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.22 lr pistols: Browning Buckmark, Ruger mark III, or Sig Sauer 1911. Which is best, or what do you like. Under $450 is best.

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  • .22 lr pistols: Browning Buckmark, Ruger mark III, or Sig Sauer 1911. Which is best, or what do you like. Under $450 is best.

    .22 lr pistols: Browning Buckmark, Ruger mark III, or Sig Sauer 1911. Which is best, or what do you like. Under $450 is best.

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    I have a beretta neos and a smith and wesson 22a both are under $250 and they shoot great, I use the beretta with a red dot to squirrel hunt.

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    • #3
      Tough to beat the Ruger Mk III! The Ruger design has been on the market a LONG time and has been proven to be reliable and relatively problem free.
      The ONLY problem I've EVER had with my Mk III was due to "dirty" ammo. A good scrubbing solved that problem. The Ruger is pretty easy to strip and clean in the field. (though I've never tried with any of the others)
      My wife carries a Walther P22. It's a really nice little gun but I don't think it would be apropriate for "hunting", per se.

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      • #4
        I have the Walther P22 and just picked up a Sig Sauer 1911/22. Hands down the Sig 1911/22 is superior. It cost me $399 brand new. I just put 250 rounds through it without a jam. And boy is it accurate. It looks, operates and weighs about the same as a 1911. The only things I don't like about mine is it has a magazine safety (probably a California thing)and does not come with a spare clip. It also has the normal ambidextrous safety and grip safety. Disassembly is a little different than a 1911 but this is a great gun. I've shot the Ruger, they jam. The Walther will jam too. Try the 1911 I think you will like it.

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        • #5
          When I was looking at .22 pistols for target shooting and small game a few years ago, it came down to the Ruger MKIII or the Buck Mark. I ended up with the Browning because it seemed to fit my hand better and the price at that time was a little lower. The Browning is very reliable and accurate with a 5.5-inch bull barrel. I’ve shot the MKIII too, and they are great. I also really like Ruger’s .22 revolvers, but they tend to cost more than the semi-autos.

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          • #6
            The Browning Challenger, 6 3/4" barrel is a nice gun. The original made about 1967 in Belgium. I have shot on indoor pistol teams and also used it for squirrels. Never a malfunction.
            If you can find a used one in nice condition they are worth the $$. Check Gunbroker.com

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            • #7
              Don't rule out the Ruger SR22. Our club just bought one and we used it this year as a trainer in my personal defense class. I put it through its paces and have nothing but good things to say about it.

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              • #8
                I just got a Ruger SR22 recently and I love it! It's small enough to fit in a pocket, but still fits the hand real well and best of all it's easy to break down and clean.

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                • #9
                  Just bought a Ruger Mk II target pistol, made in 1985.

                  After I downloaded the owners manual from the Ruger website (good customer service) and completely field striped the piece I could see that it was filthy. Apparently the previous owner had never taken the opportunity to strip any of the screws or bend anything, so it's all good.

                  After 2 hours of scrubbing it looks like new, trigger is crisp, bore bright, and action very smooth.

                  I have to say that if an all metal USA made piece is still like new after 30 years with very little (if any) maintenance it is made like a "brick house".

                  Still have to test it on the range but the bore is shiny with no pits or fouling.

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