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anyone out there like the model 48. I used on for many years shooting metallic sihlouettes. Won the Texas and Louisana state championships in the revolver class with mine back when I could hold steady and see the sights.
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I have had a 48 no dash for several years now. Will shoot better than I do. It does have a flaw though. I was told the first ones had problems extracting due to the charge holes being slightly overbored and the fired cartridge cases swell, causing hard extraction. I don't know if this is absolute truth or not, but I have encountered this everytime. When it gets dirty, and it always does, it makes it even harder. Just run a wet and dry patch through every 2-3 cylinders and should not have too much of a problem. Otherwise, it is a dream to shoot!
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When did the rules in silhouette (IMSHA/NRA) change to allow a .22 Magnum in rimfire? I can't imagine a 22lr being fired in a 22 mag cylinder to be up to par accuracy wise in the demanding silhouette game, especially on the turkey's and ram's.
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I had a long barrel M48-3 that was fitted with a LR cylinder. Unfortunately the undersized LR bullets shot very poorly and the 22 Magnum ammo was too costly for anything I would do with the gun so i sold it,

I must confess that I have never really understood exactly what the 22 mag was designed to do or what real use it serves. Costs as much as reloaded CF ammo to shoot but not THAT much more powerful over the 22 LR.
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Many on the forum will say that the Mod 48 is not accurate and is expensive to shoot and loud. It is a niche gun that is fun to shoot. It doesn't cost any more than a 9mm to feed and is a bit of a novelty at the range.

I like to shoot the Mod 48-4, it is accurate, and yes it is loud.
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I have a 6" 48-4 with both WMR and LR cylinders. Very nice piece, but I really haven't shot it much, I don't shoot WMR much so I just shoot my 17's and 617's.
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anyone out there like the model 48. I used on for many years shooting metallic sihlouettes. Won the Texas and Louisana state championships in the revolver class with mine back when I could hold steady and see the sights.

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I Like em just fine, but the early ones. Mine are both No dash 48's that are 4 screw examples. My 4" example shipped in 1961, and my 6" example shipped in December 1959 making it a First year 48. It later was sent to the factory for a fitted .22 LR cylinder shown beside it, and that cylinder has the Left hand threads opposed to the 1959 cylinder having the right hand threads. It shoot's the .22 LR ammo fine, and is very accurate but Lead bullets group better through it. I don't mind buying the .22 Magnum ammo for it, it gives back super accuracy for what little I spend on it...








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The .22WMR is a waste in a pistol barrel. A rifle barrel gives the little cartridge time to develop its velocity and energy. In a revolver the .22LR with a high velocity round will perform as well as the magnum.
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I've had a 4 screw M48 for years. It's a nice gun, put together well. I can't remember the last time I fired it. Ammo costs too much for what you get, in my opinion. I took it out years ago for some snowshoe rabbit hunting. It didn't kill as well as the K38 I usually used with cast wadcutters and 3gr of Bullseye. The K38 reloads cost about a penny and a half apiece then, while the 22 mag ammo was 6 bucks a box even back then. The choice was clear.
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The .22WMR is a waste in a pistol barrel. A rifle barrel gives the little cartridge time to develop its velocity and energy. In a revolver the .22LR with a high velocity round will perform as well as the magnum.
This statement is true and false. The rifle barrel will develop more velocity, but that is true of any cartridge.
The second statement about the revolver is hogwash.
I have chono'd 22lr, and 22mag loads out of a Single Six, a model 48, and a model 17, all 6" barrels. The following results were from the Ruger SS convertible:
The two best rounds of 22 lr were CCI Velocitor(40gr) @ 1110 FPS avg, and Remington Yellow Jacket (33gr) @ 1229 FPS, regular 22 lr HV rounds like Super X, Federal and Remington 40gr were from 1027 FPS to 1070 FPS.

The 22 mag results were: Fiocchi 40gr @ 1557 FPS ave, CCI 40gr @ 1489 FPS ave, and Win Super X 40gr @ 1421 FPS ave.
Compare 40gr to 40gr, and you can see that the difference between 1110 FPS and 1557 FPS, or even 1421 FPS is significant.
It is true the 22mag shells are expensive, around 10.00 a box, but the CCI velocitors were over 6.00 box of 50.
Lastly, in my experience, the CCI 40gr JHP 22mag is the best for expansion on real life targets.
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The real difference between the 22lr and the 22 mag will be seen on the hunting field - the 22 mag is a much better killer. Some years ago when I was doing a lot of prairie dog hunting I would shoot some with the handguns. Comparing my 6" M48 no dash to my 7 3/8" M41 it was very easy to see the different results. Both guns are very accurate and hits were frequent at ranges over 50 yards. With the 22, critters were tipped over to run into holes while the 22 mag smacked them with more authority and they usually did not run anywhere!
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I have kicked myself many times for not picking up one 10-15 years ago when they seemed to be everywhere around here for $225-250!
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I own a 48-3 with the 8 3/8" barrel. I bought it used in 1993. I also sent it back to the factory in 1997 to have it fitted with a 22LR cylinder.

