.22LR Semi-Auto Pistol Question

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by 1911love, Apr 16, 2013.

  1. 1911love

    1911love New Member

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    I have a Ruger Mk III(non 22/45; 5" bull barrel target model) and I love it except for one thing. I HATE cleaning it, it's just one big PITA after every range trip.

    Does anyone know of any other .22LR semi-autos that are as solidly built and accurate as the Mk III? I love the handling of the Mk III as well and would like something as similar as possible, but without all the cleaning hassles.

    I've handled a Mosquito and hated it. I've heard the Buckmark isn't made in the US anymore. I've fired a Woodsman, but don't know about cleaning it. I'd prefer to buy new, but would buy used to get a quality US made .22LR. Any suggestions?
     
  2. 1911love

    1911love New Member

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    Crap, thought I was in the handgun section. Sorry mods.
     

  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    ALAKZAM! You are now in the semi-auto handgun area

    (You may bow, and chant I am not worthy)

    Honestly? IMHO, most .22 rimfires get cleaned WAY too much. I clean before prolonged storage, or if accuracy or function is lacking- usually 5K rounds or so.
     
  4. 1911love

    1911love New Member

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    Thanks C3. Any alternative suggestions to the Mk III? Even cleaning it once a year is a major PITA to me. If nothing else can be had that is similar I guess I could live with it, I don't want to "trade down".
     
  5. nixfix

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    S&W Model 41, ridiculously nice trigger and very accurate.
     
  6. 1911love

    1911love New Member

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    Nix, is it easy to clean? Never heard of it, what's a ballpark price?
     
  7. Westy

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    Browning Buckmarks are nice, and accurate. Fairly easy to clean too. Some folks complain about removing the rear sight and having to re-sight, but I've never had an issue.
     
  8. c3shooter

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    Yes, the S&W 41 is a very nice pistol. At around $1,000 and up, I would expect a VERY nice pistol. I mean REALLY nice. :eek:
     
  9. 1911love

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    Well darn C3, I paid $289 for my Mk III. I wouldn't want to drop a G for a rim fire pistol. Maybe $500 or less seems reasonable unless there is something real special about the model. Why are the Model 41s so expensive?
     
  10. akar80

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    You don't have to take the pistol down. I have had a Buckmark for many years and never have taken it down. Just clean it as it is.
     
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  11. BeyondTheBox

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    I don't know the tear down of that gun, but you may be making it harder than it needs to be. I'd just rack slide and clean the barrel and call it good. If you later have feeding or jamming issues clean it more thoroughly, but until then, call it good at that.
     
  12. nixfix

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    You do get what you pay for. I know that's a lot of dough for a .22LR pistol, but it really is worth it. Here is an article that albeit being old, provides some good info: http://www.gunauction.com/news/article/20120809-Smith-Wesson-Model-41-22-LR.cfm
     
  13. 1911love

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    Thanks Nix, looks like a great gun. I just can't stomach the $800-$1000 price tag on a rim fire. Maybe if I shot competitively, but I don't. Guess I'm back to square one.
     
  14. drvsafe

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    Why not look at a SIG or GSG 1911-22? Decent barrel, easier to clean by far than a MK II, III or Buckmark.
     
  15. rocshaman

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    I've got a 41 made in '79 or '80 and it's just a fantastic handgun, very accurate, easy to clean. I love it. It's one of my favorite 22's.
     
  16. c3shooter

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    Hey, I don't make them, I don't price them! :rolleyes:

    and I just do not see paying $75 for a bottle of wine, I mean they have got Ripple and MD 20/20 in the cooler- already chilled for $5......
     
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  17. steadyshot

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    If we are talking bottom shelf wine, lets not forget Boones Farm.....;)
     
  18. Buckeyeborn

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    I have the mk3 myself only cleaned it all the way to the bone once in 15 yr and have wanted a 41 for 20 could not afford one then still can't they are great accurate guns but very expensive 750.00 when first wished I could buy it now not even sure
     
  19. 1911love

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    C3: Would only detail cleaning it once a year be acceptable?

    Thanks for the input guys. I guess I'll stick to the Mk III.
     
  20. BeyondTheBox

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    The time matters less than the amount of rounds.