Can someone recommend a .22?

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    Can someone recommend a .22?

    I know nothing about target or competitive shooting, but it's something I want to get into. What's a good .22 semi-auto that has a long lifespan, popular in competitions and available for $500 or less?

    The only hand gun I currently have is my carry .38 snubby, but I'm so pathetically poor I can't afford to buy .38 practice rounds to practice as frequently as I would like to!

    EDIT: I'm looking for a .22 pistol to help hone my handgun skills. I saw a couple of guys practicing at the range with one, it looked like a nice and cheap way to practice.
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    Do they use semi-autos in competition? I though they used single-shot or bolt action jobbies. Marlin makes a fantastic rifle and the ruger 10-22 is uber-popular. Don't know that they are used in competition without being worked on, but they will both last a real long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LBrombach View Post
    Do they use semi-autos in competition? I though they used single-shot or bolt action jobbies. Marlin makes a fantastic rifle and the ruger 10-22 is uber-popular. Don't know that they are used in competition without being worked on, but they will both last a real long time.
    Oops, I forgot to mention that I'm looking for a pistol. That's an important detail I forgot!

    I saw a couple of guys shooting at competition looking targets at the range last week, and I thought it looked like a nice and cheap way to hone pistol marksmanship.

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    I use a Ruger 22/45 for pin shooting and in fact it would probably do OK for bullseye too. I favor this over the MkII or MkIII Rugers due to controls and angle of grip.

    One of these will not break the bank at all - but if you were to find used a good Hi-Standard or Walther GSP then you'd have something even better for compo's - but these fetch good money.

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    I've got a marlin 7000 (semi-auto rifle). It was stacked from the factory. It's a polymer stock with an 18" heavy target barrel. It's dead on accurate(definitely a tack driver) and I've never had any problems with it the last 9 or so years I've had it. Weight-wise, I think it's around 5 lbs or so empty(still feels lighter than the last 10/22 I used). Oh and it doesn't come with irons. It's ready to accept scope rings though(i've got a little red-dot scope on mine).

    edit: Scratch that...just read your post about looking for a pistol! Ugh...if only I read ALL the posts....
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    I've got a High Standard Supermattic Citation and it's a fine shooter. It has an adjustable trigger that I've got set for a very crisp clean 2 lbs. I originally purchased it for my wife to shoot NRA small bore Silhouette but she didn't take to it. I never got rid of it though because it is so much fun to shoot. I don't know what they are going for now and I've heard someone else is making them. If they are the same quality you can't go wrong.
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    Browning Buckmark

    The Browning Buckmark .22 comes in several configurations and has a great reputation. Here is a target version with a heavy barrel and adjustable sights. This has an MSRP of $521, so I presume the street price is $400 or so.

    Browning Buckmark web page


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    Quote Originally Posted by credy View Post
    Oops, I forgot to mention that I'm looking for a pistol. That's an important detail I forgot!

    I saw a couple of guys shooting at competition looking targets at the range last week, and I thought it looked like a nice and cheap way to hone pistol marksmanship.

    Ahhh. I know even less about .22 pistols, but these guys do. I'll listen too,since I've thought the same thing.
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    Browning Buckmark, Ruger and, Thompson Center, all make very good and very accrate .22 pistols . Another place to explore is your local NRA .22 small bore hunter pistol compititions as thats all they shoot there.
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    All the above are great 22 pistols.I am partial to the rugers as I own one.

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    Ruger Mk2 (avoid the Mk3).

    Kick butt accurate. I used to shoot it in matches but cant find a league in my new homestate. 50', 1-handed. Best I did with it was 4 rounds through one ragged hole .....

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    Browning and Hi Standard are hard to beat.
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    Buckmark or Ruger...I like em both,but I lean toward Buckmark...

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    As mentioned by others, the Browning, Ruger and High Standard pistols are excellent choices.

    If you're willing to fork out the bucks, consider the S&W Model 41.


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    Ditto The S&W Model 41 - AMAZING Pistol - X-tra Magazines are expensive though.
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