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Old 03-11-2017, 07:45 AM
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In .22 i carry a 617 6", matched to a 686 for bigger game. I bought them as a pair so I could practice with the .22 cheaply. Both are extremely accurate but the 617 does not have as smooth a trigger as the 686.
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Old 03-12-2017, 07:30 PM
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Thanks for all the input. I am leaning towards a 4" 617 right now. I'll get used to the reach for the trigger. I'd like 10-shots, because it's fun to play with. A 617 would also compliment my 686 well and be good practice. I will have to find a nice set of smooth wood grips though.
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I love my Ruger single six, Its as accurate as I can shoot it which is at best 2-3 inch at 25 yds. half of that is probably me. I haven't shot it with the Mag cylinder enough yet but seems at least as good.
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Old 03-12-2017, 07:59 PM
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I don't hunt, but my favorite .22 revolver is easily my Single Six Hunter. Love it's long sight radius due to its 7.5" barrel and having the option of also shooting .22 magnum.

For carry, also a SA, but a NAA Mini-Revolver due to the convenience of being able to slip it in any pocket pretty easily. I'm thinking of adding a 4" Mini Master to fit between the two and possibly serve as a sort of kit gun. Plus, having actual sights would be nice
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Old 03-14-2017, 08:29 PM
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The model 18 with the black S&W leather holster-I think its a 1960 vintage with 4 screws.
Somehow perfect on a belt in the field. It has the old Pacmeyer full grips, those combined with the holster protects the revolver against getting knocked around on rough hikes.
Some years of holster wear though.
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Old 03-14-2017, 10:06 PM
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I have a S&W 617 6" and would think a 4" would make a great 10 shot carry around trail plinker and S&W will fix it "if" you have any issues. I "had" a Ruger SP101 22 LR and it is a nice size but has a trigger you need a block & tackle to squeeze . . . spring kits available and lots of polishing help that some. I'd recommend a S&W of some model . . . whatever best fits your hand.
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Old 03-15-2017, 08:47 PM
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I have a 4 screw 22 combat masterpiece and it is the cat's meow. They have the target hammer and trigger, great sights and are lighter and handier than a 6" K-22. I've had it for 35 years. Having owned several Rugers, I much prefer the Smith. It is on a 38 K frame so it is a full sized pistol, very accurate.
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Old 03-15-2017, 09:58 PM
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For carrying, a "J" framed S&W 22 is really hard to beat. There are several models to choose from. I probably carry one of my 34s more than my 63s, but if I were buying one, it would be the 63. They are so durable and they will look good forever if you take care of it.
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I carry a 617-6 4" most of the time in a pancake holster but occasionally in a shoulder holster. If they would only make a k22 in scandium then we would have the perfect carry woods walk about rim fire gun ! In my opinion.
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Old 03-16-2017, 07:15 PM
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It's pretty dirty as the average range session is 200-300 rounds, but my "3T" 6" S&W Model 17-4 is my hands down favorite .22 LR handgun. It's 1 1/2" accurate at 25 yards with plinker grade ammo and approaches 1" at 25 yards with match ammo. It's also great fun on 4" plates at 50 yards and 8" plates at 100 yards.



It's very compatible with my 6" Model 19-4, my 6" Model 66-2, and is a pretty close match to my 4" Model 15-4.

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Without a doubt! My FAVORITE rimfire 'woods-companion', for over 40 years now, is my 'S&W Model 18-3 .22 Combat Masterpiece'. Still carried in its Bianchi X-15 shoulder holster.... This gun has over 30K rounds of use, and still functions as beautifully as the day back in '74, when I purchased it! This gun has taken many a squirrel, and more tin cans than I would care to count! It has also introduced many novice handgun shooters, to the simple joys of *plinking*. One of the BEST investments, that I ever made!!
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Old 03-27-2017, 06:32 PM
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I have 2 that I like for hunting, mostly use an old pre model 17, but at times I take my Model 48 1st yr. production. I do favor the old Smiths.
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Right now it's my old model single six. But I have a S&W model 51 coming to me in a couple of months and it may become my new favorite. Very different revolvers though so we'll see.
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HEre is my thoughts

Talking woods carry /small game hunting . I took a look at all the revolvers I tested with various brands of ammo at ranges from 10-25 yards all bench rested 2 hand hold shooting single action just like out in the field hunting. No redots or scopes. My finding s have indicated that whether the barrel is 3,4 or 6 inches ling the groups are the same!! Ive compared my model 17 to the little 34 and 63 and my Colt new frontier 4 5/8" barrel and 6" barrel and the M60 -10 which is 35 7 mag with 3" barrel. It all showed the same results.No one gun had the advantage and they all were able to achieve 1 1/4" to 1.5" 5 shot groups at 25 yards. I would say that accepting 2" groups at 15 yards is not for me .
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S&W Model 617(No Dash) 1st year production 4 inch Square Butt with factory Goncalo Alves wood Finger Groove Combat Grips. I carry it in a Bianchi 5bh hip holster or a Uncle Mike's Vertical Shoulder Holster. Finest 22 revolver I have ever owned! IMO you can not go wrong with a Smith!

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