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October 9, 2008, 06:02 AM
Seen one this week - I think it was priced at $486 or there about . It had the shorter barrel.
October 9, 2008, 09:26 AM
Tarus makes some real nice 22mag revolvers. I have two of the AMT automags that you have pictured above and they work fine with Winchester 40gr SP only, any other ammo will cause FTE in mine.
October 9, 2008, 09:29 AM
+1 on the AMT Automag II being picky about ammo choice. Mine will start getting jams after less than 20 rounds of CCI, but can shoot through a box of Winchester with no problem...
Its a matter of the chamber & the small pressure bleed holes getting dirty & fouled to the point the cases start sticking. You really need to stick to a clean burning round that leaves as little residue as possible.
I got mine 10-15 years back as a gift from the wife - she bought got it, used, from a local Western Auto store for something like $275 a week or so after I had made a passing comment about it while shopping together.
For reliability, I'd suggest a Ruger Super Single Six. I've had a couple of those and I always enjoyed shooting them. One was eventually set up with a 1.3x scope. That one was good for busting bottles at 75 yards!
October 9, 2008, 09:37 AM
How about a Grendel P30. Oh, you said a good handgun. But it does hold 30 rounds of .22 WMR.
I had a Grendel before the California magazine limit. Had it for two frustrating days before I made the gunshop give me back my money.
I have two .22WMR revolvers now and can recommend both.
S&W Model 351PD is a alloy J-Frame belly gun. Light, 7-round, accurate enough.
And the Freedom Arms boot gun below, which I used to win bets at 25 yard slowfire on the police range back in the 80s.
That said, I'm keeping my eyes peeled for a K-22 in .22 magnum.
October 9, 2008, 10:09 AM
My daily carry (mostly shorts and Tshirts here in SC, and I work from home)
NAA Black Widow in 22 Mag. Think "noisy cricket". A true "pocket pistol", natural point, surprisingly accurate.
October 9, 2008, 11:34 AM
Did you want a .22 mag for carry are at the range? I love the Ruger MarkIII its a medium to larg sized pistol. Its very, very accurate and fun to shoot. and not too bad to carry. I carry a .38. But you would probable want to carry the biggest thing you can shoot effectively and conceal. I recomend trying a bunch out to get the feel for what fits your hand. Dont worry about being a pest at the gun store, its worth it.
October 9, 2008, 11:41 AM
Be careful with the AMT, they are trouble to clean.
I had one and liked it a lot, but gave to a family member as a Christmas gift.
Read this thread, and see if the cleaning aspect is something you want to tackle.
What do you intend to use it for? For target, plinking, snake defense, etc, you might want to take a look at Ruger's Single Six (http://www.ruger-firearms.com/Firearms/FAProdResults?function=famid&famid=14&variation=Blued%20Convertible&bct=Yes&type=Revolver). It comes with a LR cylinder and a mag cylinder and you can get it with fixed or adjustable sights. I use one and it's absolutely great! I love it.
I have three small frame Taurus DA revolvers, a M94b4, M94B5 and a M17. I have been contemplating a M941 in 4" or 5" to round off my little collection.
I read Jeff Quinn's review of one and he seemed to like it quite a bit:
October 9, 2008, 02:29 PM
I've read .22 mag isn't great in semiauto due to the work involved getting .22 mag ammo to cycle (slow powder burn times and the long cases).
I just picked up a Marlin bolt action in .22 mag and have completely fallen for this cartridge. I'm looking for a light duty carry gun and I'll probably pick up the Taurus snub nose when funds allow too.
October 9, 2008, 03:50 PM
Single six with the .22mag cylinder conversion, to me this is the best option out there. Shoot .22LR or .22mag and very accurate, well constructed and durable...
October 9, 2008, 07:18 PM
+1 for the single six convertible.
October 9, 2008, 07:32 PM
Another vote for the single six. I have taken all kinds of small game with it including a turkey (LEGAL HERE before people jump on that). I have the 6" stainless and carry it all the time when I am deer and elk hunting for grouse and other assorted necessities that might arise.
October 9, 2008, 08:11 PM
Another +1 for the Single Six convertible
October 9, 2008, 10:49 PM
I'm not sure what use you have planned for that .22 mag.
For target/hunting, Ruger Single-Six (as mentioned above).
And for fun? The AutoMag you showed looks about right. :)
October 9, 2008, 10:56 PM
Pretty handy, a good buy, and indestructable (well, darn close).
You can play all day with 22LR ammo then put your mag cylinder in there for varmints or whatever. The 5 1/2 inch barrel gives a good balance. I've had mine for 32 years, shot thousands of rounds through it, still looks almost new.
No problems of any kind.
You didn't say what you want to do with it - but outside of it not being much of a CCW choice, a really great field gun.
October 10, 2008, 01:05 PM
Have a 50th Year Single-Six.
4-5/8" or so barrel; I keep the .22Mag cylinder in it. Waaaaay up on the 'Fun Gun' list.
October 10, 2008, 03:30 PM
IMHO....I think the .17 HMR is a much better cartridge than the old .22mag.
coupla nice revolvers out there for it too....both can be had for less than $400.
Not very many handguns are manufactured for the .22 Magnum cartridge as our previous postings indicate. The "new" High Standard firearms company does offer an AMT pistol in two different barrel length versions, but criticisms about the quality of their firearms prevents me from recommending them at this time. I believe that Volquartsen still makes a .22 Magnum pistol, but it will prove far more expensive than a decent revolver for the same cartridge. If you could provide us with some more information about your needs/desires, then we might be able to fine tune our recommendations. Thanks and good luck.
October 11, 2008, 03:09 PM
Add to the growing list the Excel pistols. You can do a search for Excel at rimfirecentral for info from actual gun owners. I have held one, didn't feel all that great in my hand, but still holding off of an old school AMT anyhow. If you don't have to have a semi-auto, then by all means, the wheelie offerings out there are many.