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Old 01-26-2016, 10:55 AM
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What is your favorite single-shot .22 rifle?



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There have been several very interesting threads lately on single-shot .22 rifles,,,
I am a lover of single-shot rifles in general,,,
Especially those chambered in .22 LR.

So, what is (are) your favorite(s)?

A few months ago I would have said my Henry Acu-Bolt,,,
But in recent months I've purchased a few more,,,
They are giving my Henry some competition.

I went into The Evil Pawn Shop a few months ago,,,
There hanging on the wall was a Western Field model 815,,,
A quick look at the chart at Numrich told me it was a Mossberg 320.

It has a spring hinged loading ramp that I love,,,
Just lay the cartridge on the loading ramp.

It points the cartridge dead center to the chamber,,,
The ramp hinges down as the bolt closes.

I found a 60's vintage scope for it,,,
Now I can shoot groups that rival my very precise Henry.

A few months later I got the bug for an older military trainer,,,
I scored a very nice Polish WZ-48 from an individual.

I haven't shot the rifle much due to the cold weather,,,
But the one quick outing gave me nickel sized groups at 25 yards,,,
I have a feeling she will do much better when it's warmer and I'm not shivering.

For Christmas to myself I purchased a Mauser ES340B on Gunbroker,,,
It was even colder the one range trip I made to test fire it,,,
But 5 rounds at 25 yards produced a very tight group.

Another I bought on a whim is a Savage 3B that I picked up as a project rifle,,,
I've only fired 5 rounds through it to ensure functionality,,,
The group was way off the bullseye but very tight.

I love the feel of that old Savage,,,
When I shoulder the rifle it just settles right on target,,,
I have high hopes for it's performance as soon as I restore the wood/metal finish.

Lastly I have a H&R Sportster,,,
This is just a fun gun to shoot for pleasure,,,
I bought this gun new in 2007 when I got back into shooting.

It's no tack driver but with a 4X Cabela's branded scope,,,
I can hit clay pigeons at 100 yards all day long.

So right now I'm going to say that my favorite remains the Henry Acu-Bolt,,,
But when the weather warms up and I can get to the range,,,
One of my newer guns might supplant it in my eyes.

So, what is (are) your favorite(s) single-shot .22 rifle(s)?

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Old 01-26-2016, 10:58 AM
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Mostly, the one I don't have... Winchester 1885 low-wall. Lust...

But, if you count the 52B with a single-shot adapter in the mag-well, that would be it. Spring-loaded ramp as you describe above, capable of little tiny groups even without a rest. But useless in the woods at 13.5 lbs all up.
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Old 01-26-2016, 11:28 AM
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Hello SailDesign,,,

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But, if you count the 52B with a single-shot adapter in the mag-well
I have a single-shot adaptor for my CZ-452 Military Trainer,,,
And one made by that Aussie gentleman for my Savage MK-IIF.

So, yes, since I am the originator of this thread,,,
I'll say a repeater with an adaptor qualifies as a single-shot.

The single-shot love is as much for the mindset,,,
As it is for the actual rifle.

Aarond

P.S. 13.5 pounds? Dang!

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Old 01-26-2016, 11:33 AM
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This one's easy for me.....Winchester 52.
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P.S. 13.5 pounds? Dang!

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Yup. Not a woods rifle....
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Old 01-26-2016, 11:51 AM
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I picked up a Steven's Favorite and a brick of ammo two days before leaving for the Air Force back in 68... took it down the road to an old abandoned farm house and proceeded to shoot all 500 rounds purchased with the rifle plus the ones I had on hand... loved that rifle... gave it to my daughter a few years ago because she "likes old things"... guess I'm included there... I used the Favorite some years later when squirrel hunting... with the fine silver front sight I could shoot as accurately as my Weaver 2-7x equipped Marlin...

Back then, I think I paid about $4 for the brick at the gunshow.. it was a hoot to shoot that many rounds in an afternoon.... who knows, that may have helped me fire "Expert" in service... we sure didn't fire many rounds there...

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My two favorite actual 22 caliber single-shots are the Model 49 Ithaca, I have three I think and an older Marlin, can't remember the model number, I'd have to go dig it out to see which model it is.
Any way the Marlin is a bolt-action with the plunger you pull back to cock it.

Both great plinking guns.
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Stevens favorite, (wish it had a better bore & and an extractor that worked) Martini (BSA) shoots a "dime" at 50 yds+. (will outshoot my 52D) Stevens model 44, T/C contender, Win. 67, Ballard 3F, Win. 04, But my favorite is a Win. 1885 (made in 1902) #1 round bbl. tang sight, globe front sight. Wants to go to the woods every time I look at it!
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Yup. Not a woods rifle....
Just answering the question....So, what is (are) your favorite(s) single-shot .22 rifle(s)?


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Just answering the question....So, what is (are) your favorite(s) single-shot .22 rifle(s)?


Been there, answered that. Same as yours, actually. :P
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Favorite single shot .22 rifle

Only NON-TARGET .22 rimfires. In order:

2014 Chiappa "Little Rascal" Mini-Sharps:




1920 Tell action Kuchenreuther




1905 Peterlongo flobert action




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They all singleshots!

My Gorham; Turbo V-1 ;Shilen ratchet; Pippen stock and bed; Bix n Andy trigger; Harrel tunner and Leupold Competition 45X45 which by the way won the Virginia Outdoor Unlimited IR50/50 shoot. Oh you mean not that kind of single shot! OK, well how about a 1941 Swedish Husqvarna Vapenfabriks A.B. Military training rifle. Both are very accurate and fun to shoot!
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Old 01-26-2016, 02:56 PM
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I have a total of 14 single shot rifles in .22 LR and 2 in .223 (as of today.) Lately it seems like they just keep following me home.

My favorite .22 single shot is the H&R 760, which is the one with the automatic ejection (with most ammo.) Even though I don't shoot it very often, it is a truly unique little rifle, with the Winchester 55 being the only other rifle (that I know of) with a similar action.

My favorite gun for my twice-daily 1400 ft. round trip to the mailbox is one of two modified Crickett rifles using Colibris or Quiets or something similar to plink at leaves and pill bottles along the way. When I'm not shooting, the rifle is slung over my shoulder and is so light I hardly know it is there. I have to use a sling, because sometimes I have to carry my little dog part of the way.

I have 2 Stevens Little Scouts which will shoot, but I don't shoot them anymore.

And then there are 5 Marlin/J C Higgins single shots, 4 of which were made just before or right after WW II.

And some others - Savage, Hoban, Ithaca.

I also love my little youth model NEF .223 with open sights. It's great for plinking with very low power cast bullet loads (cheaper than shooting .22.) I got rid of the youth butt stock and made one that fit me better.
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Hello noremf,,,

I have fired one of the Chiappa Mini Sharps rifles,,,
It definitely has the "Mystique" of the early old west.

Your others are beautiful but definitely out of my price range.

Actually, that Chiappa is out of my range as well,,,
But that's why it nice belonging to a large Rifle & Pistol Club,,,
Sooner or later you get to see a lot of stuff you normally only read about.

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Hello Midnighthound,,,

Well, I did some Googling and found a few images of what I think you are referring to.

Definitely some high-end single-shots there.

Would you mind posting a few pictures?

I would love to see that Vapenfabriks A.B. Military training rifle.

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