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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 I just returned home for my local gun dealer with a brand new Ruger MKIII 60th anniversary model (375.00). Can't wait:smt082 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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Scanned through the posts quick and I see no mention of the SW22 Victory. I picked up mine over 5 years ago and it is great. Mine is the KRYPTEK version which is N/A today. It is a simple field strip for cleaning etc. The fiber sights make finding the target fast and accurate. I am pretty old but love its trigger and accuracy. I had a good friend give it a go awhile ago and he liked it better than his new MKIV Ruger fitted with a red dot.
 

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Phoenix HP-22, Is junk. I got the 25 cal for my kid. Mail it to Mike the owner, For jamming. I get it back,Still jams,But now the arm for the trigger keep coming off. So they mail me a new one,With the handle plate.

So I call him back over the jamming of this new HP25, And he is telling me that,We are holding the pistol with one hand.Ok If your think that. I just told him it's ok this junk was for my kid that is 8,To get to know how to shoot a pistol.And the cost was 149.00. But I did tell him everyone will know from me you pistols are junk. And they are.

So I went back to my gun store,Let them know about it. And turn it in for a Walther P22 Pistol - Carbon Fiber Finish. Looks just like the pk380, My little girl loves it. P22 is one of the best looking 22cal out there. Barrel on p22 is 3.4,And not like most are at 5.5. 5.5 Way to long. To me that 5.5 barrel makes the pistol look funny. Like a toy look. p22 to me is the best one out there in a 22cal.

http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/...ategory_rn=43326&top_category=43326&training=

SKU: WAP22400
Model: P22
Caliber: .22LR
Capacity: 10 Rounds
Length: 6.3" / 16.0 cm
Height: 4.5" / 11.4 cm
Frame Width: 1.1" / 2.8 cm
Barrel Length: 3.4" / 8.6 cm
Sight Radius: 5.3" / 13.5 cm
Weight (No Mag.): 15.1 oz. / 428.1 g
Standard Mag. Weight: 1.8 oz. / 51.0 g
Action: SA/DA
Trigger Pull: 4 lbs. / 11 lbs.
I second that on the walther p22
 

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in handguns 22LR, I have a Ruger 'Standard', SR-22, MKIII 22/45, LCR, GP-100, Wrangler Birdshead. A Colt Frontier Scout. Heritage Rough Rider. For a Youngster I like the SR-22 as it is small like a Mosquito, but a Ruger.
 

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Any one out there care to help me out on picking a .22 for general shooting and plinking? Was looking at the S&W 617 and would love to have one but its kinda rich for my blood. Any input would be great, Thanks Mike
The SW 617 is a great choice. I'd go with that if you can afford it. That said, the Ruger Single Six mentioned previously is good too if you're OK with SAA revolvers. The extra 22WMR cylinder is nice to have as well. I have one and it's the oldest gun I still have in my collection. For auto loaders, it's hard to beat the Ruger MK series. I have a preference for the MK IIs over the MK IIIs, but they don't make them any more.
 

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Buckmark, got a couple and always recommend them. They’ve got dif variations and price varies as well but every one is good. I’ve got one with target sights, one daughter likes that best and a hunter model. Longer, bull barrel. The other daughter favors that
 

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since my earlier post i have spent a lot of time doing more research
yea i want a 617 and/or the sig 1911-22 but
i have chosen the ruger 22/45 5.5" bull barrel
my other short list was the S&W 22a, same price, but several people advised the ruger over it
also the buckmark was on the short list but it is $95 more
Hmmmmm several guys woulda advised the Buckmark over the Ruger including myself. I wish you well with it though
 

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My friend, a retired DEA agent, nearing his 85th B’day, has had problems with operating the slides on his .45 weapons. He wasn’t really into 9mm because he was influenced by his time in the ME. Anyway, he recently acquired the new M&P 9mm with the reduced slide effort and yesterday we traded some of my 9mm S&B FMJ (excellent stuff) for some of his .45 ACP. He recently sold me my HK 45C, which I love.

After we traded, laughed and scratched a bit and drank some excellent Turkish coffee, he asked if I wanted to go to a local gun shop where he had bought a new KT P17 for a shade UNDER $200! The owner is also a retired LE guy and gives him big discounts. While the P17 has an MSRP of about 200, they are popular and hard to find for less than 250 and sometimes as high as $400.

I was totally unaware of this little pistol but the visual quality was night and day superior to the little PF9 I carried a decade or so ago before it imploded on me at the range. Seems I shot it too much and exceeded it’s ability to keep the extractor intact. Anyway this little P17 is much better finished and possibly the lightest pistol I have ever handled. My friend will give me a range report (they are supposed to be very accurate shooters) and I just may be tempted to get one, although I really have no need for a .22 pistol. It is just such a novel object of desire since I felt it’s featherweight impression in my hand.

Here is a review I found for anyone who might be interested… https://www.gunsamerica.com/digest/kel-tec-p17-value-priced-rimfire-blaster/
 
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