View Full Version : Favorite non .22 plinking rifle?

February 18, 2014, 10:28 AM
By plinking I just mean hitting cans, steel plates. Old appliances etc.

For me as far as enjoyment it's the mosin nagant. However the cleaning and rifle weight involved tends to leave It shelved most the time.
I live out in the country with thousands of acres to one side so I can go down and shoot

February 18, 2014, 11:55 AM
Sks and marlin .17hmr

February 18, 2014, 01:13 PM
I have two centerfires that I enjoy plinking with. A Savage Axis in .223 and a 16" AR. With the softer recoil and lower cost to make the ammo than larger calibers, they are the ones I grab for fun. The Axis when I still want accuracy, and the AR when pure fun is the only goal.

February 18, 2014, 02:58 PM
I'm with Jay24bal.....An AR is the way to go.....relatively inexpensive to shoot compared to most other center fire rifles.....the 223/5.56 versions any way.

Sure Shot Mc Gee
February 18, 2014, 03:04 PM
plinking rifle 1894 32-40 long barrel. Far and away the funnest plinking rifle I ever owned. It must be a she gun. As its bullet behavior can change down range in the blink of an eye. Besides the cost of buying 22s is more expensive than reloading for that 32-40. As I'm lucky. If I can burn up a box of shells in a days shooting. There is another retired gent like myself who shoots a 38-55 at my club range. When together we compete against each other ringing metal at 100 yards. Who ever misses first buys coffee and roll at the club house. By last Fall we were about neck & neck in pulling out our wallets for the years coffee & roll shooting matches. Anyhow. Just a couple old geezers having fun. Now you know the rest of the story why I call it my "funnest plinking rifle."

February 18, 2014, 06:46 PM
Henry Golden Boy .17 HMR

February 18, 2014, 08:35 PM
My Universal M1 Carbine and 1:7 twist Stevens 200 .243 Win, I've got short and long range plinking covered.

February 18, 2014, 09:01 PM
I have an ar15 but as I use it for semi long range I don't really want to run any Tula through it.

I am thinking of buying a an74 just for cheap blasting but you still have to clean the darn thing

February 18, 2014, 09:08 PM
.22 cal spring powered pellet rifle. :D

February 18, 2014, 09:14 PM
I prefer my Savage 17hmr to my Ruger 10/22. I started with my 10/22, but if I had it to do over, I would have started with a bolt action 22, but I still would have expanded to the 17.

Deja vu
February 18, 2014, 09:39 PM
17HMR or 38 specials either from a lever action.

February 18, 2014, 10:19 PM

February 18, 2014, 10:25 PM
Lever action .357 is a lot of fun. .223 bolt action with a ridiculous scope is also a lot of fun for 100 yard nickel size target competitions with your shooting buddy.

February 19, 2014, 01:30 AM
Marlin 882SS - .22 WMR
Any .243 Win

February 19, 2014, 02:59 AM
Friend's Hi point carbine with red dot.

jolly roger
February 19, 2014, 05:45 AM
Marlin Cowboy 45 Colt lever gun...sweet.

February 19, 2014, 09:24 AM
Ruger 77/22 Hornet.

Willie Lowman
February 19, 2014, 09:31 AM
Uzi SBR with silencer.


Sure Shot Mc Gee
February 19, 2014, 10:49 AM
To bad your UZI isn't a A model._:cool:

Willie Lowman
February 19, 2014, 02:35 PM
Sure Shot, It's something I have to live with every day of my life.

February 19, 2014, 02:37 PM
Mosin Nagant.

February 19, 2014, 03:59 PM
Marlin 1893 in .30-30...

I load round balls with a few grains of Red Dot and plink away...Cheap, and accurate to 60 yards...

Quiet and deadly medicine for varmints in the garden also...

February 19, 2014, 07:43 PM
AR-15, Mini-14, 2 Mosin Nagants, Hi-Point 9mm Carbine with cheap BSA red dot optic. Super accurate and reliable btw. Working up loads for my 30-06's and 223's. Since I have around 6000rds of 22lr I still shoot one of my 5 22's just about every trip to my range. Hell I still like shooting my Daisy 1000 pellet rifle. Its killed enough squirrel to be legit in my opinion. I like shooting all my guns. I don't own any safe queens.

