Suggestions for a good .22 automatic

Suggestions for a good .22 automatic

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    Suggestions for a good .22 automatic

    I will be getting my pistol permit soon and was wondering what .22 automatics are reliable.
    Any advise for someone who doesnt want to pay too much but wants a reliable gun that can be shot for hours on end?

    Steve


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    Ruger Mark II i have at least 18K though mine used to shoot a brink a day there for awhile no broken parts

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    +1 for the Ruger MK II. I don't even know how many rounds have gone through mine. No broken parts and still very very accurate.

    Only thing is the takedown is difficult. I field stripped mine once because I thought the internals would be filthy but the were very clean. IMO you only need to clean the barrel and chamber areas.

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    The Ruger MKII is a great gun. But you might also want to check out the Browning Buckmark. Its a great little plinker as well.
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    The two already mentioned are really the "benchmark" .22 autos out there. I have a Walther P22 that is a blast and functions just like a centerfire auto and I've never had a single malfunction that wasn't caused by ammo, however, many others have so I don't recommend it. The Ruger and Browing would both be more accurate and reliabel out of the box.

    Enjoy the .22, I've shot a lot of weapons in 46 years but nothing is as enduring and as fun as the simple .22!

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    Here's another vote for the Browning Buckmark. Great pistol for the money.

    If you can find one for a decent price, the Smith & Wesson Model 41 or the Browning Medalist are also good choices.


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    My Ruger is my favorite range weapon. Try to find a MkII if you can. MkIII's aren't much different they just put in a bunch of "saftey" features (Loaded chamber indicator, Mag disconnect,...). This just gives them a few more nooks and crannies to clean and a little harder to dissassemble.
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    Ruger Mk 2
    Browning Buckmark series (any model really, all the same operationally)
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    Walther P22s seem to be hit or miss
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    Depending on what weapon you are going to choose for defense purposes there could be a 22 conversion kit. (1911's, CZ's etc...)
    There are over 550 million firearms in worldwide circulation. That's one firearm for every twelve people on the planet. The only question is: How do we arm the other 11? (Yuri Orlov [Nicolas Cage] Lord of War)

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    Ruger MKII, my favorite, but I have buddy that swears by his Buckmark, partially because it was cheaper. Peck around over at www.rimfirecentral.com if you don't get enough specific feedback here. There is a TON of information there on the Rugers.
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    Check em out. I went with a Buckmark because of the price. never had a problem.
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    Ruger, Browning, Colt, Even Beretta makes a good .22

    But my preference is a Colt Woodsman, I have a 2nd
    series mfg. in the mid 50's
    They are getting hard to come by, but worth it.
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    The Smith and Wesson 22A is a nice inexpensive .22 as well.

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    I recently picked up a Beretta NEO. After a few burps in the beginning the gun has run flawlessly. Eats anything I feed it.

    Take a look at one.

    AFS
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    Another Ruger vote but - don't forget the 22/45 as an option. I prefer the grip angle and you have controls that are approximating those of a 1911. I use this one for pin shooting and grin-inducing/ammo-eating plinking!

    I do recommend fitting a Volquartson extractor and there is sometimes a need to find the ideal ammo - in my case Fed Champion.

    Buddy has Buckmark and has found it excellent and most reliable.

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