I've mentioned this here before but here it is again.
Krieghoff makes an EXCELENT quality insert bbl. in 22lr and also 22 Win. Mag. that will slide right in a 12ga bbl. (they also have them for 20ga.) turning that gun into a combination gun. (assumeing it's a S&S or O&U)
Buy a O&U 12 ga., an insert bbl. and have a very high quality combi!!! The best part is, with the insert out, you have your shotgun back!!
The insert bbl has to be "fit" to the gun and sighted in the first time around, but once done it always goes back to zero no matter how many times you take it out and put it back in!!! If you don't know how to do this, i'm sure Krieghoff can take care of this for you.
I've owned these insert bbls for many many years, and they shoot as good as a quality bolt action rifle!!
While new Savage o/u's aren't cheap I suspect they're less pricey than the Krieghoff. If you handload, then the 22 Hornet makes an excellant small game round. I have a 24V Hornet/20 guage that I bought back in '84 and since I worked up a good load for it, my .22's sit home. It's both accurate and more powerful than the 22's but does less damage and makes less noise than a 22 Mag. The load consists of 4.2 grs of Unique/Speer 46 gr flatpoints(designed to be used in the Marlin 218 Bee)/ Rem 6 1/2 primers. Velocity is around 1500 fps(slightly more) and when sighted in, is on at 25 and 50 yds; 2 inches low at 100 yds. Shoots tiny groups at the lesser ranges, at 100 yds the groups measure a bit less than an inch. Rifle still has a lousy trigger pull after all these years, but at least now I don't have to yank on a lanyard to fire the thing. The load pretty much duplicates the old 22 WRF load(not 22 WRM), and when I was growing up, the 22 WRF was considered a durn good small game load. But expensive. They're making the 22 WRF again, but seems they've lowered the velocity some. That 46 gr flatpoint delivers a lot of energy and expands, without exploding, at those velocities. Taken Lord knows how many squirrel, turkey, rabbits etc with the thing. A couple of days ago I went out and shot a hen turkey and six squirrels with it
without ever using the shotgun barrel. Sounds strange, but the one thing I like about the gun is it's fairly heavy. Makes it steady as a rock when I'm sighting, and being full grown, I don't find carrying 9 pounds all that much when hunting these mountains. I"ve modified it some by slimming the forend and removing both the pistol grip and the monte carlo "thing". Added an Uncle Mike's barrel band and back sling swivel and use a light, nylon carrying strap. Best, most used, weapon I own.
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