Best .22 for woods/hiking


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Guvnor
July 30, 2009, 03:47 PM
I want to get a .22 for hiking, camping, etc. I have a budget limit of about $300.

I wanted a revolver at first but there arent many options at that price. Basically either the Heritage rough rider or a Taurus model 94.

The rough rider is tempting because of the price...but is it a quality gun?

I know Taurus has "mixed" reviews.

My other option is the Browning Buckmark. I originally didn't want a semi auto for reliability and maintenance reasons, but now im considering the buckmark camper.

Do you think the Buckmark would make a good woods gun? As far as reliability/durability standpoint?

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frankiestoys
July 30, 2009, 03:53 PM
The heritage rough rider isnt a bad gun
i have one, for a woods gun it should be fine. Heck if you have 300.00$ to spend shop around for something used or just buy two rough riders.

Coyote3855
July 30, 2009, 05:09 PM
My wife has a Buckmark that's been an excellent and reliable firearm, including in action pistol competion at our local indoor range - sort of .22 caliber IPSC. I have a couple of Ruger semi-autos, an original standard, a couple of .22/45s, and a Mark II. If you shop around, Rugers are well within your price range. Almost all .22 firearms are ammo specific for reliabililty and accuracy. So if you decide on a semi, try a bunch of different ammo until you find what it likes. Our Buckmark wants Remington golden bullets and will hardly run cheap stuff. The Rugers are less picky, I can do WalMart bulk packs for most of them.

kludge
July 30, 2009, 06:14 PM
+1 for the Buckmark Camper, But I'd be just as happy with a Ruger Single Six. I have both.

My buddy has a S&W 22A and it is a tackdriver as well.

ArmedBear
July 30, 2009, 06:15 PM
22/45 is a good gun.

Single Six can easily be found used for under 300 bucks. And I'd want a used gun, because it will get some finish wear anyway. Might as well not pay for a new finish that won't stay that way for long.

But what do you want it for? What will you shoot with it?

Dagger10k
July 30, 2009, 06:22 PM
I like the Buckmark Camper. I've put over 1000 rounds of various kinds of ammo through it with only 2 failures I think. That's pretty good reliability for any gun, in my opinion.

Supertac45
July 30, 2009, 06:40 PM
If your set on a .22 revolver, I'd get a Ruger Single Six. A .22 just doesn't offer enough power for me to carry as my only weapon.

Guvnor
July 30, 2009, 07:24 PM
But what do you want it for? What will you shoot with it?

Just for cheap plinking basically and a general purpose camping/hiking/tacklebox gun.

I was turned off by the Ruger Mark III because ive read they have quite a reputation for being difficult to take down and reassemble. Is this true or is it a bit exaggerated?

Single six is really nice but a bit out of my price range.

ArmedBear
July 30, 2009, 07:49 PM
If you can find a used 22/45 Mark II, it's easy to take down and reassemble. You just have to get the mainspring strut and the hammer strut lined up when you do.

The beauty of the thing is that you seldom have to clean it. Wipe out the receiver through the ejection port with a rag, drop in a little oil and shoot another brick.:)

Still, a Single Six has a lot going for it.

Bill B.
July 30, 2009, 07:54 PM
You might be able to score a used Ruger Super Single Six if you shop a bit for $300.00. It would be hard to beat one for all around use.

ArmedBear
July 30, 2009, 07:57 PM
If you shop a bit, you might get one in stainless, though it might be just a tad more. But you won't ever regret buying it, nor will your great granchildren, if you take half-decent care of it. It's a .22 built like a Blackhawk.:D

woad_yurt
July 30, 2009, 08:12 PM
Try an H&R. They're all double action, tough, reliable and they usually hold nine rounds, except for the convertibles, which held only six. They are primo woods guns and they last forever. Single actions are good for feeding one's self but double actions are good to have in the woods, too. It seems that more people get messed with in the woods by people rather than by wild animals.

