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Old February 4th, 2017, 11:37 PM #1
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Heritage Rough Rider 22LR/22WM Pistol

I've had one of these since last summer but have never fired 22WM out of it.

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I saw a short vid of someone shooting a HP Critical defense bullet out of a Ruger LCR and the bullet looked pretty wicked after they took it out of the gel.
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I've had one of these since last summer but have never fired 22WM out of it.

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I saw a short vid of someone shooting a HP Critical defense bullet out of a Ruger LCR and the bullet looked pretty wicked after they took it out of the gel.
I was under the impression that shooting 22WM required a different cylinder. Could be wrong though.
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I was under the impression that shooting 22WM required a different cylinder. Could be wrong though.
A different cylinder comes with it. It's easy to switch out.
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A different cylinder comes with it. It's easy to switch out.
Oh sorry, the one my dad has only came with the one for 22LR. My mistake!
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I just got one but have yet to fire the 22WMR out of it. Pretty cool pistol and accuracy is not bad for a inexpensive gun. I have the version with adjustable front sight.
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I have it with both cylinders. 22 mag is a different experience to include a pretty big fireball and an empty feeling in your pocket for $13/box rimfire ammo.


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Are you inquiring about .22WMR from a full size revolver, or about Heritage revolvers ?

I really like .22WMR from full size bbls ( 4.75-6.5in). It lets the ctg reach its potential, ie 40ge @ 1300-1400fps. You don't need the trick bullets with these. At these velocity levels, old school 40gr jhp give optimal performance. W-W in particular, but in recent years I take whatever I find, and reserve the stash of W-W for actual hunting.
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Got one last summer and have used the magnum cylinder once and ran a small box through it. It was fun and quite loud. But I'm not willing to pay more than twice the cost of 22lr for plinking purposes very often. Although as I write this, I see prices have come down a bit. Months ago it was 30 cents + per round and now I'm seeing it closer to 20 cents.
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Pick up a Heritage Rough Rider 22LR/22WMR Pistol couple years back from an IP under $200 just because the wife want to shoot a revolver but wasn’t a fan of my 45.

Shot both the 22lr and the 22WMR rounds she liked the 22LR as the 22WMR had just a bit more kick and report.

The extra cost of the 22WMR is not worth that little extra power unless you just feel you got to have it.

The 22WMR cylinder has had 50 rounds through it where the 22Lr had 500-600 still shoots fine.

It does get to be a little hard to eject spend rounds after 50 round due to the powder residue 22Lm is a dirty round to shoot but fun.
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I have one and while I like the gun, it shoots way off point of aim (like 4 inches at 10 yards), so I tend not to take it out much unless I feel like playing Kentucky windage. Needs a taller front sight, but on a $200 gun, why even mess with it.
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I have the combo model with the 4 3/4" barrel. I have heard about the factory blade sight being off. I must have gotten lucky as mine is dead on @ 10 yards with both 22LR and 22 WMR. Its really a fun gun to shoot and its a big difference shooting the 22 mags. Its quite a bit louder. I did have a problem with mine from the factory as the 22 mag cylinder would not lock up properly. Heritage made it right by sending me a new one that worked just fine. A friend has the 6" model and did not have the 22 mag cylinder. The cylinder that did not work in mine worked just fine in his so he ended up with a free 22 mag cylinder. It's a $200 wheel gun, no more no less. JMHO.
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It's more than a little more power. 3-400fps increase, double or more of ft lb . You may well feel the difference for plinking isn't worth the expense, muzzle blast, or the hassle of finding the ammo, but the power is there.
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Can it be used for shooting coyotes?
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Depending on b/c gap, etc , a 6in -ish WMR revolver will be equiv to 10% more power as .22lr from full length rifle.
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I have one and while I like the gun, it shoots way off point of aim (like 4 inches at 10 yards), so I tend not to take it out much unless I feel like playing Kentucky windage. Needs a taller front sight, but on a $200 gun, why even mess with it.
Mine is worse than that, probably about a foot high at 15 yards. No fun to shoot if you can't hit something right in front of you, and terrible to use as a training tool, which is why I got it.

In my case, I feel it was wasted money. Have not used the Mag. cylinder, not gonna waste my time.
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Can it be used for shooting coyotes?
It has certainly been done. It can certainly be done a whole lot better with other cartridges. My opinion.
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Mine is worse than that, probably about a foot high at 15 yards. No fun to shoot if you can't hit something right in front of you, and terrible to use as a training tool, which is why I got it.

In my case, I feel it was wasted money. Have not used the Mag. cylinder, not gonna waste my time.
Mine is pretty accurate. I was able to hit the round iron targets they had set up at my local range from about 15 yards or so with 22LR.

Maybe you should contact the company about your gun.

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As a PSA for people who are not SA revolver conversant:

The firmness of your grip (grasp) can have significant effect on POI .
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I took mine to the range last night and was making head shots at 25 yards with 22LR. I got the model with adjustable sites. It seems to be a straight shooter to me.


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" I really like .22WMR from full size bbls ( 4.75-6.5in). It lets the ctg reach its potential, ie 40ge @ 1300-1400fps. You don't need the trick bullets with these. At these velocity levels, old school 40gr jhp give optimal performance

That is the beauty of magnum revolvers. Similar ballistics with power changes in the cartidge. 22 Mag. 30 Carbine, 327 Fed, 357, 41, 44, , 45 "Ruger" loads, 45 Casull (bigger "improvement" here). Move up and down the cartidge scale to match the cartidge to the need.

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