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Accurate, affordable .22 pistol recommendation

Discussion in 'Rimfire Forum' started by pbs357, Mar 19, 2011.

  1. pbs357


    Jan 10, 2010
    SW PA
    Hi all - looking to get my first .22 and could use some help. I've shot my buddy's Ruger MKIII and it was pretty nice but have no other experience with 22's. Seems there's lots of options within the Ruger lineup too so I'm a little lost (barrel lengths, thickness, saw a polymer framed one, etc).

    Looking for a reliable, accurate semi-auto that is around or below $300. Any suggestions?
  2. HotRoderX

    HotRoderX Gen4 BETATester

    Jan 15, 2011
    I was in that boat last month after looking around and getting some opinions. I settled on a Ruger 22/45 MK III. It was in my price range also around the same price range as you. I went with a plan jane model with a bull barrel.
    So far I shot over 1000 rounds thought it and its been reliable and very fun little tact driver.

    If you look up the Ruger MK III series your gonna read review after review on how horrible they are to field strip. I can say I field striped mine after about 500 rounds and it was cake. Not as easy as my Glock but geez it was easy. Don't let people scary ya away.

    As far as reliability I have seen many many people talking about having there Ruger MK series for over 50 years and them still going strong with minimal cleaning.

    Also my Ruger has not been picky about ammo it was for the first 100-250 rounds but after break in its ran like a charm.

  3. JoeInKS


    Jun 14, 2009
    All depends on what you feel is good in your hand in my opinion. There are several options under $300. Among them:

    Ruger MKIII 22/45 blued tapered barrel models - The grip is on the thin side but they shoot well (as do all Ruger MK x pistols); world of after market stuff available so you can improve it as you go

    Ruger MKIII blued models (some are under $300) - as above
    S&W 22A-1 - A larger pistol that is easy to break down for cleaning; built solidly; very accurate; decent trigger; shoots about everything

    ISSC M22 - Looks like a Glock in a lot of ways and shoots very accurately; have had great luck with it including with bulk ammo (some haven't); built well

    Used Browning Buckmark Camper - great pistols for plinking. Feel great in your hand.

    Beretta Neos - look like something from a SCI-FI movie but my friends love them. My monstrous hands find the grips to be too small though. Easy to disassemble for cleaning; accurate
  4. mpmax


    Feb 21, 2011
    I had the same thought and ended up with a Ciener conversion kit for my 1911, $210 with 2 15rd magazines.
  5. JimBianchi

    JimBianchi Da Da CLM

    Feb 15, 2006
    Las Vegas
    I love my Buckmark.

    Used at around $300.

    Great pistol.
  6. toshbar

    toshbar Timber Baron

    Oct 20, 2009
    Eastern NC
    mkiii 22/45, blued with 4" bull. $260 shipped brand new. Removed loaded chamber indicator, magazine disconnect and polished trigger/sear surfaces. shoots like a dream.
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2011
  7. pbs357


    Jan 10, 2010
    SW PA
    Good deal, I really liked my buddy's MKIII so I think I'll go down that road. Question - regarding barrel length, 4.75 inches to 6.88 or more, does that make a ton of difference with accuracy and velocity?
  8. Morgo


    Oct 12, 2002
    MKII Ruger 22/45