Rimfire Recommendations

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by Duke, Apr 7, 2007.

  1. Duke

    Duke Guest

    I am looking for suggestions on which rimfire manufacture and model I should buy.

    I like to squireel and gopher hunt but my hand me down 1950's .22 is not accurate at all.
  2. UncleWho

    UncleWho Guest


    Have you figured out why your 1950's .22 is not accurate? It would be a waste of your money to buy a newer gun without knowing for sure what is wrong with the old one. There may be some simple and low-cost things you can do to improve your current gun.

    Is it a bolt-action, lever action, or what?

    Uncle Who

  3. rickwillis

    rickwillis Guest

    What brand and model is your old .22?
  4. Declaration Day

    Declaration Day Guest

    I've had a Savage Mark 2 bolt action for about seven years now. I have about 20,000 rounds through it and it's deadly accurate. Beautiful rifle too.
  5. ScotZ

    ScotZ New Member

    Unless you are using 22 cal birdshot. 22's are not that great to hunt squirrels with. They will travel a GREAT distance in the air if you miss. (it happens:) )

    Just not a safe practice unless you are way out in the sticks and then you still never know. I used to hunt squirrel with an Ithaca single shot 410.

    Good luck in what ever you decide
  6. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Well-Known Member

    You may have severe leading in your barrel. A good foaming cleaner may do wonders for your accuracy. I have an old JC Higgens .22lr (1950's) that my dad bought used in 1970. The accuracy was always pretty good, but after using a foaming cleaner it became exceptional. Lots of folks use to shoot them and just put them in the closet when they were done. The build-up of Lead and powder fouling can, and probably is built up in layers. A .22lr is a great small game load out to 50-70 yards max. Your problem may also be the ammo you are using. Rifles can be finicky that way. I would suggest a good cleaning including the bolt, and buy a box of say 5 brands/types of ammo and see what happens! If you need instructions on breaking down the rifle for cleaning PM me or Numrich has lots of materiel on their site. Good luck, Jim
  7. lionslayer

    lionslayer New Member

    ScotZ's concern for safety is commendable, but his advice to use .22 birdshot for squirrel hunting is worth what you paid for it. .22 "snakeshot" loads are not effective on squirrels or any other critter more robust than a butterfly, not even on snakes, except maybe at muzzle contact range. The tiny shot pellets carry no energy beyond powder burn range, and are inhumane as well as ineffective. Your .22 squirrel load should be a solid or hollow point bullet, and should be fired by a weapon/shooter combination of sufficient accuracy to consistently make meat-saving head shots to the range of the tallest trees in your hunting habitat. (You're responsible for every projectile launched, and people do miss on occassion, so if you can't tell the real or imaginary guy next to you where your bullet is going to end up, hit or miss, you shouldn't pull the trigger.) This is probably somewhere in the range of a 2" group at 50 yards, easily achievable by most modern scope-sighted .22 rifles in reasonably capable hands (generally, you'll have handy trees available to use as rests...). You can hardly go wrong with a Ruger 10/22 --- reasonably accurate out of the box, awful triggers easily improved by any village black/gunsmith, and boatloads of cool aftermarket accessories available to gussy them up!
  8. dtroyb

    dtroyb New Member

    I agree with lionslayer, rat-shot, snake-shot or what ever you want to call it is not for hunting. It is for close range pest control. It's great for shooting rats in the barn.
    My father and I always hunted squirrel with a .410 and a .22LR. The rule I use for firing the .22 is don't shoot at sky. I always make sure I have the tree or ground or some other backstop for the bullet. Even the best of us miss and occassionally you get a through shot.
    If you don't have the patience for this I would say you are in the wrong sport. Squirrel hunting requires the patience of Job.
    Of course there are those who just go around shooting the nests with shot guns. That's not hunting though and those guys surely roast in heck along with the deer spotlighter shooters and the guys who shoot ducks sitting on the water.
  9. coxhw

    coxhw New Member

    Get your self a Ruger 10/22. With that little gun you can build any type of rifle you want. Mine has a .920 Lilja barrel, volsquartin trigger, Richards Microfit Stock,and a Bushnell 3x9. The stock took a little time to finish out but it's one beautiful stock. The little gun will consistently shoot 1" or smaller @ a hundred yards on a bench. Brownells, MidSouth, or any one of the good mail order places have the parts you'll need. Besides when you make your own gun it's like owning a Harley. If you get my drift:D
  10. BrassMonkey

