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Come September, I will find meself with &#36300 in hand to spend at the local gunshop.  I am considering a Bearcat or a 22/45.  Any input from owners of said pistols - be ye happy or disgruntled?
 

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Hey Alan,

Did you catch a case of handgunitus or what! Geeeezzz!

Can't help you on those particular .22's. Last year I found an old Smith&Wesson Kit Gun in absolute MINT condition and nothing I have seen since can catch my eye.

Scotty
 

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Love my 22/45, bull barrel/stainless.  Very accurate.

Also want a Bearcat... so not sure if I can help you choose between the two!
 

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Alan,

Pick one of the Browning Buckmark models and don't look back. The 22/45 is OK, but the Browning will outshoot just about any Ruger 22 auto I've run across. The best part is there is nothing easier than stripping a Buckmark for cleaning.

The Bearcat is something I plan on picking up as a "its for the kids honey" gun. Somehow I don't think its going to work though. Its a neat gun but I kind of hard for me to shoot due to its size.
 

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Alan,

Another gun, if you're looking for a revolver is the little Taurus kit gun clone.  It's a great little shooter and has a nine shot cylinder.  Mine feels just like my S&W kit gun, but I don't feel guilty about exposing this stainless shooter to the elements and holster wear.  It shoots as well as I can when I use that cheap Federal Ammo in the bulk-pack 550 count box that Wal-Mart sells for about 7 bucks in our area.  Off the bench this Taurus will shoot into just over an inch at 25 yards if I do my part!  It's a little pricier than the Ruger .22/45, but it's more compact as well.  

Decisions, decisions... too many guns... not enough money!

God Bless,

Marshall
 

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Morning gents and thanks for the info.  I'll check into the Buckmark and Taurus 9 shot.  MT - have you had any reliability issues with your Buckmark?  A couple of .22 boards indicate the Buckmark is prone to jamming and not nearly as long lived as the Ruger MK series?

Scotty - your statement is true but remember now, when my Bisley is returned (sometime after 8/6.... Aaaaarrrrrghhhhhhh the inhumanity of it all) it goes toe to toe with the Redhawk.  The looser in this battle of the 45 Colts (comfort and accuracy) goes on the selling block.  As for .22's, I'm not a high rollin' preacher such as yourownself so I can't afford an S n' Dubya 63 :wink:  The .22 will allow me to shoot more and more often!  Besides, I love shooting gallery rounds in the garage (.22 Colibris) in my Romanian trainer (much, much quieter than a pellet gun) and a .22 pistola will allow me inexpensive sight picture and trigger control practice.  With my longbows, I was so used to shooting a hundred or so arrows a day that NOT doing some sort of shooting on a daily basis is torture!  Last weekend, my eight year old daughter was upset with me because when I was supposed to be playing water gun tag with her, I kept waisting my super soaker ammo popping flies and bees off of tree leaves and flowers  :biggrin:
 

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Alan,

We used to sell 7 to 10 Buckmarks a week and almost all were shot in our indoor range. I have fired more Buckmarks than I can count. The only time they malfunction is when they've been neglected and you have to scrape the fouling off the gun. Kept clean, mine never even thinks of jamming.

I would imagine that the Ruger could claim some advantage in durabilty but don't think they're immune from wear. We had a rental gun that had been shot so much that the barrel assembly no longer fit into the frame correctly. Any gun can be killed. Try them all and pick what feels good. The Buckmarks can be found around &#36220.00 in my neck of the desert and I think that qualifies as a best buy 22.
 

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I have too agree with Mr. Callahan, Browning Buckmark is a very good choice. My Buckmark was my first handgun, then I gave it too my wifes son in-law for his first handgun.  Good Luck!
 

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I vote for finding a mint S&W kit gun.  but don't buy a new one from current group.  I have 3 kit guns now. a #43 light weight .22 LR,a #60 .38 SPL.w/2" bbl. and target sights, and my favorite, my #51 .22 WRM. I've had this one for 30 yrs. it's the one I carry when deer or bird hunting,fishing,etc.    keep looking,you can find one.....
 

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The Bearcat will be an excellent trail gun and may be your only legal alternative during hunting season. I'm not sure what the laws are like in your NW corner of America but here in the Keystone State self-loaders are a no no. You might want to check into that before buying. I also like the feel and compact dimensions/weight of the Bearcat. I'm seriously considering a .32 H&R version myself.

The 22/45 is a much larger pistol, thus it loses some appeal to me as a .22 rimfire. I like them on the smallish side myself. I also prefer the feel of the standard Ruger Mark II but I know just as many who go in the opposite direction. The guns are generally reliable, although I've fired one that had to be returned to Ruger before full reliability was acheived. (Oh Boy! Now you really needed to hear that, eh Alan?)
 

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"(Oh Boy! Now you really needed to hear that, eh Alan?)"

LOL Bill!!  I guess it's good to know that I'm not the only one who owns some of the world's finest do-it-yourself sixguns!
 

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Get one of the Ruger MkII's and you will not be sorry!
I've got 3 of them. A blue 5.5" bull that the wife claims as hers, a 6 7/8" Government Target Stainless and a old blue
10.5 inch bull too.
They are all excellent shooters that will out shoot me.I've got a red dot on the long one and have killed several crows at and around 100 yds with it. Not every time but enough times to prove it wasn't a fluke. J Sanders
 
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