A change of Caliber---who needs a 22 anyway

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by Triumphman, Jun 7, 2014.

  1. Triumphman

    Triumphman Active Member

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    With the shortfall of finding 22lr regularly on any shelf, I've decided months back to let dust settle on ALL of my 22LR Rifles.

    Don't get me wrong, I love my little 22's and I'm not selling or giving them up. I do have some bulk 22lr to get me through for next few years, I'm just doing what comes natural with a hunter/plinker/target shooter. I'm going to a different caliber to get my enjoyment and save what can't be found easily in the area. I'm not standing in any lines just to get some crap 22LR.

    I'm finding boatloads of 17HMR everywhere I turn, and I've got the gun for it. It's a little Marlin VRX 17HMR and with a BSA Sweet 17(3-12x40AO) it's quite deadly. Dropped quite a few Squirrels, Coons, Groundhog with it so far. I'd use it on Deer if my State allowed it. For such a small bullet, it really packs a punch---close and at distance.

    I've been grabbing a couple 50rd packs each time I go to town.
    This way I've put the brakes on all the "neckbeards" who think I need their overpriced 22.

    So who else has changed calibers, temporarily or permanently, so as to keep enjoying pulling the trigger when you want?
     
  2. BRL

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    I went to my pellet rifle for some inexpensive plinking fun without having the hassle of trying to acquire some overpriced and difficult to locate .22LR ammo.

    Still lots of fun! :)

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  3. godale

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    been shooting my savage 17 hmr for 2 years now. 22s collecting dust. it too has a bsa 3x12x40 scope on it
     

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  4. clr8ter

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    Huh. Around here, anything rimfire is in short supply. I have not seen a box of 22 mag for sale in about 18 months. LR is spotty, at best, same with HMR, and I have never laid eyes on a box of 17 WSM. Right now, the only things at (somewhat) reasonable prices and in good supply is 9, 40, & 5.56.

    Fortunately, with the amount I shoot, my 5-800 rounds each of the rim fires I shoot will last me a few years.
     
  5. DrFootball

    DrFootball disappointed & disgusted, But DETERMINED... Lifetime Supporter

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    Been shooting 9MM, 38Spl., 45LC, and .410 bore, and 20Ga. All have been easy to get as well as 40S&W now, 38+P/.357, .45ACP( a little), 12Ga. 9 MM+P, just laying off the 3 Rifle Catagories I have(.223/5.56, .30-06, and .308/7.62),. And shooting less 22. I've also considered one of the .17's...
    I've got some Extra PMC Bronze and Silver in different calibers from the first batch of Ammo I bought as an Arizonian,..starting to shoot that to save newer Ammo bought in the last 12-18 months. I never shoot more then a few rounds of HD/SD Ammo per Caliber/Gun each time out. Still,..If I only shoot half of what I bring Each trip, I can still get a hernia carrying it back out to the car and home. For the first Yr. We were here I just only Shot 9, and some of the 22. Then we decided not to leave all the older guns home anymore.


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  6. wknight40

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    Wanting a .22 myself but as mentioned it is hard to find. Been looking at some high powered BB/Pellet guns in the same price range. Quieter and just as deadly.
     
  7. DrFootball

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    There is a new Umarex out that I'd love, as well as the new Gamo,...for the occasional Rodent or Snake...but here we can use a 22LR or 22Mag. In our yards if confronted with a pest, according to our County's administrative dep. Undersheriff. I had to take out a Gray Baby King Snake the first month we were here.....I still have a colony of Gecko's here,..the entire sub section does,..about 20 homes on 4 Streets,..and none of them talk or tell jokes...one once jumped off a tree onto Gator by accident and then jumped off his back and ran up and over an 8.5ft Dividing wall before being caught and eaten for a snack..


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  8. DrFootball

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    The guns aren't hard to find. It's just new models aren't cheap any more. For the most part the $125 22 is gone...unless it's used. Right around $200 gets you a new Basic 10/22., $240-$260 with a different finish,..and it goes up from there. Many vendors are giving ammo with the purchases. Mossberg is running a promo( or was) on any of there 22LR Semi's, 300 Rds. Of CCI Mini-Mag RN's and on the 715 series it was 300 CCI AR Tactical...decide what you want and go from there. Shoot a 22 Match this season so the sub-set of the sport grows and more folks offer Steel 22 shoots as well as Bullseye. Buy,..but be wise...


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  9. Overkill0084

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    I've been putting all the old airguns to use more than usual.

