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I want to get a good 22 rifle I just cant decide between long rifle or magnum. Which one should I choose and why?

Question by 3030forlife. Uploaded on December 28, 2009

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from firehawk532 wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

MY PREFERENCE IS 22 MAG WITHOUT A DOUBT IT WORKS GREAT FOR SMALL GAME AND VARMITS AND GIVES YOU THE EXTRA TAKE DOWN POWER. I HAVE A SAVAGE WITH THE ACCU TRIGGER AND LOVE IT. IF I HAD BOUGHT THIS ONE FIRST I MAY NOT HAVE BOUGHT THE LR.

THE LR IS CHEAPER ON AMMO THOUGH SO IF YOU WANT TO DO ALOT OF PLINKING AND DON'T NEED THE EXTRA POWER THIS WOULD BE BETTER.

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from alabamaoutlaw wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

For my money a mag is the ticket it will kill everything in the woods if you put it where it counts. The LR is fun and will work on small game,love shooting them both but have been shootin a 17 hmr for the last couple years.kinda expensive to plink with though

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from Jerry A. wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

I would buy a 22 long rifle if I were you. Better accuracy than the magnum, way more types of ammunition, cheaper to shoot. The 22 mag doesn't give enough of a jump in power to cancel out its disadvantages, in my opinion.

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from dukkillr wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

.22 LR, hands down. The purpose of a .22 (at least for most people) is to allow high-volume shooting at a low price. The .22 magnum rounds still cost a lot less than centerfire rounds, but the .22LR is by far the more economical round. Like Jerry said, you get better accuracy, more diversity, and you save money. Plus, if you're hunting small game for the table (like squirrels and rabbits), the 22LR dispatches them easily without destroying the meat on a body shot like a .22 magnum would.

Finally, you are going to have a much larger selection in guns if you go with a .22LR. Good luck with whatever you decide.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

22 LR will do most of your small game needs. Then a 270 or larger for larger game.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

22 Magnum? it's ok but you get more bang for the buck with 22LR!

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from brw7979 wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

22lr is what I'd go with. The ammo price on the 22 mag is alot more. You can get a 550 rd pack of 22lr for $20 or so. The 22 mag will run from $7 on up for 50 rnds.

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from dangerous game wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

get the 22 mag. it is more powerful and you don't have to do everything perfect. It gives you a little more margin for error. more accurate longer range.

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from muskiemaster wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

I personally have a .22 lr but the mag might be worth a try according to everyone else. (love the user name)

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from IanS wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

22 lr. Easier to find ammo. It will kill everything a mag will.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

If you never had either get the .22lr. Cheaper bullets, and why exactly would you need the mag if you've never shot either? Go 22lr for now.

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from babsfish4life wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

I just use my 22lr for plinking and just the joy of shooting. If I had to load it up with magnums it wouldn't be as much of a joy because I am such a tightwad. I would say get a 22lr for plinking and small game and get a larger rifle or stuff bigger. I would think the magnum would be almost the same game as a 22lr just more expensive.

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from 007 wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

The LR is cheaper to feed and better for small edible game, while the magnum is better for varmints. Easy solution, get both.

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from Elmer Fudd wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

accuracy better at range with the mag, the LR is the right price on ammo and accurate for shorter range.

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from gatorb8t wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Honestly, I own a moss-22short/lr it's nice. I also have a 22mag, but bang for the buck is the Marlin 17HMR Model 17V w/bull barrel topped w/a nikon prostaff 3x9x40,this thing will drive tacks it also will drop foxes,turkey's and all other small game.

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from 99explorer wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Economy and availabilty of ammo are in favor of the .22 LR, but power and extended range favor the magnum. I have owned both, and I prefer the .22 LR for all-around use. I have a Winchester Model 61 pump action rifle with open sights, and it is one of my favorite rifles. I believe it is also former Pres. George W. Bush's favorite rifle.

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

The .22 mag is a nice rifle but the main reason for shooting a .22 is low cost ammo. You can shoot load your own and shoot a center fire rifle for what the .22 mag costs on ammo. For me shooting a .22 mag rather than a .22 LR is kind of like ripping up $20 bills. It takes the fun out of it unless you are quire wealthy.

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from crm3006 wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

22 LR will kill anything you should be shooting with a 22 to start with, and the ammunition is a lot more economical. LR hollow points are the answer to the 22 mags extra power.

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from Big Dave wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

Get a Ruger 10/22. It can fire both rounds. can't go wrong.

