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Favorite .22 Pistol?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by PawDaddy, Feb 5, 2004.

  1. PawDaddy

    PawDaddy Well-Known Member

    I am thinking about a new .22 and would like your opinions. I have owned a Ruger MKII and a S&W 422, but traded both off. I didn't like the way they balanced.
  2. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    It might be worth you while to think about barrel weights.
  3. Nick1911

    Nick1911 Well-Known Member

    I'm partial to the feel of my Browning Buckmark, might try handleing one in a store sometime.
  4. RightIsRight

    RightIsRight Well-Known Member

    I am with Nick. My Browning Buckmark is sweet. It points well for me, shoots better than I can aim it (which ain't sayin much) and is reliable as all get out.
  5. Craig M. Arnold

    Craig M. Arnold Well-Known Member

    Browning Buckmark

    Another vote for the Buckmark. I have two of them and they are great. I think the best bang for the buck in .22lr. Very accurate and I have never had a jam in either one of mine and one has over 15,000 rounds through it!!!
  6. Nick96

    Nick96 Well-Known Member

    The Ruger .22 autos come in a variety of shapes, sizes & weights:

    - Standard "Luger" cant grip.
    - 1911 type grip.
    - Blue & stainless finishes.
    - Tapered & bull barrels in a variety of lengths.
    - Numerous fixed, adjustable, optic, lazer & scope sight options.
    - Numerous grip options.
    - Refined trigger accessories.

    And these are all "off the shelf" type items. Add to that custom work that is available from several gunsmiths.

    I can't imagine you couldn't find one that feels good to you. Certainly more options & accessories than ANY other .22 auto in production.

    About the only negative is they all utilize a common action - enclosed bolt & internal striker type hammer. If you are looking for an exposed hammer, DA/SA or DAO trigger or a traditional slide set up - you'll have to look elsewhere. Like a center fire to rim fire conversion kit (many of which don't work too well) or .22 versions of centerfire pistols (generally pretty expensive). The Browning Buckmarks are great pistols - but they are basically a 1930's design - with options and available accessories far more limited than the Rugers.
  7. WonderNine

    WonderNine member

    I like the Ruger MKII in the 6.5" barrel length with a standard barrel not the target one and the Ruger Single Six. I haven't shot a Bearcat, but they look neat, only you can't shoot .22 magnums out of it.
  8. 9x19

    9x19 member

    Browning Buckmarks for me as well.

    The 4" Micro just sits right in the palm and points very natural for me.

    The 5.5" Standard has just enough muzzle heaviness to be noticeable.

    The 5.5" Target is more muzzle heavy, as preferred by a number of Bullseye shooters.

    The 10" Shilhouette has a wooden fore-end for a reason! :D
  9. HandGunsR4Me

    HandGunsR4Me New Member

    Colt Woodsman

    I've owned and shot other 22s but I still like my Woodsman the best.:D
  10. BamBam-31

    BamBam-31 Well-Known Member

    I'm with Nick96. The Rugers offer so many different configurations, it's hard to believe you can't find one that balances well in you hand. There's also more aftermarket stuff for Rugers than you can shake a stick at.

    It's cheap, more accurate than me, and a hoot to shoot. I like mine:

  11. Sig P210-7. OTherwise, I really like my Browning Buckmark. Great gun for the money, reliable and accurate, super light trigger. Kind of a pain to clean though.
  12. PawDaddy

    PawDaddy Well-Known Member

    The Ruger that I had was the 4" version of the standard MKII. My son has a six inch 22/45 and it does balance better, but I really do not like the grip. My friend just bought one of the new Baretta's and it feels okay. I might just look at the six inch MKII. They are sweet shooting guns.

    I have and old High Standard .22 revolver that my dad gave me when I was a kid. It has had thousands of rounds through it and I hate to keep shooting it and completely wear it out.
  13. DougCxx

    DougCxx Well-Known Member

    What did you not like about the balance?
    -If the guns were too nose-heavy and you were mounting optics anyway, then you can maybe mount the optics back over the end of the gun. I have fired one Mk II with a field scope set up like this and while it was a bit bulky, I did like the way it felt more than mine did (that has a red-dot mounted on a generic drill/tap weaver rail, a bit forward).
    ....I find that most typical field guns are balanced about right with a small/thin barrel, but when you add a long and/or thick barrel they end up way too nose-heavy.
  14. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Hey-Hey Hey Paw Daddy,

    My favorite .22 LR caliber self-loader might surprise you;
    cuz now days its gett'in kind'a rare:

    Colt Match Target Woodsman

    Best Wishes,
    Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member
  15. mete

    mete Well-Known Member

    Remington rolling block, but unfortunetly they haven't made it for 100years.
  16. ReadyontheRight

    ReadyontheRight Well-Known Member

    Another vote for the Browning Buckmark.
  17. DougCxx

    DougCxx Well-Known Member

    I think the problem with recommending an old gun is twofold:
    1) people unfamiliar with it will worry that something disastrous will be wrong with the one they purchase and it will be expensive or not possible to fix, and-
    2) if the gun was so great to begin with, then why aren't they still being made?....
  18. Smoke

    Smoke Well-Known Member

    Put me solidly in the Ruger Camp.

    Single Six in .22/.22wmr


    I just traded a MarkII for a 22/45. Best thing I ever did. I hate the cant to the MarkII grip. 22/45 feels good.
  19. Beav

    Beav Well-Known Member

    I've got a Ruger that I am very happy with.

    With that said I've always wanted a Browning Buckmark Bullseye. With the Rosewood grips and the fluted barrel I thinks its one of the best looking guns out there.
  20. cratz2

    cratz2 Well-Known Member

    I don't like any of the sub $400 Smith... and I have nothing against Smith 7 Wesson.

    The Rugers are nice guns but I wish they'd make the 22/45 in an all steel version. Of the Rugers, I like the 4.5" bull barrel guns the best... They balance the best for me. I'm told the longer tapered barrels are nice as well but have never shot one. The long bull barrel guns are nice for taming recoil (ha! recoil in a heavy barrel 22 pistol!) but they start feeling pretty muzzle heavy after too few shots.

    Honestly, I have more experience with Smith & Wesson and Dan Wesson revolvers and 1911 and CZ conversion units.

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