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Post by CO1Mtn on 6/22/2017, 9:30 pm

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If you have time, would you please give me advice? I want to buy a .22 pistol for CMP bullseye matches and .22 EIC matches. I want to shoot iron sights only, so I can train for .22 EIC and maybe have a chance of winning some day.

I am currently borrowing a friend's Beretta model 87 target pistol. It's phenomenal. However, it costs $930 + tax, and I don't want to spend that much money. Can you please help me decide on a good bullseye pistol that is less money, without sacrificing too much accuracy? I want to be able to win .22 EIC matches, so I don't want to buy junk just because it's cheap.

I saw a Ruger 22/45 MK III in a store today for $299 + tax. It was new and had removable grip panels. Is that a good deal? Are those pistols accurate?

The gun store said they would soon be getting in Ruger 22/45 Lite Mk 4 series pistols for about $500. But can I use the Lite series in EIC matches? It has slots/holes drilled in the barrel shroud. Rule 6.2.6 of the CMP rules says I can't have a muzzle brake or compensator, but it doesn't say the barrel shroud (if that's the right terminology) can't have holes drilled to reduce weight.

Am I wrong to pursue the 22/45 Lite? Is it inaccurate compared to the standard 22/45?

Thank you in advance for any advice you could offer!

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Post by javaduke on 7/26/2017, 2:58 pm

My solution is definitely not cheap, but I ended up using a dedicated 1911 lower and two Nelson conversions, one with irons and one with rail and a red dot mounted on it. I can go back and forth without changing the zero on both, I don't have to adjust to variations in grip and trigger (since it's the same frame) and overall I'm very happy with Nelson stuff, they are deadly accurate and eat pretty much any ammo I use. The only inconvenience is that now I have to share the red dot conversion with my son Smile

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Post by SW-52 on 7/26/2017, 3:54 pm

javaduke wrote:My solution is definitely not cheap, but I ended up using a dedicated 1911 lower and two Nelson conversions, one with irons and one with rail and a red dot mounted on it. I can go back and forth without changing the zero on both, I don't have to adjust to variations in grip and trigger (since it's the same frame) and overall I'm very happy with Nelson stuff, they are deadly accurate and eat pretty much any ammo I use. The only inconvenience is that now I have to share the red dot conversion with my son Smile
i bought a 2006 marvel unit 1 with two ribs,one scope mount and other with iron sights. one dedicated lower is my next project.
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Post by javaduke on 7/26/2017, 5:22 pm

SW-52 wrote:
javaduke wrote:My solution is definitely not cheap, but I ended up using a dedicated 1911 lower and two Nelson conversions, one with irons and one with rail and a red dot mounted on it. I can go back and forth without changing the zero on both, I don't have to adjust to variations in grip and trigger (since it's the same frame) and overall I'm very happy with Nelson stuff, they are deadly accurate and eat pretty much any ammo I use. The only inconvenience is that now I have to share the red dot conversion with my son Smile
i bought a 2006 marvel unit 1 with two ribs,one scope mount and other with iron sights. one dedicated lower is my next project.
But there's a chance that the zero will change when you switch the ribs and then switch them back.

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Post by firebrand on 7/26/2017, 6:23 pm

How do u like the Nelson Conversions,  javaduke  ?   I need to buy a Conversion. 
Sounds like a sweet set up.  Gotta love the 1911. 
Sharing is tough... and why we ended up buying the Ruger Mark IV Lite.  My father & I went to a Bullseye Clinic Together.  I ended up taking from out underneath his nose Everyone's fav to shoot - ?High Standard? w/ Custom red dot (been shooting for years not seriously @ 25 yards with worse vision), he was left with this nighthawk conversion on the Colt .45. Iron sights.  "You stole my Gun".   I had to. He had Cataract Sx, I haven't yet!       BUT, he took that nice set up to PA, and I'm here in FL.  I was actually looking at the "All Sight" today. Have you given that any thought?  The newer version You can just pop on & off.  Certainly no Ultradot, but could be an ez alternative.

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Post by javaduke on 7/26/2017, 6:34 pm

I really really like them. Top notch quality, very reliable, eat pretty much any ammo I feed them, and dead accurate.
Here's the post I did some time ago: http://www.bullseyeforum.net/t7736-a-tale-of-two-nelsons
And since I feel pretty comfortable working on 1911, doing trigger jobs, etc., I could make a gun the way I like, with nice smooth medium roll, and have an MSH with an adjustment set screw, so that I can have a trigger pull anywhere between 2# to 4# (so that I can practice for service pistol matches with .22 conversion and save on expensive .45 ammo)
Don't get me wrong, Rugers are really nice guns, and I have a couple of them, and like them too, I just feel like 1911 conversion is better, because ultimately you can use the same or very similar setups for all your .22, CF and .45 matches. Oh well, if only I could shoot them better Smile  But the other day I was practicing with my Nelson at 50 yards and shot 6 X's in a row. Of course then I got too excited and threw a bunch of 8's and 7's, but it wasn't a gun's fault, lol Smile

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Post by firebrand on 7/26/2017, 6:40 pm

SW-52, 
 That's actually a decent idea, but 
 Does Marvel only come one or the other?  Not Iron sites with Rail Mounting to accept RDot?
Boooo.
 May I ask what yu paid for a used unit?

