Best 22 Target Pistol???

Best 22 Target Pistol???

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    Best 22 Target Pistol???

    Hello,

    I've been shooting for years... mostly .45ACP, .38special, .357mag, 9mm, and .40S&W, as you can see by my current and past collection below. Believe it or not, I have never owned or shoot a 22. I've done a couple of different searches and found some comments on Ruger MKII and MKIII, as well as the Walther P22. I'd like to hear anything on these pistols, as well as others.

    Can anyone give me suggestions on a good and reliable 22 pistol?
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    Current: S&W 442, Springfield XD9sc, XDm9, and Glock G26, G19, G23C,
    and SIG P226-40 TT, and Ruger GP-100, and Beretta 92FS
    Former: Taurus 92SS, SIG P220 TT, S&W 360, SIG P239-40, Ruger 22/45 MKII


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    I've got a Ruger MKIII 22/45 that I love. It's very accurate and you can shoot until your arms feel like they're about to fall off for less than $20. The Browning Buckmarks are also nice, but they're often hard to find. Don't let the comments about cleaning the Rugers scare you, once you do it a couple times it's easy (but you will curse up a storm the first time).

    My wife has a Walther P22 and while it's fun to shoot, it's just not that accurate and the Sig Mosquito is pretty much the same.

    I have not shot the new Ruger target .22 but it looks interesting. S&W and Beretta also have target models, but they both look like something out of sci-fi movie to me.

    Obviously there are a lot of high end pistols, but if I was getting one just for target shooting and not competition I would get the Ruger or Browning.

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    If you do get a Ruger or a Browning, spend the money on one of these speedloaders. They look stupid but they work great and will save you from tearing up your thumb.

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    I have had a S&W 22A for about 4 years and have fired over 10,000 rounds through it I shoot the federal bulk box and can shoot at least 500 rounds between cleanings without any jamming problems,I use clp for lube
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    I have a S&W 22A with a cheapo scope on it, and it's a ton of fun.

    Would be AWESOME to have the speedloading tool wagglebee speaks of.

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    I have a old Colt Woodsman that was handed down from my grandfather and i love it but I'm also looking for another one and im thinking about going with the Mark 3 Ruger

    Walther also came out with the new Sp-22 so check that out...

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    S&W 41's have always been a favorite of mine to shoot, although I don't own one.

    Ruger Mark2s and Browning Buckmarks also get high marks in my books
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    If you're looking for a pistol to target practice with, the Beretta Neos is a great pistol which shoots well, is a brease to take down, affordable, and reliable with bulk ammo...not to mention a scope mount. Here's a write up I did a while back on the Neos http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...ally-ugly.html

    As far as a serious match/target pistol, it depends on how much money you want to spend and what kind of modifications you want to make. The Smith & Wesson M41 or the Hammerli are probably 2 of the best out there. But outside of my price range for something I wanted to be able to shoot cheap in the first place.
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    I've had my S&W Model 41 for 20+ years and for a target pistol, I've personally never shot anything else that comes close but for the money the Rugers are very accurate and reasonably priced.

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    The .22 pistol I am really interested in after reading about it is the Sig Trailside.

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    Ruger MkII is an incredible bargain. My dad and I shot them in NRA pistol matches, outstanding accuracy. (I'd avoid the Mk3 or 22/45)

    S&W 41 isn't too shabby either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shizzlemah View Post
    I'd avoid the Mk3 or 22/45
    Any specific reason for this comment???
    Be Observant and Be Safe.

    Current: S&W 442, Springfield XD9sc, XDm9, and Glock G26, G19, G23C,
    and SIG P226-40 TT, and Ruger GP-100, and Beretta 92FS
    Former: Taurus 92SS, SIG P220 TT, S&W 360, SIG P239-40, Ruger 22/45 MKII

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerbouchard View Post
    As far as a serious match/target pistol, it depends on how much money you want to spend and what kind of modifications you want to make. The Smith & Wesson M41 or the Hammerli are probably 2 of the best out there. But outside of my price range for something I wanted to be able to shoot cheap in the first place.
    Exactly, I bought a .22 to SAVE some of the money I was spending on ammo. Buying a $1500+ target pistol seemed sort of counterproductive to this, not to the fact that I'm simply not a good enough shot to justify the cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shizzlemah View Post
    Ruger MkII is an incredible bargain. My dad and I shot them in NRA pistol matches, outstanding accuracy. (I'd avoid the Mk3 or 22/45)
    Given the choice I would have bought the MKII, but I couldn't find a new one or a used one that was in good enough condition. As far as the 22/45, I definitely prefer it to the standard.

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