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from Big Dave wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

forget my last post on the Ruger 10/22 please. It cannot fire both 22LR and 22 WMR. However I looked up some good data on both rounds. Check this out:

.22 Long Rifle
.22 Long Rifle, is a rimfire cartridge that is well established with a variety of ammunition loadings, and in terms of units sold is still by far the most common in the world today. The .22 Long Rifle rimfire is a heavier loading of the .22 Long case and appeared in 1887, along with the first smokeless powder loadings of the .22 rimfires. It is one of the few cartridges that are accepted by a large variety of rifles, as well as pistols. Virtually every manufacturer of cartridge firearms makes at least one model chambering it, and this has been true for more than a century. There are a variety of different types of .22 Long Rifle (or ".22 LR") rimfire loads.
Specifications:
Case length: .595 in.
Case diameter: .225 in.
Bullet diameter: .224 in.
Rim diameter: .271 in.
Rim thickness: .040 in.
Cartridge overall length: .985 in.
Bullet weight - 40 gr. / Velocity - 1,082 fps. / Energy - 104 ft.lb. / (Subsonic)
Bullet weight - 36 gr. / Velocity - 1,328 fps. / Energy - 141 ft.lb. / (High Velocity)

.22 WMR
.22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire, is a rimfire rifle cartridge, commonly loaded with a 40 grain bullet, it can deliver velocities in the 2000 fps. range from a rifle barrel. The .22 WMR was introduced in the 1950s by Winchester, and it was the only successful rimfire cartridge introduced in the 20th century. The .22 WMR uses a larger case than the more popular .22 Long Rifle rimfire, both in diameter and length. The .22 WMR's case is also much thicker, allowing much higher pressures. Since the .22 WMR generally uses the same weight bullets as the .22 Long Rifle, it is generally used in similar situations. The 40 grain .22 WMR at 100 yards still retains the velocity of a .22 LR at the muzzle, which can provide improved penetration at all ranges, and more reliable expansion at long range with expanding bullets.
Specifications:
Case length: 1.052 in.
Overall length: 1.350 in.
Bullet diameter: .224 in.
Bullet weight - 40 gr. / Velocity - 2,020 fps. / Energy - 360 ft.lb.

Source =http://www.gunnersden.com/index.htm.rimfire-rifles.html

I think I'll pick up a 22 WMR bolt action rifle for target practice. about $13 for 50 rounds.

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from firehawk532 wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

MY PREFERENCE IS 22 MAG WITHOUT A DOUBT IT WORKS GREAT FOR SMALL GAME AND VARMITS AND GIVES YOU THE EXTRA TAKE DOWN POWER. I HAVE A SAVAGE WITH THE ACCU TRIGGER AND LOVE IT. IF I HAD BOUGHT THIS ONE FIRST I MAY NOT HAVE BOUGHT THE LR.

THE LR IS CHEAPER ON AMMO THOUGH SO IF YOU WANT TO DO ALOT OF PLINKING AND DON'T NEED THE EXTRA POWER THIS WOULD BE BETTER.

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from Jerry A. wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

I would buy a 22 long rifle if I were you. Better accuracy than the magnum, way more types of ammunition, cheaper to shoot. The 22 mag doesn't give enough of a jump in power to cancel out its disadvantages, in my opinion.

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from dukkillr wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

.22 LR, hands down. The purpose of a .22 (at least for most people) is to allow high-volume shooting at a low price. The .22 magnum rounds still cost a lot less than centerfire rounds, but the .22LR is by far the more economical round. Like Jerry said, you get better accuracy, more diversity, and you save money. Plus, if you're hunting small game for the table (like squirrels and rabbits), the 22LR dispatches them easily without destroying the meat on a body shot like a .22 magnum would.

Finally, you are going to have a much larger selection in guns if you go with a .22LR. Good luck with whatever you decide.

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from alabamaoutlaw wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

For my money a mag is the ticket it will kill everything in the woods if you put it where it counts. The LR is fun and will work on small game,love shooting them both but have been shootin a 17 hmr for the last couple years.kinda expensive to plink with though

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from 99explorer wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Economy and availabilty of ammo are in favor of the .22 LR, but power and extended range favor the magnum. I have owned both, and I prefer the .22 LR for all-around use. I have a Winchester Model 61 pump action rifle with open sights, and it is one of my favorite rifles. I believe it is also former Pres. George W. Bush's favorite rifle.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

22 LR will do most of your small game needs. Then a 270 or larger for larger game.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

22 Magnum? it's ok but you get more bang for the buck with 22LR!

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from brw7979 wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

22lr is what I'd go with. The ammo price on the 22 mag is alot more. You can get a 550 rd pack of 22lr for $20 or so. The 22 mag will run from $7 on up for 50 rnds.

