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Posted: 8/24/2005 3:09:42 PM EDT
Hey Guys,

I'm looking for a small carry Smith revolver for a lady friend of mine . Thsi weekend at the gun show I saw some good Smith revolvers in .38, typically 5 shot, but I also saw a nice Smith revolver that was a 7 shot .22 Magnum.

As far as ballistics and self defense, can y'all give me some idea of the effectiveness of the .22 Magnum?

Link Posted: 8/24/2005 4:35:24 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/24/2005 4:51:32 PM EDT
The .38 if it doesnt bother her . .22mag wouldnt be anyones first choice for defense but it's actualy a fairly nasty little bullet . It's the old , getting a hit w/ anything is better than a miss w/ a .38 . Id use solids in mag. as I havent had much luck w/ expantion in wetlapp .

When someone tells you .22 mags from pistol barrels are no better than .22 LR . Just smile and say "Yea Sure" . Because they are either stupid or they have never shot one .
Link Posted: 8/24/2005 5:08:21 PM EDT
Yeah, I was concerned with the light weight bullet of the 22 WMR. Good muzzle velocity but not a wholelot of transfered energy with 30-40 grains.

I think I'm going to pursue the .38 cal.

Link Posted: 8/24/2005 7:41:46 PM EDT
you sound like a candidate for a .32Mag
Link Posted: 8/24/2005 10:38:35 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/24/2005 10:42:43 PM EDT by clubsoda22]
22 mag won't get you the neccecary penetration.

she should learn to shoot the 38 and if she can't handle it with +P rounds, try heavier 158gr SJWC. Expansion sucks with a .38 out of a 1 7/8" barrel anyway, so it's really no loss to go with the deeper penetrating and way less snappy round. Also consider some of the 9mm revolvers out on the market today. loaded with 147gr hollowpoints, performance is better out of the short barrel do to the higher efficiency of the cartridge

Completely opposed to an automatic?
Link Posted: 8/24/2005 10:59:46 PM EDT

Originally Posted By CarbineMonoxide:
you sound like a candidate for a .32Mag

Does anyone make .32 H&R Mag revolvers any more? It always looked to me like an interesting alternative to a .38, but perhaps not in a very short barrel.

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