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Ok What to replace 22 lr #15567673 12/25/20
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Ok so let’s just say can’t find 22 lr ammo in future .
What would you choose that is reloadable to use in its place for small game?
Bored on Christmas plus have some sock money looking for a gun

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Re: Ok What to replace 22 lr [Re: IA_fog] #15567717 12/25/20
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Easy answer is 22 Hornet..

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Originally Posted by liliysdad
Easy answer is 22 Hornet..


Undoubtedly. When .22wmr got unobtanium a few years back, I bought a 77/22 hornet and had it sent Randy at CPC. Punched out to K-Hornet, accurizing work, Dayton traister trigger. Accurate and very efficient use of powder.

I have 25,000ish .22lr’s though so not real worried at this point.


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Re: Ok What to replace 22 lr [Re: IA_fog] #15568176 12/25/20
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Have a 22 Hornet, and am thinking lately of a high quality air rifle. Enough power for squirrels and such. No powder, no primers, just inexpensive pellets. Might work just fine.

Re: Ok What to replace 22 lr [Re: IA_fog] #15568363 12/25/20
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22 hornet gives a guy lots of options for bullets and a pound of powder goes a long ways. If you have primers your all set. Plenty of 22 Lr showing up in my part of Montana. Not seeing much for primers on the shelves.

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Re: Ok What to replace 22 lr [Re: Region6] #15568646 12/25/20
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Some .22 lr around here but nothing I like. Reloading any of the smaller .22 centerfires could substitute for rimfires. .17 Hornet would be a good sub for the rimfire .17's. Small caliber, good velocities, nice flat trajectory. The drawback would be having to keep all the cases instead of letting them fly. With the greater precision possible from handloading versus the high speed rough handled and high variability rimfire factory loading, accuracy could be much better than the factory rimfire stuff.

Re: Ok What to replace 22 lr [Re: IA_fog] #15568688 12/25/20
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.223 reduced loads and/or .20 air gun.

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I have a .22 caliber PCP air rifle that has accuracy enough to work on squirrels up to around 45 yards, and more than adequate power for well beyond that distance if you hit. 42 ft. lbs. muzzle energy with the 28 1/2 grain Korean pellets. I need to buy a pump for it, my scuba tanks are out of usable pressure and right now too costly for me to get hydro tested, inspected and refilled. Works great with an adequate supply of air.

Always wanted to try a muzzleloader squirrel rifle, but I don't think that my eyes would work with iron sights these days. Had a black powder shotgun many years ago but traded it away. Should have kept it.

Re: Ok What to replace 22 lr [Re: IA_fog] #15569114 12/25/20
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Maybe a Henry 327 or Marlin lever 32 H&R. Could use 32 S&W long or short or just load down the H&R or 327. 32 or 36 caliber muzzleloader. A 25-20 or 32-20. Savage made their bolt 23 in both.

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Re: Ok What to replace 22 lr [Re: IA_fog] #15569475 12/25/20
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Snares and Traps for squirrels and rabbits. No need to waste bullets. Very good slingshot. And as said a good high speed pellet rifle.

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Re: Ok What to replace 22 lr [Re: IA_fog] #15570879 12/26/20
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20 gauge...


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Shotgun without a doubt.

Re: Ok What to replace 22 lr [Re: IA_fog] #15640181 01/11/21
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If you don't allow the PCP airgun to get too low on pressure you can hand pump it quite handily. But I wouldn't want more than a top off. But buy the best hand pump with moisture control not a cheapo. Look into the .25 as it gives more wallop. For reloading the 22 Hornet is the cat's meow. Look around at all ideas, but the PCP doesn't require any primers. YMMV. Be Well, RZ.

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If 22LR ammo is out, what makes you all think primers will be available?


Re: Ok What to replace 22 lr [Re: liliysdad] #15650513 01/13/21
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Originally Posted by liliysdad
Easy answer is 22 Hornet..


Yup, although any small capacity CF like the .221, 222, or .223 Rem can easily be loaded down as well.

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All of the above plus the .410. Working on a ML pistol alternative as well.



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A quality air rifle works well.


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I would probably go the airgun route to replace the .22. I understand that some of the new air guns are pretty potent. There isnt much similar to the little .22 lr

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Pcp airgun

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For something like squirrels in trees, a shotgun seems to make sense - perhaps a little safer for when those pellets that miss come down. For anything on the ground, shoot whatever you want. I've been carrying my .357 Mag revolver with my hand-rolled cowboy loads. It's cheap to shoot, and the one rabbit I took with that combo this winter showed less meat damage than what I've seen with some .22lr HPs. I purposely took a shoulder shot just to see what kind of damage it would do. Moving forward, I'll probably opt for head shots.

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