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I think I may have run out of .22 rifles that I "need" - well, at least for a little while. Thinking about getting a .22 handgun, though, and none of the semi-autos are really calling out to me.

Don't know a real lot about revolvers. Am not looking for a concealable one. Want something for plinking and for scaring off the neighbors dogs, etc.

Do I want a double action or single action for my first one? What are advantages/disadvantages?
 

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I have a New Model Single Six Convertible that I can shoot either .22 LR or .22 Magnum's by just switching out cyclinder's and I love it. It's definately cheaper to shoot then my big caliber handguns. I use it for casual target shooting and serious plinking :D

Ruger has a some very nice S/A and D/A revolvers to choose from and also a nice auto-loader. It's really up to your taste...and what you want the gun to do.
I'd suggest doing what you're doing by asking the Forum members for their input and going to a LGS and handling a few different models, possibly even taking a loaner to the range for a "dance".

Good luck with your search...
 

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Ruger single six is my favorite one. It shoots .22LR and .22Mag rounds great gun and a blast to shoot
 

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I have a Ruger Single Ten (single action, ten round revolver) and I'm really enjoying it.
I bought it for target shooting and plinking tin cans.

I love that it shoots bulk 22LR ammo so much less expensive than shooting my 357 or 40.
 

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When you are shooting for accuracy you likely will be shooting S/A whether you have a S/A or D/A. Get a D/A that can be shot S/A as well then you have the best of both worlds. Then you have the option.
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Another vote for single six convertible. For a DA there is the SP101 in 22. Felt odd in my hand but everyone is different just have to find what works for you. Both are excellent guns.
 

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When you are shooting for accuracy you likely will be shooting S/A whether you have a S/A or D/A
Exactly.... So the SA Single Six fills the bill.... Unless you are a 'now'/'impatient person... Because it does take a few seconds to flip out the six one at a time.... That said, I've went through thousands now of .22 in my Single Six ... And that is just in the last few months...
 

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Faster to check a DA to see if it is loaded/unloaded - just pop out the cylinder and see - also quicker to load and unload and, of course, you have fast follow up shots in DA. Most folks who shoot 22 DA revolvers (myself included), though, shoot them mostly in SA mode, anyway, so unless you are using your 22 for self-defense, I don't see a lot of use for the DA feature.

SAs are the tanks of the revolver world - simple, rugged, durable, fewer moving parts. Get a Single Six, Single Ten or New Bearcat and you can pass them on to your grandkids. SAs tend to be a little less expensive, too, than DAs, all else equal. Okay, a bit slower to load and unload, but so what? Not that much slower, anyway. Personally, I find it shucking those empties out, one at a time in a single action, to very relaxing. It's part of the SA mystique. Looks are, of course, a very subjective thing, but I much prefer the looks of a good SA.

20 shots with my Single Ten from 50 feet, off a rest, on the day I sighted it in. Fun, fun, fun.

 

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Not be detract from the I love Ruger forum...but I really like the way my Taurus 9 shot SS 4" barrel 990 feels and shoots.

 

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One of each- S&W 34-1, and a 4 5/8 Single-Six!
 

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The first handgun I ever owned was a stainless 6.5" Ruger Single-Six in .22lr and .22mag...and it's the most accurate little revolver I've ever owned!

I also have an (older) 4" Ruger SP101 in .22lr...and it's probably my favorite! It rivals the Single-Six for accuracy...and is incredibly fun to shoot...the accuracy making it so enjoyable!

I'll teach my kids to shoot handgun with the SP101...and have taught several other people how to shoot for their very first time with it! It was an excellent investment...one I highly recommend others make if they are so interested.

A friend bought a Taurus .22lr...and it had to go back to the manufacturer for repairs before she even fired 6 rounds through it (as did all her Taurus's...as did all 3 of mine!) She sold her Taurus's and purchased Ruger's...and was glad to spend the extra $$ for a quality revolver!
 

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I have 5 DA 22 revolvers, and 3 SA 22 revolvers. I think the most fun to plink with, is my Smith & Wesson 3" 317. Its hard to recommend, because they are expensive, and I havent been able to get the sights to my liking. It comes with a rounded top Fiber Optic front, and a "V" notch rear. Its a very accurate gun, but because of the sights, hard to hit with accurately. The fun part is, its all aluminum, and simply feels "fake" The ones I will recommend, are the Single Ten, and the 8 shot SP101-22. The Single Ten is much easier to find than the SP101. The Ten is a great revolver, but the SP101 is easier to load/unload. To me, thats the only difference. They both are beautiful, and built to last for generations. If you are on a budget, a Taurus 94 is a good compromise. Its a little rough around the edges, but accurate. The trigger will be heavy and the finish will be blotchy, but its a solid gun. Ive got a 2" stainless, and its a fun gun to shoot.

When you say none of the Autoloaders have your attention... have you looked at the Bersa Thunder 22? I have one in Nickle, and for $300, its simply a great gun.
 

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How about a Single Six ?
 

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I bought a Single Ten this past summer and I am loving it. Fun to load, fun to shoot, accurate.
 

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The Ruger Single Six is my favorite gun out of all the revolvers.
Best. Pinker. Ever.

My Single Six:
 

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You would never guess I'd recommend a stainless New Bearcat.......:rolleyes:

Simple, small and light. A pound lighter than a Single Six. Traditional SA operation, with a half-cock loading notch. Lots of fun, my favorite handgun.
 

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I have both a single six and an SP 101. I like them both. I also have a Ruger SR22P and like it also (along with 2 MK IIs and a MK III). So I guess I really can't recommend one over the other. Which one feels best to you? One may speak more than the others. You may wonder why I didn't recommend the Bearcat. I couldn't hit the broad side of the barn with one I had 50 years ago. I'm sure it was me because I know people who can.
 
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