All this talk about .22s for about us grown up kids?


December 20, 2006, 03:33 PM
I love centerfire, long distance shooting. I love my expensive Coopers. I love my tricked out AR15s.....but.....when I do a little rimfire shooting......I immediately harken back to the days of my youth. I always forget how much fun (plus cheap fun) a .22 can be.

Nothing better than being the scourge of clay pigeons and golf balls with my 8 year old son plinking by my side.

I was so impressed with my son's CZ 452 Scout that I ordered a CZ 452 Varmint for myself. I can't let the kid have all the fun. :D

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December 20, 2006, 11:40 PM
Very nice setup you have there! Nice looking wood on that CZ.

I agree...nothing like a nice bolt-action rimfire! Here's my Anschutz 1416 HB (I'm not the photographer you are :) )

I liked it so much, I have another rimfire under the tree! The new one is a little more versatile. It's the new Sako Quad w/.22lr and .17HMR barrels. Can't wait to see how "she" shoots!

December 21, 2006, 01:04 AM
I'm the bigger kid with a mustache.

"Can I have my gun back now?" Young lady with the single shot .22 painted Teal Blue.

"See, a guy can shoot a Pink Cricket just fine, told ya! " Another young lady.

"Anyone seen my Old Remington 514?" - "Grandpa" of the bunch, Owner of said 514 that Just happen to notice some big kid with a mustache was shooting it.
You get one guess who that was...

I have always enjoyed a single shot .22 with iron sights, assisting with kids...err... okay it is the kids assisting me . ;)

Marlin 60 with the Woodtone Finish (tm) - seems after some shot mine they had to have one too...

Browning Auto .22 rifle DROOL! I really really like these. When one is brought out by that fellow we call 'grandpa' - I can do some serious begging, whining, pleading, and carrying on to shoot it.

I still believe in .22 single shot rifles to teach new shooters, no matter how big the kid is, for correct basic fundamentals.
Fun Factor built in of course and lasts a lifetime...

Sylvilagus Aquaticus
December 21, 2006, 01:22 AM
I've got a Browning .22 auto I received for my 12th birthday. It's a lot of fun, but my favorite is my 1937 Walther Sportmodell V single shot. Solid as a Thuringer bank vault.

There's no amount to the satisfaction a man can have with his kids, a .22 and a couple of bricks of ammo.


December 21, 2006, 07:39 AM
I used to look down my nose at .22 RFs. Ammo prices, such as they are, I've changed my tune.


December 21, 2006, 08:31 AM
My name is Rube and I think shooting .22LR is pure fun.

December 21, 2006, 09:56 AM
I have a few rimfires but I really enjoy shooting my newest, a Biathlon Basic. It is just so fun to shoot with the combination of a straight pull bolt, light trigger, and accuracy.

December 21, 2006, 05:36 PM
"Big Kids with .22s"

I wouldn't trade my Remington 541-T (sporter) for anything!!!! (Sorry, no pics to post.)

Also, my local club used to have 15 Winchester mdl 52C rifles 'issued' to the junior program, from the DCM.
Those rifles were pure HEAVEN on Earth. Wow!!!

December 21, 2006, 05:42 PM
CZ is broadening their stock selection.

I'm a sort of a sucker for nice Maple. Bad lighting doesn't show what grade this is, but depending on what grade of Maple, I'd almost be tempted to spring for the extra $100.

December 21, 2006, 11:21 PM
Still got the Marlin 80C that was my Christmas present in 1954--plus a 'few" more fun .22s. Even managed to find a Springfield M1922 which I always thought was the ne plus ultra of classic .22 rifles.

When the kids were little I started them off with shortened single shots and aperture sights--first on paper and then to metal reaction targets. We had lots of fun and it's amazing how well they retained the basics.

Next thing I knew--time flew by and my daughter was shooting my M1A and my son the M1 Garand, and doing darned well...and boy was I proud!

Stiletto Null
December 21, 2006, 11:47 PM
ArmedBear, that CZ looks kind of FUBAR. Is the magazine just not in all the way, or what? :confused:

December 22, 2006, 12:02 AM
I'm about to order a 452 Varmint and a scope for myself, or maybe the full-stock 452 with iron sights. Can't afford to shoot the big dogs as much, and perfect for the nearest indoor range (25-yd) when it's raining outside (the AR-15 is kind of loud and silly to shoot there).

Stiletto Null
December 22, 2006, 12:04 AM
You could always get a .22 AR upper.

Anyway, I recommend a 452 FS ( ;)

December 22, 2006, 12:27 AM
You know, hard to beat a Marlin 39 for a big boy's toy.

