Choosing a new revolver

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by RaidenArmstrong, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. RaidenArmstrong

    RaidenArmstrong New Member

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    Hi,
    I'm looking for my very first revolver and just wanted to know what you guys think is a very good and reliable firearm.
    I want a revolver that is .22LR and i do not have a budget right now, so any really good revolver regardless of the price, please let me know what it is :)
    Thanks,
     
  2. Colby

    Colby New Member

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    Smith and Wesson or Ruger revolver.
    Double action with a full hammer. Full hammer gives you nice single action capability.
    3 to 5 inch barrel.
    Stainless steel, maybe... stays nice easier.. longer.
    It'll last forever...

    Get on the websites and find one that looks good to you.
     

  3. Donn

    Donn Active Member

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    I've got both and although I prefer S&W, my Rugers are as good a wheelgun as you can put in your hand. Which is better? That's like asking what's the best pick-up, F-150, Ram or Silverado. Nine times out of ten, it boils down to personal preference.
     
  4. RaidenArmstrong

    RaidenArmstrong New Member

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    I really like the Smith & Wesson 617 but I've heard that it isn't very reliable :/
     
  5. silverado113

    silverado113 New Member

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    Silverado ;)
     
  6. Colby

    Colby New Member

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    Not understanding how a revolver can be unreliable. It's inherent in their design.
    Unless it is some sort of cheap Saturday night special foreign crap gun.
     
  7. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    You need new folks to listen to ;)
     
  8. texhpcpro

    texhpcpro New Member

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    There are still dozens of awesome S&W model 10-x and Ruger Security 6 models all over the place. The ones with a lot of holster wear start around $130 and then based on condition go up from there. These models were favored by PD everywhere and are plentiful. They are great to shot with great for the range. You can even compete in IDPA with them. They are work horses and you can get a really beat up one that has seen years of holster wear for a great price.

    As long as you make sure it is in good mechanical shape the blueing does not make a stitch of difference. 38 special is also a great round to start reloading with. Easy to reload and forgiving as long as you pay attention and never double charge. If you then come up with another 200 or so you can ship out your Model 10 back to S&W and have them refinish it like the day it came out of the factory.
     
  9. BlackWidow

    BlackWidow New Member

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    S&W Model 617 is a full-size .22 revolver, available with 6-round or 10-round cylinder and 4" or 6" barrel.
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    S&W Model 63 is a small-frame .22 revolver with 3" barrel, fiber-optic front sight, and 8-round cylinder.

    They will run you between $600 and $700 each, but are high quality revolvers suitable for a lifetime of shooting.
     
  10. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Thats the new junk with a lock-
    The original Model 63 was discontinued in 1998 sadly- A "J" frame with 2" or 4" barrel & gud ole S&W red ramp front site :) Still some around but not a every day item :(
     
  11. 25-5

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    I always liked the Ruger Single Six. It is single action western style with change out cylinders for .22 LR and .22 magnum. Hunted many a squirrel with .22 LR. The mag. is good for game a bit bigger, and fun to shoot.
     
  12. onenut58

    onenut58 New Member

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    if you dont have a lot of money look at the heritage rough rider.They are good little bargain price guns. You can get into them for less than 200 bucks and start saving for a single six or move up to a smith and wesson K-22.
     
  13. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    My 22 revolver is a Smith & Wesson Model 17. It's a 10 round with a 6" barrel. Generally, they are considered a Cadillac of 22 revolvers and they can be a little on the pricey side.

    If you can't find the S&W, I would go look for a Ruger SP101 22. They are relatively new, and I haven't put my hands on one; but I do have a 357 SP101.
     
  14. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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    I have Heritage Rough Rider that has served me very well. Cimarron makes a sturdy little budget priced 22, the Plinkerton. Both are single action revolvers that are great for teaching new shooters proper gun handling techniques.
     
  15. gunlinn

    gunlinn New Member

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    I've handled the 617 and the single six. Both nice but bought the ruger a few years back. Best 500$ I ever spent on a gun. Great shooter and goes boom every time. Best thing about it is the convertible model. Comes with a 22 mag cylinder as well. How can you go wrong with that? Very nice gun! Thousands upon thousands of rounds through it..... Goes boom every time with any ammo. This gun will be passed down to my son and future generations to come
     
  16. Vikingdad

    Vikingdad New Member

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    I picked up a Ruger Single Six several months ago, it had a chipped grip panel and no magnum cylinder. Got it for $240 IIRC. Might have been a bit less, but it was a steal in my opinion.

    I would say start perusing the pawn shops and gun stores and pick up the first one that you find for a fair price. I always will make an offer and let it marinate for awhile if the price is too much. Spend some time and you can usually get it cheaper, but you could also lose it too. Who cares who made it. If its what you are looking for then its the right gun.