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    Finding a double action 22LR revolver

    If you want a single action 22LR revolver, there is a lot of selection from a little over $100 to very expensive (I have a Rough Rider). However, if you want a double action 22, they are hard to find and much more expensive. I couldn't find a good used one at a reasonable price so I went shopping for a new one. I found the main players to be S&W and Taurus with the S&W being very expensive and the Taurus more reasonable but still generally well over $300. I can find 38 special and even some 357 Magnum cheaper than can find a double action 22LR. Based on availability and price, I ordered a Charter Arms Pathfinder from Buds Gun Shop. It should be here by the first part of next week. Based on several reviews and posts, I think it will be a better choice for me than a Taurus (even though I have and have had other Taurus revolvers in 38 special that are or were good). One reason I wanted a double action 22LR is so I can learn better trigger control cheaper than using 357 Magnum or 38 special in one of my other revolvers.

    I don't understand why a 22LR revolver is more expensive than larger calibers and so much more expensive than a single action.
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    Single actions are simpler. Simpler means easier to manufacture, hence cheaper.

    Looking forward to your Charter review. One thing I read about a lot regarding double action .22 revolvers is heavy trigger pull due to the need to really smack the rimfire primer, so I'll be interested to hear about that.

    One company you didn't mention was Ruger; did you consider them?
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    I feel your pain. I remember when the Model 94 SS was just a coupleahundredbucks.

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    camper .22 can be found. For less than $200.
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    Quote Originally Posted by osbornk View Post
    Based on availability and price, I ordered a Charter Arms Pathfinder from Buds Gun Shop.
    You made a good choice. Having owned .22 double action revolvers from Charter, Taurus and Ruger, I'd pick the Charter for it's trigger pull. Look fwd to your thoughts once you get out to the range with it.
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    I have also been wanting a 22 revolver and almost was tempted to jump on an 1873 Chiappa with dual cylinders for just under 150.00. It was on sale a few weeks back but out of stock. The single cylinder is 130.00 regular price. I can't buy a Heritage due to the melt gun laws here in ILLinois, but they sell these. If I found a double action for under 250 I'd probably go that way instead.
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    Yeah, Ruger LCRx or LCR in 22lr might be a good, if not a little pricey, option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GhostHorse View Post
    One company you didn't mention was Ruger; did you consider them?
    I did but the cheapest Ruger with a 4" or longer barrel was over $600 at Buds while the Charter Arms stainless with a 4.2" barrel was $355 before the credit care upcharge. The Taurus I considered was slightly cheaper but it was out of stock (and wasn't stainless).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Czechbikr View Post
    I have also been wanting a 22 revolver and almost was tempted to jump on an 1873 Chiappa with dual cylinders for just under 150.00. It was on sale a few weeks back but out of stock. The single cylinder is 130.00 regular price. I can't buy a Heritage due to the melt gun laws here in ILLinois, but they sell these. If I found a double action for under 250 I'd probably go that way instead.
    The only double action I could find that was under $250 is something called a Comanche that is made in Argentina that was formerly made by Llama in Spain. It was out of stock at Buds but the reviews and observations indicated it to be pretty poor quality and rough.

 

 
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