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Brownbear



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 08 4:28 am    Post subject: New .22  Reply with quote    

I collected my new .22 rifle yesterday, getting rid of the tricked-up Ruger semi-auto which seemed such a good idea at the time ( ). It's a Sako Finnfire, they're not made any more, having been replaced with the unlovely Sako Quad line of tinny little rifles. This job is the heavy-barreled Varmint model, the weight and length aren't a problem as I have kitted up my quad bike as the Ultimate Bunny Death Tank, and now shoot from that rather than the truck window.

I've waited a long time to get a mint Finnfire, they're like gold dust. This one had sat in someone's cabinet for two years, unfired and unloved (you would think it was a new rifle on inspection), befire he traded it in for something else. I went in to the gun shop about two hours after they took it in, and snagged it at first sight.



I've popped a Zeiss 6x42 on top of it, and am off out to the range later (the wind's too high for work today), to zero it and see what sort of groups I'm getting.

vegplot



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 08 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nice catch.

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 08 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Does it come in Southpaw?

Brownbear



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 08 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:
Does it come in Southpaw?


Sadly, you'd be lucky to find one still new in someone's inventory (and it's rarer to find one secondhand in this good order, as people rarely dispose of them) in left-handed bolt config, though I was told the other day that Sako, piqued by the number of people who've been saying that the CZ Varmint is a better rifle than the new Sako Quad, are planning to semi-resurrect the Finnfire as a Quad Varmint.

vegplot



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 08 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I presume it's a .22LR rather than the somewhat less popular .22 Eargesplitten Loudenboomer (a wildcat I've never heard of until this morning)

Brownbear



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 08 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

vegplot wrote:
the somewhat less popular .22 Eargesplitten Loudenboomer (a wildcat I've never heard of until this morning)


It could be the 22/250, a .308Win cartridge with the neck squeezed down to a .22. Interestingly fast and loud, that is.

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 08 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Brownbear wrote:
Treacodactyl wrote:
Does it come in Southpaw?


Sadly, you'd be lucky to find one still new in someone's inventory (and it's rarer to find one secondhand in this good order, as people rarely dispose of them) in left-handed bolt config, though I was told the other day that Sako, piqued by the number of people who've been saying that the CZ Varmint is a better rifle than the new Sako Quad, are planning to semi-resurrect the Finnfire as a Quad Varmint.


I vaguely recall they didn't make too many .22 left handers and there's not such a wide choice from other manufacturers which I suppose is understandable. Somewhat narrows my choices.

Brownbear



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 08 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:

I vaguely recall they didn't make too many .22 left handers and there's not such a wide choice from other manufacturers which I suppose is understandable. Somewhat narrows my choices.


If you can't find a Finnfire, I'd recommend the CZ Varmint without hesitation. It's only failing is the poor blueing that can allow it to rust. Rub it with one of those corrosion-preventing patches from time to time and you'll have a damned good rifle.

One thing with the CZs, some of them have bolts smooth as butter, and some as rough as a badger's rear. Sort through the stock until you find a good one; if the shopkeeper isn't happy then go elsewhere.

vegplot



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 08 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Brownbear wrote:
vegplot wrote:
the somewhat less popular .22 Eargesplitten Loudenboomer (a wildcat I've never heard of until this morning)


It could be the 22/250, a .308Win cartridge with the neck squeezed down to a .22. Interestingly fast and loud, that is.


Someone was shooting those at the tunnel ranges a while ago. Ear defenders were wholley inadequate.

Brownbear



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 08 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

vegplot wrote:
Brownbear wrote:
vegplot wrote:
the somewhat less popular .22 Eargesplitten Loudenboomer (a wildcat I've never heard of until this morning)


It could be the 22/250, a .308Win cartridge with the neck squeezed down to a .22. Interestingly fast and loud, that is.


Someone was shooting those at the tunnel ranges a while ago. Ear defenders were wholley inadequate.


Well, a bullet travelling at 4400fps lets you know when it's around.

GENT



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 08 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

OOOOHH can i touch it?

Looks like a fine gun.

I have decided to set the ball in motion and work towards getting a rimfire. Captive bolt pistols have too many variables. pluss something with a little less power than the 12ga and a lot more power than an air rifle would be nice for culling the doves and squirrels.

vegplot



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 08 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

GENT wrote:
OOOOHH can i touch it?

Looks like a fine gun.

I have decided to set the ball in motion and work towards getting a rimfire. Captive bolt pistols have too many variables. pluss something with a little less power than the 12ga and a lot more power than an air rifle would be nice for culling the doves and squirrels.


28 bore, .410?

GENT



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 08 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I want a .410 also then i have pretty mutch everything i could need.
12ga, .410 and a .22 rimfire.
.22's cause even less mess than a .410 and thats what im going for. pluss i just want one

vegplot



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 08 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

GENT wrote:
pluss i just want one


Don't say that to the firearms officer

GENT



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 08 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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