February 19, 2014, 07:50 PM
My buddies M1 Carbine.

Of the rifles I own, it goes to my Daewoo DR200

February 19, 2014, 08:33 PM
Rossi 92 .357 magnum. I can load .38 specials cheaper than .22's and the gun is fun to shoot for me and my 11 year old son.

February 19, 2014, 08:49 PM
Savage Model 12 FVSS- Shooting fly's and tic tac toe.

February 19, 2014, 10:14 PM
nagant for up to 200 yards at 15-20c a round
just plain plinking for giggles, hands down the wifes hi-point carbine

February 20, 2014, 02:41 AM
Most def. my .17 HMR savage 93R17 that gun is just plain fun :)

February 20, 2014, 04:09 AM
Dare I say Mosin Nagant? 7.62x54R can still be had cheaply enough.

February 20, 2014, 06:30 AM
Taurus Thunderbolt in .45 Colt.

February 20, 2014, 04:19 PM
Mosin Nagant and Ruger Deerfield. Granted the Mosin is surplus and the Deerfield is reloaded with some warm cheap Sierra's, Mosin is still cheaper. I just love my .44's though :D

February 20, 2014, 05:14 PM
Savage 110 in .30-06

February 20, 2014, 07:09 PM
I have a H&R 158 in 30/30 I reload for,and it is a great target shooting rifle,I really love the single shots.

February 20, 2014, 07:46 PM
300blk boltgun, silly accurate. Feed it range pickup 5.56 brass & left over .308 bullets for cheap & available shooting!

February 20, 2014, 07:48 PM
SKS , AK 2nd

February 20, 2014, 08:04 PM
My favorite plinking rifle is a 17hmr (mine is a Savage). I find that a bolt action slows me down & requires me to more closely check my aim. I tend to track in rather than aim carefully when I shoot my semi-auto.

February 20, 2014, 08:33 PM
17HM2. I own three of them.

February 20, 2014, 08:44 PM
256 win mag in a contender 10 in bull. It's low recoil but quite loud. Use for plinking and yote hunting close up.

February 21, 2014, 06:01 PM
Marlin 1894 CL in .32-20. It is uber fun to shoot, sort of a high velocity .22 with three times the bullet weight.


February 21, 2014, 11:55 PM
Anything with ghost ring or peep sights.

But to answer you question.....my m1a

February 22, 2014, 12:55 PM
That's easy M1 carbine even funner than a 22

February 22, 2014, 01:26 PM

February 22, 2014, 01:58 PM
Rossi 92 stainless 38/357 carbine...lots of fun!

February 22, 2014, 04:40 PM

It's a technical industry term...


February 22, 2014, 04:53 PM
Odd question to me. I just never regarded any other rifle other than a .22 rimfire to be a plinker.

February 22, 2014, 07:44 PM
well I have a few.

my SKS is probably the one I use the most since I have a decent amount of x39 built up finally. however I love to plink with my type 44 Arisaka but ammo is so gosh derned expensive that I almost never get to use it.

my new toy is a 6.5 grendel AR which is becoming one of my more attractive prospects for squirrels and deer but with ammo being scarce until wolf becomes readily available I will probably keep it shelved for the time being.

February 23, 2014, 07:44 AM
Odd question to me. I just never regarded any other rifle other than a .22 rimfire to be a plinker.

I understand, but I consider 'plinking' to be shooting at a variety of varied hit or miss targets rather than scored as on a bulls-eyes with higher points for center shots. Example: A bottle makes a plink sound when hit and usually is a one-time tardet. I expect that there are many definitions.

I have a 22 rifle, a22 handgun, a 17 rifle. I plink with all. I will soon have a 9mm and will plink with that. My son is building a 223/556 AR and tells me he expects to plink with it.

Lt. Skrumpledonk Ret
February 23, 2014, 06:08 PM
Mosin Nagant.

