What is the best .22 "fun gun" to buy?


Alan Fud
March 3, 2004, 09:48 PM
Looking to buy a .22LR not for any particular purpose (i.e., self defense, hunting, etc.) but just for 'fun' shooting. What would you recommend? Auto? Revolver? Single Action? Lever Rifle?


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Kodiak AK
March 3, 2004, 09:51 PM

March 3, 2004, 09:58 PM
^Yeh, what he said.

As an added cool bonus , it's banned in CA. ;)


March 3, 2004, 10:00 PM
Auto? Revolver? Single Action? Lever Rifle? One of each!!

I think with what I have the most ''fun'' per se .... is with my 15 shot marlin 60 ... I have a quick load thingie which feeds the puppy eight times .... that's 120 rounds of intermittent rapid fire ..... can't do much better than that .... legally.... unless you are NFA capable.


Then go add a MkII or 22/45 to the collection .. and put a red dot on it .. more fun!!


To add ... here's that loader thingie ... of course ... only meant for tubular mags.


March 3, 2004, 10:22 PM
I love my Beretta U22 Neos, its a blast!

March 3, 2004, 10:40 PM
Rifle or pistol, it doesn't matter. .22LR's are fun to shoot and very practical. Another factor is that it won't knock a hole in your wallet to lay in a few thousand rounds for practice, plinking, or SHTF scenarios. A skilled marksman with a .22LR in his hand is lethal.

I have a couple of rifles and pistols and love to shoot them all. My first gun was a Ruger 10/22 given to me as a gift back in 1966. My next gun purchase is going to be a Walther .22 pistol.

However, I would stay away from the small cheap pocket pistols unless you are on a budget. Buy the best quality you can afford.

Have fun and good shooting!

March 3, 2004, 10:41 PM
Hmmm... The envelope please...

The winner... of funnest .22 autopistol is.... The Ruger Mk II!!
The winner... of funnest .22 revolver is.... Smith & Wesson model 17!!
The winner... of funnest .22 rifle is... The Ruger 10/22!!

BTW, I don't think I've seen the Academy Awards show since Sammy Davis Jr. was emcee-ing, so... Do they still ask for the envelope?

Harry Tuttle
March 3, 2004, 11:16 PM
An American 180 (http://www.american180.com/) with a 275 round cassette


March 3, 2004, 11:41 PM
I'll second the Neos.

March 4, 2004, 03:31 AM
An American 180 with a 275 round cassette

Add that to my list of things to do when the AWB expires.

March 4, 2004, 03:50 AM
4" Colt Trooper Mark III. Looks like a hand cannon shoots like a cap gun. Got this off of gunbroker

March 4, 2004, 04:27 AM
Marlin 39.
No explanations, just hold one in your hands one time. ;)

Eskimo Jim
March 4, 2004, 08:14 AM
I'll vote for what I've tried:

Semi Auto Pistol: Ruger Mk II Cost is probably around $250, probably less if used.

Revolver: S&W model 17 this is a K frame so it might seem heavy but it is great for training for a K frame in a larger caliber. Also, being double action with a swing out cylinder it is easier to load than Ruger's Single Six single action. The Model 17 isn't made anymore so you would have to go with the 617 in stainless if you want a new revolver.

Bolt Action Rifle: Ruger 77/22 hefty price tag but it feels just like their centerfire 77 Mk II. I like this one much better than Savage's bolt action rim fire. The Savage was nice but the bolt throw was very short for my big hands.

Semi-automatic rifle: Can't beat a 10/22. For about $170 or so you can get the basic model.

Haven't tried a lever action rifle or a single shot.

Good luck.


March 4, 2004, 08:31 AM
Marlin 39.
No explanations, just hold one in your hands one time.

I have to second that. I shoot my 82 y.o. grandfathers Marlin 39 all the time. He bought it as a sophomore in high school and the thing still shoots great.

March 4, 2004, 08:43 AM
I have the same rifle and reloader as P95carry, dang, that thing is fun! My wife and I both have an auto loader, her a P22, and me a Neos. I also have a single action revolver .22 LR that is quite fun.

For general ease of plinking, I would say an autoloader, either the P22 or Neos have been good to me. Can't go wrong with a Ruger either.

