View Full Version : What do you plink with?

May 4, 2010, 09:06 AM
Just wonder what type of guns/caliber you guys use when you just feel like squeezing off a few rounds.

Or what you use when you are sitting on the back porch shooting at a pop can from 150 yards :D

May 4, 2010, 09:10 AM
most of my time is spent with my RRA ar-15 that i handload for but do love my .22's.

Mike Irwin
May 4, 2010, 09:13 AM
Anything I feel like pulling out of the cabinet.

Might be .22

Might be .223

Might be 7.62x39

Might be .300 Savage

Might be .30-06

Might be .38 Special

Might be .357 Magnum

Might be .41 Magnum

Might be 9mm

Might be .32-20

Might be .25-20

Might be .44 Special

Might be .45 ACP

Might be .32 Long

Or it might be all of them at once!

May 4, 2010, 09:16 AM
10/22, AK, m1 carbine, garand, FAL, it all depends on how much of my paycheck i want to spend that week! i would say most of the time though the 10/22 AK and m1 carbine

May 4, 2010, 09:20 AM
since i don't want to start a new topic right after this one.. what do you think about this


think i could snatch it for 50 bucks. unless ofc you guys decide to bid :D

May 4, 2010, 09:26 AM
I plink with most of my guns, but two I seldom go to the range without are the Reminton 788 (.223), and Savage (.243).

Brian Pfleuger
May 4, 2010, 09:27 AM
I don't enjoy shooting for the sake of shooting. I shoot to sight-in, develop loads or kill something. So, "plinking" to me is whatever gun needs my attention for one of those reasons.

May 4, 2010, 10:15 AM
Teirst, in regards to the auction, the price is good. But, you'll probably have to add $20 shipping and $20 FFL, for a gun that can be had new at $99 if you get lucky on a sale.
As for plinking, 10/22, Marlin lever in 357 or Weatherby in 223. All fun, not much recoil, acceptable money waste.

May 4, 2010, 10:17 AM
ya i just noticed the shipping + FFL fee

50 for gun
30 for shipping
30 for ffl
= more then a new gun

ANYWAYS, always interesting to find out what peopel go-to gun/caliber is for just shooting around.

May 4, 2010, 11:07 AM
Two guns most commonly.
At the range for the odd rock or piece of paper on the 100 yard berm, S&W Model 10 more often than not. I rarely plink with a rifle.
At home, behind the house, one of those large caliber PCP airguns - a .45 - with some .457 lead round balls or some 200 grain LSWCs swaged up to .458.

May 4, 2010, 11:27 AM
Usually take several: (I reload) Remington 550-1 22LR, Marlin Bolt 782 22 mag, Winchester 92 32wcf, Winchester Model 70 (pre 64) in 270, Ruger Mark I 22LR, Ruger SP101 38/357, Ruger Blackhawk 38/357, Colt SSA Buntline 45 Colt. I have a lot of old Winchester Levers so I'll sub in 38-40, 32-20, 45-70, 40-65 and 38-56. My wife and kids shoot them all.

Blue Grass
May 4, 2010, 11:33 AM
Savage Model-12BVSS in .243 or Ruger-77V .223 two tone.

May 4, 2010, 11:57 AM
Marlin Model 975, cheap accurate and fun, now if only there were some bigger mags, or I had more of them!:)

May 4, 2010, 01:30 PM
AK47 or the Kalashnikov as you may call it.

May 4, 2010, 01:41 PM
One of several .22 long rifles that I have. Be it a long gun, or pistol the little .22 is inexpensive to shoot and provides hours of entertainment for very little money. Trigger time is trigger time. I find my centerfire trips to be much more productive if I've been practicing with the rimfires. It also gets my Mrs out to the range more often. She enjoys shooting the .22s as well, although I'm slowly, but surely getting her interested in trying a .223. As it is we spend quite a bit of time shooting .22LR on the 100 yard range. More of a challenge especially with open sights.

May 4, 2010, 01:56 PM
My Ruger 10/22 charger gets a lot of use. So does my MkII Target. All my guns get shot regularly though.

May 4, 2010, 01:59 PM
The .22's are always my favorite to plink with. Trips to the range up north will include a few shots from the 9mm or the .40 but most of the time is with the .22's so the better question is which 22 is my favorite. :-)
Tough but:
#1 I think is the Remington 597VTR (AR styled 597) with a red-dot scope, this thing is fun fun fun.
#2 is the Beretta NEOS pistol (smith 22A comes up right behind it)
#3 is my Marlin 982SS - a bolt action .22 magnum with fiber optic sights. This thing destroys pop-cans (tip first add water - hehe). The 22Mag is an awesome cartridge.

