Re: Needing some gun advice
I have owned two Browning Buck Marks and both of them are very accurate pistols. I prefer the take-down of the Browning over the Ruger, but the Ruger is a fine 22 as well. For your price range you could get either and if you ever get serious about competition shooting they can both be modified to suit your needs.
Like others have said, try to get you hands on as many types of pistols or revolvers as you can and make your decision from there.
Oh, and welcome to the forum!
"...As to the species of exercise, I advise the gun. While this gives a moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body, and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks."