.22 plinking- Am I the only one that doesn't enjoy it all that much?


October 6, 2004, 11:20 PM
I hear a lot of people talking about how fun plinking with .22LR pistols and handguns is. Myself, I don't really think so. I get about as much satisfaction out of shooting a .22 as I do a paintball gun. I like it for cheap practice, but that's about it. Anyone else feel the same?

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October 6, 2004, 11:32 PM
Of course you're not wrong! Life is too short to do something that doesn't give you satisfaction. Personally, I have almost as much fun shooting my Mark II as any other handgun in the safe, up to and including the .454 Casull.

I have the same conversations with other motorcylists. Just because I ride a Harley doesn't mean that I hold rice-rocket riders in contempt. If it runs on two wheels or burns gunpowder, it's okay with me.

Just my $.02.

Standing Wolf
October 6, 2004, 11:33 PM
I'd much rather shoot targets than plink, but plinking has its charms.

Mal H
October 6, 2004, 11:36 PM
"Anyone else feel the same?" Not me.

But. like Chut1st implied, if you don't like it, it shouldn't bother anyone else in the least.

October 6, 2004, 11:46 PM
I do all my shooting outside at my privite range, and while .22 plinking is fun I don't care for punching paper. I try to mix it up a bit with different types of targets, clay pigeons are fun and I see cabellas now sells holders for clays that I want to buy . I also want to get some spinners that will take handgun and rifle fire.

Kenneth Lew
October 7, 2004, 12:21 AM

Somehow 15 yd., one handed, bullseye shooting against someone else is very interesting. You got to practice beforehand.

R.H. Lee
October 7, 2004, 12:52 AM
Nope. Gimme my MKII Stainless Target 6 7/8"bbl, a brick of ammo and a coupla dozen golf balls and I'm good for the afternoon. Much more fun than punching paper with anything.

October 7, 2004, 12:55 AM
.22 is great for plinking. I dont care if anyone thinks .22 is uncool. I put more rounds through my .22 than any other pistol I own.

Sylvilagus Aquaticus
October 7, 2004, 12:57 AM
Nah, you're utterly alone. :D

You just don't get out enough.


Greg L
October 7, 2004, 01:06 AM
Plinking with a .22, nope not me. At the price surplus is at I do most of my plinking with either 8mm or 7.62x54 :D . The kids seem to enjoy it though.

However .22 is easier on the shoulder ;) .


October 7, 2004, 01:09 AM
I'm with ya on this one Nate. When I was a kid and got my first .22 it was the greatest thing since sliced bread.....obviously since it was my first gun. But now if I break out a .22 I'm pretty much bored with it after a couple mags. If I'm gonna shoot something I want it to be worthwhile and I wanna feel some recoil to what I'm shooting. Granted an AR doesn't have all that much recoil, but there's just something more exciting to sending a 5.56 round downrange than a little zippy .22. :D

October 7, 2004, 01:27 AM
Well, I am not real big on plinking. I find it kind of boring.
I do like to shoot .22s though. But mostly on paper.
I plink now and then, usually when I am shooting with someone else and we can sort of compete with each other to see who can hit some piece of junk. By myself, I couldn't be bothered.

October 7, 2004, 01:31 AM
When I shoot a 22 I really want a rifle, and bunnys and squirels are great sport. I have a Ruger bolt action and an ancient Savage pump that are choices when I do that kind of shooting. Haven't done it in a while but it is a very good way to hone your marksmanship.

I have alway figured I would get a 22 pistol, just never have. Either I don't like the gun, or I don't like the price or both. I also subscribe to the Elmer Kieth school of thought, "big bullets".

I always figured a 38/357/9mm was a small bore, a real cartridges start at 10mm, then 41, 44 and 45. Don't get me wrong there is nothing wrong with the smaller bores they just don't float my boat so to speak.

A 22 pistol is a hole in my gun safe, one I hope to fill one day, I just wonder how much I would use it, I know if I was at a gun show with cash in pocket, and had a choice between a quality target 22 rifle, and 22 pistol; the rifle would go home with me. Of course if there was a 6.5x55 or a .308 target rifle even at the show I doubt I would even notice the 22's.

Kind of funny actually if I was in the wilderness and had a choice of just 1 firearm, a good 22 rifle would be right up on the top of a short list of two or three rifles I would consider suitable. They have always been a put meat on the table gun and if used properly are very good at that.

