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dnthmn2004 11-12-2008 12:51 AM

Best plinking 22lr?
Does anyone have any suggestions for a nice 22lr semi-auto handgun?

I like to think I have moderate firearm experience, but this will be my first 22lr handgun purchase. I have researched a lot of firearms from many manufacturers, but I value the opinions of fellow members.:) Personal experience is preferred.

I'm looking for accuracy, reliability, ergonomics, and ease of take-down/assembly, in that order.

I'd like a firearm under $350. It will be strictly for plinking fun and a way to coax the wife to the range.

I'm kind of leaning towards a Smith and Wesson 22A, or a Walther P22.

Sorry if this has been discussed before, but I couldn't find a thread with this topic.

Northwoods 11-12-2008 12:56 AM

My suggestion for a semi auto would be a Ruger Mark I or Mark II. There are a lot of easy revolvers also.

sgtdeath66 11-12-2008 04:47 AM

remington 597, or marlin model 60 both are excellent right out of the box

iloveguns 11-12-2008 04:59 PM


Originally Posted by sgtdeath66 (Post 50083)
remington 597, or marlin model 60 both are excellent right out of the box

I believe he said handguns.

My vote would be a browning buckmark. I love mine.:D

ScottG 11-12-2008 11:18 PM

Another vote for the Buckmark Camper....

Franciscomv 11-13-2008 02:43 AM

I've got a Ruger Mark III 22/45 and like it a lot. It's a great plinking gun. I hate cleaning it, though.

Now I'm looking at a S&W 617 for a plinking handgun, and as a cheap way to work on my double action trigger pull (I'm mostly into shooting revolvers).

Ram Rod 11-13-2008 02:55 AM

S&W 22A. I don't have mine anymore, but sort of wish I did. Should run you way less then three bills.

bgeddes 11-13-2008 03:13 AM

S&W 22A, + cheapo red dot, shoot whatever bargain basement ammo you can find. Rock solid shooter, sweet trigger, and accurate within reason.

Mark F 11-14-2008 01:15 PM

I have a Stainless Steel Ruger Mark II with 10" bullbarrel. It's deadly accurate, fun to shoot, and cheap ammo. You just can't do much better.

dnthmn2004 11-17-2008 10:45 PM

I decided on a Walther P22. I'm probably going to get a Smith and Wesson 22A next because I saved so much on my P22.

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