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Old 10-29-2013, 20:58   #1
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Why get a 22 wmr?

I've been thinking of getting a 22 bolt action. I was wondering what would make someone choose a mag over an lr? I plan to use it for practice and maybe a little squirrel hunting. I just wasn't sure which one I want/need. I can't imagine I'd ever really need a magnum, because I'd only probably ever hunt squirrels and not over any great difference, but I'd like to know why someone would choose one, because I may be missing something.
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Old 10-29-2013, 21:04   #2
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You don't need a magnum for squirrel. But, its a good little cartridge IMO.
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Because you want it. No other reason, really.
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Old 10-29-2013, 21:48   #4
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Because you want it. No other reason, really.
This.
I find it's the reason for most firearms purchases.
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Old 10-29-2013, 22:00   #5
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Foxes and bobcats can't be hunted using a centerfire in my state, so .22 mag is about the only option for 75 plus yd. shots when predator calling.
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Old 10-29-2013, 22:27   #6
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I want a gun that is fun to shoot, with relatively cheap ammo, that has more punch than a .22LR. Will be used mostly just for plinking, but also for groundhogs, raccoons, and opossums up close. I've narrowed it down to either .22 Mag, or 9mm.
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I've been thinking of getting a 22 bolt action. I was wondering what would make someone choose a mag over an lr? I plan to use it for practice and maybe a little squirrel hunting. I just wasn't sure which one I want/need. I can't imagine I'd ever really need a magnum, because I'd only probably ever hunt squirrels and not over any great difference, but I'd like to know why someone would choose one, because I may be missing something.
So you determined you don't need it, but wonder why someone else would?

Uh, maybe more punch for slightly bigger animals and/or longer distances. I'm not sure I understand your question.
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I want a gun that is fun to shoot, with relatively cheap ammo, that has more punch than a .22LR. Will be used mostly just for plinking, but also for groundhogs, raccoons, and opossums up close. I've narrowed it down to either .22 Mag, or 9mm.
Ever considered a 17HMR? Even during the worst of the ammo crunch I was able to pick up these all but maybe twice when I stopped for the "disappointing trip to find pistol plinking rounds."

You can take a hog with her too....
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I've been thinking of getting a 22 bolt action. I was wondering what would make someone choose a mag over an lr? I plan to use it for practice and maybe a little squirrel hunting. I just wasn't sure which one I want/need. I can't imagine I'd ever really need a magnum, because I'd only probably ever hunt squirrels and not over any great difference, but I'd like to know why someone would choose one, because I may be missing something.
for Squirrels NO, but for woodchucks/groundhogs yes its a great 150 yard round for that. My primary chuck gun is a Marlin .22 WMR love it. i chose it over the .17 HMR mostly because the weight of the bullet shot is a bit less effected by wind and pretty much out to 150 yards does the same thing..The .17HMR gives you a bit more range and velocity but the wind also effects it more.

That said when supply/demand gets in tune im skipping the .17HMR all together again and going for the Winchester Super magnum RimFire. 3000 fps in a rimfire with a 25 grain bullet is good

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Because you want it. No other reason, really.
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This.
I find it's the reason for most firearms purchases.
I agree as well. OP, if you want one, get one.

Is there a need for my .22WMR pistol? Nope, I just wanted it.....

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I also have a Mossberg 640 Chuckster bolt action that I bought in an estate sale, not because I needed it, just because I thought it was an interesting gun. Besides, it's gorgeous! The bluing and the wood are perfect!


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That said when supply/demand gets in tune im skipping the .17HMR all together again and going for the Winchester Super magnum RimFire. 3000 fps in a rimfire with a 25 grain bullet is good
I will second that. I had one too just harder to find ammo and about $8-10 premium per box. HMR does plenty of damage to small game. Definitely wouldn't shoot them with the WSM if you plan to eat them!
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Thanks for the responses, everyone.

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So you determined you don't need it, but wonder why someone else would?

Uh, maybe more punch for slightly bigger animals and/or longer distances. I'm not sure I understand your question.
I didn't really determine that I didn't need one. I wasn't sure if I would need one. Seeing as how we don't have prairie dogs and groundhogs around here, I didn't think I'd really NEED one. Now, I may get one anyways, down the line because I want one. I just wanted to get some opinions and points of view that I may not have thought of.
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Ever considered a 17HMR? Even during the worst of the ammo crunch I was able to pick up these all but maybe twice when I stopped for the "disappointing trip to find pistol plinking rounds."

You can take a hog with her too....
I guess I forgot to mention that it will be a semi auto rifle/carbine. I'm not aware of any in .17, but then I haven't looked either.


I can't imagine I'd ever shoot a hog with anything anywhere near this small.
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Old 10-30-2013, 11:21   #14
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Alexander Arms makes a 17hmr semi auto. They also sell the upper, but both are rather expensive.
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Old 10-30-2013, 12:47   #15
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I have a winchester in 22 magnum. The ammunition is almost the same price as 223 is now. And that's when I can find it. I've found gobs of 22lr, but very little 22mag. If I were to do it again, I'd go 17 all day long.
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Old 10-30-2013, 13:06   #16
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My Dad bought one ( a CZ 452 American) some years ago for groundhogs at longer then 70 yards or so. Using a LR caused more then one wounded groundhog that needed a second shot at best. At worst they made it back to their hole. The magnum gave him the efficiency he was looking for in a rimfire.
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Old 10-30-2013, 13:33   #17
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When faced with a charging squirrel at close range you need the power of the WMR.

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I didn't really determine that I didn't need one. I wasn't sure if I would need one. Seeing as how we don't have prairie dogs and groundhogs around here, I didn't think I'd really NEED one. Now, I may get one anyways, down the line because I want one. I just wanted to get some opinions and points of view that I may not have thought of.
Cool

Hope you get one. It is a fun caliber.
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Old 10-30-2013, 15:35   #20
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I'll probably end up with one, sooner or later. I have 2 lr semis, so maybe I should just get a mag for something new. I have a NAA Black Widow somewhere in the order pipeline, so it's not like either would be a new caliber to stock.
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Old 10-30-2013, 16:34   #21
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While I have two .22 magnum capable handguns, I keep the generic .22 cylinders in both, so I can shoot subsonic .22 shorts around the house when needed.

Everything a .22 magnum could do I can do better in my region with a .17 HMR.
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Everything a .22 magnum could do I can do better in my region with a .17 HMR.
I have found my 17 HMR to be very wind sensitive. Great in very light to dead calm winds though.
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Old 10-30-2013, 17:11   #23
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The cost of 22 mag ammo would turn me off. I guess if you are using it as a hunting round it's not that big of a deal.
I did have a Ruger single six best of both worlds.
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A couple of my friends and I have debated the .22 WMR vs. .22lr and tossed into the debate the .17 caliber rifles.
(We've discussed .22 Hornet, too.)

Me???? Personally, I have no desire to own a .22 WMR.
It just doesn't "float my boat".
I do, however, have several .22 lr firearms.

I did, however, witness a good friend take a groundhog at 220 yards with his .22 WMR.
One shot. I was impressed. DRT.

Same with .22 Hornet. It does a number on groundhogs, but, a real PITA to load for!!!

Of course.... YMMV.
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I'm very tempted by the new Ruger American rifle in 22wmr. My LGS has it for $249. I've read some great reviews and seen pics of impressive targets.
But, I have not seen a round of wmr ammo for sale in a very long time. That fact alone is keeping from buying.
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