up on the web, you are going to like what you see!
November 10th, 2012 10:32 AM
I shot my dad's Browning Buck Mark and it was a blast! Barely any recoil and I put about 200 rounds though it and my hand felt like I wasn't even shooting. By the way, the gun is 30 years old and it still shoots fine!
November 10th, 2012 10:51 AM
I had an H&R 922 that dropped a lot of small game in its day, but now I only have my old Win 72 and a conversion kit for my Glock 30, which works very well I might say. I definitely put a good .22 on the "survival" gun list.
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November 10th, 2012 10:54 AM
Love owning and shooting .22s and need more of 'em.
My favorites here among the .22 rifles on hand are:
Winchester Model 1890 pump
U. S. Springfield Model 1922
Winchester Model 57
Smith & Wesson Model 17 K-22
Colt Woodsman Target 1st Series
Want to add some or all of the following:
Winchester Model 52
Winchester Model 63
Remington Model 24/241
Marlin Model 39
Smith & Wesson Model 41
Smith & Wesson Model 18
Smith & Wesson Model 34
Colt Officer's Model Match
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November 10th, 2012 10:56 AM
Still being somewhat new to owning and shooting fireams I have only acquired one .22, a GSG 1911/22. I love shooting this pistol. If money allowed I would truly like to have several other .22s. Someday!
November 10th, 2012 11:11 AM
47.jpegI plink with a Ruger Mark II. This is the first gun I pull out when I get to the range. I get use to the sounds of the range and get a bit of paper practice before I use my carry. After the carry practice I pull out the Mark II again. It is a great gun to shoot and I have great fun lol. Cheap to shoot too. I enjoy my time at the range each week and because this gun is accurate and cheap to shoot I can have fun longer :0) Wish I shot as well with every other gun as I shoot with this one lol.
I call this gun my Coyote gun. I wouldn't hesitate to shoot a coyote if it came in the back yard after my little shih tzu's. It would be against the law to discharge a firearm in city limits but I am sure the threat to my dogs would be gone.
Our House Is Protected By The Good Lord And A gun. You Might Meet Both Of Them If You Show Up Inside My House Uninvited.
November 10th, 2012 11:12 AM
I'm always on the look out for the next rimfire! Al tho not in the same sense as some would think, a 22 rimfire pistol has been my SD pistol of choice for a lot of years. its my carry gun while I weed whack, or ride the tractor. I carry with shorts or recently CCI Quiets. When the need arises I dont always have ear protection available. DR
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