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.22lr substitutes for rifle training

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Smurf Hunter:
As a handloader, it's become apparent that lower velocity pistol loads are costing roughly the same as bulk .22lr cartridges.

My cast lead .38spl are around $0.08/rnd, and last time I saw .22lr bricks on the shelf, think it was $40 for 525, which is about $0.08/rnd

Here's the practical problem, .22lr is chambered for all sorts of guns:

Auto loading pistols
Revolvers
semi-auto rifles
bolt action rifles
lever rifles

Of course .38 with a few special exceptions is used only in revolvers and lever guns.

Is there another budget minded handloadable cartridge that would be appropriate for teaching new/young rifle shooters?
Primarily I'm thinking of bolt action.  Maybe some of the .25 cal wild cats or similar?

Criteria is:

inexpensive to hand load or buy (cast lead ideally)
accuracy/distance on par with .22lr
recoil/noise appropriate for youth (think boy scouts)


xxdabroxx:
If you can buy factory made ammo for the same price that it costs you to reload a cartridge and it saves you the time investment why not just shoot 22lr?

Smurf Hunter:

--- Quote from: xxdabroxx on January 18, 2017, 10:58:32 AM ---If you can buy factory made ammo for the same price that it costs you to reload a cartridge and it saves you the time investment why not just shoot 22lr?

--- End quote ---

Stop.  You are making too much sense.

nkawtg:
Something like a Cricket single shot bolt action .22lr?
For training youth, there's nothing like a .22

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BM309sp1oWA

Smurf Hunter:

--- Quote from: nkawtg on January 18, 2017, 11:44:33 AM ---Something like a Cricket single shot bolt action .22lr?
For training youth, there's nothing like a .22

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BM309sp1oWA

--- End quote ---

I'm inclined to get something closer to full size, like a Savage MK II perhaps?
http://www.savagearms.com/firearms/?type_check%5B%5D=Rimfire&accutrigger_check%5B%5D=yes

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