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Old 09-12-2019, 04:03 PM
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I've wanted a .22WMR revolver for a long time. Semi-autos are my fave even after trying a .45, .357, and a couple of .38 revolvers that never loved me. One of the .38s was for a "snake gun" loaded with shotshells but that didn't agree with me either. So, I gave it one last try with a .22 WMR and I'm in love. A .22lr briefly piqued my interest until I saw 3 WMRs, I thought I would give a looky-look - S&W 351C, Ruger LCR and Charter Arms.

The S&W became my first choice and the hunt began. Nothing locally of any of the 3, nothing at a gun show and didn't want to go through GunBroker. Last weekend, I had a table at a different gunshow. Nothing there until I spotted a pre-owned Ruger LCR just before closing on Saturday. I really wanted a S&W so I went home and thought about it. After selling another rifle Sunday, it was, what the heck, and I bought it - my very first Ruger!

I couldn't be happier! Fantastic trigger. It ate up 16 rounds of CCI Maxi-Mags and 2 CCI shotshells rapid fire. Zero recoil, easy to stay on target fit my hands perfectly, nice, safe, heavy, buttery trigger.

My neighbor got 2dozen copperheads this year. I'm ready!
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Old 09-13-2019, 06:24 PM
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Ultimately, it was always ammo cost that kept me away from shooting my 22 mag revolvers. I suspect that LCR is quite noisy. But if you enjoy it, great!!!

I have a couple single actions with 22 mag cylinders, one DA Colt Trooper Mark III in 22 mag and a rifle. I personally think 22 mag is the ideal survival caliber for the lower 48.... enough power for many animals and the ammunition is a bit smaller than most of the centerfire counterparts.
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Old 09-13-2019, 09:09 PM
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Ultimately, it was always ammo cost that kept me away from shooting my 22 mag revolvers. I suspect that LCR is quite noisy. But if you enjoy it, great!!!

I have a couple single actions with 22 mag cylinders, one DA Colt Trooper Mark III in 22 mag and a rifle. I personally think 22 mag is the ideal survival caliber for the lower 48.... enough power for many animals and the ammunition is a bit smaller than most of the centerfire counterparts.

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Old 09-27-2019, 06:43 AM
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I forgot to mention in my quest for a.22 WMR revolver I happened across an NAA mini-revolver. I got it for $200. What a bust! It was a quirky little thing. Never got the hang of loading it. It was so tiny I couldn't grip it well. I couldn't master the 2 steps to shoot it and then, poof, it was gone! We were not a good match. The Ruger was a 180 degree difference on all counts.

Over the winter, I'll shoot it more at the indoor range. The warmer months are reserved for shooting firearms not allowed indoors. This week, I shot my, new to me, Carcano Cavalry Carbine 6,5.

The target I shot with the Ruger (see upthread) was from about 15 yds. The resulting shotshell pattern is too open for snake hunting. I expect shooting a snake at 2 yds will be a little more effective!. How big in diameter is a coiled up snake? Maybe, 12 inches? I'll go for that to establish an effective, safe (from getting bitten) distance. Gotta stock up on ammo!
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Old 09-27-2019, 06:47 AM
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Ultimately, it was always ammo cost that kept me away from shooting my 22 mag revolvers. I suspect that LCR is quite noisy. But if you enjoy it, great!!!

I have a couple single actions with 22 mag cylinders, one DA Colt Trooper Mark III in 22 mag and a rifle. I personally think 22 mag is the ideal survival caliber for the lower 48.... enough power for many animals and the ammunition is a bit smaller than most of the centerfire counterparts.
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I didn't notice the noise since I wore ear protection. Couldn't be louder than my 9mm firearms. Funny though, one of my thoughts was, gee, can I supress a revolver? Never have I seen one but maybe they do exist!
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Old 09-27-2019, 10:56 AM
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Very nice! LCRs are great revolvers. Too bad 22wmr doesn't have the same reverse compatibility with 22lr like 357mag/38spl have. Would be great to be able to shoot more at less cost.

