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.22 Pistol Choice

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by S3v3n, Oct 15, 2015.

  1. S3v3n

    S3v3n Beaverton, Or Active Member

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    So I am in the market for a .22LR Pistol but as I will be new to .22 in General I'm not really sure what to get.

    I am sitting on the fence right now between

    S&W M&P .22 Compact
    Ruger SR22
    Walther P22

    Now this will just be for plinking. I just joined Tri County Gun Club and the indoor 22 range is open 24 hours so I just wanted something I can go hit the range at 3 am type of thing.

    Any suggestions? If you think a different pistol would be better let me know. Keep in mind I am not a Glock Fan

    Thanks
     
  2. Garg

    Garg east of portland metro Hold my beer..... watch this Bronze Supporter

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  3. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I bought my granddaughter an SR-22 and was surprised that it shoots pretty darned well! One nice thing, it comes with both large and small grips!
    I have a SIG Mosquito that I like too! However, the original owner had issues with the pistol and returned it to the factory under warranty! Now it's slick as greased glass!:D
    Now, I have a stainless S&W, 6" semi-target pistol from the early '90's that will shoot circles around both of the others put together, but it cost twice as much too! All in what you like and can afford. I think if I was in your shoes I'd look at Ruger's target pistols. I think that they're a great deal for the money and will allow you to practice fine marksmanship and see fine results! What ever your choice, best of luck!:)
     
  4. albin25

    albin25 Lewiston Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Depends on you definition of pistol...

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    My Henry Mare's leg is a hoot to shoot and uses short, long and long rifle ammo

    My Ruger Hunter is dead on as a target pistol too. With or without optics
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  5. Reno911

    Reno911 Hillsboro Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Ruger does rimfire really well.

    My personal fave is the 22/45.

    If I had to recommend a second it would be the Buckmark series.
     
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  6. Morpheus

    Morpheus Columbia Gorge Anyway, back on the farm.

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    Browning Buckmark. I've always preferred them over the Ruger.
     
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  7. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Ruger MK I, II, Or III
    (That mk2 hunter is on my wish list btw)
    These will be the most accurate for you because they are heavy and meant to be very accurate out of the box.

    IMO go with the target pistols unless your more interested in training on one of the .22lr versions of some of the popular larger caliber pistols (I have a Walther p22 and love it, take the time to pick them up and you will quickly discover one of them fits you better then the others - which is why I have a p22 and not an sr-22).

    .22's are a blast!!! Enjoy;)
     
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  8. elsie

    elsie Way over there on the left Well-Known Member

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    I got my father-in-law's Mk I. They shoot pretty well, but I really like the Browning Buckmark that I picked up a couple years ago.


    elsie
     
  9. jrprich

    jrprich PNW Well-Known Member

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  10. edison bulb

    edison bulb Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    Wow, that is a really nice looking cannon there!
     
  11. boogerhook

    boogerhook Seattle Well-Known Member

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    Have both MK3 and SR22. For what it is the Sr22 is super accurate, has nice sight radius and picture, is light weight, and points naturally. Also like the DA/SA operation. Reliable too. Eats all ammo. Also easy to carry, if you so wish. The MK3 is more a target shooter or hunters pistol. With a x2 scope, everything hits the BE at 25 yds. Cool for open carry, when riding a horse ;-)
     
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  12. Monica Cowles

    Monica Cowles Grays Harbor, Washington Member, NRA (Life) USCCA, ACLDN, SAF (Life) Staff Member Silver Supporter

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    I have both the Walther P22 and the Ruger SR22. Personally, I find the grip to be much more comfortable on the Ruger.
    I have found them both to be pretty equal in every other aspect, including how they can get a little finicky while trying to eat soft nosed or hollow point ammo...:rolleyes:
     
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  13. Oathkeeper1775

    Oathkeeper1775 Coast Range Well-Known Member

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    Can't go wrong with a .22/45 Target Model....disassembly and assembly can be difficult for some people...:rolleyes:

    NIB should include a weaver mount.
     
  14. ron

    ron Vancouver, Washington Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Ruger 22/45 5.5 inch bull barrel. Ruger warranty second to none.
    I like the one with the replaceable brown laminate grips. IMHO
     
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  15. jrprich

    jrprich PNW Well-Known Member

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    Thanks
    Kinda small for a cannon but she is a great shooter! Eats every type of ammo I have tried.
     
  16. Reno911

    Reno911 Hillsboro Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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  17. S3v3n

    S3v3n Beaverton, Or Active Member

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    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    No matter what you buy, finding decent ammo for it will be a bigger challenge.
     
  19. oremike

    oremike Creswell, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Rather than the half plastic ones I'd look at all metal ones like the
    ruger MK---, Browning Buckmarks, S&W 422, Colt Cadet. A high standard or Colt Woodsman would be nice but they are verging on collectible so can be spendy. And if one is to vote with their wallet, I have a Hammerilli Trailside with a red dot on it for targets and an Iron sighted Buckmark that I head shoot Grouse with.
     
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  20. ma96782

    ma96782 Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Given the three to select from.

    My choices would be (in this order):
    Ruger (actually the Ruger Mk11 or Mk111, IMHO are better choices)
    Walther
    I'd pass on the S&W. Don't get me wrong, I own two S&W 41s.

    Aloha, Mark
     
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