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Best rimfire handgun?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Mastrogiacomo, Oct 18, 2003.

  1. Mastrogiacomo

    Mastrogiacomo Well-Known Member

    I've been looking for a good target gun that won't break me but still be a lot of fun. Easier said than done. The guns I've considered are the Walther P22, S&W 617 (if I can find a used) and Ruguer SP101. Suggestions? Massachusetts doesn't allow for much so I'm probably limited.
  2. Wild Bill

    Wild Bill Well-Known Member

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  3. semf

    semf member

    I'm a big fan of Ruger MK I or II. If you look for used, which is about all I buy, they can be found for about $150 new I think they are less than $250.
  4. farscott

    farscott Well-Known Member

    A Few Suggestions

    1) Used S&W M41. Should be less than $500 for one of the great American target pistols.

    2) Used S&W M17 (K-22 Masterpiece). Should be around $300. The older M17's (and pre-Model revolvers) do not have the full-lug barrel and have great balance. My two samples are my favorite rimfires -- and my most shot guns.

    3) Used S&W M18 (K-22 Combat Masterpiece). Also around $300. This is the same revolver as the M17, only with a four-inch barrel and a ramp front sight.
  5. Mastrogiacomo

    Mastrogiacomo Well-Known Member

    I was just talking with someone earlier about how nice the Mark IIs are but they seem to be a pain trying to take them apart. I also had trouble trying to release the mag -- kept looking for the release button where they was none...:eek: All in all, a nice gun but I think I want something more user friendly. The S&W (used) is a good option.
  6. sch40

    sch40 Well-Known Member

    I'm a bit of a novice, so bear with me...
    Why would you prefer a rimfire handgun over a center-fire? Especially if you plan on using it for target shooting? :confused:

  7. hansolo

    hansolo Member In Memoriam

    Another vote for the Ruger MKII. The grip angle approximates a 1911 if you want to train your muscle memory... it's about as malfunction-free as anything ever made, and, if you pull the trigger as fast as you can, it gives the "full-auto" rush.:cool:....not that we law-abiding civilian shooters would WANT to have that much fun...:neener:
  8. Mastrogiacomo

    Mastrogiacomo Well-Known Member

    This would be a target gun for the range. I have three Beretta 9mm (one to my Dad now) so it's not for self-defense. The ammo in the .22 would be cheaper so I can work on my skills.

    BTW -- for those recommending the Mark II -- how long does it take to learn how to take apart the gun and put it together -- and could you learn that on your own without help?
  9. SnWnMe

    SnWnMe Well-Known Member

    A 617 will shoot circles around the other guns on your list all day.

    Of course if you ask for the BEST rimfire, it's the Model 41. Keep it happy with standard vel ammo.
  10. Sheldon

    Sheldon Well-Known Member

    With all the Berettas, you ever consider getting one of them 22lr conversion kits for them? I got one for one my 92FS and just love it. I have it setup semi-permanently on one and switch between the two when I start to flinch from the recoil. Bad thing is they usually go for around $270 and for that kind of money you can get a whole Ruger MKII 22. I was very fortunate to find one for $180 and am glad I jumped on it.

    I have three of the Ruger MKIIs and love them as well. You can learn to take them apart easily. Do not let that scare you from getting one.
    Here is a thread from the RimfireCentral.com board about that very subject.
    Thread about MKII takedown and reassembly.
  11. Mastrogiacomo

    Mastrogiacomo Well-Known Member

    I had considered the kit but decided I wanted a different gun for that than using my Beretta. So far, I'm leaning to the S&W 41 or used 617.
  12. VictorLouis

    VictorLouis Guest

    I echo that sentiment....:D
  13. Hkmp5sd

    Hkmp5sd Well-Known Member

    The Ruger Mk1s and Mk2s are good rimfire guns. Another possibility for really good accuracy is a Ruger Single-Six .22LR/.22WMR with a 6.5" or 9.5" barrel. I have the 6.5" and love it.
  14. ACP

    ACP Well-Known Member

    My NIB M41 went back to S&W TWICE for the same problem -- failure to feed more than one round at a time -- before I sold it and took a bath. Never had any problems with my S&W M17.
  15. Longbow

    Longbow Well-Known Member

    I recommend S&W 41 or Browning Buckmark 5.5(?) Field (the one with a bull barell and sights shroud).
  16. P95Carry

    P95Carry Moderator Emeritus

    Hkmp5sd - ditto re the single six 6 1/2 .... I love mine too .... :)

  17. Mastrogiacomo

    Mastrogiacomo Well-Known Member

    Are the single six had to use? I've never used a gun where the barrel came out completely...just S&W guns so far.
  18. Hkmp5sd

    Hkmp5sd Well-Known Member

    Do you mean cylinder? It takes about 2 seconds to swap the cylinders. Very simple.
  19. Mastrogiacomo

    Mastrogiacomo Well-Known Member

    I'm tired, can't you tell? :eek: Yes, the cylinder. I've never experienced a gun where the cylinder came out completely. It's "simple?" I like the gun actually and thought of getting one. My father is a big Clint Eastward cowboy film fan so I'm sure he'd take to it quickly too. :D

    BTW -- isn't that barrel a bit much? Does it add a lot of weight or does it have good balance? I've never handed anything in a 4" revolver. I wonder about the 5 1/2 though...is six better for accuracy?
  20. P95Carry

    P95Carry Moderator Emeritus

    Mastro ... yep .. cyl change is a snap ... pretty easy.
    As for weight ........ well this is in scale a smaller gun ... it is not overall quite as large (or heavy) as you might think.

    For me ... the 6 1/2 tube is just fine .. weight penalty not noticeable really and the bonus on accuracy is well worth that anyways. It points well - and shoots well.

    If I were to find a downside I guess it is the one all or most S/A's suffer .. loading gate and a rather tedious load and unload process ... that aside ... it is great!

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