A good .22 or just a bb pistol

A good .22 or just a bb pistol

This is a discussion on A good .22 or just a bb pistol within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I love my .45's but they are kinda getting expensive to shoot so I'm thinking about getting something so I can put more rounds down ...

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    A good .22 or just a bb pistol

    I love my .45's but they are kinda getting expensive to shoot so I'm thinking about getting something so I can put more rounds down range.

    Whenever I go to Scheels I'm looking at a .22 and I start thinking about $200+ for a pistol that isn't going to do more than just training seams steep. So I've been looking at a couple of Gamco BB pistols for about $60.

    So my question is it worth just getting the bb pistol or should I shell out the $200 for the .22
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    .22 would be my pick. In a pinch, you can use the .22 against a BG.

    Not to spend your money for you but, if the BB gun is only $60. why not get both?

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    22, by far.

    a $60 bb gun is gonna really disappoint you, i fear.

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    .22 will give lots of good practice for technique etc at a very modest ammo outlay.

    BB tho can IMO still be handy for practice within the house - and so still has a value. Yes, both would be still a good investment if you can manage to cover it.
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    Hey...for right around 200 plus some change - you can buy a complete .22LR caliber "top end" conversion kit for one of your .45s.
    That way you can practice shooting cheap & keep the same pistol feel and trigger pull.

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    All I have to say is Walther P22. At least I think that'll be my next gun. 45's do get a little expensive to shoot. It'd be nice to have something you can shoot all day cheaply and still build the skills you need.

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    22 can fill the "around the house" role as well, with Sans Powder ammo

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    If your neighborhood isn't too close packed, you can dispatch a varmint with a .22 cb and not make much noise. Therefor I would go
    for a .22 pistol/revolver. The cb won't work the action but goes bang
    quietly.

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    Having a .22 pistol in your collection is always a good idea IMHO. As QKShooter posted get a conversion kit for your .45. Not only will you have a blast shooting all day for under 10 bucks but you will get extra range time out of your .45.
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    +1 to the conversion kit. My dad has a Beretta 96 with the Beretta 22lr conversion. It shoots for pennies and the trigger / grip is the same so you get that practice in too. Then he went nuts and bought a .40 S&W slide/barrel. I'm still waiting for him to find a .50 BMG upper for it (I know I know, it doesn't exist yet but balistically it is superior so he'll want it :-))

    LAst night at the range a gentleman was shooting a Kimber conversion on his Custom 1911 and another guy was shooting a ceinar conversion (http://www.22lrconversions.com/1911-pg.htm) and getting more jams / problems.

    It apears you get what you pay for in conversions too...
    http://www.theothersideofkim.com/ind...wthread/10956/
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    I have a Ruger 22/45 for my practice gun instead of my 45. Its cheap and fun to shoot. Steve48

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    I have a kimber 22 conversion for the 1911 and I am not dissapointed by it. It fires just about everything I put in it.

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    Ruger G'vt model Mk II .22 with a 10" bull barrel that is my wifes favorite gun to shoot.

    Red Ryder BB gun that me and my wife shoot cans with in the back yard.
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    Colt .22 single action six gun, It's hell on snakes with some CCI shot shell loads. nice little plinker, I also have a CO2 pellet pistol, It's a lot like dry fire drills, but with results. (IE, you flinch, it shows)

    IMHO, the 22 would have broader range of use, and the better deal in the long run. Thay make great starter guns for the younger ones too.
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    I have a Ruger 22 45 with adjustable sights. which I shoot every other day Its fun to shoot and easy on the pocketbook.

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