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I thought I start something, I never hear much about the .22 rimfire. Whats your favor one and the ones that got away, and your favorite load. I have a Ruger Bisley that likes CCI Green Tag,Mini Mags and Win. High Velocity Solids. The one that got away, Browning Buck Mark (son in-law) that would shoot about any type of ammo.
 

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I have a 6 1/2" blued Single Six which has been with me for about 20 years now...never tried any but el cheapo Walmart sale ammo & CCI .22 mag fmj's and I use it all the time...for some reason it seems to bother people who never tried a .22 on actual critters but I have good results with this gun (esp. with the magnum cylinder) on literally everything I've used it on (that includes a few unsuspecting wild hogs too).
 

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Ruger 22/45, stainless, 5" bull barrel, most accurate handgun I own.  I shoot CCI Mini-Mags in it.
 

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 Hey Guys,  Let's talk about .22's...
1. Got a Single six from 1958 in excellent condition that  a great plinker and a great trailgun.
 2. Got a 3rd series Colt match Target that is about the most accurate pistol I've ever shot.
 3.  Got a S&W  22a that is pretty smooth and is almost as accurate as the Colt,  But  my Prettiest 22 is an UNFIRED Nickel Colt Frontier Scout (22mag) that has an extra cyl. for .22lr. Built in '61 with the letter to prove it.

 The Woodsman,single six and Frontier Scout all came from the same owner, He has a K22 s&w also put my buddy beat me to it!~

 As far as I'm concerned, a guy just can't have enough .22's.  Inexpensive to own and shoot, and a heck of a lot of fun!!!
 

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Ah! .22's.  The finest of the handguns.  My father bought a Colt Woodsman in 1924, I believe and died owning that pistol.  He was the finest game shot with a pistol I ever saw.  He would shoot Columbian ground squirrels, which are about the size of prairie dogs, and "sage rats" by the ton.  I was 15 before I could compete with him using a rifle.  He used that pistol to kill about everything you can think of over the years.  Sage rats were dead 8 out of 10 times at 50 yards and in.  I once saw him kill a hawk at about 125 yards.  One shot and rolled it out of a tree.

I have a series of S&W's, including a Model 18 with a 4 1/2 inch barrel that was built in the early 50's; a model 35, which is a "KIt Gun" with a 6" barrel and adjustable sights.  That is a good grouse/sage rat gun.  Easy to carry and shoot, with a target trigger and hammer.  I also have two model 41's that I use for target and sage rats.  They are the 5" heavy barrels.  I also have a Colt Frontier Scout with 7 1/2" barrel, but it does not shoot very well, so it is a plinker.  I agree that .22s are the most fun of any handgun, but does not get the attention that they deserve.  They will kill most anything, if you can hit 'em.

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I have a single six stainless that I use to keep the feel of my 44mag. It is not on a stady diet of anything right now and it does not shoot well. It will get there. I have a old H&R double action nickle coated 8 shot revolver that my Dad had that is a great gun to carry. It will shoot anything. Sold a Mark 2 that I wish I never let go, but I never had a gun I was glad to sell.
 

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I own 2 handguns in .22 cal that I shoot. Target only, as our Canadian Government does not allow the use of handguns for much else, sadley to say.
The one is an Uberti 1887 cattleman single action, handles all .22 ammunition equally well. (gallery .22 CB's are near silent and would be good for rodent control if I were to use it for such)
The other is a Whitney autoloader (Wolverine) semi auto. It seems to like the federal bulk pack ammo. It has a point of impact about 4 inches low from point of aim at 25 yards, but will shoot 10 shoot strings into a 1.5 inch group consistantly.
 

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I own (2) .22 caliber handguns.  A S&W K-617 revolver which is a ten(10) shot model in stainless.  This gun is darn accurate for target shooting when fired in single action, although the the DA performance is probably more due to the shooter than the gun.  It seems to like Win Super-X ammo best, but will shoot anything pretty well.  I also own a Browning Buckmark Pro Target 5.5, which I have mounted a Bushnell Holosight on.  I use this for my weekly bullseye league.  I owned the gun (I bought it new) for about a year without any trouble, but have had it sent in twice in the past (3) months to get repaired.  It was hang firing about four out of twenty.  They replaced the firing pin and spring, the hammer spring, polished the chamber, etc.  It has worked pretty well for the past two(2) weeks(500 or so rounds), so hopefully I am in the clear.  It seems to shoot CCI standard velocity best, although I haven't tried any of the fancy stuff as I like to shoot too much to be able to afford that stuff anyway.  The gun is capable of holding 5" or better groups at 100yds with a rest using the Holosight.
 

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I have two .22 handguns. One is a S&W K-frame with 6 in. bbl, and the other is a S&W mod. 41 target. Both are extremely accurate and my favorites to shoot.
 

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a thread after my own heart,i read your post and it took me back. i had to stop and think, how many 22's do i own? The ones that got away. i had a model 17 6 inch that was the best shooter i ever had. i paid 40 bucks for it in 1972. i sold that gun to a friend for what i paid for it just to get him started shooting. When i realized what i had done he never would sell it back. i missed that gun so bad i spent two years looking for another one.
Best shooter is my Buckmark Pro 5.5 with an Aimpoint. Worst is my Ruger 22/45  but i dont know why i thinks it is because i hate to take it down to clean.
One of the best i have is a Dawoo DP52 it looks like a Whalther ppk and came in from Korea through Kimber. cost was almost nothing and i can shoot it like a target pistol it will shoot anything well but i can not get magazines for it.
Thanks for bringing back memories. i will have to dust  off a few bricks and fun shoot.
 

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Have a Ruger Mark II ($100.00 new a long time ago) and a Smith 18 w/4" barrel and target trigger, hammer and grips.  What a blast they are to shoot, especially the Ruger.  You can use up a brick of 22's in a hurry, and economical too.

