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Old 03-07-2018, 08:16 PM
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After a lengthy detour into casting my own bullets and playing with stuff ranging from 38 wadcutters to full house 30-06 loads, I am thinking about a new rimfire, namely a Browning SA-22 in 22 short. I always wanted a short-only rifle and Brownings are classy. Looks like the maple stocked ones are around, too, which spins my crank. Before parting with the cash, I wonder if I could ask a few questions:

- Are these rifles accurate? Is the twist really appropriate for a short?

- Will they cycle with CB shorts?

- Are they hard to scope if I find it necessary? Can you still do a take down if it wears glass?

Any other suggestions or warnings? I think this might make the perfect little gallery and small game gun, but figured I would ask for real world experience from people who have shot one. My 60s 39A shoots very nicely with CCI HVHP shorts and they work a treat for squirrels, but it is very particular about shooting only that brand well and the rifle is pretty heavy.
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in general the olympics have seen a lot of 22 shorts shot - yes i think they can be accurate , depends on what you shoot them in and how good you are , as to the SA ive not found the one yet but i will buy it when i do , i love my short only 22s
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Old 03-07-2018, 09:18 PM
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i just received my maple sa-22 (.22 short) last week from cdnn. great rifle. beautiful too! it did not cycle cci cbs reliably....1 or 2 fire, then failure to cycle...yada yada. the end of a partial box of old remington solid nosed shorts fired perfectly.

i ordered a brick of solid nose aquilia shorts and 2 bricks of cci solid nose shorts. they arrived yesterday and will try each flavor this week.

the rifle is a dandy! i was impressed! the stock is simply stunning.

my stash of cbs was for my (my is spelled -- w-i-f-e-'s) winchester gallery gun anyway.

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Old 03-07-2018, 09:30 PM
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I will be interested to hear how the Aguila shorts do. I love the Aguila LR subsonics and that is mostly what I hunt with in 22LR rifles. The shorts didn't play well with my lever gun, unfortunately, so I have almost 2 bricks gathering dust.
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Old 03-08-2018, 06:52 AM
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Yes, the rate of twist is appropriate for the 22 short (1:20)
Yes, you can still take it down when it scoped.
Order one now!
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After a lengthy detour into casting my own bullets and playing with stuff ranging from 38 wadcutters to full house 30-06 loads, I am thinking about a new rimfire, namely a Browning SA-22 in 22 short. I always wanted a short-only rifle and Brownings are classy. Looks like the maple stocked ones are around, too, which spins my crank. Before parting with the cash, I wonder if I could ask a few questions:

- Are these rifles accurate? Is the twist really appropriate for a short?

Yes, they are accurate.

- Will they cycle with CB shorts?

I have shot two, both Belgium made (1956 and 1970?), and they both cycled with no FTE.

- Are they hard to scope if I find it necessary? Can you still do a take down if it wears glass?

Get a good quality mount and they can be taken down.

Any other suggestions or warnings? I think this might make the perfect little gallery and small game gun, but figured I would ask for real world experience from people who have shot one. My 60s 39A shoots very nicely with CCI HVHP shorts and they work a treat for squirrels, but it is very particular about shooting only that brand well and the rifle is pretty heavy.
Buy one now before they are gone.
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Shot my new 22 short rifle on Monday. I had CCI target and CB ammo to try out. The target ammo all fed and shot as well as my 67 year old eyes allow at 15 and 25 yards offhand. The CB ammo did not feed reliably but it did improve as the rifle was shot. I think that after a few hundred rounds of break in shooting it will feed the CB ammo just fine. Either way I am happy with my purchase.
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reckon the recoil spring could be weakened just enough so the cb's will feed? i have a remington 550-1 that doesn't like cb's either.
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Get that puppy bought !!

You'll NEVER. Regrets it.

I love mine. Very accurate .

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took the new sa-22 out yesterday afternoon. shot both aquila and cci shorts (see pic) and found both were excellent out of this rifle. zero failures and excellent accuracy (for an old guy).

bob


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Old 03-09-2018, 03:33 PM
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SA-22 Shorts

FWIW, I have two of the shorts models and they both cycle the CB shorts. No modification was needed. Both are Belgian models.
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OK, I could not resist. Ordered the maple stocked version this morning. I have wanted one for years. I plan to shoot it open sights at first, but with my eyesight being what it is I probably will end up scoping it. Any suggestions on a scope? I would imagine that on a handy little rifle like this and shooting shorts that something very compact and relatively low magnification would make the most sense. This is going to be a 25 to 50 yard proposition, not 100+.
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Old 03-10-2018, 11:20 AM
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OK, I could not resist. Ordered the maple stocked version this morning. I have wanted one for years. I plan to shoot it open sights at first, but with my eyesight being what it is I probably will end up scoping it. Any suggestions on a scope? I would imagine that on a handy little rifle like this and shooting shorts that something very compact and relatively low magnification would make the most sense. This is going to be a 25 to 50 yard proposition, not 100+.
New production has ceased but a Leupold 4x rimfire special would be ideal.
The 2-7x rimfire special can still be found.Just 3/4" longer than the 4x.
The bummer is that gloss finish is a thing of the past.
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New production has ceased but a Leupold 4x rimfire special would be ideal.
The 2-7x rimfire special can still be found.Just 3/4" longer than the 4x.
The bummer is that gloss finish is a thing of the past.
Camster, I bought a Leupold 2-7 gloss rimfire about a month ago from Natchez.
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Camster, I bought a Leupold 2-7 gloss rimfire about a month ago from Natchez.
You found one of the last ones.No one has them now.I had one back ordered with Opticsplanet and that order was canceled last week.
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