Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Best Rimfire Pistol For Steel Shooting?

I've got an article posted over at GUNUP.COM about what are the five best rimfire pistols for steel competition. If you are considering giving steel shooting with a .22 a try, you might want to go have a look. In fact, a good steel shooter makes a wonderful plinker too, so even if you are thinking about expanding your rimfire pistol inventory (!) you might find some things of interest to consider. Here's the link to the article.

There's a lot of excellent choices out there, so trying to narrow it down to only five was pretty difficult!


At Thursday, April 07, 2011 6:10:00 PM, Blogger Shy Wolf said...

Love shooting steel and wish there were some .22 steel matches around my area. My club claims the ricochet factor is too high due to .22 velocity.
I have both the Ruger MKII and A22 Smith, like them both but do lean to the Ruger more. The A22 seems a bit more finicky about cleaning, but love the mid-grip magazine release. (Hint-hint, Ruger.)
Questions about .22 steel: what are the distances shot? Is there an organization that promotes it? (Like perhaps I could convince TPTB at my club to invest a bit for .22 shooters.) Are the steel plates the same size/weight as center fire? Or are special light weight targets required? Are courses of fire similar to centerfire matches (usually RO decision here).
Otherwise, I shoot a lot on my home yard range (fifty yards max) and do have a few 'competitions' with friends on some week ends.
(BTW- you don't have to answer the questions if you don't feel like it. I'm just wishing...)

At Tuesday, April 12, 2011 7:59:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Shy Wolf:

Apologies for not answering your questions sooner, but my schedule has been really full. I really like the mid-grip mag release on the 22a, and I wish they were all that way. Steel distances: Maximum 35 yds, minimum 7 yds. Organization: http://www.steelchallenge.com/
We use the same plates for centerfire and rimfire. If you use AR500 armor plate, they can be as thin as 1/4" for handgun and rimfire use, otherwise 3/8" mild steel, and they will still need to be replaced eventually. If you weld to the plate to make a mount, the plates don't ring very well. Although not as pretty, drilling a hole in them and hanging them on a hook works the best, and they ring loudly when hit.

Good luck, and I hope you get some steel shooting established at your club.

Mr. C.


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