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Old 11-02-2011, 11:07 PM
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Default Need help.....22 LR vs 22 mag choice



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I am curious as a comparison between performance of 22 LR vs 22 mag.

My gf decided my 22 mag was her gun now after I taught her to shoot.......and did surprising great at it for her first time ever shooting....but my 12 gauge did cause her to stumble back2 steps lol

I have to replace that rifle now....have searched everywhere around where I live and there is not a single 22 mag ANYWHERE for sale.

I really like that caliber, but am willing to give a 22LR a try

Are the comparable?

Please keep responses to a choice between these 2..........don't need an AR fanboy showing up.

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Old 11-02-2011, 11:23 PM
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I'd say the difference is 25-50 yards....

I've never had an issue with a .22LR not killing anything dead enough and wished I'd had a .22 Mag.

You can kill up to coyote with a typical heart/lung with a .22LR....just a bit further with a .22 Mag

Its not like .22 Mag puts you into a whole new category of game, like deer or hog.

Just gives you a bit more range via a flatter shooting bullet.
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Old 11-02-2011, 11:25 PM
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Thanks chinook pilot!!! Exactly what I was looking for

my compliments........from a former Huey chief
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I've used the .22 Long Rifle, and the .22 Mag. These days, I use the .22 Long Rifle and one of the .32 centerfire pistol cartridges out of a cartridge adapter. The bigger hunk of lead does a better job on small game, and, while I don't get a trajectory as flat as the Magnum's, I don't get the report, either.

A .30-30 and an adapter for the .32 Smith & Wesson Long will get you dinner, quieter than most....

Additional point. I can reload the .32 case quite a few times, unlike the rimfire Mag....
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22 lr only because the guns are more common, and I am stocking up on ammo for trading.
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22 lr only because the guns are more common, and I am stocking up on ammo for trading.
Another point I am considering is the SHTF scenario
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I have a marlin 22 mag bolt action that I swear by. It has a 7 round magazine and an awesome simmons scope on it and can do 1/4 inch groups at 100 yes. That being said, I also shoot 22lr out of it but they will not feed properly from the magazine. If I shoot 22lr out of it it is essentially a one shot then hand reload the next round
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I have a marlin 22 mag bolt action that I swear by. It has a 7 round magazine and an awesome simmons scope on it and can do 1/4 inch groups at 100 yes. That being said, I also shoot 22lr out of it but they will not feed properly from the magazine. If I shoot 22lr out of it it is essentially a one shot then hand reload the next round
That is why I ask...I have a similar Marlin only with a tube magazine and no doubt love it.......but so did the other half....lol

I am hoping to be able to find the same love affair with a 22LR
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Look at the little Romanian training rifles in .22 LR. 5 shot, box fed, invariably accurate in the ones I have used and sold, and designed to be used, and used, and used some more in teaching marksmanship.
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22LR, it's less expensive to stock up on. 10/22 has lots of aftermarket parts and Ruger has a very reliable 25 rnd magazine.
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22LR, it's less expensive to stock up on. 10/22 has lots of aftermarket parts and Ruger has a very reliable 25 rnd magazine.
One of the pieces I am considering as long as I don't have to sell off the gf to buy one

Lots of good info so far

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The 22 mag is made for a rifle and the 22 Lr is one of the most under rated cartridges their is. Adding to that it is so easy to come by that it is a no brainer
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Take a look at the velocity difference between the .22 mag and the .22 LR. You dont really gain much with magnum except more expensive bullets. If you were to purchase a remington 552 auto or a 572 pump you gain the versatility of being able to fire .22 short , long or long rifle.
A good many of the high velocity .22 s like the CCI Minni Mag and other offer near the same velocity as a magnum.
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I have several .22 rifles. My next rifle up is a .223 Ar-15 I really didn't see the need for one in between. .22 lr and .223 are some of most common cartridges out there. I don't see .22 magnum everywhere.. The .22 magnum is one of those in between rounds you know? Nice if you want a little more fps. Not really necessary just nice. I go .22 rimfire, .223, 30-06. Then have pistols and shotguns in 9mm and 20 gauge. I pretty much cover all the bases with those.

I would just go with a couple of good .22 in long rifle and sell the magnum. Get a .223 if you want a faster .22. Just sayin, Kingfish
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I would just go with a couple of good .22 in long rifle and sell the magnum. Get a .223 if you want a faster .22. Just sayin, Kingfish
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But sell the magnum? Man, I gave it to her, do you realize the potential harm you could have caused me? I teach her how to shoot and then say "hey i know you like it, but I am taking it back and selling it."

I was hoping to dodge the 223 comments....it is in a different class than what I am contemplating now.
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Default Love my 22mag.

The mag gives you the option to hand feed a lr22 if its all you have. The same cannot be said the other way around. I also have a 22 mag. derringer I picked up for $100.00 which also shoots the standard Long rifle .22 nicely. OH. the tube feed with the Marlin22 mag. I am sure if I tinkered with the mag.feed would work with the long rifle. JMHO. Adios.
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Problem with 22 mag is ammo costs are on par with most centerfire ammo. If 22mag prices were closer to 22LR I can see it being more popular. Right now its something on the order of 3 cents a 22LR cartridge vs 20 cents a 22 mag cartridge.

That makes finding rifles chambered for it also a struggle.

Where I've seen it most used is on 22 revolvers where you can shoot both with a cylinder switch. Such as the Ruger single 6 or NAA mini's.

Anyway just get a ruger 10/22 you wont be sorry.
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I've always read that .22LR is dangerous to shoot from a .22 mag. The extra room can cause the case to stretch and split, leaking gas back at the shooter.
.22 mag has more whallop than LR, but in most cases, I don't see the need. LR is adequate for targets and most small game. There are a few critters .22 mag is better suited for, but it's not neccesary. Especially given the cost difference.
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Go with the Mag. and look at gunbroker.com
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Your 22mag comes out in the high 1900 to the low 2000+ fps. The long rifle tops out around 1400fps. Ive kill alot with both rounds. But a good box of 50 22 mags start at 12-13$ and goes up. A box of cci mini mags are 7bucks for 100. The price of good ammo is about 1/3-1/2 for the 22 as the 22 mag. The 10/22 was mention earlier you can find then from 150-300 used to new. Mine was 240+ at wally world. But it was made spacificly for wally world. 22In barrel thats free floated stainless steel. Trigger sucked when i got it about 8lbs. But done a trigger job on it and at 50 yrds she'll shoot dime size groups. Both good rounds. Just you have 50+ yrds of flatter shooting with the mag. But the cost is what i like in the long rifle. Cheap plinking ammo i buy is 15$ for 500rnds. Get you a 22 everyboby needs atleast 2.
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