H&R 676 convertible: Approx. $200 (I forget exactly) on Gunbroker:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee150/woad_yurt/HR67601-1.jpg

Just got this 922 for $105 delivered from Gunbroker (C&R!!!):

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee150/woad_yurt/9224021.jpg

This cost me $127, delivery and transfer fee included:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee150/woad_yurt/HR_929_6_01.jpg

krs
July 30, 2009, 08:50 PM
you could probably find a Colt Challenger with a somewhat worn finish for around $300. or maybe less. They're semi-auto, ten shots, slender and light making them very easy to carry and still they are accurate enough to win bullseye matches.

They're from the 1950's which is why I said that about worn finish - th collectors want the nicer ones and pay bigger prices for them. They came with either a 4" or a 6" barrel.

I carry one when I'm brushhogging our fields and use it to plink the scurriers - field mice that haul out when the tractor is almost on top of them. People who come by think I'm nuts because they hear a PoP! pop! pop! and then hear me out there laughing like a maniac if I get one.

mljdeckard
July 30, 2009, 08:59 PM
I got my dad a Ruger Single-Six a few years ago, I thought I paid like $250 for it, I could be wrong.

Look at it this way. He already had a Mk II and a Woodsman. He loves to shoot them both, but neither of them cycle snakeshot very well. He had always wanted a Ruger .22 revolver to carry fishing for snakes. Now, he can shoot any flavor of .22 LR he wants, shotshells, AND has the .22 mag cylinder.

Deltaboy
July 30, 2009, 09:01 PM
Any of the guns listed so far will serve you well I would also add the High Standard Sential series of 22 revolvers.

MCgunner
July 30, 2009, 09:12 PM
I gave 200 for my Rossi M511 and love it, very accurate, superb single action trigger. The DA is stiff, but for outdoor use, who cares? It is very accurate, sub 2" groups off the bench with bulk pack ammo at 25 yards.

I've always thought a Ruger Bearcat would be a way cool hiking gun, small, light, pretty accurate. I could work with the fixed sights on a .22, I reckon. And, well, they're just so danged cute. :D

The NAA mini master might work, but I've not played with one. I think the Ruger single six or bearcat would work better, just guessing. My Rossi is pretty awesome, though. Have no need for another kit gun at this point. :D

I love my Ruger Mk 2, but it's a little big and heavy for a .22 hiking gun. It's very accurate and reliable and would work, though.

ClemY
July 30, 2009, 10:05 PM
I like a nice S&W Model 63-4 as a woods carry gun. Weighs 30 oz. and shoots very well. Revolver will function just fine with anything you want to stick in the cylinder from CB Caps to Velocitor.

David E
July 30, 2009, 11:24 PM
Or a S&W Model 34. Great gun, very versatile, big enough to shoot well, not so big and heavy as to defeat the purpose.

jfrey
July 31, 2009, 12:05 AM
If the single-six is a little high, which it is, my second choice would definately be the Buck Mark. A friend has a rough rider and honestly, I'm not that impressed. It goes"BANG" when you pull the trigger, but the pot metal frame just doesn't excite me. My BM shoots great and I'll stick with it.

Bill B.
July 31, 2009, 07:07 AM
I like a nice S&W Model 63-4 as a woods carry gun. Weighs 30 oz. and shoots very well.

Or a S&W Model 34. Great gun, very versatile,

Please let him know where to send his $300.00 .....................LOL

Guvnor
July 31, 2009, 08:14 AM
Thanks for all the help.

I will keep an eye out for used revolvers or maybe just splurge on the single six. I want something that will last for many years to come so I probably shouldn't cheap out.

Brian Williams
July 31, 2009, 10:42 AM
My S&W 35-1 and my Colt Woodsman were both around $300, the 35 is like new and the Colt has some finish issues but both shoot great and are fun in the woods. I wish I could hunt with the Colt but PA does not allow Semi's for hunting.

salvo
July 31, 2009, 05:27 PM
I would save for a little longer, the Single Six is worth it. Here is my second Single Six, picked it up at Bass Pro on sale for $350.00
I have a Browning and two Ruger MKII's. For woods bumming I always grab a Single Six.

