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Which new .22 revolver

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

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Which new .22 revolver

  1. Ruger GP100

    2 vote(s)
    5.3%
  2. Ruger SP01

    2 vote(s)
    5.3%
  3. S&W 617 4”

    10 vote(s)
    26.3%
  4. S&W Model 63

    10 vote(s)
    26.3%
  5. Other

    14 vote(s)
    36.8%
  1. chilic82

    chilic82 Member

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    Looking at these, what you say?

    Added: my budget I’d $6-700 tops. Sorry about that.Also looking for something high quality worthy of being a timeless family heirloom type of gun.
     
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  2. jstert

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    without knowing o.p.’s budget, locale and likely uses, i vote other: 5.5” ruger single six. two calibers, 22lr for fun, 22wmr for (some) social work. uber reliable. everyone ought to own a rimfire single, superb teaching/learning tool. the s.s. is built stout enough that used ones are good values. your unborn grandchildren will treasure using it. politically correct even in unfree states.
     
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  3. ontarget

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    I see that all of your choices are double action revolvers. I also assume you aren't on a tight budget since a couple of your choices are rather spendy.
    I voted for " other" because if you are just looking for a plinker or a range toy there are much cheaper alternatives available.
    Look at the offerings from Charter Arms or Taurus. Cheaper, good quality guns. It seems to be quite a rare occasion to find a rimfire DA revolver with a GREAT trigger so why spend a bunch of money if it's not going to buy a noticeably better trigger and action?
     
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  4. chilic82

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    i do prefer D/A for ease of use, and overall capacity over most of the single actions
     
  5. Jeb Stuart

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    Cannot speak for all the other guns, Have not owned them. I am sure they are all great guns. Only can say the Ruger LCR22 is one of the most fun guns I have ever shot. Reliable, well built and makes for a great challenge to get better with the gun and as a great trainer for Snubbies and dao.
     
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  6. jstert

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    if o.p. wants an heirloom quality double action rimfire revolver then a s&w 63 8-shot 22lr has my vote. the 63 is all steel, the aluminum cylinder of its 317 sibling can heat bind. the 617 is all steel too but its 6” barrel seems way less handy than 63’s 3” barrel.
     
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  7. jonnyc

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    Got a GREAT deal a bit ago on a 3 inch S&W 317. Absolutely love it.
     
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  8. Kevin Keith

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    Ruger Single Six
     
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  9. NIGHTLORD40K

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    Does it have to be new?

    Pretty hard to beat an old K22 (17)-
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    But if it has to be new, Id vote GP100 for overall cool factor, build quality, and good trigger. I fondled one at the LGS and came THIS close to buying it, but Im glad I passed until I found the gun above.

    Followed by 617, though I kinda despise the look of the new production guns, they still shoot pretty darn well.

    Followed by Sp101. Everyone who has one of the new ones seems to universally hate the DA trigger. I have a vintage rimfire SP and I love it however. I can fully recommend one if you come across one, they are a bit rare.
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    Followed by the new production 63. I dont know, these are just repugnant to my eye. A 4" vintage one would be sweet though.
     
  10. chilic82

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    The K22 is very nice, but all seem way above my budget for a nice one
     
  11. triplebike

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    I recently handled the S&W 617 22lr at my range. It's well balanced and has a excellent trigger. It's excellent build quality is just unbelievable. It's about $750 so it should be outstanding in every way and it is.
     
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  12. Eddietruett

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    I would go with an older S&W Model 18 if you want a K frame (medium) or a 34 if you want a smaller frame. Pre Lock and if you look around they can be had in the $600 or less range.
    Much better action and would certainly hold the value more than a newer gun with a lock
     
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  13. chilic82

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    Yea, they are nice, but they just don’t interest me . I don’t like the way u have to load/reload them.
     
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  14. NIGHTLORD40K

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    I paid 700 for that one. They are out there if youre persistent and patient.
     
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    Yes, that one.
    Paid less than half that MSRP.
     
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  17. bannockburn

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    How about a vintage Model 34? Definitely of heirloom status!

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  18. bannockburn

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    I would probably look for a decent vintage Model 17 over any of the newer choices.
     
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    I have been on the .22 revolver quest for quite some time. I have owned the S&W 617 4", S&W 317 3", Ruger Single Six, and still own a Ruger SP101.22. I recently sold the SIngle Six in favor of getting a Ruger Bearcat. The 317 and 617 were sold due to being too light to accurately hit with (317) and too large of a gun (617). I tend to like high quality small frame revolvers. I was very close to getting a S&W model 63 but I hate the round butt grip design. I also tend to prefer guns with fewer holes, 6 being perfect but they are hard to find these days in a decent price point. I almost bought a Charter Arms Pathfinder but decided against it after reading about the problems. I pinched my pennies and bought a Ruger Sp101 .22 8 shot. The trigger was horrendous when I got it with a 20+ pound double action pull. I have formal gunsmith training so I took it apart and did a proper trigger job including a wolff spring kit. It is now a manageable revolver but it took work. The single action pull breaks around 4 pounds and the double action is around 12 pounds. Nice little revolver and it has a fiber optic front sight to boot.
     
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    I have the older 6 shot 4" 63. Wonderful abd fun gun. Will last several lifetimes
     
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    I bought a brand new, 4 inch 617 a couple years ago and I love it. Trigger was a little gritty feeling at first but a little oil and a few hundred trigger pulls cleared that right up. Fit & finish are too notch and the accuracy is excellent.
     
  22. Logwood

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    If I really wanted to buy a new gun in that price range, I'd go with a Ruger Single-Six. For a family heirloom I think I'd search for a used S&W K 22, S&W Model 17 (I love my model 17), or Colt Diamondback in very good or excellent condition. I'd want my revolver to have a 6" barrel.
     
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    F1250729-01BA-4BA9-9DB9-0F0CDF63E2D5.jpeg Bought mine new in 1959
     
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  25. bannockburn

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    Got mine used from a very good friend!

    Got to love those old Single Sixes!

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