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Old 08-26-2019, 09:50 PM
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How'dy.. I'm in need of a good classic revolver . double action. Opinions?



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Yes.. thinking I need a good quality .22 double action revolver.
For plinking and possibly squirrels..
What would you guys buy ?
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Old 08-26-2019, 10:10 PM
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My favorites are the older S&W K-22s/model 17s. Well made and pretty accurate. My old ones seem to shoot better than the much newer 10 shot 617 I have. My favorite of all of the ones I've shot is an older K-22 Combat Masterpiece (4" barrel). The Combat masterpiece just balances in my hand perfectly. I find the 617 with a heavy lugged barrel to be nose heavy.
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Old 08-26-2019, 11:25 PM
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Well.. I do have a s&w k17..8-3/8 Barrel..
Target trigger and hammer.
Just a tad to long.
Thinking I'd like a 4 incher..
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Old 08-26-2019, 11:36 PM
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Classic .22 revolvers

For a great shooting "classic" .22 revolver, consider the early K22 5 screw, a Colt Police Positive Target, a Colt Officers Model and perhaps a Colt Official Police. These all fall into the classic description. Happy hunting!
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Old 08-26-2019, 11:40 PM
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Smith 63, get the 5 inch if you can find one.
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Old 08-27-2019, 07:04 AM
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There are several options when it comes to quality rimfire revolvers that are accurate and easily available on the used market. I prefer six inch barrels and have learnt shooting on an OMM that was owned by my gun club. Many S&W K-22s are plagued with poor extraction and mine is no exception. The Colt OMM in the photo below went out of timing after some ten thousands of rounds.

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I am pleased with smith wesson stainless kit gun. 4" barrel and adjustable sights. If that is not classic enough you can get it in blue.
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Old 08-27-2019, 08:07 AM
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Thanks guys
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Old 08-27-2019, 10:15 AM
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I think if it were me I'd go new school, and stainless.
GP-100 or a SP-101 with the longer barrels.
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I searched for a double action 22 revolver several months ago. A good used one is hard to find and expensive. News ones are expensive (much more than a 38 Special) but the only ones I felt that were reasonably priced under $400 were Taurus and Charter Arms. I bought the Charter Arms Pathfinder Target (4.2" barrel) from Bud's Gun Shop for Three hundred fifty something (I have since found it slightly cheaper). It is a good reliable matte stainless 6 shot revolver that I am very happy with. I would not hesitate to buy it or another Charter Arms revolver again (Charter Arms only makes revolvers in the US). They have a lifetime warranty.
https://charterfirearms.com/collecti...ith-4-2-barrel
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Old 08-27-2019, 12:33 PM
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There are three or four revolvers that come to mind.

The first is the six-shot S&W Model 17 that folks have mentioned above. Available new or used. As others have mentioned, there was a drop in quality after the first time S&W sold itself. But I have a modern one that shoots really well. As stated above, the 617 is a bit nose heavy, but it holds 10 shots and mine is very accurate.



Next up would be a Model 63 -- a "kit gun. I have one with an 8-shot cylinder and three-inch barrel; I think I'd want the older four-inch or five-inch model for squirrels. But for plinking, it is a well-made, accurate, compact piece. I think only the shorter barrel model is currently in production. You pay a bit of a premium for the older models, but maybe not as much as for a modern Model 17.




If you are looking at older models, there is also the S&W Combat Masterpiece, the S&W Model 18. Six shots and classic lines -- in terms of handling, this may be my personal favorite, although I shoot the 617 more repeatably:



Finally, there are Ruger's offerings. The GP100 is sort of like the 617, 10-shots and stainless, without the underlug. Mine arrived with a very heavy trigger, and some timing issues, but once those were worked out, it shoots with the 617. I smoothed the trigger components myself, and had Ruger fix the timing on warranty. I like the handling. I swapped out the front sight, because I didn't like the fat fiber optic sight. And it currently wears a red dot. The SP101 is a analogous, maybe, to the Model 63 -- eight shots and stainless. The trigger on mine was just awful -- heavy and gritty -- and I had to have a smith work on it to smooth things out. In my opinion, the Smiths start out at a better place than the Rugers, but the Rugers can be made to shoot as well -- at least at my skill level.

GP100:



For plinking and squirrels, I'd choose a longer barreled model, unless you plan to mount a red dot on it. I am shooting the 617 and GP100 that way now and get better accuracy than with iron sights. Still, your skill as an open-sight shooter may be better than mine. I'd see what you can physically get your hands on locally, and then go from there in terms of what points naturally for you. If I could only have one, it would be the S&W Model 17 -- it just looks "right" to me. Good luck in your choice and report back on yours. And with pix, naturally.
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Sorry can't help do not know of any revolvers made of nylon.
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good revolver ?

Don't overlook Wesson revolvers. At one time they were very popular with silhouette shooters. Back when I could still see iron sights I managed a few 100 yard "shoot off chickens" with mine.
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how much are you willing to spend.

Not many out there that are cheap now.
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Don't try to save a few bucks on a good handgun. Go for a Smith and Wesson or Ruger and you'll be glad you did 15 or 20 years from now and many thousands of trouble free rounds. You'll thank yourself for it.

Choices; S&W 617,
Ruger GP100.
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