.22 Semi Auto

.22 Semi Auto

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    .22 Semi Auto

    I am looking for .22 semi auto for target shooting. I had a Ruger .22/45 mk III and found that it was a pain to clean. Any ideas on a .22 that is enjoyable to shoot and not too difficult to break down would be appreciated.


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    Beretta Neos. Great gun and easy to clean.
    Kerbouchard has a great thread about it.


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    An older S&W Model 41 would be an ultimate .22 target gun for you.
    The downside is magazines are a bit expensive.



    What a high quality tack driver.
    Without a doubt it's the most accurate handgun that I own.

    Easy to field strip and clean the barrel and slide.
    Just pull down on the trigger guard and the entire barrel lifts off.
    Then removing the slide is a breeze.

    Not too easy to do a full/complete disassembly on but I never take mine all the way down anyway.

    I just remove the grips and solvent soak the frame (a solvent mix of mineral spirits and Hoppes #9) - It's reusable BTW & I just keep a tight lid on the can...slosh the frame fully assembled around in there...NEXT..power spray it out internally with spray degreaser contact cleaner...and then spray lube it internally and let the excess lubrication drain out onto paper towels overnight and it's ready to go.

    The frame internals never get really dirty or caked with good quality rimfire ammo ammunition.
    I clean my barrel/bore after shooting and the frame internals maybe every dozen or so times that I have it out.
    I just wipe the exterior of the pistol with a lightly oiled cloth.

    Mine has been running flawlessly for 20+ years and never gets fully taken apart.

    It's just not necessary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by matdicdad View Post
    I am looking for .22 semi auto for target shooting. I had a Ruger .22/45 mk III and found that it was a pain to clean. Any ideas on a .22 that is enjoyable to shoot and not too difficult to break down would be appreciated.
    I love my Ruger MK III. It was a pain to break down and clean, but after the first few times I got the hang of it and now it's just as easy as any other gun.

    As has also been mentioned, the Beretta Neos is a great gun (even though it looks like it's from a Star Wars movie); the Browning Buckmark is also great, but they're tough to find and I'm not sure they are any easier to clean than the Rugers.

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    I'll second the S&W 41 or a High Standard. I have a "The Victor" that I love.

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    I would say go with the Neos...breeze to take down, very accurate, reliable with bulk ammo, and the price was very reasonable.
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    I'm happy with my Browning Buckmark, I paid $185 for it and it's a champ, pending on what model you get, they can be hard to take apart, mine is, but that's OK, I like the gun.



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    S&W 22A: reliable, accurate, easy to clean & won't break the bank.
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    S&W 22a run about 219.00 at academy sports ,you might find them a little cheaper
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    I just got myself an old S&W 422. Great gun, and fun.

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    If you are looking for something that operates the same way as your carry pistol, look into a Walther P22 or Sig Mosquito.

    The P22 had a little bit of a rocky start, but if you buy a new one, they are pretty solid. I've had no troubles with mine at all. My only complaint is that I need a cleaning rod to keep the recoil spring from buckling during re-assembly.
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    If you still have the Ruger, I would stick with it and learn to master the take down procedure. It is a little tough when you first start to learn it.

    There is a GREAT article on how to do this, here:
    www.geocities.com/bn289/ruger_reassembly.pdf

    And, here's a photo of my Mark II (50th Anniversary Edition)

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    I'll second the Buckmark. It is a great inexpensive way to practice

    Obviously not mine but I have one just like it.

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    I like the Rugers the best, and they really are not hard to take down and get back together once you learn how. They are a total PIA though at first.
    The Brownings are great too, just not as much aftermarket support.
    "Just blame Sixto"

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    I'd stick with the Rugers, after you break it down a couple of dozen times it isn't that hard.
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