Both rounds are very accurate. I have had no extractor problems, but shooting the magnum rounds, the gun gets very dirty. I have to clean under the ejector star often when shooting magnum rounds.

It is fun and I don't think it's that's loud, but ammo is pricy and that may be the reason I don't shoot it very much.

Mine was shipped in 1977 to Spokane, WA.
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My recently acquired (on right) Model 48-2 with 8-3/8" bbl.

This particular model 48 is easily one of the most accurate revolvers that I've ever shot.
The 22 WMRF cartridge is deadly out to 100 yards on game sized as Fox and Woodchuck.

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My 48-4 is set up for long-range target/varmint shooting. Had it for sale awhile back with no takers. Took it out recently and am now glad it didn't sell.
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My 48-4 is set up for long-range target/varmint shooting. Had it for sale awhile back with no takers. Took it out recently and am now glad it didn't sell.
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for those that feel the 22 mag in a handgun is wasteful, then you must really feel that way about jets. i load my own for less that the cost of 22wmr and can pick the velocity i need. btw, the 22lr cylinders shoot better out of the jets too because of the difference in bbl diameter. .224 vs. .222
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This statement is true and false. The rifle barrel will develop more velocity, but that is true of any cartridge.
The second statement about the revolver is hogwash.
I have chono'd 22lr, and 22mag loads out of a Single Six, a model 48, and a model 17, all 6" barrels. The following results were from the Ruger SS convertible:
The two best rounds of 22 lr were CCI Velocitor(40gr) @ 1110 FPS avg, and Remington Yellow Jacket (33gr) @ 1229 FPS, regular 22 lr HV rounds like Super X, Federal and Remington 40gr were from 1027 FPS to 1070 FPS.

The 22 mag results were: Fiocchi 40gr @ 1557 FPS ave, CCI 40gr @ 1489 FPS ave, and Win Super X 40gr @ 1421 FPS ave.
Compare 40gr to 40gr, and you can see that the difference between 1110 FPS and 1557 FPS, or even 1421 FPS is significant.
It is true the 22mag shells are expensive, around 10.00 a box, but the CCI velocitors were over 6.00 box of 50.
Lastly, in my experience, the CCI 40gr JHP 22mag is the best for expansion on real life targets.
Hogwash is a bit strong, no? But thanks for helping to prove my point.
A 22LR needs an 18" barrel to develop its max velocity and hence energy. In a pistol length even the LR cannot get to its potential. So if the LR does not get all of its powder burned the mag gets even less. It is like the 38spl and 357 out of a snubby. The 357 is a lot louder, and it has more flash but it is really not much more efficient.
And lastly, in my experience, when in my youth, rabbit hunts were my after school passion. My 22 Browning auto was the real deal at $1.00 a box for Remington Hi-Velocity. Winchester Mags were $2.75 for a box of 50 and my Savage 24, 22 mag upper barrel and .410 lower stayed home.
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My 22 Browning auto was the real deal at $1.00 a box for Remington Hi-Velocity. Winchester Mags were $2.75 for a box of 50 and my Savage 24, 22 mag upper barrel and .410 lower stayed home.

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Most that argue the fact that the .22 W.M.R. is not superior out of a handgun compared to the lower priced .22 L.R. rounds use the excuse of "Velocity" as the down fall for the .22 W.M.R. Cartridge out of a short barrel handgun when Indeed the Root of the Problem with the 22 magnum Cartridge is all about $$$$$$... I Like the .22 W.M.R. and feel they are a Little hotter in Nature to any .22 L.R. ammo out there, so price is not my focus when enjoying the round, I Just Like the accuracy and little more Power of it...
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Hogwash is a bit strong, no? But thanks for helping to prove my point.
A 22LR needs an 18" barrel to develop its max velocity and hence energy. In a pistol length even the LR cannot get to its potential. So if the LR does not get all of its powder burned the mag gets even less. It is like the 38spl and 357 out of a snubby. The 357 is a lot louder, and it has more flash but it is really not much more efficient.
And lastly, in my experience, when in my youth, rabbit hunts were my after school passion. My 22 Browning auto was the real deal at $1.00 a box for Remington Hi-Velocity. Winchester Mags were $2.75 for a box of 50 and my Savage 24, 22 mag upper barrel and .410 lower stayed home.
I'm always amazed @ how people refuse to accept REAL figures (like a 400 fps difference between the Mag and the Long Rifle in a revolver as chronod by Retired-2006) and still insist that there isn't any difference between the two. In fact, the Long Rifle losses about the same velocity, percentage-wise, from rifle to revolver as the Mag.

