If you are gonna scope it a semiauto like the Browning Buckmark or Ruger seems to be the way to go. If ya gonna use iron sights the longer the barrel the better. My favorites are a S&W 17 with 8-3/8" barrel and my Ruger Super Single Six with 9.5" barrel. I don't see much difference between my Buckmark and my Ruger MKIII with scope but the Browning has a better trigger.
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I have a Ruger MK 2 w bull barrel 6 7/8 that has worked well for me. I put a Clark trigger in it and a stronger spring on the magazine release button. The newest - easier to clean Ruger semi might be an excellent candidate.
I've taken a number of grouse and a few rabbits, even a few red squirrels.
Note the 22 LR loses quite a bit of power in the short barrels so good hits on tougher animals is important. I lost a marmot once when I shot it with a 4 3/8 barrel 22 revolver. Had to be an upper body hit as that's all I could see. He dropped into his hole and we dying but I had nothing to reach it safely and was not going to put my hand down there.
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Well I did hang onto a MKII678GT with some Clark parts in it, and a CZ Kadet conversion ... they are both a lot more accurate than I am. Just always looking for accurate handguns I haven't tried, and rimfire is just so much fun!
I got a fairly rare Ruger Mark II Target 678 tapered barrel that's a pretty slick shooter with the iron sights, and not too bad to carry.
Had the even more rare 10" model before which is super easy to shoot and borders on rifle-like performance.
These are good choices, but if I was adding something different I might look for a full size double action revolver.
Something like this Colt Trooper Mark III with a 8" barrel might be cool.
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Depending on my mood and what exactly Im hunting, I use a Contender with 10 barrel, a Ruger Single Six with 5.5 barrel, a Ruger Mk3 with a 5.5 heavy barrel, or a Ruger Mk3 22/45 with a 4.5 barrel. The Contender has a fixed 4x scope, and the rest use iron sights. The Contender is for squirrels, the Single Six and the 5.5 Mk3 for rabbit and whatever else I come across, and the 4.5 22/45 I use mostly for hog hunting. Believe it or not, but while the short barrel reduces velocity, it also has the added benefit of reducing expansion, which in turn increases penetration. Pass throughs are common on hogs due to this.
And I may have a couple screws loose. But I like getting in close to a hog and taking it with a .22 pistol. Its hunting instead of just shooting from long range. Usually inside of 20 yards, and my last few have been within 10 feet. I must be getting better at sneaking in close.