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22 revolver swing out cylinder.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by isu22andy, Jan 4, 2019.

  1. isu22andy

    isu22andy Member

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    Looking for a double action 22 revolver with a cylinder that swings out. Not wanting to spend much over 500 dollars. I really liked the looks of the Rossi Plinker but I see its discountinued.and cant find any used I see charter arms makes one in the price I like but not so wild on the rubber grip stainless look. Not wanting to spend the high dollars on S&W because trap line guns are treated rough. Am I missing a gun here ? All sorts of Semi auto 22 pistols for 400 bucks and cheaper but no one can make a nice wood gripped blued one thats not a single action.
     
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  3. Speedo66

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    This cracked me up in the Ruger ad, "Allows a variety of grip styles to be installed, leaving ample room for recoil cushioning. Includes a full-sized smooth Hogue® Tamer™ grip, which is highly effective at reducing felt recoil."

    Really, taming the mighty .22?
     
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  4. MikeInOr

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    Are you looking for pretty... or are you looking for a functionable work gun? I would go with the ugly LCRx for a work gun and the heck with pretty.
     
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  5. k4swb

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    Taurus DA .22lr firearms seem to be a decent bet. I'm very leery of their semi-autos after a couple of burns but their revolvers still seem OK. I've got a couple and they are fine.
     
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  6. Bert W.

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    Look at Harrington & Richardson (H&R), New England Firearms (NEF) revolvers in the used market. They made swing out models. Some of the High Standard revolvers were swing out and can be gotten cheap.
     
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  7. aarondhgraham

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    Look at a Charter Arms Pathfinder,,,
    It's fundamentally similar to the Rossi Plinker.

    I own both guns and they perform just about the same,,,
    At least I can't sense/feel any big difference in them.

    Aarond

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  8. Texas10mm

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    Revolvers are more expensive to make than semi auto handguns.
     
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    Are you really set on a DA swing out cylinder? The reason I ask is that my buddy use to carry this Ruger Single Six when he checked his trap lines. It provided him with years of dependable service in some pretty tough conditions. When he got out of the business he gave the gun to me. I cleaned it up (it really needed it too), and have replaced the grips and added a .22 Magnum cylinder to it.

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  11. Mauser lover

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    If you find yourself an old H&R or Hi Standard, make sure you check the timing. There are good ones out there, but there are plenty out there that are just plumb wore out!
     
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  12. isu22andy

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    Pretty set on the swing out cylinder, as much as it would be a use gun , it would be a fun plinker too. If it was just going to be a trap gun exclusively Id get a heritage rough rider, but I wouldnt mind spending some time with friends and family shooting the ol wheel gun.
     
  13. TTv2

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    OP, I've been in the same shoes as you. I would like a .22 with a swing out cylinder, DA/SA, and for under $500, but for me I can't accept a .22 revolver that holds less than 8 rds and a barrel length under 5 inches.

    For you, you've got two options: a gen 1 (70s-80s) Charter Arms and the Ruger LCRx. The Charter you would have to look for used and they show up from time to time on gunbroker for ~$250, most lack the holster wear this one has:

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    Used vintage gen 1 Charter's are the best DA/SA .22 revolver you can get for under $300 and Charter Arms will still service them if you have an issue. I'd buy one, but they're only 6 shooters.

    I would recommend a Heritage single action revolver instead. They've got models that hold 9 rds and dual cylinders for shooting .22 LR and .22 Magnum. That's what I've settled on, but I'm not really settling as the double action trigger on rimfire revolvers are awful.
     
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  14. TTv2

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    Sadly, the H&R's and Iver Johnson's weren't built to last and it's unfortunate as they are cool designs, I really like those pull pin H&R revolvers. First H&R I bought was a .32 and had to get it refunded, it was out of time on two chambers. Second was a top break and it works, but I've decided that H&R's aren't worth the risk. I wouldn't buy a rimfire one unless it's near mint condition.
     
