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Most reliable .22?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by sidheshooter, Jun 30, 2013.

  1. sidheshooter

    sidheshooter Well-Known Member

    Now that .22lr seems to be coming back online slowly, but surely, I am considering a plinking .22. I'd like it to be smaller than buckmark/Ruger ii-iii and bigger than 21/PT22. Thoughts on a piece that won't frustrate too much at the range, assuming ammo at the CCI HV level?

    Thanks in advance for the opinions.
  2. ID-shooting

    ID-shooting Well-Known Member

    My Ruger Standard bring a smile to my face every time.
  3. arizona98tj

    arizona98tj Well-Known Member

    Sig Mosquito. No idea how well they perform.
  4. 243winxb

    243winxb Well-Known Member

    Adjustable sights on a Ruger MK 1
  5. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Well-Known Member

    The Ruger SR22P is kind of fun, but it may frustrate you if you are expecting to shoot 1" groups at 25 yds. But it is a fine little pistol.

    The Sig Mosquito had issues when they first came out and I haven't paid much attention to them since. But they are a nice package.

    CZ 75 (I believe that's offered in 22LR), is one that I would like to pickup, but they are pricey.

    I have a Ruger Mark II that does pretty much what I need done. Keep wanting to buy a Ruger 22/45 with a bull barrel, but that hasn't happened. But it is about the same size as the Mark III but with a 1911 grip angle.

    Whether any of these is "most reliable" is another question.
  6. danez71

    danez71 Well-Known Member

    In the size your looking Id say a SR22 and Bersa 22.

    I have both and like them both. The Bersa is built on the 380 platform. (over built)

    My SR22 is an ammo eater. 100% with all ammo Ive tried.

    My Bersa (Firestorrm model actually) have been 100% with CCI mini mag and Blazer but not so much with the really cheap stuff. Others, such as Aarondgraham, has had good luck with the cheap stuff too.
  7. Eb1

    Eb1 Well-Known Member

    Any action other than automatic.

    Read your post other than the entry topic.

    The 4" Buckmark would be my pick if they still make them, but I'd have to go with the Bersa if you want smaller. I do not own one, but I own a 380 Thunder from Bersa, and I could not be happier. I do plan on owning a .22 LR Bersa for training if .22 LR ammo becomes more available.
  8. osteodoc08

    osteodoc08 Well-Known Member


    There are also different sizes for the Ruger Mk line.
  9. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

    I have four Ruger MKII's, and a CZ Kadet, and all function flawlessly except for the occasional dud round when I use bulk ammo. I never get a malfunction with CCI stuff, however. .22's can be very reliable with good ammo.
  10. tubeshooter

    tubeshooter Well-Known Member

    From what you've posted and as some others have responded - a Bersa/Firestorm .22 that isn't picky is what you're describing.

    Trouble is, nobody can guarantee that yours won't be picky. Most seem to like CCI (MiniMag/Blazer) fine, and curiously many like Remington Golden Bullet. Past that, all bets are off. Things may improve with use over time.

    Fortunately mine is easy to please. I like it, but knowing the finicky nature of the model I don't usually recommend it to others. If a .22 won't shoot most any common bulk, that's a big minus in my book (occasional individual exceptions notwithstanding).

    The other route I would recommend is to get a Buckmark and then get the shortest aftermarket barrel I could find, or one from the Micro model. That might end up being a bit more $ than you wanted to put into this, though (understandable). Good luck, whatever you decide.
  11. Olympus

    Olympus Well-Known Member

    The Ruger SR22 and Walther P22 are both excellent guns that will fit your criteria.
  12. Fishbed77

    Fishbed77 Well-Known Member

    My Ruger Mark III is just as reliable as my brother's Single Six or my father's Bearcat. The only time any of them ever fail to operate is when the primer fails to ignote, and that's an ammo issue, not a firearm malfunction.
  13. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    For me the most reliable small to medium frame semi-auto is my Beretta Model 70S. It has provided exemplary service with every brand of .22LR ammo available for well over 20years now. It is capable of very decent accuracy (primarily with CCI MiniMags), and has been my favorite choice as a kit gun on many a walk through the woods.
  14. usp9

    usp9 Well-Known Member

    My suggestions;
    The new Walther Arms PPK/S
    Bersa T22
    One of the Walther PP series, (German made).
    My personal favorite; Daewoo DP52
    Both the Mosguito and P22 were a disappointment.
    Old Beretta 948, 70s series. Excellent pistols.
  15. tuj

    tuj Well-Known Member

    Pardini SP. There's a reason you see these almost exclusively in the Olympic rapid fire event.

    My Ruger MKII and MKIII are also really reliable, but the Pardini is even better.
  16. Schwing

    Schwing Well-Known Member

    One that doesn't come up much is the Beretta Neos. It is about the size of a buckmark but is much less expensive. Mine will eat any ammo I put in it. I don't like the site but a $50 red dot fit the bill for me. It has some different features like right hand magazine ejection button and it looks like a laser tag gun but it is really fun to shoot and is extremely inexpensive. They also make a carbine conversion kit for it. It is really cool but costs around $250.
  17. tubeshooter

    tubeshooter Well-Known Member

    If you are willing to spend the $ and can find one... the Beretta 70-series are very well regarded and would be a good pick for what the OP is describing. I always tend to forget about them.

    I don't believe they are available new anymore, although I could be mistaken.
  18. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member


    The Beretta Model 70S was discontinued in 1985, being replaced in the line-up by the Model 87 Cheetah in 1986. This is my Model 70S which has been well protected for many years by Ron Mahovsky's SS Chromium Metalife hard chrome finish.
  19. almherdfan

    almherdfan Well-Known Member

    Ruger SR-22 fills that role for me very well.
  20. tubeshooter

    tubeshooter Well-Known Member

    Thanks, bannockburn - for both the clarification info and the picture. Beautiful gun!

    The model 87 (non-target) was also well-regarded. Either would be good for the OP. I'm sure they both cost a pretty penny...

    Looks like they still make the model 87 Target, but I think it is larger than what the OP was looking for. Also not nearly as handsome of a gun, IMO.

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