help me pick a new plinker


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mdchambe
January 10, 2013, 02:00 PM
I've decided I want to buy another handgun. It will be used primarily for plinking. I'm not too attached to a single caliber and currently own handguns in 22, 9mm, and 40. Price range would be 300-600 bucks or so. Although, cheaper would be better.

My main priorities are:
Higher quality
Availability of aftermarket wood grips
Blue or stainless rather than parkerized

I know this is pretty vague, but im open to your suggestions!

Thanks for your thoughts!

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Fishbed77
January 10, 2013, 02:03 PM
Hard to beat a Ruger Mark II or III (or similar 22/45).

Accurate, reliable, inexpensive, fun, and it will last longer than you will.

Higher quality - CHECK
Availability of aftermarket wood grips - CHECK
Blue or stainless rather than parkerized- CHECK

kbbailey
January 10, 2013, 02:22 PM
Hard to beat a Ruger Mark II or III (or similar 22/45).

Accurate, reliable, inexpensive, fun, and it will last longer than you will.

my thoughts exactly.

fxstchewy
January 10, 2013, 03:12 PM
I vote for ruger MK II/III

mdchambe
January 10, 2013, 03:37 PM
Wow, three in a row. Thanks for your thoughts all. I do winder if my use of the term plinker has biased the responses towards a rkmfkre cartridge. I'm fine with that but would considerarger calibers as well.

I probably should have described my use as plinking/informal range shooting.

I've got a buckmark .22 that i like and meets most of conditions except for the aftermarket grips. Maybe i should trade it for a ruger (I think 22/45 rather than mkII/III) and then get something else.

Russ Jackson
January 10, 2013, 04:05 PM
Walther SP22 M2 .22LR 6-inch match pistol. Please do not confuse with a Walther p22! It is not the same gun. Read the reviews and you can get one for under $300. Very accurate and you can add stuff to it. Laser, top rail, grips.

Fishbed77
January 10, 2013, 05:50 PM
I've got a buckmark .22 that i like and meets most of conditions except for the aftermarket grips. Maybe i should trade it for a ruger (I think 22/45 rather than mkII/III) and then get something else.

The Buck Mark is a great pistol as well. I prefer the Ruger ever-so-slightly just because it's much easier to customise and accessories cost a little less. The Buck Mark has a better out-of-the-box trigger, though. Personally, I probably wouldn't trade a good Buck Mark for a Mark III or 22/45 unless you really just had to have something new.

Walther SP22 M2 .22LR 6-inch match pistol. Please do not confuse with a Walther p22! It is not the same gun. Read the reviews and you can get one for under $300.

IMHO, I would never consider the now-discontinued "Walther" SP22. Like the P22, it is not a "real" Walther, being manufactured instead by Umarex. The OP requested a "higher" quality pistol and the SP22, with it's alloy bolt just isn't up to snuff. These pistols were discontinued by Umarex due to ongoing quality problems and poor sales, and CDNN has been clearancing them for a few years now.

For just a little more money, the Ruger Mark III and Browning Buck Mark are vastly better firearms.

Russ Jackson
January 10, 2013, 06:52 PM
The Buck Mark is a great pistol as well. I prefer the Ruger ever-so-slightly just because it's much easier to customise and accessories cost a little less. The Buck Mark has a better out-of-the-box trigger, though. Personally, I probably wouldn't trade a good Buck Mark for a Mark III or 22/45 unless you really just had to have something new.



IMHO, I would never consider the now-discontinued "Walther" SP22. Like the P22, it is not a "real" Walther, being manufactured instead by Umarex. The OP requested a "higher" quality pistol and the SP22, with it's alloy bolt just isn't up to snuff. These pistols were discontinued by Umarex due to ongoing quality problems and poor sales, and CDNN has been clearancing them for a few years now.

For just a little more money, the Ruger Mark III and Browning Buck Mark are vastly better firearms.
http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=13152&storeId=10002&productId=65148&langId=-1&parent_category_rn=48316&isFirearm=Y

Site shows them still available but I could be wrong. It does not have an alloy bolt and is nothing like the P22 the only similarity between the two is the caliber and 22. Read reviews and do some research on the SP22 please. Shoot one, handle one, and then make a comment. The link is to the SP22 not the P22. The only aluminum is the bolt cover.

raa-7
January 10, 2013, 07:08 PM
Yep Ruger MK lll or a MK ll if you find a good one.You can,t beat a .22lr for plinking.Plentiful and cheap to shoot.

mdchambe
January 11, 2013, 12:28 PM
Heading to a show tomorrow and will keep my eyes peeled for rugers. Any other thoughts? Different calibers? My only hangup about the ruger is owning a buckmark already.

beatledog7
January 11, 2013, 12:47 PM
owning a buckmark already

In that case, you already have the perfect .22LR plinker, and you'll get nothing from a MK III that you don't already have. If you can reload, consider a "full-sized" .380 such as a Beretta 84/85 or the companion Browning, a Bersa, a PPK, or a CZ-83. Some of these are locked breech; others are blowback. Make sure you understand the differences. These .380s are easy shooting, fun, and plausible for SD. But the ammo is expensive if you don't reload.

mdchambe
January 11, 2013, 01:38 PM
I currently don't have the ability to reload.

mdauben
January 11, 2013, 01:45 PM
Another vote for the MkII/III although it would be hard to go wrong with a Browning Buckmark, either.

