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Old 12-06-2018, 03:39 PM
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Looking for a Savage Arms Model 30GM Stevens Favorite 22 mag. Semper Fi
You may want to post this in the Trading Post, HERE.

Kinda against forum policy to post sale/buy things in regular discussion forum posts, I believe.

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Old 12-06-2018, 04:51 PM
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I was at my LGS today and got off talking about .22 magnums which he declared that no one has or will build a reliable .22 magnum semi auto rifle or pistol. I asked him why and he replied they were inherently a bad cartridge. ***???
Why should it be any different than any other cartridge?
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Why do .22 magnums get such a bad rap. Are all commercially produced .22 mag semi autos crap?

Can/ will someone please clarify things?
The strikes against the 22WMR cartridge:

It's rimfire [JMB hisse'f invented .25acp because he couldn't get 22lr to run reliably enough in a semi-auto to suit his standards.]

It's based upon a defunct cartridge [25 Stevens]: has to be some reason the original went the way of the dodo...

It was never intended for pistols [loaded with slower powder for a protracted burn in rifle-length barrels until just recently when some pistol-specific rounds became available.]

Pressure running right up there near the limit for rf cartridge brass functional parameters.

Straight wall cartridge [great for revolvers & manual actions; S/A, not so much.]

Not saying it can't be done, just that it's harder than using something else.

And of course, you can reload 22Hornet & 223Rem for ~ the cost of new 22WMR, so if you really want something in that performance envelope, you can get there by other methods on platforms proven for those more capable chamberings.

Nonetheless, I'd love a PMR30 if they were legal behind the Granola Curtain...
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Old 12-06-2018, 06:15 PM
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................................... what exactly is the point?

Seeing as how it has a good following, it obviously has it's applications even if I've never found the need to own one. So, I thought it might be interesting to hear what purposes you guys use your .22 magnums for? This goes doubly for those that use .22 Magnum handguns.
I'm a believer. I had a serious case of 10/22itis which lead me to the 10/22M back when you could buy a new one for under $300. I've had and sold a half dozen and have two now. I admit it was something of a challenge to get the magnums to run right but, once I got there, they have been a blast. Early in our "career" as prairie dog shooters, I picked up a Savage 93 in WMR because....well just because. We've been doing that for a long time and we've never made a trip west without at least one WMR. My first double (two p dogs with one shot) was with the Savage shooting 33 gr VMax loads. The RAR in WMR makes the trip now. Had a Single Six convertible I carried with WMR birdshot for interactions with rattlesnakes but found it to be pretty useless. Didn't do much but further piss off an already agitated snake. As always, after you get past the first one or two, the word "need" doesn't fit most conversations about guns. I didn't "need" a .17 Fireball but I have two. I didn't need four .223s but I have them. I didn't need two .204s but I have them. I sure didn't need a 22-250 or a .224 Valkyrie but they are here. I absolutely didn't need 5 rifle calibers to reload but I've got them.
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Old 12-06-2018, 07:07 PM
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I guess I've been luckier than most, I had two Ruger 10/22Ms, early single extractor models and both functioned fine. I read about folks having to change extractors and replace firing pins for reliability, but I never did... in fact I still have two new in the package Power Custom Magnum firing pins.

I sold both of the 10/22Ms when the prices got so high, made a couple folks real happy (besides me).

I've owned bolts and levers in .22WMR too, but they never stayed long, as I just really prefer semi-autos. I've owned both the AMT and Kel-Tec pistols, but neither wowed me for different reasons.

Today I have these two .22WMRs, one rifle, one pistol, both reliable and accurate, both staying with me for the long haul.

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Old 12-07-2018, 07:45 PM
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I have a XTM-22 on order. It looks,to me, to be pretty reliable and nicely built. While I have never fired a Kel-tec, they just never appealed to me.
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Smile 22magnum

I have 2 ruger 22magnum an h&r an h&k a marlin and a Bruno, all semi auto, they work very well as long as they are clean. Love to hunt with them and plink. Have numerous other 22magnum bolt and lever action rifles and even a low wal in 22magnum, lots of hand guns also in the caliber.
Would have to say it is my favorite round. I hear all the BS about them and just smile and keep enjoying mine.
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Old 12-08-2018, 08:55 AM
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I bought my first .22 WMR last year...a Henry H003TM pump. Now I have 5 (the Henry and 4 semis...2 Remington 597M and 2 CZ 512 carbines). I like them all, but one of the 597s has been difficult to work with. The rest function flawlessly, and I enjoy the round so much, I rarely bother with .22LR or .17HMR any more.
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Old 01-03-2019, 10:08 PM
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22 magnum

I have an early Ruger 22 mag that has never given me a problem. I had CPC do some work on it and with the right ammo, nicely accurate. I recently purchased a kel-tec CMR-30, the carbine version of the PMR. That is a very fun gun. Weighs right around 4 lbs with my red dot mounted and has a nice trigger. So far reliability has been great. Also, have a single six with a 22 mag cylinder. It is a significant upgrade in power from the 22 lr. I have a 17 hmr, 17 wsm, 17 hornet, and 22 hornet, plus 223's. Each one has its place.
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The .22 Magnum is a favorite of mine as well. At last count I presently own 8 rifles and 2 handguns, and have traded away a few more in the past. As far as semi-autos go, I've had the Marlin which worked great, no problems, and will never part with my H&K 300 which is the Primo auto in my opinion.

