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Old December 30th, 2016, 12:19 PM   #1
 
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Looking for 22lr hunting gun

Looking for a small game hunting gun, chambered in 22lr, to take out in the woods and hunt with on hikes and such. I'd prefer something from Ruger, that's lightweight, and reliable (not an issue with Ruger I may add). I'd want something that needs my input to cycle (not too fond of a semi auto for hunting), but it's not necessarily a deal breaker. A high priority for me as well is a low profile, meaning I don't want a rifle slung over my shoulder, or a big gun on my belt. I'd preferably like something I can keep in my pack until it's needed.

Was looking at the Single Six Hunter, and the 10/22 Takedown, and the 22 Charger takedown model. I'd like something with a longer barrel for better accuracy, I'm not too fond of single action revolvers and I'm not sure I'd want to hike with a 4.6lb takedown rifle in my pack, even if it can fit. I like the 22 charger but I'm not too sure about great accuracy without a shoulder stock, but I suppose it's not much different than any other pistol, especially considering you can have one hand on the grip and one under the barrel.

Which would you recommend for a small game hunting while on a hike type of gun?

Was also looking at the Mark IV, either the Target model or the hunter model. Is there any difference between them other than the barrel length? Is there really any other advantage of the longer barrel other than a longer sight radius and better accuracy? Should I save the extra hundred or so bucks and live with the roughly shorter barrel?




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Old December 30th, 2016, 12:48 PM   #2
 
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Nothing better than a 10/22. Just pick your version.
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I carry a 5-1/2" Single six with me quite a bit on my belt. Sometimes a 10/22 standard carbine on a sling. I guess it depends on what you want to do. The SS has taken out several rattlesnakes and a bunny or 2. The rifle would be better for small game as it increases the range.
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Looking for a small game hunting gun, chambered in 22lr, to take out in the woods and hunt with on hikes and such. I'd prefer something from Ruger, that's lightweight, and reliable (not an issue with Ruger I may add). I'd want something that needs my input to cycle (not too fond of a semi auto for hunting), but it's not necessarily a deal breaker. A high priority for me as well is a low profile, meaning I don't want a rifle slung over my shoulder, or a big gun on my belt. I'd preferably like something I can keep in my pack until it's needed.

Was looking at the Single Six Hunter, and the 10/22 Takedown, and the 22 Charger takedown model. I'd like something with a longer barrel for better accuracy, I'm not too fond of single action revolvers and I'm not sure I'd want to hike with a 4.6lb takedown rifle in my pack, even if it can fit. I like the 22 charger but I'm not too sure about great accuracy without a shoulder stock, but I suppose it's not much different than any other pistol, especially considering you can have one hand on the grip and one under the barrel.

Which would you recommend for a small game hunting while on a hike type of gun?

Was also looking at the Mark IV, either the Target model or the hunter model. Is there any difference between them other than the barrel length? Is there really any other advantage of the longer barrel other than a longer sight radius and better accuracy? Should I save the extra hundred or so bucks and live with the roughly shorter barrel?
Sounds to me like you are looking for a ruger american rimfire rifle (maybe a compact if you are not too big), it is bolt action but still uses the ruger rotary mag. good shooter for someone who is not too find of semi autos. I have the sorter barrel version of the mark3 and used to have a target version of the same pistol. I can hit equally well out to 25 yards any object the size of a squirrels head. your call (BTW, you can clear a 5" barrel pistol more quickly than a 6 7/8" just saying.

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I think for hiking I'd be better served with a 22 pistol. I want something lightweight and easy to carry not to mention legal to conceal in the hiking pack (have my ccw permit but it's not legal to conceal a readily accessible long arm in this state).

I figure since I'm out hiking on established trails, I likely won't be getting into a survival situation, and a rifle is just too bulky and high profile for going on hikes or camping. But should the unlikely happen (that's why we carry firearms in any situation), I want something that can help me signal for help and allow me to hunt small game. 22 is cheap, light and small, and I could easily pack 500 rounds in my hiking bag.

I have the 3.5" SR22 and am plenty accurate with it. I can knock out the red center of a target about the size of a quarter at 20 feet. New shooter, but have moved from 15 to 20 feet with reliable accuracy, and will move out further once I am comfortable with 20 feet. I am thinking of getting the SR22 with the 4.5" barrel. I am plenty accurate with the 3.5" barrel, and with a longer barrel and longer sight radius, I should be even slightly more accurate.

Was looking at the MARK IV hunter but I just can't bring myself to spend almost $700 (in my area, even online) on a 22 handgun. That's just absurd. 1911, match grade handgun, $700 is a steal but for a 22, no way. Not to mention the SR22 with a 4.5" barrel weighs 18.7oz, while the mark IV hunter weighs in a 42 oz. 42oz is a lot to pack for one item on a hike.
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Ruger makes a number of good choices. The 10/22 has a great reputation and the new Magpul backpacker stock for the takedown version makes it even better. If the Single 10 is too heavy or just not to your liking, consider the 22-45 light. For a very light rifle, look at the Henry--newest incarnation of the AR-7.
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I usually take my Browning Buckmark out for small game. Packs easy, shoots great. I have no idea what they cost anymore, I've had mine for 22 years or so.



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For pistol recommendations I also like the Buckmark. I recently purchased an older model 22/45 Mark III. It is light and very accurate. I contemplated a red dot but shoot well with open sites. I think you could carry that all day. There are some deals out there for used ones now that the Mark IV is available.
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You say you don't want a semi auto -- I've owned a Remington .22lr Nylon Model 66 for about 45 years and it still NEVER misses a shot. Talk about light weight -- it weighs 4 lbs. and short for easy storage.

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Savage FV-SR....light, accurate and Suppressor ready.....the Squirrels never know what the heck just happened...
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For a rifle, the Ruger American Rimfire can be bought in the compact and then a longer stock module added so you get the shorter barrel but full stock.

In regards to your question about barrel length: the longer the barrel, the higher velocity, to a certain point. Most 22 LR rounds stop gaining after 10 or 12". See here for more info: BBTI - Ballistics by the Inch :: .22 Results

The Buckmarks can be had for under $300 on CDNN. I wish the Mark IV was available with the tapered barrel.
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I have a H&R Sportsman Model 999 wheel gun that holds 9 rounds while sporting a 6 inch barrel.
It is well balanced, very accurate, a hood to shoot and to hunt with.
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I have a bunch to choose from, but when I want to hunt with a 22 handgun, its my 5.5" stainless Single Ten. I have shot a truck load of rabbits with it, and a few groundhogs. I like the slow pace of a bunny hunt with a revolver. My Single Ten is the most accurate revolver I have ever shot, and the fiber optic sights really help my eyes. I did a "Poor Boys Trigger Job" and springs from Wolff, and is an excellent package. The sights were perfect right out of the box, and its one of those guns that makes you look like you are an expert marksman.
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Not sure if this would work or not for you. Just throwing it out there.

https://www.henryusa.com/rifles/u-s-survival-ar-7/
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The Single Ten seems to me to be the perfect 22LR for you or the Single Six Hunter for that matter.

You don't want the bulk of a rifle, you don't want a semi-auto, you don't want a single action revolver; you want something packable, accurate, and suitable for opportunistic hunting.

From your description, it seems like you are leaning to a double action revolver, but I suggest you will NEVER shoot with it in double action in the field as you will want the accuracy and light trigger pull of a single action.
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