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Posted: 8/14/2003 8:15:35 AM EDT
Looking for accuracy and, if possible, light weight. I have looked at the Browning and Ruger. They are right in my price range, but a bit heavy. Are there other alternatives?

What is a good barrel length for decent accuracy?
Link Posted: 8/14/2003 9:44:56 AM EDT
The heaviness you complain of contributes to stiffness which contributes to accuracy.

The only real lightweight model I know of is the Neo model. By all accounts, it hasn't sold too well.

Get the Buckmark for the best .22 for under $500.

As for accuracy, you'd need at least a 4" barrel for anything really good for 25 yards.
Link Posted: 8/14/2003 10:44:06 AM EDT
I have two Buckmarks - the Camper and the Micro. I LOVE them! The Ruger MKII are nice too, but heavier (esp. with the bull barrel).
Link Posted: 8/14/2003 11:04:43 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/14/2003 11:06:43 AM EDT by DavidC]
If you want to combine light weight and accuracy, you'll have trouble if you stick with an auto-loader, because, as mentioned before, the weight is part of what makes them accurate.

I willing to bet if you picked a S&W 317 kit gun, you would find you can easily shoot 1" groups at 25 yards, and it only weighs 12 ounces.



Revolver
Model: 317 Kit Gun
Caliber: .22 LR
Barrel Length: 3"
Capacity: 8 Rounds
Action: Single , Double
External Safety: N/A
Hammer: .240" Semi-Target
Trigger: .312" Smooth Target
Grip: Uncle Mike's Combat Front Sight: "Light Gathering" HIVIZ® Green Dot Rear Sight: Adjustable V-Notch
Frame: Small Finish: Clear Cote
Over all length: 7-3/16" Weight: 11.9 ounces
Material: Aluminum Alloy / Stainless Steel

Link Posted: 8/14/2003 11:24:02 AM EDT
According to the reviews I have seen, the NEO's trigger sucks. How accurate are you looking for?
This is a big question...you are going to need either the buckmark or the ruger for outstanding accuracy...and neither is light. Or you are going for normal accuraccy...then you can go with a Walther or something smaller with decent accuracy and lightweight. 5" is good for a starting point. You may also want to look into revolvers.........that's accuracy for you.
Link Posted: 8/14/2003 11:25:06 AM EDT
How's that for a revolver reccomendation....
Link Posted: 8/15/2003 6:30:13 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/15/2003 6:32:00 PM EDT by imposter]
How do the triggers on the stock Buckmarks and Rugers compare?

I like the revolver idea, but am I correct in thinking that it would be quite a bit less accurate than the pistols?
Link Posted: 8/15/2003 8:07:50 PM EDT
The Ruger's trigger is mediocre from the factory. However, it's like the small block Chevy of .22 pistols: every-damned-body makes parts, accessories, and upgrades for it and it can be tuned with minimal effort. I have Clark triggers with pretravel stops installed on the three MKIIs I own. They break like glass.
Link Posted: 8/15/2003 8:42:06 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/15/2003 8:44:16 PM EDT by xwing]
I have a S&W model 422 semi auto with 6 inch barrel. It has an alloy frame with Stainless steel barrel. It is quite accurate and light weight.mounte a red dot on it for rabbits and me and Spot have a ball:)


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Link Posted: 8/16/2003 11:01:17 AM EDT
S&W K-22. Preferably one made between 1940 and 1960. Six inch barrel, TT, TS & TH.
Link Posted: 8/30/2003 12:46:52 PM EDT
I've got the Buckmark Micro. My friend has the Ruger MKII with the 5.5" bull bar. His has a slight edge on accuracy, but it's a pain to clean. One time after a trip to the range, I cleaned my Buckmark, my .22 rifle, my .308 and my 12 ga. in the time it took him to disassemble his.
Link Posted: 8/30/2003 1:00:03 PM EDT
Wdsman,
Yeah...first time or two cleaning the Ruger MKII is a pain in the butt...BUT...betcha I can clean it now quicker than you can the Buckmark!!<grin>
Both the Ruger MKII and the Buckmark are great guns. Cleaning anything the first time is a "new" experience...but if after a few times at the range and cleaning the Ruger MKII, you can't do it in the same time as the Buckmark, then you need to get a different gun...like a toy cap pistol. If that is the "fault" on the Rugers, then we need more guns like them!!
RugerCal480 )Mike)
Link Posted: 8/30/2003 1:20:22 PM EDT
Ruger,

Yeah, I guess you would get faster with time and I do need that stinking allen wrench to break down the Buckmark.
Link Posted: 8/30/2003 1:54:03 PM EDT
Someone say Ruger?...
Link Posted: 8/30/2003 2:56:13 PM EDT
I love my Buckmark. The most accurate and fun gun to shoot that I own. Never shot the Ruger....great gun I am sure. But I can say the Buckmark is awesome.....you wont be sorry.
Link Posted: 8/31/2003 7:23:22 PM EDT
Thanks guys, I got the 22/45 last week. It seemed that everybody that had the Buckmark said to get the Buckmark and everybody that had the Ruger said to get the Ruger. Basically, nobody is disatisfied. So I got the 22/45 because it was about $40-60 cheaper than the MkII or Buckmark.

And I have shot as much 22LR in the last week as I did in the prior five years.
Link Posted: 8/31/2003 7:36:12 PM EDT
I am telling you , if light weight is key, Check out the S/W 317 Kit gun. I was at one of my local gun shops today and handled this Gun. It Feels Like A TOY.
For a .22 though it is just what I'm looking for. A camping and backing partner.
This is my next purchase.
Thedr
Link Posted: 9/2/2003 7:27:52 AM EDT
Jennings J-22 all the way man!
BTW: nickel plated is the best!
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