Maybe we should dump all of our 44 mags and 357s because:

A. They lose velocity in a handgun as compared to a rifle.
B. The .38 and 44 Special are not as loud
C. The Specials cost less
D. I read on the internet that they are "just as good"
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I'm always amazed @ how people refuse to accept REAL figures (like a 400 fps difference between the Mag and the Long Rifle in a revolver as chronod by Retired-2006) and still insist that there isn't any difference between the two. In fact, the Long Rifle losses about the same velocity, percentage-wise, from rifle to revolver as the Mag.

Maybe we should dump all of our 44 mags and 357s because:

A. They lose velocity in a handgun as compared to a rifle.
B. The .38 and 44 Special are not as loud
C. The Specials cost less
D. I read on the internet that they are "just as good"
I wholeheartedly agree. Good post.
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I got a Model 48 because it looks so good beside my Model 17 and hereby deny that I am a Smith addict.

Besides, it will be a good way to graduate recoil with a new shooter (read grandson) without going up to a .38.

Loud????? We wear hearing protection.
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Yeah, you guys are right. My 06 just don't kill the new group of deer like it use to, I really need one of those 338s to drop those bad boys. And come to think of it I'm probably kiddin myself with a 45acp as my CCW. I saw a good deal on a 3 inch 629. Gosh if I could just find another 400fps. All tongue in cheek of course.
I will concede that the 22 mag makes more power. I will agree that in rifle or pistol the mag is more powerful. I never said it wasn't. But I won't agree that it is more effective or accurate. I have never experienced what a model 48 will do to a groundhog at 100 yards. I use a real old fashioned single shot 22 Hornet for that. My hunting buddy tells me I really need a 22-250 for that duty though. I won't say anymore so feel free to pile on.

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AIMED Point Shooting or P&S

l have posted this link before. lt covers 150 years of documented shootings by New York Police Dept since 1854. Seems caliber is Zero. bullet shape is Zero. Velocity is zero. Gun capacity is also Zero.
Seems ONLY thing that counts is "bullet placement"

After 40yrs my little Chiefs Special w/5 rds is STILL enough
"BULLET EFFICIENCY

During the period 1970 through 1979, the Police inflicted 10 casualties for every one suffered at the hands of their assailants.

In all of the cases investigated, one factor stood out as a proper measure of bullet efficiency. It was not the size, shape, configuration, composition, caliber, or velocity of the bullet.

Bullet placement was the cause of death or an injury that was serious enough to end the confrontation."


Of course what they fail to tell you is that all NYPD was using for guns at that time was .38 Special with 158 grain RNL or SWC bullets at 750 fps...I would rather have a .22 Magnum...


As to the .22 Magnum in handguns I love the round especially for small game hunting. I've had four M48s, three 6" (two with the extra LR cylinder) and one 4" that I still own....

Can't remember what the year of manufacture is but I think it is early 1970s...



The Long Rifle cylinder had not even been IN the gun when I bought it about 6 years ago...not even a turn mark.



Previous owner put in a 1950s vintage hammer that matches nicely with a 1951 Combat Masterpiece I have...



..and where the Combats came from I have no clue but they were made well after the gun was made...




The Mag is very accurate...so far I have been very lucky in that all the 48s I've had with Long Rifle cylinders have been also accurate with them...

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Nice 48 you have there. I see it has a Target Trigger and White dot rear sight blade as well. That rear blade has to be a change out, I have never seen one on a Smith before... My 4" version which dates 1961 is wearing an Old school Speed hammer like yours and wide Target Trigger as well. Mine has the Non-Red Ramp Baughman style front sight blade though..





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I own a 48 no dash that is easily a 2" or less than at 25 yds. This gun I paid $225 and really started my S&W problem. I have shot this gun quite a bit and it was the first revolver I could shoot well. I killed two prairie dogs with two shots in Wyoming one time at about 50 yds. (Bragging). My 48 shot the Winchester Solid point best of all. I have never chrono'd my pistol, but it shoots harder than my 17/63/34's. It is deadly on small game out to 50, probably further.
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I think we shoot what we enjoy and you can justify your chopice in a thousand ways.

