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Dumped my other calibers for rimfire

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by gfanikf, Mar 28, 2012.

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  1. gfanikf

    gfanikf Member

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    Now let me preface this by saying while I live in PA, I work in NY and commute via NJT. I spend most of my time in places where not only would a PA LTCF not be recognized, it's nigh on impossible to get guns and certainly a carry permit if you live there (I looked into it when in Brooklyn before moving back to PA....yeah wasn't going to work). What I'm getting at is I don't carry (besides going to range and back) and unless I take some classes I just don't feel comfortable doing so (or had a gun for that purpose...and spent money on a proper holster and related goods).

    My wife and I also welcomed are first daughter earlier this year. For me despite not shooting as much (from just having a child) the costs of .45 ACP and 223 where just getting to be much for what I used at each range trip or two. So I decided to give a New Ruger Single Six a try and wound up loving it. So I dumped my Mini-14 (shockingly for more than I paid) and got an M4 22lr (which for me has the feel of an M4, but not nearly the cost).

    I just love that I can get 500 rounds of Federal 22 (each in small boxes) for ~20-25 bucks. I found it's also a lot easier to work on my aim. I've made an exception that anything that is surplus ammo friendly would also be allowed (why I'm still thinking of a Tokarov for something heavier than just 22lr). I just figured it's a great way to work on fundamental aim and handling and not hurt my wallet or be at the mercy of (even natural) price increases to the degree I would with other firearms and "shoot all day"...well at least until a slidefire is made for 22 stocks (like the Ruger 10/22 though I really don't want to fall pray to "tacticooling" one too much).
     
  2. youngda9

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    I hope you kept something centerfire for HD.

    I would move if I were you, but that's me.
     
  3. gfanikf

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    Currently I don't have anything centerfire. I'm looking into something C&R, especially the Tokarov as it's like a 1903 and surplus ammo exists. One thing is cleaning a handgun after corrosive ammo is a lot less work than a full sized rifle.

    I am looking for work closer home, but the commute is mostly sitting on a train so I can't complain as I get to read a lot.

    That said while not optimal, 22lr can still function for HD. I mean the M4 one would help with volume making up for caliber.
     
  4. David E

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    I have rediscovered .22's and enjoy shooting them for reasons similar to yours. I have a Nordic Components .22 upper with a 1x3 Weaver on it. At the range, I can shoot the 100 yd Steel IPSC target 3 times before the sound from the first hit is heard: BangBangBang/DingDingDing! Kinda cool.

    But I'd never divest myself of all centerfire.
     
  5. Teachu2

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    There's a headline - "HOMEOWNER SHOOTS INTRUDER 17 TIMES"....
     
  6. R.W.Dale

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    Don't bank on finding any of the recently dried up 7.62x25 ammo

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  7. Ryanxia

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    I'd never give up my centerfires but ya I love shooting all afternoon and only spending $10. :D
     
  8. gfanikf

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    Cool, I'd love to find a place to shot around me with steel target setups (as backyard isn't an option for me)

    I don't plan to, but at the same time I really just don't know where to go in terms of cheap ammo and firearms.

    ...NEEDS ICEPACK FOR FINGER
    or
    ...SUSPECT TO BE ARRAIGNED AFTER BRIEF OBSERVATION IN HOSPITAL
    or...sadly...
    WITH AK-47!

    Really? I was under the impression that it was still pretty easy and cheap to find as opposed to say Makarov ammo for which no surplus ammo can be found.
     
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  9. allaroundhunter

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    Negative....9mm ammo is still fairly reasonably priced though and easy to find.
     
  10. parsimonious_instead

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    JG Sales, which usually has 7.62x25 surplus seems to have only new manufacture ammo.
    SOG (Southern Ohio Guns) has Bulgarian Tok ammo for about 3.00 for a box of 16.
    According to ammoseek.com, a few vendors seem to have 9x19 Brown Bear and Tula for approx 9.00 a box, not including shipping.
     
  11. 1KPerDay

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    Almost all my range time lately is rimfire. They are just so much fun. Plus with my 22/45 and an ultimate cliploader (TM) I can go through a brick by myself in a surprisingly short time. LOL :D

    I save my centerfire ammo mostly for local competitions and stuff now.
     
  12. jdietz

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    The .22 is not the best for HD but is still better than nothing.