But that was some pretty wood Brain.

And for the record, a Browning take down .22 is a lady's gun... ask my mom!

December 22, 2006, 02:02 AM
I admit a certain soft spot in my heart fot 22lr. I have a 10/22 for silouhette, a 10/22 for hunting,(trail also!) a browning bl-22 for fun, and now a CZ 452 ZKM LUX trainer. The CZ irons are calibrated out to 200yds, so you can shoot about anything, and have a fun (and inexpensive) time of it! Best money I've spent on a 22 in years!!

December 22, 2006, 02:45 AM
I'm looking at getting one for the family... my wife has also expressed interest in a .22LR pistol...:D

Saw a Marlin 25N at a local shop... $140.. looks pretty good.

December 22, 2006, 09:53 AM
i have a mossy 44 set up with a bipod and scope and a camo paint finish, my mini-sniper rifle. Even have a 1000 inch range set up at the pistol club with scaled targets. With match ammo and my dope book I canw ack red squirrels out to about 175 yards.

December 22, 2006, 12:55 PM
Browning ATD-22 with Optima 2000 sight
Anshutz 1422ST with old beeman/Hakko scope
Rugger 7722 all weather
continental single shot (my father made it up from a junk reciever for me when I was in the third grade, about 1966)

December 22, 2006, 01:01 PM
Hey Stiletto, et al.

I've never had a fullstock civilian rifle. Even my sidelock muzzleloader is a halfstock.

I'm intrigued by the fullstock CZ's; they look kinda cool.

Tell me: what do you like most about them? Do they feel different when you shoot them? Are there any reasons not to get one?

December 22, 2006, 01:20 PM
I still vote that the Marlin 75C is the best thing going. It's the carbine version of the Model 60, and I've picked up three of them this year for $50-75, with the old squirrel-engraved stocks.

I thought I wouldn't like the tubular mags, and tried the Ruger first, but now I'm totally sold on Marlins. Since they constantly flow in and out of Texas pawnshops for as low as $50, there's no reason not to try one.


December 22, 2006, 01:29 PM
You know, hard to beat a Marlin 39 for a big boy's toy.

I heartily second this notion. (Translation: +1 :p )

Stiletto Null
December 22, 2006, 01:32 PM
I'm intrigued by the fullstock CZ's; they look kinda cool.

Tell me: what do you like most about them? Do they feel different when you shoot them? Are there any reasons not to get one?Well, it's more a matter of aesthetics than any particular functional reason. If you like to have your hand way forward, the extra wood can be nice. Meantime, I just like the way it looks. :D

Any reasons NOT to get one? It has a 20" barrel instead of a 24", if that matters to you. Still, I can shoot <2MOA at 100yd (outdoors) with the irons, so I can't say I actually care.

December 22, 2006, 01:58 PM
If you are like me and have extremely limited financial resources and you want to shoot every week, you just have to shoot .22 as a matter of economic necessity. I alternate between "centerfire" and "rimfire" Saturdays. Five years ago when I was rolling in cash, I almost never shot my .22 rifles and pistols, now they are mainstays of my firearms self-training program.

Stiletto Null
December 22, 2006, 03:57 PM
Economical hell...

The joke about reloading is that you tell your spouse you're getting into reloading so you can shoot more cheaply, but the real reason is to be able to shoot more while spending the same amount of money.

It kind of applies to rimfire—I shoot CCI Standard Velocity almost exclusively, and being semi-premium ammo, it costs me a solid 5c a round. It's slightly more than half as expensive per round as the surp 8mm and '54R I shoot all the time, which means I can shoot twice as much of it while doing the same amount of damage to my budget. :D

(Oh, and I can actually keep up good groups all day.)

December 22, 2006, 04:31 PM
100/200/300 yard range....loud...muzzle blast central...the 39 part of the 7.62x39 four stations away up side of your many guys flinching from more than they handle but what they read is a "must have"...where follow thru comes after the shot and when you try and find your brass...sometimes stinkly with blackpower or something from the Wolf werks--2 times a day someone with a bleeding eyebrow

50 yard rimfire range....voices at conversational levels overheard thru the muffs...where the scope on the rifle is goood enough to be a spotter... laughing kids killing paint balls and bb-gun clays....serenity by comparison.

Oh yeah....kinda like those rimfires.


Stiletto Null
December 22, 2006, 04:44 PM
Hey, I like blasting off battle rifles too.

But when I really want to just chill out (as opposed to sending large amounts of kinetic energy downrange), I break out the .22.

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