Tuesday, February 07, 2006

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:

Marlin Bolt Action .22

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!

The Chipmunk .22 -- A Product of Idaho!

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!

Ruger 10/22 -- What a beauty!

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.

Martini Model 8 .22 Caliber falling block rifle

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.

AMT AutoMag II in .22 WMR

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!

Ruger New Model Single Six in .22 Magnum

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.


At Wednesday, February 08, 2006 11:09:00 AM, Blogger carnaby said...

How old can you start kids on that chipmunk .22? And how old is too old for the chipmunk?

At Wednesday, February 08, 2006 11:49:00 AM, Blogger Mr. Completely said...

I'm no expert, but I'd say the younger the better, supervised carefully, of course, but a good family activity. Firearms taught at an early age will stay with them their entire lives.

Too old? You must be kidding, you are NEVER to old to shoot ANYTHING, especially if it looks like fun!

.....Mr. C.

At Wednesday, February 08, 2006 6:52:00 PM, Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy said...

Great roundup, Mr. C.!!

At Thursday, February 09, 2006 8:17:00 AM, Blogger carnaby said...

well, I just meant "too old" as in when they should move up to a larger model. I've tried out the chipmunk in the store and I can't even get a proper sight picture since it's too small.

At Friday, February 10, 2006 8:38:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A great deal of cartridges were rimfire in the early days of cartridge development.

The .41 Rimfire, or .41 Remington Rimfire, is what the infamous little single-shot Remington deringer used that has been popularized as the standard gambler's gun in the movies.

The old Steven's Favorite .22 that I have was also made in .25 and .32 rimfire calibers which are now obsolete, and if any cartridges still exist, would be more valuable as collector's items.

At Monday, February 13, 2006 5:22:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chipmunk makes a fun looking boltie 'pistol' based off the rifle.

Also, one thing I've decided is a must for my rimfires is a bull barrel. Mainly because of heat absorption/dissipation.

in a backyard plinking session, a sporter barrel heats up way too fast adn starts stringing. especially when you've got a 10rd mag as I do in my Savage Mark II. Let alone one of those gigantic 10/22 mags.

At Wednesday, February 21, 2007 9:45:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am the proud owner of my Grandfather's Doublebarrel 41 Caliber Rimfire Derringer and am wondering how I find ammunition for it. Any ideas?

At Saturday, March 08, 2008 5:16:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I need amnunition for .41 caliber rimfire.where can i find it?

At Wednesday, November 12, 2008 2:47:00 PM, Blogger majsmith said...

AMT isn't the only .22 WMR auto pistol...Grendel made a 30 round, .22WMR pistol back in the early 90's called the P39. It had a screw on compensator also on the early models.

Got one and it is a tack driver.

We need a good .17 hmr autloader.


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