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New .22lr revolver...which one...?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by chilic82, Sep 22, 2019.

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Which new .22 revolver?

  1. S&W 617 4”

    35.6%
  2. S&W Model 63

    11.9%
  3. Ruger GP 100 5”

    15.3%
  4. Ruger SP01

    11.9%
  5. Other

    25.4%
  1. chilic82

    chilic82 Member

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    Looking between the S&W617, model 63, GP100, or the SP01. I can only afford one and don’t intend carrying around much. So if u could only own, and hand down as a family heirloom which would u choose?
     
  2. berettaprofessor

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    I guess I'm early here. Never been first before. But I had a little of your choice; had both a GP100 and a Ruger LCR 22. Sold the LCR towards a Model 63 and just plain sold the GP100. The latter was just too heavy for a usable 22LR and the LCR had a completely horrible trigger. The Model 63 is the one I intend to keep to hand down.
     
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  3. chilic82

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    Thanks, it seems to be the best of weight, capacity and build quality. It also helps that it’s not the most expensive. There are quality’s that draw me to the others, so that’s why I’m here.
     
  4. TTv2

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    While they don't interest me, if the goal is family heirloom for centuries, get a Ruger Single Six (.22 LR only) or Single Ten.
     
  5. chilic82

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    Yea, they are nice, but they don’t interest me either. I don’t like the way u have to load/reload them.
     
  6. Pat Riot

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    I voted for the 63. To be fair, I do not own one...yet. I have researched all the new .22 revolvers available and the 63 is the one that I have decided that I want.
     
  7. DS-10-SPEED

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    I have/had all of those you mentioned (sold the SP101), my favorite is the 4" 617.

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  8. red rick

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    I vote GP100 , I just like a 5" barrel revolver .

    If I was going to buy a S&W to pass down , I would buy a used one without the hole , even if it cost as much as a new gun , as long as it was in excellent condition .
     
  9. kidneyboy

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    I'm also a fan of the S&W 617

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  10. Bama59

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    S&W K22 model 17
     
  11. gotboostvr

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    I voted other.

    For less than the price of a new 617, I scored a K22 Target Masterpiece. How can it not be great with a name like that?

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  12. Taipan01

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    For a D/A I voted for the 617 as I own one and it goes well with my 629 and 686 but have tried the other two options. Without knowing much about your use except to carry it occasionally and keeping it in the same D/A ball park price wise, have you took a look at a Model 17 masterpiece. It makes a nice mate for a 29 &/or 27 if you have them or may be looking that way. I have them and the 17 will be my next purchase.

    Some of my 6XX series and a couple S/A's. I don't have many photos but it should do. The 617 is on the bottom left. One thing I do with most 6XX's is switch out the god-awful grips and deal with the smuggy looking finish on the hammers and triggers by removing it from the hammers and use blackening on the triggers.

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  13. bannockburn

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    Taipan01

    Fine looking selection there of DA and SA revolvers! Especially like the various grips you've got on them!
     
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  15. Catpop

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    I’m also looking to buy one
    I’ve about settled on the RUGER SP101. Price is good, weight is ok at 30 ounces for general woods carry, 8 ought to get it done, 4” barrel is good accuracy, can’t beat RUGER for dependability or service, etc.
    I have a single six but 40 ounces is just a little to heavy for my liking.
     
  16. Tallball

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    "I voted other. For less than the price of a new 617, I scored a K22 Target Masterpiece. How can it not be great with a name like that?"

    I did the same thing. I won mine on a Gunbroker Auction for about $400. The trigger is sweet enough to make you cry.
     
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  17. 22-rimfire

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    I own just about all of them... I have looked carefully at the Ruger SP-101 and GP-100 models in 22, but neither appealed to me due to the factory triggers mostly. I don't really recommend either. I have a LCR in 22. I have moved to shooting the M63 the most. I honestly prefer the 5" version, but I have both the 3" and 5" versions. An old 4" would be fine.

    As far as heirloom goes, I would get a 4" Colt Diamondback or older 6 shot M17/M18 Smith regardless of current prices. Have owned many Colt Diamondbacks and love them!
     
