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Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Antihero, Aug 9, 2020.

  1. Antihero

    Antihero Member

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    Finally got back into the 22lr club with a kind of impulse buy Buckmark camper 5.5 inch barrel today.

    Seems to like high velocity stuff more than standard so far, what's everyone's favorite?

    Kinda surprised to see that not a lot of people make nice leather holsters for them though
     
  2. DairyVet

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    Mine hasn’t been too picky on what it eats so far. I haven’t done any benched accuracy tests, but it keeps hitting what I aim at so I don’t feel the need to sort through a pile of different ammo to find its “favorite “.

    Agree holster options are severely limited. I’d like a kydex paddle for mine and haven’t found anything.
     
  3. MrShooter

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    Not sure about the buck mark, but my ruger 22/45 took about 2,000 rounds to be really broken in, now she shoots cheap ammo without any problems.
     
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  4. warnerwh

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    Mine isn't picky either. I've put about every type of cheap ammo through it and accuracy is very good. First group I ever fired was 1.5" at 25 yards from a make do rest. It was used so it was already sighted in already but I always check. Also I go through at least two bricks before I clean it but I could shoot more before cleaning. There's some people saying their Buckmarks need to be cleaned regularly but in my case it isn't so.
     
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  5. chicharrones

    chicharrones needs more ammo

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    I bought my Buckmark Camper used, so it was already broken in. It cycles just about anything.

    I put a cheapo red dot on it and it shoots as well as I can see. I haven't tried to shoot tiny targets with my Buckmark, therefore I haven't done a "best accuracy" ammo test with the gun.

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  6. Mauser lover

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    I shoot the Blazer 500 round packs at it seems to like them. The 525 round loose packs seem not quite as good. I shoot it at steel challenge matches, and it has never choked on the Blazer in the 500 round packs, but it has choked on the 525 round loose pack ammo. As well as Golden Bullets.
     
  7. stevebla

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    Good guns. Should shoot most ammo reliably. Check the rail screws for tightness if you have issues. Trigger reset or stove pipes. Get a spare recoil guide rod assembly $15, c clips, lock washers for rail, and an aftermarket extractor.
    https://www.midwestgunworks.com/page/mgwi/prod/B5150065
     
  8. sean m

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    I've shot Remington Thunderbolts in my Buckmark Camper for almost 20 years. Have the occasional failure to feed, but it's been to not cleaning the gun for several thousand rounds.
     
  9. chicharrones

    chicharrones needs more ammo

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    Mine loves Winchester Super-X (I've probably fired about 20K of those,) and the older Remington Vipers (not the newer garbage Remington is pushing out the door.) These days, it's Winchesters or CCI.
     
  11. Nuclear

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    Mine will function with anything but subsonic rounds. However, it is most accurate with the faster rounds, like CCI mini mags. Yours may (probably will) differ.
     
  12. bannockburn

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    No Buckmarks in my stable but all of my .22s like Wolf Match Target, CCI MiniMags, and CCI SV.
     
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  14. Cary Turpin

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    Love my Buckmark. I bought a DeSantis Woodsman holster from Midway for less than $30. Mine is leather and the fit and finish are very good. Take a look and see what you think.
     
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  15. bassjam

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    My Buckmark is pretty reliable with both HV and SV rounds, though I know I probably put 1500 rounds of Golden Bullets through it before it ever saw any standard velocity rounds. I've never bench-shot it to see what it likes, but standing and holding it against a tree trunk I can pretty reliably hit a 4" gong at 50 yards.

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  16. Antihero

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    That's exactly what I'm looking for, thanks!
     
  17. Cary Turpin

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    I am very pleased with mine. A quality leather holster at that price is great value.
     
  18. wiscoaster

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    My Buckmark cycles everything OK. Most accurate with Federal Hunter Match.
     
  19. Tallball

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    Mine will eat anything but "pointy" hollow points. It is so much more accurate than I am that it doesn't seem to matter what ammo I use.

    Due in part to its generous adjustable sights and excellent trigger, on most days I can shoot my Buck Mark better than any of my other handguns. Every once in a while it will be my K22 instead.

    Yeah, keep an eye on the two Allen screws at the top that hold it together. The can loosen up on you. I finally put clear nail polish on them.

     
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  20. Dudemeister

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    Love mine. I bought it brand new in '90, and have put unknown thousands of rounds through it. I changed the original grips to wood ones with thumb rest, and over the years I had replaced the top strap with a rail, and added a red dot, but eventually I went back to the default strap but with William Fire-Sights. It eats anything you toss at it, it not picky, just hungry.

    Here it is, next to its companion. They're inseparable, both go to the range at the same time.

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  21. toivo

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    Just a heads-up -- Browning calls that part the "sear spring," and I recommend picking up a few of them if you want to try the flip. It's more of an art than a science, and you might find you need to tweak the spring a bit to get it right. I advise taking out the spring that's in there and putting it aside for safekeeping, and then using another spring for the flip.

    Don't try to go too light, or you can have issues. Add an over-travel adjustable trigger if you don't already have one, and you'll have a great-shooting, very accurate pistol.
     
  22. Spats McGee

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    I don't own one, but Buckmarks show up in every 'suggest a .22 pistol' thread, and their owners routinely rave about them. Congratulations and I hope it serves you well.
     
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  23. Armorer 101

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    The old Buckmark Silhouette models are a real nice piece of work. I had a Silhouette 10” and a Silhouette Target model 5”, both with rails, hooded adjustable rear and front sights, with laser engraved wood grips and bull match barrels. I still have the 5” which has a Gilmore 2 MOA dot on it. My farm has two ponds and so far the 5” gun has done a good job of snake and turtle control. They both shot or shoot Federal Classic HV (copper) and PMC Target standard velocity (wax - lead), CCI Green Tag & Mini Mag. For competition, I used Federal Gold Medal Ultra Match, now long discontinued, but it shoots exceedingly well if you can find any of it.
    I have a holster I designed for a handgun with a scope, that covers the gun and scope. The company that made the holster is to my knowledge, now out of business.
     
  24. mgmorden

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    Congrats on the pickup. I like mine, though it had a ton of teething problems at first. It's working 100% now though.
     
  25. Mosin Bubba

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    Mine eats everything I feed it and is more accurate than I am. I don't know how much more you could ask from a 22 pistol.
     
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