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What makes a 22 LR rifle or pistol fun?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Waterboy3313, Oct 24, 2020.

  1. Danwin22

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    I use old circular saw blades for steel targets. Make sure you bolt them to angle iron or a post so that the center hole is covered. Otherwise, theres always that guy who claims his shots went through the center hole.
     
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  2. Waterboy3313

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    That sounds like a good idea. I will have to research targets and distances.
     
  3. aarondhgraham

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    Hey Waterboy3313,,,

    I've attached a .pdf file of the targets I shoot at,,,
    The "official" distances for Rimfire Silhouette are on the targets.

    Some folk set them up at 25, 50, 75, and 100 yards,,,
    Ten shots at each target for a total of 40 points possible.

    Have fun,,,

    Aarond

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  4. Spats McGee

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    We've gone way to long without pictures in this thread:
    [​IMG] Two Rugers 001.jpeg Sunday Funday 001.jpg
     
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  5. d2wing

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    My gun club has rimfire turkey shoots, I try to be the first guy to win. I have been doing that with my CZ 452 Lux and also with a American. I also enter competitions when I can. I also have a Remington 540XR that I shoot for groups.
     
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  6. Waterboy3313

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    Awesome thank you. I will definitely be trying this out. I've always really wanted to try some competitions but have never really belonged to any clubs or know anyone involved. This would be fun to setup and run at my own pace to have some practice if I ever did decide to try something official.
     
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  7. GE-Mini-Gun

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    I have (2) 22’s that go with me every time I go shooting…Ruger MKIV 22/45 and a Ruger Pocket 10/22. If I don’t shoot any of the “bigger” guns, always shoot one of these, their just so much fun. Both have red dots on them…just put the dot on what you want to hit and pull the trigger, plus as other have mentioned, they can be shot all day for $50
     
  8. Waterboy3313

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    I picked up my rough rider 22lr/22wmr today. I got home and cleaned it up. I think this has to be the dirtiest new gun I've seen yet. I'm not complaining about it as the price was right and I'm looking forward to having some fun with it. The front sight needs some paint to brighten bit up. IMG_20201103_154955805.jpg
     
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  9. Ignition Override

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    .22 handgun: hitting metal objects which ring a bit. Or a tiny object at 20-40 feet.

    .22 rifle: having the ability to see an impact on a solid object (dusty impact, if target not hit) or water at 50-100 yards, or more.
     
  10. Waterboy3313

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    I always liked shooting my 357 at 100+ yards when it was really wet with some nice low green grass/weeds. Very easy to see the hits or misses in the ground.

    I've been doing quite a bit of reading lately on my 597. It's amazing to read several reviews from several different people. Some swear that it's better than the 10/22 other than the accessories available. Others laugh it off. I laughed mostly at the people that write like they have never fired an actual round. I might consider picking up a laminate thumbhole stock and upgrading the scope and see how it runs.

    Last weekend when I bought the pistol I should have picked up some 22lr ammo. All they had tody was 50 round boxes of copper cci meat eater. I did also pick up a 50 round box of 22mag for fun as I don't have any or ever had a reason to have any. I'm curious to try both and see how it works.
     
  11. DMW1116

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    My 22 pistol is the only gun I've been able to use to cut a playing card. Now it goes when I go. I also have a rifle I plan to set up for long range, which for me with a 22 is 200 yards. The only thing to worry about with a 22 is if it hit.
     
  12. Waterboy3313

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    Did some experimenting today. Shot my new rough rider 22LR and 22 mag. The pistol was pretty fun and accurate enough. Didn't shoot too much I had .223 to work up. I did find out the conversion kit in a 24 inch heavy wylde barrel is disappointing as can be out at 50 yards.

    I guess I'm going to have to get the old 597 out if I'm going to do any 22 work beyond pistol distance. Maybe it will get a scope and stock upgrade if shoots decent.
     
  13. 22-rimfire

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    If you are pretty much convinced that you like shooting the 22LR in handguns, get yourself something accurate and probably a double action revolver like the S&W M617/M17. The only interesting guns are accurate guns as they say. A Ruger Mark III heavy barrel would be a good start with a 22 target pistol. I have the Mark II.

