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the "best" autoloading .22lr pistol?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by mdmcs1, Feb 14, 2006.

  1. mdmcs1

    mdmcs1 Member

    hello all!

    just a quick question:

    what is (in your opinion) the best .22LR pistol out there right now for a cheap price? i just want a fun plinker to play with

    let me know what all of ya think!

  2. Khornet

    Khornet Well-Known Member

    This gets thrashed out here a lot.

    for my money, best buy is a Ruger MkII or MkIII. Reliable, accurate, simple, affordable. Usable for match shooting if you ever get the bug.

    Others here favor Browning Buckmark, but I wasn't too impressed.

    Beretta has a futuristic gun called Neos which some here have liked.

    SIG/Hammerli makes the Trailside, probably a bit pricier than you want but a good gun.

    S&W 422 is a good basic plinker.

    Just my 2 cents. I'd go with the Ruger every time for what you seem to want.
  3. Frandy

    Frandy Well-Known Member

    I have and really like my Trailside. But, given your criteria, get a used or new Ruger MKI, MKII, or MKIII.

  4. EddieCoyle

    EddieCoyle Well-Known Member

    +2 on the Ruger. The can be found for less than $300 new and less than $200 used. It's a fun and accurate gun too.
  5. Kramer Krazy

    Kramer Krazy Well-Known Member

    I'd vote for a Ruger MkII, also.....I'm sure my wife would vote for a S&W 22A, like her 22A-1 with bull barrel.
  6. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Browning Buckmark Plus, without a doubt~!:uhoh: :D
  7. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

    I gotta vote for a Colt Woodsman, I paid $265 for mine. Good luck finding one as good as mine for that. Mine is about 40% blue but shoots like a house afire.
    I had a Ruger MKII and really liked it but with this Colt I was not shooting it so I sold it.
  8. EddieCoyle

    EddieCoyle Well-Known Member

    If I could find a decent Woodsman for $265, I'd sell my Ruger too.
  9. borrowedtime69

    borrowedtime69 Well-Known Member

    Ruger, Ruger , Ruger...

    Rugerger MK II only, 22/45's, i own three of them for very good reasons, they work, they last, theyre accurate.


    :neener: -Eric
  10. C-grunt

    C-grunt Well-Known Member

    Dont overlook the Walther. Its probably not as accurate as the Rugers, but it is smaller and lighter.
  11. backlash

    backlash Well-Known Member

    That Neos looks like it belongs in a space movie or something. I've shot one at the range several times. Fun to shoot, pretty accurate for a range rental that was dirty as fack too. My friend just bought one, picks it up on Tuesday :)
  12. island

    island Active Member

    Not to hijack, but doesn't anyone else find the Ruger's a pain to break down to clean?

    I've been looking at alternatives just for that reason....
  13. Black Majik

    Black Majik Well-Known Member

    Do you have a 1911? Get a Marvel .22 Kit for around $250.

    1911 goodness, 1911 fun, 1911 trigger, .22 costs :D

    For regular pistols the Ruger MkII and SIG Traislide are high on my list
  14. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

    The one thing that got me when they announced the MK III was their failure to make stripping simpler. Things like a button magazine release are nice, and a loaded chamber indicator pretty useless -- but easier stripping? I'd have bought an MK III if they had done that.
  15. carlrodd

    carlrodd Well-Known Member

    somebody mentioned walther....so what about it? my friend has a p22 and it's hella fun to shoot. we hit paper at 50 yards with it.
  16. mdmcs1

    mdmcs1 Member

    ok guys, i went and did it last night.....

    i picked up a Walther P22 with lazer... AND a Ruger MKIII Target.....

    i like them both, and the wife really wanted the P22

    now i just cant wait to go shoot them!
  17. mdmcs1

    mdmcs1 Member

    oh yes, and i do have a 1911a1... been thinking about that .22 converson also - does it work as well as i think it will? anyone got any experience with it?
  18. Black Majik

    Black Majik Well-Known Member

    Well, I do have a Marvel Unit, which is probably the best kit for the .22.

    I have had great luck with it. Its very accurate, its reliable with hotter loads and it just keeps shooting.

    I put the kit on my Colt Government frame, which has a trigger job done to it. The heavier steel frame with the .22 is an absolute joy too shoot. Very little recoil, great trigger, super accurate, what more can you ask for.

    It is pricier than the rest, but its for a good reason

    You wont be disappointed! :)
  19. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

    I really like my Colt Service Ace kit (1970s era with the famous or infamous floating chamber.) It will shoot right in there with my Ruger MK II.
  20. innerpiece9

    innerpiece9 member

    Im very interested in hearing how youre p22 works for you!
    Im considering one.

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