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Who out there in Forumland likes and shoots .22 target rifles? Let's have a thread with photos.

I got the opportunity to shoot a fellow's dandy Winchester Model 75 a couple of weeks ago. It was a satisfyingly accurate rifle with an excellent trigger pull. We shot 4-inch wooden blocks set up in rows at both 50 yards and 100 yards. If one attended to his shooting technique, the rifle could be depended on to hit the blocks. The sights were easy to use, even out to 100 yards.

I've always liked the .22 target rifles of bygone times. There's some good ones out now though they are mostly made on foreign shores. Small bore shooting appears to be far less popular than it was in times past. The newest generation of shooters mostly want to spray and pray with some sort of polymer handgun.

I shot small bore competition with a Remington Model 513 T for a few years. It was a decent rifle too but I wanted a Winchester Model 52. I ended up with this Springfield Model 1922AII instead. I don't really know where the Springfield M1922s fall in a line-up of target .22 rifles. Mine seemed a definite step up from the 513 T with its smooth action, fine two-stage trigger, nicely configured stock, and good ol' Lyman 48 rear sight. Sure I'd still like a Winchester Model 52 but this Springfield scratches two itches, one for it's suitability for fine target work and for its military provenance. Both the Winchester Model 52 and the Springfield Model 1922 are obsolete now but then so am I.





A close-up of the action and rear sight. I wish I'd remembered to screw the aperture back in for the photograph. Earlier in the day I'd taken it off and put it in my pocket so I could better use the rifle to shoot a water moccasin that the dog had found.
 

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Brian, that is a wonderful rifle...and rear sight! I've been wanting a M-52 for over 40 years - ever since I was in the Jr. NRA program. I still don't have one, but I believe I'd be happy with a fine example like yours!

I wonder if you'll hear from the bunch who could shoot it so much better if it was fitted with buckhorn sights..... :lol:

Kritter,
Beautiful stock!

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I needed a .22 rifle, so I just picked this up. Have no idea how accurate it will be, but it still looks cool !!! Shoo
Armscor AK 22
 

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My favorite is my Walther KKJ, I call her "Blondie" for the color of her stock. She is boringly accurate. She will hold .5" all day long at 50yds. She is a joy to shoot. I have an Anshutz 1451, but haven't had the chance to ring her out yet cause the weather here is not being cooperative.



 

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Nice .22 rifle Leighton! I ought to add a quality full sized scoped bolt action .22 rifle to my collection. I know that if I did it would see a lot of use.
 

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Bryan, Thanks an yes you need too, it is astonishing just how accurate a full size can be once a good scope is added. As long as we don't have wind here(not to often) Blondie really shows her stuff at 100yds shooting 1" to 1.5". She is my sniper rifle for Squirrels and other vermin that may cross her path. The farther away the better, and Armidillo's well nothing better than a headshot on a tank.
 
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Well the OP did say Old and New ;)

Here's a Rolling Block Remington No. 4 with improved sights....The rear elevator is still being researched, I believe the front sight to be a modification of a Marple's with the front peep. The standard rear sight and elevator are still intact.








I'm looking to add a military trainer to my collection tomorrow afternoon. Very rare Roller in a 4.5 Model and is marked Military on the receiver. The bore is excellent as is the stock. Wish me luck ;) Several of my guns from my collection will end up in trade for this old beater....22 LR

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I bought two of these Mossberg M44s from CMP. One doesn't show any sign of being used the other was used and has a trigger that's about as good as it gets.


This Savage has a bull barrel and accu-trigger.


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bobf said:
I bought two of these Mossberg M44s from CMP. One doesn't show any sign of being used the other was used and has a trigger that's about as good as it gets.


This Savage has a bull barrel and accu-trigger.


Bob
For the money, those CMP target rifles are hard to beat. I've been pondering over them for awhile now.
 

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I agree they're one of the best buys around. CMP is really backed up right now.
I've considered the unused Kimbers they sell but I've gotten too old and shaky to really utilize it.
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Serious 22 target rifle?



Most ridiculous 22 rifle? (Owned by a gunsmith who did about $1,500 worth of custom modifications to it.)



Most grown-up 22 rifle?



Has no right to shoot as well as it does 22 rifle? (Like .5" at 25 yards.)

 

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Yep, have a serious old International Match BSA Martini, it's a whole lotta Rosie.......
And it's being propped by a shoohammer.


 

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All are great! The Martinis are particularly intriguing to me. The Stevens and Remington rifles are so cute. That Mossberg from CMP is probably the best deal.
 
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