If you could only have one .22 for hunting...


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Mantis
December 8, 2008, 10:26 PM
What would it be? I'm referring to a rifle for small game that you would bet your life on in a survival situation. One that is reliable and deadly accurate shot after shot.

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Funderb
December 8, 2008, 10:32 PM
savage .22lr bolt action.

I am very confident with it, and it weighs nothing.
never jammed in any sense.
hey, its a boltie!

SLAKLINE
December 8, 2008, 11:56 PM
Accurized Ruger 10/22 with Suppresor. 30rd and 10rd mag.

mstirton
December 9, 2008, 12:47 AM
CZ452fs is working great for me so far.

zombienerd
December 9, 2008, 01:18 AM
I'd go with a 10/22 :P You just can't beat em, they're great all around. Not to mention the available Drum mags! :D

H&Hhunter
December 9, 2008, 01:52 AM
I already have it. It is a Kimber M-82 hunter. this is the plain Jane version of the mush more expensive and fancier stocked Kimber M-82.

It is the most accurate little .22 I've ever had the chance to play with.

Shawnee
December 9, 2008, 01:57 AM
Browning BL-22.

:cool:

hotlead
December 9, 2008, 02:00 AM
I grew up shooting a Marlin 60. It was tits with open sights. I honestly cant remember a rabbit or squirrel I missed at 0 to 100 yards with that gun.

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
December 9, 2008, 02:05 AM
Hard to say, since they all work fine. It'd be hard to beat the Browning BL-22 mentioned by Shawnee, if I had one, yup (and I plan to get one), or an Anshutz 54 sporter.

Among the ones I have, I guess either the CZ 452 or the Ishmash Biathlon Basic.

caribou
December 9, 2008, 04:11 AM
First pick for a .22lr would definitly be my Pump action 61 Winchester.

"But".....I lost it in a boat accident a few years back and have settled into a Romainian 69 Trainer, bolt action.
Not as fast with follow up shots, but then again, few are needed, as it is as accurate as my old Winchester.

jmorris
December 9, 2008, 10:40 AM
Savage 24
.22lr on top and 20 gauge on bottom. box of .22's, bird, buck and slug. Anything can be for dinner.

NEWENGLANDCHARTERS
December 9, 2008, 02:46 PM
Henry .22 why would you use any other?


You can shoot shorts,longs & long rifles . Solid, hollow points or birdshot.


Enough rounds to take multiple targets at a distance and accurate.

Load on Sunday and Shoot all week.


http://www.henryrepeating.com/images/rifles/h001_leveraction_lg.jpg

deanadell
December 9, 2008, 02:51 PM
Marlin Model 25 bolt action

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
December 9, 2008, 02:58 PM
The Henry is smooth and functional, but boy I hate that cheesy painted-on finish they put on it.

saltydog452
December 9, 2008, 03:31 PM
It'd be some kind of easily maintained manual repeater that would be capable of using quiet .22 Short or CB Caps as well as .22 LR.

Take down capability wouldn't hurt either.

Marlin 39A.

salty

Rembrandt
December 9, 2008, 07:17 PM
If you can only have one.....why not have the best, Winchester 52C Sporter. The Holy Grail of .22 rimfires.....


Unfortunately they are very scarce and I don't have one.....but my 52B Sporter is the next best thing.

351 WINCHESTER
December 9, 2008, 09:14 PM
My 452 is the best .22 I've ever shot. Even though it's a long rifle it feeds shorts w/o problems too. Amazing rifle in every respect. Everytime I take it hunting I feel like I'm cheating cause it's so darn accurate.

fireman 9731
December 9, 2008, 09:37 PM
+ 1 for the Henry!

Geno
December 9, 2008, 10:00 PM
Oh thanks a lot! :o You take my favorite caliber of all time, and my favorite firearms and force me to select one. <<Kicks stones>>. :D Okay, after much reflection, I would say the Marlin 39A Golden. A second choice goes to the Savage Mark II. Third choice goes to the Henry Golden Boy lever action. Fourth place goes to the Marlin 981-T. Fifth place to the T/C R55 Classic or the T/C Contender. Sixth place goes to the Kimber Gov't model 82. Yes, it's heavy, but it's also dead-on accurate to 100 yards...easily.

