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    Question Browning Buck Mark -- opinions?

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    EDIT: Also, for mostly target shooting/plinking, but also possibly (hopefully not) personal protection/home defense (I know, you think I'm crazy and that that's a terrible idea) which of these do you think is the best version, and why: California Compliant I am leaning toward the Practical URX. I like the Camper Stainless UFX, but think that I might prefer the Truglo front sight that comes on the Practical (but maybe not; I'm not sure yet...).




    Some of you will have read about my issues with my new Savage Arms 64F. I'm still working on that, but in the meantime, seriously considering a different firearm. I've been trying to find the most reliable, currently produced, .22 LR semi auto in existence; the Browning Buck Mark keeps popping up, and I've read a lot of good things on its reliability. Of course, I read a fair bit about how great the Savage was supposed to be, too.

    Does anyone here have personal experience with a Buck Mark? What do you think of it's reliability/durability? Can I just perform a basic cleaning every 500 rounds (EDIT: maybe every 250 rounds is better?) and expect 5,000 rounds out of it without issues?
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    I have the Browning carbine which is basically the pistol with a stock and a long barrel and have had it over 10 years with no malfunctions .
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    The one my dad had ~30 years ago shot well.
    Probably cleaned after every 300 rounds or so.
    Is this strictly for target shooting?
    If so, have you considered a revolver?

    My great aunt in Texas has a .22 auto rifle, circa early sixties, which never seemed to be cleaned (quite contrary to what my dad taught me).
    When we visited, she would hand it to me, with a box of ammo and send me out on her ranch to reduce the armadillo population.
    Never misfed or failed to fire.

    I had a Browning hi-power (9mm), made in Belgium that I decided to test how long I could go without cleaning.
    It was carried when dirt biking, circa the seventies, so it was exposed to considerable dust.
    After about a year of regular use and I don't know how many off-road miles, it finally stove-piped.
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    My wife owns a buck mark 22 pistol. Bull barrel. We have only had it 2 years, but zero stovepipes or misfires. Precise as well. Granted, that is only 1 gun out of a million buck marks, but we like it alot.
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    I had a buck mark in the late eighties and early nineties. I shortened the ten inch barrel to compete in bullseye pistol competition. It was very accurate but a bit picky about ammunition. I sometimes failed with match ammo but was okay with full power stuff. It was quite accurate and easy to work on.
    It was lost or stolen somewhere in Northern Idaho. Let me know if you ever come across one with a two inch shorter than stock barrel.
    In the competition I was in, a ten inch barrel was not legal so I shortened to 8 inches and crown beveled the muzzle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phelonius View Post
    I had a buck mark in the late eighties and early nineties. I shortened the ten inch barrel to compete in bullseye pistol competition. It was very accurate but a bit picky about ammunition. I sometimes failed with match ammo but was okay with full power stuff. It was quite accurate and easy to work on.
    It was lost or stolen somewhere in Northern Idaho. Let me know if you ever come across one with a two inch shorter than stock barrel.
    In the competition I was in, a ten inch barrel was not legal so I shortened to 8 inches and crown beveled the muzzle.
    New Buck Marks come with 7.25 or 5.5 inch barrels; are you looking for shorter than that?
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    Been utilizing a Buck Mark for 25 years, hope I can for another 25.
    Cannot recall if it ever jammed, but I do clean it every couple hundred rounds.
    More accurate than I can hold. It does have a preference for Rem Viper cartridges, but handles everything pretty well.
    Overall, a great firearm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SportsterDoc View Post
    The one my dad had ~30 years ago shot well.
    Probably cleaned after every 300 rounds or so.
    Is this strictly for target shooting?
    If so, have you considered a revolver?

    My great aunt in Texas has a .22 auto rifle, circa early sixties, which never seemed to be cleaned (quite contrary to what my dad taught me).
    When we visited, she would hand it to me, with a box of ammo and send me out on her ranch to reduce the armadillo population.
    Never misfed or failed to fire.

    I had a Browning hi-power (9mm), made in Belgium that I decided to test how long I could go without cleaning.
    It was carried when dirt biking, circa the seventies, so it was exposed to considerable dust.
    After about a year of regular use and I don't know how many off-road miles, it finally stove-piped.
    My first choice, before I changed my mind and bought the Savage Arms rifle, had been the Ruger LCR in 22 LR. However, I really don't want a gun with a heavy trigger, which is what ultimately steered me away from the LCR. About 7 or 8 pounds is as high as I would want -- preferably 6 pounds or lower. I'm also really not big on any gun without a manual safety. Other than those two factors, I really like the idea of revolvers. Still semi-automatic but you don't have to worry about failure to feed or eject, and failure to fire means you just pull the trigger again. I really like all of that, but do not want a heavy trigger or lack of manual safety. It's unfortunate; I basically love some things about 22LR revolvers (the LCR holds 8 in the cylinder!), and hate other things about them.

    One exception to all of this, that I have always really liked and will probably buy at some point is the North American Arms mini revolver in 22LR. That little gun is absolutely wonderful!

    By the way...somewhat off topic: why does no one make a revolver rifle (I think there used to be some). I think a 22LR revolver-action semi-auto rifle could be really cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric View Post
    My wife owns a buck mark 22 pistol. Bull barrel. We have only had it 2 years, but zero stovepipes or misfires. Precise as well. Granted, that is only 1 gun out of a million buck marks, but we like it alot.
    Is this considered a bull barrel (second photo)? Buck Mark Practical URX - California Compliant I'm not yet sure exactly what the differences are between bull barrels and standard barrels??

    Do you have an opinion on bull barrells/carbon steel vs stainless steel, as to which is better/why?
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    They make a lot of different models. Best thing is to find a Browning dealer that stocks many of them and go fondle them.

    I have 5, including the rifle, my go to auto is an older slab sided barrel Buckmark similar to the newer Buck Mark Standard URX. I don't like hi-viz sirght on a target, hunting or plinking handgun, they can be a distraction, fine on a self defense gun tho. My go everywhere, do everything, beat to hell and get it wet and muddy pistol is a stainless Ruger Single Six 6.5''?? barrel.
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