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    .22 Magnum semi-auto rifle

    I've always loved the .22 mag. (call me crazy ) and have wanted one in a semi-auto rifle for quite awhile, but it seems something always came up that prevented me from buying one when I had the opportunity. Now I don't know of any major gun maker that offers one in semi. If you go to gunbroker prices are sky-high for the Rugers,Remingtons etc., just can't bring myself to pay that kind of money. I believe the Rugers and Remingtons initially had problems, but were later worked out. Judging from the current prices being asked for them, there would seem to be a demand for them. I wonder why one of the big name makers is not making one?? Since I don't have one, how about you guys that do tell me about your experience with them. Thanks

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    I don't have one and never have. Here's my thoughts on them though. In times of sane prices, the cost per round to jump from 22 mag or 17 hmr to a 223 was too close.

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    Oops forgot CZ makes one, the 512. Maybe there is hope.

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    .22 Magnum semi-auto rifle

    At Appleseed shoots the .22WRM is strongly discouraged and the shooter will be isolated if they shoot it.
    The only person we have had hurt at an event was with .22WRM semi auto. The round exploded out if battery and blowed out through the magazine well sending pieces of brass into the wrist of the shooter. While it does seem pretty mild the shooter has nerve damage and will live with it for the rest of her life. This is not an isolated incident in our lines with the .22 WMR but the first time anyone has been hurt. Nearly every time it happens it is either the 10/22 or 597 chambered in .17 WMR or .22 WMR.
    That is the only experience I have with them and will probably ever get.


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    Kel tec is making the pmr30 22 mag rifle. Who knows when you will be able to get one though
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudcat View Post
    At Appleseed shoots the .22WRM is strongly discouraged and the shooter will be isolated if they shoot it.
    The only person we have had hurt at an event was with .22WRM semi auto. The round exploded out if battery and blowed out through the magazine well sending pieces of brass into the wrist of the shooter. While it does seem pretty mild the shooter has nerve damage and will live with it for the rest of her life. This is not an isolated incident in our lines with the .22 WMR but the first time anyone has been hurt. Nearly every time it happens it is either the 10/22 or 597 chambered in .17 WMR or .22 WMR.
    That is the only experience I have with them and will probably ever get.


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    I have also heard of a lot of out of battery issues with the semi autos. I know several were recalled / pulled off the market because of it.

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    Re: .22 Magnum semi-auto rifle

    I have a 597mag and love it. I picked it up used for $275 in 2006 and have probably put 1K+ rounds through it with only feed issues. This is my go-to groundhog gun when I walk the ditches.
    The feed issues only seem prevalent with extra-hot loads. Zero problems with Super-X, rare problems with CCI FMJ. The CCI JHP+V's jam like crazy though. There is a large rubber recoil buffer in the rear of the receiver which throws the bolt forward too fast with the hotter loads.
    Beyond that, I love the .22WMR cartridge in this rifle. Better stopping power than a .22LR, but less danger of ricochet for my particular use. My guess would be that OBD's occur primarily under rapid fire. If high-volume of fire is your goal, I don't recommend the cartridge at all. It is a small, narrow, straight rimfire case with thin walls- not ideal for fast feeding, especially out of a double-stack mag.
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    The only .22 magnum auto rifles worth bothering with are the CZ 611 and H&K 300. Both are extremely accurate and unfortunately very expensive to most folks. $850 to $1500 is a bit much for a magnum rimfire rifle mostly suitable to plinking or small varmints.

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