If you want to shoot for an entire day but only possess a shooting budget fit for the dollar menu, you really have only one choice: the .22lr. Yes, we all know it does not give quite the same satisfaction that you get when a .44 Magnum lifts your arm above your head, or the excitement of dumping mags from your favorite battle rifle. But you also can still afford to pay your mortgage after a day at the range with your favorite .22(s).
When it comes to staying sharp on the fundamentals, though, the .22 is a great choice. You can practice stance, position, breathing, etc., and can do so for hours. It won’t give you a headache for repeated exposure. Also, it is widely used in handguns and rifles, and just as widely used between bolt action rifles and semi-automatics including AR-pattern clones and even miniature precision rifles. For a mere fraction the cost of shooting their big brothers you can spend a day at the range and send literally hundreds of rounds downrange from weapons nearly identical to their larger brethren. The feel is consistent, the triggers are very close if not identical, and the fundamentals remain the same.
For very roughly the cost of a few hundred rounds of 9mm or .223 you can grab a few thousand rounds of .22lr, and hollow points no less! This is a great deal for the prepper in all of us, the backyard exterminator, and the ardent plinker. Go ahead, pick up five thousand of your closest little friends for a great day (or several days) at the range!
Review by Lucy
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