I accept Stephen’s challenge and talk about my .22. It is the second gun I’ve ever owned, and I got it a year ago this week. It’s a Remington 597, with a scope. It was on sale at some sporting goods store, and my wife let me get it in exchange for me buying her a new car. My other gun is a Savage .243 with a scope.
I’ve never owned a gun until I moved to Colorado and bought land. I went into the Tractor Supply Store- type store and meekly told them I need a gun to shoot coyotes and other large animals threating my goats. It’s not easy to pull that trigger for the first time in the backyard, not knowing what’s in store. And it’s even harder to hear the coyotes in your backyard and have to arm yourself to go get your dogs inside.
The first time I ever shot a gun was a small bolt action .22 my sister-in-law’s husband loaned me when I went rabbit hunting in south WY 3 years ago. I liked the lightness of the rifle and it gave me time to think and plan between each loading. I shot 22 rabbits that day, and was probably 75% accurate each time. Doug still swears I’ve had training.
I like the Remington because it has a 10 round magazine, and I’m ordering a couple 30 round magazines. We have big jackrabbits around the house and sniffing around my garden. I may have to try a rabbit gumbo after the big freeze up here. I think with the rabbit population, the amount of brush out here, the lack of predators (thanks to my dogs), and breeding rates, I think I could shoot or trap up to 3 rabbits a day on the property and feed my family, yet not deplete the population. I hope the .22LR will help with that.