Why own or buy a .22LR firearm?

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by FLIPCO, May 7, 2014.

  1. FLIPCO

    FLIPCO New Member

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    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 ***** 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 *****ing 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.
     
  2. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    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.
     

  3. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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    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.
     
  4. Mercator

    Mercator Active Member

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    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.
     
  5. molonlabexx

    molonlabexx New Member

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    .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$)
     
  6. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

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    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.
     
  7. Missouribound

    Missouribound Well-Known Member

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    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.:)
     
  8. KG7IL

    KG7IL Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  9. Missouribound

    Missouribound Well-Known Member

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    :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.
     
  10. windjammer69

    windjammer69 Member

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    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.
     
    Last edited: May 8, 2014
  11. Mercator

    Mercator Active Member

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    Another reason to have a .22 gun: It is easier on your ears, if you shoot high volumes.
     
  12. Winchester94

    Winchester94 New Member

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    .22 ammo is out there but just more expensive than it used to be. It's still worth it to.me because I love squirrel and rabbit hunting with .22 rifles and pistols. It's also one of my favorites for recreation and still cheaper than any other caliber I own.
     
  13. Eagle1803

    Eagle1803 New Member

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    Hell, I got so much .22lr I am going to stop buying it, I have another shipment coming in the end of the month, 1400rds for $74.00 and last month I got 1000 rds for $40.00

    Missouribound PM me and I might be able to help you out. I also live in Missouri.
     
  14. djont57

    djont57 New Member

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    It was my first rifle given to me by my recently departed father. I didn't shoot it for MANY years. I have since rescued it; reblued & started shooting again. At first I was paying .15 to .20 per rnd. Following a .22LR Ammo thread over on the S&W forum has lead me to a few recent purchases of bricks for less than .10 (incl shipping).
     
  15. Alpha1Victor

    Alpha1Victor New Member

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    I don't have a problem getting .22 and my kids like shooting it.
     
  16. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I buy .22LR whenever I can find it. It's not always the my favorite brand but I still buy it. I wouldn't get rid of either of my 22's for anything. They are my most favorite guns to shoot. So accurate and fun.
     
  17. rifleman1

    rifleman1 New Member

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    i have several .22s and will always own them but recently ive been cosidering a .17 i find .17 ammo everywhere just have yet to bite the bullet and buy one.
     
  18. Winchester94

    Winchester94 New Member

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    I've been thinking of a .17 too. What I can't find is .22 WMR.
     
  19. BRL

    BRL Member

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    Pain in the ol' Bottom!

    I know what your saying OP, I just use mine for inexpensive plinking fun anyway and I've been tempted to sell it and just get a flippin' pellet rifle instead. :mad:

    Of course the day after I sell it is when .22LR will become plentiful and priced reasonably again, :rolleyes: so for now I'm just going to hang on to it and see what is going to happen to the price & supply.
     
  20. rifleman1

    rifleman1 New Member

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    thats funny the place i buy my ammo had a bunch of the .22 wmr asked if i wanted some he said he is not use to getting it and asked if i needed some im not familiar with that round though never had one before.