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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-24-2018, 10:00 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for opinions on a new semi auto pinker handgun. At this point my top choices are ruger 22/45, browning buck mark, and the smith and Wesson victory. Of the three the victory is the only one I’ve never shot. All are in the same price range depending on sub-model. I want to mount something like a reflex sight on whatever I buy. Is there any other model I should look at or anything about these i should know?
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I've shot the Ruger and Browning as well. When I was shopping around a few years back, I remember reading good things about the Beretta Nano, but I didn't care for how it felt in my hand and never got to shoot one. I shot a S&W, but it wasn't the Victory, and it didn't impress me that much. I wound up getting a used Ruger Mark II with a target barrel, which has a much better trigger than the 22/45 I shot. My dad has since won a Buckmark, which is also a pretty good shooter with a decent trigger.

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I should add that the Buckmark and the 22/45 were both very accurate using open sights and regular 36-grain Federals, with no firing or feeding issues. Not so much with the S&W that I shot, but it was also a well-used gun. I did not shoot anything with a reflex sight.

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I've owned and shot multiples of both Browning and Ruger. Can't go wrong with either. I'm partial to the Browning, that was my gun when I shot bulls-eye way back. Very accurate with open sights and hands down the best trigger out of the box. I haven't shot the 22/45 much, can't say I'm that keen on them. I'm more partial to the Mark II & III. The new take down version just looked chinsy when I checked it out last spring. Don't get me wrong, stripping a Mark II can cause a man to drink so anything should be an improvement.

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If you are just talking plinking I am happy with my S&W 22A which wasn't much over $200. Years ago I had a Ruger with the bull barrel and had a lot of jams with it after shooting 40 or 50 shots, worked fine when it was cleaned.
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I am partial to the Ruger 5.5 target barrel. I had shot numerous rounds in competition at bowling pins, action pistol, 3 gun and steel. Only real change I made was to put the Volquartson kits in both mine for better trigger pulls. Put the Volquartson comp on one for balance.
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I have the Victory and it works fine.The scope rail is polymer but will work okay with a reflex sight.I put a Volquartsen rail and red grips on it for an upgrade and added a Tandemkross red trigger.If you want to swap in a fancy barrel you could do it in a couple minutes.One screw takes it apart to clean most of it,another screw and the barrel is off.

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I have a friend who purchased a Victory about a year ago. He likes it very much. He is a pistol shooter and has a lot of experience so I value his opinion. BTW he just purchased the new Ruger (Mark IV?) and likes that also.

I have a Ruger Mark II and a High Standard. I bought the Ruger because I was putting too many rounds through the HS and was afraid of wearing out parts. I knew from experience that if I have a problem with the Ruger then Ruger would repair it. For that reason alone I would recommend the Ruger. I know S&W stands behind their guns. I also know Browning is tough to deal with and if there is a problem you are going to wait awhile before your gun is returned an it will probably cost you.
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Only real change I made was to put the Volquartson kits in both mine for better trigger pulls. Put the Volquartson comp on one for balance.
Another plus for Ruger. There are a lot of aftermarket parts.
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