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.22 similar to Beretta Bobcat

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Ash_J_Williams, Oct 26, 2011.

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  1. Ash_J_Williams

    Ash_J_Williams member

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    I'm looking into a .22 auto, and I like the Bobcat, it's smaller than my current Pheonix and probably better made. Any suggestions for one similar to the Bobcat that I could find for a good price?
     
  2. Jim Watson

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    If you like the Bobcat, GET a Bobcat. It might cost a bit more than some knockoff but you will have a good quality name brand gun long after the bill is paidl.
     
  3. BossHogg

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    Just get a Bobcat and run CCI Mini-Mag and all will be good.

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    I've had mine for 20+ years and even qualified my CCW class with it.
     
  4. Ash_J_Williams

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    That's kind of the thing, many of the reviews I've read from previous owners cite them as unreliable using bulk ammo. If I want to practice with it, I don't want to be running through thousands of more expensive rounds.
     
  5. BossHogg

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    If it don't fire just tip the barrel up and pull out that bulk ammo round. I like the bulk ammo for revolvers. I shoot CCI Mini-Mag in all my auto's.
     
  6. Shadow 7D

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    That design is much copied, every thing from Taurus's to spanish pistol to *other* italian manufactures
     
  7. MedWheeler

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    The Phoenix, as you've probably noticed, is a fun shooter indeed. But I'm sure you've also noticed how heavy it is for it's size and caliber. If you really do like the Bobcat, but are set on getting a "not-Bobcat", the Taurus PT-22 might fill the bill. Reviews are mixed, and any gun that small (including the Bobcat) can be temperamental with bulk ammo, but the gun will either work, or will be made by Taurus to work if you tell them about it.
     
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    Taurus TP-22, but plan on using CCI Stingers or Mini-Mags.
     
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    [QUOTE Taurus TP-22,][/QUOTE] Mine went to factory 2 times was POS. I have 2 of the beretta's now Both mine shoot CCI Standard Velocity But reall like the mini mag best.

    Bulk ammo good for a revolver but not for a auto.
     
  10. pockets

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    I own both the Beretta 21A Bobcat and the Taurus PT22.
    My Bobcat cycles very well with cheap bulk CCI Blazer and Federal/Walmart-550-pack ammo. It cycles well with most bulk stuff, except Remington. It adores CCI Mini-Mags, 100% reliable function with them.
    On the other hand, my Taurus PT22 only cycles CCI Mini-Mags reliably. It balks at bulk.

    Both are a lot of fun as single-shots with Colibri ammo too. :)

    I like the Beretta better overall. It is SA/DA, has a nice trigger, and has smooth action.
    The Taurus is DAO and a bit rough out of the box. However, it's magazine holds one more round than the Beretta.

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    I was going to buy a Taurus TP-22 until I did my homeork on it. Generally more bad than good info on their reliability. Needless to say I steered clear of it and The Beretta's where just out of my price range. So... I bought a Phoenix HP-22a. It's been a perfect shooter from day one. No jams what so ever with any ammo used, even some 20 year old bulk stuff I found in my Dad had stashed. It's decent on accuratecy too.

    A very good pistol over-all in spite of the price.
     
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    I had a PT-22 that was actually extremely reliable, I tended to only shoot hi-velocity or stuff like the Aguila SSS and CCI/Aguila?Remington Stinger-style loads, which may have been what did it, but a lot of those regular hi-velocity cartridges were just Federal and Winchester bulk.

    I couldn't believe it either.
     
  13. Super Sneaky Steve

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    I thought I was the cheapest man alive but you take the cake. Try saving money by unplugging your microwave when not in use and buy some CCI ammo. It's still way cheaper than any center fire stuff.
     
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  15. Ash_J_Williams

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    I don't get what the big issue is, or why it seems so cheap or unreasonable.

    If you're firing thousands of rounds, that's going to add up. The difference between the bulk stuff and the better ammo is going to add up quickly over time. Pretty simple concept.
     
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    Worst case scenario, a .22LR pistol that doesn't run 100% reliably on the cheap stuff at the range allows you to practice failure drills. I wouldn't worry too much about it, in my experience a lot of .22LR autos can be touchy with the cheap stuff.
     
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