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Arfrsairbrush
09-09-2012, 10:05 PM
Im wondering what is the best .22 plinker out there for target shooting... Im looking for something that preforms well and looks good. Ive heard a lot of negative feedback about the sig mosquito and soso feedback about the ruger sr22... I dont mind other style pistols, but i am looking for something that wont break the bank. Any sugestions would be great, thanks

.45 ftw!
09-09-2012, 10:13 PM
I've had a Ruger MKii 22/45 for years and it's awesome. Very fun, reliable, accurate. I bought the wife an SR22 a few months back and it's been great too. It has about 1000 rounds through it so far with no problems whatsoever.

HermanH
09-09-2012, 10:17 PM
If you want something that looks pretty slick and fires well, the Walther P22 is a really nice pistol:

http://www.christiangunowner.com/images/waltherside.jpg

Bug Splat
09-09-2012, 10:20 PM
Everyone will have their own fav and mine is the Buckmark. Very easy to clean, amazing trigger that is second to none, barrel can be upgraded/switched, grip angle and feel is just like a 1911, amazing accuracy and I could go on and on.

victoraguilar82
09-09-2012, 10:26 PM
I like my Beretta 87 Cheetah. Feels great!

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/35973700/2012-04-15%2016.14.19.jpg

STI
09-09-2012, 10:29 PM
Everyone will have their own fav and mine is the Buckmark. Very easy to clean, amazing trigger that is second to none, barrel can be upgraded/switched, grip angle and feel is just like a 1911, amazing accuracy and I could go on and on.

x2. I have a Buckmark and I love it. I have never fired a Ruger, but I will never buy one. They shoot the brass directly to the right. It is very annoying when someone sets up next to you at a range like Angeles with a Ruger 22 and they start pelting you with brass. The Buckmark ejects brass to the front right 2-3 O'clock.

TripleThreat
09-09-2012, 10:32 PM
Yeap, Browning Buckmark.

Mossy Man
09-09-2012, 10:46 PM
I'll chime in.

MKIII

I have a 5" stainless target bull barrel model

Accurate, reliable, and very fun to shoot.

Love it!

ChaneRZ
09-09-2012, 10:55 PM
Ruger sr 22

Flowmini98
09-09-2012, 11:12 PM
My SR22 pistol has about 700+ rounds through it and its been great.

Zorgnot
09-09-2012, 11:15 PM
+1 for the MKIII

DCF
09-09-2012, 11:25 PM
I have a Ruger MK II 22/45 and the brass ejects to 2-3 o'clock as well, usually closer to 2 to 2:30. As long as the person to my right is behind the pistol, the brass never hit their body.

x2. I have a Buckmark and I love it. I have never fired a Ruger, but I will never buy one. They shoot the brass directly to the right. It is very annoying when someone sets up next to you at a range like Angeles with a Ruger 22 and they start pelting you with brass. The Buckmark ejects brass to the front right 2-3 O'clock.

gorenut
09-09-2012, 11:25 PM
Ruger MK III and the 22/45 are great. They're the standard for the combination of accuracy, durability, and value.

Browning Buckmarks are good too. They're easier to disassemble, but I choose the Ruger over the Buckmark because I didn't like that the Buckmarks were essentially held together by 2 screws that can come loose with normal shooting. I suppose you can Loctite it and not everyone has this problem. Also the Camper model has a cheap plastic piece where the screws set in and they can crack. The higher models have this part in metal instead. Finally, the Ruger is also more durable in the dry-firing department. Buckmarks don't like to be dry-fired at all. The Rugers are good on that within reasonable levels.

Some other ones worth mention include the SR22. Really fun and neat looking, but not nearly as accurate as the Buckmark or the MKIII and 22/45. Trigger isn't as good either. This is moreso if you want something that comes with a more traditional slide.

If you're open to revolvers, Ruger came out with an SP101 in 22 not too long ago. That's a great one. They also have the LCR22, but that's a DAO trigger.

