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Poll: do you own a .22 ?

do you own a .22 ?

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#1 Hippie3

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 10:25 AM

ok right off i know some will get off into exotic calibers and expensive guns
but that's not what this is about.
this is about the lowly .22 caliber, handgun and rifle.
your basic cheap common .22 is the workhorse of the farm arsenal.
it's lethal enough to handle almost anything you might encounter
assuming you don't live in bear/lion country.
but stray dogs / coyotes, raccoons, possum, snakes, snapping turtles
are far more likely targets of the average homesteader.
and a couple shots from a .22 will put down any of those, no problem.
as well as squirrel, and rabbit if you need food.

another nice feature-
.22 ammo is small enough to stuff 1000 rounds in your vehicle's glovebox,
or about 3000-4000 in a backpack.
500 round bricks are easy to find and cheap,
often only about ten bucks.

the .22 comes in many forms-
handguns [revolvers and automatics
and rifles [bolt action, auto.]
at least one of each is a good home investment.

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 10:35 AM

one of the most useful,
the ruger 10-22 has many options,
you can add a scope, sling,
folding stock, even 30 round clips.
lightweight too.
i prefer stainless steel finish, no rust problems.
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Posted 14 August 2009 - 10:42 AM

the ruger mark III makes a good side-arm.
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Posted 14 August 2009 - 10:42 AM

one of the most useful,
the ruger 10-22 has many options,
you can add a scope, sling,
folding stock, even 30 round clips.
lightweight too.
i prefer stainless steel finish, no rust problems.
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I have a 10/22 Hip w/ 30 rnd mag, wood stock and blued barrel. Most reliable firearm I own. Great little plinker. Got it from Wal-Mart for $150.
I also have a Beretta 76W .22 semi-auto but it has a problem with jamming.

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 10:46 AM

Blue the barrel on that 10/22 and it's identicle to mine.

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 10:47 AM

mine's got a 'scope on it atm .

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 10:48 AM

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 10:48 AM

I had one but removed it. I seem to be better with the iron sights. :lol:

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 10:52 AM

it is, for most purposes.
just been teaching wifey how to zero in a 'scope.

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 10:55 AM

.22 derringer
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bought one of these several years ago,
5 shots, hollow point .22 LR
and i can fit it inside my wallet...
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Posted 14 August 2009 - 10:56 AM

We have a Smith and Wesson 36 cal. Out at Ma's till I get off parole.
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It's only a 5 round piece, so I would like to invest in something
a little more applicable.
The .22 is practical. Use to have one looooong time ago.
Your sure right about it being the universal caliber. Even the Hilte nail gun (among others) uses .22 cartridges.
Definitely a worthy investment.

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 11:01 AM

A .22LR in the pocket is better than a .44 Magnum at home in a drawer.

#13 Hippie3

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 11:01 AM

i omited mentioning
the .22 is perfect for humanely dispatching your livestock,
when it's time to harvest a chicken or even a 250 pound pig
a single shot to the brain gets the job done
with a minimum mess and risk.

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 11:01 AM

I have 6 22's now, 5 from my Dad's collection. One is a Winchester lever action...

I've owned a 10-22- absolutely wonderful firearm- exwife stole it. My personal one is a Remington 597 with scope and a 30rd mag.

There are, IMHO, two long guns every owner should have- a 12 or 20 gauge shotgun (I prefer pumps) and a 22.

Covers just about all circumstances.

Frank has a 10-22 with all the tactical shit- it's right cute...

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 11:02 AM

My mom carries a little derringer in .38. It's only 2 shots though.

That thing hurts like a sumbitch when you fire it man!! If someone is more than 5 feet away your chance of hitting them reduce to nil. :lol:

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 11:04 AM

.22 derringer
naa22lrrevolverandkeysace.jpg
bought one of these several years ago,
5 shots, hollow point .22 LR
and i can fit it inside my wallet...
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Yeah, those are sweet. The CCI stinger hollow points make it quite useful...

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 11:12 AM

This is a cool little .22 I want to pick up.
Henry AR-7 survival rifle. The whole thing breaks apart and fits in the butt-stock. Has a 10 rnd mag as well. Once in the butt-stock, it can float in water.
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Posted 14 August 2009 - 11:19 AM

the cowboy revolver- another fav of mine.
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tough, never jams.
and it looks good in a holster too
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Posted 14 August 2009 - 11:23 AM

what caliber and make is that old single action revolver? The hole looks bigger than .22, but it could just be the pic.

edited to say: I love that hex barrell!


The only .22 I have is an old remington pump action rifle. I paid $100 for it back in the early 90s.

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Posted 14 August 2009 - 11:25 AM

it's a .22 like every other gun i've posted in this thread
believe that's another ruger.
i like rugers.
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