General purpose, nothing extra long or special. No scope. Around $200.
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September 8, 2006, 09:58 PM
Walther P-22 A little more than $200.00 But a fun gun to shoot.:)
September 8, 2006, 10:08 PM
I prefer revolvers to autos in .22 caliber. .22 just ain't made to feed in automatics.
September 8, 2006, 10:17 PM
ditto on the walther, cool gun, i like mine alot. my best gun-guru buddy says he likes his more than any other .22 he's ever owned, and he's owned them all. ( i exagerate only a little).
September 8, 2006, 10:18 PM
Well, I just picked up my new Beretta Cheetah .22 Standard today, and I'm as happy as pig in, you know, that stuff! It's crisp as can be, but it wasn't cheap. I've had a Beretta before (Jetfire), and that one was good, but this one just seems so much better.
September 8, 2006, 10:25 PM
Depending on what you plan to use it for, I'd say go with a revolver. With a revolver, you can shoot everything from quiet CB shorts in your backyard, to CCI stingers out in the woods. If you can find a single six for around $200, buy it.
Taurus also makes some decent revolvers for around that.
September 9, 2006, 12:27 AM
Just remembered the answer to my own question: Kadet for my 75bd.
September 9, 2006, 12:35 AM
I do agree that the above mentioned are sweet, but i voted for the 22/45 and so far it is my favorite, bull barrel, adjustable rear sights, I love it and never have any feeding problems at all with it.
September 9, 2006, 12:48 AM
I voted other because that's what I have. A Ruger Mark 11 Target that's had at least two or more owners before me and an old S&W K 22 that had really been around before it came to me and has the scars to prove it. Both of these guns still shoot better than I'm capable of. A Ruger Single Six is in my future though when I find a really good price on a new one or an acceptable used one.
September 9, 2006, 01:04 AM
Ruger standard .22 autopistol. Have four or five in the family. A Volquartsen drop-in trigger can really do wonders and make them precision plinkers.
If price is no object, a M18 S&W. Absolute gems.
September 9, 2006, 03:31 AM
Ruger Mark II would be my first choice
September 9, 2006, 08:27 AM
For around $200 your choices are limited. If you want to shoot a lot, I'd recommend a S&W M22A. They can be found usually for $199 (Basspro).
I have shot mine for around 70,000 rounds, there have been several parts broken - now the frame finally cracked - but S&W has an excellent warranty.
The M22A 4" is about as accurate as my Ruger MkII but will outshoot the Walther P22.
The Heritage revolvers are not really built to last, I only shot one but was not impressed at all with the overall quality and timing.
Your only other option for a few Dollars more are actually the Beretta Neos, Browning Buckmark Camper, and Ruger MkIII 22/45. All of those three are pretty nice, too, and you can pick a used one up for around $200 - if you are lucky enough to find one.
September 9, 2006, 09:55 AM
Buckmark. I wanted a .22 with some heft, one that wouldn't feel tiny compared to my centerfire pistols. And personally, I just really like the look and feel of the Browning; it looks like a "real gun" and fits my fairly large hands very well. It was my first .22 pistol years ago, and still gets taken to the range and carried afield regularly.
September 9, 2006, 10:06 AM
I've heard good things about the Rough Rider. The Single Six is one of my favorite revolvers ever. And the 22/45 is an excellent gun.
But my favorite 22lr handgun is the Buck Mark. By far. It is a natural pointer (think BHP), and the ergonomics are perfect. Simply perfect. It is one of the most reliable handguns you can buy, and the accuracy is good enough to shoot Bullseye competions (yes, I know its not a Hammerli or Pardini, but its capable of some very fine accuracy). The Buck Mark does not have the depth of aftermarket accessories you can find for the Ruger MK series, but its common enough to easily find enough of them, as well as spare mags, holsters, custom sights, etc.
Pick up a Buck Mark the next time you're at a gunstore, and there's a good chance you won't put it down.
September 9, 2006, 10:34 AM
As 22's go, I prefer 22lr da wheelguns. But from your options, I'd go w/ the 22/45
September 9, 2006, 10:57 AM
Ruger MK II
September 9, 2006, 11:06 AM
Tough as nails....can't break it.....will out last 5 lifetimes of shooting (maybe more), and with the included 22 mag cylinder, its like getting two guns for one price. Did I mention drop dead gorgeous.
My wife has a Heritage Arms Roughrider 22. It is great. I have used it to teach my mother-in-law and several other female friends to shoot. I can't recommend it enough.
September 9, 2006, 12:08 PM
I've shot a few .22 autos and they usually all have some sort of issues with feeding at one time or another.
Right now I own a Walther p22 and I'm selling an Advantage Arms .22 upper for a Glock pistol.