October 7, 2004, 01:40 AM
I like .22's. Actually, I love .22's. I love how Zen-like it can be, how the technique used in shooting a .22 carries over to any other caliber. And it's cheap, too!

Maybe you're not challenging yourself enough. Try getting ten shots inside a golf ball sized hole at 50 ft., no flyers. Smaller hole/ further distance, if that's too easy.

There's no more "Aim small, miss small" than a .22 (except maybe a .17).

October 7, 2004, 01:49 AM
That is exactly the reason that I don't really enjoy plinking.
Out where I shoot, there is endless junk lying there that pigs have left behind after their plinking sessions. I stand there for a minute and wonder why ? A propane tank: now there is a challenge: if it was sitting 100 yards away for a pistol or maybe a couple hundred yards away for a rifle with iron sights. But of course they were shooting at it at like 10 feet. Wow, what an accomplishment. Why not see if you can hit the side of the earth ? Computers, kitchen appliances........... what is the point ? Let's shoot a beer can: if you hit it every time, the group on paper would be like, what ? Five inches ?
Shooting a group on paper ? Now that is a challenge.

October 7, 2004, 01:51 AM
22's for paper, steel, plinking, golfballs, smallgame, lion:uhoh:

Whats not to love?

J Miller
October 7, 2004, 01:59 AM
Your not alone. Shooting .22's bores me to tears. I have several .22 handguns and a rifle, but they almost never get used. I got bricks of ammo dating way back to the 70's. I buy it on sale and somehow never shoot it.

But occasionally, I'll take them out and play with them. As long as I can have my centerfires there for a fix afterwords.


October 7, 2004, 02:05 AM
Maybe I'm not understanding the term "plinking." Does it necessarily mean shooting at junk? I've always taken it to mean casual, fun shooting. At paper, at junk, at whatever. When I mentioned challenging oneself more, I specifically meant on paper. That's why it says "golf ball sized hole," not "golf ball." Perhaps I wasn't clear.

Greg L
October 7, 2004, 02:17 AM
A propane tank: now there is a challenge: if it was sitting 100 yards away for a pistol or maybe a couple hundred yards away for a rifle with iron sights. But of course they were shooting at it at like 10 feet. Wow, what an accomplishment.

Oops sorry, lets define "plinking". Propane tanks @ 100+ are good for pistols. Teninis balls on top of hay bales are good @ 200+ for iron sights (or optics if that is what you can't hit them with ;) :neener: ), balloons are great for +/- 450+ w/ iron if there is a dry field behind them that will kick up a burst of dust to help you walk the bullets in :rolleyes: .

However it is layed out though, my kids love to shoot w/ their .22s at the supposed "adult" target way out there. Ever now & then they do hit one, much to the enjoyment of those who have "progressed beyond a pitiful .22 :rolleyes: .


October 7, 2004, 02:39 AM
I'll take my .22

Yes - i'm impressed w/ cheap )(*& optics at hitting what i aim at.

No i'm not a if ya ain't using iron sights you suck person.

Its cheap - its fun - its can ya get all three spinners to keep spinning for an entire magazine fun. Since ea shot costs nearly nothing.... its WONDERFUL on the pocketbook.

And the .22 is the first thing i'll pull out fer critters.... since its dropped everyone i've had to use it against so far. Sure... i could pull out the .223... but why? -

I guess i'm just not advanced enough... <hehe> but i still enjoy cheap shooting.


October 7, 2004, 02:41 AM
In an outdoor range, have you tried playing "roll the orange"? that might spice up your .22LR life..

Also, I use to play ".22LR @100 yards" and that made things really interesting... (out of a 10/22)

October 7, 2004, 02:43 AM
.22 is good for plinking practice, but I gotta say, I definately prefer the 12ga for going out and having fun with friends.

October 7, 2004, 02:46 AM
I haven't shot my .22's, including my Model 41, for quite some time. Maybe it was all the Bullseye shooting, I don't know, but just about all my shooting is .45, 10mm, .44Mag and .454 anymore. When the urge hits I'll shoot 'em again, but I've just had no urge at all to shoot them.

