Newbie question - Why is a .22 semi-auto rifle desirable if a .22 pistol is weak?

Evangeline

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My husband and I are new shooters living in the Houston area and we have begun aquiring guns in response to the political and criminal atmosphere in the country the last few years. He carries a Taurus .380 TCP (which he bought to replace a Taurus .357 revolver that was too heavy for CC), I own (but don't carry) a S&W Model 60 revolver, and we most recently bought a Mossberg Maverick. These weapons are for home and personal defense, and in case it ever does come down to a "SHTF" situation, so we are now looking to add a semi-auto rifle to our arsenal.

We see that the AR-15 is in high demand and hard to get, so we are also looking at other types of semi-auto rifles such as the Ruger 10/22. My question is, when we were looking at handguns, we were constantly warned away from .22 caliber pistols as they were considered too weak to do more than annoy an attacker, and while the bullets can do extensive damage because they have a tendency to "bounce around" inside the body once they enter, they have no stopping power. So why on earth would they be used as ammunition in a semi-auto weapon?

Now I see that these weapons take .22 "LR" but what is the actual difference in the ammo and its effect in firing in a confrontation?

What would you recommend as a semi-auto rifle?

Thank you...
 

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Welcome to the forum Evangeline. Do not underestimate the power of a .22lr. The 10/22 semi auto rifle has the capacity to hold 25 rounds. You can do a lot of damage with that amount of fire. Big advantage to shooting .22lr is the cost (or it uesd to be).
 

OLDVET

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Remember, I well placed shot [any caliber] is the key to self defense.
I know this statement is going to bring a storm of rebuke, but you can read magazine atricles in many magazines extolling this fundamental.
For a beginner, the 22 LR [rifle of pistol] provides you with a firearm that requires attention to detail in order to shoot it well. If you can become proficient with a 22 LR, you can be good with anything.
 

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A longer barrel will produce a slightly faster velocity with the same cartridge.

While the AR round (.223) is still roughly .22 in diameter like the .22LR, it is much longer and heavier. It is also shot out of a much larger case that has a lot more powder - so its moving much faster.

#3 below is a 22LR (used in 10/22). #8 is a .223 (used in ARs)
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skeath

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I had not thought about a .22 semi-auto rifle, but that looks interesting. I went to the Ruger site, but could not find anything with a capacity greater than 10. Is there a model that features a higher-capacity? Or is Ruger just keeping the libs at bay? :cool:

Thanks,

SK
 

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.22's are great for practice/fun. You can gain a lot of trigger time with a box of ammo (if you can find it) and it will make you a better shot. I own more .22's than anything else.
 

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I had not thought about a .22 semi-auto rifle, but that looks interesting. I went to the Ruger site, but could not find anything with a capacity greater than 10. Is there a model that features a higher-capacity? Or is Ruger just keeping the libs at bay? :cool:

Thanks,

SK
They sel 25 round mags for the 10/22.
 

pinoyinus

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As already mentioned, .22s are fun. They are great for training specially for kids. It allows you to shoot and practice trigger control without having to deal with recoil. It used to be a really cheap way to shoot. I sure hope we can say that again in the next 6 months.
 

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I think it also comes down to just how much S has HTF. A 10/22 is a damned handy little rifle that will do a lot of tasks with proper shot placement. It would not be my first choice if I was sitting out the aftermath of a hurricane but I am pretty certain it would be the one rifle I would carry if I needed to head out into the wilds of Texas on foot for TEOTWAWKI.
 
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Newbie question - Why is a .22 semi-auto rifle desirable if a .22 pistol is wea

.22 lr is popular for SHTF preppers because you can stick large quantities if ammunition at relatively low cost.

It is fine for hunting many small game animals and it is possible to take larger animals such as White Tail deer.

For SHTF defense, a .22 with 1000 rounds is better than a .223 with 20 rnds.


For general self defense: there are much better options out there however you can get some .22 revolvers that are no larger than a pocket knife and that can be important at times.
 

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