What is your most fun plink. rifle: 30-50 yards?


Ignition Override
February 6, 2012, 02:26 AM
My perspective concerns zapping small objects etc. The results of the addition of a Tech Sight on my common Norinco SKS has really surprised me, and changed my thinking.

Fee free to include paper etc if that is the only target option, and handguns etc, if you don't like or have any rifles.
The guy who sold me his late father's almost unused SKS in '08 is a "shotgun man".

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Steel Talon
February 6, 2012, 02:33 AM
22lr for plinkin', 22WMR for hunting

February 6, 2012, 03:27 AM
My Marlin 795, or any of the shotguns.

Armchair Bronco
February 6, 2012, 03:29 AM
One of these:


...fitted with an adult-sized after-market stock, similar to this one:


The CZ-452 Scout is deadly accurate out to 50 yards and is a blast for both adults and kids to shoot.

February 6, 2012, 03:35 AM
A 1904 savage .22.

February 6, 2012, 04:11 AM
Definitely a .22. S&W auto pistol, Model 22a w/red dot scope.

February 6, 2012, 05:38 AM
Marlin 1894 in 44 mag. Now THAT will make a pop can dance!

22's are still fun, but I love 'chasing' a can or a bowling pin with that big bore lever gun.

February 6, 2012, 06:17 AM
My most fun gun is a 1950 Czech BRNO ZKM-468 single shot bolt action .22LR rifle.

February 6, 2012, 07:03 AM
Marlin 1894 in .357 loaded with some nice little butterfly sneeze .38SPL LRN. Shoots like a .22LR but makes bigger holes.

February 6, 2012, 07:20 AM
I am cheap when it comes to just plinking or varmint popping. I use a CMMG .22 AR upper either in 16" or 18". The 18" has the AR223 scope and golf balls are an easy target out to 50 yards whereby the 16" has a red dot as is the killer of golf balls out to 30 yards or so. I also use the GSG 1911 for messing about.

All my larger calibers are used mostly for pig popping; I really do not need but 10% of the weapons I have yet it is nice to know they are there. Hard to beat the .22 if your weapon is accurate for fun plinking and small varmints.

50 cal
February 6, 2012, 07:33 AM
S&W m&p 15-22.

February 6, 2012, 07:43 AM
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February 6, 2012, 07:50 AM
Don't really have a favorite any of my 22s will work fine. Love using the pistol cal levers and for that matter just throw in most all the handguns too.

February 6, 2012, 07:58 AM
Last summer I bought a Remington 722 in .222 from a friend who was selling off his dad's collection. It's very accurate, not much recoil and fairly cheap to reload. Some loads are better than others but I have yet to find a truly bad one for this gun. Great fun for punching paper on the 50 and 100 ranges at the gun club and good for the ego too.

I also have my H+R .22 rifle that my folks gave me for Christmas nearly 50 years ago when I was 12 or 13. As others have said before, it's still the winner for fun per dollar.

February 6, 2012, 08:31 AM
Marlin 39A and RWS Model 48 air rifle.

February 6, 2012, 08:40 AM
S&W M&P15-22.
It has become the rifle that never not goes to the range with me and is loved by all.

February 6, 2012, 08:40 AM
There's just something about a .22 pump. Mine's a Winchester 62A.

February 6, 2012, 08:41 AM
I've realized that I shoot about 200 .22LR rounds for every CF, nowadays...

Most through a 10/22 with a can attached...

Is mentioning starlings and grackles at this point bad form..?:D

I also spend more time watching my guns being shot, than actually shooting them...


February 6, 2012, 08:42 AM
Pretty much a stock Ruger 10/22 that is extremely accurate out to 100 yards with Wolf Match Target. I have cleanly knocked the caps off of plastic water bottles at that distance.

Fall Guy
February 6, 2012, 08:46 AM
Marlin 39A and Ruger Vaquero .44, but I need a big bore lever, pump 22, and a 1911.

February 6, 2012, 08:52 AM
Did somebody say "FUN"? You don't know what fun shooting is until you've tried a Henry pump .22LR with octagonal barrel. Add a Caldwell Shootin' Gallery and you're completely over the edge. Take a few seconds to check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SM-3ltmbGJI .

February 6, 2012, 09:08 AM
Ruger 10/22 w/Prostaff 3x9. My vision sucks. Shooting beyond 25 yards w/o optics just isn't much fun for me, but using a nice scope or even a red dot makes all the difference in the world. My 10/22 is perfect for hitting shotgun hulls, golf balls, spinners, etc.