    On the rifle front, AR's are fun, but get yourself a sporter, scope it, and try your luck. There are lots of really good (or I should say predictably good) accurate 22 rifles around. No stock 10/22's other than to plink away. It is fun to cut loose from time to time and destroy a soda can at distance.

    For me it is very satisfying to make dime sized groups at 50 yds consistently. Pretty hard to do in reality with any consistency.
     
  14. Waterboy3313

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    That's kind of what I have in mind. I do my best and try to have fun while I'm at it. I shoot quite regularly in normal times but I never said I was good at it. I have a few rifles on my wish list but a nice accurate bolt 22lr has now been added.

    The single action pistol is fun and probably more accurate than I am. The slow reloading/unloading process is definitely different than what I am used to. My goal for this low budget pistol is nothing more than fun. I have other pistols to go to when I'm in a hurry.
     
  15. DMW1116

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    FWIW, a single action 22 revolver was what my grandfather carried rabbit hunting. He would only shoot if the rabbit got out ahead far enough to sit and wait for the dogs, or for snakes. Once a year or so he would carry a si gle shot 20 gauge, but I never actually saw him use it.
     
  16. Waterboy3313

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    I like the pistol. It was fun. Kind of weird holding a pistol almost the size of my 357 and not feeling any recoil at all. I switched over to the magnum cylinder and I feel a little bit of a bump. From the few rounds I put through it today I have to lean towards the LR ammo as from my experience it seemed a bit better for accuracy. I would have expected the magnum ammo to be more accurate.

    I did manage to take out a few clays at about 20-25 yards. About that time 3 guys dressed in tacticool gear started jumping around firing a ton of pistols and made me lose my concentration. I packed it up to go back another day.
     
  17. Mars5l

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    I like shooting my 6" Rough Rider, I just hate loading and unloading it. The plus side though it takes a long time to even go thru a 100 rd rack of .22 shorts. I don't have the magnum cylinder though
     
  18. DMW1116

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    I still need one of those.
     
  19. George P

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    I like my S&W Model 17/K-22 Masterpiece so much, I bought another. Nice thing revolvers, they make scarce ammo last longer at the range
     
  20. Danwin22

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    I never owned one but always thought the top-break H&R 999 would be the ideal choice for easy loading and unloading in a .22 revolver.

    A single action is slow to load/unload but is much faster than a black powder cap and ball revolver.
     
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  21. If1HitU

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    It's cheap shooting what I like about shooting .22's, revolvers,pistols & rifles!
     
  22. Waterboy3313

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    I've said it before but when I'm out at the range I enjoy being there I'm not in a hurry. If it takes me 2 hours to to shoot 50 rounds I'm ok with that. It's until the squirrels show up acting crazy that puts me in hurry to pack up and leave. I actually get there a little bit early so I can take my time setting up and hopefully get what I want to get done before dangerous clowns arrive.

    Loading and unloading the roughrider is a bit different and much slower that I was
     
  23. TeaCoffee.Guy

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    I've said before but I will say it again - There are some types of shooting that ONLY the .22 can do! No other gun can do it!
    For example - shooting a small animal or bird with out blowing a big hole through it, or discreetly killing pests with out making a lot of noise.
    Also the .22 can be held steady during recoil which is something that you can't do with any other kind of gun (including a pellet gun.)
    I am a student of history and the .22 has a proud history. That's why I would recommend keeping a .22 for "old times sake".
    I keep my .22 rifle by my bed so that I can look at every day.
     
  24. General Geoff

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    To me, .22lr is fun because it allows you to hone your breathing, stance, grip, trigger control, natural point of aim, and above all, precision, without the distraction of heavy blast and recoil.

    If I could only ever use one caliber for the rest of my life, it'd be .22lr
     
  25. Waterboy3313

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    I've noticed the roughrider feels much like like my GP100 when it had the original factory grips while holding it in my hand. I mostly shoot my gp100 single action. Biggest difference is loading/unloading and the sights.

    The roughrider sights are not the greatest. I painted the front sight red to hopefully see it better next time out. I've now probably put 120ish rounds through it and it seems to be pretty decent. I shot my fair share or clay pigeons out to about 35 yards and shot some groups at 7 yards on paper. I'm not sure if its just me but when I swap out cylinders to the magnum ammo it seems the accuracy dropped off. I went into this thinking that it would have been the opposite.
     
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