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    Inexpensive, but decent .22 lr or 22 mag for pest/vermin control?

    And maybe some occasional plinking. Got a lot of possum, raccoon, etc around. Dog got hold of the raccoon last night, and got bit once or twice before I could pull them apart. Otherwise not inclined to pop them, but if I have to, I think .45 auto and 12 gauge are a bit overkill for blasting pests in the middle of the night.
    So half kicking the idea of a little .22 or .22 mag to have around for these sorts of tasks. May go with a 10-22, also just to have. Always wanted one.. But for a revolver or pistol?
    Any suggestions? Not crazy about spending as much for a little .22 as I did for my .45, If I can avoid it. Saw some in Gander today going for upwards of $500-600

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    There are a lot of quality .22 pistols on the market today. I'm especially fond of the Browning Buckmark, but Ruger makes a nice rimfire too. Unfortunately, neither is inexpensive. Walther & Sig Sauer make models, but I've never been very impressed with them.

    You might take a good long look at the Beretta Neos. It is a quality pistol that sells new for $225-275, depending on the configuration. If you can get over its space age looks then you might have a real winner.

    I should add that I have shot examples of all of these pistols within the past few years. If I was buying one today, it'd be the Neos.

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    The words '22 magnum' and 'inexpensive' do not go together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeeper1 View Post
    The words '22 magnum' and 'inexpensive' do not go together.
    PMR-30 MSRP isn't bad. If you can actually find one at MSRP.

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    I meant the cost of the ammo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marshaul View Post
    PMR-30 MSRP isn't bad. If you can actually find one at MSRP.
    Been looking for a PMR, actually, but have yet to even see one in a store..

    Ill have a look at the Neos, havent seen one 1st-hand as yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j4l View Post
    Been looking for a PMR, actually, but have yet to even see one in a store..
    If I ever see one, I will buy it on the spot.

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    Neos looks interesting, actually.. Esp. the carbine/stock kit for them.. could maybe kill 2 birds, 1 stone- have a handly lil .22 pistol, and when desired, switch it over to a shoulder-gun.. same mags. everything else.. tempting..

    Also, saw a used Marlin 336 in .30-30 with scope- they were asking $299 for it, and seemed to be in decent shape.. tempting, also. Just to have, really. I know Marlins are decent quality- how's the .30-30 round, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j4l View Post
    Also, saw a used Marlin 336 in .30-30 with scope- they were asking $299 for it, and seemed to be in decent shape.. tempting, also. Just to have, really. I know Marlins are decent quality- how's the .30-30 round, though.
    The .30-.30 has probably taken more deer in the USA than any other caliber. It seems that the .270 win is getting more popular than the .30-.30 though. I have only fired one gun shooting it and wasn't too impressed with the complete accuracy but it might have good usable accuracy.
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    I like the Browning Buckmark. It's a .22LR and is pretty inexpensive.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Steeler-gal View Post
    I like the Browning Buckmark. It's a .22LR and is pretty inexpensive.
    Also a fan of the Browning Buckmark.

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    well,,,

    Quote Originally Posted by marshaul View Post
    PMR-30 MSRP isn't bad. If you can actually find one at MSRP.
    Quote Originally Posted by marshaul View Post
    If I ever see one, I will buy it on the spot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1245A Defender View Post
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    EMNofSeattle wrote: Your idea of freedom terrifies me. So you are actually right. I am perfectly happy with what you call tyranny.....

    “If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.”

    Stand up for your Rights,, They have no authority on their own...

    All power is inherent in the people,
    it is their right and duty to be at all times ARMED!

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    Can't go wrong with a 10/22 and any flavor of CCI ammo.

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    Several post, including my initial response, all favor the Buck Mark. It really is a sweet shooting little .22. I recommended the Neos because its price is so much lower. I forgot to mention the carbine stock option, but you're right, they do have one of those.

    In addition to the Buck Mark pistols, Browning also makes Buck Mark rifles, which seem to utilize the same action, but are fitted with longer barrels & shoulder stocks. That said, the Ruger 10/22 costs less and is a more flexible platform.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1245A Defender View Post
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    c.comgowow dont know how this happened.
    I wonder if they actually have one in stock.

    I'm going to call and ask, but the unfortunate truth is I just bought a progressive reloading press. I may not be able to buy one right now. Even at $300.
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    Seriously, how about a Taurus Judge.... .45 LC and 410 Shotgun (various loads)... Dual purpose and 410 would work good at close range...

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    I don't know if I'm in the right place, but I know Ruger .22 Pistols are a pretty good deal, and there's that .22 Ammo from Aguilla that acts sorta like a .22 Magnum.

    I have a Ruger Mark I from 1958, and it still works okay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Outdoorsman1 View Post
    Seriously, how about a Taurus Judge.... .45 LC and 410 Shotgun (various loads)... Dual purpose and 410 would work good at close range...

    I know, I know.... Flame suit on...

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    Actually I do intend to get one, one of these days. Torn though, between the portability of the handgun, or long-gun versions. Different tools, different tasks, I'd intend those primarily for dispatching my Rattlesnakes and Cottonmouths. .410 does rather well at that.

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    heritage arms

    Academy Sporting Goods sells Heritage Arms .22lr single action revolver (colt peacemaker clone) for $100-150. It's a hoot to shoot. Plus, you can upgrade later with a .22 magnum cylinder for $35-50. Cool, eh?

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    I have a Walther P22, and it is surprisingly accurate and reliable--with the right ammo, an when it is is clean. It gets progressively less accurate after 100 rounds though, and can be exceedingly finicky about ammo...

    The Ruger MkIII is one of the finest semi-auto .22s out there, especially the ones with bull barrels (for balance and "feel"). The idea of a .22 semi-auto pistol that is ALL steel is VERY attractive, and my next .22 will without a doubt be a bull-barrel MkIII. They are super-reliable, will cycle just about any ammo you put through them, have pretty good triggers, and are laser-accurate.

    My only complaint about the Ruger MkIII is the capacity. Those stupid 10 round mags they have are ridiculous--they should be 15 or 20 round mags. They are super-fun to shoot, and ammo is dirt cheap, and having to stop and reload every 10 shots is annoying as heck. (but it does slow down the speed with which you can burn through a brick of .22 ammo... )

    Not a big fan of the polymer frame .22s (except the Walther). Most of them feel like toys to me, and I like a gun with soem heft to it--even in a .22...
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    j4l, you said you have a 45 (I presume you mean a 1911 style) why not get a 22lr version of that such as a Chiappa or the Sig Sauer 1911-22-B 22LR Semi Auto Pistol.

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    For what you want to use it/them for, a Buckmark or Ruger mk 1, 2 or 3 are hard to beat. I would go with the Ruger myself.


    In a rifle sized package the 10/22 is the one all others are compared too.

    Not to mention a .22 is hoot to shoot, great for marksmanship and easy on the wallet. For great target practice, get a bucket of used range golf balls.
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    I use a Henry .22 for pest control, I like that it feeds short, long & long rifle. Around the house I use CB shorts, no louder than a pellet rifle.

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