The SKS is fun, but not as affordable, (as are the PCC and Lever Actions).

February 6, 2012, 09:13 AM
My Mosin Nagant 7.62x54r. At 22 cents a round that's my go to rifle :)
Unless its squirrels or something small I'm going to eat then I use my Baikal (also Russian) MP161K .22LR with scope.

February 6, 2012, 10:06 AM
United State Carbine, Caliber .30, M1

Kel-Tec SU-16A

Browning Buckmark Camper


Steel Horse Rider
February 6, 2012, 10:20 AM
Marlin 1894C in .357 Mag. Just plain fun.....

February 6, 2012, 10:23 AM
My two favorites are the CZ 455 and the Ruger mark II

February 6, 2012, 10:31 AM
M1 carbine, it's just plain fun. Next to no recoil, but more fun than a 22.

February 6, 2012, 10:35 AM
All of my rimfires, very accurate little rifles. Just plain fun shooting old fruit (apples oranges etc) with an old marlin 81D, with peep sight, and offhand, 7 or 8 hits,out of every 10 shots, at 100 yards, on a good day.

February 6, 2012, 10:44 AM
Henry .22 with my Rossi '92 & ultra-downladed .38s coming a close second.

February 6, 2012, 10:49 AM
Shiloh 45-70 reduced down to .22 LR


February 6, 2012, 11:38 AM
I like my Marlin 795 -shrug-

February 6, 2012, 12:51 PM
I have sort of an addiction to .22 lr semi autos rifles. Picking one would be difficult. But, I'd say, today, my Remington Nylon 66.


February 6, 2012, 12:58 PM
336c. .30-30 lead is tooooo fun and cheap to not plink !

February 6, 2012, 02:00 PM
I toss a couple of golf balls off of my deck and shoot them with .22 cb's out of my Marlin 39-A.

February 6, 2012, 06:24 PM
A .357 levergun with .38 specials really shines at 30 to 50 yards. You have to start factoring in drop soon after that.

Relatively quiet and very light recoil. That takes my favorite spot for centerfire.

The old 39A takes my favorite spot for rimfire rifle.

February 6, 2012, 08:14 PM
Savage Model 7 (Old style semi-auto)
Henry H001
Remington 511

February 6, 2012, 09:27 PM
AR for bigger critters inside that zone, .22 LR for anything up to foxes

February 6, 2012, 09:31 PM
Marlin Golden 39. Sometimes scoped - sometimes not.

February 6, 2012, 09:59 PM
For fun, it's got to be an M1 Carbine for me. It powerful enough to make plinking targets react (water-filled stuff explode, etc), but has very little recoil and is a super-handy size.

ARs are also a lot of fun. I'm about ready to buy an AR of some kind, so soon my M1 carbine will have fierce competition in the "fun" category, I'm sure.

February 6, 2012, 10:22 PM
Ithaca 49 fun and cheap to shoot

February 6, 2012, 10:30 PM
Top would have to be my Ruger 10/22.
A close second would be the Springer GI. Yes I enjoy shooting 45ACP out to 100 yards. You'd be surprised how many times you can hit a paper plate or gong once you get the hang of it.

February 6, 2012, 10:56 PM
Glenfield Model 60

Browning Buckmark Camper

Henry Mare's leg ( not super practical but it's a hoot for sure )

February 6, 2012, 11:17 PM
.22 LR


February 6, 2012, 11:19 PM
Keltec Sub2000. Hits to 100yds, low recoil, small package, smiles all around.

February 6, 2012, 11:36 PM
The CZ-452 Scout is deadly accurate out to 50 yards and is a blast for both adults and kids to shoot.

That's it?? Yours must be defective, my 452 Trainer pulls a 2.5" at 200yds with CCI Blazer :D

Owen Sparks
February 7, 2012, 12:26 AM
Within 50 yards I like large bore cast lead bullets at moderate velocities (Cowboy loads) in .44 Special or .45 Colt. No question where they hit but from a carbine length barrel the noise and recoil are mild. If you cast and load your own they are cheap.

February 7, 2012, 06:02 AM
My favorite for plinking is also my first firearm. A Ruger 10/22 with 2.5-10 power zoom scope. You can't beat it for knocking the pull tabs off pop cans! :)

February 7, 2012, 06:23 AM
Marlin 39a for rifle
Ruger Old Army cap&ball for handguns. (You specified 'fun' not quick.) ;)


Sav .250
February 7, 2012, 06:52 AM
All time best.................22LR.

February 7, 2012, 08:43 AM
CZ 452 American 16 with a can.

