Which .22 target pistol to buy?

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by Rman, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. Rman

    Rman New Member

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    I wanted to get folks' input. I want to get a .22 target pistol, but am not sure which to buy. I've never bought a .22 before, so I need some advice.

    Here are a few choices that have been suggested. Which of these do you like? If you have another, please list:

    -- Beretta Neo
    -- Smith 22A
    -- Colt Woodsman
    -- Browning Buckmark
    -- Browning Challenger
    -- Ruger Mark II
    -- Ruger Mark III
     
  2. Rex in OTZ

    Rex in OTZ Active Member

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    High Standard .22 caliber Supermatic Tournament
    Supermatic Citation
    Supermatic Trophy
    Olympic I.S.U.
    Victor Target
    These handguns have the rear sight fixed to the frame not the slide for enhanced accuracy.

    mine is a U.S. Military marked 107 Supermatic Citation a wonderfully crafted .22 handgun, It shoots better that I can.
    You will be doing darn good to find one for less than $400 in good shape.
     

  3. cpttango30

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    -- Beretta Neo I have the 6.5" model and love it very fun to shoot and so easy to take care of a cave man can do it.
    -- Smith 22A I didn't like this one because of the ergonomics of the grip and placement of the mag release
    -- Colt Woodsman Get it if you can find one.
    -- Browning Buckmark See Colt. These are great shooting guns that look as good as they shoot.
    -- Browning Challenger Haven't seen one.
    -- Ruger Mark II I have a 67/8" barrel govt target model it is the most accurate 22 pistol in the world. Many squirrels have died at 50 yards or less to that pistol.
    -- Ruger Mark III Same as the MkII but they have the lawyer safe loaded chamber indicator on them to make them ca stupid safe. I will not own one because of that.
     
  4. Yunus

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    Ruger MarkIII with a red dot scope on it is the most accurate .22 pistol I have shot but I have experienced gas blow back in my eye from that gun more than once. I also enjoy shooting a Walther P22 but it is not as accurate as the ruger.
     
  5. robbo60

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    Browning challenger ll. It shoots way better than me and is so easy to take apart and clean. I bought mine new in 1982, the last year they were made I believe. 6 & 3/4" barrel and the grips are very ergonomic.
     
  6. Rex in OTZ

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    High Standerd

    Nothing more simple to take down than one them High Standerd's my brothers old model sport king is the fastest by far remove the mag and toggle the release lever forward and the tougne & groove barrle and the slide all slide forward off the frame.
    The others have a push button but just as simple, push the button and the barrel slides off the frame, remove the mag the slide, glides straight off to the front down the frame rails just like the machined ways of a bench lathe slick & easy.:)
     
  7. SHOOTER13

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    My 2 cents...

    Browning Buckmark...10 round magazine...ergonomics like a 1911...very accurate.

    pictured with a red dot scope

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  8. dnthmn2004

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    I love my Walther P22. Although an Mark II or Mark III is more accurate, its not far off. I originally got it because its a heck of a lot cheaper to practice with and I wanted a 22lr handgun with a slide.
     
  9. thebiggie32

    thebiggie32 New Member

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    I love my Mark III. I would highly recommend it. There's nothing better than a nice sturdy pistol to shoot up some cheap ammo.
     
  10. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    Ditto! Very nice pistol, you won't be dissapointed.
     
  11. rugermike

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  12. Catfish

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    If you are going to get serious about competitation shooting listen to Rex. If not you won`t want to spend the money on the old High Standards. A while back Gun Test ran the .22 semi - autos through and found the Rugers to be the best and the best for the money. I have a Slab side and a government model and they are both shooter and seem to keep right on shooting without cleaning. It takes some real junk ammo to get them to jam.
     
  13. Rimfire McNutjob

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    The top three I would take would be the Colt Woodsman Ruger MkII and MkIII.

    I have shot them all and none hole up in accuracy or robustness as the three I listed. The colt is going to be hard to come by because it has not been made in a few years.
     
  14. Rman

    Rman New Member

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  15. mikengracie

    mikengracie New Member

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    which one

    You forgot the most accurate and best production target gun the Smith and Wesson Model 41. Will out shoot the Rugers, brownings etc. The MKII's are a close second and a big bang for the $.
     
  16. Rman

    Rman New Member

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    I'm sure the S&W 41 is a great pistol, but the price for one of those is about $600 more than I spent. I ended up buying a Browning Buck Mark for about $380.
     
  17. mortswife97630

    mortswife97630 New Member

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    target .22

    I have a Ruger Mark III 3.5" barrel- I love it. I entered a competition a couple of weeks ago with it; but I had rifles and scopes to compete with. It was my first so I did lousy. But I was supporting my local gun club!! Practice, practice, practice.
     
  18. RL357Mag

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    I bought a bull stainless 4" MkII .22/45 in 1997 and love it. The grip angle is the same as a 1911, and the gun is more accurate than I will ever be. I paid $282. The only downside is the reassembly process after cleaning. What a nightmare...on the night of a harvest moon, flip it over and tilt the muzzle forward, squeeze the trigger, be sure to do this and then do that and when you get it all back together and it doesn't cock, get out the manual and start over. Someone actually sells a conversion kit to make it easier.
     
  19. Dan42nepa

    Dan42nepa New Member

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    I had problems with reassembly the first two times. After that the key is removing the magazine, holding the barrel at 10 or 11 oclock and pulling the trigger. Works almost every time and i can do it now in less than 2 minutes.

    Dan