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Old 02-11-2013, 4:07 PM
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I own a Ruger single six in .22LR and comes with a .22 Mag cylinder. I have had this gun for a very long time and I have never shot any .22 Mag through it.

How is the preformance of .22 mag different from .22 LR. Is there a particular brand of .22mag that works better in the Ruger single six than other brands. Should I even bother with .22 mag (this gun is used for target practice and plinking).

more importantly, anyone know where I can buy any .22 mag, with all the ammo shortage it appears that .22 mag is sold out everywhere.
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Old 02-11-2013, 4:09 PM
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to me the crap i shoot doesnt look any different shooting it with magnum or long rifle

i saw some magnum dynapoint at walmart for like $9 a box no long rifle to be seen for weeks
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Old 02-11-2013, 4:11 PM
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I have the same gun and bought some 22mag just to try it out. It was fun, but too pricy just for plinking. If you were hunting small animals, I guess it might make sense, but I don't really do any hunting these days.
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Old 02-11-2013, 4:19 PM
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22mag is more of a hunting round than a plinking round although I can't think of anything off hand that I'd want to hunt with it that a 22LR can't handle but I'm sure somebody here knows of a few things. I guess it would be a better defensive cartridge but not something I'd want to rely on.
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22mag is more of a hunting round than a plinking round although I can't think of anything off hand that I'd want to hunt with it that a 22LR can't handle but I'm sure somebody here knows of a few things. I guess it would be a better defensive cartridge but not something I'd want to rely on.
Maybe a defensive round in a micro compact like the NAA. Better than a handful of quarters I guess.
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Old 02-11-2013, 4:22 PM
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You should buy a box when things return to normal just for the experience but it's no big deal. It will give you more recoil and it's fun to shoot but probably not fun enough to justify the cost once you get past the novelty.
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Old 02-11-2013, 4:44 PM
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a couple of people on 'swamp people' Tv show carry .22 magnum's they seemed very happy with how well they killed gators.
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.22 mag is supposedly more reliable (I haven't shot enough of it myself to know). It definitely lets you reach out further. Some things I've read here and there say the ballistics actually perform similar to the FN 5.7 but I've never dug around to verify. You can get legitimate jacketed and HP rounds (not copper-wash like .22LR). I wouldn't hesitate to defend myself with it, Ruger just came out with the LCR chambered for it and I'm very interested in picking it up once it hits the roster.

EDIT: just used my google-foo, the .22wmr ballistics from a RIFLE are comparable to 5.7 from a pistol. Apparently handgun velocities from the .22wmr can range from 1200-1400. I'd be curious to see what it can do when the load is optimized for a shorter barrel.
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My Single Six shot needed sights adjusted when I switched cylinders.22 Mag made more noise.Was not impressed with 22 mag in any of the 3 handguns I shot it in.

The real difference shows in a rifle length barrel.
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I have the Ruger 77/22 mag and the Single Six, Walmart in Buena Park had a lot of 22 CCI @ 13.00 $ I bought 1 box . I think I sould have some for the rifle pistol combo. 22 mag has more power, My friend has a 17 HMR ,150 yard rifle.
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Speer Gold Dots and Hornady personal defense are now in 22WMR. Supposedly made specifically for short barrel revolvers. But as other said, 22WMR out of a rifle is the bees knees. Far more satisfying and flat shooting than a 22LR.
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I had fun shooting .22 mag out of my Single Six, but at a cost nearly equal to pre-panic 9mm prices it's just not worth it for punching paper targets or aluminum cans. I'd definitely recommend picking up a box at one point just to see what's it about, but unless you are going to hunt with it, I'd stick to .22lr
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Another option is to shoot .22 WRF through your .22 mag cylinder. They seem to fall somewhere between the LR and the magnum, and in my experience a little less expensive than the magnums.
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