The .22 Rifle has long been one of my favorite rifles to shoot. Sure, it’s not as powerful as a .308, but the .22 rifle has been around for a long time and for good reason. But many people have misconceptions or preconceived notions about .22 rifles. So aside from being a fun rifle to shoot and an economical choice for the ammo conscious survivalist, just how good is a .22 Rifle?
.22 Rifle Review | Is it a Keeper?
Should You Keep One?
The .22 Long Rifle rim-fire cartridge is considered an innovation and is considered a legend among gun enthusiasts since it was introduced in 1887. In fact, gun owners consider it to be better than the .357 ammunition revolver. Is it true?
That may not be the case as some see the .22 rifle as a mere air rifle. But, let’s zoom in on what it can and cannot do. It is not as efficient for short-range distance like the shotguns and pistols but its effectivity comes out when used on medium-to-long-range distances. The only downside is it might be too heavy to carry around and is not suited for survivalists.
The Two-Fold Achilles Heel of the .22 Rifle
I’ve often heard it said, “If you poke enough holes in something, it’ll go down.” Usually, this is said by avid .22LR ammunition advocates, defending their ancient heritage or new purchase of this reliable long rifle.
You need at least 2,000fps to get the most out of a gun and disable a target. This could mean grazing, climbing, or pointing guns in your direction. The .22LR ammunition loads are estimated to have a power of 1,280fps at the muzzle. This has been tested on semi-automatic rifle with .22 ammunition loaded. If the bullet reaches 100 yards, the velocity drops to 1,015fps. That’s basically half of what a deadly gun can do, which is why it is compared to an air gun by many. Also, since it has low velocity, it tends to have accuracy issues. These means a slight breeze would likely cause you to miss the target.
Why You Still Need a .22 Rifle
Sure, you may opt for an air rifle, semi-automatic rifle, long rifle, or whatever suits your taste. But in choosing a bullet like the .22LR ammunition, it’s best to set our expectations right. The ‘one-size-fits-all’ belief should now be debunked, because every bullet has its pros and cons including the .22LR.
And, the .22LR ammunition does have strengths…lots and lots of strengths.
The idea of carrying over 1,000 rounds of ammunition is music to the ears of every survivalist. The .308 is really heavy but the .22LR, is so light that you can bring massive amounts of this bullet. The secret behind its featherweight is it doesn’t contain any brass, lead, or powder. Besides, it’s available almost everywhere.
Since the bullet lacks velocity, you may not be considering this bullet for hunting, right? The interesting part is the .22LR caliber rifle is better than other hunting cartridges exactly because of its low velocity. The meat does not get messed up upon penetration thanks to the absence of hydrostatic shock. Sure, it lacks firepower but sometimes, less is more. For these reasons Brad Zozak from the TruthAboutGuns, named the Ruger 10/22, “the single most popular firearm of all time.”
Out to buy your first .22 rifle? Watch this video by PaulsWackyWorld to make sure you buy the right gun for you:
The .22LR is a fantastic survival cartridge, but it shouldn’t be your only option. Stay safe, keep your guns ready, knives sharp, and never forget to memorize the basics of preparedness.
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