How many shoot rimfire only?


high country
April 5, 2010, 07:02 PM
I just got through reading the .22 aholics anonymous thread, and got curious as to how many people own just rimfires. So, I'm posting a poll to find out.

I am going to be interested in the responses. I imagine most people own at least one centerfire rifle or handgun, but it I am guessing there are more rimfire only shooters out there than I would guess given the activity in that thread :D

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April 5, 2010, 07:47 PM
while i do own varies CF, black rifles and shotguns...when i want to shoot a longgun, it's almost always a RF that i take out

as i get older, i like the accuracy you get with them without the kick or expense

April 5, 2010, 07:57 PM
22LR is great. It's pretty much the reason I can afford to make shooting into a hobby. I own a 7.62 and 5.56 but those rifles aren't even close to the round count the 22LR has.

Al LaVodka
April 5, 2010, 08:57 PM
I will say this:

Eventually serious shooters revert back to .22's. If someone had told me when I bought my first .22, a Ruger 10/22, that someday I'd own a Cooper Firearms rifle with a Shilen Barrel whose magazine costs more than my first car and the whole gun is worth more than my first two cars combined, 4 or 5 times, I'd have laughed...

Same for the S&W Model 41 pistol.


April 6, 2010, 01:00 AM
I like to punch paper so i really don't need a centerfire. When I want to go big i'll drag out the 870. ;)


April 6, 2010, 02:05 AM
No, I'm not a rimfire only shooter but when I do go to the rifle range I always bring along at least one of my .22 rifles. Centerfire for blasting, rimfire for fun.

April 6, 2010, 02:19 AM
I've got a couple of rimfires, although these days they don't see as much use as my centerfire weapons. I have a Ruger 10/22 and a Ruger Mark III. The 10/22 has been largely shelved because I don't want to spend the money to rebarrel it to make it accurate (and the fact that it's yet another bulky rifle to deal with), but the Mark III sees some use. I honestly would like to fix up my 10/22, but I can't justify spending $300 to rebarrel and restock a .22LR, particularly when that money could buy a LOT of ammo for my AK-47 that is already plenty accurate and is actually practical.

April 6, 2010, 02:31 AM
AH! I was so hoping to see an adequate class for me on this, but I didn't, even though you clearly did a great job on the poll!

I only had a .22LR rifle for the first three-four years of owning rifles, the same three-four years of owning firearms at all, other than my pistols and revolvers, but when I branched out to include a CMMG and a Mossberg 12 Ga., I started shooting the other two a decent amount.

Ironically it also made me really fall in love with my CZ .22.

April 6, 2010, 02:33 AM
Until I had problems getting a new scope sighted in for a new .22 I bought recently, I've shot more .44mag, and almost as much .500mag as .22lr since I started getting more into reloading.

Part of it's because I really like my .44, .500, and reloading, and the other part is because I haven't seen a brick of .22 for sale in a store for a LONG time now, and am too stingy to shoot what I have left.

April 6, 2010, 06:15 AM
I would love to burn through 200 rounds of centerfire ammo every weekend because I consider myself, first and foremost, a combat shooter. This would result in being consigned to the poorhouse. I own two .22 rifles and 3 .22 handguns for cheap target practice.

April 6, 2010, 07:10 AM
I've got more 22's than I do everything else combined, and I shoot them a LOT more.

April 6, 2010, 07:17 AM
Good poll. In terms of numbers, I own more .22LRs than anything. The "lowly" .22LR is the ballistic equivalent of the little engine that could.


April 6, 2010, 08:03 AM
I've actually only got one .22lr, a Marlin 60. Still gets shot more than all of my other guns combined.

April 6, 2010, 08:07 AM
All of my centerfire guns have 22lr conversions, and I shoot those quite a bit.

Except my shotguns :) Havent figured that one out yet.

murdoc rose
April 6, 2010, 08:44 AM
22s are great but i only need 2 or 3 of them to be happy see no reason to fill a safe with them

Ohio Gun Guy
April 6, 2010, 09:07 AM
Shooting .22 is great fun, but ^ what he said!

