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Old 10-27-2013, 06:21 PM   #1
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Default Recommendations for .22 semi auto pistol?

I have a problem with snakes in my yard. Last week I dispatched a medium sized cottonmouth that was coiled up on my deck expressing his displeasure with my Rottweiler's curiosity. Since I've never owned a .22 pistol before, I'm looking for recommendations. Nothing fancy. Just reliable and reasonably priced. I plan on using .22 shot shells for my yard work.

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Old 10-27-2013, 06:25 PM   #2
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Most Semis will not cycle 22 shot shells. So I recommend Ruger single six or single nine, depending on whether you want 6 or 9 shots in Single action revolver.

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Semi auto 22's and shot shells usually don't mix well....

I have a Ruger Single Ten that will shoot them all day long with no problem.


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The .22 Magnum shot shells are much more effective on large snakes. I would consider one of the many .22 handguns with both cylinders.

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22 snake loads are about useless. Id a semi is what you want then one of the Ruger MK pistols or a Browning Buckmak is the way to go. If you really want ot sue thos esnake loads in a 22 then you would be better off with a revolver though.

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Most Semis will not cycle 22 shot shells. So I recommend Ruger single six or single nine, depending on whether you want 6 or 9 shots in Single action revolver.
Most semis don't seem to cycle regular 22lr consistently either. Not the ones with slides anyway. The Ruger Marks 'just' have a bolt and a good reputation. Still, my 22/45 FTF / FTE occasionally and it's annoying to strip. I'd second the revolver choice.
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The .22 Competition handguns such as the S&W Mdl. 41 and the various HS Comp guns all use slides rather than closed receivers.

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If you plan on using 22 shot shells, the revolver would be the best way to go. The Ruger single action has already been mentioned. I also recommend for double action: Ruger SP101 and S&W 617 or 17.

If you really want a semi 22, I would take a look at the S&W M&P 22. I was very impressed with that gun.

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The 41 at least only uses a "partial slide." I know that's not the correct terminology but, I don't know how else to describe it.

The bulk if what would be the slide on most autos as well as the barrel (which are integral to each other in this case) are solidly locked into place. Thus the .22 LR round is not being required to move much metal back to cycle the next round.

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I agree with the previous posts. Bad idea to try and do this with a semi. A revolver will be better. .22LR semis have issues with normal feeding ammo, much less this speciality stuff.

Alright now you guys have to stop! You are killing me!

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=373112132

Only $154.95 for a very nice looking .22LR western style 6 shooter. Tell me its garbage or something before I spend my scope money and my gas money for the month on it!

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