October 7, 2004, 03:20 AM
oh! forgot about 12ga....

pretty much 12 and 20 ga. shotgunnin is cheap too... its when you get into .410 that it gets expensive. at 15 or so bucks for 100 rounds from wally world... its hard to beat per shot ... well other than .22...



October 7, 2004, 07:46 AM
I love to plink. In fact I plink more than anything else. Depending on where you are there is no need to have junk, trash, or carry targets. I just stroll along and take shots at various targets. Be it a pine cone, clod of dirt, cut leaves or small branches. Nature provides an aboundance of targets for you.
There is nothing but the basic gun handling rules, a pocket full of cartridges, your favorite handgun, and a leisurely stroll thru the woods taking a few shots every now and then. That makes for a relaxing afternoon for me. When you have to tote and set up targets, abided by strict rules (like at a range or friendly competion among the guys), and you are under time constraints then it is no longer plinking to me.

October 7, 2004, 07:49 AM
Maybe you're just not challenging your shooting ability. I think the .22LR is the ideal round to push the envelope with your skill level since it is low-powered and cheap in case you don't hit your mark. Just one example: try putting a soda can up at 50 yards, face it so the opening is towards you. Then fire so that every round goes through the mouth only of the can. Now that's fun!

October 7, 2004, 08:20 AM
To me, plinking does mean basically shooting at junk. Maybe I am way off base here but that is basically what it means to me. Informal, not real serious shooting: plinking.

Bwana John
October 7, 2004, 09:12 AM
you would rather shoot paintball guns :barf: over .22s?!? :what:
Id rather shoot paintballs with a .22 :D

Zach S
October 7, 2004, 09:39 AM
I never really enjoyed .22s, I'd rather shoot a green gas airsoft pistol. At least with that I can shoot IDPA in a basement and not have to worry about putting ears in/on (glasses are a must, always), recoil is about the same or less, not to mention the ammo is reuseable (although accuracy does suffer if you put a flat spot on the BB). I dont even own a .22, come to think of it, I dont even own an airsoft gun, I keep meaning to get one of those...

I find paintballs more fun than .22s, I "painted" a dodge dakota I had with a buddies fully-automatic paintball gun after work one night when I was a teenager. One of the local LEOs pulled in thinking I was a vandal, after he found out otherwise, we let him do a little painting too (oddly ernough, he managed to put one on the steakhouse window, something I managed not to do). The repair cost me about a buck and ten minutes or so of my time. try THAT with a .22:neener:

Of course, I havent shot a .22 in a long time. Maybe I should use that as an excuse to pick one up and give it another whirl.

October 7, 2004, 09:39 AM
There's nothing I love more than chasing a tin can from the 50yd line out to 100+ with my 10/22. Now that I've finished rebuilding it, I can do the same with shotgun shells and other small targets. Easy on the ears, easy on the shoulder, easy on the wallet. What's not to like. :)

My 10/22 (Green Mtn Barrel, headspaced and radiused bolt, Volquartsen extractor and hammer, extended mag release, extended buttpad for adult sized LOP, bolt buffer, "custom paint" on a modded stock, and plenty of trigger work for a short, nearly creep-free release):


October 7, 2004, 09:57 AM
You are completely wrong.
Plinking with a .22 is the best.
Send all of your guns to me along with your ammo and any cool gear.

October 7, 2004, 10:44 AM
Heck yes, 100 yard pop cans with a 22 revo is fun - and challenging. :cool: Plinking - what's not to like? :D

October 7, 2004, 11:09 AM
I like my .22 pistol. My rifle is probably going to be used for hunting, after I shoot it a bit more. 22 doesn't do much for me, when I can shoot an SKS, Mauser or Mosin for just as cheap. Heck, I can find .303 ammo cheap enough, and it is a much nicer gun to shoot than my 22.

you would rather shoot paintball guns over .22s?!?
My paintball gun has 'da switch' :D My .22 doesn't :mad: Also, it has as much kick and noise as a 22:D But, people don't like to play paintball against me :confused: (I think I'm gonna make a SAW lookalike outta my PB gun :D )

October 7, 2004, 11:51 AM
I'd probably shoot a .22 from time to time if I had someplace to do casual shooting (like I used to in Florida), but here in eastern NC the only range I know of is very structured and formal, so all I get to do these days is punch paper. And if I'm just punching paper, I'd a whole lot rather be doing it with 7.62x39 than with .22LR.

