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Old 08-09-2017, 02:36 PM   #36
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Ruger SR22, very reliable, accurate, small and light.

Had a Ruger 22/45, it was not reliable for some reason, I think it was the mag catch, you have to push them in, then sideways to catch /lock.
Same, had issues all the time with 22/45
Kept the SR22 and happy with it
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Old 08-10-2017, 10:05 AM   #37
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I forgot all about my Sig p250. Its a DOA hammer gun, so it takes some practice to shoot as accurately as some of the other ones listed. The takedown is very easy and there's caliber conversion kits for 9, 40, 357, 45, and if you look really hard, 380. It wouldn't be my first choice for a 22lr pistol. Maybe 3rd place or honorable mention.
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Old 08-10-2017, 11:00 AM   #38
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Another vote for the Ruger 22/45 Target. M&P 22 compact would make a nice trainer.

I had a Buckmark for a long time too, but got rid of it and kept the 22/45. The grip was better on the Buckmark, but I just like the 22/45 better. The Buckmark had occasional trigger reset issues, but the 22/45 has never had a malfunction. The 22/45 came with a rail for mounting optics (vs buying aftermarket on the Buckmark). I'm sure I'll catch flak for this, but the takedown of the 22/45 is better than the Buckmark, which requires an allen wrench. The takedown is greatly simplified on the 22/45 vs a regular mkiii.

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Old 08-10-2017, 11:20 AM   #39
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Walther P22.

Inexpensive, reliable, lots of extras/upgrades.

Hits all I aim at. Never a FTE/FTF. Light and not too big or too small.
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Old 08-10-2017, 04:20 PM   #40
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You didn't mention what you were going to use it for??

Mark 3's and 22/45's are dirt cheap right now since the mark 4 came out. I have 22/45 mark 3 and its perfectly reliable and fun to shoot. You don't see them much but I have a s&w 622 target pistol and that's a neat little gun; super accurate. Its about $500 on the used market.
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Beretta Neos:

http://www.beretta.com/en-us/u22-neos-/

Plenty available just on Gunbroker for under $300:

http://www.gunbroker.com/All/BI.aspx...tion=2&Sort=13

I bought a used/safe queen Neos last year and I've tried to make it choke with random, old, mixed brands of .22 L/R ammo.. no dice. This little .22 eats everything and keeps on banging away.

Yup.. if looks funky and weird, but easy disassembly/reassembly, excellent reliability, different length, quick change barrels.. a pretty good little semi-auto .22 pistol.
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Beretta Neos:

http://www.beretta.com/en-us/u22-neos-/

Plenty available just on Gunbroker for under $300:

http://www.gunbroker.com/All/BI.aspx...tion=2&Sort=13

I bought a used/safe queen Neos last year and I've tried to make it choke with random, old, mixed brands of .22 L/R ammo.. no dice. This little .22 eats everything and keeps on banging away.

Yup.. if looks funky and weird, but easy disassembly/reassembly, excellent reliability, different length, quick change barrels.. a pretty good little semi-auto .22 pistol.
Yessir. They are strange looking,but I love mine and have had the same results. Nice plinker.
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:53 AM   #43
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Ruger makes great 22's. I prefer the MKII. The MKIII is fine as long as you remove the loaded chamber indicator.
Mine failed during use and I had to take it apart and remove the LCI to make it run again

As stated by others. The High Standard Sentinel is great as is the Double Nine.

One of my personal favorites is the Smith and Wesson 422/622 series. Very lightweight, reliable and accurate.
They come in compact and full size with 4 and 6" barrels
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I have a $150 Cabelas gift card so I was looking online yesterday and saw the PPQ22 with the threaded barrel was on sale for $399. I decided later in the day to head over there, but before I did I checked their website for store availability. They were out of stock so I tried to buy online. The sale was for in stock items only. Story of my life.

I know $399 is still kind of high, but with the gift card I'd be stupid not to use it.
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I have a $150 Cabelas gift card so I was looking online yesterday and saw the PPQ22 with the threaded barrel was on sale for $399. I decided later in the day to head over there, but before I did I checked their website for store availability. They were out of stock so I tried to buy online. The sale was for in stock items only. Story of my life.

I know $399 is still kind of high, but with the gift card I'd be stupid not to use it.
Watch Ebay, there is a guy there that sometimes sells discounted Cabelas gift cards. $100 card for $82 or $88 depending on the sale. I got my last PT111 there using his cards for $178 OTD!
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Old 08-11-2017, 01:12 PM   #46
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Cabelas is pretty high on their gun prices... every once in a while they have a deal but for the most part they are ridiculous with their prices... I save 20% by driving 10 miles down the road when I need to buy a new gun....