Ones I would avoid are the Sig Mosquito and Walther P22. They're made by a different company and use the centerfire names, but they use ZAMAK for their slides which tend to crack easily. I've heard numerous bad experiences with the Mosquito and the P22 (as well as the GSG 1911) which includes friends who had nothing but feeding issues with the Mosquito and the slide cracking with the P22.

There are more expensive offerings from S&W which are full on target 22s, but I'm guessing you're looking for something more economical.

gorenut
09-09-2012, 11:26 PM
I have a Ruger MK II 22/45 and the brass ejects to 2-3 o'clock as well, usually closer to 2 to 2:30. As long as the person to my right is behind the pistol, the brass never hit their body.

Ditto. Same here. Except with a 22/45 MK III.

If you decide to go with the Ruger, you should look into getting rid of the magazine disconnect. Trigger feels better and magazines will drop freely without it. I've also modified the frame of mine to accept 1911 grips.

Press Check
09-09-2012, 11:28 PM
Ruger Mark III series pistols.

INFAMOUS762X39
09-09-2012, 11:46 PM
My 30days are over, I am very interested in a Ruger Hunter 22/45 MKIII 4.5" Barrel. Maybe 6.88" which is also great.

It's on the Roster, KP45HMKII.

Ron-Solo
09-09-2012, 11:47 PM
Ruger Mark III with the 5.5" bull barrel. About $350 and shoots great. Mine will eat any ammo I feed it. For revolver lovers, the Smith & Wesson Model 18 for double action, and the Ruger Single Six for single action.

I have all three and love them equally. I want a Ruger SR22 also.

Excelsior
09-09-2012, 11:51 PM
My 30days are over, I am very interested in a Ruger Hunter 22/45 MKIII 4.5" Barrel. Maybe 6.88" which is also great.

It's on the Roster, KP45HMKII.

Ruger no longer produces a 22/45 with a 6 7/8" barrel.

The Mad Mule
09-09-2012, 11:53 PM
I have a SR22 and it started out great. It's definitely not as much fun as a 10/22 but I figure it's a good start for those who are afraid of recoil in a pistol.

It's over at Ruger right now to be fixed, because the thing has slowly fallen apart on me. I won't get into detail because I'm sure mine is just a weird exception, but in terms of ergonomics and layout, it's a solid plinker.

Arteel
09-10-2012, 12:15 AM
M&P 22. It's still fairly new, so they're a bit difficult to find.

cebuvfr
09-10-2012, 12:16 AM
Beretta Neos is fun to shoot but love my Ruger Mk3 much more!

cindynles
09-10-2012, 8:23 AM
If you plan on leaving it stock, the Ruger MKIII is probably your best bet (although it is a pain to strip and clean). If you plan on upgrading the pistol with optics or barrels then a Browining Buckmark is a better choice. Either one will serve you well.

Ventura_Yak'r
09-10-2012, 8:29 AM
My vote is for the Buckmark.... pleasure to shoot, accurate, easy to maintain.

nikki#2
09-10-2012, 8:30 AM
S&W 617 in either 4" or 6". Probably go with a 10-shot model and a couple of DS-10 speedloaders for plinking fun.
Also makes a great steel challenge or falling plate gun. :thumbsup:

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa178/surfdog_photos/nolock2.jpg

drkphibr
09-10-2012, 8:52 AM
S&W 617 in either 4" or 6". Probably go with a 10-shot model and a couple of DS-10 speedloaders for plinking fun. :thumbsup:

Very nice!

drkphibr
09-10-2012, 8:57 AM
If you plan on leaving it stock, the Ruger MKIII is probably your best bet (although it is a pain to strip and clean). If you plan on upgrading the pistol with optics or barrels then a Browining Buckmark is a better choice. Either one will serve you well.

+++++++++++1 ^

The MKIII is a blast to shoot...and absolute TORTURE to disassemble (and reassemble) the first time. If you don't do it on a regular basis, you'll be watching the YouTube videos every time ;-)

Can't say enough how much fun these are to shoot...and quite accurate.