May 4, 2010, 02:45 PM
.177 air rifle. Haven't shot my eye out yet.

I put a couple tins of pellets through it year, for a cheepish Gamo, it holds up well.

Dr. Strangelove
May 4, 2010, 02:48 PM
Though I haven't done any real "plinking" since I was a kid, 10/22 and MK II pistol at the range.

I do miss the days of just being able to walk around in the woods, shooting at whatever seemed lead-defficient at the time.

Or what you use when you are sitting on the back porch shooting at a pop can from 150 yards

Lucky Bastard. I live across the street from a mall. Which has a police station in it, so no shooting for me.

May 4, 2010, 03:20 PM
henry .22lr

May 4, 2010, 06:05 PM
I haven't done any real "plinking" since I was a kid

I do miss the days of just being able to walk around in the woods, shooting at whatever seemed lead-defficient at the time.Same here on both points. If I had my druthers, I'd have me a back porch with which I could simply relax in a chair and pop off at whatever I wanted, not needing to worry about what was hit.;) Back to reality, though. If I happen to find myself wandering through the Hiawatha National Forest or somewhere similar, I'll probably be carrying my GSG-5 and Ruger RST-6. Or maybe a Ruger 10/22 and a Taurus PT-22. You can simply bet it's going to be a pair of .22s, though. Nothing more fun than that for walking and plinking.;)

May 4, 2010, 06:18 PM
my SIG 522 has paid for itself by now


James R. Burke
May 4, 2010, 07:37 PM
Just about every thing I have. I reload so I am always trying something out, which keeps leading into other things. Lately I been playing around with the 06. When I first got it I made up my deer round a 165 grain Nosler Partition, then I got some Hornady 110 V-Max and gave them a try. I reallyliked them so I got some more and got more serious. Now I got 200 Laupa case's, and 250 Barnes 165 grain solids. I dont even know why just figured they would be nice to have, so has soon as I get a few powders picked out I guess I will start working that up. I will say for not having this rifle very long I been really pleased with the Nosler 165 grain Partition's for whitetail. I had it for three years and have taken three nice buck's, and let a few walk either to small or could not get the placement in time. The last one on the scale went I believe 186. All I could see was him looking at me from the neck up at about 200 yards. Shot him in the base of the neck. Went down so fast almost missed it. Real big deer, but not the biggest rack for a eight pointer. Nice but nothing to brag about except the size of the body. That was a real long shot for around here most are under 100 yards. Guess I would rather have good luck then no luck.

May 4, 2010, 07:48 PM
CZ452 with iron sights
Remington 03a3
Mosin 91/30
Yugo SKS

I like wood furniture...

May 4, 2010, 07:58 PM
Gsg-5 carbine and Ruger Vaquero for just plain fun. I practice with my XD9, CW9, LCP and 442 which I have for self defense. However, they are fun to shoot too.

May 4, 2010, 08:00 PM
I use a 55# longbow for plinking. You can re-use the bullets.

May 4, 2010, 08:25 PM

I have thought about getting a bow or crossbow for shooting in a fenced-in yard. I've never had one of my own but I think it could be fun. Which is easier to learn bow or crossbow? I'm leaning toward the crossbow because assumedly it would be more familiar like a rifle.

Sorry, to veer of subject but I have been wondering about this on/off for a little bit. Any archery guys can PM if they prefer.

May 4, 2010, 08:29 PM
I don't enjoy shooting for the sake of shooting.
That's gotta suck.:(

May 4, 2010, 08:31 PM
three different models of .223 usually

May 4, 2010, 08:33 PM
Ruger 10/22
Yugo sks
m1 carbine
Olympic Arms AR-15

I have a few others but they dont get plinked with. The 10/22 and GSG see the most action because theyre the cheapest.

May 4, 2010, 11:11 PM
Everything from .22 LR to .458 Win. Mag. Between myself, my three brothers, my Dad, and one Uncle, if you name the caliber, we probably have one (or two, or three, or four........). Pistols, rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders..............we don't discriminate, we love them all. Some were purchased mainly for hunting, but hey all get thier share of target time out in the boonies. The only firearm I have that hasn't gone plinking yet, is the 1895 Krag Carbine my brother and I picked up this last weekend...........but components are in the mail :) Can't wait to kill some soda cans with our "new" 115 year old rifle.

