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I have several hand guns and shotguns but I only have (2) .22 LR's.

I want to get a rifle that has a little more power and was thinking about a .22Mag semi-auto with a scope. I'm not sure even if they make something like this.

I do have a large stock of .22 ammo and I don't want to get too complicated
with a bunch of different cal ammo. I like having.40 cal, .22 and 12 ga shells, but I don't mind getting a large supply of .22 Mag ammo

Any suggestions and recommendations??
 

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Just interested here. Why would you prefer .22 wmr over a .223 rem?
Maybe I'm wrong but this is my thinking.

I want to keep my ammo list simple, .22, .40 (pistol) and 12 ga for shotgun.

If I understand this right, a .22 Mag rifle can also shot the regular .22 ammo that I already have a large stock of.

I want a rifle with a little more power than a regular .22 LR and it seems logical to me that a .22 mag might be the way to go.

Thanks for any advise you can offer
 

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If I understand this right, a .22 Mag rifle can also shot the regular .22 ammo that I already have a large stock of.

I want a rifle with a little more power than a regular .22 LR and it seems logical to me that a .22 mag might be the way to go.
It's not recommended to shoot .22LR in a .22WMR rifle. There is a diffirence in the case that makes in unsafe to shoot a .22LR in a .22WMR chamber. That's why guns like the Ruger single six come with both a .22LR cylinder and a .22WMR cylinder.



Now I might be wrong on this one, but I've understood that there is not much price diffirence between .22wmr and .223 so if you can choose, I'd go with .223 because the centerfire design is more reliable, ammo is more available and it's more powerful.
 

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Several companies have at one time or another produced a
.22 magnum semi-auto. (The Ruger 10-22 was once available
in that caliber, as was the Marlin 922, just to name a couple.)

And most of those companies have eventually discontinued them.
They're sometimes problematic. If I recall correctly, it has something
to do with the extreme ratio of length of the casing relative
to its diameter, and getting the timing of the semi-auto action and
the extraction to work just right. But having said that, I'm about at
the limits of my sandbox of knowledge on the topic.

But bottom line -- and no offense to anyone who owns one --
they often seem to be more trouble than they're worth. A couple
of friends of mine have AMT Automags in .22 magnum, and they're
both pretty finicky. (The guns, not the friends... Well, OK... the friends too. :D:)

However, if you want to take a chance on one, here's a High Road discussion
thread that has a few recommendations:
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=329350

If you're looking to tweak a little more range and power out of your
.22LR, take a look at the ballistics on the CCI Stingers, or other
hyper-velocity .22LRs. Not saying they're entirely up to par with
a .22 magnum, but they're a touch closer than the .22LR high velocities.

And Wolf has it right -- don't fire a .22LR in a .22 magnum chamber.
The chamber size on the .22 magnum is slightly larger in diameter -- enough
so that the .22LR casing won't be properly constrained. You can easily
split the casing on the .22LR. You mileage may vary on what happens
after that. Maybe nothing, maybe a jammed up casing that won't
extract, or maybe it gets uglier and things start to come apart in
a manner that requires bandaids.
 

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I have several hand guns and shotguns but I only have (2) .22 LR's.

I want to get a rifle that has a little more power and was thinking about a .22Mag semi-auto with a scope. I'm not sure even if they make something like this.

I do have a large stock of .22 ammo and I don't want to get too complicated
with a bunch of different cal ammo. I like having.40 cal, .22 and 12 ga shells, but I don't mind getting a large supply of .22 Mag ammo

Any suggestions and recommendations??
.22 magnum semi auto pistols and rifles have an inherent problem....cycling the long cartridge. The Remington 597 gets more favorable reviews for cycling reliability than other stock production rifles. There are custom produced rifles available, again with mixed reviews.
You do not state the intended purpose. Personally, I would develop a process of selection before I spent money on any firearm. Study the cartridge. Determine the purpose. Methods of modification, availability of accessories, history from reliable sources regarding reliability. Once you have some applicable criteria, it will be easier to focus the selection process.

In trying to justify the purchase of a .22 magnum rifle, ask yourself if the same goals would not be achieved by developing some skill with the .22 LR you already own.
 

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22lr can be fired in a 22 magnum with one of these. http://www.mcace.com/adapters.htm.

However, the excessive gap between the seated bullet and the rifleing lands can result in damage to the bullet. The damaged bullet may or may not be stable in flight.

Forget the idea of a 22 mag semi-auto rifle cycling 22lr reliably. You best bet may be a 22 magnum lever gun for a quick repeat shot. You will likely have cycling issues with a lever too. Possible double feeding from an improper sized magazine tube. The ejector dimention is wrong too. You're safest bet is to buy a bolt action one and single feed it 22lr.
 

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I got my Dad's H&R 686 when he passed few month ago...bought ammo for it last week...10$ box of 50 ...must agree better off with 223 or 7.62x39 cheaper and more range, power, ect
 

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Wolfe is right. You can't normally shoot .22LR in .22 Mag guns. I don't know much about the semi autos, but in bolt actions, you can't beat the Savage. Out of the box accuracy that's almost competition grade, for the price of a plinker.

found another .22 automatic rifle, this one seems to be a lot better then the first one i linked :p

YouTube- American 180 The best .22 machine gun made
I used to have one of those. Heckuva lot of fun. Almost wish I hadn't sold it, but I'm not a big fan of full auto and it had become worth a lot of money so I sold it. I bought it cheap in the 80s.
 

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why not a .17hmr instead? its got more range and power at the distance.. were a .22 is ideal at 80 yards 100lbs of force a .17 is 100 yards 100lbs now the .17hmr is 175yards and same force I rember reading about it some were.. and the .17 doesnt have as much drop..

I personaly dont see much of a use for a .22 mag..
 

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I've always been interested in .22 mag, but for some reason I've never picked one up. .17 hmr seemed to me a better choice. I picked a savage 93 in .17 over one in .22 wmr and I haven't really regretted it. Ammo is a little more spendy if you're just punching paper though. If I ever do want one in .22 mag though, my mags would be interchangeable.

I suppose it really depends on what you are going to be using it for. I agree with others that you should also look into a rifle in .223.
 

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I realize this is an old post, but the prices on 22 mag havent changed much from what is qouted on her, and I have never seen 223 for $10-15 per 50 rds
 

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If anybody happens to still be in the market for a rifle chambered for the 22 WMR cartridge Zastava makes the fantastic MP-22 in this chambering. CZ also makes the 455 in 22 Mag. Both of these companies produce fine rimfires and are IMHO often times overlooked. CZ is gaining in popularity and pretty mainstream nowadays, with that being said I don't believe I've heard the Zastava mentioned here, however have seen it reviewed numerous time with high marks over at rimfirecentral.com
 

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C.R.A.P. I just noticed this is an old thread brought back from years ago.

22 mag and semi auto rifles don't go together real well, get a bolt.
Here is a Ruger All weather 77 below in the pictures of mine..

If money is no problem and you got to have a 22 magnum semi auto, check and see if Volquartsen makes one you like.
There is no finer gun than a Volquartsen, its based on a 10/22 setup, that has been beefed up.
Volquartsen seems to be the only one that has gotten it right on the semi autos and the 22 magnum, but get ready to pay dearly.

https://www.volquartsen.com/category/20-rimfire-rifles/9-volquartsen-semi-auto



Here is a link to a semi auto 22 magnum pistol.

http://cheaperthandirt.com/blog/?p=842






 
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