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What honestly is the best .22 for just practice and plinking around?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Lemon10, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. Lemon10

    Lemon10 Active Member

    Read good things about the MarkII, but are there any other options other than the Sig and the Walther?
  2. EGGMAN240

    EGGMAN240 Well-Known Member

  3. brin747

    brin747 Well-Known Member

    Ruger Mark Series
  4. chris in va

    chris in va Well-Known Member

    CZ Kadet. I've had two Ruger 22/45's and just couldn't get into them.
  5. Taurus_9mm

    Taurus_9mm Well-Known Member

    Personally I'm partial to the Ruger 22/45. It's extremely accurate, has good ergos and feeds and fires whatever I choose to run through it. :)
  6. cindynles

    cindynles Well-Known Member


    Buckmark cost about the same as the Ruger, but you can get aftermarket barrels for it. The ruger barrel/upper has the S/N and is considered the firearm.
  7. feudalson

    feudalson Well-Known Member

    ruger 22/45
  8. Milkmaster

    Milkmaster Well-Known Member

    Ruger Mark Series
  9. Spyvie

    Spyvie Well-Known Member


    I replaced the heavy 5" bull barell on my Camper with this 7" TacSol. $149 on sale and 15 minutes work. Great shooter before, incredible shooter now.

    The Heggis trigger spring flip is another easy mod.


    Nothing wrong with a Ruger, you just cant work on them.
  10. Craig M. Arnold

    Craig M. Arnold Well-Known Member

    Browning Buckmark.
  11. weisse52

    weisse52 Well-Known Member

    Ruger MK II.....I do mean a II.
  12. nachosgrande

    nachosgrande Well-Known Member

  13. Spyvie

    Spyvie Well-Known Member

    Yes, but they require profesional installation and an FFLs services.
  14. Redneck with a 40

    Redneck with a 40 Well-Known Member

  15. osteodoc08

    osteodoc08 Well-Known Member

    Well, the first question is if you want a new or used firearm.

    If you want new, I would strongly recommend the Ruger Mark III. I also recommend the Buckmark, but with hesitation. I had an aweful experience with my Buckmark standard. I had to send it back twice and then after need to send it off a third time, I gave up on it and traded it in. Also, many people forget about the Beretta Neos. All three of these are quality 22's. There have been some teething problems and questions raised about the zinc castings used for the mosquito and the P22. There is also the Model 41 if you wanna shell out some money... Lets us not forget about our wheelgun breatheren. Since this was posted in the autoloader section, I will not go there.

    If you want used, there are more plinkers than you can shake a proverbial stick at. There are High Standards, Ruger Mark series, Sig Trailsides, etc. Just cruise around Gunbroker to see one that catches you eye and then search about it here. You'll be sure to find the good, bad and ugly about them all.

    Since you are looking for "just practice and plinking around" You can't beat a Browning Buckmark Camper/Ruger Mark III Standard. Both should be under $300. Good luck and let us know.
  16. Plinkeriffic

    Plinkeriffic Well-Known Member

    Buckmark camper. Older models have what looks like a bull barrel with flat sides. Great balance. Mine has performed beyond reasonable expectations for an accurate, reliable plinking machine.

    I have not been good to it until recently, but the thing's 15 years old it's still the funnest arm I own.

    If you can hold it still, it goes where it's lined up. Factory sights are 'flat' pistol sights adjustable in clicks (no cheesy screws and hand adjustments). I honestly didn't know much about what I was getting when it was new; chose the design and safety functions I wanted and knew Browning was reputable. What a great purchase it has turned out to be! Can't speak for other kinds but Buckmark would be a very rewarding choice if mine is anything to go by.
  17. hessy

    hessy Well-Known Member

    Ruger 22/45 III. I picked mine stainless for $220 and never had any issues. Very reliable and accurate. Installed Majestic Arms kit and cleaning is a snap.
  18. maksim

    maksim Well-Known Member

    will be the first to say here.. S&W 22a.
  19. Fat Boy

    Fat Boy Well-Known Member

    H&R 999 Sportsman....:evil:
  20. searcher451

    searcher451 Well-Known Member

    It's awfully difficult to find something better than the Ruger Mark series for performance and reliability, day after day, range session after range session.

    That being said, don't overlook the early Colts. I bought a Challenger recently and am amazed at its accuracy and consistency, though I probably shouldn't be.

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