That gun shop guy obviously needs to gain more actual experience with the maggie before spewing his opinions on others. I'd like to watch him shoot a few hundred rounds through my H&K 300 and then explain to me how the cartridge is at fault in some way. More likely, I'd have to pry his hands from the rifle afterwards.
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Old 01-04-2019, 03:36 AM
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Never ask a gun dealer anything!
If he has ten of them to sell, "they're great".
If he has none in stock " they're trouble".

If WMR didn't work gun makers would not build them!
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Some gun counter guys are absolutely the greatest source of knowledge when you are looking for new rifles, bows etc. Others should be banned from the store as they give such bad advice and sell it as the gospel. Just a couple months ago I stood listening to one tell a story that supposedly happened to him, followed the story line of Chris Kyle to a T. After that he went into a couple more far fetched stories, Some people are sickening.
I've had several 22mags over the years but never kept any except for my SA 141M which I love. I have had several HK 300's and sadly sold them as I never shot them enough to realize how good they were, made a lot of money on each though.. I keep looking at that Accelerator semi auto pistol, is it any good? Stainless big frame and sells for about $375.
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I've had a few 22mags but am now down to only a 10" Contender. I enjoy shooting that a lot.

Is the RIA M1911-A1 XT22 MAGNUM still being built? It looks intriguing.
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I think the .22 magnum is a fine rimfire rifle round, but, as others have said, not a great choice for pistol-length barrels.

I have shot other people's .22 WMR rifles for years, before finally buying one of my own specfically for minimal-noise coyote killing in a surburban or semi-rural setting with a couple of neighboring homes 75 yards to my left and right.

If noise were not a concern, I'd never own a .22 magnum, since the ammo costs as much as imported or steel-cased .223 ammo (actually more: Right now it looks like I can get .223 for 18 cents a round and it's 22 cents for the lowest price .22 mag I can find). The .223 has no recoil, 3X the kinetic energy, 4X the effective range for target shooting or hunting), and if you use an expanding bullet, you KNOW it will expand. No doubts, even at the far end of its maximum hunting range.


Now, if .22 magnums only cost TWICE what .22 LR ammo cost, then I think they'd be a lot more popular. But right now, they're 3x to 4x the price, and it's just not worth it for all but a few applications.
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The 22 wmr is a superb small game cartridge, was also probably the greatest trap line cartridge ever made. Back in the day a tube fed 22wmr was the go to gun for trap line guys.

The % of folks who hunt in the overall gun population is at or near the all time low. Guys running a trap line are close to dodo bird status compared to the 50s and 60s. Money is made in the next big thing, not the latest and greatest of 1959. The 22 wmr is 60 years old now, the 17 hmr is 20 this year.

I'm college my schedule allowed for 4 days a week semi populated predator and varmint control. Fell in love with the mag, in a 1022 m, 96/22 and eventually my beloved 77/22. It flat out works, hits just a bit harder than the hmr.

It's 24kpsi sammi pressure, just like 17hm2, 17 hmr and 22 lr. Now, they may have different pressure impulses but same max.

It's now a niche product for a minimal market cross section, as such product development is slower than better marketed 17hmr or more common 22lr. Naturally less rifle development, the 1022 mags were hammers and the rotary mag near flawless in feeding the straight walled cartridge. Volquartsen has made a bomber 22wmr for more than 20 years, but it's spendy due to its niche audience and low production numbers.

We've had a reverse trickle down effect with the hmr popularity. The mag ammo is better than ever, with lots of good options. When my first 22wmr followed me home ossi custom made 35 grain v max ammo for 25$ a box of 50. In the last 15 years the options have grown and the fps along with it (think a 22 from cci) A 50 pack of 22 wmr ammo is a lot of game harvest potential in a very small form factor all for about 10$.
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If you look at Ballistics by the Inch, optimum velocities are obtained between 10" and 14" with CCI 40gr jhp, what I use most. My 10" Contender is very accurate but does have a muzzle flash that attracts attention at the range. I've been thinking about finding a 12 or 14 inch barrel to tame flash and recoil. This handgun is very accurate, but perhaps you were speaking of autoloaders and revolvers.
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