Good buys on Accurate 22's, recommendations?


Harve Curry
November 18, 2008, 09:19 AM
I looking at buying a new or used 22 LR. Years ago I gave my Colt Match Target Woodsman to a friend and they really enjoy it so I'm glad they got it.
I see they've gone up a bit in price.:eek:

So I thought I'd ask THR folks what is available that would be as good a shooter or better then the Match Target Woodsman? Or should I spring for it?:confused:

Any recomendations or favorites for accurate 22 rifles, pistols, revolvers ?
thanks in advance,

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Just One Shot
November 18, 2008, 09:29 AM
If cost is a concern then I would recomend the Marlin model 60 rifle. It is as accurate (or more accurate than some) as those that cost alot more. I recently purchased one and a Bushnell scope for less than $200.00 including tax.

For the same reasons (price/accuracy) I would recomend the Ruger Mk II or Ruger Mk III as far as 22 pistols go. I have found a Mk III new at the local MC Sports for $249.00 that I am considering purchasing for my wife. ;)

November 18, 2008, 09:33 AM
I'd have to say for a .22 rifle I would go with a CZ american if scoped (I have the 16" barrel version and it's dead accurate) or the CZ Lux for an open sighted .22.

November 18, 2008, 09:36 AM
My scoped Savage MK2 works well...

Flame Red
November 18, 2008, 09:39 AM
That Colt is truely a classic. Most are not shot very much anymore as they are too collectible.

I have a S&W Model 41. It is of the same era and crafsmanship as the Colt. I think if you liked a Woodsman you would like the M41.

They are still in production but shooters in excellent shape can be had for about $600. New ones are approaching $1K. There is a large selection of mags and barrels too. I just suppressed mine and it is truely wonderful!

November 18, 2008, 11:30 AM
For a pistol, look at a Smith & Wesson Model 41. For a Rifle, look at something from Anschütz. For a revolver, see if you can find an old Smith and Wesson K-22.

November 20, 2008, 08:04 PM
I found a Marlin 60 in a pawn shop today for $89, and I'll probably pick it up tomorrow. It's not hard to find one in good condition for that price.

November 20, 2008, 08:31 PM
If you are eligible to buy from them, try the Mossberg M44US from CMP.

You'll thank me later.

November 20, 2008, 09:11 PM
I've always been fond of Ruger Mk. II's, particularly the 5.5" bull barrel model. Nicely balanced and very accurate. For a rifle, I would go with another Ruger product; their 10/22 rifle.

November 20, 2008, 09:29 PM
The Ruger Mk111 Hunter is a very accrurate firearm.

November 20, 2008, 11:40 PM
No on has mentioned the Browning Buckmark. The are really nice guns, on par with Ruger MKII.

If price is no object then it's a S&W M41, the Cadillac of rimfire semi autos. I've had one now for some time, really nice to shoot, but unless you get a stronger spring, you need to shoot standard velocity ammo to avoid slide/frame damage.

You can't go wrong with either Ruger or Browning. I have several of both and they all shoot very well. Even have a vintage Browning ChallengerII which shoots excellent.

I don't own, nor will I ever own, a Ruger MKIII, nice features except the stupid loaded chamber indicator, right there... carved into the left side of receiver, a hideous abomination to an otherwise excellent gun. Plus it makes cleaning a real PITA.

November 21, 2008, 06:25 AM
For a rifle, I've had great success with a Marlin bolt action 22. Not expensive, either and probably easy to find used.

For a pistol, the Ruger auto is as accurate as you'll ever need short of serious competition. I like the 22/45 model.

November 21, 2008, 07:14 AM
You want my honest opinion?
Unless you are dragging it through the mud, spend the $$ and get a top-of-the-line target pistol if you can afford it. Pardini, Hammerli, or Feinwerkbau. Yes, the price is painful...but the performance is worth it. You wind up with a gun that is designed to help you shoot as well as possible...not something designed to a price point that will give you a boatload of bad habits.

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