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Old 09-11-2013, 02:58 PM   #11
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Most people that have had centerfire handguns first have acquired a 22 LR to practice with. With $600 you have a lot of options. Depending on your tastes you can get a reliable centerfire pistol and a 22 LR pistol. I have a Heritage SA 22LR pistol that was inexpensive and it is a lot of fun. The SA revolver makes ammo last alot longer.
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Old 09-11-2013, 03:49 PM   #12
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Ruger
CZ
Stoeger
Rock Island
Springfield Armory XD series (XDm...not so much)
S&W M&P series
Glock
Probably many more that I can't think of right off the top of my head.

$600 will buy a lot of gun if you look around.
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If you can go up to $600 you have a lot of options. As someone else pointed out though, .22 LR, 9mm, and .45 ACP have a pretty big range of difference.

For plinking, I'd go with some sort of .22 and with your budget you have a wide range of options.
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Whereas the scoped Ruger can take small game up to

80 yards, I would never use 9mm or 45ACP for hunting.
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Whereas the scoped Ruger can take small game up to

80 yards, I would never use 9mm or 45ACP for hunting.
Huh???

I used to take small game with my Glock 22 all the time. I've used a 9mm too. I'd trust either to drop anything better than a 22LR. Only thing I've ever used 22LR for was squirrel.

I wouldn't waste my time buying a $600 .22. Get a 9mm or .45. Either is a much better all purpose cartridge. The only redeeming quality of a .22 is cheap ammo. (And low recoil if you're a total wuss.) If you want something "scoped" for "small game" don't get a handgun at all cheap .22 rifle setups are a dime a dozen and most will work just fine with the right ammo.
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Huh???

I used to take small game with my Glock 22 all the time. I've used a 9mm too. I'd trust either to drop anything better than a 22LR. Only thing I've ever used 22LR for was squirrel.

I wouldn't waste my time buying a $600 .22. Get a 9mm or .45. Either is a much better all purpose cartridge. The only redeeming quality of a .22 is cheap ammo. (And low recoil if you're a total wuss.) If you want something "scoped" for "small game" don't get a handgun at all cheap .22 rifle setups are a dime a dozen and most will work just fine with the right ammo.
Some people use .22s for small game to conserve as much meat as possible. Larger calibers tend to damage more meat.

I'm not a hunter. Just my .02.
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Hi-Point .45 JHP is heavy and ugly, but it is cheap, works well, and has a lifetime warranty.
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for around $600 you could get a new Ruger mkIII standard barrel AND a Ruger P95 9mm.

That or a Ruger or Browning 22 & a Hi Point. the Hi Point may be cheap & not the best looking but they work & they're accurate.
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For range use, you can't beat a Hi Point for semi, and a Heritage Rough Rider for SA 22.

I wouldn't carry either, but for an inexpensive turds and chuckles gun (under $200) they can't be beat.

Although I wouldn't recommend carrying the Hi Point, I have no problem depending on it as a house/vehicle/boat defender.

PS, if it's on the boat, it also makes a great emergency drag anchor up to about a 28 footer.
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PS, if it's on the boat, it also makes a great emergency drag anchor up to about a 28 footer.
I would have said 28 foot minimum.
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