February 7, 2012, 08:51 AM
Keltec Sub2000. Hits to 100yds, low recoil, small package, smiles all around.


Easy to clean, easy to feed, easy to keep in the car for spur of the moment plinking.

Hoppes Love Potion
February 7, 2012, 10:51 AM
Henry H001T Octagon Frontier in .22 lr

February 7, 2012, 11:47 AM
I have sort of an addiction to .22 lr semi autos rifles. Picking one would be difficult. But, I'd say, today, my Remington Nylon 66.


This. An Apache Black Remington Nylon 66 with a 3x9 variable .22 scope, purchased brand-spankin' new in 1977. I must have over 50,000 rounds through the beauty and she still fires like the day I brought her home from Gibson's in Midland, TX (ah, those were the days).

February 7, 2012, 11:59 AM
My plinking/fun gun is my homebuilt romy AK-47. Pretty accurate. Lots of fun. :)

February 7, 2012, 12:03 PM
Uberti copy of the 1873 Winchester Carbine is a lot of fun.

February 7, 2012, 04:15 PM
For pure plinking, I'd probably grab the old Ruger 10/22 with a 4x scope on it.

February 7, 2012, 05:38 PM
For pure plinking, I'd probably grab the old Ruger 10/22 with a 4x scope on it.

Good choice, but for just plain fun plinking I alternate between a Winchester 62A and a Marlin 39.

Even with old eyes I still prefer iron sights (receiver or tang mounted peep sights.)

February 7, 2012, 09:15 PM
I'll pick up my 10/22. With the 50 round drum of course :D

February 8, 2012, 09:59 PM
9mm AR (bump-fired)

February 9, 2012, 08:32 AM
Got a couple of plinkin' guns..

10/22 Ruger

OLD Marlin 99 that was a $20 pawn shop rescue

February 9, 2012, 12:27 PM
10.22 and Henry U/L in .22. Fav plinking target is anything with water in it.

February 9, 2012, 01:29 PM
OLD Marlin 99 that was a $20 pawn shop rescue

How about a photo bof this one. I really like pawn shop rescues.

February 10, 2012, 12:31 PM
Out of what I currently own (until a recent boating accident anyway :neener:)
I'd have to go with my Nylon 66 seen in the top of this photo:


That nylon 66 is SO much fun to bang away with, surprisingly accurate, and real cheap to feed :)

but my Mosin Nagant 91/30 is a very close second, ammo's relatively cheap, I LOVE the report and recoil, and it's as accurate as I need it to be, I also got lucky with my Mosin, it has a really sweet smooth trigger, which doesn't always seem to be the case from what I've seen and read. Honestly, every time I shoot my Mosin, I love it more and more, so glad I bought that cosmoline-covered hunk of wood and steel on a whim based on the $100 price tag :D

February 10, 2012, 01:04 PM
aren't they ALL fun!? :neener::eek: 22lr, to 45-70, every single one of them are fun for me. if they were not fun, why shoot? the only time it would not be fun is in a defensive situation. whether it be from a bad guy, or something trying to eat you.

Dr T
February 10, 2012, 01:06 PM
Ruger 10/22 Tactical Target with a Burris Fastfire red dot. I use empty aluminum cans and plastic soft drink bottles filled with water as targets (as well as the metal and plastic swinging targets.

Ghost Tracker
February 10, 2012, 01:36 PM
Volquartsen Superlite! Aspirins off golf tees at 50 yards. You must NOT nick the tee.

February 10, 2012, 02:30 PM
Keltec Sub2000. Hits to 100yds, low recoil, small package, smiles all around.
And completely unavailable except for $500+ on gunbroker.

They need to resupply those suckers so I can get one 8 )

February 10, 2012, 02:36 PM
I want to say my savage mark II. but to be honest shooting my ak is way funner.

February 10, 2012, 03:43 PM
Without question, the "lowly" .22LR. Mine is also plenty accurate for 100 yard plinking.


February 10, 2012, 04:37 PM
One of my Henry Lever 22's are always popular with anyone who stops by for a "plinking session", we sure have a lot of fun with them!


February 11, 2012, 02:33 PM
My Ruger 10/22...hands down.

dagger dog
February 11, 2012, 03:02 PM
The rifle is a Remington Model 12 A 1929 vintage, I bought it as a basket case and got it shooting. It will shoot CB's ,shorts, longs and long rifles,intrerchangeably within the same magazine tube loading.

