What is the most reliable survival rimfire (pistol and rifle)?
This is a discussion on What is the most reliable survival rimfire (pistol and rifle)? within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Originally Posted by Thumper
Of all the .22 rifles I have owned, the Ruger 10/22 was without a doubt the best.
Honestly, I would stay ...
May 12th, 2009 09:36 AM
Honestly, I would stay with Ruger (10/22 and MkII). I like the Ruger SAs, but if one "goes down", its very hard for someone not experienced with them to fix. They are known for weak base pin latch springs- meaning the base pin can begin to work itself out. If the pin is not engaged at the rear of the frame, a modest blow to the side of the cylinder can permanently bend the pin. I actually fixed two of these last week.
Originally Posted by Thumper
May 12th, 2009 09:36 AM
A bolt action repeater, pump action of John Browning design, or the Marlin Model 39 would be my choice for a reliable .22 rifle.
I've only been around others' Ruger 10/22s and have not been impressed. Most problems do seem to stem from magazines though.
I have no way to know but figure that my Smith & Wesson Model 17 K-22 is my only handgun to have fired over 100,000 rounds over a 29 year time period. It has had no mechanical failures.
The Rossi that Simon mentions above is an adaptation of the John Browning designed Winchester Model 1890 pump and like most of his designs is built with strength for the long haul. I have a Model '90 in .22 Long Rifle and it has given dependable function for many years. It feeds all types of ammunition including truncated cone and hollow point varieties. it is of take-down design and can be fit in a small space if necessary.
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