Looking @ .22s

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    Looking @ .22s

    Currently eyeing up a Walther P22 ($379), S&W 22A ($299) and a Heritage .22 revolver ($249), Beretta NEOS .22 ($279), Ruget Mark III ($329).

    Does anybody have any experience with any of these? Im really not a fan of the Mark3 style a lot of .22 semis use. Right now I'm leaning towards the Walther. I'm here at Bass Pro, doing the Santa's workshop with the kids, so thanks in advance for any quick replies.
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    Get the Ruger MarkIII as they are fun plinkers. I always have fun taking this gun to the range or field. I have also used them for hog dispatcher which works very good.
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    I have a browning buckmark .22 it's been good to me. Check it out
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    I have a P22 I bought about 9 years ago. Maybe the price you are looking at is OK, but it seems way too high-
    unless you factor in considerable inflation through the years. I have not been happy with mine; YMMV.
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    Re: Looking @ .22s

    I really like my P22, nice shooter.

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    Re: Looking @ .22s

    I've heard nothing but good things about the Mark3, I just think its absolutely hideous. Anybody else with experiences regarding the Walther or Heritage revolvers? Heritage isn't a brand I'm familiar with at all.
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    I have a Mark II Bull Barrel. I've had it for probably 25 years. Never any problems with it.
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    Re: Looking @ .22s

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    I have a browning buckmark .22 it's been good to me. Check it out
    Second the Buckmark nomination. With cheapest available ammo, more than half my rounds were landing in the 2 inch splatter sticky from 25 yards shooting offhand yesterday. Nice trigger, short smooth pull.

    Cleaning is not fun, though.

    Personally, I found the Walther to have far too small a grip.

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    Ruger MKIII or SR22 are better options than you listed except for the Buckmark.
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    +1 on the Buck Mark. Price is a little more than the ones listed, but it will last forever. My last trip to the range I decided to take the target out to 25 yards and was making 2-3 inch groups.

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    I have the Beretta Neos and it is fantastic... put a cheapo red dot on it, and it is fun and inexpensive to shoot.
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    The Ruger Marks and the Browning Buckmark are at the top of the list... you would have to work very hard to wear these guns out in a lifetime of use.

    I'm partial to the Rugers, with a pair of Mk IIs, but I wouldn't shy away from the Brownings. I just consider the Rugers first among equals. FWIW, you'll see more Rugers in competition shooting than Brownings, if that floats your boat.

    Also, don't overlook used Ruger Marks or Buckmarks. Those guns will be banging away long after the Walthers and Mosquitoes have given up the ghost.
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    Well, the kids were scared of Santa, so we left rather abruptly. I did get to hold each of these weapons before the sudden departure, I over all like the Walther with the pinky extension mag most. If it wasn't for that, the grip would be too small for me.

    I guess the bright side is, instead of making an impulse purchase, now I can investigate and price shop online and/or through my LGS. Thanks for the advice!
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    While I personally prefer the Ruger Mark III 22/45 for my personal .22 pistol, I have a lot of experience with the P22.

    We have several that are our main .22 semi-auto training pistols for students. A lot of people generally shoot them very well, and ours are all reliable. We shoot them until they stop working, which is usually around the 3-4000 round mark, and then clean them, and they work again.

    I think my 22/45 is more accurate for a lot of people, but that could be because of the longer sight radius more than anything else. I am not sure how much of a difference one would see if both pistols were placed in a rest.
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    The only problem I have seen with the Walther is that it can be picky about ammunition. If you don't use premium ammunition, it often fails to cycle. My wife rented one at the range and it jammed about every three rounds. This was with some no name ammunition provided by the range. When I complained, the range gave us a box of CCI and it cycled every round.

    For that reason I went with a Ruger SR22. It seems to have no problem cycling any ammunition I have tried in it.

    I used to have a Ruger Mark III Govt, with a bull barrel. It was much more accurate than I was. I still regret trading it in for something else.
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