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Semi-Auto 22lr Boring

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Ghostrider_23, Nov 5, 2007.

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What's your take on 22lr shooting???

Poll closed Dec 5, 2007.
  1. It's a waste of time & money

    7 vote(s)
    3.1%
  2. It's still fun as can be

    181 vote(s)
    80.1%
  3. I don't shoot 22lr

    6 vote(s)
    2.7%
  4. I make my own challenges

    32 vote(s)
    14.2%
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  1. Ghostrider_23

    Ghostrider_23 Member

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    Is it me or is shooting a semi-auto 22lr boring????? I have a Ruger 10/22 and just plinking away I started think why am I doing this. I mean it was fun for the first 25 rounds but after that it was just plink, plink, plink at the target and seem to go by to fast.

    What's your take on 22lr shooting???
     
  2. Silvanus

    Silvanus Member

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    I only shoot .22lr because it's cheap. I don't enjoy it nearly as much as the "real" calibers.

    Now that I'm about to finally set up my reloading equipment I think I will stick to .38/357. And 9mm of course.
     
  3. Fatelvis

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    Shooting rats never gets boring. ;)
     
  4. igpoobah

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    If it's boring, you are not challenging yourself enough! Set up some dimes @ 50 yards or some such. Work on the execution of the shot.
     
  5. Danny Creasy

    Danny Creasy Member

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    Get involved in match shooting with .22s.

    These are pics from our 50/50 Sporter Match in Sheffield, Alabama:

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    Or, if you don't have a club nearby, then there are numerous on-line matches at Rimfire Central or Rimfire Shooting that you can participate in by yourself. Here is my 50 yard Factory Sporter Class USBR target that I won the RFC September bench rest match with.

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  6. ClickClickD'oh

    ClickClickD'oh Member

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    Hmmm.. Well, my not "real" caliber rifle takes racoons out of trees all night long. Basics over bore size.
     
  7. res45

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    I love shooting all my different types 22 rifles,cheap,low noise and good practice for honing your offhand shooting skills. I enjoy plinking and not having to be so serious all the time because of the expense, one of my favorite things to do is set up some empty 12 Ga. hulls at the 100 yd. line of the range and send them flying with my Marlin Model 60. With the price of components going up every week it seem the 22 lr is looking even better.

    And the supply never seem to run out and the farmers love your work.
     
  8. trueblue1776

    trueblue1776 Member

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    I don't seem to enjoy semi 22's either.

    But nothing beats a good bolt action .22!
     
  9. JohnBT

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    "I have a Ruger 10/22"

    Ah, there's the problem. You need to get an accurate .22 to make your plinking enjoyable. Or maybe it would just be cheaper to get bigger targets for the Ruger.

    :)

    John
     
  10. mainmech48

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    If what you're doing is too easy, and thus 'boring', try doing something to make it more difficult. Make the target smaller, the range longer, compete against something (like a clock) or someone, have the target moving. Sheesh! There're any number of ways to add to the challenge, but you do have to look for them.
     
  11. Fast Frank

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    Shooting the .22 autos is only boring if you are sitting at a bench at the 50 yard range, and your scope is perfectly zeroed.

    Pop! Bull's eye.

    Pop! Bull's eye.

    Pop! Bull's eye.

    Pop! Bull's eye.

    Pop! Bull's eye.

    Yeah, that stops being fun pretty quick.

    Drop a golf ball out there in the grass with two or more shooters and watch what happens next.

    Now we're having fun! POP!POP!POP!ZING! Where did it go?

    I see it! POP!ZING!

    It's behind the target!

    Not from my bench!POP!POP!POP!POP!POP!

    Are you going to shoot it, or are you trying to cook it?

    Pop! Zing!

    Now I've got a shot! Click! DOH! Time out!

    Time out, huh? POP!ZING!

    Oh yeah, .22 autos are fun alright.
     
  12. Kimber1911_06238

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    I enjoy shooting my .22 (once i run out of the .45 acp, .40 S&W, and 9mm ammo that i brought.)

    a few hundred more rounds of .22 and then it's time to head home.

