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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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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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