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Old 05-28-2008, 02:45 PM
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Just a quick question I am thinking about buying a new 22 auto pistol just have on my side at the deer camp this summer as a snake charmer. I am looking at the Browning Buckmark and the Smith and Wesson 22 auto.

Have you heard anything good or bad about either?
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Old 05-28-2008, 07:33 PM
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Both are good, but you must be a good shot to shot them in the head. A 38 with shot shells works good on snakes....
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Old 05-28-2008, 08:50 PM
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I know it's not what you asked, but I'd also go with a light weight 38 special with rat shot over a 22LR for snake protection.
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Old 05-28-2008, 09:37 PM
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HAve you considered a .22 revolver? The only thing I hate about .22 auto pistols is that they are mostly single action. I hate the idea of carrying a loaded pistol with only a safety preventing it from going off or having to cock it and then fire it. A revolver with a transfer bar can always be at the ready or consider a double action.22 auto with an exposed hammer. Also consider that alot of .22 pistols maynot cycle the action with rat shot and it will essentially be a single shot. Got a taurus 93 which is a nice compact gun and S&w makes a 317? which has a nice and lightweight aluminum frame. Also S&W used to make a small steel frame 22 which would bea beauty if you can find one. Ruger bearcat is also a a nice camp gun also. Hope it helps. take care.
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Old 05-28-2008, 10:19 PM
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I have a Buckmark Camper, and its a great shooter. I've also owned a few Rugers over the years, a Mark I, a Mark II, and a Mark III. They were great guns as well, and I'm still kicking myself for pawing 'em off. One of my hunting buddies owns them now, 3 of 'em caught me at a weak moment and bought 'em all off me.

I'm not a big fan of the Smith, don't fit my hand at all. I have a buddy that has one, and he absolutely loves it. This is the same buddy that bought my Ruger Mark II off me, he shoots the Smith over the Ruger.
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Old 05-29-2008, 01:47 PM
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Thanks for the ideas.....I have a 357 that I put shot shells in but it is really heavy on the hip. I was thinking the 22 would be easier to tote around...didn't think about the safety issue until now thanks.
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Old 05-29-2008, 02:17 PM
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I carry a Ruger stainless with a 6 7/8 barrel for snakes and CCI hollow points, works well...It groups inside 1 1/2 inches at 25 yards, plenty accurate for snakes, I don't leave one in the chamber, just rack one in when needed...

I also have a Ruger .357 that I used to use with rat shot, doesn't kill past 10-15 yards...
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Old 05-29-2008, 02:25 PM
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I used to have a buckmark and loved it, one of the guns I wish I would have never sold. I also had a ruger single six with the interchangeable cylinders (22/ 22 mag) and it was a pretty nice gun as well. And I had a 22 AMT automag in 22 magnum that was awesome as well, but they don't make them anymore. REALLY wish I would have held onto that one.

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Old 05-30-2008, 10:43 AM
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what about the wakther p22. I own one and like it a lot, very small,its a double action too.
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Old 05-30-2008, 01:03 PM
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My vote is for the best .22 semiauto on the market-ruger!
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