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gordoe
10-11-2007, 6:38 PM
Hey Guys,
Was looking at the CA approved list online and I was looking for a .22LR revolver, What Rugers are legal? I also wanted to know what is nice, but under a reasonable price, because I've seen the S&W .22LR 6 & 10-Shot, I love the look, but the price is not so great for a .22LR, but knowing myself I'll probably end up spending over my budget.

jmancini
10-11-2007, 8:11 PM
NAA has a teeny-tiny one that's (surprisingly) CA approved. Not much else though, I think.

joe4702
10-11-2007, 8:46 PM
Ruger Single Six. I believe most SA's are exempt from the drop-test extortion scheme.

SamIAm
10-11-2007, 9:26 PM
Ruger Single Six. I believe most SA's are exempt from the drop-test extortion scheme.

Purdy little thing.

RAD-CDPII
10-11-2007, 9:35 PM
NAA has a teeny-tiny one that's (surprisingly) CA approved. Not much else though, I think.

They also have a nicer .22 Mag.

ch47gunner
10-11-2007, 9:47 PM
S&W has also re-released their J Frame Model 63. This one was discontinued back in the mid 90's but, due to popular demand, it's back. S&W changed it from a 4" barrel, six shot to a 5" barrel, eight shot. I believe it's also California approved.
I really don't think one would cost much less than a Model 617 tho, so it may also be over your budget. Both would be worth it.
I have one of the original 63's and it's a great little field gun.

Bruce

heavyrecoil
10-11-2007, 10:03 PM
*Smith and Wesson 617 and 317 models in .22LR, as well as the 648 and
351PD in .22 magnum

*certain NAA mini revolvers in .22LR and .22 magnum

*All single actions that have a barrel 3 or more inches long, hold 5+ rounds, and have a minimum overall length of 10.5 inches

*Ruger's 4" SP101 in .22LR (model KSP241x, good luck finding one since they've been discontinued) is on the list at least until March of 2008

hdcd
10-12-2007, 12:07 PM
Once you try a SW 617 10 shot you won't want anything else in a 22. Worth every penny. Looks great and shoots great.

Davidoff
10-12-2007, 12:32 PM
+1 on the Single Six. I would get the one that comes with 2 cylinders (LR and Mag) What a great revolver. It will serve you well for generations to come.

maxicon
10-12-2007, 12:41 PM
The main downsides of the S&W 617 are weight and cost. It's a great gun, and definitely the best .22 revolver you can get new in California, but it's a big mother and is expensive.

The only thing that approaches it in accuracy is the Ruger Single Six, which is a lot more affordable. If you don't mind the SA style, they're great guns too.

The S&W 317 is a fun shooter, and is light, but the accuracy doesn't compare to the 617, and the life is not as good. The finish doesn't wear well, and the alloy frame wears a lot more than the all stainless 617. If you go for the 317, the 3" barrel is a much better bet than the 2" snubby, not just for accuracy, but the snubby's hammer is bobbed and is a big pain.

I shot the Ruger SP101 .22 revolver a while back, and didn't care much for it (and I'm usually a Ruger fan). The trigger pull was awful, I didn't like the hammer feel much, and accuracy was mediocre.

bigthaiboy
10-12-2007, 12:54 PM
My wife likes to shoot .22LR DA revolvers, and so we've been keeping an eye out for something for her. I've scoured the roster to see what's available in CA, and the selection is pretty poor with the S&W 317 and 617 being the only real options. At $700, my wife would not ever spend that much.

Are there any .22LR DA revolvers, which are relatively common to find which I might find on the used market?
Thanks.

dfletcher
10-12-2007, 1:07 PM
The pickings are slim enough on new 22 revolvers that you may want to go after a used Model 17. I got a LNIB one from SJGE a few years ago for about $325.00, it's a twin to my Model 14.

Parag
10-12-2007, 7:24 PM
I think the Ruger Bearcat is still available, yes? Also, I've seen a variety of used .22LR revolvers (and semi-autos) on sale at Sportsmen's Supply at one time or another, including Colts.

-- Parag

RobG
10-12-2007, 7:39 PM
I love my Ruger single six. Its accurate and fun to shoot. Its a magnum model so ammo is a bit more. I put a spring kit from Brownells that lightened up the pull and I smoothed things up a bit. Spending 600+ for a .22 kinda defeats the purpose of a cheap plinker although there are nice ones out there.

SamIAm
10-12-2007, 9:13 PM
I love my Ruger single six. Its accurate and fun to shoot. Its a magnum model so ammo is a bit more. I put a spring kit from Brownells that lightened up the pull and I smoothed things up a bit. Spending 600+ for a .22 kinda defeats the purpose of a cheap plinker although there are nice ones out there.

You can convert it to a 22LR by switching out the cylinder. At least that's the case with mine.

Pugster
10-13-2007, 11:31 AM
I have a Ruger Single Six - It's fun to shoot, looks nice and durable as heck; but it gets tedious to reload.

Shooting 200+ rounds on the Single Six makes me want to get one of the SW revolvers with the swing-out cylinders.

I tried looking into Taurus DA .22 revolvers but don't think you can go wrong with SW.

movie zombie
10-13-2007, 12:38 PM
if you get lucky you might find an older used s&w model 63........j-frame so lighter and probably a better fit for a smaller hand. if its a private party transfer it doesn't have to be on the approved list. not cheap but not nearly as expensive as the newly released model 63.

movie zombie

psriley
10-13-2007, 7:05 PM
+1 on the Smith 617 6" ten-shot. Ridiculously accurate and excellent practice for your other K-frame Smiths. When I start to get the shakies from shooting too much .357, I just whip out the 617. Fun shooter. I can go through a brick of .22 LR before I even know what happened.

It is a verrry heavy gun for a .22, though. Probably not the best choice for bull-type shooting.

You'll probably want to swap out the sights, too. Mine came with flat black front and back, and I'm currently in the process of changing them for Meprolights.

TopGun2000
10-13-2007, 11:25 PM
i've been looking for one for a while

s&w 617 is a good choice, however $500 - $600 simply sounds too much for a 22lr plinking revolver

s&w 317 is a short barrel one, good as a snake gun but not enjoyable for paper plinking

ruger six single, everything about it is good except the slow single gate loading which is a pain in the ***.

PRK laws make it so hard to buy a good DA 22lr revolver :mad:

kurac
10-14-2007, 8:46 AM
There out there, you just have to keep hitting the local shops or have connections. I scored both of these for $450 each, two years appart.

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b197/KuracBoban/IMAG0026.jpg

Mickey D
10-14-2007, 8:52 AM
FYI, Any gun not on the approved list is legal in California as long as it's already in the state and you aquire it as a private party transaction through an FFL, completing the required paperwork.

My recommendation for a .22 revolver would be S&W's 617 or if you can find one, a Model 63.