I was considering buying a .22 AR style rifle to do some plinking, my only question is, do you think that shooting only a .22 will help my shooting? it may seem somewhat dumb but I'm thinking that since theres no recoil from a .22 that I wont be able to shoot accurately when using a rifle that has recoil. I may also be thinking way too far into this but I'm just curious as to your opinions on the matter.
The AR style 22 rifle will definitely help improve your shooting, especially the shooting of centerfire AR type rifles. You should still practice with what your going to hunt with or use for self defense, but a 22 is a great economical training firearm and also is just a heck of a lot of fun.
I bought one of those single pump Diana/Finebauwerk air guns to practice with in the basement. Got one of the fancy Daisy single stroke pellet pistols for practice too. The pistol weighs almost as much as my competition pistols and helped a great deal.
Shooting a 22 is the best thing you can do to improve your shooting.
Go to the range with a buddy sometime who only shoots his 300 win mag once a year. (Like the majority of deer hunters). When he's not looking slip a snap cap or dummy round in his magazine. Watch how bad he fliches when the gun goes click. Most people have a flinch and don't even know it. Lots of practice with a 22 is the best way to condition your self not to do it.
Besides, I just think the ar platform 22's are a blast.