Finally got my license... How should I kit out the 0.22 and 12 gauge?

After taking the police commissioner to court over rejecting my license application “due to covid” I’ve finally been issued it with the help of the NSC. Should arrive in the mail any day now.

The firearms are a Ruger American 0.22 and Adler B220 pistol grip.

I’m actually a bit of a newbie so looking for accessory ideas. You can probably tell by the firearms I’m not looking to spend a million bucks. Will be heading to a range as soon as they open just to get all the safety and marksmanship stuff bedded down before I go out of town to hunt rabbits cats and foxes (or soft drink bottles if there are none to be found).

So what should I be thinking about scope wise for the rifle and is there anything that’s handy to have on the shotgun?



The Ruger American is a great choice - I think there’s a few of us here to have one, myself included. Did you get the compact?

There a couple of good threads on scopes on 22s.

The last one was me annoying @juststarting about what to put on my Ruger. I went with a 3-9X40 Nikon in the end.

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In terms of accessories, ammo! Especially for the 22, see what it likes, will be different for 25m to 50m (22LR accuracy questions).

I found that B220 sights work fine. You can always get a cheap red dot, I tend to stick to Vortex Crossfire II. However, sights on B220 are pretty good. Also, found that B220 is not particularly picky about ammo. Some eject with a lot more excitement than others, but much of a muchness.

For Ruger, there are a few links above. However, some come with a rail, some don’t. In case yours didn’t - not all rings will fit the grove/dovetail on the gun. At least this is what I found. So if you don’t have the rail included, personally, I would get go to a shop, get them to find the right rings and then shop for the scope. Rings will dictate the tube diameter for the scope. If you have the rail, pick a scope, then find some cheap rings.


It’s this one (I think! Haven’t seen it since I bought it in February!!)

With the Adler I’m going to grab some of those dummy shells so I can play around when the kids are not home and work out if I prefer left or right handed bolt.

I bought an 8 gun safe just so I had enough room for ammo. These are my 50 cal bottle openers from Beatons and they make it look pretty small


I like the idea of a Nikko sterling (?Aussie made)

Originally made in Japan, now made in China I think (someone might be able to correct me).

.22 rifles can be picky so buy a heap of different ammo and play around with it.

Edit: Not as important for .22 but probably worth mentioning, spend some time going down the rabbit hole that is cleaning. Gunblue on YouTube is a great resource.

Hey @juststarting does this remind you of anyone?

@Mullmans congrats mate, I hope you have a ball!

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I’m laughing but also looking nervously at my bank account…

Yes it is indeed a slippery slope trying to fund the illness which is commonly known as FAD.
Firearm Acquisition Disorder.

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I would say it’s less of an illness and more of a life style choice :smiley:


…a dedicated, compulsive choice.

I spent my 20s playing with cars… sold a 730hp Nissan Skyline last year so I am no stranger to expensive hobbies that the government doesn’t approve of!!

Wife isn’t to pleased with the firearms but I think it will be safer than doing 250kmph+ on a runway or sharing the road with trucks on my pushbikes (which is another recent hobby)!


Sadly a bit harder for the OP over there in the USSRofWA.

Yeah I smashed that like button after the first line.

I’d suggest a recoil pad (a Limbsaver or something else good quality) for the B220 - they’re quite a light shotgun so kick pretty hard, especially with hunting loads.

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do chokes help?

Not with recoil.
Rabbits and foxes use full choke to get tighter patterns out further.
Slugs use open/cylinder choke or improved cylinder choke, will depend on the slug, but most factory slugs prefer I/C choke.
My 2c for what its worth anyway :+1:

Long day… after a six day week at the hospital… I meant to ask if muzzle brakes help?

I see Beaton firearms sell a few mods… Looks easy to double the price of a $550 shotgun but I’m fairly keen on the magazine extension engraved with “I survived the Chy-na virus and all I got was a lousy rejection letter from WAPOL”

They said $350 for that.

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They probably do, but unless you’re a tiny bloke you should be right anyway. My 12yo daughter shoots shotgun no worries, shotgun is mostly about technique mate.