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d71/SeaOx/Ruger%20Single%20Six/IMG_0193.jpg

searcher451
July 31, 2009, 05:30 PM
I have a Browning Buck Mark Hunter that would be a good choice for this, depending on what sort of arrangement you'd want to use to pack it along. A Ruger Bearcat is another good choice, though not as versatile as the Hunter.

frankiestoys
July 31, 2009, 06:44 PM
Gotta love those Rugers,

Erik M
July 31, 2009, 11:13 PM
I have a heratige, I bought one with the fiberoptic sights (approx 200 otd w/ammo). Its pretty darn accurate at 25 yards to. havent done much past shooting beer cans with it though. The Ruger Single Six is a beautiful gun though, worth the price if you are shopping for looks.

Bill B.
August 1, 2009, 05:56 PM
The Ruger Single Six is a beautiful gun though, worth the price if you are shopping for looks.

They perform well beyond their looks! Most likely the most durable & shootable .22 around period! Get one in stainless and it would be mighty hard to find a better woods & trail gun for use in outdoor weather.

ArmedBear
August 1, 2009, 06:07 PM
I have an old H&R similar to the ones above, and a couple of Ruger pistols. I have a holster for one of the Ruger pistols. I have never actually carried any of them. They all have long barrels, and the Rugers have slabside bull barrels. They're great for match and target shooting.

I have a couple of Ruger single actions, though neither are rimfires, and they're great guns. I don't much care for ejecting tiny .22LR brass from a single action, but otherwise, the Single Six and Bearcat are wonderful things.

But... if I had to pick the .22 I'd most want to carry with me on the trail, it would be none of the above.

It would be a 3" S&W 317.

http://www.smith-wesson.com/wcsstore/SmWesson/upload/images/firearms/160221_thumb.jpg

http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10001&catalogId=10001&langId=-1&productId=14742&tabselected=over&isFirearm=Y&parent_category_rn=

The thing weighs less than a 637, comes with adjustable fiber sights, fits well in my hand (just like a Model 60), and comes in 8- or 10-round versions -- far easier to load and unload than a single action, but with no little oily .22 magazines to fiddle with in the dirt. I'd choose the 10-round version. It's compact, extremely light and easy to carry, but fun to use for plinking, too. I don't think there's another gun quite like that.

It's not cheap. I don't own one, for that reason, and that reason alone. But if I REALLY wanted a gun for that specific purpose, I'd consider selling something else, saving some cash, and buying one.

doc2rn
August 1, 2009, 06:57 PM
Ruger MK II is the best IMO. Bought my last one for 250 NIB.

22-rimfire
August 1, 2009, 07:15 PM
I would go with the Buckmark or Ruger Mark III if you adhere to your budget. If it were me, I'd go with either the Model 63 or 317 Smiths even though they exceed your budget. They should last you for a lifetime and you have a high quality 22 revolver.

The other one that I really like for this purpose is the 4" Colt Diamondback. Pricey these days, but it's my favorite.

DKA
August 1, 2009, 09:25 PM
Have a Ruger Single Six and a Taurus 96. Like both, Ruger is higher, and have never had any problems with the Taurus. Taurus is DA And Single is SA.

tango2echo
August 1, 2009, 09:53 PM
I've carried a 22/45 and put a bazzillion rounds though it (atleast 10,000). Hard to beat. I paid $140 for mine used 10 or 12 years ago.

My favorite is a single-six ss convertable. Paid $400 used with nice rosewood grips, custom leather, a trigger job, and adj. sights. Wouldn't part with it for 4 or 5 times that much.....never shot it with the .22mag cyl., but it's had a few thousand rounds through the .22lr.

These two models are addictive. I now own several of both.

T2E

ArchAngelCD
August 2, 2009, 04:43 AM
I wish I could hunt with the Colt but PA does not allow Semi's for hunting.
I feel your pain Brian. I have a Ruger Mark II that went through Clark Custom that will shoot better that I can but like you, I can't hunt with it either. (I bought it used)

dubious
August 4, 2009, 11:53 AM
If the single-six is a little high, which it is, my second choice would definately be the Buck Mark. A friend has a rough rider and honestly, I'm not that impressed. It goes"BANG" when you pull the trigger, but the pot metal frame just doesn't excite me. My BM shoots great and I'll stick with it.

As the proud owner of a Heritage Rough Rider, I always find it amusing when people make fun of the alloy frame. What do you all think Buckmarks and Ruger MK III's frames are made out of? Panzer Steel?