    BrassMonkey Member Supporter

    If your looking for a bolt action I cast my vote for CZ http://www.cz-usa.com/products_rimfire_rifles.php . They are very accurate right out of the box, well made, and priced right. 10/22s are fun little plinkers, but to get the level of accuracy out of one a CZ will give you requires a lot of modifications and money. I have nothing against the 10/22 and own one myself. Its just that they can become a real money pit if your not careful.
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2007
  11. Splatter

    Splatter New Member

    Buy the best

    Simply put, buy the very best .22 you can afford.
    Even if you spend $1k for it, you'll spend way more than that in ammo over the life of the gun.
    A good Anschultz or Walther .22 will have a competitive life of at least 100,000 rounds before a rebuild. If you can live with accuracy of 1 MOA, you can probably get another 50.000 rounds out of it (all supposing proper maintenance, of course).
    A used target rifle can be a very good bargain. They are accurate and come with very comfortable and stable stocks. A biathlon model has the added bonus of being a repeater, and the models with the Fortnier (sp?) action will fire almost as fast as a semi.
    The CZ/BRNO rifles are also excellent deals.
    But do try to get your old workhorse back into the game. Clean it, check the bedding, the action screw(s) and the crown, and check for any uneven pressure on the barrel.
  12. Spetznatz

    Spetznatz Guest

    I am a Marlin Model 60 man great little rifle for the money. I have had mine for 30 years.
  13. 1984cj

    1984cj New Member

    Nothing wrong with old guns:) I squirrel and rabbit hunt with an old Winchester Model 62 pump action 22.
    However it would be much cheaper to buy a Ruger 10/22. They have a great deal of after market support and seem to be reliable and reasonably accurate.
  14. Tilt

    Tilt New Member

    I vote for the 10/22 also. There are many tips and tricks you can do yourself to make it shoot better. Floating the barrel, bedding, and a little polishing on the triiger parts makes a world of difference.
  15. rickrem700

    rickrem700 New Member

    22 shot shells/ squirrel hunter

    22 shot shells are less than adequite to kill squirrels they are way to thick skined it would bounce off probably at darn near point blank range, it was designed way back when for smoth bore 22 cal garden guns, to keep the snake,bird and mouse population down, we kept one in our feed storage area of the barn as a kid, you could spend days in there and never put a dent in the rodents population, I know and old man that used to keep a revolver loaded with the stuff he would use it on studborn cows that did not want to move in the right direction, it got there attention but did not hurt them.

    As far as a squirel round I grew up useing a 22 cal and would use a shot gun from time to time, but as any good hunter should no or anyone shooting anything, first rule is to know your BACKSTOP!!!!!!!!
  16. rightofwayman

    rightofwayman New Member

    I have to agree with you guys. Get yourself a good gun that you have slected to fit your needs and go pratics shooting it. Be sure you know what you are shooting at. To many times I see people just shooting at anything that comes up. I retired from AT&T. You would be supprise at the equipment that gets damaged because someone can't find game to shoot at.
    I have a Ruger SR-22 I have tricked out. It can give you a lot of fun at a low cost of ammo. Check my web page for accessories for the Ruger SR-22, IRON EAGLE TACTICAL - Accessory Rails for Ruger SR-22 & other rifles and pistols- Home Page.

    I am new to this web page, and I like how you guys help people.

    Thanks, for letting me say my pice.
  17. Hawg

    Hawg Active Member

    I'd like to know what the OP did but with only four posts all on same day back in 07 isn't likely to happen.
  18. Mannster

    Mannster New Member

    Ruger 10-22 is the best all around 22 IMHO. A great gun.
  19. big shrek

    big shrek Well-Known Member


    But while it's revived, the current best deal on a Rimfire Rifle is the
    MARLIN 795.

    Sells for around $129 at Academy sports...and has a $25 rebate
    Also has lotsa nifty accessories available...
    Mine's also been pimped on the cheap :)
    You'd spend over $100 more doing the same thing to a 10/22, not to mention that the 10/22 costs more in the first place
    and ain't nearly as precise as the 795...

    Yep, it's a Ramline SWIVEL for $25 :D
  20. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

    We'll just have to agree to disagree about a marlin 795 being a lot more precise than a 10/22. That's your OPINION and would be impossible to prove.
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2010