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Old July 18th, 2013, 06:48 PM   #1
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.22 Magnum

Anyone on the board here have a .22 Magnum ? What are your thoughs on them .

Are you glad you bought the Magnum ? or wish you would have bought the .22LR instead.

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Old July 18th, 2013, 06:55 PM   #2
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Durango I own several 22 Mags. They are fun to shoot and seem to give a little more power when you touch them off but I'm sort of wondering how much more power they are over the 22 LR. I've always like the 22 MAG but the price for a box of 50 is making it almost prohibitive to shoot. I will hang on to them and keep shooting but maybe not as often as in the past when a box of 50 was right at $7.
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The 22wmr has more range and significantly more energy than any 22LR. I've shot beaver, possum, and pigs with the magnum...I wouldn't use 22LR for any of those. I prefer the 22wmr over 17hmr due to the heavier bullets...

All that said, if I could have only 1, it'd be and versatile.
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Old July 18th, 2013, 09:24 PM   #4
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Why not get a Single-Six convertible & have both?
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Why not get a Single-Six convertible & have both?
I got a Single Six Convertible before i even realized that i'm getting both lr and wmr.
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Old July 19th, 2013, 01:33 AM   #6
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I carry a lever action .22 magnum with me for varmits. I like the increased power if I have to shot a hog or coyote. I don't do much plinking. But I loaded up on ammo before this communist got in office.
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Old July 19th, 2013, 02:56 AM   #7
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Always a fan of 22mag for me cheap but with punch and can reach out that little bit more
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Old July 19th, 2013, 05:24 AM   #8
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I have 2 22mag hand guns and love both of them and sometimes carry one of them as my CC
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Old July 19th, 2013, 06:06 AM   #9
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22 MAG is great for those critters like Posssums and Racoons, maybe even a close in Coyote that a .22LR just isn't enough for. I am a 17HMR and HM2 fan as well. Why not have one of everything, you know?
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Why not have one of everything, you know?
At least one! All have their uses.
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The Ruger Convertible Single-Sixes have made the use of .22 mag ammo readily possible to those who like it at a reasonable price with the additional benefit of allowing the use of "normal" .22LR ammo for most everyday purposes. I have a "couple" of these.

I also have one of the "magnum only" versions from around 1960, just because it was a little different. Wouldn't have bought it as my one-and-only .22 though . . . ammo is too pricy for just plinking.

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I own both a .22 Mag Single-Six, and Henry lever action. They will both remain in my collection and serve as great critter guns. Some have mentioned you can take out raccoon, possum, and possibly beavers, but the one I remember is when I took out a small hog with the rifle about 2 years ago. It is incredibly accurate and packs heat for such a small round.

One thing that sort of bothers me which I keep hearing shooters complain about is how expensive the rounds are. I just don’t agree. I mean if you are coming from just shooting 22 LR then yes I can understand it may seem expensive to you, but all other calibers will cost you near twice as much for 50 rounds. I can get 22 WMR today for around $13-17 (50 rounds). Before Sandy Hook I could find it for under $10. How much are you paying for 50 rounds of 38 spl, .357 mag, 9 mm, or .223? I can’t find any of those calibers at 50 rounds for under $20 today.

You really do get your money’s worth for .22 WMR. Just look at the ballistics: 1,900-2,200 ft/sec. / 280-322
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Hi, D.K. I have both the .22 LR and the .22 Magnum. They each have their place . The .22 LR is great for just plinking at 25-75 yards. Its light and easy to carry. You only need a low priced scope because you aren't going to be reaching out too far. Ammo is cheap also.( somewhat hard to find right now though ).
The .22 Magnum is my rifle of choice for any serious hunting out to about 100-125 yards. Mine is dead accurate at those ranges but falls off thereafter. I mostly use the ,22 Mag for killing alligators.We live on the Texas gulf coast and are covered up with them. Every pond within 50 miles has at least one and many times two. Generally there are lots and lots of ponds but this year its dry as a bone. Whatever, if you have a very good scope you can look into the eyes of an alligator and with practice, you can hit one in an eye. That is the only way to get into their brain. . The .22 mag is perfect for that. When they die, they sink and the turtles eat them so you don't have to dispose of the body. They are protected but tough shit, they are a deadly menace who eat your dogs, cats and grandchildren if they aren't careful.
Ruger doesn't make the 10/22 in magnum any more so the price of used ones is sky high. You might just settle for a .22 LR to start with and then in a while, look around for a good used .22 Mag Ruger 10/22 for probably over a thousand dollars. A new .22 LR is probably about $250. these days and a .22 Mag bolt action Ruger will probably be in the $500. range. Good luck and have fun.
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Old July 19th, 2013, 02:06 PM   #14
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I have a Single Nine. It is a blast to shoot, but I only take it out on rare occasions. I like the power and pop from the magnum rounds, but, as others have pointed out, it can get rather expensive pretty quick. For everyday plinking, I use my Mark III or my Sig 1911-22.
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Bought a .22 Mag LCR.

It's about the only thing I can get my wife to carry with regularity.

So far no problems with it, and it packs a pretty good punch, penetrates to around 10".
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