Skip to comments.Looking to own a 22cal wheel gun - just because - any thoughts?
Posted on 12/14/2012 3:22:55 PM PST by JoeProBono
The new Ruger you have pictured is nice. If you’re thinking double action, either that or an older Smith model 17 or 18 (pre-70’s vintage) is easy to find and usually economical.
Brother has a 4 shot .22 mag derringer. I used it on feral pigs in a trap. It worked. Hurt my ears more than a .38 would have.
Guns you really like are harder to come by than dollars.
I haven’t heard someone call a revolver a ‘wheel gun’ in a long time.
double action - single action - pros cons?
COLT Diamondback. Sort of a mini-Python.
“wheel gun” it has a pleasing ring to the ears doesn’t it?
>I havent heard someone call a revolver a wheel gun in a long time.
I’ve been around a long time.
Two for the price of one.
I'm not a big fan of the new model Rugers, but they are built like a tank and shoot good.
I like these. American made and around $250. Everyone needs a .22/.22 mag SAA.
If it is made by Colt, Smith & Wesson or Ruger it will be a quality gun.
I probably like the S&W model 17 with a 6 inch barrel as well as any and more than most. The Ruger Single Six is probably the most durable one tho they are all pretty much so.
I have also heard the Taurus model 94 is OK. I looked one over and it did look fine but I didn’t get to shoot it.
My first decent quality gun was a Harrington and Richardson model 49er. It was not in the same ball park as the better ones and had a heavy DA trigger but it would shoot accurately which is saying a lot.
Although it's not manufactured anymore, my other favorite was the H&R 999, which was a double action .22LR. I was always fascinated by Webley breaktops, and the H&R opens up the same way...
If you can find one used and in decent condition, go for it!
Off to the Ruger website to see what I've missed.
For plinking, both are nice. The Ruger Super Single Six is pretty much top of the heap. Double action, particularly the Smith Model 18 (4” K frame, adjustable sights, sort of a trainer for the .38 model 15) is good for practicing a smooth trigger pull for a larger gun.
Good for squirrels and paper targets.
Go bigger if you want to defend yourself.
Here’s a used one for sale on gunsamerica:
I think I want one.
I'm very tempted by the new Ruger 8-shot SP101 (like in the first photo), but I'm not at the buying stage yet. I never cared much for the Ruger (Super) Single Sixes despite owning a couple back around the time I got married, but the SP platform is one that I do like in .38/.357... and the owners of the older .22 SPs sure don't seem very eager to sell them.
I used to have a Dan Wesson revolver. 9” Bull Barrel with scope. It was my squirrel gun. A tack driver. Made ‘em easier to clean then when shot with the 410. Traded it in on a ‘39 Gibson Grande Console Steel Guitar.
had to trade it in for food
I have one of those HandR999s and love it.
Hard to beat the SW K series in .22 or 38 caliber....
Mike Cumpston really knows his stuff.
Check out a Ruger Single Six, (now they have a Nine and Ten) The Single Six comes with two cylinders and you can shoot about 7-different .22-base rounds between the two.
I’ve had one for over 30-years, shot a million, (well, almost) rounds through it and it is still very accurate and fun to shoot. Looks good too.
Looks like a really nice revolver.
Yes, and I have a K22 that has been in the family for over 50 years..Wouldn’t trade it for anything.
You won't be sorry. A friend bought one as a first handgun to learn with. He stored it at my place for a while, and I keep making sure it works :) A very accurate weapon that is fun to shoot.
The swing out cylinder is easier to reload than the single action types too. The double action is very smooth. Single action trigger feel is even better.
Find an old Colt Frontier scout they go for 400 used. Single action is simplest and gives you the best trigger.
My current Smith .22’s are a early 50’s pre-18 and a 1937 K-22 that’s got factory nickle. What’s amazing is that these guns are more affordable than the new 617’s.
A pre-17 owned by the actor that played Red Ryder passed through a local gun store, I missed it by “that much”.
My thoughts are “get one”.
BOOM!.... Head Shot!
That sounds fair to me!
ARMINUS. I looked at some of them way back in 1968. I would not buy because the ones I saw had almost a 1/8 inch gap between the cylinder and bore.
I wish they made one where you could change out the cylinder and shoot .22 magnum too, like the Taurus 992. Maybe with a 6 inch barrel? Not sure if a longer barrel would make it more accurate or not, but would give you a longer sight radius, anyway.
I had a Ruger Single Six years ago that came with a .22 Magnum cylinder. It was a great gun and I put thousands of round through it plinking. I eventually sold it and sometimes wish I hadn’t. I have a stainless Ruger Mark II .22 long rifle semiautomatic now that is also a great gun. In fact it is what I recommend to anyone looking for a .22 pistol.
I had an Arminius around 1985. For some reason I sort of liked the way it looked.
Unfortunately the range on mine was off on all chambers. It shaved lead like crazy. The barrel to cylinder gap was a bit large on mine too but not quite as bad as yours.
At risk of dating me, I love my double action High Standard Sentinel, with the 6” (also came in 4-3/4” & 8” or [forget which] 9”) bbl. Paid my older brother $25 for it when he was drafted in 1957. It is still functionally tight, though the ejector plunger does finally have some minor play in it, after several cases—not boxes or bricks—fired through it.
Light wt (for its size) & rust proof aluminum frame...it has gone swimming with me many times when I thought I was fishing. It’s been dropped, fallen out of, or bounced onto the floor, of vehicles, and taken any other abuse a 12 year old country boy could dish out over a 55 year period of the two growing up together.
Accurate, comfortable grips, easy to reload, and to clean.
9 shot, .22 cap & ball, S, L, LR, or birdshot; handles Mini-Mags & Stingers without any problems.
You can find them in pawnshops...seen them still in the box as recently as 8 or 10 years ago...or at other venues, for a reasonable price.
OTOH, never use my Ruger Single-Six, also with 6” bbl: hard to reload, harder to clean, too heavy, uncomfortable grips...but cost a lot more. In fact, I would never buy another single-action of any type or caliber.