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Well, I guess I don't really NEED a 22 mag revolver but would like to have one. What's out there and what do you guys recommend? SA or DA.


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My favorite is a S&W 48. Carried one a bunch of miles in a Jeep. Loaded 3 snake shot and 3 hp’s. Liked you can get a handgun into action quickly when needed. Coyotes and snakes found that out to. Mine has the 8 3/8 barrel.
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Hard to beat the S&W 48 or 648.....


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I'll second the S&W 48 as my .22 Magnum revolver of choice, mine has a 4" barrel, but I've owned both 4" and 6" versions.

That said, I carry a Rossi 515 more often because it is stainless and until recently wasn't worth much, so if I dropped it or dropped something on it, it wasn't a concern.

I carry mine about like HB does, 3 rounds of CCI snake shot and 3 soft point rounds, usually Fiocchi 'cause I bought a couple thousand rounds of it back when it was seling for less than $2 per box.

I wish that S&W had made a stainless 48 that didn't have an ejector rod shroud, an exact copy of the 17, 18, or 48.

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ruger single six single action revolver with 22wmr and 22lr cylinders. suggest the 5.5” barrel to give 22wmr more room, but still handy. utterly reliable, built like a brick outhouse. one of a few “everyone needs one, end of civilization” handguns, imho.

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If I were to get another dedicated .22 mag a Ruger LCRx with the 3" barrel would get the nod.

This is my first .22 mag that's ridden in my pocket during snake season the past 25 years or so. Other than my .327 Fed pistols this has to be the loudest.

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Bought my wife a single-six convertible with a 6 1/2" barrel 30 plus years ago and mine is the same length Old Model .22 Mag only that's the same age as me. My father-in-law snuffed a wolf (domesticated) that a dumbass women thought would be sporting to let them-she had two, chase cows and calves around the family summer range ranch. It was the only gun he had with him and he tried to nail him with the F-150 but the mag out the window did the trick.

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I second the nomination for the Ruger single six, 5.5 stainless. It is multi use with 22 lr and 22 mag cylinders. Lots of bang for your buck! Mine is carried with the 22 mag cylinder most of the time. that combo is a nice power upgrade with the CCI maxi mag, 40gr Hp, at 1450fps.

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Originally Posted by OSU_Sig
Well, I guess I don't really NEED a 22 mag revolver but would like to have one. What's out there and what do you guys recommend? SA or DA.


As far as SA or DA, I think that's pretty much up to you, and what you want to do with it!
If your not sure, remember you can always, use the DA like it's a SA, just by pulling the hammer back with your thumb!
I never had a Dan Wesson, but I've heard and read a lot of good about them!
I have several of the Ruger's, Colt's, and even USFA's, that I like!


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And that is the rub; there are too many to choose from and all are good for their intended purpose. I don't know that I could walk away from a 5 ½" Super Single Six if I found one.


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Still REALLY tough to be a Ruger Single Six.


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Originally Posted by ingwe
Still REALLY tough to be a Ruger Single Six.



It is if you like SAs, not so much if you don't.

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Originally Posted by OSU_Sig
And that is the rub; there are too many to choose from and all are good for their intended purpose. I don't know that I could walk away from a 5 ½" Super Single Six if I found one.

Super ? I've got "new model single-six " right here in front of me (model 00626 catalog KNR -6 ) I'd call it a 6.5" barrel stainless , is there a "super " what's the difference?

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I hate the looks, but for a carry-around-the-farm revolver, the Ruger LCR's seem hard to beat.

I can't find anything wrong with a 48 or 648 though, other than the weight if you're carrying it much.

The Single-Six will save some weight over the S&W, but not a lot...

It's great to have so many to choose from!

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I've got a single six

But those new Ruger lcrx 3in I've been looking at.

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I'd go with the Single Six, barrel length chosen to match carry / use.

I had a S&W 648 for a while and it was decidedly under impressive. Horribly inaccurate with all ammo I was able to round up. Well .. I bought it used and I found out why it was for sale used. Oops.

My current .22 mag is a Ruger Single Six Hunter. It isn't too good with the light weight hyper velocity stuff but it shoots extremely well with the Federal 50 grain JHP load .. like under half inch at 25 yards. It's not horrible with the WW 40 grain JHP stuff either, but don't feed it the CCI +V if you want to be able to hit the side of a barn .. from inside.

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OSU Sig: I love my Smith & Wesson Model 48's - I can not imagine a better 22 Magnum revolver for reliability, accuracy, cool factor and for an investment!
Go with the Smith & Wesson Model 48!
I have examples in 8 3/8" and 4" versions and have long been searching for a 6" Smith & Wesson Model 48 - people that own these Smith & Wesson Model 48's LOVE them and seldom let them go.
Of course I can NOT recommend the current production Smith & Wesson Model 48's, with the hillary lock, as an investment - they may shoot well but I won't even consider buying one!
Best of luck with whichever you choose.
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I’ve had a Single Six, convertible 6 1/2” since I bought it from my physics teacher in ‘68 for $69. It’s just a 22 right? Yeah, but with the magnum cylinder, never forget your ear protection. If you do, you’ll only do it once. 😊


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