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Post by mickb » 26 May 2024, 9:12 pm

Any good 22WMR bolts these days for a few hundred bucks fellas? Im looking to offload my 223 as never use it and drop back to 22 WMR for small stuff. Went a long time without owning one. Feel free to list any models you rate decently. I cant afford anything near a thousand bucks though..
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Post by bladeracer » 26 May 2024, 10:01 pm

mickb wrote:Any good 22WMR bolts these days for a few hundred bucks fellas? I'm looking to offload my 223 as never use it and drop back to 22 WMR for small stuff. Went a long time without owning one. Feel free to list any models you rate decently. I cant afford anything near a thousand bucks though..


When I was a kid my WMR was the Stirling Model 1500M. The rifle was nice, virtually identical to the Model 15 in .22LR. But I found it lacking in accuracy (alongside the .222), and ammo was expensive so I rarely used it. Whether an old one would shoot better with modern ammo I don't know but it might be worth looking at an older rifle if you have a tight budget. And you might be able to try it out before buying it.

My neighbour has a Winchester Model 9422M he got as a kid, beautiful rifles but they can go as high as $2000 nowadays.

I was at a dealer last week that had a Ruger Model 96/22M lever-action in WMR. Very nice rifle that I would've grabbed if I had any interest in WMR, if it had been in .22LR I definitely would have grabbed it. I don't recall the price but I think it was around the thousand mark so way outside your budget.

If I were looking for a cheap WMR I'd probably hunt for a Norinco JW23, WMR version of the JW15 copy of the CZ/Brno. That dealer I was at had just received ten new Norinco JW15's that morning, but even those are now $600 I think, I was looking for a pair for my grandkids last year.

There are a few nice looking cheap rifles online.
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Post by Oldbloke » 26 May 2024, 10:02 pm

Hi Mick,
Not sure why you would do that?
223 is likely more accurate than a 22mag. Ammo for 22mag as far from cheap.
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Post by Oldbloke » 26 May 2024, 10:19 pm

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Post by bigpete » 26 May 2024, 10:46 pm

My markin dad gave me is wonderfully accurate with 30gn vmax style pills and they're usually relatively cheap
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Post by bigpete » 26 May 2024, 10:47 pm

Oldbloke wrote:Hi Mick,
Not sure why you would do that?
223 is likely more accurate than a 22mag. Ammo for 22mag as far from cheap.


Because he wants to
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Post by deye243 » 26 May 2024, 11:04 pm

I can understand going to a rimfire from the grab the rifle and a pack of ammo and go shoot stuff and not worrying about picking up brass and reloading it.
I had a very accurate 17hmr with heaps of ammo and only sold it a year ago because there's no bunny's around here and still isn't.
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Post by Oldbloke » 27 May 2024, 12:35 am

About 0.60c for 22wmr
About 1.50 for 223.

Fair difference I guess.

Horses for courses I guess.
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Post by Oldbloke » 27 May 2024, 7:20 am

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Post by mickb » 27 May 2024, 10:44 am

thanks fellas, yeah regards the 223 I dont need the range and couldnt be bothered loading it down. Also with primers at what 20-25c each it eats into any savings to be made versus 22mag. I see the Savage 93 and B series rifles around the $600 mark, wonder if they are worth a look. I see Cleavers has ammo at 43c a shot, that will do fine
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Post by Oldbloke » 27 May 2024, 11:19 am

Good luck with it Mick
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Post by Oldbloke » 27 May 2024, 11:38 am

Had a look out of curiosity.
They have Howa too. Might be worth a look.


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Post by bigpete » 27 May 2024, 12:35 pm

From what I've heard around the traps those are buckets of crap
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Post by Oldbloke » 27 May 2024, 2:19 pm

bigpete wrote:From what I've heard around the traps those are buckets of crap


Howa or savage?
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Post by mickb » 27 May 2024, 3:27 pm

Hoping the savage is okay, was considering one
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Post by bigpete » 27 May 2024, 3:32 pm

Oldbloke wrote:
bigpete wrote:From what I've heard around the traps those are buckets of crap


Howa or savage?


Howa i believe it was
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Post by bigpete » 27 May 2024, 3:33 pm

mickb wrote:Hoping the savage is okay, was considering one

There's often Cz's for sale for about the price you're looking to spend
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Post by mickb » 27 May 2024, 3:39 pm

Good point actually Pete, might take a look at the used market. Was a fan of the cz452 in the day , not the newer versions so much
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Post by Jorlcrin » 28 May 2024, 5:27 pm

I'm not a fan of my CZ455; wont be buying another of them.
I've used it with all 3 barrels, and currently run it in the .22WMR mode, and it's okay, but just barely.
But it still has a few annoying quirks.
I also dont like the safety on them.
A lot of my niggles were fixed on the 457, but a new one would be out of the price range the OP indicated.

I like the look of the Ruger American Rimfire 18".
I dont mind the look of the Howa 1100, so I'd be interested to hear why they are considered crap.
Our Howa 1500 lives a hard life, and still delivers the goods...

I have a .223, and a .22WMR, and there are plenty times when I prefer the shorter range(and quieter) of the 22WMR.
A .22WMR capable of a decent grouping, I think is a pretty handy rifle.
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Post by Blr243 » 28 May 2024, 6:37 pm

I bought a 22 mag for the smaller stuff because my next rifle above that was 243 but I just don’t use it. It’s a stainless heavy barreled syn stock marlin made in 1984. I bought it second hand from qge .. it’s suppringly accurate I reckon it’s had bugger all use. I just bought a 223 I think it’s goin to get a ton of use.
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Post by mchughcb » 29 May 2024, 10:56 am

mickb wrote:Hoping the savage is okay, was considering one


Just checked what a second hand anschutz 22 mag is going for. Ranges from $250-$900 with a couple around $600. Feeding it 30gr Vmax ammo it will shoot exceptionally well and be good for rabbits and foxes to 135m. That would be my choice
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Post by Blr243 » 29 May 2024, 3:32 pm

Just found a stack of 30 gn v max 22 mag ammo in a clean out. buggered if if I know what I’m going to do with it
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Post by bladeracer » 29 May 2024, 3:42 pm

Blr243 wrote:Just found a stack of 30 gn v max 22 mag ammo in a clean out. buggered if if I know what I’m going to do with it


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Post by Blr243 » 30 May 2024, 8:16 pm

I actually have the 22mag still but I don’t shoot hares or rabbits so the ammo is just sort of there
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Post by Bugman » 31 May 2024, 11:05 am

Not after a 22mag, but was looking for a cheap and reliable 22. Have been looking at a Ruger American. Still thinking, though.
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Post by Blr243 » 31 May 2024, 5:38 pm

When I was looking for a cheap 22 lr. I bought the Rossi. But the trigger is questionable approaching bad
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Post by alexjones » 02 Jun 2024, 7:20 am

Ruger Americans are my favorite cheap rifle. Come in all calibres with various barrel lengths.
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Post by Bugman » 02 Jun 2024, 7:24 am

Just got a Ruger American .22. Now for a scope.
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