February 23, 2014, 09:55 PM
Diana rws34 in 0.17 caliber. Cheaper to shoot than a 22 and never have to clean the barrel! And will pretty much last forever. I also like to plink with my 12 gauge 870 express slug but that's probably weird :/

February 23, 2014, 10:11 PM
3220 in a marlin lever, quiet enough to shoot in a suburban setting. bobn

February 24, 2014, 01:34 PM
My favorite plinker is my single shot H&R .45 Colt classic carbine.
From quiet round ball gallery loads to 200 grain LSWC target loads to 300 grain WFP bunker busters, the little carbine handles it all.http://i376.photobucket.com/albums/oo205/FF1063/ff%201063/HR.jpg

February 24, 2014, 03:14 PM
H&R Handi-Rifle in .357 Magnum,,,
I call it my Diller-Killer.


I bought it about the same time a neighbor was having armadillo problems,,,
With her holding the spotlight we managed to thin out those garden raiders very Handily.

Please pardon the pun. :o

But seriously it's a blast to shoot this rifle,,,
The single-shot platform promotes slow leisurely shooting.

I scored a used Leupold scope at The Evil Pawn Shop,,,
It's probably worth more than the rifle but it really shoots nice now.

A friend who had all of his guns stolen,,,
Gave me about 600 rounds of lightly loaded .38 Special ammo,,,
Out of the longer barrel of the rifle they have plenty of range and are very quiet.

That may be the reason I "plink" with this rifle so much,,,
But there's no doubt that it is accurate and fun,,,
I love to launch brass over my shoulder,,,
Deters the lookie-loo's at my range. :D



Unlicensed Dremel
February 25, 2014, 01:11 AM
17HMR or 38 specials either from a lever action.

This. (or pump)

February 25, 2014, 10:35 AM
Savage 93 17 hmr

February 25, 2014, 08:54 PM
I have a couple that are fun and cheap to shoot. I can load .38 or .30-30 with a cast bullet for less than a 22 RF round costs.

One is a Handi Rifle that is now a .357 MAXIMUM. I can load it to be a 22 RF or a .35 Remington.

Others are Marlin, Winchester 94 or Topper 158 30-30s. With a cast 113 bullet and 7 grs of Green Dot, I have a good small game load or plinker. With 3 grs. of Clays, I have a garden pest gun that I can shoot while neighbors are on their decks. It sounds about like a car door being closed. At 30 yards it will anchor a tree rat, possum or coon raiding my garden. I am told that it will solve a feral cat problem.

February 25, 2014, 09:02 PM
The RWS34 .177 is always fun and say what you will about the HiPoint carbines in 9mm & 40 but they are fun too

chris in va
February 25, 2014, 10:15 PM
I thoroughly enjoy my CZ carbine. I can use full on 155 grainers or scale it down to 9mm velocities. Czech goodness.

I can't wait to get a CX4 carbine though.

February 26, 2014, 03:26 PM
...say what you will about the HiPoint carbines in 9mm & 40 but they are fun too

I agree completely with this,,,
I can decimate major appliances in my buddy's field,,,
Every bit as well as they can using their high-dollar 9mm carbines.

My only problem (and the reason it's not my favorite non-rimfire plinker),,,
Is that I can go through several hundred rounds very quickly,,,
I have 5 mags so that's a box of 9mm in 2 minutes,,,
My Handi-Rifle in 38/357 remains my favorite.



February 26, 2014, 10:19 PM
The funny thing about the Hi-Points, everyone that knocks them, has never owned or fired one. I had 2 until recently. Had to let a 9mm carbine go for a trade a 1895 Nagant to complete my Russian collection lol. But I will have another.

February 27, 2014, 08:56 AM
I love shooting this one. Had it since 1985.


February 27, 2014, 12:53 PM
The RWS34 .177 is always fun
Yep, like I said earlier, better than .22! Or you can get HW95 Luxus in 0.20, better rifle but not as cost effective. Stay away from Gamo though (unless your only going to use it once :D)

February 27, 2014, 12:59 PM
If your are just talking about blasting the hell out of stuff then my short barrel AR or any of my milsurp rifles.
But of course the ol 44mag is a lot of fun too.

