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Most reliable .22?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by sidheshooter, Jun 30, 2013.

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  1. 91/30

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    Cut my teeth on autoloaders with a Browning Buckmark. Imho you can't go wrong with that one.
     
  2. kokapelli

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    My Ruger SR22 has been flawless and a lot of fun to shot.

    My MKII is ok, but not 100% with all brands.

    My Walther P22 was pretty ammo sensitive.

    My Barretta was not very reliable at all.
     
  3. MCgunner

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    Mine shoots 2" at 25 yards with Federal bulk, doesn't frustrate me. It really isn't a target gun, though, your point I guess. However, it's light and somewhat hard to hit with off hand. That does kinda frustrate me. I do much better with my Mk 2 or my little Rossi revolver, a bit easier to control with the extra weight and, well, they're more accurate, too, which don't hurt. I do much better with the revolver and Federal bulk which shoots the same 2" off the bench. It's the added weight of the gun, I've concluded. THAT gun shoots tiny little 1" groups with the Federal automatch. For some reason, the Rossi really likes automatch. And, of course, being a revolver, it's reliable. I bought 1000 rounds of .22 short when I couldn't get anything else and have been plinking with the Rossi and my old bolt action Remington rifle with shorts. One does what one has to do in these times of scarcity.

    I finally found a round the SR22 chokes on, bulk pack Winchester, 333 round pack, I picked up at Midway USA via net last week. It is light, doesn't push the slide back far enough to cock the hammer or eject the spent case. I have the idea that all this Agilla subsonic I've been seeing available might not work to well in the gun, either. The bulk Winchester functions fine in my Mk 2, though, maybe because there's no hammer spring to work against? Don't know, but it functions fine. Might also be the added weight of the gun helps, but I don't limp wrist the SR22 and it works 100 percent with most HV loads including Winchesters that come in the plastic 100 round bulk packs that I got at Academy several months ago. I like the little SR22, but it challenges my patience when plinking. Makes a great fishing kit gun, though, very light and pocketable on fishing trips. Haven't taken any nutria with it, yet, but we've had a lot going on and I haven't taken the boat out since last year. That is my main purpose for the little gun, but plinking is also an activity. Just wish I could shoot the thing better. I'm working on it, but need a bulk pack of Federal as the little gun shoots that stuff the best. I hope the OP's assessment of the ammo situation is right. I have been seeing more ammo online, but it goes fast and much of it is limit of one per customer.
     
  4. the_skunk

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    22 ammo is strictly for plinking - I have a ruger 22/45 and it is a jam-a-matic, 22 hollowpoints lock up on the feed ramp, and the 22 cal rimfire is worthless. And you pay $350 for the ruger

    Ammo is expensive now - reliable CCI is harder to find than a 40 yr old virgin in Tijuana
     
  5. MCgunner

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    Well, I haven't been skunked with my Ruger and I paid $275 WITH the scope, mount, and rings. This thing is reliable even with the stuff that chokes my otherwise very reliable SR22 and it's a tack driver.

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  6. 22-rimfire

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    Gee wizz Skunk, are you opininated or what? 22 rimfire is an excellent small game caliber proven by 100 years of shooting. You might try copper washed solids in your 22/45 and see how it does. But I haven't run into a Ruger yet that is a jamamatic. If you are having lots of jams (I assume feeding issues), I would suggest you get another magazine and try again. Then try adjusting your present magazine. Be sure to clean the gun too while you're at it.

    All semi-auto 22's will jam at some point. Often it is because the gun is dirty.

    All I have shot in mine have been Federal Lightning/Champion (510B/510's). I feel sure that I will eventually find something it chokes on, but I have a lot of 510's and haven't really done ammo testing with it. It is a little hard to shoot well, which is kind of necessary for a hunting/survival gun. But it's nice and small and easy to carry.
     
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    I was quite happy with Federal 550 round bulk packs, but I don't think they make 'em anymore. I haven't seen a box in 15 walmarts I've been in in the past 8 months. I'm gettin' PISSED at the ammo situation.

    I bought this Winchester 333 round bulk pack out of desparation when it came available from Midway. The SR22 HATES it. Oh, well, the Mk 2 eats it like candy and I actually can hit things with it. LOL When someone at Federal decides to offer bulk pack Champion/Lightening again, I'll be all over them. Until then, the SR22 is in the safe. I'm determined to master that little fart!
     