I used to greatly enjoy plinking soda cans with a .22, but need to find someplace to do it.

Red Tornado
October 7, 2004, 11:59 AM
I'm with Majic. Taking a .22 down by the river, through the woods is very relaxing and a great time. Whether the 10/22 or Grandpa's bolt action, it helps to recall the zen of shooting.

I just ordered a new plinker which I'm sure will take over almost all of my time. It's supposed to be in tomorrow..:D :D :D

BTW, I've never attached an image before, so If it doesn't work, sorry.

October 7, 2004, 12:12 PM
I enjoy shooting .22 from time to time, and I think that plinking has its place. I agree that shooting at an empty propane tank from 10 feet won't do much to improve your skills, but i like to mix up my training. I enjoy hunting, so I try do do more than just shoot at paper targets. I doubt that on opening day a deer is going to stand broadside at 200 yards, out in the open, and not move an inch.

J Miller
October 7, 2004, 12:14 PM
Daniel Flory said:
Just one example: try putting a soda can up at 50 yards, face it so the opening is towards you. Then fire so that every round goes through the mouth only of the can. Now that's fun!

That is a very challenging target to shoot at, and if you can do it, your a better shot than I am.

But, you want to see a kids eyes light up? Try this. One soda can filled with water. Put a dollar coin under the can on a flat rock, an Ike dollar if you can find one.
Use a high velocity round of some kind and shoot the can. If the load is hot enough the can explodes in a shimmering haze of water vaper.
:what: When you find the bottom of the can it will have the imprint of the dollar on it.
That is my kind of plinking and you can't do it with a .22. :D


Red Tornado
October 7, 2004, 01:19 PM
J Miller,
That is Cool. I know what I'm doing with my Garand next. 30-06 is hot enough, right? :) I don't have an Ike dollar, just a normal one. I still think it will have sufficient coolness to show all the nieces and nephews.

Thanks for the tip.

October 7, 2004, 01:25 PM
Good thing you don't live in the UK...all they CAN own is 22 handguns.......
I traded in my MKII because I hardly ever shot it...I'd rather shoot 9mm or 38,but a 22 is better than nothing...and it is good trainning..but different strokes is what it's all about...that's why there are soooo many different guns......
Bam-Bam..I love your sig line...."inconceivable"....my response is of course:
"I do not think that means what you think it means.":cool:

Andrew Wyatt
October 7, 2004, 01:34 PM
i never go plinking. plinking is harder to clean up after and provides less enjoyment than shooting steel or paper.

October 7, 2004, 01:36 PM
"I do not think that means what you think it means."


rust collector
October 7, 2004, 01:37 PM
The only problem is that I sometimes forget how fun it is to challenge myself with something that is low impact, cheap fun.

Took my 14 year old nephew out Saturday and tried a few different guns out. Sure, he liked the AR and the SKS, but jumping shotshell hulls waaaay out there with the .22s got the biggest grins. It's a great skill and confidence builder.

Leaving the place cleaner than we found it is a big part of the lesson.

October 7, 2004, 01:56 PM
I hate plinking. Imagine hanging out at the range hour after hour shooting stuff with a new Cooper Custom Classic or a Finnfire with a 1.5-ounce Jewell trigger and a 36x scope. Boring. Then there's the utter boredom of hitting exactly what you aim at time after time after time with a 8-3/8" Model 17 and a 2x scope. Boring, boring, boring. I don't know why I keep doing it. It's certainly not because I can't afford ammo for the WWI repro, the Gold Match, the Python or the shotguns. Maybe it's because I like to shoot dirt clods, lots and lots of dirt clods.


Mal H
October 7, 2004, 05:33 PM
I do not think that means what you think it means.

I think it does. What is your definition of it Tony? :)

October 7, 2004, 06:33 PM
I don't know about you, but I get kinda tired of punching holes in paper too.

Variety is the spice of life, that's why I have 11 guns plus one receiver and why I get a good mix of paper and plinking targets :)

Part of what makes plinking fun is picking good targets. I like to see stuff explode and fly all over (water bottles, ice filled bottles, etc)

October 7, 2004, 07:35 PM
Damn! This thread reminded me how bad I want a Model 41!! Thanks a lot Kenneth Lew! I'm heading over to GunsAmerica to look for one.:D

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