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therhino 12-09-2010 03:05 PM

Can you clue me in to your firing "habits"?
I'm back with another question, all. Annoying newbies!

I'm still trying to decide on my first .22 rifle, and am now at the point where I have a couple clear options. All are older rifles with solid reputations, but one defining factor amongst them is how rounds are loaded. Some of the rifles I'm looking at are tube-fed, and others have removable magazines.
I'm trying to decide which I prefer.

For example, one of the rifles I'm looking at is the Mossberg 151MB. Tube magazine. The tube is listed as being able to hold 10-14 rounds. That seems like plenty, but how long is the reload time between magazines?

Another model I'm looking at is the Springfield 84C. This one has a removable magazine, which would allow me to purchase multiples, load them all at once, and fire all of the rounds in a short amoutn of time. 10-round mags are the max capacity, though, and they are about $20 per.

I'm unsure which route to go in. On the one hand, I like the tube magazine, because it's integrated into the rifle, and cannot be lost. I do not like the length of reload time.
On the other hand, I'm familiar with removable magazine rifles, having carried 180 round loads of 5.56mm for four years of my life with my M16A2.

I think the deciding factor will be general firing habits, so that's where I need your advice. When you're out in the back yard, or at the range, how much ammo do you have loaded into removable mags at any one time? Do you load 2-4 mags at once and fire out?
How long is your typical reload time when using a tube-fed rifle?

Obviously, I know reload time isn't a huge issue for .22LR ammo, since it's not a "combat" rifle. I won't be repelling the Red Horde with this thing. I'll be plinking cans and bottles in my back yard. But, ease of use and time spent is still important.

Thanks in advance for any advice or insight you can throw at me.

Jo da Plumbr 12-09-2010 03:24 PM

If you are used to an M16 I'm suprised you are not wanting an auto loder.

birdie 12-09-2010 03:28 PM

go ruger 1022 i wouldnt consider any antiquated tube fed. Also you can trick one out wit all kinds of neat stuff!

cpttango30 12-09-2010 03:30 PM

you can get speed loaders for the tube mag feed rifles you know that right?

Spee-D-Loader Spee-D-6 22 Caliber Tube Magazine Rifle Ammunition Loader Polymer Clear - MidwayUSA

don't you have kids? They are my speed loaders.

cpttango30 12-09-2010 03:33 PM


Originally Posted by birdie (Post 399895)
go ruger 1022 i wouldnt consider any antiquated tube fed. Also you can trick one out wit all kinds of neat stuff!

I bet a 151 will shoot rings around most stock 10/22's. How is tube feed so antiquated? Sure it has been around for a long time so has mag feed rifles. IIRC the first machine gun (Gatlin) was mag feed.

The tube feed is also a very good feeding system. Most of which is fewer problems with crapy mags or bent feed lips because some one dropped them.

birdie 12-09-2010 03:39 PM

well you cant usually find aftermarket stocks or upgrades for tube fed rifles if thats fine wit you then thats perfect for you. I always want to soup up my stuff and also most stock stuff is soso imho.

Fisherking 12-09-2010 03:48 PM

For me shooting is a stress reliver. I enjoy my time shooting and don't want to be rushed. I find the reloading of magazines alows the barrel to cool.
But to your question I usaly load 2 mags of ten shoot both and reload.
P.S. when I get in the mood for some real target practice I pull out the smoke polls which take a while to reload and shoot. I definatly don't want to waist a shot so I find this helps improve my trigger control and sight acusition, aswell as my mental wellbeing.

therhino 12-09-2010 03:50 PM

Thanks for the fast ideas, all.

While I'm familiar with assault and combat rifles, I just don't need one right now. I'm starting small with a .22 so I can plink quietly in the woods without disturbing anyone, get my marksmanship fundamentals back, and teach the wife to shoot. .223 would be ok for her, but much more expensive to practice with, and require a better backstop than 5 acres of woods behind the house.

I was not aware they had speedloaders for tube feeds. Thanks! No kids, either. Maybe in a couple years.

The Ruger 10/22 just isn't my style. Sure, it's high-speed, low-drag, but I can't see the utility in tricking out a .22LR rifle with picatinny rails, flashlight mounts, laser sights, and flare launchers. ;) I like the old stuff in a .22. Something I can do some restoration work on, and point at and say "That rifle is older than my dad, but still fires true."
Now, if I ever step up into the .223 arena again, I'll definitely be taking a hard look at the Mini-14 ranch rifles.

birdie 12-09-2010 03:56 PM

well I see your point i have an old 22 I payed $15 for when i was about 12. it still serves me well and i have refinished the stock and rebluded the bbl, it shoots good after many thousand rounds.

dteed4094 12-10-2010 01:19 AM

I have 4 tube fed, 3 single shots, 2 mag fed. I wish the mag fed were tube fed. It takes longer for me to load a mag than it does a tube with twice as many rounds. Pull the plunger, dump in the rounds, slide the plunger in and go.

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