.22LR rifle or pistola?


July 13, 2009, 12:22 AM
So i need something to shoot that is cheaper,i currently own 2 .45acp pistols.
Im just not sure wich way to go,as it may affect my range time a bit if i get a rifle?I generaly shoot 25y or 25' depending on the range.
What im saying is i dont want to pack all my stuff up and go to a differant range to shoot a rifle,one place i go is indoor and it does have seperate ranges.Would most let you shoot a .22 rifle on the pistol range?

The pistol aspects i think i have it pretty well covered in what i want if i go that route,Walther p22.I know about the other really good ones,but i dont like thier looks.Considering the Taurus .22 also.
But for rifles im kinda lost,i did read a bit and also shop a bit.
For the money i find the ruger 10/22 the best deal at $200
But ive also seen Savage,Mossberg and Remington .22's below $200 But are any of those so bad i should stay away from?All are new current models also.

So considering my shooting habits wich you think is more fitting? I dont hunt,but a .22 rifle is always a good tool,a .22 pistol i look more at like its a "toy" i know its not,im just saying it wont serve much function past its fun abilities.I do ccw,and dont carry a bug,but it could work in a pinch.
Even tho id find throwing my .45 to be more effective.

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July 13, 2009, 12:31 AM
The S&W 22A and Beretta U22 Neos are both decent .22LR Pistols(I like the U22 more). Either will cost you about $250 these days, give or take.

As for rifles, the Marlin Model 60 is a good gun, and can generally be found around $150 especially at Walmart.

If you're not hunting, I really don't see an advantage to getting the rifle over the pistol. Either would serve you well though. OTOH, a .22LR pistol would be a good practice tool, since you do carry.

July 13, 2009, 12:34 AM
Again why not just switch out uppers and transition your normal reciever into a .22?
Everyone from Glock to Colt makes a modified upper receiver to transition your weapons into a .22 and no forms to fill out depending on your location.

July 13, 2009, 12:37 AM
I second the U22 neos. I rented one at the range and it is very fun for very cheap. I may buy one to join a .22 lr pistol league.

Actually buy both! Get a .22 rifle and pistol and never look back. I have heard the new Remington 597's are decent, the Marlin 60 is very accurate, but the Ruger 10/22 is the old stand-by. If you take up hunting, a .22 will put more food on your table then any other gun. The pistol will allow you to CHEAPLY practice pistol handling and if you join a league you will have lots and lots of fun!!!

July 13, 2009, 12:50 AM
I know there are many better liked pistols than the P22,but i do like it looks wise alot more than most ive seen.Alot look like laser guns than pistols.
Walmart around me doesnt carry rifles in stock,but mabey can order them.But i have a few good shops around me also.
My PT1911 is my only weapon that i could buy a conversion for,but ive heard some fitting may be required due to the hammer saftey they used.Plus i do find having a seperate complete weapon is better than a conversion.

The pistol practice may be a good idea and head that route.

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
July 13, 2009, 12:54 AM
Rifle. Definitely. Yes, they'll probably let you shoot a .22 rifle on the handgun range, but ask 'em to be sure. Rifle has more velocity, more practical accuracy, and probably more actual accuracy.

July 13, 2009, 12:55 AM
Then I recommend the best Ruger MK II and Buckmark both reliable inexpensive and will last a lifetime

July 13, 2009, 05:23 AM
I would go Ruger Mark III or Browning Buckmark due to reliability. I have heard that many of the P22's have problems that I would shy away from one. They do look cool however.

You seem to lean toward the lower priced 22 rifles, so I would suggest either the Ruger 10/22 or Marlin Model 60. My preference would be for the Model 60 for accuracy and I prefer the tubular magazine for easy reloading.

Mr. Bojangles
July 13, 2009, 08:15 AM
I have a P22 and I seldom have problems with it. It will have a "dud" about every 200 rounds or so, but this is probably due to cheap walmart ammunition. Other being a little difficult to clean (have you ever tried cleaning a ruger semiauto?) I absolutely love my P22.

July 13, 2009, 09:06 AM
Mr. Bojangles- Thats about the average review ive read of the P22,its great fun but isnt perfect.And expect a small issue with ammo once in a while.Since its not a weapon i rely upon its no issue to me.I cant say ive ever cleaned any .22 pistol,but i dont think its anything a good aerosol solvent and spray lube cant handle.

I do actually lean more towards the rifles your right,i think its about price,reliability and accuracy.It seems a $150 rifle will shoot circles around a $300 pistol when talking about .22's
I grew up since age 7 shooting a tube fed Marlin .22 about 30 years ago,and for some reason i hated the tube feeding.I dont remember why tho.But it would seem it should be more reliable than clips and mags.
I think the indoor range will by the only place i have to worry about shooting a rifle on the pistol range,they were busy one day and had me shooting my pistols on the rifle range.That was a bit unnerving being next to high caliber weapons in a small area,it wasnt too enjoyable.

Red Tornado
July 13, 2009, 10:38 AM
I think Doc nailed it, get a .22 upper for one of your .45s. Then your .22 pistol isn't a toy, it's a legit training aid. Handles exactly like your primary and allow lots of cheap practice.

That said, the P22's feel great. I've only shot borrowed models, but as a fun plinker, I think it's a good choice if you like it.

The only other .22 pistol option that jumped out (I'm kind of guessing on your preferences here, so forgive me if I'm off base) was to get a longer barreled target model. I don't shoot pistols well enough to bother with them, but there seems to be something satisfying about a 6 7/8" target model that shoots as well as many rifles.

Any .22 you get will be loads of fun, so it's hard to go wrong.
Good luck,

July 13, 2009, 10:51 AM
My latest .22LR and current favorite is a Ruger .22 Charger. Kind of a strange little animal, but loads of fun. Now if you want to practice with one of your .45s at bargain prices, the before mentioned .22 conversion kit is the way to go...

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