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Plinker Suggestions

Discussion in 'Rimfire Forum' started by GeorgeBurdell, Jan 31, 2010.

  1. GeorgeBurdell


    Jan 8, 2010
    I'm looking for suggestions for a nice, fun .22 pistol or revolver for plinking. Since buying my first G23, I find I want to get to the range 1-2 times a week, so I'm looking for a fun gun to blast zombies that won't break the ammo bank. That said, I'm not even sure of a price range. Of course, price is a factor. I'm definatly NOT looking for a museum piece, but I wouldn't rule out spending a few bills for a reliable, fun to shoot handgun.

    Thanks in advance for suggestions
  2. Steel Head

    Steel Head Tactical Cat

    Jan 1, 2010
    A cat box in WA
    The guns I shoot most
    My G23
    And my S&W 22a-cheap accurate and not overly ammo picky

    The Ruger and Browning 22 pistols are also good choices

  3. 380Seecamp


    Mar 10, 2007
    Many folks like the Ruger semi autos like this one:


    I have a couple of Mk II pistols myself.
  4. RedHaze

    RedHaze Handgunner

    Aug 23, 2009
    SE WA
    AA .22 conversion for your G23! If you can find one.
  5. Faulkner

    Faulkner Patriot Millennium Member

    Aug 21, 1999
    Arkansas Ozarks
    I carry a G23 as a LE duty sidearm. I bought this Ruger 22/45 as a training companion for my G23. This 22/45 with 4 inch bull barrel will fit most of my G23 holsters, including my duty rig. Plenty reliable and accurate.

  6. wjv


    Jan 17, 2002
    Pacific NW
    Taurus model 94
  7. Shortimer


    Dec 11, 2007
    I just got a new Ruger Single six with the extra 22 mag cly. I gotta tell ya that I love this gun. It is over built & the craftsmanship is great. Its a high quality revolver & is still cheap to shoot. It is also very accurate. No offense intended but I would steer clear of the Taurus model 94. I had one & it was accurate but the trigger pull was hell. The rear site blade came off while shooting it one day. You really can't do a trigger job on them b/cause it will lighten the hammer strike. Go with the Single Six & you will not be disappointed
  8. Joshhtn

    Joshhtn The eBay Guy Silver Member

    Mar 31, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    Love the Ruger MKIII
  9. Caladan


    Aug 7, 2007
    The S&W 22A is a great plinker, especially when you consider how little they cost. They are very easy to strip, and have a scope rail built in (on). The only downside is that it's grip size is a bit larger than the other .22 semi's. Trigger isn't quite as nice as that of a Buckmark or MKIII, but then again it does cost a lot less.

    The Browning Buckmark has a very nice grip size and shape, and has the best trigger of the commonly-available .22 semi's. It's cost is between the 22A and most MKIII's. You do need a tool to strip, but it's still pretty easy to do so. Downside is that it comes with only one magazine.

    The Ruger MKIII will usually run over $300, but has the best build quality. It's just as accurate and reliable as anything else in this class. I would rank the trigger between the BM and the 22A, but there are parts that you can buy to make it very good. These come with an accessory scope rail that you mount yourself. Stripping is a very complicated process, but just follow the instructions and you will be ok.

    So which one to get? If cost is a concern, just get the 22A and don't look back. If cost isn't a concern at all, the get the MKIII. If I could just get one, it would be the BM, since it's trigger is the best, and it's cost is very reasonable.
  10. wingspar


    Oct 7, 2009
    The Rugers are great guns. I have a Ruger Standard that my father bought brand new in 1950 for $37.50. The Rugers are not easy to field strip, and three times the pain to reassemble. For that reason, I decided to order a Sig Mosquito. Easy to field strip and reassemble. Won’t have it for a week or so, but will be posting photos and range report when I get it. I picked it up for $355.99.
  11. Rocken


    Jan 12, 2010
    Beretta NEO, cheap and shoots remington gold bulk. A lot of the "better guns" seem to only shoot mini mags at twice the price. Twice the shooting for the same price. I think it would serve you well.
  12. pakettle


    Aug 21, 2006
    northern Illinois
    Second that, I have 2 neos. 15000 rounds through one and 22000 in the other one, also have a glock 17 with the AA kit.
  13. GeorgeBurdell


    Jan 8, 2010
    Thanks all for the suggestions. Now I have a list to check at the local dealers...
  14. Flipz


    Nov 9, 2009
    Go with the Advantage Arms Kit if you can find it.
  15. BK63


    Sep 15, 2005
    One thing to consider is that some double action revolver 22's have a very stiff spring. They need it to set off the rimfire round. Because of this certain revolvers I just don't like and just can't shoot well. Some of the Ruger revolvers are heavier and nicer to shoot. I have a MK II auto that I've been shooting for over 20 years if you are looking for an auto type gun. One thing for sure there are lots of 22's out there.
  16. diode


    Jan 13, 2004
    My .02 goes to the S&W 22A. Purchased it with the 5-1/2" barrel, bought an inexpensive red dot sight and proceeded to have a flip'n ball! Later, I ordered the 4" barrel from S&W for 99.00 and now I have something to actually practice with that compares to my G30. Low initial cost and accurate to shoot.
    Yes, the Ruger is a good choice, had 2 but the 22A is as light as a Glock with the AA kit and has a grip angle that is close to the Glock as well. My local gun shop recommended it to me for a cheap plinker and they were spot on! (The also told me in 2004 that I would find the G26 to be a remarkable weapon and they were correct on that one too..)