Favorite rimfire plinker ?


June 28, 2003, 03:00 PM
What is your favorite .22 can killer ?
Mine is an old 1911A frame with a Ciner .22
conversion for pistol.

Rifle is an old Remington "speed master".

Cheap fun both.

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June 28, 2003, 03:03 PM
Winchester 94/22 and Smith 22S are great can killers.:)

Bullet Bob
June 28, 2003, 04:02 PM
Every dang last one of 'em! I've bought two more .22 handguns since this picture ( a1948 K22 and a 1957-58 Colt OMM), and I don't know offhand how many .22 rifles I have, and I'm contemplating buying another one of those, too. I love .22's!


June 28, 2003, 08:05 PM
High Standard Supermatic Citation. It just begs you to shoot it.

For long gun I have a hard time choosing between the Savage/Anschutz Mark 12 and the Marlin Model 39A.

June 28, 2003, 08:20 PM
Beretta Neos is mine.:cool:

Standing Wolf
June 28, 2003, 08:58 PM
High Standards for me. The only trouble is that these three live in bank boxes, so I have to plan ahead instead of just arbitrarily deciding to head for the range.

June 29, 2003, 12:40 AM
Ruger MkII

Ruger 10/22

June 29, 2003, 01:20 AM
In a semi auto, I like the Ruger slabsides. In a revolver, I like the S&W 617.

June 29, 2003, 01:49 PM
Ditto the 1911 with Ciener conversion. Mine is now a designated trainer/plinker mounted on it's own frame.

I have a bunch of .22 rifles, but the ones my nephews and my wife want to take most often are the Rossi 62A pumps. They're all too young to remember shooting galleries, but they love making the cans dance with the ol' gallery gun.

Second choice is usually the Norinco Browning .22 auto-clone. Easier for the younger ones to handle as it's shorter and lighter.

The Ruger Bearcat has been great for introducing them to the fundamentals of handgunning. Perfect size for little hands, and makes safe handling lessons simpler to instill.

I get my fun passing along my love of shooting to another generation of our family.

June 29, 2003, 01:56 PM


Pappy John
June 29, 2003, 03:44 PM
Modified 22/45


June 29, 2003, 06:59 PM
Ditto an old 1911 bottom (retired for bad transition ramp) topped with a Colt 22/45 Kit. Just like shooting a .45...... (until it goes BANG ! ....)

June 29, 2003, 07:08 PM
Beretta 92 conversion kit.

June 29, 2003, 07:10 PM
Ruger 10/22..

My first,last and only Ruger purchase.:banghead:

June 29, 2003, 07:11 PM
This is a tough question. For years I owned only three .22 handguns. A Ruger MkII with a heavy barrel of about 5-6" and Millet sights, a Ruger Single Six stainless with a barrel that was somewhere close to 6", and a S&W Model 17 6". The Single Six was a POS. I bought it used, and it was at least third hand. The previous owners had put it through the ringer, and it wasn't all that accurate. The Model 17 was originally my dad's. He gave it to me, but I left it at his house a couple thousand miles away to shoot while I was there. So I basically had one good .22 handgun. Not long ago I was on here complaining about my Single Six and how I would like to buy a new one, but I wanted one with a 4" barrel. Someone was kind enough to point out to me, a special production run of short barreled Single Sixes, so I ordered one. When it came in, I went to pick it up and it looked great. But there was a problem. In the case sat an absolutely beautiful revolver. A used Single Six Bisley with gorgeous stocks and a 6+" barrel. I couldn't resist it and bought them both. About a month after that, I got a call out of the blue from a gun shop that I occasionally did business with. They said that they remembered me saying that I wanted a S&W Model 17; they had a guy that wanted to trade one on something else and they wanted to see if I wanted to buy it. The price was right so I drove over to check it out. It was in perfect condition so I agreed to buy it. AGAIN, I was standing there getting ready to do the paperwork when I spotted a Model 617 in the case. It had a 6" full lugged barrel. I played with it and it was wonderful. I had them work out a deal on both. So now I have four fantastic .22 pistols and have shot them a lot over the last few months. I guess my current faviorite is the Bisley. I have been shooting it the most.

I also have the Ciener conversion, but seldom shoot it. I like to buy the bulk .22 ammo from Wal-Mart and it doesn't function well with it. It runs OK with CCI, but I don't like to buy them 100/box. Oh, and I forgot one other. I also own a Ruger Mk. II short skinny barrel with a red dot on it. I consider it more of a novelty. I like the dot, but son't shoot it much. I take it out a couple times a year to play with, but it isnt' one of my serious plinkers.

June 29, 2003, 07:13 PM
My Savage Striker gets all of my attention these days. As far as rifles go, I have a Ruger 10/22 that I'm fond of, but it doesn't hold a candle to my dad's Marlin Golden 39A. They don't make them like that anymore.

June 29, 2003, 07:34 PM
Favs are Marlin 60 22lr semi auto rifle.
Marlin 25N 22lr & 25MN 22mag boltactions.
Heritage Rough Rider 22lr/22mag S/A revolver.

