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Don't Forget the .22

Last weekends drive in the hills provided me with a reminder not to forget to take a .22 when heading for the hills.  We weren't looking for anything specific, just wandering & trying not to get stuck in the snow.  We had in the truck a couple of 12 gauges & steel shot in case we saw some ducks, a 20 gauge with lead shot in case we were attacked by marrauding chuckar, a .223 & a brand new .30-06 for coyotes or suicidal mountain lion, a .45-70 Marlin lever action (just because). 

Tom & I thought we were pretty well covered for whatever might come along.  My wife snickered as we left and asked sarcastically what if we were attacked by a herd of elephants?  "DUH!! What do you think the .45-70 is for" I replied, followed with "why do you always carry the kitchen sink in you purse?".  Realizing that I had just exceeded my allowable limit of wizeass remarks, we beat a hasty retreat to the hills.

Had a great day.  Only got stuck twice, saw two herds of 100+ antelope, a large herd of elk, a mule deer buck that had both of us drooling & praying to see him again next season.  Naturally we did not see any ducks, chuckar, coyotes, mountain lions or elephants.  In one drainage we found a hidden motherlode of cottontails sitting in the snow soaking up whatever warmth they could from the weak sunlight.  I personally think sneaking around trying to head shoot bunnies with a .22 is about as much fun as a person can legally have and realized that I totally forgot to toss in a .22 (I blame that on the wife's rude but totally accurate comments).  Tom smiled & pulled out his Browning pistol from under the seat of the truck, handed me a loaded magazine.  Three bunnies later I was a happy camper!

Remember.  The next time out, don't forget the rimfire, just in case. 

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Had an old guy at my church

Had an old guy at my church when I was growing up that would take me out for rabbits a couple times each year.  He would always carry the .22, cause he said he had shot so many rabbits over his time, he liked the challenge of using the .22.  They are great guns for hunting small game, as well as plinking.

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rabbits with a .22

I probably shouldn't, but.... what the heck. On one of my last hunts for rabbits a few years ago I was hunting with an older fella (mid 70s?) who had the dogs and was toting a Ruger 10/22. I was using a favorite 20 gs S/S. Well I'll have to admit that I got outshot by that fella and his .22, fair and square. No excuses, he just outshot me and my 20ga. Of course, I couldn't have cared less as we had a great afternoon of hunting together! :thumbsup1:  

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22 sure works well for squirrels!

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Whenever I head out the door

Whenever I head out the door for a drive in the hills I throw in my Ruger 10/22.  That is unless it is also grouse season then the 410 side by side goes with me. 

You never know when a pesky rabbit or a nice blue grouse will come within range for the dinner that night. 

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.22LR

There is a lot to be said for the versatility and usefulness of a good .22LongRifle.  Probably one of the more useful firearms one can own.  I mostly hunt biggame and waterfowl, so I own and mainly shoot the larger caliber and gauge firearm approporiate for those types of hunts.  But I am a firm believer in the idea that every gun owner should own at least one .22LR firearm.  I own two Ruger 10/22 carbines.  Nothing is cheaper to shoot, train with, and stockpile ammo for than a .22LR.

If we are ever unfortunate enough to reach a time in this great country when there is extream inflation, extream food shortages, very hard economic times, or any other type of catastrophic collaps in our modern world, a good .22LR rifle is going to be your most valuable tool for putting fresh meat on the table in the form of small game.

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Nothing cheaper to shoot

Nothing cheaper to shoot with? That's not quite accurate. I found it a lot cheaper to shoot cast bullet's from my 38 and 32 long than to shoot a 22. I've got three of them, a mof 783 Mossberg 22 mag, a High Standard HD Military and a mod 62 Win pump. I use the High Standard most but like it and the mod 62 best. I don't see iron sights to well anymore. Would love to find a use Rem 541S somewhere. Might trade the mod 62 for one of them. Ah, forgot, also have a Smith-Wesson 22 Conbat masterpiece. Rather trade it for the Remingtom. Worth more than the Winchester but I seldom ever shoot it.

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Don Fischer wrote:

Nothing cheaper to shoot with? That's not quite accurate. I found it a lot cheaper to shoot cast bullet's from my 38 and 32 long than to shoot a 22. I've got three of them, a mof 783 Mossberg 22 mag, a High Standard HD Military and a mod 62 Win pump. I use the High Standard most but like it and the mod 62 best. I don't see iron sights to well anymore. Would love to find a use Rem 541S somewhere. Might trade the mod 62 for one of them. Ah, forgot, also have a Smith-Wesson 22 Conbat masterpiece. Rather trade it for the Remingtom. Worth more than the Winchester but I seldom ever shoot it.

Yeah but don't you have to cast those bullets yourself first?  I'm talking cheap factory ammo ready to shoot.  With that in mind I'd say that the .22LR is pretty cheap to shoot.

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Here in a link to a hand load

Here in a link to a hand load cost calculator that I use at times.  I just figured that my .38 loads with Oregon Trail Laser-Cast 158 gr round noses cost around $8.15 per 50 and that is not figuring in a cost of a case.  Now if you dig your lead out of the backstop or find some suitable lead for casting from somewhere else then the cost goes down to just a couple of bucks per 50 but lead is starting to become hard to find for casting.  At least where I am located at.   

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I will still take the .22 for general target practice not to mention that it is just a fun round just to shoot a lot. 

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Critter wrote:

Here in a link to a hand load cost calculator that I use at times.  I just figured that my .38 loads with Oregon Trail Laser-Cast 158 gr round noses cost around $8.15 per 50 and that is not figuring in a cost of a case.  Now if you dig your lead out of the backstop or find some suitable lead for casting from somewhere else then the cost goes down to just a couple of bucks per 50 but lead is starting to become hard to find for casting.  At least where I am located at.   

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I will still take the .22 for general target practice not to mention that it is just a fun round just to shoot a lot. 

$8.15 per 50 rounds for .38 cal, hmmm....not bad.  But when you consider that the most premium .22 like the CCI .22LR Velocinators in 40 grain copper plated can be had locally where I live for about $6.99 per 50 rounds.  Walmart sells the basic stuff - Winchester bulk .22LR for around $21 for 555 rounds.  Sometimes I can find 525 rounds of the Remington Golden Bullet stuff for around $16.99 a box, but not often.

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The $8.15 per 50 is figuring

The $8.15 per 50 is figuring that you buy the lead bullets and don't need to purchase cases, so if you cast your own it will drop down to around $4.00 per 50 but that isn't figuring in your time to find the lead for free or if you have to purchase it from somewhere.

But I do agree on the .22.  What other round can you decide on a weekend that you want to go plinking with no ammo and still be able to do it for very little cost.  I know that years ago I started to purchase bricks of CCI copper plated .22's when ever they were on sale.  I now have more than I'll ever shoot up but it is fun to try.   

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