February 27, 2014, 02:11 PM
It's interesting how many people choose a single shot.

February 27, 2014, 11:10 PM
Mine would be my older Marlin 1894 in 25-20. It's so much fun to shoot that I bought a progressive press just to feed it.:D

February 28, 2014, 10:59 AM
It's interesting how many people choose a single shot.

Plinking (in my not-so-humble opinion) should be slow and leisurely,,,
It should be a relaxing endeavor that calms the soul.

Single-shot rifles are the absolute perfect medium for that criteria.

I even bought a single-shot adaptor for my CZ-452 military Trainer,,,
And it has the added advantage of helping me conserve ammo.

I have a good friend with an 11 year old son,,,
I take the young boy out to the range quite often.

When I first took him to the range with me,,,
He was disappointed that I didn't bring a semi-auto,,,
I brought a Crickett and a Henry Accu-Bolt for him to use.

It took a while but he finally warmed up to shooting slowly,,,
And now that he can actually hit where he aims,,,
He's seen the wisdom of sniper mentality,,,
One shot - One hit.

Especially now that his dad makes him buy,,,
His own ammo with his own money.

Yeah my semi's are lotsa fun,,,
But I always hit better with my single-shots.



February 28, 2014, 03:52 PM
Couldn't agree more.
Note my pic at the top of the page.
I also have single shots in 30-30 and .357.

February 28, 2014, 05:50 PM
I prefer the AK over the AR, ( I have both). I like having a little recoil associated with the firing of the round.

March 1, 2014, 06:34 AM
Either an AR, AK or my HK91

March 2, 2014, 11:11 AM
I probably use my wife's ASR in 9mm the most for plinking, but my favorite gun of all time for plinking is my FN49. Surplus 8mm Mauser can be had for around the same price as 223/556 still, and it is crazy fun to shoot.

March 3, 2014, 10:24 AM
My brother once had a new G.I. 30 Carbine that had been stolen from an armory in WWII, probably in pieces, then he died. His mother, years later, gave it to my aunt who gave it to my brother, along with about 3,000 rounds of GI ammo, cleaning supplies, and several magazines. We shot that rifle for several years and it was absolutely the best plinking rifle I've ever fired...accurate, low recoil, and just a blast!!! He had a car accident when in college and had to sell it to pay the damages.

I'd thought of getting another one, but don't think I could go back again. In the past week, I shot a commercial one and it just wasn't the same.

Anyway, the two non .22LR that I plink with are a .22WMR, CZ 455 and a .223 Rem Tikka 595. The Tikka is as accurate a rifle as I've ever shot and it has a great trigger. Viva le .223!

Unlicensed Dremel
March 4, 2014, 06:48 PM
Oh, actually, my favorite plinker just may be this Savage Cub .22lr (single shot bolt action), which I shoot around the house with Aguila Super Colibri rounds (20 gr @ 500 fps). This rifle is "dedicated" to this round / purpose. Forward-mounted Hawke MAP 3x32mm (crossbow) scope. Grackle-smiting mo-sheen.

Plinking (in my not-so-humble opinion) should be slow and leisurely,,,
It should be a relaxing endeavor that calms the soul.

Single-shot rifles are the absolute perfect medium for that criteria.

I even bought a single-shot adaptor for my CZ-452 military Trainer,,,
And it has the added advantage of helping me conserve ammo.

Amen to that. When I gave a CZ 452 Scout in .22lr to my nephew, I kept the 5 round mag and put in a single-shot adapter. That will do til he's 15 or so; then I'll give him the 5-rounder. :)

March 4, 2014, 09:54 PM
.243 Winchester

March 5, 2014, 02:48 AM
Favorite non 22 plinker


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and all time favorite this:

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March 5, 2014, 03:23 AM
I've likely perforated more "stuff" with a .357 carbine, shooting both .38's and mid range .357 lead loads, than anything else I own.

Unlicensed Dremel
March 5, 2014, 09:50 AM

Jim, yeah, I hear ya - that HiPoint 9x19 is like Sat. night with a fat chick - maybe not that pretty but a LOT of fun! :)