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Old January 31st, 2017, 12:39 PM   #1
 
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LCR 22lr kit gun?

Looking for a gun to hike with for snakes, general survival gun if something happens and I need to hunt some small game if need be, etc. not for defensive purposes at all

Was looking at the Mark IV Hunter but it's expensive and I can't find the Mark IV's anywhere. Took a look at the Browning buckmark hunter and the S&W SW22 victory and while they look great and I'm sure they're very accurate with their long barrels but there's one I can't look past, their weight. These long barreled target/hunting semi auto 22's weigh upwards of 34ounces. I plan to use this for hiking, snakes, small game but that's only if need be, not like I'm planning to go out and hunt small game I'd take a rifle for that, this is just something that can sit in a holster until it's needed so a lightweight and relatively compact gun is preferred.

Do you think the LCR in 22lr is a good gun to keep in my hiking pack or in a holster for snakes and small game? I fondled the gun in store and everything felt good, even the trigger, and while heavy, I found that naturally pull that trigger all the way back, juuuust before it breaks, and then stop, and once the sights are steady, then break the last maybe 1/4" to a 1/8th inch left in the trigger and the gun clicks (would fire if it were loaded).

I actually like a double action trigger. I like having that 'creep' just before it breaks. I compare the trigger to the SR22 pistol I have, where the trigger is technically set in single action pull, but the trigger is something else. It's not all that light of a pull , and the pull is a bit long for apparently being a single action. It's not like the single action trigger of a 1911, well some 1911's, where it's almost a hair trigger and has no overtravel, just lightly press and boom.

For people who own the LCR in 22lr, how's the accuracy? Effective range?



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It's a snubby so effective range will depend on your practice time on the trigger in my opinion. I'd say 10 yards would be good.
Are you opposed to trying out a Single Six or Single 10? I'd consider trying one out especially for a trail/pack gun. I absolutely love my Single 10.
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10 yards - 30 feet. I can see myself taking a squirrel at 30 feet, if not more. I really like the trigger, felt really nice, heavy, but smooth and again, after only handling this gun a few times, maybe 2 times before today, I could stage it so that I took 98% of the pull in one stroke, stopped, steadied the sights, and then broke the very last part of the trigger. I have no doubt with practice I can become very good at shooting this gun, but that's the beauty of any 22.

I have looked at the Single Six Hunter, but I'm looking for a lighter gun, and the Single Six is a out of my price range in my current situation. I can get the LCR 22lr for $484, and the Single Six I've seen it around online for upwards of $600-700, but that's online, no store near me has it in stock. I'd have to order, and according to Gallery of Guns, shipped to a FFL near me, the total price of the New Single Six would be $805...

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10 yards - 30 feet. I can see myself taking a squirrel at 30 feet, if not more. I really like the trigger, felt really nice, heavy, but smooth and again, after only handling this gun a few times, maybe 2 times before today, I could stage it so that I took 98% of the pull in one stroke, stopped, steadied the sights, and then broke the very last part of the trigger. I have no doubt with practice I can become very good at shooting this gun, but that's the beauty of any 22.

I have looked at the Single Six Hunter, but I'm looking for a lighter gun, and the Single Six is a out of my price range in my current situation. I can get the LCR 22lr for $484, and the Single Six I've seen it around online for upwards of $600-700, but that's online, no store near me has it in stock. I'd have to order, and according to Gallery of Guns, shipped to a FFL near me, the total price of the New Single Six would be $805...
The LCR is lighter for sure. No doubt you could get proficient with practice.
That price for a Single Six is way up there. Bud's has the convertible 22/22mag for around $475 it looks like. You'd come in just over $500 with transfer fee.
Not trying to sway you off the LCR though. Just was throwing other options out there.
If cost is a huge factor check out a Heritage 22. Still a single action and not a Ruger by any means, but those little guns are pretty dang nice for the price. I have one I keep in the truck. Always goes bang and is actually pretty accurate.
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For your use, Id go with the 22 mag. IMO, 22lr birdshot is under powered and only good for a soft target thats REALLY close, say 10 feet. so useless it will bounce right back at ya if you were to hit a tree, limb, or something hard.

22 mag has way more power, 3 times the range, and great penetration. I carried a 22 mag for a woods gun for years. I shoot starlings around the house with 22 mag birdshot out of the tops of tree's with my Blackhawk single six. My wifes LCR 22 mag is pretty accurate even at 50 + feet.
The 22 mag can also double up as a self defense weapon. 22 mag penetrates ballistic gel deeper than a .38. The 22 mag is a pretty lethal round.

