Buy a 22 rifle


April 22, 2007, 04:48 PM
Seriously, if you don't own one now, buy one. ruger 10/22, CZ, CMP surplus, it really doesn't matter, just buy one. If you don't shoot it, the new shooters you bring to the range will, and they'll love it. Cheap ammo, great accuracy, no noise or recoil, 22lr rifles are fun-tastic. I've got a ruger 10/22 with a fixed 4x leupold and an H&R M12 with a Bushnell 4200 Elite 6-24x scope and I tell you, they are such a hoot.

You can sit around for hours and shoot for less than the cost two magazines worth of ammo for you AR-15. Seriously, put steel spinners or clays out at 100 yards, Beer cans at 50 yards, or for a real hoot, spent 22lr shell casings at 25 yards.

Take a new shooter too.

Next on my list is a 10/17.. Fun stuff.


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April 22, 2007, 04:59 PM
Buy 2. One for yourself, one for a deserving kid.


April 22, 2007, 05:46 PM
Why stop at two?

April 22, 2007, 05:55 PM
As of today, Gallery of Guns is running a sale on Taurus Mod. 63 semi-automatics, a reproduction of the famous Winchester 63 gallery gun. MSRP is $330ish, the sale knocks it down to $209+$10 fee at my cheapest local dealer.

I'm torn between it and a Taurus 62 pump for $35 more.

Or I could go trade in something on that Marlin 39 Cabela's has had for a couple of months...

April 22, 2007, 05:58 PM
For a real good time try taking a bag of golf balls out to the range.

Then shoot at them with your .22 and see just how far out you can push the things.

Shotgun hulls at 50 and 100 yards are a hoot too. ;)

April 22, 2007, 05:59 PM
As of today, Gallery of Guns is running a sale on Taurus Mod. 63 semi-automatics, a reproduction of the famous Winchester 63 gallery gun. MSRP is $330ish, the sale knocks it down to $209+$10 fee at my cheapest local dealer.

I think you just cost me some money.


April 22, 2007, 09:35 PM
Shooting golf balls on the ground may be fun, but why not shoot them in the air. Actually hand thrown golf balls are very easy to hit. Get some cci stingers and toss the ball with your left hand (assuming you shoot right handed) - follow the ball up and right before it stops in midair shoot. A solid hit on a golf ball with a stinger will send it out of sight. Please be careful about the angle you are shooting and make sure of what is around you as a .22 bullet fired at optimum angle will go over a mile. Once you've mastered golf balls you can move up to quarters. A quarter squarely hit with a stinger will drill a hole right thru it. Limit your shots to as close to 90 degrees as possible and pass up shots any less for safety. Use open sights only as you won't be able to make consistent hits with a scope. Remember pass on those bad throws/low angles for safety's sake. If you have any doubt's whatsoever as your safety margin what's between you and a mile or so, better off not trying it as safety always in rule no. 1.

April 22, 2007, 11:05 PM
351, i'd love to learn some aerial trick shooting, too bad that around here, 1.5 miles of safe shooting area is pretty hard to find.


April 23, 2007, 12:32 AM
I gotta try golf balls...:rolleyes:

April 23, 2007, 08:49 AM
I have bought five 22lr rifles in the past month and I am still thinking about getting a few more. Loads of fun. I have also been trying to buy out all of Walmarts 22lr ammo with no luck. They just keep getting more.

April 23, 2007, 10:54 AM
For the past two weekends we have been shooting against a big sandy hill, golf is a great sport with a .22 or .223. The .308 kind of spoils the game by creating too many sand traps.

Ruger 10/22
Considering a Walther G22

Be safe, BSR

April 23, 2007, 10:57 AM
My one and only .22 rifle... I use it to practice my offhand shooting (usually golf balls at 50-100 yards).

April 23, 2007, 12:57 PM
I am hooked on .22's too! In the last month I have bought a s&w 22a, henry lever action H001, Savage Mark II FSS, and will be buying a Savage 64 semi-auto this weekend.

