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OK, here's what we want:

Revolver- so that even if we are forced to use crappy bulk ammo the consequences of a misfire are minimized. 9 shot cylinder is preferred but not a deal-breaker. Double action is preferred but again not a deal-breaker.

Large enough and accurate enough for small-game hunting. Adjustable sights would be a plus.

As inexpensive as reasonably possible. We don't have a lot of money for this.

The only thing that seems to fit the bill so far is a used H&R, but their DA trigger-pulls are often terrible. Still at around $200 it might be worth it? What are your thoughts?
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Is double action really a priority over accuracy and longevity?
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Marlene wrote:Is double action really a priority over accuracy and longevity?
Desirable but I'd rather have reliable and long working life.
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I'd take a used Single Six with all the finish worn off before an H&R. I was also thinking of the Heritage Rough Rider (but have never seen one in person).

Maybe a High Standard Double Nine would be a good choice too.

I'd look at the Charters and at the Tauruses (Taurus is notorious for iffy QC, but a good one is a good one). A used Taurus that passes the revolver checkout would be a pretty good option.
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Marlene wrote:I'd take a used Single Six with all the finish worn off before an H&R. I was also thinking of the Heritage Rough Rider (but have never seen one in person).

Maybe a High Standard Double Nine would be a good choice too.

I'd look at the Charters and at the Tauruses (Taurus is notorious for iffy QC, but a good one is a good one). A used Taurus that passes the revolver checkout would be a pretty good option.
Funny, I was actually thinking as much of High Standard when I wrote H&R... bit of a brain-fart I don't know why but those two companies sort of run together in my mind... Thanks for the suggestions!
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Looks like the single six can be had for around $250- a little more if you want the convertible version (used of course). Out of the ones you've mentioned, it's the only one I've shot- seemed to be a nice little revolver.
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shinzen wrote:Looks like the single six can be had for around $250- a little more if you want the convertible version (used of course). Out of the ones you've mentioned, it's the only one I've shot- seemed to be a nice little revolver.
I love my SingleSix. There is a SingleTen, but used prices are prolly still high.
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I picked up a Heritage Rough Rider SA with both 22lr and 22mag cylinders and thought I was set. Accuracy was comparable to a worn Raven .25 despite it's low mileage and 6.5" barrel.

Cheap though. :thumbup:
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That's too bad. They seem so promising.

I know you've become quite the well-tooled revolver tinkerer. Have you discovered any red flag bad measurements or misalignments? Throats? Forcing cone troubles? Stuff like that?
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I didn't touch it and traded it off to a guy who wanted something simple for his grandkids.
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I just sold my Smith double action...trigger was terrible compared to my n frame.

For rimfire, go single action.

I like the little Bearcat with adj sights.
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Single Six or the Rossi Plinker. Last time I checked, the Rossi is nearly impossible to find.
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senorgrand wrote:I just sold my Smith double action...trigger was terrible compared to my n frame.

For rimfire, go single action.

I like the little Bearcat with adj sights.
That was an issue of vintage more than of model. If money was no object a Model 17 or 617 would be the answer.
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hmmm....something to consider. thanks!
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Marlene wrote:
senorgrand wrote:I just sold my Smith double action...trigger was terrible compared to my n frame.

For rimfire, go single action.

I like the little Bearcat with adj sights.
That was an issue of vintage more than of model. If money was no object a Model 17 or 617 would be the answer.
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Marlene wrote:That's too bad. They seem so promising.

I know you've become quite the well-tooled revolver tinkerer. Have you discovered any red flag bad measurements or misalignments? Throats? Forcing cone troubles? Stuff like that?
Check the shape of the firing-pin bushing hole; on some guns this can be distorted by too much dry-firing and cause unreliable ignition. Other than that nothing that isn't in the Revolver Check-out thread. It's quite thorough.
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Nothing beats a Model 17 S&W, nothing. Of course, it is not cheap and it fires 6, but it is the standard. Not saying others are not fine, but a Model 17 is a Model 17. The only comparison I can think of would be a Python, the Platinum Standard of .357s and one of the most expensive guns you can buy used. BTW - the Ruger does look very nice.

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This is just my opinion, yours may vary and is no less valid.
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i was kind of expecting you to make one.

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Speaking of making. My dad took an old 41 caliber black powder revolver kit and converted it to a 22lr. Sure, you have to use a little rod to pop out all the spent shells, but still.. it works, and its reliable.
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lurker wrote:i was kind of expecting you to make one.
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That Chiappa looks interesting- anyone have experience with them?
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They have it on sale once in a while for under $200. Im considering saving up for one.... .

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I saw this on gunbroker.

http://www.gunbroker.com/item/592386138

If you aren't in california it might be an interesting gun. I have no idea if it is any good, though.

The same seller also sells a .32 S&W long version of the gun.

http://www.gunbroker.com/item/586380291

Which i would be interested in buying if i could, since I would love a revolver in this caliber and the only ones available are vintage and pricey. except for the .327 federal magnum SP-101....

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