Look for a used gun, right now prices are low
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Old 08-11-2017, 01:16 PM   #47
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I want one that's not too expensive, accurate and reliable. Let me hear your experiences.

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I've had about every one made,and the Ruger Sr22 has ben the best out of the lot,I have it suppressed also,excellent pistol in a semi auto configuration.I don't keep anything for long if it doesn't work.
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Another vote for Buckmark, love mine...awesome trigger & the ergos are great(as well as accuracy).
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Old 08-11-2017, 01:58 PM   #49
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No doubt the Ruger Mark series pistols are h most prolific and successful semi auto rimfire pistol out there. My vote goes to a .22/45 lite. It's by far my favorite. Makes an excellent pack gun and is superbly accurate. It's also threaded for a silencer if the Op should ever get one. You can also mount an optic to it if so desired. A RMR is expensive but makes it so much fun for small game hunting.

I do a lot of rimfire shooting. My Mark III .22/45 lite has over 60,000 rounds through it. Around 25,000 have been suppressed. Still runs great, only issue I've come across is these last 5,000 or so rounds it has been getting ammo picky. I don't know if the ammo has changed or the pistol needs a little overhaul on springs and such. It won't cycle some ammo it used to. Federal auto match won't cycle it at all. But throw in some Remington golden bullets or even CCi subsonic and it will cycle 100%. Weird I know, because the CCi subsonic is a lighter load than the federal auto match. It has also developed a condition where the safety is getting stuck in the "On" position. I have to unload it and fiddle to get it to switch to fire. This doesn't happen often but it sucks. I think the detent for it is just worn on the plastic switch. The new Mark4 fixed this issue for those who shoot enough to wear it out.

I've also got a very early production Mark I from Rugers earliest years as a firearm manufacturer. It's a nail driver as well.

The Mark IV is probably your best bet. The new disassembly system is 1,000x better than the old one.

Your looking at good enough accuracy to break clays every time from 50 yards.
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Cabelas is pretty high on their gun prices... every once in a while they have a deal but for the most part they are ridiculous with their prices... I save 20% by driving 10 miles down the road when I need to buy a new gun....

Look for a used gun, right now prices are low
But I have a $150 gift cert at Cabelas.
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The Ruger MKIII or 22/45 with heavy barrel (target model) is very nice. Breaking it down for cleaning is one possible drawback, but most of the process is easily learned from experience. In my opinion, it's close to a decent competition 22LR pistol right out of the box using a wide variety of ammo and skimping on cleaning (during a match) with the least amount of failures compared to other competitor's 22LR pistols.
The Walther P22 can hold it's own as well. I've never owned one, but I've been impressed with their performance in other competitor's hands at some of the matches. It might very well be better than the MKIII 22/45 in ways. I'm not sure if it's finicky on ammo so can't say without a doubt.
The Browning Buckmarks always seemed to have issues on every stage or course of fire. Many variables of course......the competitor, cleaning, aftermarket enhancements, and ammunition used (cheap bulk?).
Much as I dislike giving S&W a thumbs up for anything......................their 22A model pistol is likely the best bargain (or at least was), easy to maintain, decent ergonomics, and infrequent failures over a wide range of ammunition.
I've owned both the S&W 22A (won it in a raffle as I would never purchase a S&W anything), and the Ruger MKIII 22/45. As I haven't done a USPSA match in over two years now, the 22/45 was sold to a forum member within the past year with a couple of minimal upgrades. It's just that I really don't have a good purpose for a 22LR pistol these days even living way out in BFE. Nothing the shorty 10/22 can't handle and at distance. My former S&W 22A got traded off years ago in the same fashion. Nothing takes up space in my safe for too long if it's not getting some use and some love.
Hopefully I've steered you in the right direction as far as recommendations for a good 22 pistol.
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But I have a $150 gift cert at Cabelas.
In most cases, the $150 gift card will get Cabela's prices down to match everybody else . They do sell used guns there, but they're still a bit overpriced.
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Ruger MK ll with a bull barrel. Pretty darn accurate and reliable.
I'm surprised by all the Ruger MKII votes. I have a MKII with a bull barrel and it's just "meh." It's fussy about ammo and is a pain to assemble. I really should have kept my Ruger Single Six.