Anyways... I'd take a Ruger Single Six (that IS steel) over my Heritage any day... but my Heritage has been a CHAMP. Thousands of rounds, no failures of any kind, startling accuracy and a freakishly nice trigger for $120 (try budsgunshop.com). The low price makes it an even better woods gun, because if its lost or damaged, I won't lost so much sleep over it. I still will be sad because I LOVE it... and I have nicer guns.

My biggest complaint is that .22s aren't really the Single Action caliber... if you're plowing through a box of 500 22s, the Single Actions can be slow to load. Obviously this is a problem with the Single Six as well.

ArmedBear
August 4, 2009, 11:56 AM
What do you all think Buckmarks and Ruger MK III's frames are made out of? Panzer Steel?

My Ruger is stainless steel, except for the grips, which are some sort of wood laminate. Not sure what you think it's made of.

dubious
August 4, 2009, 05:29 PM
Touche' ArmedBear, Touche'.... ;)

Logos
August 4, 2009, 05:37 PM
Quote:
I like a nice S&W Model 63-4 as a woods carry gun. Weighs 30 oz. and shoots very well.
Quote:
Or a S&W Model 34. Great gun, very versatile,


Please let him know where to send his $300.00 .....................LOL

Well, he should save his money until he has enough to get the best.

:D

The old Model 43 Airweight was good, too......if you don't mind alloy.

I can't stand those multi-colored plastic sights on the newer .22 J frames of recent days.

higene
August 5, 2009, 02:27 PM
Something in a classic S&W perhaps?

Higene

:cool:

Frandy
August 5, 2009, 05:08 PM
For me, a Ruger SSS
http://homepage.mac.com/franman/.Pictures/Handguns/SSS_WMR_cylinder_Mernickle_holster_640.jpg

CWL
August 5, 2009, 07:42 PM
I carry a Buckmark 5.5" slabside as a hiking/backpacking pistol.

I had a custom leather holster with flap & extra mag case made just for this purpose.

No problems with ruggedness or reliability, and accuracy is dependent on ammo I use.

I have not cleaned it in 10 years beyond a boresnake and hosing with brake cleaner.

soggysod
August 7, 2009, 11:28 PM
i have to agree with it all. ive shot a few thousand thru a buckmark camper ss
LOVED IT. chap and good ammo just a couple of ftfs. i also like the beretta neos. it is a slick gun.
had a single six was a great gun, accurate but hate the single action when shooting a bunch.
spent a few hundred rds thru a heritage, and was impressed.
but my opinion for a camping gun, light, somewhat accurate, quick to fire at bgs or cayotes, is a phoenix arms hp 22. it holds 10 in the mag, never fails to feed costs 125 new, lifetime warranty, has 3 safety's so great for hiking, and is surprisingly small, accurate, and reliable. just what i want in a camp gun.
plus you can keep one in the pipe safely in case something sneaks up on you and you need a quick shot.
soggysod

remingtondude58
August 7, 2009, 11:33 PM
I would get a Ruger single six or a ruger semi

bpl
August 9, 2009, 12:55 AM
I vote for the Ruger Single-Six in Stainless and convertible 22lr/22mag! Shop around for a used one, or save a little longer. I like to carry mine loaded with 22mag in the woods.

kseatm
August 13, 2009, 03:20 PM
All the weapons mentioned are fine. They all do their jobs. It comes down to what you like personally.

I have a S&W 22A which I love to shoot. I've read where so many people dislike them but mine shoots great, I have no problems with FTF or FTE and I like the way it looks and feels. You can take it apart and put it together in minutes without any tools. It's just a simple weapon that works for me.

I also have a Ruger MarkIII Target Bull Barrel. I like the looks of it a little more than the Smith but hate the trigger. I'm planning on replacing the sear and trigger parts with the VQ kit sometime. The Ruger isn't as hard to tear down and reassemble as you may have heard. If you've never done it before, just follow the directions and you'll be ok. After you figure it out and look at how it's designed, it's really simple. I haven't had any problems with feeding or ejecting with it either. I usually shoot bulk ammo in all of our .22s, although the Fed automatch seems to work the best in terms of accuracy vs cost.

I'm now looking at a Buckmark. I like the looks of them and both of my teenage sons love to shoot so it's cheaper with the .22s.

