22 Magnum S&W revolver

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    22 Magnum S&W revolver

    Cant get enough revolvers! I lie in bed at night and dream about what new revolver i should get. Was thinking about adding a j frame 22 Mag for fun, but was wondering about its effectiveness in self defense situations?? thoughts on purchasing?? types of ammo? carry rotations? bunker
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    They aren't really any smaller than a .38 special J-frame, so I can think of no use for carrying one.
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    I am the same love my revolvers as far as deffence probably not the best choice but then again i always liked the expression nobody likes to leak. I do have a favorite 22 mag for my single action the cci maxi mag TNT its a 30 grain hollow point moving at 2200 fps works great on rabbits.

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    I would forget the magnum and get a 22lr. Leave the defensive work to the 38 and get the 22lr for a cheap to shoot fun gun. I have the new Ruger sp101 22lr. I have not shot it yet but i did put a hogue monogrip on it, the factory grip is a little to small for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mj40p View Post
    I would forget the magnum and get a 22lr. Leave the defensive work to the 38 and get the 22lr for a cheap to shoot fun gun. I have the new Ruger sp101 22lr. I have not shot it yet but i did put a hogue monogrip on it, the factory grip is a little to small for me.
    I have not seen this Ruger Sp101 22lr... do you have a link??? thanks. bunker
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    Quote Originally Posted by bunker View Post
    I have not seen this Ruger Sp101 22lr... do you have a link??? thanks. bunker
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    Well, I would think a 22 magnum in a revolver would be a decent self defense gun. With the revolver you'd probably get, what, 9 shots? Not only that, but you wouldn't have the inherent reliability of feeding issues you'd get with an automatic. That is why I've always stayed away from 22 mag auto's. And with the 22 magnum, I think there is plenty of power there.
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    The S&W in 22 mag is also lighter than the 38 Airweights.
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    Up here the 22mag in a rifle is called the poachers special, some guys tell me their fathers/grandfathers took more whitetails with 22mags than 30.06. I got a used one with a wannabe sniper scope and out of the 20" barrel it vaporized a woodchuck head and proceeded to exit just in front of the hind leg at 50 yards. Not sure who was more surprised me or the woodchuck. I have gained a new respect for the 22mag but still not using it for SD.

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    I would think the .22 mag. could do some real damage " up close & personal." As a BUG or run to the local store for a loaf of bread, how bad could it be? But for a steady EDC, I don't think so!
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    I would not want to be hit with one. For those who put a higher priority on hits on target than caliber, it would be a pretty wicked little package with 9 rounds to turn loose.
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    Is the 22 magnum a true rimfire, or centerfire??? bunker
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    rimfire !

    A long time ago I had High Standard Sentinal MK IV.

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    I carried it a few times for SD but always went back to a larger caliber.

    Out of the short barrel the high vilocity .22 mag bullets would quite often "key hole" at distances past a few yards.

    If you really want a .22 mag revolver I would get one with at least a 4" barrel.

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    How about softer loads in 22mag? do you think this keyhole effect is from too much powder, and not enough burn time? Thanks for the help. bunker
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    The short 2" barrel did not allow the bullet to stabilize in the particular gun that I had.

    Perhaps there have been some improvements since then.

    Certain caliber cartridges work better in short barrels than others.

    The .22 mag has not been known to be one of them.

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