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.22 plinking- Am I the only one that doesn't enjoy it all that much?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by natedog, Oct 6, 2004.

  1. natedog

    natedog Well-Known Member

    I hear a lot of people talking about how fun plinking with .22LR pistols and handguns is. Myself, I don't really think so. I get about as much satisfaction out of shooting a .22 as I do a paintball gun. I like it for cheap practice, but that's about it. Anyone else feel the same?
  2. Chut1st

    Chut1st Well-Known Member

    Of course you're not wrong! Life is too short to do something that doesn't give you satisfaction. Personally, I have almost as much fun shooting my Mark II as any other handgun in the safe, up to and including the .454 Casull.

    I have the same conversations with other motorcylists. Just because I ride a Harley doesn't mean that I hold rice-rocket riders in contempt. If it runs on two wheels or burns gunpowder, it's okay with me.

    Just my $.02.
  3. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    I'd much rather shoot targets than plink, but plinking has its charms.
  4. Mal H

    Mal H Administrator

    "Anyone else feel the same?" Not me.

    But. like Chut1st implied, if you don't like it, it shouldn't bother anyone else in the least.
  5. huntsman

    huntsman Well-Known Member

    I do all my shooting outside at my privite range, and while .22 plinking is fun I don't care for punching paper. I try to mix it up a bit with different types of targets, clay pigeons are fun and I see cabellas now sells holders for clays that I want to buy . I also want to get some spinners that will take handgun and rifle fire.
  6. Kenneth Lew

    Kenneth Lew Well-Known Member


    Somehow 15 yd., one handed, bullseye shooting against someone else is very interesting. You got to practice beforehand.
  7. R.H. Lee

    R.H. Lee Well-Known Member

    Nope. Gimme my MKII Stainless Target 6 7/8"bbl, a brick of ammo and a coupla dozen golf balls and I'm good for the afternoon. Much more fun than punching paper with anything.
  8. 45R

    45R Well-Known Member

    .22 is great for plinking. I dont care if anyone thinks .22 is uncool. I put more rounds through my .22 than any other pistol I own.
  9. Sylvilagus Aquaticus

    Sylvilagus Aquaticus Well-Known Member

    Nah, you're utterly alone. :D

    You just don't get out enough.

  10. Greg L

    Greg L Well-Known Member

    Plinking with a .22, nope not me. At the price surplus is at I do most of my plinking with either 8mm or 7.62x54 :D . The kids seem to enjoy it though.

    However .22 is easier on the shoulder ;) .

  11. Dbl0Kevin

    Dbl0Kevin Well-Known Member

    I'm with ya on this one Nate. When I was a kid and got my first .22 it was the greatest thing since sliced bread.....obviously since it was my first gun. But now if I break out a .22 I'm pretty much bored with it after a couple mags. If I'm gonna shoot something I want it to be worthwhile and I wanna feel some recoil to what I'm shooting. Granted an AR doesn't have all that much recoil, but there's just something more exciting to sending a 5.56 round downrange than a little zippy .22. :D
  12. 444

    444 Well-Known Member

    Well, I am not real big on plinking. I find it kind of boring.
    I do like to shoot .22s though. But mostly on paper.
    I plink now and then, usually when I am shooting with someone else and we can sort of compete with each other to see who can hit some piece of junk. By myself, I couldn't be bothered.
  13. schromf

    schromf Well-Known Member

    When I shoot a 22 I really want a rifle, and bunnys and squirels are great sport. I have a Ruger bolt action and an ancient Savage pump that are choices when I do that kind of shooting. Haven't done it in a while but it is a very good way to hone your marksmanship.

    I have alway figured I would get a 22 pistol, just never have. Either I don't like the gun, or I don't like the price or both. I also subscribe to the Elmer Kieth school of thought, "big bullets".

    I always figured a 38/357/9mm was a small bore, a real cartridges start at 10mm, then 41, 44 and 45. Don't get me wrong there is nothing wrong with the smaller bores they just don't float my boat so to speak.

