Recommendations for a .22 that can handle .22 LR and .22 short?

Discussion in 'Hunting & Fishing' started by redcat, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. redcat

    redcat Cat lover, hunter, tech n

    Back when I was a kid a had a .22 that could handle long rifle, long, and short ammo. The magazine had a little slider doohicky you used to set it for the size of ammo you wanted to use.

    Unfortunately that rifle "disappeared" about the time I moved out of my ex-wife's place. I seem to recall that it was a Marlin but I'll be darned if I can remember the model.

    The reason I ask is this: I can see a situation where I might be going after small game, say picking squirrels out of the trees. As close as I can get a squirrel, a long rifle round seems like a bit of a waste - more power than I need and more noise than I need to make. Yeah, I know, I'm obsessing about sound, but that's an important consideration to me. Most of the places I've lived any place that would support hunting was generally heavily hunted, and in a post-fan situation I wouldn't necessarily want to advertise the fact that I was hunting.

    So, does anyone have any experience with a .22 that can handle both long rifle and short ammo? I'd prefer a semi-auto but a tube feed would be ok too.
  2. The_Blob

    The_Blob performing monkey

    you ever think of a pellet/bb gun for squirrels? I've used .177 for rabbits & smaller... very quiet

  3. backlash

    backlash Well-Known Member

  4. redcat

    redcat Cat lover, hunter, tech n

    Thanks, I'll take a look at Henry.
  5. redcat

    redcat Cat lover, hunter, tech n

    I hadn't thought of that, but since a bb gun doesn't require gun powder I guess that would be a big advantage as well. I'll check out what's available.
  6. PopPop

    PopPop Well-Known Member

    Take a look at the Marlin 39A. This will handle short, long and long rifle ammo and is tough as they come. Also the 39 is a take down design and accurate as heck too!
  7. Bigz_87

    Bigz_87 New Member

    I'll vouch for the Marlin 39A. I've had one since I was a kid, and it is a very accurate little gun. Being tube fed and a lever action, just makes this gun a breeze to use.
  8. swede

    swede Member

    Virtually any rifle that will "handle" a .22 long rifle will handle .22 long or .22 short. If it's autoloading or otherwise "repeating" a tubular magazine would likely work better than a "box" magazine. The shorts will probably not cycle the action of an auto so you'd have to do that by hand in any case.

    What recommends agains the practice is that the chamber is designed for the "long rifle" Continued use of short cartridges in your rifle will eventually cause a build-up of leading in the chamber. The chamber diameter is sized for the case, not the bullet so there is some inevitable lead buildup as the bullets "scrape" by the end of the chamber on their way out.

    Also some folks believe that the burning powder inside the chamber can cause "fire cutting" inside the chamber (i.e. increased wear inside the chamber). Prolonged shooting of the shorts, and the accompanying lead build-up will eventually make it hard if not impossible to chamber the longer 22 LR cartridges. The first hint that this is happening might be the LR's begin to be more difficult to eject.

    To avoid this problem, you'll need to be sure to thoroughly clean the lead out of the chamber after firing which, unless you're extra careful, can in and of itself cause extra wear in the chamber.

    Or you could decide like I did that it's too much trouble and just shoot cheap LR's when you don't need the good stuff....
  9. jungatheart

    jungatheart Beginner's Mind

    Marlin 981T. I have one and love it.
  10. Davo45

    Davo45 New here

    Old Mossberg

    I've got an old Mossberg tube fed bolt action chambered for short, long & long rifle. The tube magazine holds 20 LR and 39-40 shorts and it makes less noise than my .177 cal air rifle when loaded with Remington CB shorts or longs.

    My late father had two Mossberg .22's one a bolt action with a European style stock the other a semi-auto. My sister got the bolt action and my brother got the semi-auto. I bought mine in the mid 1980's for $50.00. Best $50.00 I ever spent.
  11. GroovyMike

    GroovyMike Well-Known Member

    Any bolt action or single shot 22 rifle can handle shorts. But keep in mind that teh price of shorts is now double the price of long rifle. There is no cost saving by shooting shorts. You will pay a premium for those less common cartridges.
  12. BillM

    BillM BillM

    The question is

    The question is where can you find 22. shorts

    ONEOLDCHIEF Well-Known Member

    I found some at my WalMart.

    ONEOLDCHIEF Well-Known Member

    Have you ever thought about getting sub sonic .22's also at walmart, they are quite quiet... and quite effective...
  15. Magus

    Magus Scavenger deluxe

    Single shot cricket.
  16. hiwall

    hiwall Just walking at the edge of my grave

    Very few autos will cycle with shorts or any reduced power long rifles. You can load them single shot in your auto but that is a pain. If you want to shoot quieter loads get a bolt, lever, pump, or break action. Pick a gun with a longer barrel and it will shoot a little quieter also.
  17. DJgang

    DJgang I put SAs on IGNORE!


    Cute, can't beat it.

    ONEOLDCHIEF Well-Known Member

    Went by wally world, .22 short and subsonic rounds are 3.17 per box...
    NW FL
  19. Colt 45

    Colt 45 Member

    Another vote for the Henry.

    My Henry will also eat anything, including the very cheap stuff. It doesn't choke on anything. It's fun too!


  20. mojo4

    mojo4 Well-Known Member

    I bought a henry and it is great. I had no idea it shot 22 short cause all I use is 22 LR. 2 thumbs up for the rifle.