I have several 48's and enjoy them all. I have several Smiths of varying caliber and enjoy them too. I don't enjoy the $ the ammo costs but it is the price I pay to have fun. so, I take my 48 6" scoped for squirrel hunting, my 29-2 6"(or 629 6") for deer, my 41's for target shooting....all have their + and -, but I enjoy them all.

I have never had a 48 that I did not find a joy to shoot, and collect, although I am missing a 48-1 6"(most elusive firearm to find) so I can not comment on that variation.

get one, shoot it, enjoy it. they are great guns.
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Re accuracy, mine can shoot better than I can hold and I'm pretty darn good shot. Sticky cases are a reality due to powder fouling. Accuracy is better in mine with a particular brand of ammo (horse on box) and heavier bullets.
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Hal Swiggett was of the opinion that 22 magnum out of a 6" revolver barrel was about equal to 22 lr from a rifle barrel. Elmer Keith preferred his J Frame kit gun to be chambered in 22 magnum. I like 22 magnum revolvers, semi auto pistols and lever action Winchester rifles. I like 22 lr chambered guns too. The magnum round is a good performer in most guns chambered for it. I tried a Grendel P-30 once or twice. Let's hope the Kel Tec version functions properly.
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The only 22WRM I have is a six inch, M48. I wouldn't trade it for anything except maybe a three inch M48. I just have the hots for three inch revolvers. They are such great packing guns.

Last summer on my farm, I was knocking small rocks, 1-2 inch, off a log where I had set them up at 50 yards on a regular basis. Also, out of 2 tries, I managed to hit a 8 inch block of wood at a range of 115 yards and just missed with the other shot. It was shootin' a little to the right.

I know that's not great but for my old eyes, bifocal specs etc., figured I could take on a ground hog or such varmint out to about 100 yds.
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Great little gun, those 50gr Federal Gameshocks really make it zing!
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Everyone should have one in all 3 flavors:







If you don't like .22WMR send your model 48 to me and I will give it a good home.
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...I am so happy with the .22 Magnum I went out and bought another....couldn't turn it down for $450.00...and a friend had an extra Model 17 cylinder hanging around so both are now at a local smiths being fitted...



And in a reverse my same friend had a orphan M48 .22 Mag. cylinder so I bought it also and my 6" Model 17 is about to become a Magnum...

Now if I could just find a Model 53 LR cylinder I would have a three cylinder Model 53...

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...I am so happy with the .22 Magnum I went out and bought another....couldn't turn it down for $450.00...and a friend had an extra Model 17 cylinder hanging around so both are now at a local smiths being fitted...



And in a reverse my same friend had a orphan M48 .22 Mag. cylinder so I bought it also and my 6" Model 17 is about to become a Magnum...

Now if I could just find a Model 53 LR cylinder I would have a three cylinder Model 53...

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ps..although not a S&W...Magnums shoot like rifles....

Not going to blow up,but I wouldn't fit a mag cylinder to a 17 with it's smaller bore.
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I passed on a 4" Model 48 last week at my favorite dealer, but man that was a pretty gun. Not even a turn line that I noticed. They wanted top dollar for it and apparently got it. It was gone the next day.

I've got a couple of S/A's (Ruger and Colt) with 22 mag cylinders, but I've never fired them.
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Bob-the model 53 cylinders are a little longer than the 48 or 17 so a 53 cylinder would not fit on your 17 or 48. This is one reason the .22lr cylinders for the 53's are so hard to find and expensive.
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Saw really nice 8 3/8" 48 at a dealer last year and have not regretted purchasing it for even one second. Did I "need" the extra velocity? No. Do I own a .22 WMR rifle ( or two) that would be a "better" choice in most appropriate situations? Yes. Have I heard shooters complain about the cost of .22 WMR ammo since I started shooting back in the 1970's ? Yes. At less than $8 for 50 ( yes, it used to be less ) I guess either I'm a rube, or a whole bunch of folks still think a "brick" of .22LR that sells for more than $12 is robbery ( don't even talk about real match ammo! And those center fires are just way out of line. Used to be $17 for .357 mag 158gr jacketed soft point , 50 count.) Point is- it makes me happy; I don't much feel what I spend on feeding it should worry anyone else.
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Bob-the model 53 cylinders are a little longer than the 48 or 17 so a 53 cylinder would not fit on your 17 or 48. This is one reason the .22lr cylinders for the 53's are so hard to find and expensive.
Yea, I know...I have had a 53 with both cylinders since 1974... Had another one back two years ago and was tempted to keep the extra cylinder but since it was numbered to the gun I just couldn't do it...so when I sold it I let the extra cylinder go with it...

