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Significant difference between 22LR and 22 magnum?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by mrcpu, Feb 23, 2007.

  1. mrcpu

    mrcpu Well-Known Member

    I was looking at a henry rifle, comes in several different calibers, I've shot a fair amount of 22 LR, but never any 22 magnum. Is it really that much different, significantly more powerful?

    I just don't know if it's worth the difference in ammo price and purchase price for plinking...
  2. U.S.SFC_RET

    U.S.SFC_RET Well-Known Member

    For plinking stay with the 22 Long Rifle. The 22 Magnum basically has twice the punch and is considered a (varmint rifle). I wish that the ammo was cheaper for the magnum. Both are accurate and both being 22 caliber are a bit finicky about what you shoot. I have a chuckster bolt action magnum that's scoped and shoots the dime brother. Fun to shoot but I put alot of practice with a 22LR because ammo is cheap.
  3. redneck2

    redneck2 Well-Known Member

    I got a Marlin 882 bolt .22 mag. The mag fits the "tweener" role. Enough bigger than a .22 LR that's it's got noticeably more whack and shoots flatter, but not close to the blast of even a .223

    Haven't priced ammo in a while, but it's maybe 3x the cost of a .22 to shoot.

    Good for groundhogs, racoons, etc.

    If it's your only .22, no
  4. rangerruck

    rangerruck Well-Known Member

    22 mag, inside 100 yds, is basically twice the energy.
  5. halvey

    halvey Well-Known Member

    If you are only plinking, get the .22. You can also go with higher velocity .22 if you need to punch a bigger animal.

    I have several .22's, two .22 mags. I like the mags, but honestly, a rarely shoot them.
  6. Lupinus

    Lupinus Well-Known Member

    if its for plinking or squirrles get the LR. If you want a bit more accuracy and more punch for bigger animals the mag wil lserve you better but will be more expensive.
  7. roscoe

    roscoe Well-Known Member

    .22 mag is much more powerful, but much more expensive. It is almost worth stepping up to .223 in a bolt gun, for the price. If you live someplace like Australia, it is the only game in town.
  8. Outlaw Man

    Outlaw Man Well-Known Member

    Around here there's a good piece of hog hunting land, but the easiest time to get a permit is during squirrel only season, and you're required to use the gun for whatever is in season. Since you're stuck with rimfire (or shotguns), a 22 mag is a significant advantage on hogs. I can't think of any other instance I'd need one, though. YMMV, of course, especially across state lines.

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