March 4, 2004, 09:53 AM
Ok, I'll play:

.22LR auto pistol...Ruger MK2 or the .22/45 if you like the "1911 Feel"

.22 SA Revolver...Ruger Single-Six with .22LR & .22Mag cylinders

.22 DA Revolver...S&W 'Kit Gun'...the "Pre-Model Number" ones

.22 Auto Rifle....Marlin 99 or Ruger 10/22

.22LR Bolt gun...Hmmmm never fired one {GASP!}

.22LR pump rifle...Remmy 572 'Fieldmaster'

George S.
March 4, 2004, 09:59 AM
Having had a Ruger Single Six for over 26 years, I would have to vote for that one as a revolver choice. You get two cylinders (.22LR and .22WMR) so you can have fun with either caliber although .22 mag is pretty expensive anymore. I just added a red dot to my SS and from a rest, I can get inch and a half groups at 25 yds using Winchester Dynapoints from K-Mart.

For a semi-auto, either a Ruger MKII or a 22/45. They both have diferent barrel types and lengths tochoose from and the MKII Government Model slab-side is a very accurate shooter right out of the box.

I don't have any real experience with lever action .22 rifles but the Ruger 96/22, Marlin 39A, Remington 597 and Browning BL22 Lever are good choices.

March 4, 2004, 10:04 AM
Another vote here for the Neos..

Red Neck64
March 4, 2004, 10:11 AM
If you bye a rifle,make it a Marlin.

March 4, 2004, 10:15 AM
You can still find 25, 30, and 50 round mags for them (at a hefty price, but still....:D)

What a blast! I had one before with 2 25rounders and a 50 rounder. sold it :banghead:
Have one now, just with a couple factory mags...

March 4, 2004, 10:26 AM
A .22 conversion of your CCW piece.

Kodiak AK
March 4, 2004, 10:58 AM
I am going to one up Skunkabilly. A M16 with a 22 conversion kit .


March 4, 2004, 11:06 AM
My vote goes to the Nylon 66. My father-in-law bought this for me for my 22nd birthday. I absolutely love this little gun.



March 4, 2004, 11:18 AM
I'ver been practicing double taps with my CZ. Obviously I am getting to used to double taps. :D

March 4, 2004, 11:59 AM
Rifles include Ruger 10-22 and Browning BPR (pump). Pistol a Ruger Mark I (I think I'm getting old). The combined years I've owned those 3 is close to 60 and only god knows how many rounds through them.

Eskimo Jim
March 4, 2004, 03:10 PM
What exactly is a Nylon 66 and why did it get that name?


March 4, 2004, 03:36 PM
I love my Marlin Model 60 for what that's worth. I've shot the Ruger 10/22 but didn't like it as much.

March 4, 2004, 03:43 PM
I am going to one up Skunkabilly. A M16 with a 22 conversion kit .

Or both? :)

March 4, 2004, 03:53 PM
Hey, don't forget the AR-7!

There's just something about a floating takedown design.
Besides, if it has AR in it's name it's got to piss off the antis! :D

I believe there are still some 25 or 32 round mags for those around. :cool:

March 4, 2004, 04:00 PM
Walther P22. What else can you get in such a fun little lightweight compact package that is considered an evil assault weapon in California?

March 4, 2004, 04:11 PM
What exactly is a Nylon 66 and why did it get that name?

The Nylon 66 was made for several years by Remingtion. It is a selfloading .22lr. They made several different versions like a lever action Nylon 76 and detachable magazine fed Nylon 77. It is made mostly of nylon and is incredibly durable. The apparently made over 1 million Nylon 66's before Remington wore out the machinary. These are incredibly fun little guns to shoot. The Nylon 66 has a tube magazine in the stock that holds 14 rounds. Did I mention it is fun to shoot. I believe they stopped production in the early 80's. Somewhere there is a really good article about the Remington Nylon 66 but I can't seem to find it.


March 4, 2004, 04:15 PM
My wife has a Calico m100s that she says looks like "Buck Roger's squirrel gun" that has a 100 rnd helical feed magazine that's awfully cool.

Ala Dan
March 4, 2004, 04:31 PM
Greeting's Alan

I feel like you already know that I'm going
to recommend the very fine Colt Match
Target Woodsman. Prices have escalated in
the past few years; but nice ones can still be
found that won't break the bank!

