I have been looking at some of the 22 magnums I really want to get one soon. I cant decide on rifle, or pistol though.
Go to this thread to see the numbers on 22 WMR from a PMR30. Only about 500 fps loss from what the round is supposed to have. Really not bad. So out of a pistol the 22 WMR is close to the same as a 22lr from a rifle, but 22 WMR out of a rifle is 2000 fps or better depending on the round and tip.I'm not a firearms expert, but, from what I've been told, the 22 mag is basically a rifle cartridge. It's true, there are numerous pistols chambered for the 22 mag., but because of the type of powder used, it requires a longer barrel to achieve the advertized performance. I've been told that the velocity and energy of the 22 mag. from a pistol isn't much better than a 22 lr. although the bullet is heavier.
I have just recently seen Defense Ammo for the 22 mag. Maybe they have started using a faster burning powder for that round????????
I have (past tense) owned numerous Ruger Single Six Convertibles with the Mag. cylinder. I found myself using the lr. cylinder most of the time. The report of the Mag. was extremely loud, they cost more and were not as accurate because there was noticeable more recoil. However, I once owned a Thompsom Contender with the 22 mag. barrel. Now that was fun. )
Just food for thought. The choice is yours. I'm sure that you will enjoy either one.
Honestly I really like those CCI maximags. They shoot great and do some nasty damage.Winchester 22 mag ammo is 7.99/box and CCI Maximags are 8.99/box at walmart.
The more premium ammo is more but it seems as if the prices have come down a bit on the 22 mag ammo.
I have an 1894M and a 983T rifle in 22 mag.
I got the the 1894M in trade for a 336C in 35 Rem. It has a parkerized finish that a previous owner had applied.
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Serial numbers started in 1968 due to the Gun Control Act of 1968...It is a 782 model. I decided to keep it because of the cost to replace it would be about $200. It has no serial number. I called Marlin directly and asked about this model. I was told these were first made in 1971. They couldn't tell when they started stamping serial numbers. I asked for a new striker spring. They said no parts were available for the 782 Model. The Rep took the time to search and found the spring I needed was available from a different model Marlin. I was also able to get a trigger spring and sear spring. I will shorten all of them until I get a crisp, smooth trigger(about 3 lb).
I'm going to check into that one thanks. I want a new .22 wmr that I can trick all out so thanks for info.I recently purchased the new model Marlin XT22M. This is my favorite rifle now that I put a Leapers 4x16 50mm scope on it. With such a wide smattering of bullets from many manufactuers it truly is very versatile. From 30gr Ballistic tips at 2250fps to 50gr JHP at 1530fps. Seams to perform best though with Remington Premier 33gr. I can get groupings at 100yds about the the size of a postage stamp some are bullet on top of bullet! These are 14 dollars per 50rnd box. But winchester makes a 45 gr cphp thats about 9 bucks per box. Its worth the extra money to have a 22wmr instead of 22lr where your bullet choices are limited! Then ther is also the extra speed on average of 400 to 600 fps faster than 22lr.