May 5, 2010, 07:36 PM
My favorite plinker is my 270, but it gets expensive. The 223 is a close second.

chris in va
May 5, 2010, 08:39 PM
My favorite plinker is my 9mm HiPoint carbine. Can't load the mags fast enough, especially as I found a lead boolit that gives it accuracy like a FMJ.

Next up probably my CZ carbine in x39. When I can afford ammo that is.

Ditto for the Saiga conversion, but it's more for blasting stuff up than aimed fire.:p

May 6, 2010, 07:09 AM
I like the 22, and sometimes put the subcaliber device in my PTR91. It is just a whole lot of fun. Other times either the 10-22 or my CZ452.

Does prairie dog shooting count as plinking? If so, I like my CZ527 in 223 caliber for that task.

I also like to pop reactive targets such as clays or pop cans at distance with my 308's.

I just like to shoot, so for me there is great joy in a day in the woods with a few rifles for fun.

May 6, 2010, 07:51 AM
L9ike most have said; I p[link with everything I have. lol. However, for economical reasons, I do love my 22s. I have a Ruger Mark III for handgun plinking, damn do I love that thing. And an old Remington Scoremaster for rifle plinking. The Scoremaster has been one of the finest .22s I have ever owned; and I only paid $25 for it :eek:, which makes it even better!

Lloyd Smale
May 6, 2010, 05:44 PM
500 linebaugh:D

Tommy Vercetti
May 6, 2010, 06:13 PM
Ruger 10/22 and a Glock 17 mostly, but every now and then my Gold Cup or Anaconda

May 6, 2010, 06:15 PM
22LR: Savage, Marlin, and Henry
.44 Mag Puma Lever Guns x 2
.45 ACP 1911

Soon to add a Ruger SBH .44Mag to the mix

I reload both .45 and .44 so it's not too expensive.

May 6, 2010, 06:18 PM
For rifles, it's the Marlin 60. I bought it just for fun and that's what it's supplied in abundance.

May 6, 2010, 06:30 PM
mostly my Stag Arms AR-15 with the 16 inch barrel and a Nikon Monarch scope....40 grainers leavin the muzzle at hyperspeed, 1/4 inch groups all day at 100, if not that then my Marlin model 25N with a BSA 3-9x40 with the mil-dot reticle really fun to put up pop cans painted orange at 300++ yards and try to nail em:D:D

May 6, 2010, 10:22 PM
Mostly the .30-30 lately because a lever action winchester 94 is just plain fun. second would be the ruger 10/22.

May 7, 2010, 06:35 PM
I plink with all my guns... If i own a gun and dont shoot it, i sell it and buy something that will be shot.

bennie schott
May 7, 2010, 11:30 PM
I'm currently shooting a 17 fireBall like I used to shoot the 22LR's.

May 7, 2010, 11:41 PM
I use a .22, a bb gun, or an air soft gun(When I'm living in town).

Satanic Toaster
May 7, 2010, 11:44 PM
either my ruger 10/22 or my marlin 1894 .44mag... depending on who is with me.
I don't go plinking by myself. I go shoot by myself with a reason for going. sighting in, load testing, etc.

May 8, 2010, 12:42 AM
Everything, but mostly .22LR.

May 8, 2010, 12:48 AM
Crossman model 1070 .177 cal pellet gun:D

Old Grump
May 8, 2010, 12:56 AM
All of them but one or another of my (11) 22's get about half the plinking duty. A couple of them more than the others but they all get their share on the line.

May 9, 2010, 05:39 PM
I don't get to plink often enough. 45-70 is my first choice every time. I reload cast bullets to keep costs down. The .22 rimfire is A tool for me. Not A plinker. Plinking is serious business.

May 10, 2010, 12:05 AM
Ruger Mark 3 22/45 mostly. Ammo is cheap and it is still fun.

May 10, 2010, 08:32 AM
+1 for the Ruger Mark III. Not only economical to plink with .22, but truly an amazing pistol...extremely accurate at rifle distances...;)

(Oh, my Mini-14's & 10/22's see plenty of plinking time as well...)

May 10, 2010, 09:23 AM
The venerable .22LR be it from a pistol, or a rifle it's still a lot of fun to shoot and inexpensive.