recommend 22 target pistol


February 10, 2010, 11:08 AM
Anything but Ruger Mark. I got one and I just can't master the reassembly gymnastics and keep locking it up. Pretty paperweight though.

I would like something less than 500, no drama in maintaining it, accurate, good trigger. My first choice is the buckmark.

these are some that fit the bill on cost at least doing a quick scan on gunbroker.

S&W 22A

browning buck mark

beretta 422 neos

sig mosquito

walther p22

walther sp22

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February 10, 2010, 11:38 AM
For your price, you may be able to snag an old Wolverine. I know someone who very recently paid only $380 for one on Gunbroker. Anyway, it's an accurate pistol, never jamming, working perfectly fine with any ammo. It also has a trigger to die for. It cycles really quickly, too. You can make it sound almost like a machine gun. I've owned some and still have one. Never a problem. I'll put it up against any you've listed, any time. It doesn't look like a target pistol but it's one tack-drivin' sucker. Plus, there's the look of the thing....
Someday, I'll take new pictures....

P.S. The plastic Wolverines bite it, sine qua non.


February 10, 2010, 11:42 AM
If you can go used consider an original Hi Standard (not the Mitchell knock-off.) You'll need an original mag too. The new Texas High Standards seem to be hit or miss on quality.

So wassamatter with the Ruger? Midway has the VQ trigger kits on sale this month.

February 10, 2010, 12:16 PM
So wassamatter with the Ruger?

I am not smart enough to do the reassembly gymnastics. I locked it up and can't get the mainspring back out. Sent it back to ruger once and am in the same state AGAIN. I put the volquartsen extractor in it last night.

February 10, 2010, 12:37 PM
Or you could just learn how to deal with the Ruger. Here is a guide (, but it sounds like the hammer is not fully forward, or the first link on the troubleshooting page. Happens to me all the time.

February 10, 2010, 12:39 PM
It did take a few tries to get it down[Ruger MarkII] did you look at the Ruger 's web sight walk threw video or try this one:
The trick is to push the Hammer up +forward towards the barrel, and them tip back gun just enought to get the hammer spring in front of the cross pin-so it will be able to set into the locking main insert as its being put in and closed.

February 10, 2010, 12:50 PM
I would go with the P22, my 2 cents

February 10, 2010, 12:50 PM
i recently purchased an sp22, because GM had them for $250...i was pleasently surprised with it...gpr

The Wiry Irishman
February 10, 2010, 12:54 PM
For under $500, a Buckmark is the only thing I'd consider. Like you, I'm not a fan of the Mark II/Mark III stripping, although I have done it enough to master it. More importantly, I just feel that the Buckmark is a better gun for target work. Better trigger, better ergonomics, better sights (and finer sight adjustment), though sometimes not as reliable. I suppose you could get a Ruger and fill it full of Volquartsen parts, but if you're going to use it as a target gun, I think you'd be better off saving up a little bit longer and getting a Model 41.

A couple more plugs for the Buckmark:

For the last five or six years I've been either shooting a Model 41, Pardini SP, or my customized .22 converted 1911 for bullseye shooting, but one day I picked up the old long-barrelled Buckmark I used to use when I first started. Hadn't touched it in over five years, hadn't had a chance to eat that day, and I still did this at 50 feet: (two hands, though)
That's seven shots you can hide behind a nickel.

Also a few years back a girl humbled everyone shooting $2000+ Walthers, FWBs and Pardinis and won the collegiate national pistol champsionships with a $350 Buckmark.

Steve 48
February 10, 2010, 03:23 PM
For the money, the S&W 22A is the most accurate of all my Rugers or Buckmarks.

February 10, 2010, 03:28 PM
Three words: Browning Buckmark Camper. it is the nicest .22lr handgun that I have ever shot.

February 10, 2010, 03:43 PM
Learn how to get the Ruger MK II back together. Lots of aftermarket mods and support. Great platform and they are OVERBUILT. Stick with the MK II and avoid the lawyer crap on the MK III.

February 10, 2010, 04:33 PM
Of all the guns listed in the original post only one is really suitable for semi-serious bullseye work and that is the Buckmark. The 22A might be marginally acceptable say for informal shooting at a local gun club. The rest of those guns really are not "target pistols".

I don't know why everyone seems to have problems reassembling a Ruger Mark II or III. They have never given me any trouble as long as I follow the instructions closely and don't get in a hurry. And the Ruger is suitable for bullseye work and is in the right price range. My Mark III shoots just about as well as my S&W Model 41 if I do my part.

Don't know what the used market in 41's is these days but maybe you could get one fairly close to the price you want. With a 41 you would not be able to blame the gun if you didn't shoot well though. :)


Ala Dan
February 10, 2010, 04:47 PM
Current Production: Browning Buckmark*

*FootNote: make sure you choose a model that does not have a
plastic sight base; for these will eventually split at or near the rear
screw hole. :eek:

From Days Long Ago: Colt Woodsman Match Target
or a Smith & Wesson model 41.

Runner Up: High Standard "Victor"

February 10, 2010, 09:15 PM
I got it back operational. To its credit the pistol is accurate and fun to shoot. I guess just like a brat you have to be patient and put up with its impishness. Hope the new extractor helps its feeding, especially a cheap bulk diet.

ON TO THE 10/22 extractor replacing!!!!!!!

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