Rimfire Roundup -- Number One
Welcome to the very first Rimfire Roundup!
When we think of rimfire, we automatically think of .22's, but there's more to it than that. 22 caliber is by far the best known, but there were, and are, other calibers in the rimfire world.
There's the .17's, for example, one new one, and another older one. Then there's the .41 caliber rimfire, and probably a lot more obscure ones too. That might be a good subject for a post from one of you bloggers out there that knows a lot more about it than I do!
I'd like to start with a quote from an email from Jeff at Alphecca :
"....on a warm summer day when I want to relax, I instinctively reach for a bunch of empty Campbell's soup tins, grab a .22, and head out into the woods... If you're not competing in the Olympics, you can buy a .22 fun gun for next to nothing, a brick of ammo for a few bucks, and you'll have days of pleasure on end. Heck, even though I do anyway, the instruction book for my Marlin says I don't even have to clean the gun!"
That kinda sums up the appeal of .22 rimfire shooting. Fun to shoot, easy to afford, and cheap to feed!
Speaking of Alphecca, here's a post dealing with good first time rifles for kids featuring .22's:
Kim at The Other Side of Kim also has a good suggestion for kids, the Chipmunk bolt action .22 rifle. It's even made in the good old USA!
Want to step it up a notch or so? How about a tricked up Ruger 10/22? The stock is a work of art all by itself! This beauty lives at Josh's place, The South Park Pundit . Here's the full story!
Is Josh's 10/22 a little too exotic for your taste? How about a real classic that has accuracy to match it's good looks? This Martini Model 8 is proudly owned by Firehand at Irons in the Fire. Not only are there a lot more pictures over there, he goes through some history, a range report, and even a field strip for you, step-by-step. The beauty isn't only skin deep! It's a long and well researched post you should enjoy.
How about the handguns, you say? I thought you'd never ask! Here's a couple to get you started. Azreel at Free Spirit Mind has a review of the AMT AutoMag II - the world's only autoloading .22 WMR handgun.
None of those new fangled auto loaders for you? How about one of the nicest looking .22's ever made, in my opinion, the Ruger New Model Single Six revolver?
This one's one of Mr. Completely's pride and joys. It has an interchangeable cylinder, so you can shoot either .22 Long rifle or .22 Magnum ammunition. Mr. Completely has a review and range report for your reading pleasure!
OK, you've got the .22 of your choice, but one question remains. What ammo should I use? You could probably go on and on about individual favorite flavors, but Josh at South Park Pundit has a rundown on good .22 ammunition to get you started.
Now you are all set to go, but wait! You better read through the article on "Improving your shooting with .22's" written by Denise at The Ten Ring.
And last, but definitely not least, if you haven't worn yourself out completely and would like to peruse a few (!) more guns and reviews, check out Kim's Gallery of Gratuitous Gun Pic's!
That's it for the very first Rimfire Roundup! I tried to keep it to a somewhat manageable length for the first Roundup, but if you submitted more than one post, never fear, it will show up in following Roundups.
Thanks to all of you for your submissions!
The deadline for next week's roundup is Tuesday night.