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Old 10-25-2019, 08:44 AM
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I love old 22's and have been thinking about using an older 9-shot 22lr revolver as a trail gun.
Back in the 70s, I remember seeing backpackers with a 22 revolver strapped on their waist and I think it could be effective here in the South vs a venomous snake, fun plinking or even in the unlikely incidence of self-defense vs a 2-leg attacker.
I figure no one likes being shot at even by a 22 and several 22lr stingers could stop one.
What's your thoughts of the 22lr carried while hiking or as a sidearm while deer hunting.
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Old 10-25-2019, 09:05 AM
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Check your local laws! Some places have rules against carrying a 22 when hunting. As for self defense, your deer rifle is better. As for snakes a 410 pistol is better, as for fun a 22 is better. Sounds like fun
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While Not Cheap

The S&W 317 is a heck of a pistol

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Old 10-25-2019, 11:00 AM
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I, too, am a vintage .22aholic and avid trail walker/hiker. My preferred carry companion is my “Old Reliable” Beretta Model 71. Light, compact, accurate and reliable. I’ve tried revolvers but found them to be heavier and bulkier(less weight, the better). I have a CCL and carry concealed when hiking(some folks get all a-twitter at the sight of a firearm, better to keep the peace), the 71 is also my EDC.
I consider it one of the very best, all around fun pistols ever made(I own four 71s and two 70s[steel frame model]).
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Old 10-25-2019, 11:12 AM
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Thats a nice little gun! I like little guns too! FEG AP 22.

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Old 10-25-2019, 11:31 AM
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Decisions.......

At last weeks gun show, I ran across one of these lil FEG honeys. It was either that or the Uberti 1866 Yellowboy (.22lr). Been searching for both for decades.......the Yellowboy won out. Still think about that FEG, though.
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At last weeks gun show, I ran across one of these lil FEG honeys. It was either that or the Uberti 1866 Yellowboy (.22lr). Been searching for both for decades.......the Yellowboy won out. Still think about that FEG, though.
Yellow Boy was the obvious choice. pistols are only tools to get to your rifle.

If i was going into the wilderness this is the revolver i would take,SW 686+ 3 inch unfluted 7 shot 357 magnum

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Old 10-25-2019, 01:22 PM
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Ruger Standard II, III, or IV, Smith 63, Smith 317, Ruger Bearcat. I have a couple of the old 9 shot H&Rs well made but they were all very laking in the accuracy department.
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I say you're right: it's nice and it's certainly not cheap!
I already have some older 22lr revolvers that I would carry for the trail that are nearly 1/3 the price of that S&W
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Old 10-25-2019, 01:58 PM
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Check your local laws! Some places have rules against carrying a 22 when hunting. As for self defense, your deer rifle is better. As for snakes a 410 pistol is better, as for fun a 22 is better. Sounds like fun
In Georgia, you can carry 'open or concealed' on public WMA's as long as you have a state-issued weapon carry license.
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Old 10-25-2019, 02:04 PM
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I, too, am a vintage .22aholic and avid trail walker/hiker. My preferred carry companion is my “Old Reliable” Beretta Model 71. Light, compact, accurate and reliable. I’ve tried revolvers but found them to be heavier and bulkier(less weight, the better). I have a CCL and carry concealed when hiking(some folks get all a-twitter at the sight of a firearm, better to keep the peace), the 71 is also my EDC.
I consider it one of the very best, all around fun pistols ever made(I own four 71s and two 70s[steel frame model]).
Nice; I had never heard of the Beretta 71.
Come to think of it, I don't own a Beretta....hmmm
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Old 10-25-2019, 03:36 PM
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"Come to think of it, I don't own a Beretta....hmmm "

Tsk, tsk, Outdoorman, you should remedy that sad situation. Not with the new(fugly, plastic) ones, but, say, the older(Italian made) 948(superb lil shooter!), the 70 series, the 101 & 102, Model 87 & 87T and the amazing Model 89. Magnificent rimfire pistols all. I have 28 Berettas in my collection(the lion's share are rimfires) and I can't fault a one(well, possibly the price of original mags!). Take the step, you'll never regret it.

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Old 10-25-2019, 11:03 PM
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.22lr is a fantastic trail gun! For me, the most likely use of a .22 on the trail is an opportunistic shot on small game. Therefore I place a high priority on accuracy. I think any long barrel, 'target' pistol will serve you well in the field. Personally I have a GP100 .22 revolver. Certainly a large heavy handgun, but I carry it in a belt holster and it doesn't bother me at all. It shots to 25 yards like a rifle.
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Old 10-25-2019, 11:42 PM
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Old 10-26-2019, 04:45 AM
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I pack an old S&W K-22 with a 6" bbl. for small game hunting. Very accurate. Look at some used S&W revolvers for your trail gun. Could be had for quite a bit less than that new $700.00 S&W that was posted.
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