February 11, 2012, 07:24 PM
CZ 453, scoped

February 11, 2012, 07:42 PM
Post Number 42

What happened to the third rifle down in your pictures?

If it came that way from the factory I would ask for a refund. Part of the stock is missing.;)

February 11, 2012, 09:50 PM
CZ 452v, also scoped.

February 12, 2012, 08:28 PM
In order of preference:Marlin 39 mounty, Sears Mod5, Sig522

February 12, 2012, 09:37 PM
Cmmg M4 LE .22 25rds of plinking...

Miata Mike
February 12, 2012, 09:39 PM
May be wrong for this forum but it would be a nicely tuned .177 Diana RWS Model 34.

I have a single shot Remington .22 that is dead accurate...followed by a Marlin 90 or Glenfield 60. Nothing wrong with my 10/22 either.

February 12, 2012, 09:47 PM
1894 Winchester in 30-30.

Nothing but fun.

February 12, 2012, 09:50 PM
Ruger 10/22 carbine wood stock with Tech Sights. Using a scope is cheating :)

February 12, 2012, 11:39 PM
Using a scope is cheating

To me it's not cheating...........it's just unnecessary. ;)

CZ 452 Lux, Lyman receiver sight.


Ignition Override
February 12, 2012, 11:48 PM
With the major improvements to my SKS with the Tech Sight, two more questions:

Did most of you who listed .22s leave the original open sights in place?
Lots of Ruger 10/22s were mentioned.

How many of you added a Tech Sight (etc), Red Dot (etc) or scope to any rifle, or removed such a device?
This is just an attempt to inspire discussion.

Miata Mike
February 13, 2012, 12:05 AM
I have a straight 4X on my 10/22. I haven't shot it in maybe 15 years and rightly should. It is a little unusual sporter model. Never saw another one although I imagine there are quite a few more. ;)

February 13, 2012, 12:23 AM
10/22 of course.

Old Dog Man
February 13, 2012, 09:39 AM
I like my Rem. 581 (22cal) and I do use a scope. Old eyes can't see open sights. A 6.5X24 scope fixed that and it is very accurate, with Rem. round nose, very cheap to shoot.

February 13, 2012, 09:55 AM
My highly modified Ruger 10/22 or one of my totally unmodified Russian SKS's.

February 13, 2012, 11:04 AM
I like my Rem. 581 (22cal) and I do use a scope. Old eyes can't see open sights. A 6.5X24 scope fixed that and it is very accurate, with Rem. round nose, very cheap to shoot.

I have one too. You are right, they are very accurate. In fact, shooting at paper gets boring with it.

February 13, 2012, 11:38 AM
ANY of my 22 LR, be it pistol or rifle.

February 13, 2012, 01:46 PM
Either a 10/22 or a HighPoint 45ACP carbine

February 13, 2012, 04:13 PM
I have two, a Marlin 1894css .357 magnum and a Henry .22 magnum
pump with octagon barrel.

February 13, 2012, 05:35 PM
I have a stable of 10/22s in various configurations (Tech Sights, pseudo-AR, varmint, etc). .22LR = guilt free plinking.

February 13, 2012, 07:10 PM
My WASR-22 with a Kobra sight.

February 13, 2012, 09:09 PM
Marlin Golden 39A
Marlin 60
Marlin .357 1894c

in that order

February 13, 2012, 09:40 PM
mini 14

February 14, 2012, 05:18 PM
Definitely my Saiga 7.62x39 or even my 9mm Hi-Point carbine. Yes, I know I said Hi-Point ::GASP!:: but it is very fun to shoot and pretty darn accurate.

July 24, 2012, 10:49 AM
My Savage 24v chambered in 357 over 20 gauge. Salt is the 357 and pepper is my 20 :-)

Just a fun shooting gun. The 357 is surprisingly accurate.

It is in stainless, so even better :-)

Tons of cactus have met their deaths behind my 24V !

July 24, 2012, 11:27 AM
Savage bolt action 30-30 with peep sight and cast bullets.

Marlin 357 lever action with fixed 4x scope and cast bullets.

Kel-Tec SU-16C.

Romanian 22 trainer rifle.

Ruger Single Six 22 LR.

July 24, 2012, 12:52 PM
Currently my favorite plinker is a Ruger 10/22 with fiberoptic sights. I am giving some serious thought to picking up an old Winchester or Remington pump action .22 for plinking, though.

Chevelle SS
July 24, 2012, 12:58 PM
Winchester 94/22 and my Norinco SKS

Roadking Rider
July 24, 2012, 05:51 PM
Anyone of the .22's works for me.

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