Roadking Rider
January 11, 2013, 07:08 PM
I also like the Ruger MKseries of pistols. Especially the 22/45 RP target.

mdchambe
January 11, 2013, 09:15 PM
Message heard loud and clear all. I think this is the most concesus I've seen in a post looking for a firearm recommendation! Of I decide I want another 22 it'll likely be a 22/45.

Now, say I don't want a 22 but want seething else. What might you recommend then???

Keep em coming!

hAkron
January 12, 2013, 08:17 AM
Do you currently have any auto loaders for which a .22 conversion is made? Sig, Tanfoglio, CZ and a few others offer factory conversion slide assemblies and magazines that often require no fitting. Glocks and 1911s and a few others have 3rd party conversions. These canbe quickly swapped back to their origional configuration. I would also look into a .22 revolver. If I can get my hands on a Dan Wesson Model 22 without breaking the bank, I'm all over it. These suggestions are in addition to what everyone else has said.

bannockburn
January 12, 2013, 11:06 AM
A Ruger MK.II would fill the bill quite nicely. My preference is for the 5 1/2" bull barrel model.

meanmrmustard
January 12, 2013, 11:33 AM
I'm going to the other end of the spectrum since you already own a 22 pistol (assuming anyone has actually read this thread) and suggest a 9mm.

CZ75B. In your price range, accurate, cheap to shoot, can fill the SD/HD/truck gun role and is a jack of all trades. Can be had in stainless or polycoat, and there's many grip makers; my fave being VZ Grips.

Keep your BuckMark, its a fine gun. But, since you asked, might as well step it up a notch.:)

mdchambe
January 12, 2013, 02:07 PM
Thanks for the continued thoughts. I've actually got a cz 75b SAO in 9mm, a sw 617 .22 revolver, and a stoeger cougar in. 40. Was at the show this morning and kinda was looking at 1911s. Not sure I want another caliber though.

Saw a couple mark IIIs, but no 22/45.

B!ngo
January 12, 2013, 03:06 PM
How about the Kel-Tec PMR 30? It's like a turbo-plinker. 30 rounds of .22WMR, supposed to be a well made, innovative and accurate shooter. The ammo is more widely produced than the 5.7 ammo in the FN products (which are super-turbo-plinkers:). Seemingly in the price range, and has received a lot of good reviews.
Yes yes many will say you can't find any Kel-Tec product (they don't actually manufacture guns, they just build a few protos for reviews and then go golfing) but they do seem to be popping up and there are few complaints heard about them.
Cool gun.
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Lemann
January 12, 2013, 06:14 PM
There are many aftermarket grip options for the buckmark. I just went with a set of G-10 grips for mine. and here is a site that has wood grips that look pretty good.
http://www.kelleyarms.com/browning.htm

http://www.kelleyarms.com/images/Buckmark5.jpg

mdchambe
January 12, 2013, 06:29 PM
Lemann, is that a urx frame buckmark you've got? That seems to be the issue. I have yet to find anyone that makes wold grips for the smaller framed urx buckmarks.

Lemann
January 12, 2013, 06:35 PM
o sorry its not the URX. In that case I feel your pain.

itchy1
January 12, 2013, 09:03 PM
Buckmark or Mark II/III--you simply can't go wrong. Hopefully people will stop hoarding the ammo soon(so I can hoard some more:evil:).

MedWheeler
January 13, 2013, 12:03 AM
You're due for a single-action revolver. Since you already have a (double-action) revolver in .22LR, the new one should be in a centerfire chambering.

Pick one up in .357Magnum, and you can shoot the lesser-expensive .38 Special in it, too. The Ruger New Vaquero should be a good choice. Uberti makes 'em, too.

strange246
January 13, 2013, 03:25 PM
My favorite "plinkers" (some are carried too)

Ruger MKII
CZ75B or EAA Witness (I have both in 9mm and actually like the Witness more)
Makarov
1911
Ruger GP100 4"

g_one
January 14, 2013, 04:25 PM
The Remington 1911/22 is a great plinker. It's basically a spec 1911 scaled down about 25% in size, comes factory with an arched MSH, and is tons of fun to shoot.

Now, if your definition of "plinker" can be stretched a little... 30-30 BFR (http://www.magnumresearch.com/Firearms/Magnum-Research-3030-Win-Revolver-10-inch-Barrel.asp)

csa77
January 14, 2013, 05:12 PM
My vote would also be for the ruger MKIII or ruger 22/45. if not that then the browning buckmark.

mine has full volquartsen internals and a MKII hammer bushing, the mags drop free and the trigger is amazing. I plan on ordering the Majestic Arms target grips for it eventually

C0untZer0
January 14, 2013, 05:15 PM
I recently got a S&W Model 63

I think its great.

i know it's not a semi-auto but its still a great plinker IMO.

kbbailey
January 14, 2013, 07:25 PM
I saw a Browning 1911 .22 compact at my LGS. It certainly looks like a fun plinker. $599.00

gazpacho
January 14, 2013, 08:00 PM
Ruger 10/22 charger pistol.

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