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22's are the most fun for me.I had a browning,prebuckmark which didn't shoot worth a dam.My best shooter is a Smith model 41.I need to keep the Smith pretty clean or I have feeding or ejection problems.I have the wilson 45/22 conversion which I use in my Kimber:OK for plinking but you wouldn't want to shoot it in a match.
The wife and I shoot together almost every week.She uses a rifle and I use a pistol and that pretty much evens us up.
I use the federal 36 gr from the bulk pack cause they shoot well and they are cheap,If I want to be real accurate I mich them up and seperate them--an inexpensive way to get match ammo accuracy.
Plinking is the most fun for me,always has been.The wife isn't intimadated by the 22's(like she is by the big bores)so if the time would ever come-god forbid-that she needs to shoot in our defense,she has plenty of practice and experience on the preferable side of the gun.(hers are the 38 & 44 wheel guns).She's also taken to popping critters in my absence and I take that as a good sign.

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I think if one has kids, and you're a shooting family, then .22 handguns are mandatory!  We have an assortment of them, and when time permits they provide lots of pleasure, practical practice and family time with little expense!  Builds confidence in a shooter no matter what the age to put a few hundred rounds down-range from the rimfires!

My most accurate rimfire handgun is a tie for first place with an old Ruger Single-Six (Pre-Super-Single-Six, has .222" barrel diameter), cut back to 4 5/8" barrel and recrowned, an outstanding shooter, and an older stainless 4" Ruger Standard Auto.  Both shoot better than I on a consistent basis.  Great fun!

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Brookie,
forgot about that, i also have a Wilson conversion that i ordered from Bill before they were offered for sale from a flyer in his catalog. i put it on a colt frame and it never would shoot worth a ####. Slide would fail to cycle and cause jams. Years later i saw the "kit" offered for a Kimber and thought what the heck and tried it.My   "Kit" slipped right on and ran flawlessly." It is no tack driver" however i can shoot a clay pigon a twenty yards all day long and i am using the trigger i shoot cdp with. Mags are up around forty buck though so i make do with two.
Hey where is the Spell Check?
 

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The early conversions by Colt were a real pain and not worth the trouble.I don't know if the early wilson conversions yet had the instructions to use hi velocity remingtons.I'm no remington 22 fan,but I too had difficulty getting the slide to cycle so I gave Wilson a call.He recommended remingtons and I haven't had trouble since.The trade off is that while        the federals are more accurate in mine,the remingtons are more reliable.He also told me that 2-3 in groups @ 25 yds are about all I could expect with the drop in conversion without fitting the frame to the slide.I only wish that the rear sight was already adjustable but I have enough $ in it as it is.Heck it is what it is and that ain't too bad---don't that Kimber feel nice?

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Brookie.
i will state mine was a very early kit from Wilson, when i got the flyer it stated that "our kits are better because they are made with steel slides". However when i got it the slide was as you know made of aluminum. This i was told was to allow the slide to cycle with standard ammo. i think it was about a year later they came out with the adj. sights.Mine is what i intended,a means to use the bttm end of my carry gun for cheap practice. i just had to buy a different gun to do it{nothing wrong with that}. Yes the Kimber is everthing a semi-custom  could be.


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Can't ever have too many .22 pistols! I just made a quick mental inventory and realize that I have owned about twenty, including some duplicates. Started with a $17 Sheridan tip-up single shot when I was a teenager, went on to Ruger Standard autos in 4" and 6" Mark I (several of these); a Bearcat,a couple of Ruger Target Mark I T512's, a T678, a Browning Medalist (shot great but the gorgeous grips just didn't fit my hand...don't I wish I'd kept that one&#33<!--emo&;)--><img src="http://beartoothbullets.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=';)'><!--endemo-->; an original High Standard Supermatic Trophy 7-1/4" fluted; a fantastically accurate M17 Smith 6" that was a mess until it was essentially remanufactured by S&W; an S&W 2" adjustable sight Kit Gun with which I once beat the State Police PPC champ in an informal match; Super Single Six Rugers in Stainless and Blue, and a Contender 10".
Still have the High Standard, S&W 17, one of the 512's, the T678, the Stainless SSS, and the Contender (scoped). Guess I've got the rimfire area taped.
The S&W (old model chamfered and pinned) is the most accurate rf revolver I've ever shot, I think the factory made a 'project' of it, as they had it over six months.)
The Contender has shot sub-inch at 50 yds with iron sights, when my meds were in good balance. With the scope, from a rest, it's essentially a one holer to well beyond 50.
The old High Standard won me a couple of State silhouette championships. It'll shoot its favorite ammo into an inch or so at 50, and sub two inches at 100. A good silhouette gun.
 

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Every time I go to the range, I shoot either my Ruger Mll or the Mitchell Victor as well as other various guns. Cheap to shoot, low recoil and noise. Just make sure that you get long rifle not magnum. The price for the magnums are really high as compared to the long rifle.
 

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I use a s&w mdl. 18 and a colt diamondback for squirrel hunting. Both are nickel 4 inchers. When I'm in an automatic mood its beretta 70, ruger mk11 standard with millet sights or  a 4" buckmark.
 

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I'm a very lucky guy!  In 1968 I was 14 and my mother went to the local gun shop and purchased me a new S&W K-22 for $89.50 (put it on layaway too)!  I grew up with that excellent revolver, hunted rabbits and squirrels in the woods, entered bullseye matches with it and thoroughly enjoyed it!  I practiced with it every chance I could.  My mom is no longer with us but I still have the K-22.  It's lost some of the blueing from holster wear but still shoots into the x-ring.  I wouldn't sell it for $1000.  Some things are just too precious to part with.  
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