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Post by Chris Miceli on 7/26/2017, 6:47 pm

firebrand wrote:SW-52, 
 That's actually a decent idea, but 
 Does Marvel only come one or the other?  Not Iron sites with Rail Mounting to accept RDot?
Boooo.
 May I ask what yu paid for a used unit?
http://www.marvelprecision.com/picatinny.php
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Post by SW-52 on 7/26/2017, 6:53 pm

firebrand wrote:SW-52, 
 That's actually a decent idea, but 
 Does Marvel only come one or the other?  Not Iron sites with Rail Mounting to accept RDot?
Boooo.
 May I ask what yu paid for a used unit?
I have scope rib and sight rib. I bought used because is lighty used, .647" at 50 yards and was a excellent deal.
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Post by SW-52 on 7/26/2017, 7:12 pm

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Post by firebrand on 7/26/2017, 7:14 pm

To java...
I am NOT Defending MY NEW RUGER.  Had I known about all these little idiosyncrasies, I would have kept looking...but it's my first purchase, & an ok Starter.  It is as light as a cloud tho, makes up for nasty trigger. 
I completely agree on the 1911 Conversion. That's why I put my "Story" on... Dad has and had a couple 1911's, nothing very fancy, just Classic.  But I am a believer in, you buy it, you are Stuck with it. 
I haven't got to 50 yards yet, man, that will be a great day! 
Wait, aren't 8's and 7s better than 6's?  Hey, I'd be pretty happy with those at 50.  
Sounds great. 
Be well in Bullszeye.

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Post by firebrand on 7/26/2017, 7:37 pm

Thank u SW- 52 
Very nice.  Exactly what I need !  I would settle for 1.  
U done good.  They keep their Value. I see used for 450, New 560 ish.

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Post by james r chapman on 7/26/2017, 7:40 pm

After talking to Nelson, I ordered a second barrel for my conversion.
He showed how quickly you can swap out the barrel/ribs and only need one conversion for irons and optics.
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Post by SW-52 on 7/26/2017, 7:44 pm

firebrand wrote:Thank u SW- 52 
Very nice.  Exactly what I need !  I would settle for 1.  
U done good.  They keep their Value. I see used for 450, New 560 ish.
this is unit 2http://www.ebay.com/itm/Marvel-Precision-22-LR-1911-Conversion-Kit-Springfield-Armory-Champion-L-K-/172791685017?hash=item283b2fdf99:g:NZQAAOSwYVhZdQr4
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Post by Rob Kovach on 7/31/2017, 11:36 am

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Post by LenV on 7/31/2017, 12:06 pm

In my opinion the best route to have a .22 for Bullseye (with dot) and use the same pistol for .22 EIC is to use a S&W model 41. You would need two barrels. One barrel with steel sights and the other with the dot. It takes about 30 seconds to swap barrels and zero does not change. The price might be a tad higher then getting a dedicated lower (worked on) and a conversion with two rails but not by much. Just my opinion...

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Post by Tim:H11 on 7/31/2017, 2:58 pm

+1 on S&W Mod 41. I have an older one that I've now got back in working order and it is a very nice gun to shoot with irons. I use a Nelson Conversion with a dot but with irons it's too light for me. I like a little more weight in the gun. The 41 fits the bill for me for an iron sighted 22. I've only shot one 22 EIC match and I didn't do well - I was using the Nelson. I didn't do well because the Nelson is a bad rig, it's not. It's an excellent piece of equipment. Like I said it's too light of a gun for me without a dot. That's why I like the 41 with irons. I use the shorter barrel. 

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Post by Chris Miceli on 7/31/2017, 3:18 pm

Tim:H11 wrote:+1 on S&W Mod 41. I have an older one that I've now got back in working order and it is a very nice gun to shoot with irons. I use a Nelson Conversion with a dot but with irons it's too light for me. I like a little more weight in the gun. The 41 fits the bill for me for an iron sighted 22. I've only shot one 22 EIC match and I didn't do well - I was using the Nelson. I didn't do well because the Nelson is a bad rig, it's not. It's an excellent piece of equipment. Like I said it's too light of a gun for me without a dot. That's why I like the 41 with irons. I use the shorter barrel. 

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Congrats on Master in under are year brother!! Good luck at muzzle loading nationals!
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Post by Tim:H11 on 8/1/2017, 7:42 am

Chris Miceli wrote:Congrats on Master in under are year brother!! Good luck at muzzle loading nationals!

Well, to be honest about my track record I had never attended or participated in a Bullseye match of any kind until October 2015. Last local monthly match. I had only a 22 and needed to work that afternoon so I showed up to see what the game was all about, shot the 22 agg and left. First time shooting the game, and first time shooting turning targets. Shot 869 with a S&W M41. The season ended and I gave Bullseye some thought over the fall and winter. I then gave it another go March 2016, again 22 agg only then left to go work range Officer at another range. Still didn't have a 45. Just 22. Shot 859. I was focousing on muzzleloaders so I didn't go back again until July 2016 and shot another 22 agg only 862. By then I was hooked. Had to get a 45. Had to be part of this sport. I shot my first full 2700 in August 2016 and with that plus my previous scores had enough to become classified. It was a war from getting my Expert card after that first 2700 to getting my master card. But I had shot some - the 22 only attendances I made prior - so really more than a year from my introduction to the sport to getting master. But thank you all the same for the shout out. I appreciate that.
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Post by gregbenner on 8/1/2017, 12:03 pm

Always risky purchasing a newly released firearm, for many reasons. In addition to potential recalls,  which you have experienced, are the issues with aftermarket parts and availability etc. etc. I purchased a new Mark4 light as a gift for my brother-in-law, it's been along time since I shot a gun with the trigger so hard to pull:face:

from a personal standpoint, I wouldn't recommend a light pistol, generally not the best for bull's-eye shooting. For the money, I would recommend a used Smith and Wesson 41.  Reasonably priced, triggers don't need any work, and everybody in the universe makes accessories for them. Plus they are still in production so parts are readily available.  They are very easy to field strip, and multiple barrels configurations are easily available and swapped out.

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Post by JKR on 8/1/2017, 3:17 pm

I think part of the fun is buying several 22 pistols in search of the perfect one!

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