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September 14, 2005, 05:49 PM
If you had a choice to choose one .22lr. What would you choose?

September 14, 2005, 07:13 PM
Ruger 22/45

September 14, 2005, 07:23 PM
Colt Officer's model

September 14, 2005, 07:25 PM
Ruger MKII

September 14, 2005, 07:40 PM
Slabside Browning Buckmark. It's what I own.

September 14, 2005, 08:27 PM
Ruger 22/45

September 14, 2005, 08:31 PM
Having been into bullseye for so many years, I've seen almost all of them, except for the new "plinkers" like the neos, mosquito, beretta 87, etc.

Own, owned or sho tRuger MKI, MKII, High standard 103, 107, buckmark, SW41, Pardini, FAS, SW model K-17, HR 903, and some other non target type .22's

Just ordered a Sig Trailside for about 400.00 from Impact arms. This is supposed to be the best .22 target for entry level bullseye. The rugers have been solid and taken me up to Expert class, so no complaints with them. Main complaint is they could use some polishing on the trigger to make them cleaner.
My experience is the the High Standard and the Buckmark, which use a flat bar from the trigger pin to the sear notch do not have as clean a trigger. The flat bar tends to flex so there is slight creep before the break. The ruger MKI has the cleanest icicle break.
SW41's tend to be finicky with ammo selection. The rugers will eat most high velocity and target, some problems with federal, which is the worse .22 target stuff out there, and the High standards, then mitchells, now high standards again have problems with cracked frames after lots of rounds.
The Sig Hammerli trailside looks promising the the best bang for dollar out there. IZH 35M is the other entry level target gun, but it tends to need lots of adjusting, cleaning and fiddling with.
The 22/45 is OK, but the polymer frame does not allow as many aftermarket mods as the steel frame models. They should have made this in a metal frame like a 1911, and then it really would have been a winner!

You just have to take a look at what all the major competitors are using to determine the best .22's out there. After the major European guns, The sig trailside, upgraded, the SW 41, then come the rugers, buckmarks and High Standards.
Someone this year shot a 897 out of a possible 900 NRA conventional match with a Sig Trailside, it's that good!
Hope this helps, or just confuses the matter! :confused:

September 14, 2005, 09:41 PM
I have a neos, love it, but I would also love an S&W model 41. The cost difference is not justified, in my opinion. Unless you are competing, stick with something basic that suits you.

September 14, 2005, 10:50 PM
IF I could own only one .22 auto in my lifetime I would have to go Ruger. I like the new Mark III, 5" bull barrell. Damn near indestructible and quite accurate.

If I could have a second one, I agree, Sig Trailside. My hand fits the grip on that pistol to perfection. It points better for me than anything else I have ever held this side of my own finger.

Impact of Reason
September 14, 2005, 11:41 PM
Ruger Mk II 22/45, 5 1/2'' bull barrel... i dont care for the mark IIIs so much. i held both in the gunstore and the mk IIs just flt better.

September 14, 2005, 11:54 PM
Oops, mine was not an auto.

I'll resubmit:

Mark II

September 15, 2005, 12:10 AM
i would have to go with my smith n wesson model 422..which is down right now after 15 years :confused: ..thinking its something to do with pin.

September 15, 2005, 03:06 AM
For your "only one" criteria, go with the Ruger MKII. It's utterly reliable and has a long history that suggests that it won't let you down. I have a few of them.

Move quickly as they were recently replaced by Ruger with the new MKIII which has more parts in it to satisfy the lawyers and such.

StL Bill
September 15, 2005, 10:02 AM
Buck Mark

September 15, 2005, 10:51 AM
For target work, Hi-standard. For plinking, S&W 22A. For reliability Browning Buckmark. John

chris in va
September 15, 2005, 11:26 AM
My CZ Kadet kit for the 75. I actually sold my Ruger because of this thing. :D

September 15, 2005, 12:00 PM
Ruger 22/45

Brian Williams
September 15, 2005, 12:05 PM
Colt 1st series post-war post-Heat treat Woodsman

September 15, 2005, 12:10 PM
Ruger 22/45

September 15, 2005, 12:17 PM
marvel conversion for a 1911. Still wanting to get one. Have had and loved beretta 87t and s&w 41 (old modle with adj trigger, cocking indicator and 5", nont5.5', barrel. Sometimes it sucks needing money.

September 15, 2005, 12:50 PM
Browning Buckmark, used to own one, traded it in on another gun. I shouldn't have, I really miss that gun. I will be gtting another one ASAP.

September 15, 2005, 01:50 PM
My old, old, old, Hi-Standard. Sport King, it never missed a target!!! :cool:


September 15, 2005, 02:04 PM
Ruger Mark II heavy barrel Stainless Target.

Quickdraw Limpsalot
September 15, 2005, 06:19 PM
Ruger 22/45

September 15, 2005, 06:25 PM
Ruger 22/45. :)

September 15, 2005, 11:13 PM

Black Majik
September 16, 2005, 03:08 AM
Marvel .22 Conversion on a 1911.

I love mine, I have a Marvel kit ontop of my Colt Government frame.

