What honestly is the best .22 for just practice and plinking around?


March 11, 2009, 09:19 PM
Read good things about the MarkII, but are there any other options other than the Sig and the Walther?

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March 11, 2009, 09:20 PM

March 11, 2009, 09:51 PM
Ruger Mark Series

chris in va
March 11, 2009, 09:53 PM
CZ Kadet. I've had two Ruger 22/45's and just couldn't get into them.

March 11, 2009, 09:55 PM
Personally I'm partial to the Ruger 22/45. It's extremely accurate, has good ergos and feeds and fires whatever I choose to run through it. :)

March 11, 2009, 10:13 PM
Buckmark cost about the same as the Ruger, but you can get aftermarket barrels for it. The ruger barrel/upper has the S/N and is considered the firearm.

March 11, 2009, 10:14 PM
ruger 22/45

March 11, 2009, 10:44 PM
Ruger Mark Series

March 11, 2009, 10:59 PM
Buckmark cost about the same as the Ruger, but you can get aftermarket barrels for it. The ruger barrel/upper has the S/N and is considered the firearm.


I replaced the heavy 5" bull barell on my Camper with this 7" TacSol. $149 on sale and 15 minutes work. Great shooter before, incredible shooter now.

The Heggis trigger spring flip is another easy mod.


Nothing wrong with a Ruger, you just cant work on them.

Craig M. Arnold
March 11, 2009, 11:44 PM
Browning Buckmark.

March 11, 2009, 11:45 PM
Ruger MK II.....I do mean a II.

March 11, 2009, 11:48 PM
Spyvie, the same company also makes barrels for the Ruger Mark series:


March 11, 2009, 11:52 PM
Spyvie, the same company also makes barrels for the Ruger Mark series:

Yes, but they require profesional installation and an FFLs services.

Redneck with a 40
March 11, 2009, 11:57 PM
Ruger 22/45.:D

March 12, 2009, 01:41 PM
Well, the first question is if you want a new or used firearm.

If you want new, I would strongly recommend the Ruger Mark III. I also recommend the Buckmark, but with hesitation. I had an aweful experience with my Buckmark standard. I had to send it back twice and then after need to send it off a third time, I gave up on it and traded it in. Also, many people forget about the Beretta Neos. All three of these are quality 22's. There have been some teething problems and questions raised about the zinc castings used for the mosquito and the P22. There is also the Model 41 if you wanna shell out some money... Lets us not forget about our wheelgun breatheren. Since this was posted in the autoloader section, I will not go there.

If you want used, there are more plinkers than you can shake a proverbial stick at. There are High Standards, Ruger Mark series, Sig Trailsides, etc. Just cruise around Gunbroker to see one that catches you eye and then search about it here. You'll be sure to find the good, bad and ugly about them all.

Since you are looking for "just practice and plinking around" You can't beat a Browning Buckmark Camper/Ruger Mark III Standard. Both should be under $300. Good luck and let us know.

March 12, 2009, 02:33 PM
Buckmark camper. Older models have what looks like a bull barrel with flat sides. Great balance. Mine has performed beyond reasonable expectations for an accurate, reliable plinking machine.

I have not been good to it until recently, but the thing's 15 years old it's still the funnest arm I own.

If you can hold it still, it goes where it's lined up. Factory sights are 'flat' pistol sights adjustable in clicks (no cheesy screws and hand adjustments). I honestly didn't know much about what I was getting when it was new; chose the design and safety functions I wanted and knew Browning was reputable. What a great purchase it has turned out to be! Can't speak for other kinds but Buckmark would be a very rewarding choice if mine is anything to go by.

March 12, 2009, 03:57 PM
Ruger 22/45 III. I picked mine stainless for $220 and never had any issues. Very reliable and accurate. Installed Majestic Arms kit and cleaning is a snap.

March 12, 2009, 04:23 PM
will be the first to say here.. S&W 22a.

Fat Boy
March 12, 2009, 08:05 PM
H&R 999 Sportsman....:evil:

March 12, 2009, 08:36 PM
It's awfully difficult to find something better than the Ruger Mark series for performance and reliability, day after day, range session after range session.

That being said, don't overlook the early Colts. I bought a Challenger recently and am amazed at its accuracy and consistency, though I probably shouldn't be.

March 12, 2009, 08:46 PM
S&w m-41

March 12, 2009, 09:23 PM
Some ideas nobody has tossed out yet:

March 12, 2009, 09:26 PM
that's a double

March 12, 2009, 09:28 PM
Smith 22A

Works well

March 12, 2009, 09:50 PM

A new poster showed his Berreta 86 Target - looked pretty
nice Course they ain't cheap and a bit hard to

I just want a kadet kit for my CZ 75B.

