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The Gun Digest Book of the .22 Rifle Paperback – September 2, 2010

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As a shooter, a competitor and a collector, Dr. C. Rodney James has more than half a century's experience with rimfire rifles. A professional firearms forensic expert, Dr. James is also the editor of ABCs of Reloading and Handloader's Digest, both by Krause Publications/Gun Digest Books, and has authored numerous articles dealing with rimfire rifles and other topics. Dr. James lives on a large farm in central Ohio, where he can often be found testing the latest development in .22 rifles and ammunition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gun Digest Books (September 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440213720
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440213724
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #744,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 other reviewers have reviewed Gun Digest Book of the .22 Rifle
I'd like to add some of my pro's and con's of this book.
Pro's:
- It is probably the best book on the 22 caliber currently available
- The author, Mr. James, offers loads of data to back up his conclusions, he is not just spouting off.
- His chapter on Bolt-Action Competition Rifles seems to be his real passion, if that is your interest then this is a bonus.
- The book has a good historical perspective on the 22 bullet and the focus throughout the book is the caliber.

Con's:
- As good as this book is, I wanted a book helping me know the 22 and 22 WMR rifle offerings of the last 50 years, and hopefully which ones come recommended or had reliability problems. I try to buy 22 WMR and I want the rifles to be original, all the parts, therefore the photo's showing the details of the gun are important. This book is lacking for the 22 rifle purchaser.

- The photo's inside are small, grainy, black & white. I thought maybe this book was published in the 1970-80s based on the photo's, but when I looked at the inside flap - it was published in 2009.

- The book is physically small with a thin soft cover. Not a collectible type book but rather one to stick in you pocket and bring to the range
ALSO:

Interested in the .17 HMR? Read pages 147-148, the gun performed poorly in test. I know little of the .17 caliber but found this surprising.
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The "Gun Digest Book of the .22 Rifle" is an excellent resource for those interested in learning about the history and types of rimfire arms and ammo, which also includes .17 caliber in addition to the various .22 varities. The author, C. Rodney James, is a "Forensic Firearms Examiner" and is clearly very knowledgeable about both the rifles and available ammunition. The book provides an in-depth look at the action types, shows popular models, and provides detailed information on the "care and feeding" (maintaining and ammo selection) of rimfire rifles.

As might be expected in a book written by a professional firearms examiner, there is a lot of technical data presented on things like grouping, bullet expansion, and trajectories. Fans of TV and book crime dramas will likely also appreciate the pictures of recovered bullets showing the rifling "engraving" after being fired. The section on "Hunting and Varmint Shooting" (or "How to Shoot and Not Miss") is well worth the price of the book to new shooters, in my opinion, since it provides very practical advice on selecting and using sighting options, including "iron" sights and optics. The section on competition shooting and shooters was particularly interesting to me since both of my kids like competitive shooting. The last chapter is on safety, and should definitely be read by new shooter, and experienced shooters will likely appreciate the sound advice it imparts.

I have this book both on my Kindle and in hard-copy, but prefer the physical book because the pictures and illustrations are much clearer and easy to see.

Highly Recommended!

CFH
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Seems there is always some basic information some folks are always asking about on the Internet, and some of it can easily be found within this little slim volume of reference. I have to admit, I expected a bit more than what was in it myself, however; though that's not saying I'm totally disappointed. In the nitpick column, I feel Chapter 8, Titled "Hunting and Varmint Shooting : Some Practical Aspects" should really be titled "Sights" as only about two-thirds of a page is mentioned about "hunting", the chapter is more about using the sights.
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I have at least 25 .22 rifles which I take pride in owning and enjoy shooting. This book gave me better insight into all aspects of .22 shooting. The chapter on semi-autos was especially informative to me, as autoloaders can be very picky. I gained a better understanding of how semi-autos work and how to keep them shooting dependably.
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There is always an issue when an author writes an "everything you want to know about" book. There are many aspects of the 22 in which I have little or no interest, for example the history of past failed guns and cartridges. There was little on bolt action rifles except as they relate to competition. The book is 6 years old so does not include recent products. Still a good read. As with all Gun Digest books in it loaded with pictures but most are relevant in this one. As with many Gun Digest books there are printing problems where there are gaps in words and where two letters occupy one space.
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Very well thought out and useful. The book is very readable and quite satisfying from a technical point of view. It is not just another coffee table book with pretty pictures, it is however well illustrated to supports the authors points.

Layman and experienced shooters alike will benefit from Mr. James experiences and wisdom.

I would reccomend "The Gun Digest book of the .22 Rifle" to anyone interested in Rimfire shooting and firearms in general.
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I've been "actively" shooting 22 rifles for the past 2-3 yrs, although I'm in my 60s. I especially enjoyed the section on "accurate shooting" and I learned something from every chapter. I would buy this book again and, in fact, I'm keeping it for reference purposes (I know, you can find anything on the Internet, but it's nice to be able to grab a book from time to time and reread passages that hold special significance for you).
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