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Anyone recall a rimfire rifle witha smooth bore?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by EdwardSE, Oct 31, 2005.

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  1. EdwardSE

    EdwardSE Member

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    What is out there and of these rifles, which ones are the sweetest and which should you pass up?

    Thanks,
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  3. Chawbaccer

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    I think Marlin still makes a model of their garden gun.
     
  4. Onmilo

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    Winchester Model 36 9mm rimfire shot.
     
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    Lakefield Arms of Canada makes a bolt action 22rf. smoothbore.
     
  6. FPrice

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    Mossberg made their Targo series of smoothbore .22 rifles from about 1938-42. They were designed to shoot .22 shotshells and Mossberg developed their own brand of Targo clay Targets to go with them.

    I was in one of the local gun stores about two years back when a friend walked in with one to sell. The owner put him off for a few minutes so I asked to look at it. Not knowing much about them I was not sure what he had and put off giving him the $100 he was asking. Later the dealer took it and sold it a few days later for $300. It was in very good shape and I believe even had the little attachment which mounted on the rifle and threw the clay for you.
     
  7. deadin

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    I've seen any number of old Winchester pump 22's with "smoothbores", but they were shot out, not made that way.:p
    Actually I believe Winchester? made a .22 RF "shotgun" and had even tried to start a sport that shot at miniture clays. I think it was called "Mouskeeto" or something like that. I seem to remember it from Boy Scout camp back in the 1950's.

    Dean
     
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    What are the advantages or what is the purpose of a smoothbore rifle?
     
  9. deadin

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    Same as a shotgun. Shooting .22 shot cartridges through a rifled barrel just causes the shot to be spread all over the place with big "holes" in the pattern. A smooth bore tends to keep it in a tighter pattern, (it still has some spread) thereby making a telling hit more likely.

    Dean
     
  10. Darth Ruger

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    Marlin stopped making the Garden Gun a couple of years ago.

    The intended purpose of Marlin's .22 smoothbore Garden Gun, using .22 shotshell cartridges, was around-the-house pest control, i.e., gophers, rats, etc. Hence the name "Garden Gun".
     
  11. Carl N. Brown

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    Two cents

    I believe the Mossberg smoothbore was adverised as the Moss-quito
    and the barrel accepted a screw-on rifled extension for use as a rifle.
     
  12. GunGoBoom

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    Correct. But it should be noted that said ".22 smoothbore" was chambered in .22 WMR, not .22lr. And yes it was discontinued.
     
  13. Darth Ruger

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    Yup, forgot to clarify that.
     
  14. Dave R

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    Despite umpteen bricks through my 1980's Marlin Model 60, I have not been able to turn it into a smoothbore. There's still plenty of rifling.
     
  15. rudolf

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    It's cheaper to make one.

    Other smoothbores are the 44-Shot in the US and the 6mm and 9mm Fobert rifles in Europe which shot round balls or shot.
     
  16. deadin

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    Dave, I think you need to find a lot of the old corrosive ammo from around 1900:evil:
     
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    One can of Morton's salt could always take care of that pesky rifling:D

    Didn't know that Marlin had stopped making their's. That was the only recent one I was aware of being made.

    Really a niche gun. I think one might be just as well off buying a rough old user for shot use.
     
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