It has a trigger job on it, so the trigger pull is sweet. The unit is accurate, I can get good groups if I do my part. Great plinker and oh so easy to shoot a lot.

September 16, 2005, 03:25 AM

Ruger 22/45 for sure... but which one? :confused:


September 16, 2005, 08:45 AM
Ruger Mk I bull barrel.


September 16, 2005, 08:56 AM
A Colt Ace and a Mark II ruger bull barrel.
Of the two I would always choose the Ace, but if my wallet was doing the choosing,
The Ruger would win hands down each and every time.
As far as the new mark 3's you couldnt give me one with the new and improved :barf: Load indicator.
Come-on people, a gun is ALWAYS loaded until you check it, then treat it like its still loaded.
Whats next, a tempature gage, a wind gage and a head up you know where gage on the Mark 4.
I believe in the KISS principal
Keep It Simple Stupid.

September 16, 2005, 02:19 PM
My first .22 (which I still have) was a 1973 High Standard Victor. I was always a pretty good shot, when I practiced with this pistol on my college
pistol team I became a GREAT shot. You want to learn how to shoot a handgun, you starte with a .22 and you practice bullseye.

September 17, 2005, 05:11 AM
Any Ruger that I liked at the time. They are all reliable.


September 17, 2005, 06:22 AM
Smith 41

September 17, 2005, 10:30 AM
For all around use: Firestorm FS 22.

Looks like a clone/mix between a Walther PP/PPK. Firestorm (Bersa) has lengthed the tang so the usual "slide bite" is non-existant.

The little FS22 is very accurate at reasonable distance, 100% reliable with modern high velocity ammo, and is small enough to be useful for concealed carry in a pinch.

Eleven rounds of CCI Stingers are imo pretty good disuaders..

If you want a pistol too large to carry concealed, but excellent in all other respects then the Ruger Standard 22 in it's various incarnations is hard to beat. A pain (to me) to clean, but otherwise a wonderful pistol.

I think for a trail/plinker, bu concealed carry pistol the FS22 is a good choice. The one I have is pleasure to shoot, and simple to clean.

Best Wishes,


September 17, 2005, 05:39 PM
My one .22lr is a Ruger MarkII target with the 5.5" slab sided barrel

September 18, 2005, 10:59 AM
Interesting question. I'll hedge a little here ...

If I had to pick my FAVORITE, it would be my Kimber Target Rimfire. If I had to pick one to be my ONLY, it would probably be my Browning Buckmark.

September 18, 2005, 07:47 PM
I'm no expert on this subject. All I can tell you is that I have a Browning Buckmark and I have never felt the need to replace it, so In my eyes it is a fine pistol.

September 19, 2005, 12:38 AM
Pistol -Ruger - MK ll
rifle - Ruger stainless steel 10/22

September 19, 2005, 01:24 AM
Ruger Mark II 5 1/2" slab side bull barrel

September 19, 2005, 01:43 AM
Another vote for the Ruger MK II. Here is mine:

September 19, 2005, 08:16 AM
Definately my Browning Buckmark Target. It's been poppin squirrels, cottontails, skunks, field mice and snakes for over 12 years and never missed a beat. It is ungodly accurate, even with the installed target sights and lets not even talk about it's accuracy when I mount the Burris 2x handgun scope.

September 20, 2005, 03:55 PM

September 20, 2005, 04:12 PM
If you go with a ruger mark pistol see if you can get the version you want in the mark II instead of the mark III. If nothing else take down on the rugers is more involved then most, the mark III makes it more so with the mag disconnect.

September 21, 2005, 05:26 PM

--seal killer

September 22, 2005, 12:46 AM
A couple of months ago, I purchased a KP 512. It's the 22/45 Target with a 5 1/2" Bull Barrell in stainless. I have recently seen quite a few advertised online for about $50 less than I paid. Should I have waited? Nope--I've had $50 worth of fun with it!

September 22, 2005, 06:19 AM
I have to say S&W 2206. It is the only one I have.

September 22, 2005, 10:28 AM
I grew up shooting a 6-7/8" tapered barrel Ruger MkII Target, what a great gun. And another gun I regret selling. :mad:

I've always liked the feel of the Buckmarks as well. I'll get another .22 some day, everybody needs one for the cheap thrills!

September 22, 2005, 12:25 PM
I picked up my 6" barrel S&W 422 used, and I'm just tickled with it. My wife especially likes it because it is so light with the alloy frame, and it has a nice trigger. I would like to replace the hammer spring some time (I get a few light strikes with cheap-o ammo), and I would also like to add an adjustable rear sight somewhere down the line. Neither of those little annoyances are game-breakers. Too bad they don't make them anymore.

September 22, 2005, 12:27 PM
I ,too, have a 6" 422, and I love it. I find it to be much more to my liking that a Ruger Mk2 or Buckmark. I definitely like it more than that pile of crap 22A Smith sells now.

The only other .22 auto I see me buying is a Sig Mosquito, for training purposes.

September 22, 2005, 01:22 PM
S&W 41.
Served well in competition, works great for just general fun.

September 24, 2005, 10:57 AM
Beretta 87T

As much as I love my MKIII Hunter, I shoot the Beretta more. Might have something to do with the Eotech on it though.