I have a 617 10 shot S&W revolver. Reminds me
of my first gun that I paid for, a S&W Mod. 18. I had
used a HI Standard Dura-Matic for a couple of years as a
loaner from my uncle. Weird controls with a safety on the
RH side.if I recall correctly, I ended up carrying it
empy chamber to slingshot the mag on the farm.


March 12, 2009, 09:55 PM
1. Ruger Mark II 5.5" Bull Barrel

2. Browning Buckmark

3. SIG Trailsides

4. Beretta Neos

March 12, 2009, 11:14 PM
Have to go with the Smith and Wesson 617...oh yeah this is autoloaders so its the Buckmark. The aftermarket is much friendlier.

March 13, 2009, 02:15 AM
Ruger MK II or CZ Kadet.

Kind of Blued
March 13, 2009, 03:55 AM
As you may have noticed from the first 29 responses, there is no "best". :)

I've owned a Ruger Mk. I and a Browning Buckmark Hunter, and both were great. I've never shot any super-cheap .22s, but the only one that I ever shot that I didn't like was a Walther P22. It was tiny for no good reason, felt horrible in my hand, was unbelievably inaccurate, and couldn't feed ammunition reliably.

HD Fboy
March 13, 2009, 06:54 AM
I have a Ruger Mark II and a Ruger Single 6. The Mark II for fun the Single Six for accuracy. I love them both.

March 13, 2009, 07:56 AM

March 13, 2009, 08:47 AM
Another vote for BuckMark.
I have a lot of .22 hand guns, including the Ruger....my BuckMark gets more rounds shot through than all the rest combined. And I love the Ruger Mark series styling...I just like shooting the BuckMark more.
But everyone is different. You may want to try some out first.

March 13, 2009, 11:04 AM
I should try to submit an article somewhere about the Buckmark, it's the only way I could write enough to do it justice. Let's see more pics of those Brownings, people!

For some reason when I bought it (Lubbock, Texas, Feb 1995) at a gun show from a local gun shop with a display table it took them a solid month to get the paperwork cycled and give me the dang thing. I guess because I'd never bought one before and needed to be entered in to the dragnet. At any rate, I was antsy about finally getting to check it out and took it to an indoor range. I hadn't been back to one until this week, and I remembered why. Shooting sounds like it's all around you and right next to you. Couldn't relax enough to sight-in my new 10/22, but with those sights who could? (scope on the way...)

But from the first time I took it outside it has been rock-solid, dead-on, pump-whatever-you're-looking-at-full-of-lead fun. And I was not a good steward of this weapon at all until recently. I can't imagine the shape it would be in if I'd broken it down and cleaned it dilligently along the way. It's like the beater you can always count on to perform better than you deserve.

I wish I could find mags for it over 12 founds, I found a Ramline version and of the two I bought one ALWAYS jammed the take-up round. I sure would like to find one that sticks out about 5" below the grip and I'd load 'em up over and over again. If it wasn't a pistol it would just be too easy to hit what you want. I have read raves about the cabine version. I'd love to get a long barrel and tailored stock, I'd buy another Buckmark and trick it out.

Does anyone know what years they made the 'flat-sided' barrel for the Camper model? Does that barrel style have a name? Thanks!

March 13, 2009, 11:27 AM
In a auto --- Ruger Mark II 5.5" Bull Barrel.

The one I have had is over 20 years old and has seen TENS OF THOUSANDS of rounds and is still a one hole group gun at 25 yards.

March 13, 2009, 03:01 PM
Any of the original or the latest of the High Standards. Next is the S&W M-41, and then the Ruger Mk II, I don't like the lawyer designed Mk III with the loaded chamber indicator that only a moron could have designed.
For bolt guns, I would go with the CZ bolt action .22s. They are excellent for the money.
On Semi-auto .22s, I would go with the excellent Thompson Center R-55 models - steel receiver and screwed in barrel. Pricey initially but cheaper in the end than a Ruger 10/22 which is fine if you want to tinker. But don't buy the Ruger 10/22 when you can buy a 10/22 design steel receiver and the all the innards are available from other companies that specialize in the 10/22 design.
Just my 22 cents (its inflation and the U.S. dollar is circling the drain!).

March 13, 2009, 03:15 PM
Just got three 15 rd mags for my conversion. I'm beginning to forget why I bother with anything else.

March 13, 2009, 05:35 PM
High Standard

What is this Ruger kit? : Installed Majestic Arms kit and cleaning is a snap.

I liked the Ruger II I bought my son, but didn't like cleaning or playing with the innards.

