If you guys enjoy your .22s, that's cool. For me, though, I can't just walk out the back door into the field, or get in a car and drive 15 minutes to a relative's property and start shooting anymore. Nor do I have any varmints to kill. Those days are gone forever. If I want to shoot a pistol, I'm going to an indoor range, paying for the privilege, and then waiting in line until a lane clears. If I want to shoot a rifle, I'm driving a hour and a half, paying a fee, and then shooting under the close supervision of some of the most uptight assholes in the state (not that I blame them - in Illinois, they have to be that way). My point is, if I'm going to all that trouble, I'm not going to bother with a .22. And I really don't shoot often enough that ammo is a huge expense.
I'm not mean; I just don't like you.