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your best or favourite rabbit gun

Post by flashman » 24 Sep 2023, 7:48 am

Hi all hope everyone is doing well , Ok went for a shot the other night with my grandson ,i said to him mate which .22lr do you want to take .????
Straight for the Ruger american ,ok get that modern big scope in his words COOL, what u taken Par ,went with my favourite lithgow 1B 22 single shot , yes a blast from the past but just a fun gun ,light great open sights ,u say only 1 shot but what a challenge....lets here for u bunny hunter out there........... :thumbsup:
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Post by 6mm Remington » 24 Sep 2023, 9:27 am

Springfield 84C made in 1938 or the Martini Cadet .310 made in 1910
The Miroku MK70 goes alright too
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Post by flashman » 24 Sep 2023, 9:39 am

Great whats a springfield 84C ???????...... :lol:
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Post by Wallaby stew » 24 Sep 2023, 10:03 am

flashman wrote:Great whats a springfield 84C ???????...... :lol:

I would have thought .84 was a bit big for rabbits unless they are mutating into buffalo's.
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Post by 6mm Remington » 24 Sep 2023, 10:04 am

Bolt action 22 with a 24 inch barrel
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Post by on_one_wheel » 24 Sep 2023, 10:35 am

My best: Bruno mod 2, shortened barrel, trigger job and 6x fixed scope.
Favourite: scoped 1022 Ruger modified for subsonic ammo and fitted with a suppressor.
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Post by No1Mk3 » 24 Sep 2023, 11:10 am

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flashman wrote:Great whats a springfield 84C ???????...... :lol:


J.Stevens & Co of Chicopee Falls made and sold the 5 shot repeater 22 Model 84 from 1936 to 1948 under the name "Springfield" when the name reverted to just Stevens 84c until the 60's. It was also sold as the Savage Model 6, Savage having bought Stevens in 1920, though it operated semi-independantly. For trivia fans Stevens actually made all the Westinghouse Mosin Nagants as well as all the Savage No4 Enfields
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Post by bladeracer » 24 Sep 2023, 12:10 pm

I wish there were rabbits here so I'd have an actual answer for you :-)

The Ruger Precision .22LR would be my choice I think if I were going out to a burrow with lots of rabbits. If I were going to go out now to try to _find_ some rabbits, with little likelihood of success, I think I would most likely go with the .204 or .223, both with reduced loads, rather than take a .22LR. They give me the ability to drop in a hotter round if I see a fox in the distance.
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Post by bigpete » 24 Sep 2023, 12:28 pm

Old anschutz 22 with a 4x scope
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Post by Oldbloke » 24 Sep 2023, 12:33 pm

I only have one 22lr, a Brno M2 i bought new in 1978. Curently has a 3-9×40 scope.

Starting to see a few rabbits again this year. Must be making a come back.
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Post by Die Judicii » 24 Sep 2023, 12:38 pm

Either my .17 HMR CZ 452,,,,, or,,,,,,, the Ruger .17 WSM
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Post by flashman » 25 Sep 2023, 9:16 am

Great repsonse ,i do like my ruger in 22wmr it works well on rabbits and foxes out to 100mtr ,but not cheap to run
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Post by Jorlcrin » 25 Sep 2023, 9:38 am

10 years back, my favourite rabbit-Gun was my Rem 700 VSF in .308...
The past 4 years, Tikka CTR .223 has been shredding the Rabbitos with enthusiasm.

But my all-time favourite Rabbit Gun is the sweet little 10/22 I bought about 18 months ago.
I even nailed 2 rabbitos at 100 meters one afternoon; re-built my faith in what a .22lR can do..
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Post by Tassiebloke » 25 Sep 2023, 5:33 pm

any bolt action .22 with a walnut stock and iron sights.
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Post by Shootermick » 25 Sep 2023, 8:30 pm

I did nail two rabbits under the torch tonight with the 10/22. But I’ve really been enjoying hitting them with the 223 and the thermal lately. Not much left for the pot though.
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Post by flashman » 26 Sep 2023, 10:12 am

Hay Im i the only one in OZ that uses a 22wmr.......... :lol:
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Post by phill55phill » 26 Sep 2023, 1:01 pm

220 swift does a good job
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Post by Tassiebloke » 26 Sep 2023, 1:51 pm

phill55phill wrote:220 swift does a good job


rabbit spray for dinner anyone?
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Post by Jackaroo » 26 Sep 2023, 3:22 pm

Winchester 9422
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Post by bigpete » 26 Sep 2023, 3:41 pm

Shootermick wrote:I did nail two rabbits under the torch tonight with the 10/22. But I’ve really been enjoying hitting them with the 223 and the thermal lately. Not much left for the pot though.


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Post by Blr243 » 27 Sep 2023, 11:03 am

I tend to think of rabbits and hates to be too cute to shoot and I see so few of them that I’m not concerned too much about them damaging the environment. Perhaps I should remember they don’t belong here. The only 22 I have is a stainless heavy barrel marlin bolt gun in 22 mag so I guess that’s my favourite bunny gun It’s considerably more accurate than one expects from a 22 mag. 1984 model I bought it second hand. I got lucky I guess
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Post by deye243 » 28 Sep 2023, 1:04 am

I loved pinging rabbit's with the good old 22 :D then discovered the 17hmr :twisted: and for many years never touched the 22 but in the last 4 years I have only managed to see and shoot one rabbit on the property's I shoot on :cry: so the 1500rds of 17 ammo and a lithgow 17hmr in black and laminated stock with a optika 3 18 scope was sold to help make way for a new boat 8-)
So now a cz457 varmint will suffice if the bunny's ever get back .
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Post by phill55phill » 30 Sep 2023, 8:26 am

Tassiebloke wrote:
phill55phill wrote:220 swift does a good job


rabbit spray for dinner anyone?

Yep
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Post by northdude » 30 Sep 2023, 1:17 pm

any one of my 22 hornets or the k hornet
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Post by Bello » 01 Oct 2023, 3:00 pm

My vote…The punt gun
Easy to carry…light as
Nice and quiet :sarcasm: :lol:

I haven’t seen a rabbit whilst hunting for ages. But the good ol 22LR with the OLD PowerPoints in my CZ455.
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Post by Faedy » 02 Oct 2023, 10:25 pm

Mine was one of my .17hmr's, but I recently bought a new PCP air rifle - an FX Impact mk3 in .25cal.. well this is sweet.
I can sit near a warren and keep picking them off very secretly.
This is insanely accurate, and hits hard for an air rifle.
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Post by womble » 03 Oct 2023, 3:17 am

45-70 is very effective on rabbits.
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Post by northdude » 03 Oct 2023, 3:27 am

Faedy wrote:Mine was one of my .17hmr's, but I recently bought a new PCP air rifle - an FX Impact mk3 in .25cal.. well this is sweet.
I can sit near a warren and keep picking them off very secretly.
This is insanely accurate, and hits hard for an air rifle.

Ive heard the accuraccy from those things described as surgical
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Post by Faedy » 03 Oct 2023, 10:59 pm

northdude wrote:
Faedy wrote:Mine was one of my .17hmr's, but I recently bought a new PCP air rifle - an FX Impact mk3 in .25cal.. well this is sweet.
I can sit near a warren and keep picking them off very secretly.
This is insanely accurate, and hits hard for an air rifle.

Ive heard the accuraccy from those things described as surgical


Yep - pretty accurate description
Makes most .22's look lame at 70m.
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Post by AlHow » 08 Oct 2023, 11:06 am

I use the ever popular and respected Stirling model 110!

Very accurate 22LR 7 shot with cheap scope using subsonics.
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