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Old December 9th, 2015, 12:07 PM   #1
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which would you buy?

So I'm going to buy a new 22 pistol for plinking. Just looked at one store they got a ruger 22/45 5inch barrel bull actually for 349.99 or the m&p 22 for 379.99. No taxes that's out the door price I'm goin to check a few other places but wanted to get your guys and gals opinion. Besides price is either one better in your opinion? Ive heard the ruger are a pain to take down and clean. Thanks for any input.
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Old December 9th, 2015, 12:15 PM   #2
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I can't speak about the Ruger, but my M&P 22 Compact is fun to shoot. I found that it was spot on and hits everything right out of the box. It was a little picky about ammo at first, but now that it's broken in I only have the rare failure to eject. The last time I took it out I probably shot about 300 rounds of mixed ammo and had 2 or 3 that didn't eject. Both my Father in-law and Brother in-law have them and they enjoy them just as much.
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Old December 9th, 2015, 02:04 PM   #3
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Thanks for the response Kstock. That's exactly what I want in a 22 something that is fun too shoot instead of my 9mm it gets costly shooting 300 rounds of 9mm.
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Old December 9th, 2015, 03:36 PM   #4
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... my 9mm it gets costly shooting 300 rounds of 9mm.
Not being an ass, but if you LOVE to shoot, you MUST get into reloading!

I got 250 Berrys for $32 and reloaded the other night.. a box of 250 UMC at Gander is $89. F that!

If it were not for reloading, I couldnt afford to shoot!!

If you are interested in learning more, PM me your email address and Ill mentor you on getting started. If not, thats cool too bro!


shoot straight, be safe-
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Old December 9th, 2015, 05:53 PM   #5
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Thanks for the response ElevenBravo. One of friends just got his garage setup for reloading so we are gonna do some reloading together but if we run into troubles or need some advice I'm will take you up on your offer for help. Thanks again. Oh yeah ended up going with a ruger 22/45 target model with a bull barrel.
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Old December 9th, 2015, 09:17 PM   #6
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I've got a 22/45 with the bull barrel and a red dot sight, that thing is a hoot to shoot, lots of fun!

It was a Mk 3 and I improved it substantially when I got rid of the magazine safety, I de converted my Mk 3 to a Mk 2 you might say. I also got one of those Speed Strip kits, I got mine from Midway, that was a nice improvement as well.

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Old December 9th, 2015, 10:00 PM   #7
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Thanks for that info on the speed strip G56 I didn't know it even existed. What a difference that would make for cleaning.
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Old December 12th, 2015, 07:35 PM   #8
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The Ruger .22 pistols are accurate and incredibly durable..and generally fun to shoot. Yes, they can be tricky to strip and reassemble, but once you get onto it, the process is easy enough.

However I find I no longer shoot my Ruger MkII now that I have a M&P22. My interest is centred around practical shooting, and I prefer the way the M&P22 mimics the feel of the FS centerfire M&Ps. No harm in having both though...
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i got my wife a .22 LR M&P compact. she had never shot a gun before. she is dead on now. at 25 yards look out. i highly recommend the M&P compact .22LR.
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Old December 16th, 2015, 07:01 PM   #10
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I bought a Ruger SR-22P a few years ago, primarily to use as a training pistol.

It has far exceeded my expectations, and is very "carriable" compared to the Mark II's and III's. It's easily field stripped for cleaning, and is the least ammo sensitive .22 pistol that I've ever owned.

It's also quite accurate, and a good shooter.

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Old January 31st, 2016, 08:08 AM   #11
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check out the SW22 Victory pistol from smith just released, i have a MKIII and a SW 22 Compact, love them both but this new one from smith n wesson is very cool, like the easy take down and ability to swap in custom barrels with a allen wrench.
the M&P compact 22 is far and away the most reliable feeding 22 ive owned, think it will shoot just about anything, doesnt have a bad trigger and has decent sights but its drawback is its light weight short sight radius and cant be a serious bullseye gun. The ruger mkIII series suffers from its many lawyer designed features, the LCI causes feed issues with many, as does the aggravation of disassembly with the mag safety and stock hammer. If your going with a mkIII pistol, or 22/45 then id also look at the LCI delete and mag safety delete bushing. Those imo are necessary mods for many of them dont run well without it. adding a volquartsen hammer and sear and trigger really sweetens them up and with the hammer you can pull out the bolt without a complete teardown. but now your adding another 100 or so to the gun as well. these are things that imo make the new Victory so attractive if i were a prospective buyer.

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Old January 31st, 2016, 02:56 PM   #12
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I'm probably going to buy one of those Victory's as soon as they get to the dealers, looks like a great 22 pistol!
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I have the S&W Model 41, 22A-1, 422 and M&P22. All are really good but if I was going to buy another I'd buy a Browning Buckmark Contour URX 5.5".
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Browning Buckmark would be my first choice in a .22 unless I was buying for purely training purposes and wanted a .22 that was almost identical to my M&P 9 and 45.

Just as a side note, many people report that their M&P .22 will feed anything. Mine, however, is pretty ammo sensitive. It needs either Blazers or Remington Thunderbolts to cycle reliably. Anything else and it's a jam-o-matic.
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Old March 15th, 2016, 05:23 AM   #15
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I haven't shot the M&P 22. I do have a Ruger MK II target pistol. It has a 5" slab-sided bull barrel. It's stainless with target grips and adjustable rear sight. The first time i pulled the trigger on this pistol my thought was this...."How did the lawyers let this pistol out of the factory?" The trigger is simply the "best" I have tried on any stock handgun. It's been 100% reliable.
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