My wife has pretty much claimed the henry hers, and the savage bolt action is mine, and we share the pistol.
In the last two weeks, we have gone to the range twice and shot about 600 rounds each time, and and plenty of fun doing it, took about 2.5 hours each time.

Now I hope to find a good priced outdoor range in minnesota that we can do some spinner targets, golfballs, cans, etc as the range we go to is indoor and only cost us $10 for both of us to shoot. Good, clean, cheap fun for sure!

bill (still looking for more .22's like a taurus 94, kadet kit for my cz, and what ever else tickles my fancy)

April 23, 2007, 01:10 PM
This was my first gun - the Browning BL22

A BLAST to shoot. ALmost a carbine (I think it only holds 14 LRs), it has a very short throw. It's light weight, short barrel and quick action make it a very fast handling gun. Great for rabbits & squirrels. I don't know if I would buy it for a first gun, though, as it has no external safety - only a 1/2 cock position on the hammer, which really isn't "safety." My pastor always wanted to buy it from me...but it wasn't (and still isn't) for sale.

When I was a kid, we lived out in the boonies and our house backed into our cow pasture. You want great targets...wet cowflops!!! A hit was rewarded with a nice "Whop" sound and visible confirmation of a hit :D Plus, it was good practice on judging distance and there were always PLENTY in the spring & summer. For extra kicks, we hung 8" steel plates and soda cans on the back fence, about 120 long steps from the back yard gate. The plates were my meat & potatoes with any .22 - scope or open sights, but the soda cans pretty much required scopes. My .22 Marlin topped with a Weaver 4x scope would make that can jerk more often than not.

My favorite days, though, were when we were breaking in a new burning barrel - an old 55 gallon drum. Dad would let me ventilate it with my .22, and I would do my Chuch Conners "Rifleman" routine, doing hipshots with my Browning into the barrel as fast as I could. Hee-haw!!!

Those were the good ol' days...

Preacher Man

April 23, 2007, 03:42 PM
I've read that one should get a .22 that replicates his big-game rifle. That's probably a good idea. I have several big-game rifles, so I need to get busy, lol. David Petzal has some good tips on this subject in his blog.

April 23, 2007, 04:47 PM
Mukluk, is that a .22 Enfield trainer?

April 23, 2007, 04:59 PM
Absolutely agree on the .22 being a great gun to bring along for introducing people to shooting, as well as a fun and economical plinker for everyone. That is what I used to introduce my kids to shooting. Quiet and almost no recoil, and with even a cheap scope most anyone can get a warm fuzzy pretty darn quick. Nothing like showing a 12 yr-old they put six in the red circle from 50 yards on their 2nd mag ever, to build up some confidence and interest in keeping up with the sport.

April 23, 2007, 08:32 PM
yeah mukluk, what is that rifle? All the other 22s look riflish.

April 23, 2007, 08:38 PM
Why stop at two?

Why stop?

April 23, 2007, 08:47 PM
They are cool. Mine has a barrel liner and a different bolt. Pretty accurate for a war rifle.

April 23, 2007, 10:15 PM
I love my 10/22s,henry golden boy,the remington I got from my uncle (first gun I ever shot) and others but the one I shoot most is the Ceiner Rimfire Conversion that I hop around into my different ARs. Anyone who owns an AR really needs to get one of these

April 23, 2007, 10:49 PM
Yep, it's a Lee Enfield trainer... of sorts. I had been wanting one but they were rather difficult to come by. So, being the tinkerer that I am, I decided to make my own from a shot out sporterized Enfield I had. I installed a barrel sleeve, modified the bolt and reversed the sporter job that had been done.

April 24, 2007, 12:44 AM
I'm a tinkerer too,but with almost no powertools and a very basic set of regular tools.And very little experience. Think its acheivable ?

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