ON THE RANGE
A few days ago I decided to spend a few hours at the Dug Hill Rod and Gun Club's shooting range with a couple of my favorite .22s. A day or so previously, I visited a pair of favorite gun shops to purchase some .22 long rifle ammo - no one had any!
I was told that early in the year, a lot of shooters did a lot of "panic buying" of .22 rimfires, and most handgun calibers as well as .223 Remington ammo and the factories have yet to catch up with the current demand. Heck, I bought a long sought-after .222 Remington chambered Sako Vixen in the early spring and could only turn up four boxes of ammo! I have even found most reloading components difficult to find and very expensive when found. Blame this situation, also on the politicians, who started the panic early with their ill-advised and largely unwanted push on new gun control laws.
Anyway, I found a couple of boxes that I had stashed away - two boxes of Winchester Power points and a 100-round box of Winchester M-22s created especially for autoloading arms used for target shooting and plinking. I began the session with a very accurate Smith & Wesson Model 16 - the successior of the famed K22. I shot at 25 yards - and not well - my hand was shaking like a dry leaf in a strong wind.
After 20 rounds through this nice little revolver, I put it back into it's case and set up a .22 LR chambered Remington 541-S bolt action sporter. Using a rest and still shooting at 25 yards, I managed to keep 10 5-shot groups well under ½ inch, but still fought "the shakes" for some reason. The last arm up was a Weatherby Mark XXII autoloader and it really shined when fed the Winchester M22 rounds. I consider this Weatherby to be the finest autoloader ever made, thought I nam also fond of the great Ruger 10/22, as well. This rifle has bagged a number of area grey squirrels over the years. It has the best trigger of any .22 semi- auto rifle I have ever used.
Unfortunately, it was discontinued due to its cost of manufacture, but you can still come across one from time-to-time. A very good gun.