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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-03-2017, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
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Handgun recomendation for target shooting

Not an experienced handgunner thinking about getting into target shooting and could really uses some recommendations on which way to go. Kind of partial to wheel guns but would gladly take a look at auto loaders with accuracy as the most important feature. Would like to be in the .22 LR or .38 Spl calibers. Ranges, targets and overall venues vary as per the whim of the competition organizers.

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-03-2017, 11:14 AM
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Take a look at the Ruger Mark IV semi auto target pistol.

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Ditto Ruger Mark IV.....
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Count me in as #3 Ruger Mark IV! I have a Mark II(older model) and I love it. I got a great deal on mine years ago, but I've given some thought to trading it in on the new Mark IV(which is much easier to clean than the older models). Very very accurate guns.

As far as wheel guns go I think pretty much any 6" barreled revolver with adjustable sights in .38/.357 from Ruger or S&W would suit you just fine.
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I also go with the 38/357 Ruger or Smith....I have the Smith...Dad had the Ruger
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Do you handload?
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Take a look at the Ruger Mark IV semi auto target pistol.
The best "proven" value out there.

I do have a friend who is a shooter. He bought the new S&W 22 target pistol and he is very happy with it.
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As a reformed competition shooter you really need to go handle everything out there. Then you should ask what everyone's opinion is about the ones you like.

I say this because I've stood on the line with guys shooting every brand you can think of, back to the old days. Ruger, Browning, S&W, Hi-standard, Colt... Certain guns will fit you, others won't. While I have nothing bad to say of the quality of a Ruger, they just don't fit me. My best friend can shoot the snot out of his MKIII, I can't. Let me walk to the line with my Browning and I'll beat the pants off you all day.

Now that being said. My vote will always go to the Buckmarks. For a factory gun they are one of the best "out of the box" guns. Again, nothing wrong with the Ruger, but to really make them shine you need aftermarket parts. That is what Volquartsen does for a living, make Rugers more accurate.

As for wheel guns, if you're serious about going that direction, look at the older Dan Wesson's. I have a personal thing against S&W, so I won't even speak of them. Rugers are good guns, but again they need work to make them shine. Dan Wesson revolvers are just amazing the way they come. I have a 357 and 44, with plans this winter to pick up a 22.
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the Ruger MK 4 is a nice gun. just make sure it went through the recall.................

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Do you handload?
Yes I do and would do so for anything other than a .22 (naturally...).

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