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I shoot a 1972 made S&W Model 18, like my 1967 Model 15. And a Model 34 with 4" barrel and target grips.

For an auto, a Colt Woodsman with 6" barrel is so accurate with SV ammo.

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Originally Posted by UPhiker
The full underlug works on the 6in 617 because it's more of a range gun. I wish they'd come out with a 4in with a lighter barrel for woods use.

Look for a M18. I wouldn't be without mine.

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The full underlug works on the 6in 617 because it's more of a range gun. I wish they'd come out with a 4in with a lighter barrel for woods use.

Look for a M18. I wouldn't be without mine.


Antero,

The above-mentioned M18, is S&W's Model 18. It is their K-Frame, the same frame size as their Model 17 and Model 617. Just has a 4-inch blue barrel, instead of the 6 or 8 3/8th's inch barrels of the Model 17, and does not have the underlug that the Model 617 barrels have. I feel it's a solid recommendation for a woods gun.

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I had a 648 6" and shot pops 8 3/8 48 for a few yrs.
Both were very good.

Like revolvers just fine

Took my Buckmark w reflex sight out today. Yeah, it aint as classy as a nice Smith wheelgun......but i was shooting very well, with ease.

Im liking it more and more.

.22lr, 9mm and a 10mm.....coud be satisfied w just those 3.
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Single action revolvers are the most fun to me and simplest to maintain. Revolvers function more reliably with cheap rimfire.

Get whatever matches your centerfire so training crosses over. If no center-fire, double action revolvers are best for civilians and sportsmen.


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Originally Posted by jerrywoodswalker
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Originally Posted by UPhiker
The full underlug works on the 6in 617 because it's more of a range gun. I wish they'd come out with a 4in with a lighter barrel for woods use.

Look for a M18. I wouldn't be without mine.


Antero,

The above-mentioned M18, is S&W's Model 18. It is their K-Frame, the same frame size as their Model 17 and Model 617. Just has a 4-inch blue barrel, instead of the 6 or 8 3/8th's inch barrels of the Model 17, and does not have the underlug that the Model 617 barrels have. I feel it's a solid recommendation for a woods gun.

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A 4" 18 gets my vote. There's absolutely nothing it won't do (besides be next to quiet) for a woods gun.

A 17 or Officer's Model Match are decent, but a bit big. Same for 4 and 6" Colt Match Target autos.
I've never owned a 22 Diamondback, but something tells me an 18 probably shoots better, certainly in DA.

I'd rather an ancient Police Positive Target than a J-frame, if looking at wee guns.



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Originally Posted by HawkI
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Originally Posted by GSPfan
Originally Posted by UPhiker
The full underlug works on the 6in 617 because it's more of a range gun. I wish they'd come out with a 4in with a lighter barrel for woods use.

Look for a M18. I wouldn't be without mine.


Antero,

The above-mentioned M18, is S&W's Model 18. It is their K-Frame, the same frame size as their Model 17 and Model 617. Just has a 4-inch blue barrel, instead of the 6 or 8 3/8th's inch barrels of the Model 17, and does not have the underlug that the Model 617 barrels have. I feel it's a solid recommendation for a woods gun.

Jerry


A 4" 18 gets my vote. There's absolutely nothing it won't do (besides be next to quiet) for a woods gun.

A 17 or Officer's Model Match are decent, but a bit big. Same for 4 and 6" Colt Match Target autos.
I've never owned a 22 Diamondback, but something tells me an 18 probably shoots better, certainly in DA.

I'd rather an ancient Police Positive Target than a J-frame, if looking at wee guns.


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Many great choices above, and others not mentioned.

IME, it's really hard to beat a Ruger MKII - but must say a Browning Buckmark Camper in SS, with the Heggis Trigger Spring flip to halve the pull weight, is a deadly accurate piece and a tad lighter, both with 5.5 bull barrels. Alloy frame on the Browning wink Many Fox Squirrels, some at a nice distance have not liked the BKM......yes, same for MKII.

It's just sight and squeeze and if you miss when hunting, you are back on quicker than a wheel gun after you cock....and there's the ejecting and in time dirty sticky chambers/cylinder to clean, etc.

Enjoyed many fine Smith's - but........I do like K.I.S.S.

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i don't really care much about the difference between every gun design whether or not it is a revolver or semi. None of these difference are meaningful if you can concentrate on maintaining sight alignment as you pull the trigger.

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I've a couple. They are mostly a means to an end for me. I usually stuff one in my pack for a pot/kit gun. Most often I carry a Smith 317 Airlight (or whatever they call it). Accurate enough for ptarmigan or grouse. Trigger needs work on a gun that light. I think it is about 12 ounces alll up with 10 rounds.

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My 617's are accurate! Loads of fun to shoot.


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Model 17's are good also!

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I have a rimfire revolver and a ruger semi. Both are fun to shoot. But after you buy one you will probably buy the other. They are just fun to shoot.

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I have a rimfire revolver and a ruger semi. Both are fun to shoot. But after you buy one you will probably buy the other. They are just fun to shoot.

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If I could only have one 22 handgun; it would be this 5.5" Single Six.

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I think you could spend more and get some legacy firearms like a Colt Diamondback revolver and a S&W K-22. Both are great shooting revolvers but take a little more time to load and clean.

The Ruger Mark II or Mark III pistols are great but make sure you get a bunch of magazines. Fill 'em up and throw a bunch of 22s in your pocket and go for a nice plinking hike in the woods!

I have an integrally suppressed Mark III that Todd at TBA Suppressors in Ashland Virginia made for me. I don't need any hearing protectors when I go out plinking with it. Fantastic firearm especially with CCI SVs!

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