Choosing a 22 Rifle: Part 1 – Introduction and Questions

Below is an edited email I sent to my brother. He inqured about purchasing a 22 rifle for himself and to teach his girlfriend to shoot.

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If you want a 22, you need to ask yourself 2 questions: Semi-auto vs Bolt/Lever-action, and removable magazine vs tube magazine. Make sure you get a 22 LR, not Magnum (WMR). 22WMR provides significantly better range and power, but at a disproportionately higher cost. 22LR costs about $40/1000 shots but 22WMR costs about $180+/1000 shots.

Semi-auto vs bolt/lever action: Semi is fun for fast shooting, but tend to be less accurate (or more expensive) and can jam. Bolt & lever actions also have a safety advantage. It’s pretty hard to accidentally shoot someone twice with a bolt action. Also, there are ‘tactical’ semi-auto 22s that look like AKs, ARs, MP5s, and all kinds of other combat weapons. They’re a little less practical but high on the ‘cool’ factor and make a good training companion to a full-power version.

Removable magazine vs tubular mag: Most 22 removable magazines suck. They’re crappy little sheet metal things that scrape your thumbs as you struggle to load them. Ruger is the one exception. Typical removable magazines hold 10 rounds. Tubular magazines don’t require you to constantly fight a spring to load the magazine, they typically hold about 17 rounds, and it’s attached to the rifle so you can’t possibly lose it. However, loading tubes is a little clumsy. Easy, but slightly clumsy. I’ll upload a video of my tubular 22 if you want. You can reload a tubular magazine much faster if you have a few pre-loaded Spee-D-Loaders.

Removable example: http://www.marlinfirearms.com/images/XT/large/MFCXT-22SR-70801-lg.jpg

Tubular example: http://www.marlinfirearms.com/images/XT/large/MFCXT-22TSR-70823-lg.jpg

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About jurmond

'Jurmond' was the name of my first character in a homebrew D&D campaign. He was a gunslinger and tinker, creating and carrying strange weapons that belched fire and smoke. That was well over a decade ago but I still think of him whenever fiction and firearms collide, so it seems the perfect pen name for this project.
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