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Old February 20th, 2016, 04:21 AM   #31
 
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As one of the "old geezers" (and proud of it) buying up the 22LR ammo. Its low cost and easy shooting is what has brought me back to an active firearm user. Had a NAA Guardian 380 that sat unused in the safe for years as it just wasn't fun to shoot. Yes it was a great conceal pistol, but didn't practice with it enough to be comfortable with it. Last fall picked up a Savage 64 rifle to replace a 55 year old 22 cal pellet rifle that was the pest control on the property since I was a youth. took it to the range and remembered how much fun shooting could be. The next step was researching a new carry pistol that I would enjoy practicing with. Settled on the SR22 and couldn't be happier. The better half is starting to question me if I am starting a new hobby. Time will tell, but am already looking to replace the savage.



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Old February 20th, 2016, 06:27 AM   #32
 
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I'm right there with you... I started converting to rimfire a long time ago though. Part of the reason for the switch was economics, the other was simply the fun factor. In the past my primary carry weapon was a compact 22lr pistol. I've taken a lot of guff for choosing that route but I have never felt under gunned. For me it was all about the mindset, which fell into the primary ideals of self defense any how. 1). A firearm is a last resort tool to escape a life threatening situation. 2). If you have to draw your weapon you had better be prepared to use it. 3). Don't stop shooting until the threat stops. 4). Continue moving away toward safety.
Currently, I carry a Ruger LCP as my primary. It isn't as fun to shoot, it kicks like a mule and has a trigger pull that is long and stiff. I can keep all my rounds on target at 30 feet but no where near as accurately as I can with my Ruger 22/45. I shoot the LCP way less frequently, maybe 1 round per every 1-200 rounds of 22lr's. Therefore the confidence I have in my abilities favors heavily on the 22/45. At some point I will be looking at a Ruger SR22 or Browning 1911/22 to replace the LCP. Time will tell.
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Old February 20th, 2016, 07:06 AM   #33
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No more big guns for this old gal, either.

Arthritis has settled in to the web and thumb area of my left hand to the point where I can no longer rack the slide on a 1911, reliably. That could be a very serious liability in an an emergency. Even pulling the bolt on a Ruger Mark is tough, now. For me, then, it's now all revolvers, but the largest I will shoot is a 357 mag. I'm now at an age where I need to worry about bone density, wear and tear on joints, ligaments, tendons and such, not to mention the risk of a detached retina and so on. I do miss shooting the big stuff, especially the 44 mags, but since we no longer hunt and just punch paper, doesn't make a lot of sense to continue beating myself up with recoil.
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I have more .22 pistols than non-.22 pistols. I love them all and enjoy shooting them all. I can see me someday shooting non-.22 less, perhaps. At 63, though, arthritis hasn't set in. My preference in shooting one or the other is more now about how much of a PITA is is to clean, so I pick my Bersa Thunder 22 over my Mk-II every time. My EDC is the "older brother" of the Bersa - in 380, and I shoot it the most because it is always with me and sometimes out at the farm I have a spontaneous urge to go down to the creek and shoot some sticks or leaves floating by. Also helps with maintaining my proficiency. May switch to carrying my BT22 unless I go off the farm someday though...certainly would be cheaper.

Rifles are a 50/50 mix of .22 and non-.22. I enjoy them all equally. Aside from an M1 Carbine and a shotgun, the non-.22s are .223, nothing bigger. Recoil is not an issue with any of them except the shotgun.
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I started out with a 1911 .45, then a ppqm2 9mm, then a p238 , next was a .308 ruger American, then a Remington versa max....12 ga, finally last but not least after my wife really wanting me to get something smaller, a ruger hunter with 6.88 barrel....still to heavy for her.....so next one will be something light as a feather for her, if I can ever get her to go shooting with me......I think I now have almost all the bases covered, although a Sig p220 in 10mm camo sure did have my attention just prior to getting the hunter......maybe someday...
I don't think I have anything I cant handle, albeit one shot at a time....Im fairly new to this, 55 yr old & the first sig stx 1911 was January of 2013...(p.s. I would love to have a .300 win mag...& the skill to use it., just sayin..)
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I have found myself gravitatin' to small calibers, as well. Rifles and handguns.

Have many firearms... and I only want to shoot handloaded .38's or less... less than factory loads.

For me, gettin' old… is gettin' old.

Here are the handguns I shoot most often...

Four Mk II's...


The bottom two… .32 H&R mags… with mild handloads…


My woman shoots the S&W Model 63 in the lower-right-hand corner….
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..... doesn't make a lot of sense to continue beating myself up with recoil.
My thoughts exactly NCG . I shoot what I enjoy and what is comfortable for me at this stage of life and couldn't care less what others think .
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I will turn 70 this year, and have arthritus in both hands.

I bought a Ruger Redhawk ,44 Magnum two weeks ago, and a Ruger Mark IV .22 LR last Thursday.

Hope to enjoy all my guns for many years to come.
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I'm 70 and rarely shoot my"bigger" handguns any more. But I love shooting my MKIII. Especially now that I can, once again, buy 325 round bulks of my favorite Federal Auto Match for decent prices

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.22 caliber target pistols have always been of primary interest to me. At the age of almost 72, rimfire shooting is almost all that I do. I still have some centerfire handguns, I just don't shoot them. My Mark II 5.5 in bull bbl target pistol is my go to shooter. I shoot less, but enjoy it just as much.
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Over the last couple of 3 year's have been Shooting the 22 ammo a whole lot.
Especially like the 22 Magnum stuff.
It does keep us active, keeps our Motor Skills where they should be including the Hand to Eye Coordination thing going.
Most Importantly it keeps the Blood Flowing.
And it is Just Plain Fun.

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I had 2 Ruger rimfires, a single six convertible and a Mark II. I bought both new. I recently received a Mark IV for Christmas and didn't see the need for the Mark II so I sold it (got more than twice what I paid for it). I love both of these shooters.
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I have a variety of handguns, and I shoot hundreds of rounds of 22 for each round of the big stuff. But there's something extra nice about seeing your bullet holes without having to go to the target, or dragging along a spotting scope.
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I still like the bigger bores at 78 but I load with lighter lead bullets and use a lot of Trail Boss...this morning I loaded up a bunch of 45 Colt with 200 grain Missouri #4 Cowboy bullets (soft bhn 12) and bunny fart loads of Trailboss...gentle, fun, no pressure on old hands and still can load up if I want to remember how it was..I only have one Single Six...and old flatgate..was going to sell it but decided to keep it and shoot up all the 22lr I've had for years...then maybe get rid of it..
"Bunny fart loads" LOL I'm gonna have to remember that one
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