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  18. Catpop

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    The SP101 followed me home
    As Forest Gump said- One less thing to worry about!
    And at 3 cents each, a couple k 22LR followed it home!
    Hey Im good to go!!!!
     
  19. 22-rimfire

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    I remember when promotional grade 22 LR was about one cent per round. I never really think in terms of cost per round with 22's, but easily computed. That actually is fairly cheap and must be bulk packs that I never buy any more. Speaking honestly, I doubt I would see much difference in accuracy between the higher priced 22 ammo and bulk pack ammo from a 4 inch+ 22 revolver. I just don't shoot paper much any more with 22 revolvers.
     
  20. DblActionJEB

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    I have GP100 4.2" 22LR (no longer in production) and I have the 3" LCRX in both 22LR and 22WMR. Love all 3.
    The GP100 is the prettiest of the bunch (especially with the Altamont wood grips) I love it's fiber optic sights, the trigger pull isn't bad, and it shoots like a champ, but mine tends to have issues with high velocity ammo shells sticking in the cylinder.
    The trigger pull is a little heavier on the LCRX but I have trained to shoot it pretty well, easily hitting 6" plates at 25 yards off hand with consistency.
    I have handled the SP101 before and had intended on buying one at one point to pair with an SP101 4/2" 357 I have, but the trigger pull on the one I felt in my LGS was absolutely horrendous so I have since stayed away from them.
    The 617 is absolutely beautiful and I will own the 6" version one day...
    I like the look of the 63 as well, but I like my LCRX so much that I'm not sure I need another 3" 22 revolver.
     
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    For revolvers, the Ruger single six is great fun, but if you want better accuracy I would suggest Dan Wesson.
     
  22. ms6852

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    I have no experience with Ruger or other revolvers and based on my personal experience I would recommend the Smith&Wesson 617. I use this model as my understudy for my conceal carry gun as all my shooting practice I do is only double action. This is a good way to maintain your strength by shooting several hundred rounds without breaking your wallet. Afterwards I shoot about 28 rounds with the full .357 loads or a full box if I have time.
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  23. SwampWolf

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    All of the candidates are good guns but my vote went to the Model 617 for its quality of material, workmanship and finish. Love the classic appearance but not so enamored by the trigger lock. Mine has a six inch barrel but I prefer the longer length for the Bullseye matches I compete in. Otherwise, I, too, would opt for the four inch length.
     
  24. Driftwood Johnson

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    Howdy

    I have no experience with the two Rugers you mentioned.

    I do have a 6" S&W Model 617. I really do not care for it. I dislike the full length underlug under the barrel. Makes the gun way too heavy. I also do not care for the hideous rubber grips that came with it. Those have been replaced with wooden grips. I don't have a big problem with the lock, and I don't even have a big problem with MIM parts. I just think the workmanship of these guns is not up to their predecessors.

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    Such as this terrific old K-22 from 1932. Don't be fooled by its appearance, it is the best shooting 22 I own. $600 out the door.

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    Or this K-22 from 1935. $900.

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    Or a nice K-22 Masterpiece from 1950. $850.

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    Or a terrific four inch K-22 Combat Masterpiece from 1953. $800

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    Or my Model 17-3 that I bought brand new in 1975 for $125.

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    Yeah, you're not going to see a Model 17 for $125 today, but if you search, you can find a great old K frame S&W 22 for less than the new stuff. And it will be better made.
     
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  25. 22-rimfire

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    @Driftwood Johnson "I do have a 6" S&W Model 617. I really do not care for it. I dislike the full length underlug under the barrel. Makes the gun way too heavy. I also do not care for the hideous rubber grips that came with it. Those have been replaced with wooden grips. I don't have a big problem with the lock, and I don't even have a big problem with MIM parts. I just think the workmanship of these guns is not up to their predecessors."

    I agree on getting one of the older ones. It really started with the stainless craze and mim parts. The 4" 617 balances a lot better and sometimes are hard to find. I have a 4" M17 with the full underlug. It is a real nice revolver. Shoots good or as good as i am.
     
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