April 6, 2010, 10:08 AM
I have just bought my first ever .22 - a Smith and Wesson M&P 15-22. Am lovin' it; my wallet is lovin' it even more! :) So much so, I have also just ordered a Beretta Neos for the same cheap plinking capacity in a pistol.

But like others have said - I think these two will do it - I don't feel the need to fill a safe with them.

April 6, 2010, 10:19 AM
For about 20 years I shot centerfire calibers and reloaded for most of them. Always took a 22rf along for a little added fun. Getting older now and tired of setting up targets at long range and the recoil from some of the heavier calibers seems worse. Find myself shooting a lot more 22 rf along with some 223 and maybe topping of with 6.5 Swedish.

high country
April 6, 2010, 11:40 AM
I should have included an option for those of us that own a little of everything, but end up shooting mostly rimfire for economic reasons, or just because they enjoy it more. I fit in that catagory too...

The 22s have just sort of ended up being the go-to guns when I head out to do a little shooting. They are accurate, relatively quiet, cheap to shoot, good for introducing new shooters, very quick for repeat shot target aquisition, etc. I will always own centerfire too (especially handguns), but feel it a little too much in the wallet and/or the shoulder when I spend an afternoon with them. I did get one of those truis one-step clay launchers this winter on sale, so I am thinking that the shotguns will get a bit more of a workout this summer :D

April 6, 2010, 11:55 AM
I don't own anything in rim fire. It's not that I don't want to or don't like the cartridge, it's just that I haven't gotten that far on my wish list.

April 6, 2010, 08:46 PM
With my .22 rifle and pistol, I have more sporting events available at the club with more sactioned NRA events with just these 2 devices. There is so much sport versatility with a .22, you know what I mean? I am fortunate as our club has just about everything a .22 sport/league has to offer. What do you use a .306 for or a .44 mag? Shoot deer once a year? Now SASS would be fun?

April 6, 2010, 08:48 PM
lately it seems i have only been shooting rimfire, with the occasional C&B blackpowder colt(repro)

April 6, 2010, 09:06 PM
I do not care to shoot .22s. I have 2 but use them for vermin control mostly. I just prefer to shoot larger calibers. Nothing wrong with them.

April 6, 2010, 09:53 PM
Love my rimfires, and they get a lot of use. But I'm in the "equal opportunity' camp.

April 6, 2010, 10:22 PM
For me it's all about economics. Centerfires may be more fun, but .22lr is just plain dirt cheap.

April 6, 2010, 10:27 PM
I also am a rimfire fan. 2 Ruger Single Six's, a Ruger MKIII, and several rifles in LR and Magnum. My 4 5/8 bbl Single Six sees the most action, the only gun I own that I don't keep locked up. With the magnum cylinder it's pretty good medicine for the occasional skunk or coyote that gets too close to the house. It is what goes on the belt when I go to the woods or 4 wheelin'. I've found that I'm far more likely to actually shoot the .22 for fun than any of my c.f. guns. I feel the Single Six also keeps me in pretty good practice for my .357 or .45c Blackhawk.

April 6, 2010, 10:49 PM
Two of my most prized rifles are .22LRs. Both inherited, both from grandparents, both interesting little rifles with a ton of history. I also own a .17HM2, that I use for a target rifle, and a couple other .22s. Rimfire is great practice, and great for competition because everyone has one, and they are just plain fun to shoot (this would be a great place to mention the Monthly Rimfire Match ( dontcha' think :p), but alas, I like all different kinds of rifles in various chamberings. I like a diversified portfolio.


April 6, 2010, 10:55 PM
Six Years ago I looked at higher quality .22ís and thought you would have to be a little off center to spend that kind of money on a rimfire. Got bit. Now have Rem. 37, Rem. 40x, Win 52, and others. Really enjoy sending rounds down range for hours without breaking the bank. It would seem that for me the quality walnut and blue rimfires are at the pinacle of collecting and shooting.

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