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Browning Buckmark .22? To buy or not to buy

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Headless, Dec 18, 2006.

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  1. Headless

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    So i went to buy ammo for the weekend range run on friday, and in the case (which is getting sparser by the day :() at the sports authority, i see a Browning Buckmark .22 autoloader with a bullish looking barrell, selling on clearance for 229$. Should i buy it? :) I've owned a S&W 22A and was a bit dissapointed when i first got it at how finicky it was at digesting some bulk ammo (remington + federal)... is the buckmark happier? :) Is 229$ a reasonable price for a new store bought buckmark?
     
  2. Steve C

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    The Buckmark is a great .22. I have 2, a standard and a target model. You won't be sorry if you get it.
     
  3. stevelyn

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    Doooood:what: ................ $229 is an excellent price. I can't find them for less than $250.

    Oh yeah, they have great triggers.
     
  4. Ala Dan

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    Buy

    As stated previously, the Browning BuckMark is an excellent .22LR pistol.
    I wouldn't hesitate recommending them too anyone;and you have found
    a "steal of a good deal"~!:cool: ;) :D
     
  5. HornsKeith

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    The Buckmarks are excellent .22's. Mine is accurate, has a great trigger, and digests even the cheap stuff without so much as a hiccup. I bet you'll like it.
     
  6. Headless

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    oh man, i totally bought it :D Thanks guys!! :D The guys there remembered me from when i bought my 642 up there. Turns out sports authority is closing out ALL of their firearms, none will be there as of 2 months from now, and less than 20 stores now sell handguns. No hi-viz sights though. 5.5" I noticed there doesn't appear to be a sight rail; is it not possible to equip the buckmark with a scope? I did some searches but haven't seen any pics of one with a scope. I saw a site with an automatic mag loader for the buckmark; does anyone know anything about these? Do they work? I only got one mag with this one, but it's the bull barrell model :)
     
  7. HornsKeith

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    I have the Ultimate Cliploader, and it's pretty good. It'll drop in the first nine in a second or so, though I'm still working to get it to load the 10th. If I'm lazy, I'll just shoot nine per clip.

    There are a couple of hi viz sights out there that should screw right on.
     
  8. Headless

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    Thanks for the info, Keith. I think i may have to get one of those :) And some extra mags (only came with one).
     
  9. Ilovemyglock

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    A great buy!!

    Browning have hi-viz front sights for the Buckmark, they are the same height as the stock front sight.....Got mine direct from browning for $40
    Some other companys sell copycats of the hi-vis....you will be happy with the one made for the buckmark.
     
  10. Headless

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    thanks glock! :D I'm excited. I took two of my friends (a good friend and his girlfriend) out to the range this weekend and showed them some of my guns; they had never fired handguns before. Got them started on the remington 597 .22LR rifle, then moved to the s&w model 22a, then let them have a crack at my 9mm 4" s&w 659 and my 642 .38spl...and by then, he was asking to try some +P 38's :D awesome. I sold the 22a to my brother so the buckmark is going to take it's place :)
     
  11. 1911user

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    You can buy a scope rail that replaces the top rail.

    I'd shoot it for awhile before deciding you must have fiber optic sights. It's a nice plinking pistol that will eat almost any 22LR ammo and can be fairly accurate.
     
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    Tactical Solutions makes an excellent scope rail for the BM as well as some other accesories. I believe the even make a scope rail that includes integrated open sights as well. (you may need to call and ask about the integrated rail as I don't think they have it posted on their site yet). I bought their original rail about 2 years ago for $29. Also I bought a HiViz brand front site IIRC for about $24 but it wasn't from Browning.

    Do you know exactly which model you have?
     
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    Geez, I'm sorry you don't like your brother, families should be close at Christmas time:rolleyes:
     
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    I think you'll find that to be true with any gun you put it in. Sometimes the bulk .22 ammo is just bad.
     
  15. Headless

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    Hi Geezer, thanks for the input.
    It's the Buckmark Standard -
    http://www.browning.com/products/catalog/firearms/images/051397l.jpg

    http://www.browning.com/products/catalog/firearms/detail.asp?value=006B&cat_id=051&type_id=397

    5.5" barrel, slab side bull barrel with adjustable rear sights.

    Re: the 22A, my brother really likes it :) He's planning on having 2 barrels, one with a red dot scope and one with hi-viz sights on it. He likes how easy it is to strip down... He over-lubes the crap out of it and when paired with the right ammo, it's not too bad. It just frustrates me to get 1-2 FTF or FTE's in every 2 mags and i am hoping the buckmark will be better.
     
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    You will love the Buckmark. Put a tiny drop of Medium Loctite on the 2 top screws.
    Get the Ultimate Loader. There is a screw at the base that you adjust so all 10 rounds load. They come with good directions.
    With the Mag Loader, you don't really need an extra mag.
     
  17. Headless

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    awesome, thanks johnnyc. You've convinced me, i'll order the mag loader when i get my bonus this week, instead of another mag :) By medium loctite, you mean, blue threadlock style loctite yeah? The answer would be obvious if i had the gun already since i'd know if i'd need to take those out at any point..i think the only loctite i have is serious high temp, super high strength permanent stuff.
     
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    I put A Tactical Solutions 10 1/2 inch fluted barrel on my BM. Used their rail and a BSA holo sight. This gun really is a tackdriver now.:D
     
  19. HornsKeith

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    800+ rounds through mine, and not a single FTE or FTF. Much of that was the cheap stuff, too. Not bad for a .22.
     
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    Yes, the blue stuff.
    Another tip. Don't bother field stripping it for cleaning, maybe only once every 3000 rounds or so. I lock the slide back and clean everything I can reach with a brush, rag, and Q-tip. Then I lube all those same places. Every now and again I use plastic-safe spray cleaner in the hard-to-reach trigger areas.
    Enjoy it!
     
  21. wally

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    +1 to the Ultimate Clip loader and don't take it apart until absolutely necessary. I'd thought the Ruger MKII or 22/45 were the biggest PITA to disassemble and re-assemble until I got a Buckmark. Two different sized hex head wrenches required and several easy to lose small parts and a small spring held in by the right side grip panel, what were they thinking?

    As to the S&W M22A, its the .22 pistol I shoot best and other than some misfires that developed for which I had to return it to S&W, it has no trouble with any of the cheap bulk pak ammo, but then neither does the Buckmark.

    --wally.
     
  22. model 649

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    BUY IT. Very good price. If I could reach the trigger I'd have two by now.
    Josh
     
  23. Headless

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    Thanks very much for all the input guys. I'm stoked :) Range time this weekend! What are you guys favorite rounds easily buyable in bulk (factory) for reliability?
     
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    If you can find any...Winchester Dyna-Points.
     
  25. New_geezer

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    I really haven't had any problem with any ammo in mine, Remington golden bullet, bulk federal, Winchester, Personally I like the Dynapoints too.

    The first time you take the gun all the way down (and I agree it's not something you have to do often). I suggest doing it inside a clear plastic bag. The recoil spring is held onto the recoil rod by a tiny "C" clip. It is very easy for this C clip to launch off into never never land to join up with the lost socks the dryer ate. IF you do lose the little "C", it is not the end of the world - it is not absolutely necessary. It will take patience and strong nimble fingers to hold the recoil spring back and get the end of the recoil rod properly situated into the plastic buffer. (you might be convinced the rod is too long but persevere it will all fit once properly seated.) If you have to do this, use some double sided tape to hold the plastic buffer in place against the rear post. The blue locktite on the rear screw of the sight base is pretty much a must do for all BMs.
     
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