22 rimfire smooth bore

Discussion in '.22-Rimfire Forum' started by old semperfi, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. i am curious about something,i know that at one time they made 22s without rifeling.these 22s shot a type of bird shot.anybody out there that can give me killing distances for small game or varmits. old semperfi
     
  2. doubleslover

    doubleslover Member

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    Oct 8, 2009
    I have an old Cooey smooth bore .22 in my collection. I have never shot it. CCI still makes the "bird shot" for .22 smoth bores. From what I have read, they have very little killing power and are good for about 15-20 feet. I think they were designed originally for shooting at birds in warehouse type buildings or barns where the shot wouldn't cause any damage to the building.
     

  3. 3/2 STA SS

    3/2 STA SS Active Member

    They were also used as ''garden guns'' for killing small rodents in urban gardens when you could do such a thing. We had one at the warehouse where I worked at for a MAJOR food supplier in Florida.
     
  4. firelegs22

    firelegs22 New Member

    225
    May 24, 2010
    georgia
    I have an old Winchester model 61 that is designed for rat shot. I would assume that it is a smooth bore. When I was younger I would spend weekends at my uncles farm and take out the rats in his barns. It worked great for that.
     
  5. BulletBait

    BulletBait New Member

    30
    Oct 23, 2011
    Macho Grande, Ks.
    Often called and labeled by Remington as Routledge Bore on their pump 22's to be used in a parlor game of Mo-Skeet. I had the Rem 121 Routledge pump and it got the best distance and pattern with the still currently offered Winchester crimped #12 shot. I found the CCI shot shells kept too much of the shot in the blue capsule giving a limited pattern and shot count. The Winchester and I believe Federal still offers a crimped shell, both shoot open like a shotgun shell. Even with these like stated earlier the killing distance would be about 20 feet. Probably most often used as pigeon control inside a building so as not to put stray holes in the roof. I've used the Winchesters out of a revolver to be a snake killer. The effective kill range for snakes was no more than 5 feet.
     
  6. mr.t7024

    mr.t7024 Member

    25 feet would be the farthest I would shoot it. Not that powerful!:)
     
  7. dcriner

    dcriner Member

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    Apr 18, 2011
    Illinois
    A .22 pistol, either smoothbore or rifled, with birdshot is a decent snake gun. I don't know if any smoothbore .22 pistols were made.
     
  8. Big Shrek

    Big Shrek Well-Known Member

    Nov 10, 2009
    NorthWest Florida
    Sad thing is, it was totally un-neccesary to make them smoothbore...
    rifling has little-to-no-effect on ratshot at close ranges.

    The difference between a Marlin 25MG Garden Gun and any other 25-series was the smooth bore.
    The downside is that's ALL the MG is good for, snake/rat/close range pest control...
    whereas you could use the ratshot ammo in any of the .22lr/.22WMR 25-series Marlins and still use them for other things.
     
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