    The ONLY firearms related death I have ever seen was a single round from a .22 bolt action rifle.

    On the other hand while working at the hospital I saw 3 gunshot victims that had been shot with .38 & .40 that survived. One shot at almost direct contact.

    Placement, placement, placement!
     
  13. Certaindeaf

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    I think it'd be kind of silly to have died with seventeen rimfires and a billion rounds of ammo when a box of fifty premium centerfire, a well chosen weapon, and the skill to use them may well have made all the difference.
     
  14. gfanikf

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    Well in this case I'm working on the skill so I can find a centerfire one I want to go back into.
     
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    I'm with you, gfanik. I shoot for skill and shoot for fun, so 9mm and .22 are what I shoot. Well, and .38 when I'm in a revolver sort of mood.

    Point being: bullets cost money. Most in-city ranges charge premium membership for access to rifle caliber lanes. If switching to .22 means you get to shoot more often, then that's a win.
     
  16. Carl Levitian

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    My better half and I are in the same boat. Just can't afford to shoot center fire much anymore. Living on our social security and price of gas giving us a pay cut in our retirement, .22's are it. It's okay, I met my wife at a shooting range, and the fact that we were both shooting S&W .22 revolvers made for a conversation point. Now, 42 years later, we're happy with rim fires. I have an old S&W .38 revolver from my days on a police department, and Karen has her dad's old .38 revolver that he came home from the war with. But we hardly ever shoot them.

    But now that we're retired we go shooting twice a week. A bulk box of Federals is still doable, so we manage to use up 1500 to 2000 rounds a month. I hate to think what that would cost us in .38 or 9mm. Plus we shoot for fun, targets and plinking. If something goes bump in the night, at least my wife and I will be grabbing guns that we used only the day before yesterday. My 617 will give me 10 shots, Kartens J frame is another 8. Then there's the Reminton speed master with another 15 in it. Split between two people who have been shooting for over a half century apiece. I think we could make an intruder uncomfortable.
     
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    Like Arnie says, " you'll be back":)
     
  18. StrutStopper

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    I love my 22/45. I can shoot all morning on the cheap and then break out the centerfire stuff but don't feel the need to put a high round count through them.
     
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    .22s have taught me more about shooting than anything else out there.

    Respek knuckles.
     
  20. Eric M

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    If you want a cheap centerfire I think 5.45 is the way to go.
     
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    I'm on record as saying that my favorite firearm to shoot is a T/C Contender with a 14" .22 LR match barrel. After 30 rounds, I'm pretty much done for a range session, except maybe to burn off a few cylinders-full of .38 or something like that... :D

    Although I don't see myself relinquishing my centerfires anytime soon, I can appreciate what the OP is going for. Over the decades, I've made a point of acquiring .22 LR firearms of various configurations (full-size revolvers, full-size semiauto, pocket semiauto, lever-action rifle, semiauto rifle, mini-revolver, etc.). If push ever came to shove financially, I can still pretty much enjoy the gamut of shooting experiences for a few pennies per round...


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    I concur with eric m
     
  23. bigfinger76

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    I can dig it.
    I've been caught up for years in worrying about caliber/gauge. I've got what I wanted now, and then lo and behold...I found my grandfather's old Remington 33.
    SO much fun to shoot, and so cheap. I love it.
     
  24. 22-rimfire

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    I don't blame you a bit and love the lowly 22LR. I have no particular problem using a 22 for self defense purposes even though I don't recommend them without saying something a little more powerful is better for this purpose.

    I don't sell much. I just park them for a while and I come around to shooting them again. I do like Mini-14's for general purposes. Even though I don't shoot one much, I still keep about 1000 rounds of 223 around in case I feel the urge.
     
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    Have you looked at the CZ 82? I got everything in the picture for $200 ($240 to my front door with shipping) from Wideners recently. The one I got was made in 1985; if I'm not mistaken Czechoslovakia only made the CZ 82s in the 1980s. 12 round mags, decent sights, manual safety that's 1911 like, and not a bad trigger at all IMHO. You can find 9x18mm ammo for it online no problem at $10 per box of 50, and my local bulk ammo store carries it by the case.

    I know what you mean about 22LR! Probably 95% + of the shooting I do off duty when I'm paying for the ammo is 22LR.
     

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