Recommendations for a target .22 pistol

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by t-rav, May 3, 2011.

  1. t-rav

    t-rav New Member

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    I am in the market for a target .22 pistol. I haven't shot very many but ones I have shot are the ruger mark 3 and browning buck mark. I like both of those. I am looking for something to have fun with shooting and be dependable reliable and accurate. I am thinking of trying to keep it near or under 400
     
  2. General_lee

    General_lee New Member

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    I believe the Ruger and Browning you mentioned are going to be your best bet.
    IMO (and I'm sure others will agree) the MKIII, 22/45 and Buckmark are the best .22 pistols out there right now.
     

  3. yellowhand

    yellowhand New Member

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    Revolvers and automatics

    I teach a lot of kids, AKA young people to shoot and have found that my SW 10 shot revolver works like a charm.
    A SW 686 I think it is
    Simple, easy to use and can't get away from them as fast as the autos when they are first learning.
    Once they run a few hundred thru the revolver, then on to the old Ruger Mk1 Bull and then onto something in .38 and finally up to whatever they can handle based on age and ability.
    And it gives me an excuse to shoot .22 all I want!:D without comments like, shooting that mouse gun again!
    Ruger and or SW are fine choices and can be had in your price range.
     
  4. dnthmn2004

    dnthmn2004 New Member

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    If it was a toss-up between Browning and Ruger, I'd go with the Browning. :cool:
     
  5. Poink88

    Poink88 New Member

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    I bought the Browning Buckmark and have ZERO regrets.
     
  6. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    Buckmark!!!! 
     
  7. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

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    Shot a High Standard Victor recently. It was a sweet shooter, with a sharp trigger pull, good balance and excellant ergonomics.
     
  8. misterballistic

    misterballistic New Member

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    I have a Ruger Mark III bull barrel target model and love it. But as most Ruger owners know, it can be a PAIN IN the U-know-what to field strip and reassemble for cleaning.

    Yes, it gets easier but it's never a simple process and sometimes aggravating when you can't align the upper receiver and lower juuuuuuuuust right so you can insert the bolt stop pin/mainspring assembly back. Arrrrrrrghhhhh!!!
     
  9. pistolero_loco

    pistolero_loco New Member

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    I did some research online and decided on a Ruger. Went to the gun shop and handled both the Ruger and the Browning Buckmark Hunter. The Browning fit my hand perfectly and I ended up buying it. Love it. Ruger would be my second choice.
     
  10. Bigcountry02

    Bigcountry02 Coffee! If your not shaking, you need another cup

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    I got Browning Buckmark Camper Stainless Steel (SS) version, love it. Today, put probably 100 to 160 rounds on target. I am estimating close to 800 rounds since March 29, 2011 purchase date. :D
     
  11. t-rav

    t-rav New Member

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    thanks for the quick replies, I was also starting to lean towards the browning. I can never have enough browning products.
     
  12. ki4dmh

    ki4dmh New Member

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    I figured it was just me having this issue...:rolleyes: by the way to the OP I LOVE my old Ruger MKII bull barrel. It's a heck of a good shooter.
     
  13. 007BondJamesBond007

    007BondJamesBond007 New Member

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    Buckmark!!! It is so sweet!!!
     
  14. Mr. Bluesky

    Mr. Bluesky New Member

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    I went with the Ruger Mk III and I love it. It's heavier than the Browning, but I think that it actually feels better in the hand. My advice is to shoot both and see which you like.

    The Ruger has another plus in that the aftermarket is outstanding. I down-converted mine to a Mk II firing system by removing the mag disconnect and swapping the hammer and bushing out for those of a Mk II (Drop-in parts, no gunsmith required), and put in a target trigger and sear. The pull was fantastic to begin with (Though most people say the Buckmark's is better), but now it breaks even smoother.
     
  15. powg

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    ruger or browning .....both!

    why not buy both ......with a little searching, you might find excellent used examples for 200 or less each . a ruger mk2 target is a great gun so is the earlier version buckmark ....dont discount the old high standards either
     
  16. big shrek

    big shrek New Member

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    If you've taken apart both a Ruger & a Browning, you quickly come to the inescapable conclusion that the Browning Rules.

    If you've also taken apart a (Hamden, CT) High Standard Olympic...you see Browning's design taken to its ultimate level.
     
  17. shooter57

    shooter57 New Member

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    I would go with the buckmark or a used mark2 in good codition if you can find one.

    If you do go with the ruger mark3 make sure you take out the LCI indicator if you plan on shooting cheep ammo. It will light strike quite often if you don't. This is the main reason I don't care for the mark3. LCI indicators only cause problems in rimfires IMO:mad:
     
  18. shooter57

    shooter57 New Member

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    and don't be scared of breaking down a ruger if you decide on one. We live in the age of computers. watch a video on utube oF how to break one down.
     
  19. clax

    clax New Member

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    I would recomend the buckmark by browning if you are focusing on building the basics, it is heavy and well balanced, the last gun I bought was the browning buckmark and shooting any of my other handguns improved
     
  20. misterballistic

    misterballistic New Member

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    Great advice.

    Yeah, that's how I learned too. By watching YOUTUBE vids. There's a really good one (can't remember the vid) but the fellow refers to (what I believe is) the dangling piece of the hammer assembly as "the piece o' cheese".

    Field stripping the Ruger Mark is an experiment in frustration but I'm still crazy about mine.
     
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