Dave Markowitz
June 29, 2003, 08:02 PM

-- Browning Micro Buckmark
-- S&W Model 18
-- Ruger Old Model Single Six


-- Winchester 94/22 XTR Classic
-- Ruger 10/22

June 29, 2003, 08:26 PM
Is an old H&R999 Sportsman - complete with 9 round speedloaders and holster:D

Peter M. Eick
June 29, 2003, 08:41 PM
A toss up between my 5screw k22 masterpiece or my DW 722. Depends upon my mood.

June 29, 2003, 10:45 PM
Ruger Mark II! That thing is fun and accurate. Mine has a 5" bull barrel which gives it great pointability.

Ala Dan
June 29, 2003, 11:02 PM
Revolver: another nod for the Smith & Wesson model 18

Self Loader: 1st nod to Colt's Match Target Woodsman
with the 2nd nod going to Ruger's Mark II KMK-512!:uhoh:

Best wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

June 30, 2003, 02:32 AM
Ruger Mk 2 5.5 inch bull barrel, blued w/cocbolo finger grooved grips.


'Cause Dad got tired of me shooting his Ruger mk1 7 5/8 target model.

I'd still like to get my hands on a Colt woodsman, though.

Wil Terry
June 30, 2003, 04:58 PM
AS A LASER BEAM OUT TO 50 YARDS and tougher than all gitout to shoot. The COLT junior 22SHORT also shoots well out to 25 yards. I do like little poppers like these.
My second favorite is an H+R 999 of exquisite accuracy;
A Bearcat that shoots great;
and old model Ruger SSS of gilt edged accuracy.
The old M17 K22 6" and a 4" M617 10-shot K22 also get their fair share of exercise along with a P22 Walther my wife likes to shoot. There must be nearly two dozen more 22 pistols in the safe that are hardly shot anymore including a BERSA 22 that has nearly 19,000 rounds through it without a single malfunction of any kind...and a Walther Olympic 22 copy that shoots like a million bucks....geesh, I should dig around in the safes more and see what might grab my fancy again.
A Marlin M39 Mountie and a Winchester 9422 are my favorite lever 22's but my wife thinks her Romanian M1969 22 Trainer is the cats meow, and let me tell you, she can pick the buttons off yore shirt with it at 50 yards offhand

June 30, 2003, 07:50 PM
The Wife was reading this over my shoulder and observed that the question was "what is your favorite rimfire?" but most people gave at least 2 that they owned, and one that they wanted to own. She thinks we're all hopeless. She's probably right, but ain't it fun:D

June 30, 2003, 08:50 PM
Trouble is .. one fave is hard to decide! Ok . fave is marlin 60 ... gotta be. pretty much a tack driver and 15 rnd capacity so ..... good times!!

Beyond that tho ...... HP-22 is great entertainment, also like my single 6 and Ruger 22/45. I too ....... lurv .22's!":)

July 1, 2003, 01:42 AM
Since this seems to include rifles and pistols, I'll move it to GenDisc.

Favorite pistol? My Ciener conversion kit atop my Les Baer frame; every kid needs a Les Baer .22LR. :)

Oddly, I don't own a .22 rifle at the time... :uhoh:

July 1, 2003, 04:01 AM
First gun Ruger MKII

70k and still going strong.

July 1, 2003, 12:44 PM
Rifle, Remington 597 with 3-9x32 scope, very easy to nail 1" groups all the time at 33 yards when the scope's on 9x. :D

Pistol, dont know yet, I just bought a EAA .22 conversion kit for my 1911 and I get to pick up my Ruger MkII Government from the dealer tomorrow, so I'll need until the weekend (hopefully the weather cooperates) to decide. Hopefully the MkII Govt, as it cost double what the EAA .22 kit cost, and that was a good chunk of change for a college kid to spend (but it was a jump on it immediately or risk never seeing another MkII for sale in MD ever again type of thing). :what:


July 1, 2003, 02:20 PM
pistol: Walther P22

Rifle: HK270

both are excellent little shooters

July 1, 2003, 06:40 PM
For handgun, a Ruger Mark II with a red dot on it; for rifle, a 10/22 with 50-round drum :)

July 1, 2003, 06:51 PM
Colt's Peacemaker.

Winchester Model 74

Quintin Likely
July 1, 2003, 08:43 PM
Rifle? Hm...probably the only one I have, a Marlin 60 that's a lot of fun on days I can't get to the rifle range.

I see a Sig Trailside further on down the road though.

4v50 Gary
July 1, 2003, 09:34 PM
Kadet conversion kit for my CZ-75. For rifles, Chinese lookalike Mauser 98.

July 1, 2003, 09:44 PM
My favorite 22lr plinker was my 4" buckmark until i bought a ruger MkII 5.5" bull barrel.Ive gotten 1" groups at 25 yards off a sandbag rest with
remington thunderbolts.It does have a gold insert in the front sight that seems to help.

July 1, 2003, 09:53 PM
My Marlin Original Golden 39A with a Weaver 4x Classic Rimfire scope is deadly on woodchucks out to 100 yards with PMC Match Rifle ammo. My wife and I consistantly hit 12 GA shotgun shells with this combination at 75 yards.

