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Combat worthy .22LR Rifle.

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by bg226, Aug 5, 2008.

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  1. bg226

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    What would be a good combat/SHTF .22LR Rifle?

    The money saved on ammunition would make up for the price of the rifle, so the price of the rifle is not a concern.
     
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  3. Z-Michigan

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    Most semi-auto .22s are not reliable enough to recommend for combat. Most bolt-action .22s are highly reliable, but you better hope the zombies are weak and slow if that's all you have.

    A .22 makes excellent sense as a survival rifle with hunting as its primary purpose. For defense, it is not the best bet.
     
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    wz 48 .22LR single shot "Mosin Nagant." :D
     
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    The price of .22 LR ammo is low for a reason.

    While the lowly .22 has killed anything and everything that walks on earth it would not be the best choice for most situations.
     
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    Hmm i find i cannot comment and stay high road .
     
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    in .22 lr the best I could see is a better then nothing self defense and it could help put food in the pot in a SHTF, as ammo is plentiful.
     
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    AR with a .22 conversion kit comes to mind.

    SGW42, Love that WZ-48. Been looking for one myself.
     
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  9. goon

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    I have a 10/22 that I'd trust if I had to use it for that but it did need work right out of the box to be reliable.
    It is also said that hi-cap magazines for the 10/22 are known to be of questionable reliability.

    FWIW, the only .22 rifle I've ever owned that never had a failure is a bolt action. Every other one I ever had and many of the ones I shot had the occasional malfunction.
     
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    sweet gun SGW42
     
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    I think a good Ruger 10-22 is very reliable if kept clean and fed ammo it likes. Even Winchester 69 and 52, Remington 40 and 513 and Anshutz .22 bolt guns can jam when manipulating the bolt under stress, I KNOW I've used and own them all. A Marlin 39 is prolly better and the Winchester Model 62 pump is prolly THE most reliable .22- thats why they were used for years in shooting galleries!
     
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    My only 22, is the most reliable i've ever fired [because i've fired more than mine]. It's an H&R model 755. the only malfunctions were due to the ammo. [no powder in the case :D]
     
  14. I'm Thinking...

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    Combat worthy .22LR Rifle

    A Remington Nylon 66 (just think of a semi-auto Spencer rifle; 14-15 shot magazine in buttstock), or something else by Remington; the Nylon 77 (box-magazine fed; perhaps 10 shots).

    I'd take the Nylon 66, even allowing for the zombie menace ;)
     
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    I forgot and agree on the Nylon 66 !
     
  16. JTW Jr.

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    only one I would attempt it with is an American 180 :)
     
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    An American-180 firing some 25 to 35 shots per second? Nah; I'd have to take the Nylon 77 (color brown) with a 100-round magazine. The AM-180; that's just :cuss: Spray and Pray :p
     
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    guessing you have never shot one. Cause the one thing it isnt is spray and pray. Putting a nice 4 -5 shoot group on target is easy if you do your part.
     
  19. I'm Thinking...

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    I read some reviews of it when it first came out (I don't recall how long ago.). The reviewer (Shooting Times?) had the pleasure of firing a full-auto (selective?) version. As for the rate-of-fire I referred to, it was from that magazine article.

    Perhaps you are thinking of a semi-auto version.
     
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    nope , we dont allow semi's at our subgun matches here in Vegas , 3 or 4 guys have them , one guys wife shoots his at each match. A drum dump in center mass , is certainly something to see. Will see if I can get a video at the Sept Match.
     
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    September... that's a ways to wait! :what: :D ;)

    Well, I suppose if the piece is all "old-fashioned" wood & steel, then there wouldn't be much flexing or whatnot and a decent groups-size could be gotten w/a 4-5 burst. And no, I've never shot one of those myself :(
     
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    Rifles in the caliber of .22LR have been used to defend lives and property. But the key was the training and practice that the shooter/user got BEFORE the confrontation. So, can the lowly .22 be a viable personal defense firearm? Yes, but there are stipulations and limitations to its effectiveness. You have to know what kind of a situation you will be involved in and you have to practice that event long before it happens. You then put your theories to work when the critical situation arises. A good Ruger 10-22 with a 50 round magazine could "almost shred" a hostile person if used in the proper manner. Damage would be extreme without a doubt.
     
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    10/22 w/a bunch of goodies (as you've suggested); sounds good to me...
     
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    Don't the Israelis field a suppressed .22 for disrupting demonstrations or whatever? I definitely remember reading about that.
     
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    We have to assume that you are caught in a SHTF and stuck with a 22... because I can't imagine keeping a 22 and feeling prepared. For feeding the fam, a 22 will suffice. For protecting the fam, if limited to a 22, I'd want capacity and feedability in droves; you're most reliable 22 semi you own with as many hi-caps as the situation permits.
     
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