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Old October 8, 2020, 09:25 AM   #26
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Originally Posted by Driftwood Johnson
It is less expensive to make a cylinder and barrel from steel instead of making them from some other metal and installing sleeves. Wrangler barrels and cylinders are steel.
The Hawes (JP Sauer) Western Sixshooter is Zamak. Both the barrel and the cylinder are sleeved. It also has VERY tight chambers. .22 LR cases fired in my Ciener conversion 1911 won't go into the Hawes revolver -- so I have to keep cases from the Hawes separate if I want to use them as snap caps.
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Old October 8, 2020, 10:48 AM   #27
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I own a SAA clone in .22 LR that I purchased new from Taylor's and Company.

If I recall correctly it's called the Cattleman.

It is 6-shot with the case hardened colored finish,,,
I bought it to pair with an Uberti SAA in .357 Magnum.

It's a decent enough shooter,,,
It has more precision than my old eyes can use.

Being all steel it's dang heavy for a .22,,,
I much prefer shooting my Colt Frontier Scout.


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Old October 9, 2020, 07:23 PM   #28
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Ruger is my pick. I have an old 3-screw with 22 LR and 22 Mag cylinders. I rarely use the Mag cylinder but am glad I have it. I also have a newer Bearcat in 22 LR. That is a hoot. It is fairly small for my fat fingers but does just fine.

You folks are correct about the M17 S&W. I got one when I was about 14 many years ago and still shoot it more than any other 22 handgun I have.
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Old October 10, 2020, 09:52 AM   #29
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I only own one single six but if I ever run across one like the one pictured in post #25 I will own two. When Ruger switched to the 22LR/22WMR combo gun I said I wouldn't ever buy one but I would make an exception in this case.
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Old October 10, 2020, 01:13 PM   #30
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Stainless .22 Ruger single six's are all steel and wood.
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Old October 10, 2020, 04:32 PM   #31
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Boogieman, I have the Ruger Single Six Convertible #0626 (stainless, 6.5" barrel).

Excellent single action 22/22WMR.
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Old October 10, 2020, 05:27 PM   #32
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It's hard to be a Single Six. Tough enough to be an heirloom.
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Old October 10, 2020, 05:40 PM   #33
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Maybe not for a Vanderbilt but I can see the Ruger .22 Bearcat Shopkeeper in the 3.5” barrel version as a someday heirloom type single action revolver.
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Old October 10, 2020, 06:14 PM   #34
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With experience with half a dozen Single Sixes...all but one convertibles...all, ALL would shoot sub-2" groups at 25 yds from a rest with ammunition they liked. I've had good luck with Remington Golden Solids, Remington Target, CCI Mini Mags and Standard velocity rounds. All four will give that kind of accuracy. In fact, aside from the one poster here who had less than satisfactory accuracy, I've never heard of one that didn't shoot extremely well. Best regards, Rod
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Old October 12, 2020, 09:36 AM   #35
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Not sure if you want SAO or simply SA but if it's the latter, the Smith Model 17 as mentioned is probably the gold standard. I like my revolvers a little smaller so I've been looking at old Pre-Model 34s or a Model 34 predating 1982. Smith also has the 63 if you like stainless. My newest love, however, is my Colt Government Model 1911 Rail Gun chambered in .22LR. It's just a beautiful thing.

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Old October 12, 2020, 10:34 AM   #36
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For whatever its worth, here are my .22s, a Ruger Single Six, a Uberti Sallion, and a Ruger Bearcat:

I can't recommend the Bearcat for serious shooting, though it is really a fun gun to hold and shoot. If you intend to use your .22 for hunting, I'd suggest a Super Single Six with adjustable sights. But the Ruger and Uberti are mighty fine little revolvers. All of my Single Actions are six shot, and I intend to keep it that way. I'm mighty careful with my guns while shooting, and I don't want to fire five rounds and still have live rounds remaining in the cylinder!

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