Paaaaallllleeeeease. You expect me, to choose 1, single, solitary .22LR. I laugh. :neener:

spiroxlii
December 10, 2008, 12:30 AM
Got a Ruger 10/22 and a Marlin 60. If I had to pick ONE to keep and use for hunting small game, it'd be the Marlin 60. I love the Ruger, because it was the first gun I learned to shoot when I was little, and it belonged to my dad. I'll never get rid of it, but I can shoot much smaller groups with the Marlin.

KC0QGL
December 10, 2008, 12:44 AM
If I had to pick only one it would my greatgrandfathers Winchester mod. 1906 pump. My next pick would be my Westernfield mod. m842 bolt with a 3-6X15 Westernfield scope, it was my dads 16th birthday gift and he gave it to me on my 18th birthday.

blacksmithsc
December 10, 2008, 07:45 AM
It would have to be a Browning ATD, Belgian of course.

Dksimon
December 13, 2008, 02:25 AM
I would say a savage bolt action. With a scope but leave the iron sights on it. that way if you bust up the scope you can take it off and still use the irons.

ConstantineJ9
December 13, 2008, 02:31 AM
10/22 Ruger all the way.

claiborne
December 13, 2008, 12:32 PM
It would be a toss up between my CZ 452 trainer or my Marlin 39a

federalfarmer
December 13, 2008, 02:13 PM
It was my 10/22 Target but.... after putting togather a 10/22 magnum...
Which is much more accurate, I am hooked on .22 mag !

Clint C
December 13, 2008, 02:27 PM
In .22lr it would have to be my CZ Trainer/special. That is if it could only be a .22lr.

For survival I think a .22lr and shotgun combo would be ideal.

PSYCHOBILLY
December 13, 2008, 02:43 PM
10/22

Mantis
December 16, 2008, 01:54 PM
Thanks for the replies.

For those of you who went with a CZ 452, what do you like about them?

glockman19
December 16, 2008, 02:15 PM
Oh thanks a lot! You take my favorite caliber of all time, and my favorite firearms and force me to select one. <<Kicks stones>>. Okay, after much reflection, I would say the Marlin 39A Golden. A second choice goes to the Savage Mark II. Third choice goes to the Henry Golden Boy lever action. Fourth place goes to the Marlin 981-T. Fifth place to the T/C R55 Classic or the T/C Contender. Sixth place goes to the Kimber Gov't model 82. Yes, it's heavy, but it's also dead-on accurate to 100 yards...easily.

Paaaaallllleeeeease. You expect me, to choose 1, single, solitary .22LR. I laugh.


Doc,

Nice List. I have the Marlin 981t and it's a great rifle. I'd remove the Henry and add the Ruger 10/22. My .22 collection has the 10/22, Marlin 981t and after the first of the year your #1 pick the Marlin 39a Golden.

If I had to pick any ONE It would be the 39a. of the ones I currently hav the 981t.

I guess I could hunt with my Ruger MkIII Hunter.

X-Rap
December 16, 2008, 02:43 PM
The 10/22 has the semi auto feature that is nice but the 77/22 shoots better.

deerhunter61
December 16, 2008, 02:51 PM
I have not had it very long but I have found it to be very accurate. Enough so that if I needed to hunt to stay alive I would be secure knowing I had it to rely on.

deerhunter61
December 16, 2008, 02:56 PM
You asked why the CZ 452. It is just very accurate. I have only taken it hunting once but I have not missed with it yet. It is also fun to shoot. It is a great looking rifle. For a rifle that costs about $300 or so to shoot this good...1/2 inch groups or less at 50 yards. That would take any type of small game I would hunt. Not only that but it is accurate enough for head shots on rabbits and squirrels so you would not be messing up any meat.

TCB in TN
December 16, 2008, 04:32 PM
Would go with my Marlin 39a Mountie. Best shooting "practical" .22 I have ever held in my hands. Great gun.

472x1A/B
December 16, 2008, 08:38 PM
Rem. Nylon 66 is my long time favorite.

CoRoMo
December 17, 2008, 03:36 PM
Another vote for THE 10/22

cbrgator
December 17, 2008, 03:38 PM
Savage Mark II

Hands Down

Claude Clay
December 17, 2008, 03:45 PM
cz 452 super brno saa 2500, brooks trigger job, nikon 3-9x40. its why lifesavers have holes in them.

henry goldenboy is second only cause mounting a scope on it would be an abomination. so it is [my eyes] limited to 50 yards

MCgunner
December 17, 2008, 05:01 PM
My Remington M512X Sportsman .22 bolt gun. It'll put 5 rounds into an inch at 100 yards on a calm day. I've been killin' squirrels and pop cans with this thing for 47 years since I got it for my 9th birthday, so I reckon I could say it's reliable. God only knows how much game that gun has taken.

