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Old 03-10-2009, 9:51 AM
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I am looking at a lightweight and inexpensive backpacking rifle. what do you carry in your pack? my initial idea was to get a crickett 22 since its short, light and cheap. what do you think?
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Old 03-10-2009, 10:21 AM
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Mis-understood the question. Brain fart.

Not inexpensive, but this would be my choice.http://www.winchesterguns.com/prodin...d=115&cat=001C
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Keltec SU16? Wasn't there some folding Knight rifle, as well?
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Old 03-10-2009, 8:42 PM
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Nick I located 7.35 Terni ammo at the Old West Scrounger when he had his shop in Montague,CA but that's all changed he sold out and the business was relocated.Do a google search for 7.35x51 ammo lots of sites.When the Old Western Scrounger was in Montague,CA I ordered 2 boxes of ammo and paid about $90 for it including tax and delivery.I have a 7.35mm Terni Rifle.I bought it for $13.95 in 1958 at one time reloading dies were available with instructions about the type of brass that could be used to form 7.35x51 brass and bullets.Mine was so inaccurate I gave up buying ammo for it .
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How about an AR7?
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or, do it like this:


Ruger 10/22 receiver
Butler Creek Folder, rear (front is cut)
Butler Creek Packer stock, front (stock is discontinued, came in Bull or Std)
Lightweight barrel

You're set to go.

Someone on Rimfire Central made this so I'm planning on making this same thing in the future.
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Nice find Rogue. That is awesome.
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I have the Packer stock, I just put my 20" GM .920 barrel on it. Lord Jesus! That thing is HEAVY! Even my Bushnell scope isn't enough to counter balance it. That Green Mountain barrel is definitely NOT a backpacking barrel! Of course it can double as a bludgeon. WHACK!

For a backpacking barrel, stick to the standard barrel or a lightweight, carbon fiber, alloy, fluted, barrel - something else beside steel.

The Packer stock is pretty cool. I have the standard and the bull packer. I'll have to see how accurate it is. It folds down to less than 20". And, it's a 10/22 - it isn't finicky about the ammo.
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there are some great recommendations. i hadn't thought about a hunting 22 pistol. that might be a good way to go. I wanted to go with a small round so I can carry plenty of rounds without too much added weight. I am looking to hunt small game if and when I get in a survival situation for food. I just picked up an old marlin glenfield model 10 22LR single shot rifle for 80 bucks. probably better than the crickett. the folding ruger 10/22 is amazing. is that legal in CA?
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ruger mini 14, fairly lightweight fairly in expensive and fairly cheap to shoot
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It used to be that when I went backpacking, I had a pack mounted holster for a 6" GP100.. these days though I'd likely carry a 4" 686. Extra ammo would be in the pouch and I might have a speedloader mounted within reach on the frame or belt of the pack. I always carried loaded unconcealed since I was on national forest land. No one ever bothered me. When I got to a road or to some more populated area, I'd unload and put it inside the main pocket on top and within somewhat easy reach. Any 22 hangun would likely be useful, but I like to have more substantial power than that in general.

oops.. OP said cheap.. well, to me $400 ish is cheap..

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Great little BP gun.

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=124238729
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Crickets do look fun, but I'd go with an AR7 Survival Rifle. It holds 8 rounds, weighs less than 3 lbs, doesn't cost a lot, and breaks down into the buttstock which will float!

http://www.henryrepeating.com/h002_survival.cfm
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Crickets do look fun, but I'd go with an AR7 Survival Rifle. It holds 8 rounds, weighs less than 3 lbs, doesn't cost a lot, and breaks down into the buttstock which will float!

http://www.henryrepeating.com/h002_survival.cfm
i like the ar7 as well, mainly for the compact waterproof floating storage; fit & finish wise its kind of a cheesy no-frills thing but it works for its intended purposes.
note that like many other things they are in terribly short supply. i've had one on order through my local shop (trying to support them on purchases they will handle, basically non-BR stuff.... ironic b/c this is an Armalite design ) for over a month now, and am still waiting. but even on GB they are rare.
many folks say they prefer that marlin papoose linked by GenLee a few posts before mine. i've never tried one but they look good and i've heard good things about them.
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What are you planning on doing with it?

If you get an AR7, put a good few hundred rounds through it first, as they tend to have serious reliability problems. Ones that work well through an entire box of .22 are fairly rare, IME.

There are lots of links on the web about what to do to make them more reliable. I've never known any of the suggestions to work, but I haven't tried all of them.

My Savage 24C is reliable and adds 20 gauge to the mix, but is single shot, and fairly heavy and bulky, even when broken down.

Personally, for backpacking, I'd look seriously at a Ruger MkII handgun with a compact red dot, but that's me.
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