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Old 02-25-2020, 08:26 PM
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Last fall I sold my GP100 to fund another purchase.

That was a mistake. I miss having a 22 wheel gun and want to get another one. I'm not necessarily tied to buying another GP100, but I'm certainly open to it.

I'd be ok with something a little smaller, but big enough that it'll be a reasonably accurate plinker. (3 inch barrel maybe?) I think I want to stick with a double action with the cylinder that swings out as I'm not a fan of loading and unloading the single actions one round at a time.

Any suggestions would be welcome!
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Old 02-25-2020, 08:36 PM
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S&W Model 63.
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Old 02-25-2020, 08:44 PM
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S&W Model 63. A very, very nice revolver. Mine is accurate, and reliable.



Really nice trigger out of the box compared to the Ruger SP101.
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Old 02-25-2020, 08:48 PM
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That does look nice. Will have to check on those.
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Old 02-25-2020, 10:02 PM
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How's the S&W 63 shoot compared to the GP100?
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Old 02-25-2020, 10:40 PM
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How's the S&W 63 shoot compared to the GP100?
My GP100 is more accurate but that's because it has a scope on it. For me, the aiming system is more important than the make and model of the revolver. Off a rest, I have done well with the little 63. And the GP100 needed about four hours of work taking it apart and slicking up the trigger in order to shoot really well. The 63's trigger was great out of the box.

I can also recommend a S&W 617, but they go for a bit more than the other two pistols. Super accurate.

617 on the bottom, with its big brother the 686 up top.





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For size and weight the 63 is the way to go. I have a couple of the older ones with the 4Ē barrel. They are awesome revolvers.
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Old 02-25-2020, 10:51 PM
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After doing a little reading I'm more inclined to go with the S&W 63 rather than a 617 (or another GP100) I think the J frame and 3" barrel setup is probably close to what I'm looking for.

Too bad they're so darn expensive! Hopefully I'll have to tell the guys at the shop to keep their eyes open for one in good shape for me lol
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Old 02-26-2020, 01:14 AM
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what about the SP101? They are much smaller than a GP100 and the current models have adjustable sights and 8 shot cylinders. Hogue makes a better grip. rc
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Old 02-26-2020, 04:55 AM
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what about the SP101? They are much smaller than a GP100 and the current models have adjustable sights and 8 shot cylinders. Hogue makes a better grip. rc
Right now on Gunbroker the Model 63 can be had for $680, the SP101 for about $650 or a used one for about $550. It is splitting hairs, but my SP101 had a terrible trigger out of the box. I took my SP101 in barter for some work and then paid a smith $100 to smooth up the trigger and braze on an overtravel stop. It is a bit larger than the 63, but my S&W was more nicely finished.

Here's a link to the $550 one on GB. No relation between me and the seller of that pistol (and mine is not for sale). But that's about the agreed-on value of the one I took in trade.

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/858725438

On the budget end of things, Taurus made a clone of the Model 63, I think called the Taurus 94. They can be had used for much less than the S&W counterpart. Look here, for instance:

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/857929040

I bought an older blued one of these and took it to the same smith as my SP101. He said there was only so much he could do to safely lighten the trigger, which was very heavy. He did a good job, but I don't shoot it as much as the Model 63.
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Old 02-26-2020, 05:19 AM
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Flangster, great post.

There are many options for the OP, but the S&W Model 63 is the best choice. It isnít the cheapest, but it is the best in itís category. It is reasonably lightweight, accurate and is a quality revolver. You canít beat it for a nice kit gun.
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Old 02-26-2020, 05:35 AM
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Flangster, great post.

There are many options for the OP, but the S&W Model 63 is the best choice. It isn’t the cheapest, but it is the best in it’s category. It is reasonably lightweight, accurate and is a quality revolver. You can’t beat it for a nice kit gun.
Yup. Fully agree. I really, really like mine -- in fact I have been looking for an older 4-inch model. They seem much sought after, and therefore expensive. I'm a shooter, though, not a collector, so I may be looking for a while for one that is in "shooter's condition" and priced appropriately.

If it were me, I'd go the buy-once/cry-once route and just get the 63. In fact, I would buy another 63 before I'd by another Ruger revolver. Not talking down the Ruger, just stating a personal preference on this. But the OP was not thrilled with the price, and there are other choices out there. Another choice would be the S&W 317, but if I was going to have only one rimfire revolver, I'd want the all-steel 63 rather than the aluminum cylinder airweight. Once again, just a personal preference.
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Old 02-26-2020, 06:33 AM
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You know what's funny I had been looking for a good dependable 22 that would be accurate and easy to work on and fun to shoot etc etc. All the autoloaders I've had over the years now that I really think about the wheel guns fit that description better.
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Old 02-26-2020, 07:03 AM
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Right now on Gunbroker the Model 63 can be had for $680, the SP101 for about $650 or a used one for about $550. It is splitting hairs, but my SP101 had a terrible trigger out of the box. I took my SP101 in barter for some work and then paid a smith $100 to smooth up the trigger and braze on an overtravel stop. It is a bit larger than the 63, but my S&W was more nicely finished.
Your note on the SP101 made me realize something. I actually didn't sell the GP100 last fall. I had done some wheeling and dealing last summer on a few items and taken in an SP101 as part of a trade for it and that's what I sold in the fall.

Not sure how I'd forgotten about that. In my mind they were kind of running together. Thinking back to the SP101 it was a good little gun. More compact than the GP. IIRC I still wished the barrel was maybe a little smaller. (Of course now I'm looking up SP101's vs 63's and seeing some Ruger fan boys talking about how much better they are. Not even going to get involved in that. I'll have to handle them both and see what I like better.)
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Old 02-26-2020, 07:50 AM
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The prices between the SP-101 and 63 are so close, Iíd go S&W.
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