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from dangerous game wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

get the 22 mag. it is more powerful and you don't have to do everything perfect. It gives you a little more margin for error. more accurate longer range.

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from muskiemaster wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

I personally have a .22 lr but the mag might be worth a try according to everyone else. (love the user name)

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from IanS wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

22 lr. Easier to find ammo. It will kill everything a mag will.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

If you never had either get the .22lr. Cheaper bullets, and why exactly would you need the mag if you've never shot either? Go 22lr for now.

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from babsfish4life wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

I just use my 22lr for plinking and just the joy of shooting. If I had to load it up with magnums it wouldn't be as much of a joy because I am such a tightwad. I would say get a 22lr for plinking and small game and get a larger rifle or stuff bigger. I would think the magnum would be almost the same game as a 22lr just more expensive.

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from 007 wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

The LR is cheaper to feed and better for small edible game, while the magnum is better for varmints. Easy solution, get both.

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from Elmer Fudd wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

accuracy better at range with the mag, the LR is the right price on ammo and accurate for shorter range.

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from gatorb8t wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Honestly, I own a moss-22short/lr it's nice. I also have a 22mag, but bang for the buck is the Marlin 17HMR Model 17V w/bull barrel topped w/a nikon prostaff 3x9x40,this thing will drive tacks it also will drop foxes,turkey's and all other small game.

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

The .22 mag is a nice rifle but the main reason for shooting a .22 is low cost ammo. You can shoot load your own and shoot a center fire rifle for what the .22 mag costs on ammo. For me shooting a .22 mag rather than a .22 LR is kind of like ripping up $20 bills. It takes the fun out of it unless you are quire wealthy.

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from crm3006 wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

22 LR will kill anything you should be shooting with a 22 to start with, and the ammunition is a lot more economical. LR hollow points are the answer to the 22 mags extra power.

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from Big Dave wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

Get a Ruger 10/22. It can fire both rounds. can't go wrong.

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from Big Dave wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

forget my last post on the Ruger 10/22 please. It cannot fire both 22LR and 22 WMR. However I looked up some good data on both rounds. Check this out:

.22 Long Rifle
.22 Long Rifle, is a rimfire cartridge that is well established with a variety of ammunition loadings, and in terms of units sold is still by far the most common in the world today. The .22 Long Rifle rimfire is a heavier loading of the .22 Long case and appeared in 1887, along with the first smokeless powder loadings of the .22 rimfires. It is one of the few cartridges that are accepted by a large variety of rifles, as well as pistols. Virtually every manufacturer of cartridge firearms makes at least one model chambering it, and this has been true for more than a century. There are a variety of different types of .22 Long Rifle (or ".22 LR") rimfire loads.
Specifications:
Case length: .595 in.
Case diameter: .225 in.
Bullet diameter: .224 in.
Rim diameter: .271 in.
Rim thickness: .040 in.
Cartridge overall length: .985 in.
Bullet weight - 40 gr. / Velocity - 1,082 fps. / Energy - 104 ft.lb. / (Subsonic)
Bullet weight - 36 gr. / Velocity - 1,328 fps. / Energy - 141 ft.lb. / (High Velocity)

.22 WMR
.22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire, is a rimfire rifle cartridge, commonly loaded with a 40 grain bullet, it can deliver velocities in the 2000 fps. range from a rifle barrel. The .22 WMR was introduced in the 1950s by Winchester, and it was the only successful rimfire cartridge introduced in the 20th century. The .22 WMR uses a larger case than the more popular .22 Long Rifle rimfire, both in diameter and length. The .22 WMR's case is also much thicker, allowing much higher pressures. Since the .22 WMR generally uses the same weight bullets as the .22 Long Rifle, it is generally used in similar situations. The 40 grain .22 WMR at 100 yards still retains the velocity of a .22 LR at the muzzle, which can provide improved penetration at all ranges, and more reliable expansion at long range with expanding bullets.
Specifications:
Case length: 1.052 in.
Overall length: 1.350 in.
Bullet diameter: .224 in.
Bullet weight - 40 gr. / Velocity - 2,020 fps. / Energy - 360 ft.lb.

Source =http://www.gunnersden.com/index.htm.rimfire-rifles.html

I think I'll pick up a 22 WMR bolt action rifle for target practice. about $13 for 50 rounds.

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