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    Lauvredis is offline Junior Member
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    I enjoy the Beretta 21A. Takes most 22lr ammo and I carry it as a concealed weapon.
    The ISSC M22 is also great as long as use only one ammo. And that is CCI mini-mag 22lr, hollow point or round point.
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    You should consider the differences in the types of guns people are mentioning. Also is this .22 wanted as a trainer for another type of gun (with more expensive ammo)? If so it should be similar in action and feel to the other gun. Rugers are generally about $300 or less unless you get fancy. The MK III is a semi automatic. It is a good gun, comes in several barrel lengths, and in plain or fancy. The Single Six gets its name from being a single-action revolver. You must cock the hammer before each shot. There are some types of target matches it cannot compete in. The Single six may be just over $300. I chose the S&W22 as a training gun for a M&P40. I am considering a Ruger Single Six for a fun gun.

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    Good question- if you want a target auto with grip/scope/mount options, go with Ruger Mark III Hunter or maybe 22/45, S & W 22A or Model 41, Browning BuckMark. If you want a practice gun that mirrors modern combat gun grip/controls/take down, check out- *new* Smith and Wesson M&P 22, Firestorm 22 / Bersa Thunder 22, ISSC m22, Walther p22 isn't my choice but people buy it. There are a bunch of revolver choices as well, on the cheap side would be the Taurus Tracker 990, 9 shot 22 LR , about $350. Ruger has made the GP-101 and SP-101 in 22 LR , but recently announced they are making more in 2011. On the upper end would the the S & W 617, 317, ect. But those are pretty expensive. Plink on!

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    Well posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timeout View Post
    Well I just returned home for my local gun dealer with a brand new Ruger MKIII 60th anniversary model (375.00). Can't wait to get to the range tomorrow. Thank you, to all who gave their input! Mike
    Congrats!! I think you made a great choice. I recently picked up a Mark III Target and I really enjoy it -- the weight / balance, feel, trigger, and accuracy. Plus I think Ruger makes a quality product. In case you haven't realized this already -- the gun will be a bit*ch to disassemble and clean!!! At least the first few times. Take your time and don't get discouraged -- it gets easier.

    Safe shooting!

    As an aside -- I also really like the S&W 617, but I agree with you -- they are quite expensive. I'd like to see Ruger make a 10 round GP100 in 22lr. I have a GP100 and love it. I consider the GP100 my S&W 686 equivalent (but at a much better price), and I consider the S&W 617 the 22lr version of the 686. So I assume a Ruger GP100 in 22lr would be a $400 to $500 gun.

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    I'm going to throw my hat in the ring here and suggest the S&W model 22A. After shooting a couple of thousand rounds through my 226 9mm I wanted something cheaper to shoot. I was considering buying the .22LR conversion for the 226 but that was $300. I looked at a few different models and decided I didn't like the Ruger .22's at all. Felt really small in my hands, didn't point well etc. Also read about how hard they are to service and ruled them out.

    The next time I was at the range I checked out what they had in the case and found a brand new 22A for $280 but it looked cheap with the half gray trigger and guard and the rest of the gun in black. Right next to it was a used 22A in two tone black and stainless. Looked really sharp and they were asking $150. It was dirty but didn't look bad for $150.. It felt really good in my hands so I gave them a deposit and asked them to hold it over night while I looked into the model. I rushed home and spent about 8 hrs reading every review and watching every video I could find and to be honest the reviews were mixed. Some loved it while others hated it and called it crap. I decided that for $150 I would take a chance. The next morning I went back to the shop and bought it. I picked it up a couple days later and put about 200 rounds of Federal HP bulk through it. I had no Fail to fires but I did have 5 fail to feed's. Being my first .22 I wasn't sure what to expect and was beginging to think the bad reviews were right.

    I took the gun home and opened it up to find it looked like it had never been cleaned or someone had no clue what they were doing. I cleaned the gun top to bottom and took it back to the range. Another 200 rounds and the only issue was one fail to feed. I've since run about a 1000 rounds through it myself and taken some female friends to the range and they love the .22. All told we've put about 2000 rounds through it and it keeps getting better. Once clean the gun was good for 250-300 rounds before it starts the fail to feeds. When this starts you know it's time.

    The last time I cleaned it I used something called frog lube. I'd never heard of it but everyone I talked to swore by it so why not... I cleaned the gun spotless then brushed this stuff on (It comes in paste form) and let the gun sit under a heat lamp for about 20 mins. This stuff melts and soaks into the metal. I was told to repeat this 3 times so I did... The last range outing the ladies put 300 rounds through it and I put another 200+ (full bulkbox) without a single failure.

    I'm happy with the 22A and for what I paid it can't be beat. If you're looking for a .22 check it out and I'll also recommend the frog lube as well...

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