There’s just something about shooting rimfires. Even with all the cool calibers I get to test out, I never, ever tire of shooting rimfire pistols and rifles. Maybe they just bring one back to the pure joy of plinking. The lack of noise, muzzle blast, and recoil isn’t a bad thing either as you can focus on the pure enjoyment of shooting. Even with the higher prices of rimfire ammo these days, you can do a whole lot more shooting for your dollar.
Yes, contrary to popular assumption, you CAN reload .22LR rimfire cartridge cases. It may not be the fastest and easiest thing to do, but when the world ends and is overrun with unemployed Walking Dead Zombie extras, you’ll be glad to have to this gear.
The kit includes a pliers-like tool that molds two different .22 bullet shapes and crimps them into place. It also has tools to measure “powder” and clean out the old priming compound from inside the cartridge rim.
While you can buy priming compound, that takes all the fun out of the process. Why cheat when you can make .22LR powder from things like toy gun caps and crushed up match heads? I’ve used this kit, melting range bullet fragments in a stainless steel ashtray, and once you get the hang of it, it works.
While “nailing targets” is a figurative term, it’s more literal with the smokin’ hot .17 WSM cartridge. This beastly rimfire cartridge is derived from a nail gun blank necked down to accept the little .17 caliber bullets.
I tested this particular rifle with American Eagle Tipped Varmint and Hornady V-Max 20-grain loads, and they clocked in at a whopping 2,960 feet per second. Remember, that’s from a rimfire.
The Volquartsen IF-5 .17 WSM Rifle is all luxury. The laminated stock is a work of art. The receiver and I-fluted barrel are both stainless steel and machined to perfection. There’s a muzzle brake that covers 1/2x38tpi threading if you want to suppress it.
Whatever big thumping calibers you like to shoot, you have to admit there’s not much that’s more fun than shooting a .22 suppressed. Sure, .22 silencers are compact and light, so adding one to your plinking rifle is not that big a deal. Still, it adds length and weight to what would otherwise be a perfectly balanced gun.
Enter the Gemtech Mist-22 Integral Suppressor. It’s a replacement barrel for Ruger 10/22 and compatible receivers. The first half is a standard barrel, but the last half is a solid mono core suppressor. The whole thing is covered by a removable shroud, so cleaning is easy.
You can get them in standard and takedown versions but remember, you’ll need a bull barrel compatible stock as the barrel diameter is larger.