    Now squirrel hunting with a .22 handgun, now that's fun (and humbling most of the time)
     
  13. springmom

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    Not in the least boring, and it helps you hone your skills. If you can do it at 50 yards then shoot at 100. Get metal targets and work at it until you can flip all of them up.

    But for me, the best thing is honing those skills. If I really can put that .22 round through the bull every time, I'm going to do pretty well with my larger calibers. And of course .22lr is invaluable as a cure for flinching.

    Never boring.

    Springmom
     
  14. DMK

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    Nah, not too boring with this:

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    Still, I do try to make my own challenges either with precision or with speed on multiple targets at varying ranges.
     
  15. doc2rn

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    I think I would rather run through a brick of 22lr w/ friends than target shoot alone all day that's for sure. Golf balls, tin cans, barney figures, shaving cream balloons, tennis balls, the possibilities are endless.
     
  16. AtticusThraxx

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    Boring? Dude I'd spend the day at the range shooting a BB gun in the rain over my best day at work! Boring?
     
  17. ArmedBear

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    All of that stuff is fun, but it's even more fun with a Model 39.
     
  18. foghornl

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    I can practice my Single-Action shooting with my Single-Six all day a whole lot cheaper than with the .357 Vaquero/Blackhawk.
     
  19. UnTainted

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    i think shooting with a .22lr pistol is great practice for me. i find it helps me to deal with the recoil of the .460 mag.

    very few whistle pigs can stand up to a .22lr, so most that I've shot haven't lived too long... nothing like capping a whistle pig in the chest at 40 yards with the 6" buckmark.
     
  20. Slugless

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    .22 on paper is, sometimes, a little boring. But on days like that why not shoot .223 or better? I've not been bored lately, working on technique + practice for the postcard match!

    .22 on reactive targets - just great.
     
  21. 10-Ring

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    You really do have to challenge yourself shooting the 22lr. I find my expectations go up & my tolerance for mistakes goes down when I shoot my 22's :cool:
     
  22. esq_stu

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    I'm an old fuddy-duddy with lots of centerfire guns. My eyes need all the exercise they can get.

    As long as my CZ452 trainer is better than I am, I have lots of work to do with those iron sights so that when I get out the AK or SKS or Mauser or Enfield, my eyes do what I tell 'em.
     
  23. Ghostrider_23

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    Good ideal

    Nice comments, I like Fast Franks ideal. If my range will allow me to do so:fire:

    Shooting 22lr in a pistols is not what I am talking about, I was referring to 22lr rifles. 22 lr pistols just make go practice. I shoot @ a 100 yds. with a tricked out 10/22, shooting the little man out of the window that tells you where the groups scores are.

    Please keep the ideals rolling in, I will try so if allowed.

    Thanks to all.
     
  24. KBintheSLC

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    I love shooting .22. I started out on one at the age of 4, and now... 25 years later I still shoot it every time I go out. Its not just a price thing either. I love my beefed up Ruger 10/22, and my MKIII target model. Of course, they don't completely replace the .308, .223, 12ga, and my beloved 9mm. But the .22 is my most widely used round... and NO, it's not boring to shoot.
     
  25. Dr.Rob

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    .22's are still fun, but yeah you have to get 'off the bench' with them to really make it challenging. On the plus side you can still buy 500 rounds for 10 bucks... and thats a LOT of practice. Some one suggested reactive targets... pop cans are what I grew up shooting.. make them dance, knock them in the air and hit them before they hit the ground. Animal crackers make a fine target for a young shooter.. and really teaching new shooters is what the .22 is all about! So if YOU are bored, YOU need to teach more kids (or newbies) to shoot! Try a bag of cheap lollipops set into the berm at 100 yards... or 150. Pop the top off a Dum-Dum at 100? Offhand? That's shooting. Pushing the limits of what you can accomplish with a rimfire? That's just FUN. Rifle golf has already been discussed... but if everyone has their own ball.. start at 25 yards, object is to move ball over 100 yard finish line first. You need bucket of range balls, spray painted your fave neon color, a 22 and a couple boxes of ammo and a friend or two.
     
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