Second would be my Remington 597 Magnum, just as accurate as the 512, but ammo is a might more expensive. I could brain shoot a deer on any day at 100 yards with that one without sight adjustment. And, yes, it's 100 percent reliable with CCI maximag. I'd first go with the 512, though, ol' faithful and in situations where money's tight, .22LR is cheap and available about everywhere.

74shovel
December 19, 2008, 08:17 AM
Remington Fieldmaster Model 572 pump

Wife bought it for me in 1976 shoots very well and has never let me down. Itís a keeper.

Art Eatman
December 19, 2008, 12:01 PM
Back some 60+ years ago, I had a Marlin bolt-action, tube mag. I pretty much hit whatever I shot at. Then, a few years later, I got a Remington 550. Same thing. Lots of shooting, never a problem. Those were the days when I could do quite well with iron sights.

I now have a Walther Model 2 that I inherited. Semi-auto, with a singular feature: Rotate the bolt down about fifteen degrees and it's locked into single-shot mode. Accurate? You'll get bored and quit before shooting outside a quarter at 40 yards.

I had a 10/22 for a few years; K4 scope on it. Once I discovered QuikShok ammo, I got excellent tight-group accuracy.

woodfiend
December 19, 2008, 12:10 PM
A 10/22 with suppressor and lots of mags.

MCgunner
December 19, 2008, 01:51 PM
A 10/22 with suppressor and lots of mags.

If it's anything like my 10/22, you'll need three mags before you hit anything with it. :rolleyes:

Awe, it ain't THAT bad. 1.5" 50 yard groups is okay for squirrel hunting, but my Remington will shoot his eye out at that range. I like the little 10/22 as a plinker, but I have more accurate rifles. In fact, I have more accurate pistols! LOL!

M'bogo
December 19, 2008, 02:34 PM
Remington 581 for me. It has 5 and 10 round magazines. They shoot as good as rifles costing four figures. They are also light enough to carry all day.

M'bogo

flyboy1788
December 19, 2008, 05:20 PM
My marlin 81TS bolt gun. 17 round capacity :)

ArmedBear
December 19, 2008, 05:44 PM
If it's anything like my 10/22, you'll need three mags before you hit anything with it.

LOL

Ditto.

I don't know which single .22 I'd want. Too hard to decide, and most are inexpensive enough to make the decision even harder.

But it wouldn't be a 10/22.

spiroxlii
December 19, 2008, 06:15 PM
Haha. I own a 10/22. It was the first real firearm I learned to shoot. Tons of people own them, and almost everybody who has one loves it... until he shoots a better .22 that costs the same or less than a Ruger.

It's not that we stop loving our 10/22s. We just like shooting smaller groups (or shooting more squirrels).

ArmedBear
December 19, 2008, 06:26 PM
almost everybody who has one loves it... until he shoots a better .22 that costs the same or less than a Ruger.


LOL

My first .22 was a Mossberg semiauto with a butt tube feed. It didn't eagerly feed every kind of ammo, but it sure was accurate. Actually, it still is; I just haven't had it out in a while.

When I got a 10/22, I expected similar accuracy, since everyone seems to like the things. I was quite disappointed...

As far as the one hunting .22, I'd say, if it's an inexpensive semiauto, I'd have a Marlin 60.

For more money, a Marlin 39. Can't decide on a Mountie or a 24" HB 39A.

In a boltie, there are too many options. CZ's are really nice, and for the price, doubly so. But if we're talking dream guns, budget be damned, well, it's hard to decide!

MCgunner
December 19, 2008, 07:45 PM
My first .22 was a Mossberg semiauto with a butt tube feed.

I have an old M152 Mossberg removable magazine fed with the flip down forward grip. It's old enough that the forward grip is wood, not the plastic they later used. It came with a receiver aperture that broke off about 20 years ago. Step dad gave it to me when I was 14. I still have it, with a scope on it, and it still shoots good, but I hardly ever pick it up anymore.

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