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    Honestly, I would think a Heritage Rough Rider would be just the ticket for a trap line, beater 22.

    Mine was a great plinker, and with the 22mag cylinder, plenty of *pop* for varmints.

    With the requirements that it be a swing out cylinder DA/SA though that rules it out. I would look heavily at the LCRx, the 22 SP101 and GP100 have bad reps for heavy triggers but I have no personal experience. There's also the S&W 317 Kit Gun. It's a 3" alloy framed J frame, comes with nice hi-viz target sights and all the accessories available to other J frames (loaders, grips, holsters, sights, trigger components, lasers etc). Would be very easy to carry and is nicely appointed from the factory.
     
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  16. Waveski

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    Regarding Harrington Richardson vs Iver Johnson , my experience tells me that the latter is noticeably better built of the two . The da trigger is not good on either one , but for a trap line cocking the hammer should not be a problem. Taurus .22'S are ok , but no miracle in da either.
     
  17. Mauser lover

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    On the other hand... my experience is exactly opposite. I've heard very much about decent Iver Johnsons (not that I doubt their existence, I have seen lots of very nice pictures and reviews), but never handled one, and heard very much about garbage H&Rs, but never handled one (not doubting their existence, just haven't seen them). All the H&Rs I've seen in the wild were at least half-way-decent, and none of the Iver Johnsons I've handled were better than the half-way-decent mark. Part of the problem is... Which company are we dealing with? The OLD Iver Johnson, the Old Iver Johnson, the current Iver Johnson etc. Same with H&R. They had distinct eras where they might as well have been entirely different companies and not bothered to recycle the name.

    Actually, I just remembered an absolutely beat-to-death H&R that I have handled. An old top-break.

    Anyway, my point is not to try to discredit Waveski, my point is to say... Doesn't matter what the name is, check these used revolvers out before you buy! There's a sticky somewhere around here about how to do that. And no, the triggers aren't going to be great, but once you get used to it, they aren't THAT bad. I have a thing for cheap double action .22s.

    My guess is that far more of the low-grade revolvers were made by both firms (or all the firms under those two names) than nice ones, and you just have to be choosy in what you buy.
     
  18. Waveski

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    [​IMG]Here is my $117 Iver Johnson , Gunbroker 6 months ago. Not a swing out cylinder , but a good , stout sound 8 shot da.sa .22 revolver. Wouldn't be surprised if the old iron has seen a trap line in it's day. I sold a H&R of similar design & vintage prior to getting this one because the H&R was a light weight disappointment.

    Now , my experience represents a very small sampling . but that's what I'm going on.

    I love this old top break , but I still think that the OP would satisfy his criteria nicely with a Taurus.
     
  19. GoPappy

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    Have you looked for an older S&W Model 18 or a pre-18 K22 Combat Masterpiece? I just bought one (an old 5-screw model) in really nice condition for less than your budget. They were extremely well built and are highly regarded.

    If you buy one of them and you don't overpay, it will be impossible to ever lose money on it if you take care of it. And you'd have a good looking and great shooting revolver to boot.
     
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    Colt made quite a few 6 shooters that fill your needs. If you could find a used one, it would be great for you. Thinking diamondback, police positive target, trooper etc. Cabela has some in their gun library, but none are under 500, most 7-800
     
  21. Texas10mm

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    IMHO you got a steal.
     
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    Well, I hope so, but I'm no expert on these things. I saw it and wasn't sure of it's age or rarity, but my common sense told me that a S&W K-frame .22lr with a 4" barrel and adjustable sights for less than $500 couldn't be a horrible deal. So I bought it.
     
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    Exactly what I was going to say. I have this one that was passed down from my dad. 9 shot revolver. Great shooter and also came with a 22 magnum cylinder.
     
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    I'm very partial to the 8-shot SP101 and a used version fits into the stated budget. Mine is always in the range bag with me. I've not tried the 8-shot LCRx, but it's on my list of things to buy in 2019. It really looks like a good trap line gun.
     
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