But the rimfire that gets the most use is my 5½" Ruger Single Six. I plink with it nearly every weekend and the constant practice has really paid off for hunting woodchucks. This year I've bagged two with head shots at about 20 yards and one probable at 40 that went back down the hole.

With the rifle it's really no challenge. But with the Ruger SS I feel some pride.

Browns Fan
July 1, 2003, 10:26 PM
No doubt!! Make it my Ruger mkII with a bull barrell. :cool:

July 1, 2003, 11:25 PM
My newest favorite toy.

Greg L
July 1, 2003, 11:37 PM
Pistol would be my MkII with a 10" bull and LH walnut grips.

Rifle probably my son's Henry lever action. Lots of fun times shared chasing a can around the range with that one.

After I get around to building the 10/22 gattling gun though that may change :D


July 1, 2003, 11:40 PM
I have a Romanian 1969 trainer that has provided me many afternoons of fun shooting tennis balls at 25 yards....and you can't beat a rifle that's accurate, reliable and fun for $50!!!! :D

I have better guns, but fun-wise, that one is as good as they come. They don't always have to be high-priced.

July 2, 2003, 12:09 AM
Pistol: S&W 422 with a red dot scope

Rifle: Marlin 60 tube fed 18rds with 4x scope

Rev: Taurus 94 2"bbl

love to shoot the .22!


July 2, 2003, 12:22 AM

Folks, there is NOTHING and I mean NOTHING like the laser rimfire death-ray that is the CZ 452 Lux with tangent sights. Ptchhuu THWAP Ptchhuu THWAP way, way out beyond the range of most mortal .22LR's

July 2, 2003, 06:42 AM
Rifle - 550-1 hand-me-down.. started family service as my fathers rat plinker at the dump many, many years ago.. saw heavy service by me during my mis-spent youth. I wouldn't venture a guess as to how many rounds have been through this thing, tens of thousands at least. Looks like it's been through the ringer, twice.. but it still functions and shoots great! Somehow manages "minute of can" accuracy at 100 yds to this very day. The hi-capacity tubular magazine is very tactical as well :D


July 2, 2003, 07:40 AM
One of the "funnest" guns I've ever owned:


Also the least expensive, I might add. A Stoeger .22 Luger replica that I bought new for around $100 in the late 70's. It's a bit finicky about ammo and has been known to jam on more than one occasion - but it's the most naturally pointing gun I have, it's got a pretty sweet trigger, it's accurate as all get out despite its simple fixed sights, and you just gotta love that signature Luger clickety-clack toggle action with every shot :D

July 2, 2003, 07:57 AM
Swingset, I'm with you. I own bunches of 22s but, the Romanian is the one I shoot most often!

July 2, 2003, 02:48 PM


Classic Fun...


July 2, 2003, 03:06 PM
I'll 'third' the Marlin golden 39A. My grandpa has one and it's one of those magic rifles that make me shoot accurately.:what:

Pappy John
July 2, 2003, 03:53 PM

70k on that thing!!!:what: You're my hero.

What's your cleaning regimen like?

Please tell me you've never cleaned it yet.

July 2, 2003, 04:28 PM
Pistol, same as a lot of folks, the Ruger, my preference is the 22/45.

Rifle, CZ 452, the one with the extra long bbl (a little over 28", marked on the bbl as BRNO 2500). I love the rifle, extra accurate, fun to shoot, great iron sights, but why in the world did they put a recoil pad on this thing.:confused:

July 2, 2003, 06:29 PM
Pistol H&R sportsman 9 shot revolver, long gun 1022.

July 2, 2003, 06:48 PM
....there are .22's, and then there are 52's...(Winchester of course)...perfection in design....

July 2, 2003, 07:24 PM
Browning Buckmark with red dot.
My friends call the red dot cheating.

July 2, 2003, 10:09 PM
Winchester Model 02 - 22; Mfr'd 1903/patented 1889.

Short, Long, Extra Long. Single shot; bolt; fixed iron.

No cans, but a lot squirrels within 50 yds.

Shoots better'n me.


July 3, 2003, 08:27 PM
image speaks for itself.

July 3, 2003, 10:45 PM
Rifle - toss up between Marlin Model 60 and AR-7, with AR-7 slightly in the lead.

Handgun - I own just one, a Lorcin, which is a POS, but I suppose since it's my only .22 handgun, it wins by default. Man, I've got to get a new .22. Actually leaning towards a P22 after shooting Darrins last weekend.


July 4, 2003, 06:53 AM
Pappy John,

Since it was my first gun I cleaned it religiously hundreds of times.

I disassembled it reassembled it until I could almost do it with my eyes closed.

I've probably worn it much more by improper maintenance than firing it,
so now I use a rag with some hoppes just to keep the sweat off of it.

July 4, 2003, 07:44 AM
Browning Buckmark Target 7-1/2 " and AR15 with .22 conversion. Hard decision but think the conversion on the AR is the winner in the just plain fun category for me.

Like playing with a friend's Henry lever too.

carp killer
July 4, 2003, 11:00 AM
Remington 510 and a H&R 999

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