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

Chuck Jennings
March 4, 2004, 04:31 PM

March 4, 2004, 04:56 PM
Ala Dan posted about the Colt Match Target Woodsman.

Dan, I'v e owned one of these fine pistols since 1975/76, they are a pure pleasure to shoot and mine is still like new. I found some new factory mags for mine at a gun store in ********** about 10 years ago, still in their clear plastic package but they were not cheap, cost was over twice the price my Colt Gold Cup mags cost.;)

Ala Dan
March 4, 2004, 08:44 PM
Greeting's DorGunR

Good to hear my friend! Yes, the Match Target
Woodsman is a fine example of a quality
target pistol. I'm afraid not too many of our
members share the same thoughts though?
Maybe, its cuz they didn't get the chance to try
one before they were abruptly discontinued.
Great self-loader, and one that you can easily
transition from, to the Colt Gold Cup.

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

March 4, 2004, 09:37 PM
I have owned three different .22 auto rifles; a Win. model 190, a Mossberg(don't know model, but it is fed through the stock), and a Marlin 60. I still have the latter two, but the Winchester was my favorite.

I would think that a pump-action .22 would be really fun!

March 4, 2004, 09:40 PM
My Ruger MkII Government made pistol shooting fun (as compared to the work it seemed to be when I was shooting my 1911s).

The Ruger, a brick, a big stack of targets and nothing on the to-do list is a great way to spend an afternoon.


March 4, 2004, 09:59 PM
My .22LR favorites are:

Revolver: S&W 17-4 6" barrel with an Ultradot sight
Pistol: CZ75B with a Kadet Adapter
Rifle: CZ452

All very accurate, reliable and just plain fun to shoot.

Chip Dixon
March 4, 2004, 10:11 PM

What's the name of that Marlin 60 tube mag speedloader you posted a pic of? I want one of those :D

March 4, 2004, 10:42 PM
Chip ... I got this one thru Sportsmansguide about 3 years ago but have stumbled upon it in other places ... just forget where!:rolleyes:

Oh hang on .. here we go ... doin the work for ya! :) ..... it is the ''Spee-d-loader'' ......

Go Here - Sportsmansguide (http://www.sportsmansguide.com/search/search.asp?r=ad%2Fother&s=SEARCH&k=spee-d-loader)

Seems they still have it listed .. Cabellas also list it but maybe Sportsmansguide a tad cheaper? Haven't compared.

HTH ..... I love mine ... a drag loading it up but at the range ... love it! :p

March 4, 2004, 10:45 PM
Yeah, I'll second that! I want one too!

March 5, 2004, 04:30 AM
Soft spot for old .22 single shot rifles. Like an Rem 514.
Nylon 66 ( I want the brown butt-fed one please)
Marlin 60
Marlin and Winchester lever action...one of each...just because.
Gotta have a Winchester Model 52 'nuff said.

In a handgun...gimme a Model 18 Smith
Ruger Bearcat
Beretta model 21A ( you ain't tried "golf" with a 21A yet - shame on you).
Colt Woodsman ( classic)
High Standard Duramatic
High Standards "match guns" are fun.

Aw hell I forgot...what is the Winchester Pump...that one. The Fieldmaster by Rem is nice...that Win was ...well ...memories.

March 5, 2004, 07:06 AM
P95Carry, (Chris)
Nice looking 60.
If I can make a small suggestion -
Take an old bleach bottle and cut a section out of it. Use that section as a spacer between the black plastic and the wood stock.
Dresses it up a little.

Eskimo Jim
March 5, 2004, 08:17 AM
Thank you for educating me.

I didn't grow up in the gun culture so I missed out on learning about many of the classics. Slowly but surely, with the help of this forum, other forums and books, I'm correcting the situation and having a lot of fun at the same time.:D


March 5, 2004, 09:16 AM
S&W 617 Satin Stainless, 10 shot, 6" barrel w/ full underlug... sounds like fun to me... $459.00 @ Sporting Arms.com (http://www.sportingarms.com./results.asp?mfr_name=49&category_descr=0&subcategory_descr=0&keyword_descr=&max_price=&sale_only=&page_no=4) ..
Have a look at it @ S&W (http://www.swfirearms.vista.com/store/index.php3?cat=293543&sw_activeTab=1)

Chip Dixon
March 5, 2004, 10:10 AM
Many thanks, P95. At $20, I definately can't resist getting atleast one.

