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I am thinking about getting a semi auto 22 pistol for giggles and grins. 
 
There are a lot of them out there these days, so I am hoping you guys can help hone in my focus on the best ones to be looking at.
 
Accuracy and reliablity are the primary ingredients.
 
 
 
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Ruger's mark series, walther p22, sig misquito, browning buckmark.... owned all like all
 
You wanting a semi auto or wheel gun 22?
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What are your primary uses for it?

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I am looking semi auto.
 
I am familiar with the brownings, and have heard that ruger has some new ones out.
 
I guess I am looking for some good first hand comparisons to help me get focused on which ones to go out and "fondle" Big Grin.
 
Like I said, accuracy (like target models) and reliability. Doesn't have to be a "target model".
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My go to 22 pistol is a walther p22, pick it up more than any other ones in my safe, its reliable and feeds everything I'd put in it.  Accurate too.  Its light and easy to use.  The rugers are nice but I like the looks and feel of the Walther better.  I am looking at getting a ruger 22/45 now though, i fondled one at a shop recently and like the fact that it and my 1911 have the same grip angle and all so it may become my new favorite, only time will tell. 
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SVT has some good picks. I don't know what your budget is but I like the S&W Mod 41 with the sporter barrel. A friend of mine has one and that is one accurate pistol.
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Have a suppressed Ruger 22/45, very fun, very accurate,(very quiet.)

any of the semis made by good companies will be plenty accurate and reliable for plinking.  I do not own a Sig Mosquito but have shot one, liked it, nice little gun.

I like my Ruger, good weight, well built, very handy.
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It's hard to beat the Ruger .22 auto.  Pick one with a good trigger, and the grip shape, barrel and balance that suits you best.  Then enjoy it for the rest of your life.  With any reasonable care, it will last a lot longer than you will. 
 
I wasted years trying to wrap my hand around a top-rated target model from another maker.  Even though it had a great trigger and I shot expert scores, it was never comfortable. Then I got my wife a Ruger .22 automatic with the standard "Luger" grip shape.  Extremely accurate, and an absolute delight to hold and shoot.   
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Another vote for the Ruger MK series.  It's a time-proven, foolproof design, reasonably priced.  I have 2 of them, and they shoot well.  I like the ergos of the 22/45 better than the standard MKII / MKIII.
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It will be hard to beat the Ruger MK for both accuracy and reliability. I prefer the MkIII because Ruger moved the bottom Mag release up to a button release. It is a lot easier to change the mags. I have enjoyed my Sig mosquito too. The Ruger has the 6" barrel and is much better at longer ranges. A friend has a buckmark camper and it is not very accurate even shooting off a rest. I think this is the odd one because most that have them like them. The Walther's go bang most every time.  For fun it is hard to beat a .22 pistol

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The KEL-TEC PMR-30 comes in .22WMR.  Might be worth a look.
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Mike, I think you should send that Ruger to meBig Smile
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I have had a lot of 22 pistols over the years but by far my favorite is the Ruger MK2 and I find the MK3 a huge pain in the ass to take apart to clean where the MK1 and MK2 are easier to take apart and by easier the concelpt is relative as most people have huge difficulty taking the beast apart as it is a matter of holding the pistol at the correct angle so the little rod on back of the hammer drops down into the hole in the mainspring as you insert the mainspring (think pistol upside down barrel at 2 oclock). They used to make the MK1 with a light weight barrel in blue and in that configuration it was quite reasonably priced. When you go to stainless heavy target barrels the price goes up. I have one of the ones with the 45 grip however I do not like it as well as the other version as the magazine does not drop free it binds up and has to be pulled out.  Having started with the MK 1 version about 1969 I tend to like the euro style mag release behind the bottom of the magazine but aparently over time ruger has gone to a traditional US type button release.  I would tend to stay with something that I could use the McFadden Ultimate Magazine loader with.
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  • I have not had a Buck Mark but it would be high on my list and likely much easier to clean that the ruger.

     

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    There is a bunch of good quality 22LR pistols available.

    Pick one that fits your hand the best.  For me, Borwning Buckmark fits best out of the ones I tried.

    Still, the 22LR I shoot the most is my Glock with a conversion kit.  That way I get to practice with the same grip and trigger as I would be using otherwise.

    ILya
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    ILya, which conversion kit do you use?
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    Originally posted by BeltFed BeltFed wrote:

    ILya, which conversion kit do you use?

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    Thanks ILya

    I looked them up, and they have my interest. The dealer in my area is even an old friend that has gotten back into the gun buisness.
     
    What kind of money are they selling for about?
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    Originally posted by BeltFed BeltFed wrote:

    Thanks ILya

    I looked them up, and they have my interest. The dealer in my area is even an old friend that has gotten back into the gun buisness.
     
    What kind of money are they selling for about?

    You would need to check for current prices.

    I have had mine for some years, and I do not remember what it cost then.

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    Thanks ILya
    You've given me an incentive to go to the gun show this weekend.
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    Originally posted by BeltFed BeltFed wrote:

    Thanks ILya
    You've given me an incentive to go to the gun show this weekend.

    Let me know what you think.  

    It is a little finicky about ammo and not as reliable as a proper 22LR pistol, but it works adequately well and makes for very good practice.

    ILya
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    I had a Smith and Wesson 22A years ago that I traded away like a fool. From what I read it may have been the only reliable one!

    Found a 22/45 in a pawn shop to replace it. The Ruger is more comfortable, but somehow I don't shoot it as well as the cheaper 22A.

    The Ruger's have every aftermarket thingamabob you can think (and probably a few you can't) out there. If you're the kind of guy that likes to tinker that is a bonus.
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    I have a Ruger MKIII Hunter with a Volquartsen trigger kit and Hogue G10 grips. Very accurate and it is one of a very few guns I own that I would not part with. 
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    Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:


    It is a little finicky about ammo and not as reliable as a proper 22LR pistol, but it works adequately well and makes for very good practice.

    ILya


    I also have a Sig P226 with a 22cal conversion kit that I feel the same way about.
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    I currently have a couple of the ruger autos and it is very had to beat them. Funny my experience was just the oppisite of SVT's with the P22 walther. I let the dealer send it back to walther and it still wouldn't feed. Other good choices are the old colt woodsman huntsman series as well as the older nomad Brownings and high standards if you don't mind used. My brother has one of the newer S&W 22 autos and he likes it.
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