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Old 02-02-2010, 08:47 PM   #1
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I have pretty much every caliber in a handgun that I want except for a .22. I do borrow/rent them regularly. You just can't beat the cost of the ammo.

But every time I go shopping for a .22, I always find something in a different caliber that I can't resist for about the same money. Sigh.

BUT, I am determined to buy one this year. I want to make a *careful* choice on this considering it's probably the only .22 I'll own. I've looked at/shot several, and can't make a decision (although I have ruled some out completely).

What do you .22 owners recommend, and why?
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:23 PM   #2
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The finest .22 available IMHO. A S&W 617 10 shot...

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Old 02-02-2010, 09:24 PM   #3
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Browning Buckmark camper would be my recomendation.

I personally have a phoenix hp22a not what I would consider a "quality" firearm but its reliable and I'm reasonably accurate with it and for $80 used you cant beat it.
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I like Rugers for reliability and accuracy. I like reliability even if I'm not going to use it for self-defense, because clearing jams and the like at the range isn't fun, and my .22s are all about fun (as long as safety is observed first). And a gun that hits what I aim at is also fun.

I have been disappointed in my Sig Mosquito, though a friend of mine has one (a more recent model) that works quite well. Another friend also has a S&W .22 auto (don't recall the exact model name) that he's happy with. I find it has some misfeeds, but it's not too bad.

Depending on your budget, I believe Sig also makes a higher-end .22. If you like revolvers, S&W makes a nice .22 as well.

There will be others along shortly to discuss Buckmarks, Neos, and others.

I hope you enjoy whatever you decide on.
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The S&W Model 41 is the cream of the crop. Just pick one up and you'll know what I mean, it's the most naturally-pointing firearm I've ever held, plus they're wicked accurate. Very pricey, though.

I own a Ruger Mk III, and love it. It's a pain to take down, but resilient enough that I only have to disassemble it about once a month. It's a big, heavy hunk of steel, but as durable as they come, and heavy isn't undesirable for a plinker. I've only been shooting for a few months, and I can drive tacks with it.

For lighter frames, I shot a few while I was deciding on my Ruger, and my favorite of them was either the Browning Buckmark (Aluminum) or the Beretta Neos (Tupperware). Did not enjoy the Walther P22 at all.
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NGIB--that's one gorgeous 617!

GunLady, might want to consider something that compliments your centerfires, such as a SIG with a .22 topend, or a 1911 with a .22 conversion, etc. That way you practice with the same gun as your big bores...
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If you like Ruger, I love my Single Six. A 525 Value pack from Federal ammunition and add that Six, you'll have a good weekend!
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What:
used Walther P22 all black for Sale at Buds Gun Shop $279.00
used Ruger Single Six .22LR for Sale at Buds Gun Shop $289.00
Ruger 22LR CHARGER 10IN W/ Fired Shell Casing for Sale at Buds Gun Shop $291.00
Walther P22 .22lr 3.4" Black for Sale at Buds Gun Shop $314.00
Walther P22 .22lr 3.4" Military OD Green for Sale at Buds Gun Shop $317.00
Walther 10 + 1 Round 22 Long Rifle w/3.4" Barrel & Brushed C for Sale at Buds Gun Shop $398.00
Heritage Arms 6 Round 22 Long Rifle Revolver w/6 1/2" Barrel for Sale at Buds Gun Shop $157.00
Sig Mosquito .22LR Nickel for Sale at Buds Gun Shop $290.00
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NGIB--that's one gorgeous 617!

GunLady, might want to consider something that compliments your centerfires, such as a SIG with a .22 topend, or a 1911 with a .22 conversion, etc. That way you practice with the same gun as your big bores...
I really hate to argue with you but;
  • If you are referring to a competition mind-set shooter, that may work. (I'm not a competition shooter and wouldn't know.)
  • But, if you're talking about a fighting mind-set shooter, there is no practice with anything other than your PD WEAPON, chambered in, and using your carry ammo!

If you want to shoot cheap for a plunking weekend of fun by all means, get the conversion kit.

Just don't fool yourself into believing it is Personal Defense training/practice!

That mind-set WILL get you killed!
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