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Old 04-21-12, 09:25 AM
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wierd "which should i buy" topic...

which should i buy? upgrade my wheelset or a .22 long rifle?

i just remembered that i've always wanted to get a .22 LR. i have a kimber eclipse target II .45 ACP but that thing is too expensive to shoot.

im still using the stock alex 200 rims that came with my bike.

for the .22 long rifle... i have my eyes set on the savage arms mkII TR. goal is for plinking at 150-200 yards or maybe even aim 300 yards but prolly gonna be super hard for a .22 LR and a not so good marksman like me.

for the wheelset... im leaning towards the november FSW 23. i also emailed psimet but haven't heard from him yet. goal is to make climbing, accelerating easier and hopefully help maintain a good pace as well. don't care too much about top speed.

maybe i should ask which should i buy 1st instead since whichever i don't buy... i will buy it by december.

thanks.

PS. being a cycling forum i understand that there will prolly be more votes for the wheel but im sure there are people here who are avid shooters.
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Old 04-21-12, 09:31 AM
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This is the time of year to ride more than shoot so I vote for wheels. I do a lot more shooting in the cooler months.
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Can you ride you bike faster and farther than what you want to shoot? Summer time, I agree with LowCel.
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I'd get a nice set of wheels and a cheap used rifle. .22's are pretty darn cheap. A nice set of wheels are $$$.
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Old 04-21-12, 10:44 AM
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The heat is factor for both. I like colder weather since it doesnt really snow here.

My mileage has suffered lately... cut down my weekend joyrides from 65 to only 30 miles lately. Heat just kills my energy and motivation.

I gotta add night riding here and there to make up the miles but still haven't figured out decent and safe route.

Im sure the new wheels will help my motivation.
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Oh man guns and bikes.....two rather expensive hobbies. I am an avid shooter as well but find myself spending much more time on the bike than at the range, lately. I think you should get the one that will give you the the most use and enjoyment.

If you think you will shoot more often because of cheaper ammo then the .22 is probably the right choice. If not, then go with the wheels.
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Old 04-21-12, 11:25 AM
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Yeah im all about hobbies lolz

Good thing im pretty satisfied with my music gear... already have a les paul custom and a hd500 multifx pedal. I could use a better amp but my peavey classic 50 with upgraded speakers is enough for me right now and i have no plans of building up an actual pedal board.

I already gave up on being fast on motorcycles so i don't need to spend much money on that hobby right now.

Leaning towards the wheels right now atm.

Thanks.
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Old 04-21-12, 12:14 PM
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Well, as for the .22 LR you are making the right decision. When I reduced my expensive guns and got a good quality .22 rifle and pistol my amount of shooting went up 500% (for less money). As a result of practice, my marksmanship improved lots as well. When I did shoot centerfire on occasion thereafter that better marksmanship transferred to the larger firearms very well.

If you don't have an idea as to whether wheels or rifles will be better though not sure how anyone else can help. One way is to look at shooting. Don't know whether you shoot over summer or not though I do. Will the .22 increase the time you shoot? Probably. Will better wheels increase how much you cycle? Probably not. So you might increase your total enjoyment with the rifle. Your cycling miles might be a little better with better wheels, but it won't likely increase how often you do it. Plus despite everyone liking nicer wheels, they actually are only able to give a miniscule increase in performance. Extra shooting practice can provide a large increase in your marksmanship.
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So you have working wheels but you don't have a .22 right now. Seems like an easy choice on what to buy first.
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Get the rifle, and learn to reload. It cuts down on the cost of ammo for that .45 tremendously.
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I imagine you can buy a few 22 rifles for the price of one expensive wheelset so it also comes down to budget. Personally, I ride way more than I shoot but my wheels cost more than my gun too. Hm.

I think you'll have a personal choice to make on this one.
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They're about the same price.

Since like i said... if im gonna get a .22LR it has to be that savage arms mkII TR. Thats bout 400$ plus scope and bipod.

The fsw wheels are bout 500$ as well.

Oh decisions decisions.
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I know you said a .22 rifle, but since you can't afford to shoot your Kimber you might consider a Marvel Precision .22 Conversion Unit that will let you shoot .22 ammo through your Kimber. Just a thought. Cost would be about what you have in mind for the .22 rifle. I don't know what restrictions CA has on those. https://www.marvelprecision.com/

Beyond that, I'd agree with canam73, esldude, et al and get the rifle first since you have a functional wheel set.
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I say get the rifle, I don't shoot(except for airsoft and a little paintball haha), but you already have wheels that you can use to ride. Why get another set when your current one is still working?
I got a new wheelset when the hubs on my old ones wore out.

That's a sweet rifle BTW.
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Old 04-21-12, 03:07 PM
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Learn to handload and get the rifle.
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Get both ! , Ruger 10/22 @ 150.00 ( a gazillion upgrades for it ) then get your wheelset , and begin your upgrades

BTW, LOL , for those that aren't aware .22 is rimfire , thus cannot be reloaded
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Get both ! , Ruger 10/22 @ 150.00 ( a gazillion upgrades for it ) then get your wheelset , and begin your upgrades

BTW, LOL , for those that aren't aware .22 is rimfire , thus cannot be reloaded
Yeah... don't wanna do that. I want something already good out of the box and already has a tacticool stock.

And i think they're referring to my. 45 in terms of reloading.
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.22 is not going to make you a better shooter. Just buy more ammo for the .45 or get into reloading. Conversion kits will make the Kimber dirty as hell and will not make you any better than dry fire practice, and may even make you worse when it comes time to shoot the real thing.
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I can't imagine shooting .45 (or 10mm for that matter) without reloading your own ammo...haha
I bet most of us into guns and bikes ride more than we shoot--I, too, certainly ride way more. Shooting is expensive if only for range fees alone, and after you're done, you can't pig out with abandon!
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And i think they're referring to my. 45 in terms of reloading.
Correct.

Another 1911 guy, here.
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I just sold my ar-15 to buy a power tap. I also have a Kimber 1911 I'm probably going to sell to pay for cycling items. Its a beautiful gun but it's too big to carry concealed. I keep a S&W 340 mp for concealed carry and a S&W 629 44 mag for hunting. The Kimber doesn't serve any purpose for me.

Get the wheels.
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Originally Posted by Trucker Dan View Post
I just sold my ar-15 to buy a power tap. I also have a Kimber 1911 I'm probably going to sell to pay for cycling items. Its a beautiful gun but it's too big to carry concealed. I keep a S&W 340 mp for concealed carry and a S&W 629 44 mag for hunting. The Kimber doesn't serve any purpose for me.

Get the wheels.
I don't know if I could bring myself to part with my AR for bike parts. The thought has crossed my mind though
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