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Old 12-20-2010, 03:59 AM   #1
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A Long Hunt Ended

One thing I've been seeking out for my Basic Pistol classes is a decent D/A .22 revolver...at a decent (read that "on an instructor's high-profit income") price. Obviously, I haven't found one brand new for the $150 price I'd like to pay.

Due to hard times, the gunshops that sell used wares have been more frequent stops on trips about town. For the deals we've been seeing, the shops must be buying them for wooden nickels and a box of Cracker Jacks!

Anyway, perusing the shelves one day, there was what appeared to be an unused Ruger SP101 in .22 Long Rifle w/a 4"bbl, box included, for $399. Not having a very good poker face, I moved on, then raced home and got the Taurus 94, and raced back to the shop.

Having dealt with them before (and seeing the bargain basement prices recently) I was thinking they would give me $125 in trade. They offered $210 (not too much less than what I paid), so I used that as the down payment. Should be able to pick up the SP101 after the 1st of the year.

Pics to follow!

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Old 12-20-2010, 04:08 AM   #2
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Congrats! On the Ruger board where I sometimes hang out, .22 SP101s are avidly sought (and begged for the return of), and 4" examples are particularly coveted and prized. If you wanted to sell it, I don't think you'd have much trouble turning a 50 percent profit (at least) over there, especially if it has its original box.

They're supposed to be nice shooters. We will be reading a full shooting report from you soon, right?
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Old 12-20-2010, 04:32 AM   #3
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You betch'ya!

I've looked at the Smith 63s which are nice guns, as are the 617s but man are they pricey! And used don't seem to bring much better prices.

All the other used Smiths and Colts seem to bring a premium too.

And, as you noted Snake, so do the SP101s! I watched one on GB go for close to $700. Yikes!

This one definately looks like a safe queen. Of course it is the old yellow and black carboard box.

The trigger pull is heavy...for a regular revolver...but still WELL under that Taurus 94 (which had about 18k rounds through it...which makes the trade allowance even more surprising).

I'm looking forward to tweaking it!

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Old 12-21-2010, 01:43 AM   #4
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The SP-101 in .22 is a nice pistol, BUT my chambers are a bit rough and stick when high pressure .22LR is fired. I was tempted to send it back to Ruger, BUT I was told they would keep it and offer me a .357 in replacement!

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Who notes Remington Vipers need considerable pressure on the little end of the extractor.
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Old 12-21-2010, 05:12 AM   #5
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Re: A Long Hunt Ended

That used to be a problem with S&W revolvers too but they solved it several years ago. Seems to me it was a different reamer and, perhaps, burnishing after chambering.

My first thought would be to see if you can find a gunsmith with a .22 finish reamer and see if it can touch up the charge holes. "Polishing" inside a small hole like the .22 can be a problem.
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Charlie, my 6" Smith 17 has never given me any trouble but my 4" one had that problem BAD. No matter how clean the chambers were, extraction was horrible and after a couple cylinders had been fired, you had to hammer the extractor rod with a block of wood. I returned it to Smith several years after buying it and they fixed it free and returned it FAST, like within 2 weeks. No further problems. From posts at RimfireCentral, this is a fairly common problem--there have been dozens and dozens of posters asking about it.

Haven't heard about the Ruger having this, nor of Ruger not wanting to fix it. If I think about it, I'll ask on the Ruger board and see if anyone there has heard anything similar.
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My first thought would be to see if you can find a gunsmith with a .22 finish reamer and see if it can touch up the charge holes. "Polishing" inside a small hole like the .22 can be a problem.
Brownell's lists the reamer at $45.

http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/sid=1941 ... e_Finisher

I posted the question at the Ruger forum. So far 37 views but only one reply, suggesting you roll some emery cloth and polish. I agree with Charlie about such--trying to "polish" six .22 chambers and get them all the same is a recipe for disaster. Will keep you posted if I get any other useful replies over there.
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I posted the question at the Ruger forum. So far 37 views but only one reply, suggesting you roll some emery cloth and polish. I agree with Charlie about such--trying to "polish" six .22 chambers and get them all the same is a recipe for disaster. Will keep you posted if I get any other useful replies over there.
From inspecting the brass I believe the rear of the chambers were cut a little too generously and the cases from the Remington Vipers bulge into the space. CCI Mini-mags are not a problem.

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Who likes the pistol very much it wears grips that match my Security Six Heavy Barrel .357.
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Old 12-25-2010, 03:25 PM   #9
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I FINALLY got an answer that might--MIGHT--have some information of use to you:

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Are you sure the problem is with the chambers? I had a SP-101 in .22 that had a problem with hard extraction when firing higher pressure loads.The problem was a small irregularity in the extractor that allowed the case head to bulge into the irregularity,making extraction harder.If that chamber was left unloaded I had no problem,
Check all the fired case heads and look for swelling before you attack the chambers.
Check it out!
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