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Old 05-29-2011, 02:56 AM   #1
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Default Rifle 22 worth it or not?

Hi I am thinking of home security or just fun toy.

I am planning on selling my 30-30 and picking up a 22 rifle to replace it. I don't know a lot about guns so kinda starting from scratch. I have been hunting and know how to clean/maintain a gun just not up on all the diff names and types.

The 22 should be cheap to target shoot and the ammo will work in my pistol. But not a huge stopping power I know but think hollow points would help(but still a 22)

But I don't want a normal rifle I am looking at one of the following

Gsg Gerg2210ak47 Ak47 Carbine
Gsg Gerg522sdb22 Gsg522-sd S-auto
S&W M&P15-22 PC 22LR 18" FHB 10RD

The reason for those is they just look cool. With the price of a real AK47 I might be able to get all three of the above.

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Old 05-29-2011, 09:52 AM   #2
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Default Keep both!

My first reaction is keep both! A 30-30 will get the job done. You also have a wide selection of ammo that can be tailored to your application.
However, never underestimate the power of the 22 rimfire. It's as old a guns, and is proboblly the most popular carthridge in the world. You won't get knock-down power.
The DC Museum shooting is a prime example. Nut enters the museum with a 22 rifle, shoots and kills one guard. Several other guards respond with multiple shots, hitting the nut several times with their 9mm. The nut lives!
The splatter from a 22, hitting a car door, nearly killed Pres. Reagen.
I still get supprised when I see a 22 out-penetrate 45 and 40 jhp's when fired into wet or dry phone-books.....

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Scenario: Original Poster in a pen with a 125# wild hog and OP has a choice of 2 firearms. One is a 30-30, the other is a .22.
Most would choose the 30-30 as a defense weapon.

Now, put OP with a 200# drugged up person in the same pen with the intent to kill the OP. What weapon would he choose?

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In that case, yes most definately. But when time came for slaughtering hogs, bigdaddy chose either the backside of an axe, or a 22 right between the eyes. They rolled over just as nice.....

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Default Keep the 30/30 & buy a 10/22

I'd keep the 30/30 and buy a Ruger 10/22. There are plenty of after market stocks and accessories out there to turn it into a "cool looking" piece. I've got a Choate fixed stock with a pistol grip and extended magazine release lever on mine and mounted a picatinny rail on it (I have a Millett 3 MOA red dot sight mounted on it). It's stock otherwise. I painted it and the 25 round magazines woodland camouflage. I've got a fixed 4x32 scope I put on it if I want to, both stay on zero, or close enough to it to make head shots on squirrels at 25 yards (might be able to at 50, but have never had to try).

I don't use it for home defense, but certainly would if it was all I had.

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I have a glock and a 12ga so home defense this would not be the first choice.

Looking at prices I can get a normal looking rifle for less money but I don't mind paying a bit more for the coolness factor.

I bought the 30/30 8-10 years ago and I have shoot it 30-40 times and that was right after I got it. Got it to go deer hunting but turns out I don't like doing that. So I don't see a reason keep it.

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I have a glock and a 12ga so home defense this would not be the first choice.

Looking at prices I can get a normal looking rifle for less money but I don't mind paying a bit more for the coolness factor.

I bought the 30/30 8-10 years ago and I have shoot it 30-40 times and that was right after I got it. Got it to go deer hunting but turns out I don't like doing that. So I don't see a reason keep it.
In that case, you're pretty well equipped otherwise for defense. Go ahead and sell the 30-30. There's not much sense in keeping a firearm you don't use.

I have the S&W 15-22. It is more fun than a barrel of monkeys. I can't say enough good things about it.
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I know I misspoke on the first post. I don't really need it for home defense (unless the zombie horde arrives)

That S&W 15-22 does look good, but the Mossberg is nice looking. I am going to see if the LGS has them in stock so I can get hands on.

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10-22's are junk, if your looking for a good 22 rifle go with a marlin lever action that shoots short,lr,and long(mag) shells. You will love the reliability,accuracy,and longevity. As far as home security and self defense matters then I would choose a good pistol like 9mm .40 .44 .45 etc . I have a smith and wesson 9mm model 5906 so accurate that i can shoot plink the bottom of a beer can 45 yards away. Is that much? Im still testing the capability of myself and the firearm. Good Luck!

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The .30-30 was THE ORIGINAL HOME DEFENSE ROUND!!!
You want a bad guy DRT, it'll do it...in spades. Worked quite well on the indigenous Amerind Tribes, as we Creeks can well attest

If you want a .22lr for plinking, there is NO Better Deal than the Marlin 795.
$129 regular price, $99 on sale all over the USA. Marlin also gives a $25 rebate coupon on their website.

Plenty of accessories...just look at mine, and I'm not even finished with it yet...


Ramline folding stock, Razor Sling, Marlin Adjustable Target Rear Sight, DIP adjustable target 3/8" trigger & trigger guard...
I've just not decided on the Red Dot scope I'll end up using...

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