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I was also looking at the 22mag, but I decided on the 22lr due to price, and the fact I can carry 200 rounds in a pack no problem

I am looking at the Browning Buckmark Hunter, it's pretty inexpensive, it's got the longest barrel, out of the SW22 and the Ruger Mark IV Hunter, at 7.5 inches. Nice long sight radius and I also fondled the Buckmark in store and the trigger is like breaking a fine glass rod.

I guess what's getting me is even though the LCR is super light, that little snubnose barrel is reeeally short and I'm not sure I could hit anything. I mean I watched Hickok45 struggle trying to hit a 2 liter at about 25 yards with the LCR 22 ...a squirrel is a lot smaller than a 2 liter and Hickok45 is probably a lot better shot than me
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The ONLY firearm Ive ever had any luck with accuracy in a 22 lr was a Marlin model 880 SS ( stainless heavy barrel ) bolt action rifle I bought my son new about 1995. Its an absolute tack driver. I was just shooting starlings today with it @ about 40 yards.


I never found much 22 lr accuracy in pistols. I like shooting a little farther than most though.

But step up to the 22 mag, its fast and flat with incredible accuracy both in pistols and rifles. I think the 22 mag ammo is much more consistant and part of the better accuracy.

I never had a Buckmark, so have no idea what they can do.

Trying to hit a squirrel with an LCR snubbie would be challenging for the best shooter IMHO.

But using a 6.5 NM Blackhawk convertabe with 22 mag, pretty easy.
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IMHO an LCR is not really a good kit gun. I mean... it's your kit so you can put whatever you want in it, but I think there are way better choices.

You can still find Mark III standard pistols for around $300 with both the 4" and 6" barrels. Here's one. Ruger Mark III Standard Blued .22 LR 4.75-inch 10Rd Fixed Sights

These are usually tack drivers and might give you a fighting chance of actually hitting small game. In this "standard" barrel the weight isn't too bad compared to the bull barrel models.
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What about an SR22?
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I hunted small game with the 22/45 Bull Barrel. Mine is extremely accurate and reliable.

Here is one for $260.: https://www.gunsamerica.com/93157054...-NO-CC-FEE.htm

I notice this seller is in SC. I do not know them nor am I affiliated with them.

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What about an SR22?
Another excellent choice. Light weight, compact, and you can thumb cock it for a precise first shot.
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I have both the LCR22LR and single Ten
The single ten is more accurate without a doubt
Only cost me $50 more from the same LGS
I use the LCR22LR as a practice gun for my lcr38sp
If I were to hunt with either of those 2 guns, it would be the single ten. Easy decision.
The trigger is better, sights better, sight radius better, just more accurate.
The lcr is lighter and smaller, but the single ten or six is superior in every other way
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I have both the LCR22LR and single Ten
The single ten is more accurate without a doubt
Only cost me $50 more from the same LGS
I use the LCR22LR as a practice gun for my lcr38sp
If I were to hunt with either of those 2 guns, it would be the single ten. Easy decision.
The trigger is better, sights better, sight radius better, just more accurate.
The lcr is lighter and smaller, but the single ten or six is superior in every other way
+1. Plus those single actions are just dang fun to shoot too!
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There's really no standard definition of a kit gun other than a gun small enough to pack in a kit when going camping, fishing and so on, usually in 22, but not always.

Your choice of a kit gun, though, should reflect your expected use. I think the LCR would be fine as a snake gun or other up close varmints, but as someone who has spent decades hunting squirrels and rabbits with handguns, I'd rate the LCR or any other snub nose DAO revolver as a pretty weak choice if you expect to put rabbit or squirrel in a stewpot over the campfire. Just not that kind of gun.

My current favorite kit gun is the new Ruger Bearcat with adjustable sights which I can shoot with accuracy on a par with my Single Sixes, which I have used for decades to take squirrels and rabbits. I practice a lot with the Bearcat (and handguns in general), though, and that is the key. If you're not much of a handgun shot and you expect a handgun to help feed you, you're going to get hungry even if you pack a high grade match pistol like a S&W 41. In this case, as a food getter, think more in terms of pack rifle like a TD 10/22 or other survival rifle.

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I have an LCR in .22 mag and really like it. Plus, I think it's better against two legged threats in a pinch. For a kit gun, I wouldn't rule out an LCP. Weighs under 10 oz, can keep spare magazines too. Just no snake shot.
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