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Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Hoshua1, Feb 16, 2006.

  1. Hoshua1

    Hoshua1 Well-Known Member

    I don't really see the point of a long 22. i was shooting a CZ .22 today. Feels great, good balance, but kinda long. In comparison to the 10/22?...come on. Night and day. Sleek though. I liked that. I like that their rifles are sharp up and down the line but I think compact is the way to go with a 22.

    Should a 22 cost more than $200? With no bells and whistles, which 22 has the best construction for the $$$? There is a definate gap in my feelings about the applications of a centerfire rifle or a rimfire. Quality is one thing but show pieces aside, THE little work horse is what I'm after for now. Maybe a brief word on the main differences between .17 and .22. Applications, pros, cons. They're the only two rimfire calibers right?
  2. Beetle Bailey

    Beetle Bailey Well-Known Member

    Well, if you are shooting a rifle with iron sights, a longer barrel means a longer sight radius (distance between front and rear sights). That means it is slightly easier to aim precisely each time you shoot and that hopefully translates into better shooting.
  3. c_yeager

    c_yeager Well-Known Member

    Where you shooting one of those limited run CZ rifles with a 26" barrel? Those things are a little silly. As far as barrel length with .22lr you start to get diminishing returns somewhere around 16-18" so there isnt a whole lot of point to a longer length than that except for the sight radius as previously mentioned.
  4. Father Knows Best

    Father Knows Best Well-Known Member

    Rimfire silhouette shooters get the best of both worlds by using relatively short barrels (16" or so) with long barrel extensions on them that allow mounting the front sight way out beyond the end of the real barrel. That gives them a barrel sized for maximum velocity, gets the bullet out of the gun quicker (so gun movement has less time to affect the placement of the shot) AND gives a long sight radius.

    For anything other than a competition gun, though, I agree that barrel length on a 22LR should be under 20". My favorite 22 is a Taurus model 62 carbine. It's a pump action 22 with a 16" barrel. It is lightweight, accurate enough to be deadly to tin cans at 50 yards, reliable, cheap and just a hoot to shoot.
  5. M92FS

    M92FS Well-Known Member

    nope , at least there's another cartridge : .22 Win Mag :)

    i'm not really familiar with rimfire cartridge.

    checkout this link : http://www.gunsandammomag.com/ballistics/
  6. Rupestris

    Rupestris Well-Known Member

    One could also say spending 20 grand on a shotgun is unnecessary when a $200 shotgun is available, or that a Porsche isn't needed when a Toyota will get you from point A to point B.

    If a compact workhorse with good accuracy, short OAL and quick handeling is what you are looking for its gonna cost a bit more than $200.

    Namely, the Marlin 39A.

    If you must keep it under $200 then I'd suggest a Marlin Model 60 ($99 at Walmart) and a good scope ,made for rimfire rifles, in the $80 - $100 dollar range.
  7. TheEgg

    TheEgg Well-Known Member

    Silly? Sir, you have no couth.

    They are not silly -- they are eccentric!:D

    (They also have a very thick recoil pad, if you hadn't noticed.)
  8. Marnoot

    Marnoot Well-Known Member

    .17 HMR/HM2, .22 Short/Long/LR/WRF/WMR, are all the ones I can think of that are really around much at all, and even then not so much with the short, long, and WRF. There's a few other various odd rimfire cartridges around as well, like the 9mm Flobert. But as far as I know, the two .17's, the .22LR and the .22WMR are by far the only ones you're likely to find ammo for with any ease.
  9. asknight

    asknight Well-Known Member

    Marnoot, Ya forgot the old .44 Rimfire, etc :)

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