22 auto or revolver

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by mahall, Jun 23, 2013.

  1. mahall

    mahall New Member

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    Shot an old H&R 922!! Didn't do bad for a 60 year old gun!! But boy I sure loved the 6 dollar price for 50/22 shells!! So I decided I would start shopping for a 22!! Like to stay in the 300 to 350 range! New or used!! Was wondering should I go revolver or semi-auto and what mid level gun should I shop for!! Strictly range gun!! I have other guns for other uses!!
     
  2. BVAL

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    In auto's,,,,,,,, Ruger MK II in the 6" Bull barrel , Browning Buckmark Camper

    Rev. Double action ( Taurus tracker 970). Single action (Ruger Single Six 6 1/2)

    I like to keep things on the simple side
     

  3. mahall

    mahall New Member

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    All in 350 price ball park??
     
  4. unclebear

    unclebear New Member

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    I have a heritage single action revovler in 22 LR it will also shoot 22 shorts and 22 long. I can even buy a new cylender that lets it shoot 22 mag (you can buy guns with the packaged deal that have both cylenders). I paid $160 for the one I have brand new. They make a few different models of them some with the old cowboy sights some with the new adjustable sights, also you can get them in a range of barrel legnths and they even make some with the old bird head grips.

    I can't speak for all the other models but the model I have has the 5" barrel and the fixed sights. It shoots pretty well for what I paid for her good 3" groups on my good days. I haven't had any problems out of it but I didn't buy it for a target gun I bought it to carry for snakes and what not while I'm mowing.

    Tauras also makes some pretty nice revolvers I've been wanting one of there tracker series revolvers in 17HMR.
     
  5. JW357

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    I know you're a revolver kinda guy. I'm betting you'd have more fun with a revolver. In your price range for revolvers, I bet you can find a Hi-Standard Sentinel for around $200 (9 rounds), a Taurus model 94 for $300 (9 rounds), an EAA Bounty Hunter for $300 (single action, 8 rounds), a Rexio Comanche I for $250-300 (7 rounds), a Taurus model 970 Tracker for $300 (7 rounds), a Charter Arms Target Pathfinder for $300 (6 rounds), Ruger Bisley $325 (SA, 6 rounds), Ruger New Bearcat $365 (SA, 6 rounds), Ruger New Model Single-Six $350 (SA, 6 rounds), Ruger SP101 $500 (6 rounds, I only say that cuz I know you like your SP101 in 357), or a Uberti 1873 Stallion $330 (SA, 6 rounds).

    I'm sure all those manufacturers have various models they offer, those are just the ones I happened to click on. I really couldn't tell you anything aut any of them as I've never owned any or shot any of them. But we all know Ruger and Uberti are good brands. Taurus and Charter are supposedly good too.

    For semi autos in your price range, look for Kel-Tec PLR-22 $300 (26 rounds! Not "traditional" looking), S&W M&P22 $315 (12 rounds), Beretta U22 Neos $200 (10 rounds), Bersa Tunder 22 $200 (10 rounds), Browning Buckmark 5.5 Field $350 (10 rounds), Chiappa 1911-22 $225 (10 rounds, 1911 style), Firestorm 22LR DA $230 (10 rounds), Norninco M-93 $200 (10 rounds), Olympic Arms Whitney Wolverine $230 (10 rounds), Phoenix Arms HP22 $100-150!!! (10 rounds), Ruger Mark III or 22/45 about $230 (10 rounds both), Sig 1911-22 $325 (10 rounds, 1911 style), Sig Mosquito $300 (10 rounds), S&W 22A $200 (10 rounds), Walther P22 $270 (10 rounds), Taurus PT-22 $200 (8 rounds).

    I mean the list is endless. There are hundreds of affordable 22 pistols. I recommend just go to some LGSes or gun shows and hold some. Try them it. See what feels good.

    I will say I have the Bersa Tunder 22. Not a terrible gun. Definitely fun. Get some failures sometimes but that's expected with a 22 semi auto. Right now the extractor is actually broken so we sent it in for some repair work. Lifetime warranty, always a good thing. I've heard that in budget 22 semi autos the extractor breaking is really common. You won't have that issue in a revolver, of course. I recommend the revolver route.
     
