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ultralightbackpacker
August 28, 2008, 07:35 PM
Who makes a kit gun these days. Smith has a 317 (way to much dough), Ruger has the bearcat (be darned if I can find one anywhere other than gun broker). Who else? Thanks!

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Daizee
August 28, 2008, 07:46 PM
Taurus does, if you like 'em.
I've got a 4" SP101 .22.
Even harder to find.

-Daizee

Shade00
August 28, 2008, 09:35 PM
I saw a Bearcat in Bass Pro Shop. Academy probably has them/can get them. If you're into single action and want something super affordable there's the Heritage Rough Rider - Ruger Single Sixes are great guns, but new ones can be expensive.

earplug
August 29, 2008, 09:44 AM
I own a four inch Mod 34, have never carried it in the field.
One of my J frame 38's always seem to find room in my pocket.
If you hand load, the 38 spl has lots of advantages over a 22 revolver.

CajunBass
August 29, 2008, 10:02 AM
My dealer always has Bearcat's in stock ready to go, both blue and stainless.

Great little "knock around gun."

MCgunner
August 29, 2008, 10:51 AM
Rossi should bring back the 511 IMHO. Nice little gun for not a lot of money and amazing accuracy. This gun is squirrel hunting accurate.

http://thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=52460&d=1170458198

JFrame
August 29, 2008, 11:11 AM
If you opt for the 317, make sure you look at the alignment of the front and rear sights carefully. Mine came over-torqued, so that it shoots to the left. I'm gonna have to send it back to S&W to get them to re-align it...

Wolfeye
August 30, 2008, 01:41 PM
Another j-frame "kit" gun to consider is the 5" model 60. It weighs more than the 317, but it has a useful sight radius and packs a lot of punch.

CZ.22
August 30, 2008, 02:05 PM
There's also the 4" Charter Pathfinder.

http://charterfirearms.com/products/Charter_Pathfinder_72240.html

lloveless
August 30, 2008, 02:29 PM
For a really light weight the NAA with a 4 inch barrel. I hear they are accurate to boot, as opposed to the 2 inch barrels.
lloveless

Wes Janson
August 31, 2008, 08:05 PM
I recently picked up a used S&W 360 Sc Kit Gun...it's stupidly light, but can run the gamut from "This is boring" up to "Crap, I think I'll go shoot the .500 Mag now instead and let my hand recover."

http://www.gunshopfinder.com/smithandwesson/model360kit.jpg

The catch is that these things are virtually impossible to find nowadays...seems like Smith didn't make very many of the Kit Guns, and there isn't much information available on them.

MCgunner
August 31, 2008, 10:04 PM
Another j-frame "kit" gun to consider is the 5" model 60. It weighs more than the 317, but it has a useful sight radius and packs a lot of punch.

Has adjustable sights, too, unlike the SP101 3" guns. The M60 5" is very appealing to me for outdoor carry, backpacking, anywhere weight matters. Keep your scandium stuff. If I had to carry a gun that light, I wouldn't be backpacking in the first place. LOL The 5" M60 would be easier to actually SHOOT well. Still, it'd never replace my .22 for some duties, like taking squirrels in the field. I guess I could do that with wadcutters, but I feel better about shooting UP in the woods with a 38 grain bullet.

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