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Thread: Rabbit hunting with 10/22

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    I think using as a single shot or even a second round in the mags would make me happier. If I take a shot and donít need a second shot, cycling the bolt once to eject the last round is not too much hassle comparing to having to remove the mag first and the cycle the bolt. I would not be able to justify getting another rifle if I donít sell my ruger and canít think of any better value for money (stainless) as my ruger. I really appreciate all inputs. It made reconsider keeping the semi and using it differently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill999 View Post
    or a very heavy buffer/recoil spring so you have to rack it like a straight pull it each time after the shot
    Easier said than done on a pooger. You have to grind/file off a crimp to replace the spring. (And beat in a new one afterwards)
    Eminently doable, just not for amateur hour.
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    I think 4 is a little young to be shooting a real rifle,
    Bollocks. My girls were both pretty crack shots when younger. Basically had em shooting as soon as they were able to get behind a rested gun.
    Younger one has kept it up. Older not so much. Depends entirely on the kid of course, but I'm not raising morons, so not too worried.
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    Something you could try if you want the convenience of a full magazine of ammo but only want it to function single shot (straight pull bolt action style) is buy some of the cci quiet segmented hollow point. They will not cycle a 10/22 bolt and therefore you have to manually pull the bolt back to cycle each round. Like the name suggests they are very quiet, I use them back home in a 10/22 and several pistols when I need to dispatch ground squirrels and rabbits etc. around the house as California doesn't allow suppressors. They actually kill these animals pretty well within 30-40m but you will need to adjust your zero.

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    Spend the time to teach your kids how to use the rifle properly, you will know when it’s safe to trust them and be able to stand back a little. Who cares if a few bunny’s get away in the process.
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    Or a Chiappa Little Badger, I got one for my kids to practice on. Single shot, light weight, fits a kid, and is easy for them to hold.

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    If the kids aren't using the rifle then I wouldn't be too concerned. as long as you are exercising safety properly and retaining complete control of the rifle.
    Once you have fired the .22, remove the mag and unload the live round if you think it will make it safer. If you treat the rifle correctly and safely then it is no more dangerous than a bolt action.
    Once you have the kids firing it then yes single round through the mag, perhaps a couple of mags to swap over.
    My suggestion would be head out to Kelly Country, and pick up a cheap second hand bolt action or single shot for the kids to use.

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    On my own when using my 10/22 I just put the safety on and put the rifle down. With the kids I would only load 1 round in the mag ( although you can buy single round 10/22 mags), but still remove the mag and cycle the action incase there was another round in the mag( very unlikely but always err on the side of caution).

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    Actually 10/22 has approximately 4000lb trigger pull, so probavly unsuitable for small'n's to be trying to shoot well anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Benomobile View Post
    As an alternative rifle I would be looking at a bolt action or lever action. Preferably stainless as I am right on the coast and it doesnít seem to matter how much oil I put on my rifle I get rust problems. Any suggestions on something of similar quality and value to a stainless ruger 10/22 if I decide to sell it?
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    The Stainless steel / synthetic stock Tikka T1X is a nice and light little bolt action rimfire rifle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rugerman View Post
    On my own when using my 10/22 I just put the safety on and put the rifle down. With the kids I would only load 1 round in the mag ( although you can buy single round 10/22 mags), but still remove the mag and cycle the action incase there was another round in the mag( very unlikely but always err on the side of caution).
    That reinforce what I am thinking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2post View Post
    Spend the time to teach your kids how to use the rifle properly, you will know when it’s safe to trust them and be able to stand back a little. Who cares if a few bunny’s get away in the process.
    Yep, agree 100%.

    I taught both my kids to hunt using the 10/22 on rabbits. Both started at around age 3 and slowly progressed from walking behind, to walking beside, to walking in front. As youngsters they only carried the rifle when it was unloaded. As they got older they got to carry it when about to shoot and by the age of 12 or 13 they were both extremely competent and able to carry, load, shoot, make safe and store the rifle.

    I watched with absolute pride as my recently turned 16 year old daughter provided a full-monty safety talk and demonstration on how to use my .223 to a young lad who came rabbit shooting last weekend. She applied for her FAL the day she turned 16 and is now just waiting to do the MSC.

    Although it shouldn't matter, I find a semi-auto makes you very conscientious about the way you carry the rifle. It's not a bad way to learn at all.
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    There are some ok single shot rifles out there.. and good bolt actions for under 300. At 4 I reckon he would be happy with even a slingshot if he could go out with his dad doing boy stuff. I would also think about using a supressor and subs. You don't want him to develop a flinch this early in his hunting career. Less recoil as well. I would give a thumbs up to the norincos as well. I know a bunch of people who got one of these as their first rifle and 30 years on are still shooting it. It is cheap enough that you won't be traumatised by the treatment a kid gives it.
    I wouldn't bother with the air rifle route either unless you are just shooting targets. I know adults who are frustrated by how hard it is to be accurate with an air rifle. Must be worse for a 4 year old.

 

 

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