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Old 05-26-2013, 12:14 AM
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I would love a 22 revolver but Smith and Wesson prices and quality these days are unappealing so what other choices?
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Old 05-26-2013, 2:48 AM
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Well, to start I do not find there to be anything wrong with S&W quality these days, but that is not what you are asking.

The Ruger SP101 .22LR is a terrific little .22 revolver. I have really enjoyed mine. The workmanship, fit, and finish are quite nice, and this is a dandy little revolver.

The trigger on the SP101 .22 is a bit on the hard-pull side, but it is quite snappy and I find that I shoot this revolver very well in double action mode. It has a very decent single action trigger although the pull on the hammer is stiff.

Anyway, this was my own choice for a .22 revolver.
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Old 05-26-2013, 9:07 AM
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Your choices of a .22 revolver is limited.

1. Taurus 94
2. Ruger sp101
3. Ruger lcr22
4. S&W 617

As roger said, your probably better off with the sp101
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Old 05-26-2013, 9:18 AM
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Well, the OP never said it had to be double-action. There are plenty of single action .22 revolvers out there, but the Ruger Single series (Six and Ten) is the best single action choice IMO.
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Old 05-26-2013, 9:24 AM
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Well, the. Ruger SP101 would likely be as close as you cazn get to the S&W, but don't expect the same performance.

The SP101 fills a size niche, so get that now if that is the money you have, and look towards the S&W down the road.
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Old 05-26-2013, 9:37 AM
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I got a sp101 it has a heavy double action will take a while of shooting to losen it up or take to to a good gun smith and he can make it better. My self i like single action rugers in a combo 22lr and 22 mag good option . Both are great fun plinking guns.
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Old 05-26-2013, 9:46 AM
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If you're open to a single action pistol, you should check out the Heritage Rough Rider. They aren't as pretty as a single six, but mine shoots good and was under $200 OTD.
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The best currently available is Freedom Arms Model 83 or Model 97, which ever way your preference runs. Owning the best will cost you though. S&W or Ruger are not in the same league as Freedom Arms. http://www.freedomarms.com/

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C&R S&W pre Model 17's and pre-model 18's are roster exempt and usually sell in the $550-650 range. Their quality and accuracy is beyond contestation.



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I got a sp101 it has a heavy double action will take a while of shooting to losen it up or take to to a good gun smith and he can make it better. My self i like single action rugers in a combo 22lr and 22 mag good option . Both are great fun plinking guns.
I really like my SP101-22
I put a Wolfe 11# hammer spring and an 8# trigger return spring in mine.
Also smoothed and polished some internals.
http://www.teslamap.com/public/sp101...job/index.html
Easy to do and the trigger is much improved.
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I will stand up for S&W.
I have owned several makes over the years in single action and double action.
The little Rugers are fine.I have not owned the SP like in the guys picture(nice gun by the way).Locally they are about $100 less than a S&W,which is tempting.I would still buy the S&W.I own the 617s a 647 and a 648.I have sold all of my others due to the high quality and accuracy of these guns.
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Ruger SP101 .22 lr is probably the best decently priced widely available .22 lr revolver.

S&Ws 617s are nice but expensive and hard to fine.
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I have both old and new S&Ws and there is nothing wrong with the new ones, IMO.

I enjoy shooting my S&W Model 63 (.22lr, 8 shots, 3" bbl stainless steel j-frame). Paid in the high $600s for it, new, a couple of years ago.

Almost $700 is a lot of money, but I can't think of any company that is selling USA made handguns with a forged steel frame for less than that. Considering that people don't think twice of paying that much for a polymer framed gun, it seems like a bargain to me.
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Well, to start I do not find there to be anything wrong with S&W quality these days, but that is not what you are asking.

The Ruger SP101 .22LR is a terrific little .22 revolver. I have really enjoyed mine. The workmanship, fit, and finish are quite nice, and this is a dandy little revolver.

The trigger on the SP101 .22 is a bit on the hard-pull side, but it is quite snappy and I find that I shoot this revolver very well in double action mode. It has a very decent single action trigger although the pull on the hammer is stiff.

Anyway, this was my own choice for a .22 revolver.
+1. I couldn't pull myself to pay the price for a S&W so got myself the SP101. Heavy trigger eases more as you shoot it.
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As an owner of both S&W and Ruger revolvers in 22lr, I can vouch for the quality and smoothness of the trigger on a S&W, especially the 617. However, like all Ruger revolvers, it takes very little effort to make the trigger pull much, much nicer. Wolff springs, a little polishing, and some shims work wonders for around $30 and 30 minutes of work max.
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I have to agree that the Ruger SP101 is an awesome substitute for the expensive S&W
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I would love a 22 revolver but Smith and Wesson prices and quality these days are unappealing so what other choices?
Nothing wrong with a Ruger and yes S&W are expensive but I have 2 S&W revolvers (R8 and 617) and the quality is top shelf
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Your choices of a .22 revolver is limited.

1. Taurus 94
2. Ruger sp101
3. Ruger lcr22
4. S&W 617

As roger said, your probably better off with the sp101
There are also number of single action revolvers available.
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I'd get the Ruger Single. Eats ANYTHING, you can switch calibers/cylinders, and you won't waste as much ammo.

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I'd get the Ruger Single. Eats ANYTHING, you can switch calibers/cylinders, and you won't waste as much ammo.

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for fun, nothing beats the ruger bearcat.

it's a tough question however. because "best" means many things. the bearcat is the neatest little 22 revolver to shoot. accurate enough but just awesomely cool and fun. my boys love it. I do too. gotta shoot it to understand.

however, more accuracy can be had in the single six/nine whatever models. double action revolvers can help with training for a 38/357 though.

a 22 revolver should be first and foremost fun to shoot. and my vote is the bearcat. if I need a tackdriving 22, I'll get a MkIII bull barrel or browning buck mark. they're fun, but not like that little bearcat.
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Can't beat an older Smith, even the newer ones aren't that bad. I don't buy into the, they are all messed up mind set and believe there are many current owners that are very happy, it's just the bad things always tend to get dragged thru the internet muddddd.
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I spend a lot of time looking at 22 revolvers, I go camping a lot and it is my carry of choice out there for things like rats and snakes. For me personally, I like single action 22s. Because rimfire requires more punch then centerfire, none of the double actions ever feel good. My vote would be for the classic colt army single action revisions. Heritage (Rough Rider), Ruger (singlesix, single10, bearcat) are great.

If you can afford the SP101 ruger double action I hear that one is pretty smooth but a crazy pricetag for a 22.
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I say for the price the older High standard pistols are great shooters.
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My favorite .22 revolver is a Dan Wesson with a 4 inch barrel. Next would be my K-22 Masterpiece with a 6 inch barrel. Both are older models and no longer in production. Not sure how much they would go for today.
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Currently?
Single action...................Ruger single six
Double action...............Ruger 101

*Or look around and try to find a older model S&W 617?
I've had mine for nearly 25 years and it still shoots as good as the day I got it!
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