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  10. JTJ

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    I have plenty of 22lr but have not been able to get out to the outdoor shooting range much. Have to go in the morning or it is too hot and my mornings have been busy. I have been going to the indoor range some in the afternoon but usually dont shoot more than 50-100 rounds. I cant shoot reactive targets at the indoor range. I have a range pass so it is affordable. 9mm and 223 are as cheap or cheaper than 22 mag or 17hmr and I can reload them. I would like to have a 9mm carbine and have been looking for a Kel Tec Sub 2000 with Beretta mags at a decent price. The Beretta CX4 is nice but too pricey. I have been shooting my Mini 14 playing with different sights but I really need the outdoor range for that.
    I do shoot my 22 cal pellet rifle in the garage. I have 10 yards and a good bullet trap.
     
  11. Hookeye

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    Love the .22 shortage :)

    Got a 10/22 DSP fingergroove (factory checkered) and a Mk 1 6 7/8" at steal prices due to old timers dumping them (due to ammo price/shortage).
     
  12. Mercator

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    Getting 22 LR is not a problem. It is in shorter supply than before, but enough to feed any motivated gun owner. If you go with 17, woe to the ground chuck, otherwise smaller holes in your targets, and forget the semi autos or any handguns. (Except for a "just for you" revolver). That said, jumping calibers is an emotional process, and I shall not delve any deeper. Good shooting! M
     
  13. tuck2

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    I have lived out in the country or small towns most of my life. Early on I started getting catalogs and would order rim fire rifle ammo when it was on sale whenever I could. After getting a computer it was even handier to find good buys . I was lucky, I ordered ammo by the case before the big price increases. My best buy was Eley 17 HM2 ammo fore less than $ 4.00 per box . I m not changing any shooting , I have plenty of rimfire 17 HM2, 17 HMR, 22 LR HP PP , and 22 WMR ammo. But my shooting of the new CZ 527 Varmint 17 Hornet is somewhat limited , I only have gotten ten boxes of Hornady ammo and one box of brass.
     
  14. John_Deer

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    Even at $60 for a brick of 22lr ammo it is still cheaper than any other caliber. That is why people are buying 22lr at inflated prices. The cheapest centerfire ammo I saw at a quick glance was 24 cents a round. Changing calibers to avoid overpaying for 22lr is like cutting your nose off to spite your face.

    22 lr supplies are picking up. Most of the LGS in thise area are charging under $50 a brick for 22lr. Now the LGS needs to start getting more than 3 bricks at a time.
     
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  15. tenchi

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    i might give 17hmr a try seeing as the price gap between the two has closed.
     
  16. DrFootball

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    No trouble buying 22LR ammo the past 6 weeks, between A Regional Gun show, and Big 5, we picked up 3 small bricks(at the gun show-225 Remington Golden Bullets, and Winchester WB 2-222's last week at Big 5..ya just gotta look around.


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  17. JTJ

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    I remember when a 50 round box of 22lr was 50 cents for the good stuff. I also remember when gas was 25 cents a gallon, bread was 10 cents a loaf and 2 packs of cigarettes were a quarter. You could order a firearm from Sears or other mail order businesses and it would be delivered by the US Postal Service with no damn forms to fill out. Damn, I'm old.
     
  18. clr8ter

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    And how much did the hay cost for your horse to get you to work?:D
     
  19. kbd512

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    I haven't owned a .22 LR in years. Everything .22 caliber that I shoot is now 5.56MM.

    I mostly use Federal M193, although I also use Remington and Winchester. It's more a case of what's available, than anything else. Just about every place that sells ammo around here has Federal, Remington and/or Winchester 5.56MM or .223. My Colt loves it and it makes me pretty happy, too.

    The Federal 5.56MM and .223 cartridges are slightly less expensive than Federal 9MM FMJ, as prices go. Remington and Winchester always seem to cost a little more, but they're all high quality.

    As long as our munitions manufacturing plants keep pumping out 5.56MM, 9MM, and 7.62MM at reasonable prices I'll be happy to purchase it.
     
  20. donthav1

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    I still have enough 22LR that I bought long before the crisis began to keep me going for awhile, but even so I don't shoot them as much now.

    38 special was crazy abundant for the last year, so I bought a nice S&W 10-8. absolutely love that gun, my new favorite range toy. for long range stuff, I reload .223 costing me about $0.15 round & put it through my Savage 25.

    the 22 shortage isn't the crisis to me that it seems to be for a lot of people, I'll happily shoot my 9, 38, & 223