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FLIPCO 05-08-2014 01:10 AM

Why own or buy a .22LR firearm?
 
So I'd like to know why bother owning or planning on buying a .22LR firearm when it won't do much if there never or barely ever is any .22LR ammo available???

The way I see it is if you own a firearm and love to shoot it, then wouldn't it be great if you can actually enjoy it rather than stare at it cause you have no ammo for it or bitch online that there never is any ammo available to purchase. And what happens if you do by chance get a hold of some .22LR ammo, you go to shoot it cause you've been eager to shoot that .22LR firearm you have and all of a sudden you are back to staring or bitching that there is no more ammo all over again.

I see way too many posts about people looking to buy a .22LR rifle or pistol but do they even think about if any ammo is available???....probably not.

I owned a .22LR rifle about 15+ years ago. It was a Feather Industries AT-22 and it was fun to shoot cause back then, ammo was always available for .22LR.....but times have changed and IMO, owning a .22LR firearm is just not worth it cause I love to shoot my firearms and not stare at them wondering when will I shoot them ever again.

Axxe55 05-08-2014 01:15 AM

simple. many of us have owned 22's for many years. i still own a couple and just because ammo is scarce right now, i'm still not selling them.

ammo isn't going to be scarce forever and those gouging and hoarding trying to make a buck are going to end up stuck with their overpriced ammo at some point. they will be off-loading it to try and save some loss in what they invested.

i may be limiting my shooting of my 22's right now, but i refuse to pay gougers and scalpers prices to shoot. my guns don't cost me a thing to sit in the rack and be ready for when there is some ammo to buy at a reasonable price.

therewolf 05-08-2014 01:17 AM

So, you're going to bail out on all calibers you have difficulty

obtaining ammo for, from time to time?

There's a lot of reasons to own a 22LR. What about

when 22LR is more available, and other calibers are

HTF?

22LRs are great for training noobs, plinking, and target.


All we have to do to get 22LR back is elect a better

president.

Mercator 05-08-2014 01:17 AM

I wouldn't try to persuade or dissuade you. Only FYI: The 22 LR ammo is available, you can get as much as you want, if not necessarily at a Walmart or Rural King near you. It costs more now, but still a lot less per round than the centerfire ammo.

molonlabexx 05-08-2014 01:59 AM

.22 is a great option for training when ammo gets expensive or rare to find (Sandy Hook etc.)

The problem is, as we all know, .22 is hard to find. Bricks can still be had for near the normal price (500 rnds 15-25$)

aandabooks 05-08-2014 02:33 AM

I'm not sure how many I own but it is at least 10. I enjoy shooting .22 and I look at it this way. You're next nearest cost per round for commercial ammo is either 9mm or .17hmr for $.26 per round. Even if you're paying $.10 per round for .22 you're still way cheaper than the next closest.

Missouribound 05-08-2014 02:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FLIPCO (Post 1571992)
So I'd like to know why bother owning or planning on buying a .22LR firearm when it won't do much if there never or barely ever is any .22LR ammo available???

Although it seems that way now, it wasn't always that way and it won't always be that way. Actually it's starting to come back.:)

KG7IL 05-08-2014 02:36 AM

I have enough ammo and replace it regularly. I frequent a country sporting goods store. It has a two box limit of each type. (e.g. 38 gr (2) boxes, 40 gr (2) boxes.
Price is right for today. I am still buying more than I shoot/plink.

My last two purchases were .22 lr Ruger 10/22 and Ruger 22/45. I'd like to get a MP15-22 or whatever.

Missouribound 05-08-2014 02:37 AM

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Originally Posted by molonlabexx (Post 1572037)
. Bricks can still be had for near the normal price (500 rnds 15-25$)

:eek: Where? Who? How?
If you can buy a brick for $15, I'll send you $30 for it...and pay the shipping.
I promise.

windjammer69 05-08-2014 03:09 PM

22 ammo is not that hard to find. For the previous 10 years I would only have 500 rounds on hand, but when the supply was supposed to be hard to find I just started, in February 2013, buying 22 ammo(Bricks ,100 & 50 count) when I found it to date I have bought 725 (3 boxes) Federal Mach Auto, 1000 (2 Boxes) Remington Thunderbolt, 1000 (2 Boxes) Winchester HV, and 1000 Aguila (2 Bricks) from LGS. And 1200 CCI 40 gr. & 1200 CCI 36 gr. HP from Walmart.
Not to mention I have seen bricks and boxes that I didn't buy, because the price got up over $0.08 per round. The most expensive where the CCI at $7.49 per 100. Yep at Walmart.
That is over 6000 the last year, if you cant find it then you are not looking.
Also in that time I have added two 22 LR hand guns and built an AR-15, in 22LR.


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