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I am looking at getting a 22 pistol for trapping season this year and was wondering if anyone could give me some input on some experiences that you have had with yours (good and bad). I have been looking at the walther p22 but that is a little more than I want to spend. I dont want to go over 2 bills. Thanks for the help and input.

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I am looking at getting a 22 pistol for trapping season this year and was wondering if anyone could give me some input on some experiences that you have had with yours (good and bad). I have been looking at the walther p22 but that is a little more than I want to spend. I dont want to go over 2 bills. Thanks for the help and input.

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Unfortunatley, I was going to recommend the Walther P22! It may be a few dollars more than you want to spend but a decent 22lr for the money. If your using it for trapping I would make the wild guess that accuracy isn't a big deal since you'll be up close to your intended target. You might consider a good used 94 if you have no problem with a wheel gun. I've only shot them but they seem excellent guns for the money.
 

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The Ruger MKII's & III's are great, but it's hard to even find a used one for under $200.
They are fun to shoot, super accurate and will last you forever.
 

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If you want a pistol not a revolver you will not have much advantage over a revolver. No more rounds actually, There are SA cowboy style guns for well under $200, and sometimes if you look hard, semi autos used for less than $200.
 

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From what I have heard so far its seems the p22 it a good choice. I might just have to hold out and buy the p22. Its just hard to pay $300 for a 22lr when that is what I paid for my pt140, but I guess you get what you pay for. Accuracy is not really needed however there have been times when I was out running my line and jumped a coyote at about 15 yards, so that accuarcy would be nice to have.
 

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My new Berretta Neos with 6 1/2 " barrell would work great for your use. I think I paid around $180.00 for it. Very accurate and fun.
 

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+1 on the Rugers. I own a MKIII 22/45 that gobbles up whatever I feed it. The only issue I ever had with it was when it was brand new during the breaking-in period. It didn't like Remington fodder initially but now it runs like a clock.


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If you can find a used Ruger single six for around 200 go for it. The rough riders are all right but not durable. And the NAA mini revolvers are top notch if you are doing really up close shots, and they are in stainless steel too.
 

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There are SA cowboy style guns for well under $200
I agree, the single actions are fairly common and many different types.. :D

My friends dad was a serious trapper , and always carried a Single action .22..
I inherited it when he passed away( he also had a .22 mag cylinder for it so he could change out if he needed more power :)
 

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I'll second the Ruger MKII's, Single Sixes, and Heritage SA Revolvers.

While I'm not crazy about Charter Arms Revolvers, they make one in .22 LR called the Pathfinder in stainless that might be Okay.
 

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I'd go woth a ruger MK III if you can, here in PA you can't. I'd look inot a Ruger Single Six, shoots either 22lr or 22wm. I had one for years and loved it, always took it with me when in the woods.
 

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I have 2 mk II's and thats what I would recommend. The III's are good but they put that extra safety stuff on there. I like the aftermarket stuff out there to. Barrels, sights and other junk to jazz it up. Both of mine have had trigger jobs and are great for steel shooting.
 

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I ask a Taurus rep at the NRA convention many years ago when they were in Dallas if they would ever build a full size .22 auto. He told me that they did not think they would because of the competition in that market segment. I wonder if they would now because of the cost and availability of center fire ammo? I would think any of their polymer frames with a dedicated .22 slide would be a winner.
 

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Hey, Taurus also puts out a very decent 22 magnum revolver! ;)
 

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Time for some justified bias? ;D
Love both Ruger and Taurus products.
Here's the reasoning for what follows.

Ruger has the Bearcat revolver. Reliable and rugged. Fixed sighted. Smaller,more compact, and can hold 6 shots safely. Has been used by trappers and outdoorsmen for many decades.

Ruger Single Six. Most of what goes for the Bearcat can be said for the Single Six.Has the dual cylinder .22lrf/.22 magnum capability. Weighs more than the Bearcat, but comes in varying barrel lengths and finisihes. Adjustable sights if needed. Rugged and accurate.

Ruger Standard 4 inch barreled pistol. Either in metal frame or polymer body.22/45 is the polymer version. Light weight compared to regular Standard pistol. Single action. 10 rounds in the magazine. Rugged and reliable.

Taurus 94,941 or 970/971. 94s come in 2,4, or 5 inch barrels and are either blued or stainless.

970/971s are in stainless,hold 7 rounds. 970 is .22lrf and the 971 is in .22 magnum. 6.5 in. barrels
Rugged and reliable. Tailor ammo to situation more so than a pistol. Same can be said for the Ruger. Accuracy is good to excellent depending on ammo type and brand.

94 is .22lrf and holds 9 rounds as opposed to the Ruger revolver's 6.

HKS makes nifty small reliable speedloaders that hold 9 rounds firmly, are light weight, and disappear in a pocket.
Here are some links on the Taurus.
http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=1323.0
http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=2430.0
http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=1093.0
http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=2539.0
http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=1609.0
http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=1498.0
http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=2710.0
http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=652.0

S&W make a nifty 317 kit gun and some of their .22lrf hold 10 rounds. No speedlaoders made for those made as far as the 10 rounders go.

Used S&W revolvers have a lot going for them, but it's buyer beware. Could be a course of action though.

Have both a MK.III Ruger pistol and a Taurus 94,blued with 5 inch barrel. Wife has the 22/45 4 inch barreled gun and loves it. All are giving sterling service. Older 94 I had was over 20 years old and ran like a champ. No full underlug barrel that I prefer on that one though.

Have had some experience with Ruger Single Sixes. Excellent revolvers.

This is a what fits you and your needs. What fits us may not fit you. Check out as many of the various brands,makes and models as you can and keep us advised.
 
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