Smallest/Lightest .22 for hunting

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by guiri, Dec 11, 2009.

  1. guiri

    guiri New Member

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    Guys, I was asking in other forums about the best gun for a SHTF scenario and instead of just one gun, several people insisted I should also get a 22 for taking game such as birds or rabbits for food.

    Well, I considered a .22 conversion for the AK47 I just got but then I only found one conversion and it was poorly received by others due to lack of support and so on so I would like to know ,what are my options for the smallest and lightest gun (with some kind of optical scope I guess) for taking small game for survival. Of course, I would want it small and light to save on weight and the scope would be to compensate for possibly a short barrel pistol.

    Links, pics and prices would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

    George
     
  2. skullcrusher

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    There are several makes and models out there.

    Survival Rifles

    There are full stock .22's, collapsable stocks and even take down models that self store.
     

  3. guiri

    guiri New Member

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    Thanks, I had actually seen that site but I was wondering if there is something even smaller.

    So what's your take on using a pistol with a scope for this providing I can get a steady enough rest of some sort..?

    George
     
  4. skullcrusher

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    Pistols are not accurate at longer distances unless they are a long barreled pistol. I would not trust my survival on a 22lr pistol, but that is just me. NEF, H&R, T/C and others make short rifles in single shot. Not sure how small you are looking for.
     
  5. guiri

    guiri New Member

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    How far would you trust a pistol with a good scope and some good support?

    Any links to these short rifles?

    I would like something even shorter than the Papoose. Weight on that is fine but I would like something shorter.

    George
     
  6. jpattersonnh

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    A nice little shooter I picked up for my 9 year old might fit the bill. Model 69 Romanian trainer. His is a 1985 manufacture. It is about 5 pounds and very accurate. You can find them for under $100.00.
    Collecting and Shooting the Romanian 1969 Trainer
     
  7. guiri

    guiri New Member

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    Thanks Patterson but I would like something smaller than the Papoose or rather, a papoose with folding stock.

    Skullcrusher, the T/C's are too big if this is what's available Rimfire Rifles - Thompson/Center

    So far, a conversion for the AK seems lightest and smallest but I'm not about to support a company that treats people like this Do Not Buy Ciener .22lr conversions

    ..and this is the only kit I've found so far.

    George
     
  8. Jess

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    Remington Model 597™

    we have 2 of these, one with a scope one without. somebody at my house killed a coyote from a bathroom window with one just last weekend (it was going after our livestock) they are really lightweight. We have other .22lr but we always seem to grab those when we need them quickly
     
  9. guiri

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    Thanks Jess (love the pic of you in the bikini by the way :)

    I'm sure they're great guns but I was looking for something even smaller than this Marlin Model 70PSS Stainless

    Maybe the Papoose/Marlin with a folding stock.

    I wonder if someoen makes one.

    Thanks again

    George
     
  10. guiri

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    Looks like you might be right. It's even lighter than the Marlin.

    Thanks

    Any other, even smaller options?
     
  11. kusterleXD

    kusterleXD New Member

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    Check out the Remington Nylon 66.
     
  12. guiri

    guiri New Member

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    THanks. This one's too big and heavy though.

    George
     
  13. divinginn

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    +1 on the nylon 66.
     
  14. guiri

    guiri New Member

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    The little Henry seems like the best choice so far and at 16 inches is prolly my best bet IF I go for a 22 at all.
    Henry Repeating Arms Rifles

    George
     
  15. guiri

    guiri New Member

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    THanks bigcat, now we're getting somewhere.

    Too bad most of the people that have a website still haven't figured out the purpose of a website despite htem being around for years. The pic isn't clickable and I can't find a bigger picture of it, sheesh.
     
  16. Bigcat_hunter

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    I have sold quite a few of those RAV22's and own a 9mm version. They are fun little guns. I have not personally shot the 22 version but my 9mm is very reliable. The 22 version is VERY light. It is mostly made of aluminum and they break down into a small carrying case.
     
  17. guiri

    guiri New Member

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    I love the way it looks and would have wanted to see some big pics but nothing on their site and when filling out the form to get a brochure, the damn thing didn't work either :(

    I just came back from a local gun show and found the Ruger Charger with an Archangel stock which was pretty cool and compact.. Ruger Charger .22LR w/Archangel Charger [CHARGER] - $425.00 : J & S Gun Parts, Best Pricing on the net

    If you can remove the front end and the bipod, it would make it pretty small and light (I do like the way that RAV looks though :)
     
  18. od green

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    +1 on the Henry, mine has been totally flawless in the past 5 years of owner ship and see a lot of use as my truck and tractor gun, with a cheap 3x9 scope it is very accurate to 75 yards. BUT I also just bought a Rossi 22/410 youth combo I know it is a single shot but it is also super light and also with a cheap scope it is about the same or a little more accurate than the Henry also comes with sling mounts and carrying case. So far it goes Bang every time I've pulled the trigger. The Rossi is kinda cheesy made but it works for the little amount of money. And you also have a shot gun barrel to boot.