My 13 year old saved for almost a year for his Ruger Mark III Standard and he loves it. My other son is now saving for the Single Six.

You really just need to find what gun you like as far as feel and looks and then get one. They all are fine weapons IMO.

Good Luck

Lakeshore
August 13, 2009, 07:36 PM
Get a Ruger Mk. III (or Mk. II if you can find a good used one). They're built like a rock and will fire just about any crap ammo without a hiccup. Yes, field stripping the first few times can be challenging till you get the hang of it but as someone pointed out they don't need cleaning often.

MM60
August 13, 2009, 07:47 PM
I bought a conversion kit for my Sig P226 and for my M4, and now both of them shoot .22LR. You can order conversion kits for a variety of firearms at http://www.22lrconversions.com/

CMMG makes very nice AR conversion kits.
The Sig kit I bought is a Sig factory kit.

If you want a very accurate .22LR pistol that would be great for hiking, you can buy a Thompson Center pistol frame and put a 15" .22LR barrel on it. The frame will cost you under $400, and the .22LR barrel is under $300. Once you have the pistol frame, you can buy additional barrels, stocks, etc to make as many firearms of different calibers as you want without having to do additional background checks - because only the frame requires any paperwork. You can check them out here:
http://www.eabco.com/encore4.html

xstuntman
August 13, 2009, 09:02 PM
I've got one of the first Heritage revolvers made back in the early '90s and it still goes bang every time and just as accurate as the Single Six I sold. Not sure how many rounds has gone through it since I bought it used, but this family has used the heck out of it and it always goes to the range every week.
Last I heard Heritage was number one in hangun sales in '07. Locally I can get the 22lr only version for $130 which is probably why the sell so well. X

gbran
August 13, 2009, 09:55 PM
I have both a Ruger MKII and a Buckmark. They run on almost anything but both choke up on Winchester Xpert 22 hollowpoints. They're not real roundnosed and get hung up on the feedramp on both guns.

007BondJamesBond007
August 13, 2009, 10:01 PM
22/45 is a good gun.

Single Six can easily be found used for under 300 bucks. And I'd want a used gun, because it will get some finish wear anyway. Might as well not pay for a new finish that won't stay that way for long.

But what do you want it for? What will you shoot with it?
I would get a Ruger Single Six. I own one and it is the best gun I own. I shoot it the most it is very accurate. Ammo .22 shorts, .22 long. .22 long rifle, . 22wmag. It gos bang every time doesn't jam. Yes it is slow to reload but I like to take time and make every shot count. You get an auto you have a tendency to spray. I watched my friends try to clear ftf because with autos your gun may not like the ammo you feed it.

MCgunner
August 13, 2009, 10:16 PM
Lately, once again, I'm getting the hots for an NAA mini master. I went lookin' yesterday, but didn't find one locally. I can probably order it cheaper, though, through a friend with a FFL. I'm wanting the .22mag/LR model with adjustable sights and I'll put a holster grip on it. I can clip it to the top of my T shirt when I'm wade fishing to keep it out of the water. That'll be way neat. It'll mostly be my outdoor gun when I don't wanna take my Rossi 511 and the magnum would be an almost effective self defense gun if needed. Beats the hell out of the .38 stuck in my dry box in the kayak, anyway.

Yeah, this is sort of a specialized application for a .22 revolver, wade fishing gun, but it's really just an excuse. I've wanted one of these little toots for a while now. LOL I have a .22 NAA with 1 5/8" barrel and it's been one of my most useful guns over the years just because I always have it when I need it. I've shot rats, rabbits, snakes, a nutria, possums, with it over the years because I didn't wanna use a 9mm and my back up is the NAA. It's so small and light, it always goes with me. My limits with it is about 15-20 yards on a rabbit sized animal, though. The 4" barrel and real sights on the mini master should be quite useful and double my effective range I'm hoping, while still being quite compact and carryable.

Maia007
August 14, 2009, 10:50 PM
Colt Woodsman, High Standard Model B or Browning Buckmark autos

SW Mod 63 or one of the older .22 kit/guns (like the Mod 43) for revolver.

Lighter weight (under 30 oz loaded) is good with a 4" min. length barrel.

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