I'm interested in the High Standard single action revolvers. They sound like a poor man's alternative to a $550 Ruger Single Six.
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In most cases, the $150 gift card will get Cabela's prices down to match everybody else . They do sell used guns there, but they're still a bit overpriced.
JB, I don't know whether it's still going on, but as of a few days ago Cabela's was doing a "friend and family" 10% off discount deal. Basically, the employees can give you a coupon for 10% off an entire purchase (i.e. everything in your "cart"). I used it for a gun, some ammo, and a few other items, and the discount applied to everything. This was in addition to the 15% they knocked off the price of the used/"Gun Library" gun I bought, simply because I asked how much room they had on it.
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Went to Cabelas today and the S&W S22 Victory was on sale for 389. I got it for 239 with the gift card. Now I have a new question.

What's the story with suppressors?
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JB, I don't know whether it's still going on, but as of a few days ago Cabela's was doing a "friend and family" 10% off discount deal.
I use the friends and family discount a few times a year. Even with that, you have to pick items that are already on sale for them to come out cheaper than online retailers. I know because I go in with a big list and sit there with an employee at the kiosk and lookup every single one on her special employee pricing website. The employees don't mind doing that because if you use the kiosk, they get commission on the sale. At least half the stuff on my list is not worth buying there due to their high prices.

If you really wanna save money at Cabela's, they price match anybody within like 100 miles. Pick an online store that's in that range and have them match it. Then use your coupons and points. Palmetto State is like 70 miles away, so that's usually the lowest price they'll meet for me.
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No doubt the Ruger Mark series pistols are h most prolific and successful semi auto rimfire pistol out there. My vote goes to a .22/45 lite. It's by far my favorite. Makes an excellent pack gun and is superbly accurate. It's also threaded for a silencer if the Op should ever get one. You can also mount an optic to it if so desired. A RMR is expensive but makes it so much fun for small game hunting.

I do a lot of rimfire shooting. My Mark III .22/45 lite has over 60,000 rounds through it. Around 25,000 have been suppressed. Still runs great, only issue I've come across is these last 5,000 or so rounds it has been getting ammo picky. I don't know if the ammo has changed or the pistol needs a little overhaul on springs and such. It won't cycle some ammo it used to. Federal auto match won't cycle it at all. But throw in some Remington golden bullets or even CCi subsonic and it will cycle 100%. Weird I know, because the CCi subsonic is a lighter load than the federal auto match. It has also developed a condition where the safety is getting stuck in the "On" position. I have to unload it and fiddle to get it to switch to fire. This doesn't happen often but it sucks. I think the detent for it is just worn on the plastic switch. The new Mark4 fixed this issue for those who shoot enough to wear it out.

I've also got a very early production Mark I from Rugers earliest years as a firearm manufacturer. It's a nail driver as well.

The Mark IV is probably your best bet. The new disassembly system is 1,000x better than the old one.

Your looking at good enough accuracy to break clays every time from 50 yards.
Yep, my MkIII 22/45 has about 30,000 or so about 25000 suppressed. Clean it with Gun scrubber about every about every 3000 with suppressor, without will go twice that with no issues. Really accurate rim fires. Some of the "Obama panics" rim fire ammo really sucks, seems to have very minimal CQ. At that mileage a new set of springs would be advisable ,think my gun is due at half the round count.
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The answer to the OP is RUGER.

Not only are they really good pistols, there is a huge aftermarket to accessorize and improve the pistols.
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Ruger 22/45 are nice. I haven't shot one, but my buddy with their sr22 really likes it. Browning buck Mark also have some fans.
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See post #55.
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I'm interested in the High Standard single action revolvers. They sound like a poor man's alternative to a $550 Ruger Single Six.
Better, IMO.

The Single Six (I had one 20 years ago) always seemed "overbuilt" for a 22 LR (although it was cool having the option to swap cylinders and run some 22 WMR). I tired quickly of the loading/reloading through a single gate, and using the rod to push out empty brass. It doesn't seem a chore in my Ruger Super Blackhawk Hunter in 44 Mag, but just seemed like way too much work when plinking with a 22.

The High Standards all have a swing out cylinder, and hold 9-rounds. Even the western styled ones, that look like old school single action, have the swing out cylinder and fire double/single action.

They are harder to find in good condition at good prices though. I checked gun broker today and most of the ones listed looked pretty rough condition wise. (keeping in mind that these were all made in the 1960's and 1970's).
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I've got a sw 422 and it's smaller brother the 2213. Cool little guns. Jim
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