March 5, 2004, 10:23 AM

Thanks for educating me.

No prob. Anytime. I learned about the Nylon 66 through my father-in-law. He has had one since he was a kid. Never cleaned and it runs like a top. Feeds everything, while not pinpoint accurate it will get a good 2 inch group at 50 yards. Good enough for squirrels and paper for fun.


March 5, 2004, 02:41 PM
Take an old bleach bottle and cut a section out of it. Use that section as a spacer between the black plastic and the wood stock. Hal ... you have me intrigued!! I think I am following you but not quite sure. If you have the time ... would you elaborate just a tad .... be useful. :)

Chip .... your welcome fella .. I think (know) you'll like using one! Oh BTW .... I find with Marlin .... when you fill the tube .. and with slide locked back ... it'll only want 14 rounds. Let slide close (on empty chamber) in advance of filling and all 15 will go in.

March 6, 2004, 02:39 AM
I read this in one of the gun rags ~ 25 or so years ago.
-Take the black plastic piece off of the butt.
-Cut a small section of plastic out of an old bleach bottle just a bit larger than the plastic piece.
-Poke a couple of holes in the plastic from the bleach bottle for the screws.
-Screw that in place between the black plastic piece and the wood on the buttt of the stock.
-Use a razor blade or a sharp knife and shave the excess off of the piece of bleach bottle.

It adds a white spacer between the black plastic and the wood that adds a bit of contrast between the black and the wood colors. I suppose you could use just about any color plastic just to be different, maybe blue or yellow?

March 6, 2004, 01:28 PM
Hal .. thx a lot .... that has totally clarified things .. I was on a slightly different frequency at first but now ...... clear as day.

I will very likely try just that .... pretty simple and effective.

March 6, 2004, 01:33 PM
of the .22 guns I've fired, I like my 10/22 and my (grandfather's) old model single six. The revolver is 46 years old and still shoots great.

About the p22, I've seen a few pictures of them and they look pretty cool. What makes it illegal in CA, are they legal in MD, and how much do they cost?

March 6, 2004, 02:07 PM
The problem with the P22 was the threaded barrel, which made it able to accept a suppressor.

It fell off the CA approved list like days before I was going to buy one! :fire:

Arc Angel
March 6, 2004, 02:24 PM
:rolleyes: Well, when it comes to 22 caliber shooting, I enjoy playing with my S&W, K-22 as well as my Model 41! Both pistols have excellent balance and are inexpensive and pleasurable to shoot. The fact that using one of these guns, today, is very much like holding a, 'piece of history' seems to, also, add to the fun.

I have two 22 caliber rifles, too: Both are Winchester Model 9422's. One is in long rifel caliber; and the other is a win. mag. I use them with 4X Leupold scopes that are fastened with, 'see-through' mounts. They are, both, just sooo ... sweet to shoot. I am able to reach out to 75 yards with the former; and all the way out to 100 yards with the latter. Few Saturday afternoon shooting games are better than, 'soda can popping' at 80 to 100 yards! The reason I acquired the win. mag. is because I found that the 22 long rifle cartridge isn't able to hold a dime sized target much past 70 yards, while the 22 win. mag. is able to maintain its edge out to, almost, 100! Like I said; 'These are, all, fun guns to shoot!' ;)

March 6, 2004, 02:42 PM
No one for the Ruger New Single Six? I like the look of the Walther .22 also...

March 6, 2004, 04:04 PM
No one for the Ruger New Single Six? Oh it's in there Mastro .. but for me not up at the top. I love the thing .. plus sometimes enjoying the mag cylinder too ..... being a lazy ol' toad tho it does count as harder work loading and unloading!!

I think max fun has to come in the guise of ''semi-auto'' ...... every time! :)

March 7, 2004, 04:48 AM
Can't beat the Ruger 10/22 or Remington Nylon 66 for autoloading rifles.
For pistols, the Ruger Mark II is a dandy.

I used to have an old Remington pump .22 that was just plain fun. A great little gun. I also had a Marlin auto. That was an utter POS! It had a negative value, since it would destroy the cartridges it tried to feed.

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