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Best .22 revolver?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by el Godfather, Oct 5, 2013.

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  1. el Godfather

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    Dear THR:
    Which is the best .22 revolver the money can buy. Primary use targets and fun- BUT has to carry collection value to max.

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  2. Tophernj

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    Get another Korth??

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    Smith and Wesson.
     
  4. bannockburn

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    For my money, and not necessarily the most expensive, it would be a vintage S&W K22 like new in the box.
     
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    Colt Diamondback
     
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    That's easy. S&W Model 17 (formerly known as the K-22). This one cost $125 when it was brand spanky new in 1975.

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    If you look hard enough, you can find a nice classic K-22 like this one. I found this one a couple of years ago. Made in 1932. And it did not cost an arm and a leg. It was quite reasonable compared to what new guns are going for.


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    You can always go with a new 10 shot Stainless 617 like at the bottom of this photo. Frankly, for my money the old blued guns are better made. And I paid less for that classic K-22 than I would have for a brand new 617. I bought this one used. It does not get shot much, the older guns get shot much more often.


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  7. Iggy

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    Another vote of the K-22/Model 17 Smith and Wesson.
     
  8. frankiestoys

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    I agree it would be the Colt or a Smith with the Rugers being close I personally have a Hard time spending a lot on any .22 cal I've been through several semi autos and recently went through this only deciding to pass on them I would have considered the new SP 101 but I have two already ,It really comes down to what you want to spend on a .22
     
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    I am not sure how to define "best" but Freedom Arms might fit the bill. I have a Single Six 22lr/22wmr and it is best for what I want. The K-22 is a fine revolver and I would but one if I could find one.
     
  10. Easygoing

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    Probably no "best", as it's really what you like, but the S&W 617 is gorgeous. Fit and feel nearly identical to the S&W 686 .357 and holds 10 rounds of .22 . All stainless and just beautiful.

    I'm biased, as I'm a 686 owner... :D
     
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    Colt Officers Model Target or Officers Model Match.
     
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    Pre-War S&W Kit Gun.

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    The "best" quality .22 revolvers made are those by Freedom Arms. With the large frame 252 being the most accurate. Even a pre-war S&W can't compete. I would place the USFA .22's higher up the food chain than any S&W as well.
     
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    Colt Diamondback or S&W K22. Colt would bring collection up more given equal conditions.
     
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    A high condition pre-war K-22 with original grips, box, etc will meet your standard. They are $1500+ now and should continue to increase in value.
     
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    What is Colt Diamondback worth nowadays with 6 inch barrel.

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    The "best" is relative. For me the best is probably the Colt Officers Model Match, but my favorite is the Colt Diamondback.

    S&W M17's and 18's are good too and will maintain value if kept in good condition.

    Freedom Arms makes a fine single action 22 revolver and it will likely maintain its value.

    Value of a 6" Colt Diamondback... finish? Caliber? Condition? Original Box available?
     
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    I guess I'll be the black sheep here, and say that $170 for a Heritage that has had thousand s of rounds through it, and is rabbit accurate to 30 yards would be my best bang for the buck suggestion.
    Sure it isn't a S&W, but I don't know that a S&W would shoot any better. But they would cost a lot more and look better.
     
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    The OP only said "best" and one that will retain its value... He didn't say, cost effective?
     
  20. el Godfather

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    I wish I could find one NEW!
     
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    More money means "best"? Eitherway. Good luck with the $1000 .22 LR revolver.
     
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    I recently turned down a 98% blue 6", boxless, original gripped Diamondback offered at $1100....Probably shoulda bought it.
     
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    Yeah - the only real indication I see is best at costing the mostest and retaining (or even exceeding) said cost over time.

    I would say one of the older Colts in great condition, or else one of the "exotics" that are out of the range of most working-class people.


    A K-frame Smith, especially an older thin barreled model in excellent condition, might qualify but the impression I get is that it would be a bit too pedestrian for the OP. I do believe it's safe to say it would increase in value, though.
     
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    If we want to talk collectable, this little 22/32 Heavy Frame target was made in 1923. It is the little gun at the bottom of the photo. It is pictured with my 1932 era K-22. They were called 'Heavy Frame' because prior to the introduction of the K-22, these little 22s were the only 22 target revolvers that S&W made, and they were larger than the tiny Ladysmiths.

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