The Walther has ftf issues sometimes on the last round of the mag. It usually does it after you get a couple hundred rounds through it.
The AA kit for the Glock has never jammed once and I had one before that never jammed through several hundred rounds.
If you consider it an option in a .22 pisto(I know it's not an actual pistol) , the AA kit is only $200-$250 and it is an awesome performer.
September 9, 2006, 01:35 PM
S&W 22a. $200, metal frame, life time warranty.
September 9, 2006, 02:21 PM
Since you don't want an optic, I voted for the Buckmark. Almost certainly will have the best trigger out of the box of those on your list.
Love my S&W M22A because of the fiber optic front sight, but it's already had to go back to S&W once, they paid the freight both ways so I was only out a trip to FedEx, but will they still do it after the one year warrenty is up?
Neos would be my first choice if you wanted and optic for sure. Ruger is the compromise choice decent trigger, most new models come with a scope rail.
I have all the autos on your list and the Neos is the only one that has never had a failure to feed or eject with cheap ammo. Only problem it has ever had is its pretty easy to not fully insert the mag because its such a flush fit and thus come up with an empty chamber.
September 9, 2006, 03:59 PM
I really love my Buckmark. Accurate and 100% reliable to date.
Mark(psycho)Phipps( HAHAHA! )
September 9, 2006, 04:06 PM
i always liked the sig trailside.
September 9, 2006, 04:43 PM
Of those listed, the Ruger 45/22 or the Buckmark would be my choice tied for first place, with the super Single Six coming in a close third. These are all quality guns with long histories of performance.
But I wouldn't buy anything until I shopped the used gun market. My go-to .22 pistol is the Holy Grail, a Colt Woodsman made in 1938 that will shoot rings around any other pistol I own. I paid $225 for it. Right behind that is a Colt Officers Model Target revolver that cost about the same.
September 9, 2006, 11:35 PM
I voted for the 22/45 in your poll but I can tell you I miss the S+W 422 I traded a while back. Iwould occasionally fail when I was into my third or fourth box of ammo in a single session, but that thing was fun, accurate, slim and light. I also agree with the revolver guys. I just got my first S+W model 18. I refer to it as my first because I can already imagine wanting another one!
September 9, 2006, 11:41 PM
T/C Contender, 10" w/ MATCH chamber. T/C still holds the World Record at 500 yards (literally).
September 10, 2006, 04:46 AM
My pick is the Ruger.Have a Ruger Mk III family.All four members of the family.Tried the other models listed and we went Ruger wild.Since my bias is Ruger,I will now exit stage left.The other models are nice guns.Like art,I just know what I like.We did make informed decisions.So will others.
September 10, 2006, 10:33 AM
S&W 617. 10 rounds, 4 inch barrel. Very accurate, easy to use and clean.
September 10, 2006, 10:58 AM
I shoot a 5.5" bull barrel target MkIII and love it.
It is heavy but accurate and fun to shoot.
September 11, 2006, 12:36 AM
I borrowed a buddies Buckmark and have put 1100rds through it in the past 2 weeks without a single gun malfunction. I havent cleaned it either. Had several duds due to cheap bulk ammo but no feeding or ejection problems whatsoever.
September 11, 2006, 08:37 AM
I don't like either gun but th ebest choices for < $200 are the browning buckmark and ruger 22/45.
September 11, 2006, 12:11 PM
I've got a lot of them to choose from - High Standards, Colts, S&W's, Rugers - BUT ... THIS is the BEST all purpose hunter, I've got. if you don't like scopes ... get the quick detach mounts like this and 'rough it!'
... ain't nothin that can even approach it!:eek:
September 12, 2006, 08:11 AM
Pretty pic ZipperZap. Looks much better than mine with a BSA red dot.
I have a Hunter and it is a great pistol, especially after a VQ accurizing upgrade. For a first .22lr, I'd go with a M22A. Have one of those and really like it. Accurate and fun to shoot. The difference between my 22A and my Hunter is about 11,000 rounds of Federal 550 bulk pack ammo.
Better yet, buy both. Also, the Ruger Single Six keeps looking better and better. I know, I only need one gun...the next one.
September 12, 2006, 09:40 AM
I have a Colt woodsman I got for $265, a little more than your price, but I sold my Ruger Slabside after I got it. I also have a S&W 35, a 6" Jframe revolver but it was almost $300.
3 choices today were a used 22/45, a used SW M22a and a new 6" Beretta Neos.
Bought the Neos. I like it. Breaks down real easy, makes for easy cleaning. Felt pretty good in hand. Would have rather not had the sight rail, but otherwise I think it's the way to go. Now I have a dedicated .22 to add to my Ceiner 1911 kit.
September 12, 2006, 08:11 PM
Try and find an older K frame smith like this 18...geat guns.