  6. mahall

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    Yes I've seen them for around 200 with the 22mag cylinder!! Stupid question!! Does the cylinder on that model swing open or does a pin hold it in, like on my old H&R revolver ?!! That's one reason I'm motivated to get a newer one!! That was sorta of pain loading, otherwise I would just be happy using the old gun for range practice!! But I do like the 22mag option! Some people say that round is adequate for SD!! Not really what I want it for!! I have my 9mm and 357's for that!!
     
  7. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    Also check out genitron.com

    Really helpful site for searching for various handguns and whatnot.
     
  8. 308Wins

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    I've got a Heritage Rough Rider. Six-shot .22lr revolver, and there's extra cylinders you can buy for .22mag, 9-shot .22lr, etc...
    Really cool gun, $200
     
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  9. deadsp0t

    deadsp0t New Member

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    I have an H&R Sportsman.. Accurate and fun to shoot.. 9 shot..
     
  10. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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  11. mahall

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    My issue with the old H&R was pulling that damn pin out to release the cylinder to load and unload!! Plus the dimple on the case was not center it was off to one side of the jacket!! I looked at my sp101 38 rounds and they was right on center!! I'm not an expert but that shows either wear or something needs adjusted!! Yes I'll probably stay with a revolver!! Just a simple 8 cylinder SA/DA revolver!! 5 to 8 " inch barrel not looking to carry!! Just cheap range fun!! Thinks for all the info, feel free to narrow my choices in the revolver family-:)
     
  12. Steel_Talon

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    FWIW... I'm of the opinion that every handgun owner should have a Ruger Single Six 22lr/22wmr (single action) revolver in their collection. Mine goes with me to the range every time I go, and when I'm out in the Jeep in the desert.

    New or used market for semi auto a Browning Buck mark, or a Ruger 22/45, a Colt Woodsman. Walther P-22 However many dislike the Walther but mine functions flawlessly.

    Not sure what you can find in your price range, but as always if you look hardenough and or trade wisely you can do well.
     
  13. JW357

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    Most of the revolvers I found are single action. Sounds like you want both options, with a cylinder that opens. If you can muster up a little more moolah, just get the SP101 in 22. Or I've heard the Taurus family of DA revolvers in 22 aren't bad a all. Ad I believe I read something positive about Charters the other day. :)
     
  14. mahall

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    Probably start looking around at Taurus!! For what I went and the money sounds like my only real option!! I'm no hurry, start looking online!! Love the cheap ammo and no recoil-:) thanks for the info!!
     
  15. txpossum

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    I have probably had more fun with my Ruger MK I than anyother gun I own; second place would probaby go to my Ruger Single Six. You can probablyl get a new Ruger Mk III or 22/45 for under $300.00. To get a Single Six in that price range you will probably have to find a good used one.

    Both would be my top recommendations.
     
  16. yazul42

    yazul42 Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I have both revolvers and self loaders,, my Rugers shoot as well as a moderately priced piece you can find, but I picked up a Beretta Neo a few years ago and have been pleasantly surprised at it's accuracy and reliability, although I think it is ugly as sin with that weird curve I the barrel rib, but the price is very reasonable, I don't like the placement of the magazine release but it shoots great,, my wife went out and bought a 4" model and enjoys it a great deal. Get both,,, you'll have more fun.
     
  17. hawkguy

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    i have a ruger 22/45 4" bull barrel. reliable, accurate and eats most ammo pretty well. its a budget priced gun that delivers imo. bit of a pain to take apart and clean at first, but it gets easier. as far as semi auto goes....semi auto 22's are buckets of fun imo! imo with 22, semi auto is the way to go if you're just looking for a fun plinker!

    bought a 10/22 and was so excited about it....only got to shoot it twice before the ammo disappeared. its been in the safe basically all of 2013.

    imo, start looking for the ammo while you decide! :rolleyes:
     
  18. Josh1158

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    I.have a ruger sr22 that works like a champ. If you go with a taurus look it over good first. The 992 tracker I got had to go back to the factory twice. The last time it went in it sat there for 2 months before they fixed it.
     
  19. mahall

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    Yes ever time I get around to considering Taurus, I read about problems!! All I own is Ruger, probably be best to keep it that way!!
     
  20. eatmydust

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    I know they aren't sexy, but I just don't here very much about problems with Heritage Rough Rider DA revolvers. I've had one for several months, it came with both .22lr & .22wmr cylinders for just over $200. I haven't had it out much, but so far it has functioned flawlessly!