As to the 17 to .22 Magnum conversion...I already did a 63 with a 651 cylinder and it shoots great... Bore diameter on the 17 is .2225 and the Magnum .224...at the low pressure both are running it should make little to no difference... a few years ago a friend bought a 63 and the cases started splitting as shoot he fired it with Long Rifle ammo...sure enough it had a 651 .22 Magnum cylinder in place... He was able to get a 63 cylinder and now also has a dual caliber gun...

Hammerdown...thanks to a member here I have set of Diamond walnut grips coming for a very reasonable price...they are worn but will look much nicer on the 4" 48 than the Combats do...

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Hammerdown...thanks to a member here I have set of Diamond walnut grips coming for a very reasonable price...they are worn but will look much nicer on the 4" 48 than the Combats do...

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Most of my S&W's are Pre-Model revolvers and all wear Diamond Target Stocks. I like the looks and feel of them. They seem to have a slightly smaller circumference diameter than the combat and newer Non diamond stocks. The Magna style stock's are too small for me to shoot targets with accurately... Hammerdown
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Hogwash is a bit strong, no? ...
Well, maybe.

The story I have heard since I was a lad is that the .22 WRFM was developed to do in a 6-inch revolver what a .22 LR does in a 20-inch rifle. From what I can tell, it pretty much does that. Whether that constitutes some sort of improvement is up to the buyer to determine, but the chronograph does not flavor its numbers.

As to accuracy, comparing anything to the best .22 LR firearms and ammunition is going to be a pretty tough go, but I do have an S&W M651 that shoots better than any other J-frame .22 I have ever seen.

I don't know about the ammunition being made thirty or more years ago, but modern .22 WRFM ammunition is excellent - leaves nothing to be desired, except maybe a better price.
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Jeese of pete I am tired of hearing the whining and sniveling about ammo prices Hell I remember when I got a coke for 10 cents that now runs me 1.70 at stores. Inflation hite everything. If you can afford to shoot do it and if you can;t then read about it...but let the rest of us enjoy our passion. I just bought a Smith 48 6 inch to go with my Winchester 9422M which I also just bought. Was taking jacks and such with my 44 Spcl Rugers and Colts....and decided the 22 mag would be fun to shoot...look forward to doing so and to heck with the cost. Gasoline used to cost 31 cents a gal...now its 3.55....and so on...
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Jeese of pete I am tired of hearing the whining and sniveling about ammo prices Hell I remember when I got a coke for 10 cents that now runs me 1.70 at stores. Inflation hite everything. If you can afford to shoot do it and if you can;t then read about it...but let the rest of us enjoy our passion. I just bought a Smith 48 6 inch to go with my Winchester 9422M which I also just bought. Was taking jacks and such with my 44 Spcl Rugers and Colts....and decided the 22 mag would be fun to shoot...look forward to doing so and to heck with the cost. Gasoline used to cost 31 cents a gal...now its 3.55....and so on...

Hey!, you must be a young whipper-snapper..I remember when Coke went from a nickel to 6 cents for a 6 oz. bottle...Ya had to put the nickel in the machine first and then the penny in a separate slot and pull the handle....No twist off top..If you didn't open it at the machine, you had to use a car bumper...(if mom caught you with a church key ya probably got grounded for a week or so)...Those were the god ole days????
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What is the production history of Model 48 (from what year to what year were they made ?) and what are the various barrel lengths that they were made in...?

I would like to track one down...

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I've got a 4" that hasn't been fired since the early 70s locked in a box somewhere. I've never tested it for accuracy or power, but I can tell you when I was a kid I could hit a gray squirrel in the head with it at 20 yards. It is a beautiful pistol and fills an adult hand well. I do recall 38 reloads as being cheaper. I haven't shot my model 10 in 40 years either. The model 10 was grandads. I'll keep that, but the Model 48 I bought my self before folks got too worried about such stuff. If anyone really wants to give it a good home email me. I'll dig it up. it's a shame to let it set. Rob
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I just got my 48 with the .22 lr cylinder only (cheap, as you might guess) a short time ago. It is not very pretty. I was worried about the ".22 mag bore diameter" and the lr cylinder. Was worried for nothing and quite the opposite.....,this old girl likes to perform!
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