23 Blast
09-10-2012, 10:24 AM
In terms of bang-for-buck, it's hard to beat a Ruger Mark series. Well-built, extremely robust, well-balanced, accurate, all-metal (except the 22/45's) and relatively inexpensive. All the ones I've ever owned or handled were also very reliable and not picky on ammo like many .22's can be.

canopis
09-10-2012, 12:38 PM
There are more expensive offerings from S&W which are full on target 22s, but I'm guessing you're looking for something more economical.

I heard so many good things about the S&W 22A from my cousin that I put one in jail last week. Turner's has them on sale for $240 right now.

corcoraj2002
09-10-2012, 12:44 PM
I've put over 1000 through my SR 22 in about 2 weeks, its had a few FTE but I expect that for a $350 gun on break in. I got it for my GF to shoot and for me to be able to drop a couple of hundred rounds with out breaking the bank.

Squidward
09-10-2012, 12:59 PM
Everyone will have their own fav and mine is the Buckmark. Very easy to clean, amazing trigger that is second to none, barrel can be upgraded/switched, grip angle and feel is just like a 1911, amazing accuracy and I could go on and on.

I will go on:

The 3-dot sight systems has a fixed front sight and a rear sight that is adjustable for both windage and elevation. The rear blade is also reversible to allow shooters to select either two white dots or a solid black blade.

It has a polymer frame with two interchangeable ( tools not required) rubber grips.

It has a Picatinny rail for mounting most popular accessories.

The slide has serrations on both the front and rear for better grip and slide manipulation.

It has an ambidextrous manual thumb safety/decocking lever and an ambidextrous magazine release.

The package includes two 10-round magazines, two finger grip extension floorplates and a soft case. And it is competitively priced.


That should do it..:D

jwchoi574
09-10-2012, 1:26 PM
I recommend the Ruger Mk3, but it takes a while to proficiently field strip and reassemble.

enzo357
09-10-2012, 1:29 PM
Ruger mk3 is a great gun.

MyOdessa
09-10-2012, 5:52 PM
Ruger Mk II. I have three of them. Great handguns.

drifter2be
09-10-2012, 6:01 PM
If you want something that looks pretty slick and fires well, the Walther P22 is a really nice pistol:

http://www.christiangunowner.com/images/waltherside.jpg

+1. I bought one about a week ago and couldn't be happier. I bought the 3.4" barrel version, although I live in a state that permits threaded barrels so I can buy the 5" barrel and swap them.

Great gun, feels good in the hand, good accuracy, has eaten every kind of ammo I have fed it so far, Remington Thunderbolt, CCI Blazer, Remington Golden Bullet, Winchester Super X and CCI Mini Mag HP. Going back to shoot it again in two days, going to try Federal bulk and a few others. Even if it wont eat the Federal I will be more than happy buying $20 boxes of Rem Golden Bullets and plinking on the cheap.

The only thing I dislike about the gun is the paddle style magazine release. Great if you own other Walther pistols or an HK, but for someone like me that has 3 other guns with magazine release buttons you can end up feeling a bit foolish going to drop the mag and realizing there is no button...damn muscle memory.

cnj
09-10-2012, 8:45 PM
S&W 617 in either 4" or 6". Probably go with a 10-shot model and a couple of DS-10 speedloaders for plinking fun.
Also makes a great steel challenge or falling plate gun. :thumbsup:

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa178/surfdog_photos/nolock2.jpg

This.

Paperchasin
09-10-2012, 8:49 PM
Look into a Hammerli model. They are Olympic competition guns, so they are exempt from the DOJ Roster.

Maddawg46
09-10-2012, 9:08 PM
S&w. 22a. It's fun, breaks down easy and is pretty inexpensive semi auto.

morrcarr67
09-10-2012, 9:13 PM
Any of the Colt Woodsman series guns. This is my Challenger from 1951. They are all on the C&R list and roster exempt.

http://i1095.photobucket.com/albums/i461/morrcarr67/2012-07-09_17-05-16_641.jpg