  8. ColtPythonElite

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    I have 5 MK's and shoot them 2+ days a week. All I feed them is 36gr bulk, mostly Federal. Malfunctions are rare. I often go 1k+ round between cleaning.
     
  9. Tomcat47

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    Ruger Sr 22 - 100% reliable with everything I have put in it! It is at about 2000 on round count and very accurate. This has become my favorite 22 for now.. It goes with me everyday!

    I just bought a Sig Sauer 1911-22 and am very pleased with it so far... have not run enough rounds through it to say 100% reliable, but so far 100% with anything... under 200 rounds...

    Any of the Ruger Mk 1 2 or 3 or 22/45 have always been great accurate pistols in my experience and I have owned all of them. Still own a mark 2! I think these to be some of the most accurate 22 semis...

    Another good plinker I had great success with was the 422 and 622 Smith & Wessons... still have a 622

    Walther P22 was pretty decent, but as for me the Ruger SR 22 which replaced mine is twice the pistol the Walther was.

    Beretta Bobcat (pocket pistol that was 100% reliable)

    Others I like and have shot are the Bersa, Browning Buck mark, Beretta Cheetah, Beretta Neos... I am sure there are a lot I am not mentioning.. makes you realize they are a lot of good 22 autos on the market.... :)

    bannockburn I Do Love that 70S .... Sweet!
     
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    I'm reposting the OP to high-light a crucial piece of criteria.
     
  11. TennJed

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    I will suggest a 22 revolver also. For The size you are looking for I think the new Ruger SP101 in 22 would be perfect (or maybe even a ruger bearcat). I hate to try to steer this toward revolvers, but if reliability is what you want well..............
     
  12. 22-rimfire

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    Me too. But when you start having jamming issues, first thing to do is clean the gun. Then I begin to pay close attention to the ammunition and start switching around to see if there is a preference.

    The only one that I put up with jamming is a High Standard Victor that I have owned for a long time. It seems to prefer copper washed ammunition (essentially I think it chokes on the lube after a while).
     
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    Well, one thing about the SR22 is it's easy to strip for cleaning. I don't bother with my Mk2, just clean what I can with the bolt locked back.
     
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    I have been confusing this thread with the other 22 thread that is going on right now. Thanks for the reminder Danez71. The hunting part is not one of the criteria.

    I willl have to go with the Ruger SR22P as my recommendation when considering price and functionality.
     
  15. Walt Sherrill

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    A lot of these guns are RELIABLE. The problem is often the ammo, which is much less reliable than the weapons in which it is used. As someone above suggested, start trying different brands to see which works best.

    Which ammo is MOST reliable? Not the bargain stuff, to be sure.
     
  16. jrdolall

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    For reliability I have to go with my Ruger MKII as it handles all ammo well. The Buckmark will jam on some cheap bulk ammos but a new spring might solve that issue. I have a Phoenix HP22 that meets the size criteria and is pretty darned reliable. I probably have 1,000 rounds through it with zero problems to date but it will not handle sub sonics. After 2 days I went on Youtube and figured out how to get around the magazine safety lock and it made the gun a favorite range gun. Fairly accurate, cheap and "feels good" in my hand.
    I have a couple of revolvers that fit the criteria in that they are slightly smaller than the Browning and Ruger and will, of course shoot anything I have ever put in them.
     
  17. MIgunguy

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    Beretta 71 or 70S
     
  18. CajunBass

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    I'll second this one. My experience exactly. The Firestorm my wife had was a good little gun if you didn't mind shooting CCI mini mags. We didn't.
     
  19. Shmackey

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    Once you get past the real .22lr stinkers (I'm looking at you, Walther), reliability problems are usually related to junk ammo (I'm looking at you, Remington), the nature of the rimfire cartridge itself, or a filthy gun.

    You might also encounter a gun that runs like a sewing machine with ammo types A, B, and C but won't run with D. If so, you need to decide if that gun is "reliable." The only .22 semiauto pistols I've ever owned that gobbled up every kind of ammo, no matter what, were Rugers.
     
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    Most people are comfortable with A, B, or C and eliminate D. Yeah... I feel the same way about Walther, and Remingtion ammunition has had its ups and downs. The Sig Mosquito had it share of problems too but I don't know if they ever worked them out.

    I still shoot Golden Bullets but mostly in non-semi autos. The new and improved golden bullets seem to be more reliable that past bulk packs. If one has to choose one ammo, I almost always say CCI copper washed HV's.
     
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