March 13, 2009, 05:51 PM
Have to give the nod to the ruger 22 line

Mister V
March 14, 2009, 12:07 AM
Ruger Standard series

I bought a Mark 1 Standard in 1979 and had a tremendous amount of fun shooting it for several years until the job started eating into my free time. Now that I'm retired I took it to the range again and it's still one of the best and most enjoyable pistols I ever shot. It actually makes me look like good shot.

March 14, 2009, 11:36 PM
Anyone have any experience with the Beretta Neos?

Big Daddy Grim
March 14, 2009, 11:38 PM
I like the ideas here but don't leave out the Sig its a good little .22 picked one up for the wife and yes it's in pink but the accuracy has surprised me.

March 15, 2009, 09:00 AM
Beretta 87.

It's eaten everything I've fed it reliably. :D

March 15, 2009, 10:56 AM
Have had quite a few 22 pistols. Bought a Walther 22 for my son. It is the most fun, ergonimic 22 I've ever shot. Double to single action too. Plus its fairly light unlike some others and came with a laser which is actually pretty cool. Best "bang for the buck" IMO.

March 15, 2009, 12:14 PM
Spyvie, I think you convinced me. I'm going to get a Buckmark but I can't decide which version I want. Now a Camper with a Tactical Solutions barrel like yours is the front runner! I love that look.

March 15, 2009, 12:52 PM
For something handy, a lot of the current autoloaders are pretty heavy.

I'm a big fan of the S&W 422/622 for their lightweight and accuracy.

Have you considered a revolver? For handiness while hiking trails, plinking, and small game hunting, I'd find a nice used single action, say a Ruger Single Six or Bearcat, or a clean S&W Model 18 or a 317, for a crisp Double Action.

March 15, 2009, 01:11 PM
Ruger Mark III

...and here is why.

I just went to the range yesterday and everytime I shoot it it gets more accurate. I've had it for acouple of months and put about 2000 through it and it is just a solid, awesome gun.

I have the KMKIII512, which is the stainless 5.5" bull barrel and i'm ringing plates at 50yds nearly every shot and at 75yds about 6/10, I'm impressed with that.

You'll hear the banter of II vs III and the only real thing I hear is the loaded chamber inticator is samall and can get gunked. I haven't had it happen and I think anyone who is religious about cleaning their guns as I am won't either. Also, I feel the mag release on the frame behind the trigger is a big improvement and much more natural for auto shooters.

Assemby/disassembly...took it apart once and it was a pain but I will trust the old timers that tell me it only gets easier with age and repitition. I know I will always have this gun. Like my S&W 638, it's a non-trader/seller. You pick either up and you know it's going to last a lifetime and then some.

March 15, 2009, 02:19 PM
You should be able to find a used one with a good bore for a good price. Wonderful shooter and a great pistol for introducing new shooters to the sport.

My old Model B


March 15, 2009, 02:31 PM
Spyvie, I think you convinced me. I'm going to get a Buckmark but I can't decide which version I want. Now a Camper with a Tactical Solutions barrel like yours is the front runner! I love that look.

I know exactly what you mean! This is the one that did that for me.



March 15, 2009, 07:08 PM
Spyvie, you're evil! Now I know I'm going with the setup you have. I like your grips better but it still has the 'look' I like.

March 15, 2009, 09:34 PM
Just to add to the confusion, the Walther P22 I bought a few months ago has had a thousand or so rounds thru it, no stovepipes, no failure to feed, and for my money it's VERY accurate. I"m not such a great shooter but I can get all ten rounds inside a six inch circle at 60 feet.. my S&W snubbie can't hit the side of a barn at 30 feet (normal for a snubbie I"m sure) but the Walther shoots straight as a string and works flawlessly. I'm a big man and the grip on the p22 is a bit small, but I"m also a lefty and the ambi mag release and ambi safety make me happy.

The little Bersa Firestorm is also a wonderful .22 auto, although I haven't got as many rounds through it. Everyone who sees it says "what's that?" so I figure not many have heard of it, but it's a Walther PP licensed knockoff from Argentina.. the Thunder is their bigger bore version.

I"m convinced the P22 had flaws originally and the company has addressed most of them.. the one I have is fabulous.

And about the Ruger mark series? Big, heavy, long barrels on most of them.. they're not even close to dropping in a pocket. They do shoot very very straight, but mine weighs twice as much as my Walther, at LEAST.

March 16, 2009, 07:03 AM
I would have to agree with the Ruger and Browning being some of the best 22 semis out there, but one day I had $115 left in my pocket at a gun show and found a little 22 auto for guess how much, $115. I bought it thinking, this has got to be a POS for that price, but it was cute and I went home with an empty wallet.
Now, it is one of my favorite handguns to shoot and I'll probably get another soon, just 'cause.

Here's a pic of my little friend;

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