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Old October 14, 2011, 09:29 PM   #1
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What are the choices for "SAA" .22 convertible cyl guns out there please?

Was wondering what is readily available in single-action .22LR/Mag revolvers, any recmendations would be appreciated!

I found a NIB Bearcat for $330.00 but it is only in .22LR...
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Old October 14, 2011, 10:18 PM   #2
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Heartige Arms also makes a convertable. They are not as well build as a Ruger. but they are mush less expensive. Reviews are mixed. Some have had trouble with the weapon. It seems a steady diet of magnums tends to shake the gun lose, which is not surprising. But the company seems to stand behind gun.

Also be aware that 22lr and 22mag are NOT the same bore size. So your bore is going to be slightly too big for the 22lr. What that means to you is that you make have to try different brands of 22lr for best accuracy.

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Old October 14, 2011, 10:40 PM   #3
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Take a look at the Ruger single-six .22/.22mag. convertible.
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Old October 14, 2011, 11:29 PM   #4
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9ballbiilly wrote:
Take a look at the Ruger single-six .22/.22mag. convertible.

+1 By far the most common and most reliable.
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Old October 15, 2011, 04:08 AM   #5
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The Ruger would be top dog, but it's not really a SAA type. Just a single-action. The modern adjustable sights put it in a different class IMHO.

Here's the real deal.



And Ruger does make a fixed sight version of the Single-Six, that more SAA like than the more common adjustable sight version.

With it's little brother the Bearcat. Although not shown in the picture, it does indeed have a 22 magnum cylinder. I've never used it, but it does have it. Come to think of it, I've never used the magnum cylinder on the Colt either.

2003, 50th Anniversary Single-Six.



Gotta admit though. They may not be "readly available", although you can find them on Gunbroker, I'm sure.
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Old October 15, 2011, 07:02 AM   #6
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Ruger, Heritage Arms and EAA all have 22lr/22wm convertible models out.
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Old October 15, 2011, 10:42 AM   #7
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Be weary of convertible pistols..the barrells are setup is for 22MAG it has a larger hole by a few thousants .The 22LR will not be tight shooter compared to the 22 MAG.But for plinking it might not matter to you. MY .02
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Old October 15, 2011, 10:56 AM   #8
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Freedom Arms makes one.
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Old October 15, 2011, 11:39 AM   #9
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Colt or Ruger would be my choice, and are my choice

There are also old High Standards that I think were SA.

Here is my Colt New Frontier 22, with adjustable sights, dates to 1972



Here is my Ruger Single Six old model from the 60s, these were fixed sight
like a Colt Scout.



My super single six old model. They are less common in my experience. The standard single six was first.

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Old October 15, 2011, 01:35 PM   #10
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Heres my two Ruger Single Six fixed sight guns. Both have modified and tuned and are all steel now.



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Old October 16, 2011, 01:04 AM   #11
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Thanks all!

That Bearcat for $339.00- was that a decent price?
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Old October 23, 2011, 02:27 AM   #12
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Update; today's funshow turned up nothing for Single Sixs, or even Bearcats.

The only dual-cylinder .22 guns were overpriced Chiappas, Plinkertons, Rough Riders - none in 4" barrels.

Then I found this Peacemaker with untouched WMR cylinder, box, manual, and apparently non-standard grips. Couldn't pass it up. Now I have to learn all about Colts.

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Old October 23, 2011, 09:06 AM   #13
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nfafan, what a great find. I'm sure your going to enjoy.
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Old October 23, 2011, 10:05 AM   #14
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Thanks! I was strongly leaning towards the $339.00 mint, perfect, used Bearcat I mentioned earlier - even though it was just .22LR, then I spotted this and it was an impulse buy as it has the WMR cylinder.

I had to pay the "includes box and papers" premium but $475.00 wasn't too horrible compared to past junk I've bought.

Now I have to research this Colt and figure it out, when it was made, etc.
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Old October 23, 2011, 10:31 AM   #15
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Uberti makes a very nice western style 6 gun in .22 with duel 22/22mag cylinders called the stallion. i have one it is less expensive than the ruger with a much better finish. i love mine.
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Old October 24, 2011, 07:09 AM   #16
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Nice Colt you got there nfafan. Those grips might be original. Colt made a lot of variations of those guns and different grips were common.

I got this New Frontier a few weeks ago. No box, or mag cylinder, for $360.00. The magnum cylinder I didn't care about. The box would have been nice.



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Old October 24, 2011, 10:11 AM   #17
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Uberti makes a very nice western style 6 gun in .22 with duel 22/22mag cylinders called the stallion. i have one it is less expensive than the ruger with a much better finish. i love mine.
That's one I hadn't heard of. Is it a scaled-down size like the Single Six, or is it a full-size SAA clone with small holes in the big pieces of metal?
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Old October 24, 2011, 02:18 PM   #18
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Aguila, the stallion is a scaled-down clone like the single six.

Nfafan, nice Colt you got there! To me that seems like a great price too. Where I live those are going for 600+ without boxes and papers.
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Old October 24, 2011, 06:37 PM   #19
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I wonder why Ruger doesn't make the new SP101 22LR into magnum? Maybe the cylinder isn't long enough. Could be to complicated, I guess, to switch cylinders back and fourth.
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Old October 26, 2011, 12:33 PM   #20
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I have an EAA Bounty Hunter that I really like. Here's a thread where I reviewed mine.

http://thefiringline.com/forums/show...ght=22+plinker

Since then the only thing I've noticed is that the screw that holds the ejector housing to the barrel came loose - may have to Loc-Tite it.
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Old October 26, 2011, 02:35 PM   #21
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I wonder why Ruger doesn't make the new SP101 22LR into magnum?... Could be to complicated, I guess, to switch cylinders back and fourth.
"Convertible" double-action swing-out cylinder revolvers tend to be expensive due to cylinder and crane fitment issues.

The market for .22WMR DA revolvers is limited. The cartridge tends to suffer from a reputation as being too anemic for personal protection but too expensive for plinking and target practice. S&W markets a compact J frame .22WMR snubby but it's basically a specialty item for extremely recoil-shy shooters; the company has not cataloged another regular-production .22WMR revolver in years. Furthermore, Ruger just recently reintroduced the .22LR SP101 after canning the model for a number of years due to lack of sales. They're probably not ready to jump headfirst into another uncertain market segment.
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Old October 30, 2011, 02:11 AM   #22
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FYI - found out the fakey ivory grips on my Peacemaker .22 are "Jay Scotts"; their "Ivrylites" are a poly grip laminated to a wood-backing.
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Old October 30, 2011, 01:22 PM   #23
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I had to pay the "includes box and papers" premium but $475.00
Anything with a Pony on the side in that good condition for $475 is a very good deal. The New Frontier below for $360 is an outright steal !!


The .22lr is .223 and the .22 Magnum is .224. Not really enough to make a big difference in most cases. I wouldn't sweat it unless I was shooting bullseye for the State Championship.
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