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Wanting .22 New Revolver

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Tomcat47, Mar 25, 2012.


New 22 Revolver

Poll closed Apr 24, 2012.
  1. Ruger SP101 SS

    72 vote(s)
  2. Ruger Single-Six Convertible SS

    51 vote(s)
  3. Taurus 992 Convertible SS

    7 vote(s)
  4. Ruger Single "Ten" SS

    22 vote(s)
  1. Tomcat47

    Tomcat47 Well-Known Member

    Today I looked at .22 Revolvers:

    Here are my contenders: ( All Stainless Steel )
    Ruger SP101
    Ruger Single - Six Convertible
    Taurus 992 Convertible
    Ruger Single "Ten"

    I have 2 double action and 2 single action
    I have 2 Convertibles

    This is mainly to see opinions...I kinda want a convertible, but not deal breaker!

    And I know there will be info on all four contenders.

    I looked at some cheaper brands such as Heritage...and decided I wanted more in a revolver. Not Dissing Heritage although, just in a different market!
  2. moewadle

    moewadle Well-Known Member

    I am biased for double action

    because when I shoot my New Vaquero or Colt .22 Peacemaker I get impatient with emptying the brass with the ejector rod one at a time. I like Smith and Wesson revolvers partly because you flip that cylinder out and hit the ejector rod and refill it. Note that I usually shoot my double-actions in single-action mode. So, I cannot support your candidates but would narrow them down to either the single-six convertible or the double-ten. I have a .22 Convertible, the .22 Peacemaker, but never have much desire to shoot magnum. So, if I were telling you what to do I would tell you to buy the double-ten because you get more shots before working the ejector rod. My wish for you, though, is buy an excellent used Smith and Wesson .22 made back in the 70s or before.
  3. Stainz

    Stainz Well-Known Member

    I'd rather have the 3" 63 in that poll - it was my choice. I A-B-ed it with the new 4" SP-101 a friend brought to the range last Thanksgiving. My 3" 63, bought new a year earlier, was slicker - and grouped tighter. Oddly, he paid a premium to get an early SP-101 and actually paid just over what my 63 cost me a year earlier. Now, the Ruger is about a C-note less. It's not a bad choice - I just like my 63 better.

    SA-only rimfires? Been there... done that... didn't want the tee-shirt. I shoot mostly DA, but a deal on new commemorative blued fixed sight Single Six came about some years ago. I owned it a month. Horribly inaccurate with .22LR - worse with the .22 WMR cylinder. If you get a Single Six, get one in SS and with an adjustable sight. Besides, $20/550 of Fed 36gr HP .22 LR is a lot more fun to blast away with than .22 WMR at $9-$15+/50.

    Heck, I'll go back and vote for the new 4" SP-101! Like the 3" & 5" 63's, it is an 8-shooter.

  4. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    I'd go with a DA, especially for heavy plinking. After about 3 cylinders full of loading/unloading a SA, I am finished for the day and move on to something else...With that said, out of your list I would pick the SP101.
  5. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    You guys need to spend more time with your SA's. I reckon it's all a matter of what you're used to and what you like because I have no problem at all burning through a 550rd bulk pack in a couple hours with the Single Six.

    Of those listed, Single Ten all the way but I would prefer the blued 4 5/8" model from Lipsey's.

    Of all, I prefer an Old Model with the dovetail rear sight and XR3 grip frame.
  6. GEM

    GEM Well-Known Member

    Ruger Bearcat SS - very cute. Not expensive and beginners like it.

    I like it to plink and its size.
  7. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    550 rounds in 2 hours is about 5 rounds a minute. That is some fast loading/shooting...I guess I need more practice. I can't do it that fast for that long.
  8. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    Reloading takes somewhere in the neighborhood of 15secs.
  9. Michael R.