    A 22 pistol is a hole in my gun safe, one I hope to fill one day, I just wonder how much I would use it, I know if I was at a gun show with cash in pocket, and had a choice between a quality target 22 rifle, and 22 pistol; the rifle would go home with me. Of course if there was a 6.5x55 or a .308 target rifle even at the show I doubt I would even notice the 22's.

    Kind of funny actually if I was in the wilderness and had a choice of just 1 firearm, a good 22 rifle would be right up on the top of a short list of two or three rifles I would consider suitable. They have always been a put meat on the table gun and if used properly are very good at that.
  14. BamBam-31

    BamBam-31 Well-Known Member

    I like .22's. Actually, I love .22's. I love how Zen-like it can be, how the technique used in shooting a .22 carries over to any other caliber. And it's cheap, too!

    Maybe you're not challenging yourself enough. Try getting ten shots inside a golf ball sized hole at 50 ft., no flyers. Smaller hole/ further distance, if that's too easy.

    There's no more "Aim small, miss small" than a .22 (except maybe a .17).
  15. 444

    444 Well-Known Member

    "Maybe you're not challenging yourself enough."

    That is exactly the reason that I don't really enjoy plinking.
    Out where I shoot, there is endless junk lying there that pigs have left behind after their plinking sessions. I stand there for a minute and wonder why ? A propane tank: now there is a challenge: if it was sitting 100 yards away for a pistol or maybe a couple hundred yards away for a rifle with iron sights. But of course they were shooting at it at like 10 feet. Wow, what an accomplishment. Why not see if you can hit the side of the earth ? Computers, kitchen appliances........... what is the point ? Let's shoot a beer can: if you hit it every time, the group on paper would be like, what ? Five inches ?
    Shooting a group on paper ? Now that is a challenge.
  16. Edward429451

    Edward429451 member

    22's for paper, steel, plinking, golfballs, smallgame, lion:uhoh:

    Whats not to love?
  17. J Miller

    J Miller Well-Known Member

    Your not alone. Shooting .22's bores me to tears. I have several .22 handguns and a rifle, but they almost never get used. I got bricks of ammo dating way back to the 70's. I buy it on sale and somehow never shoot it.

    But occasionally, I'll take them out and play with them. As long as I can have my centerfires there for a fix afterwords.

  18. BamBam-31

    BamBam-31 Well-Known Member

    Maybe I'm not understanding the term "plinking." Does it necessarily mean shooting at junk? I've always taken it to mean casual, fun shooting. At paper, at junk, at whatever. When I mentioned challenging oneself more, I specifically meant on paper. That's why it says "golf ball sized hole," not "golf ball." Perhaps I wasn't clear.
  19. Greg L

    Greg L Well-Known Member

    Oops sorry, lets define "plinking". Propane tanks @ 100+ are good for pistols. Teninis balls on top of hay bales are good @ 200+ for iron sights (or optics if that is what you can't hit them with ;) :neener: ), balloons are great for +/- 450+ w/ iron if there is a dry field behind them that will kick up a burst of dust to help you walk the bullets in :rolleyes: .

    However it is layed out though, my kids love to shoot w/ their .22s at the supposed "adult" target way out there. Ever now & then they do hit one, much to the enjoyment of those who have "progressed beyond a pitiful .22 :rolleyes: .

  20. Tharg

    Tharg Well-Known Member

    I'll take my .22

    Yes - i'm impressed w/ cheap )(*& optics at hitting what i aim at.

    No i'm not a if ya ain't using iron sights you suck person.

    Its cheap - its fun - its can ya get all three spinners to keep spinning for an entire magazine fun. Since ea shot costs nearly nothing.... its WONDERFUL on the pocketbook.

    And the .22 is the first thing i'll pull out fer critters.... since its dropped everyone i've had to use it against so far. Sure... i could pull out the .223... but why? -

    I guess i'm just not advanced enough... <hehe> but i still enjoy cheap shooting.


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