How well does the snakeshot work on snakes? I've heard stories of people having shot snakes with shot multiple times and having to resort to a big stick or shovel to finish the job. Of course, I'm asking about the shotshell cartridges out of a revolver and not using a 12ga with birdshot. I don't live anywhere near snake country so I've never encountered one before.
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Old 09-28-2019, 08:15 AM
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my experience with 22 WMR shot shells has been excellent , have killed water moccasins with my Taurus UL85 with 2 inch barrel with one shot. I have never been any closer than around 8 feet from snake.
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I have a LCRx in 22 mag. It's a nice trail/hiking gun.

My big beef is they should have sold them with interchangeable 22 LR cylinders like my old grandpa's Colt Frontiersman. Makes it a more versiable gun.

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Old 10-25-2019, 12:49 AM
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I forgot to mention in my quest for a.22 WMR revolver I happened across an NAA mini-revolver. I got it for $200. What a bust! It was a quirky little thing. Never got the hang of loading it. It was so tiny I couldn't grip it well. I couldn't master the 2 steps to shoot it and then, poof, it was gone! We were not a good match.
Almost all of the NAA mini-revolvers are something I'd not bother with.

That "remove the cylinder axis pin and take out the cylinder to reload" thing is poor - I have read many reports of people getting the alignment wrong on reassembly and locking the pistol up, requiring gunsmith intervention!


However, the new Ranger II by NAA is a whole 'nother kettle of fish!
It is a classic break-top, with all of the simplicity and reliability associated with break-tops.

I handled one last weekend at my local Impact Arms, and I nearly fell in love. I said "nearly", as the $420 (on-line, up to $500 in stores) price-tag broke the mood quickly.
For another $100 you can get a 22LR cylinder to go with the standard 22magnum one.

For someone with more spare green stuff lying around than I have, it would be great - but I'm not that well-off yet.
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Old 10-25-2019, 07:36 AM
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As a Ruger Blackhawk owner, 45acp/45lc, I too wondered why my LCRx would not shoot .22lr as well as the wmr. What would Ruger need to do to make the cylinder compatible to both?
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Old 10-25-2019, 07:55 AM
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I'm with you BB in ND!

I forgot about my NAA Mini Master. I paid around 330 plus tax. It's more a novelty gun at best.

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Old 10-25-2019, 08:15 AM
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Snake shot etc.

The nice thing about the commercial snake shot loads in .22 Long Rifle and .22 Magnum is that they have #12 shot, which has a dense enough pattern to work well at reasonable distances. Keep in mind, you are shooting through a rifles barrel which imparts a spin and when the shot leaves the gun, it disperses more so than if shot through a smooth bore barrel, aka, shotgun. I did find a company that sold #12 shot and have loaded some .410 shells with it.

Quick comment, there is no way to make a chamber compatible with both .22 Long Rifle and .22 Magnum ammo. Impossible.
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Almost all of the NAA mini-revolvers are something I'd not bother with.

That "remove the cylinder axis pin and take out the cylinder to reload" thing is poor - I have read many reports of people getting the alignment wrong on reassembly and locking the pistol up, requiring gunsmith intervention!


However, the new Ranger II by NAA is a whole 'nother kettle of fish!
It is a classic break-top, with all of the simplicity and reliability associated with break-tops.

I handled one last weekend at my local Impact Arms, and I nearly fell in love. I said "nearly", as the $420 (on-line, up to $500 in stores) price-tag broke the mood quickly.
For another $100 you can get a 22LR cylinder to go with the standard 22magnum one.

For someone with more spare green stuff lying around than I have, it would be great - but I'm not that well-off yet.
I saw one and held it for a while at the local gun store and decided I had to own it.It was around $500 without a 22lr.cylinder.I have plenty of 22lr. pistols so I didnít really feel the need for paying an extra $100.
This one has a larger boot grip so itís easy to hold on to.
P.S.No more poking out spent shells with the cylinder pin.
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Old 10-31-2019, 05:13 PM
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The LCR is only 6 shot! Stupid. There is room for 7 or 8. I refuse on general principle.
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LadyLuck, you made an excellent choice-grab a couple of boxes of self defense ammo; quite impressive/effective.
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