    Michael R. Well-Known Member

    Don't buy the taurus. Buying a taurus is like buying a ford f350 with a 6l engine, you either get a good one or a bad one.
  10. Tomcat47

    Tomcat47 Well-Known Member

    I should have listed the Bearcat! ....... :banghead:

    I know the Convertible Bearcats have hit collector status at well over 1k!

    And as far as Taurus.... I have NO quams about buying them!

    I may be lucky?? But luck only goes so far! I have had and still have a lot of them autos and revolvers....never a dissapointment!

    The Single Ten is probably at top of list.... I just wish they made it in convertible!

    For that reason I was looking at the new Taurus 992...
  11. Jaymo

    Jaymo Well-Known Member

    I'm a little biased toward the Single Six because I like them so much.
    Never had a problem with Taurus, but I love the S6.
  12. roaddog28

    roaddog28 Well-Known Member

    I voted for the SP101 22LR. That is because I own one. I also own a single six and love the revolver. Slower loading never bothered me using single actions. I think for a all around revolver a SP101 is the best option. I love the S&W revolvers but they are just priced too high.
  13. Tomcat47

    Tomcat47 Well-Known Member

    I actually looked at a S&W 617 Stainless Saturday, but it was North of $650....

    I have seen a SP101 at $400.00 used ... should have grabbed it! Hind sight is 20/20 I suppose.

    And I was even setting the budget for that $400-$450 range.

    The SP101 is probably out of budget, but I was interested in it enough to make it a contender.

    They have one on Gunbroker for $690, but some "jack-wagon" bobbed the hammer!......:banghead:

    Last edited: Mar 25, 2012
  14. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    The SP's are not cheap but you should be able to find one for not much over $500. It's the only new DA .22LR I would consider. IMHO, the new SP's would rank higher on the list than the first run of .22's.
  15. Prosser

    Prosser Well-Known Member

    The SP101 and Bearcat come with .221-2" barrels. In other words, true .22lr.
    The SS come with up to .226" barrels, and are really .22 mags that shoot .22lr in a pinch.

    The Ruger Single 10 is weird. It comes with the bigger barrel, sometimes as small as .223", which my Stainless Single Six has. According to Jeff Quinn, and the woman I talked to at Ruger, the 10 was VERY accurate.

    Strange stuff.

    The Bear Cat is too small for my hands. The SSS I have is as well, and the frame is small enough so I don't feel I get the benefit of having it for practice with my big guns.

    Acceptable SSS dimensions for Ruger are a long way off from Freedom Arms.

    If you want a .22 mag, get a Ruger SSS. I like accurate .22lrs, and you get what you pay for.
  16. chicharrones

    chicharrones Well-Known Member

    I'm curious what you already have. :)
  17. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    They are ALL desirable guns IMHO. I had to go with the SS convertible, though. I started with a single action convertible, though not a Ruger, and have a little spot in my heart reserved for cowboy .22s. :D
  18. kbbailey

    kbbailey Well-Known Member

    I love my .22's and have shot them twice in the last 3 days.
    I got my first SS6 back in '77, when I was 13.
    .....just a thought here, if you will...
    Without the aid of speedloaders, you can't reload a d/a any faster than you can a s/a.
    with a little practice, you can have the sixth empty in the air, before the first and second empty has had a good bounce on the ground.
    I say SS6 convertable, then you can get .22mags for it too.
  19. Tomcat47

    Tomcat47 Well-Known Member

    Sorry chiccarones ..... :uhoh:

    I meant I had 2 Double Action revolvers listed as choices..Taurus/SP101 the Taurus being a Convertible!
    The Ruger SA-Single-Six and Single Ten...the six being a Convertible as well.

    2 Double action
    2 Convertible

    My Bad!

    Right now I have .22 autos...traded my revolvers off a short time ago!...Now regretting it! I had a single -six and a Taurus 94 and wish I still had them!
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2012
  20. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    Exactly! Folks don't seem to realize this and while a DA certainly unloads faster, I've always been able to charge a single action quicker than a double action.

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