Heritage Rough Rider in 22LR/22Mag


March 7, 2007, 12:49 PM
I'm thinking of purchasing a Heritage Rough Rider "Convertible" in .22LR/.22MAG (6½"--stainless or blued). Does anyone have any experience with this SA revolver?

What've you heard?? Altho Ruger has a similar gun -- more expensive and a bigger name -- I'd like to try a lesser-known manufacturer, but don't know much about the Heritage reputation. Thanx in advance for your comments.

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Sniper X
March 7, 2007, 01:00 PM
I had a The same gun quite a few years ago if it is still the same model and it was as accurate and as nice as my Single six. I cold actually shoot it better than my Single Six. I loved it and can;t remember why I sold it but regret selling it.

March 7, 2007, 01:03 PM
I asked this question a while ago and the responses seem pretty positive on Heritage revolvers. Apparently what puts it below a Ruger single six is that the Ruger has a nicer finish.

Hate woody allen. :mad:

March 7, 2007, 09:35 PM
I loved it and can;t remember why I sold it but regret selling it

Ditto here, except I can remember why I sold mine: to buy a DA Taurus 94 22LR that turned out to be a total turd :banghead: .

My Heritage was excellent, producing nice tight groups. True, the finishing is not as nice (the blue is more like black gas grill paint, but not as nice). Also, the ejector rod housing screw has to be tightened every 300 rounds or so, which isn't really a big deal either.

Overall, they are really fun guns and I wish I had kept mine. Keep your eyes open for a deal on a used Single Six too though.

March 8, 2007, 12:31 AM
i like the Heritage Rough Rider guns. ive had two in my life, one 5.5 inch fixed sight, standard grip model, and a 4" barrel bird's head grip. i liked both of them, they worked well and reliably. for just casual plinking and fun shooting, the birds head grip can be alot of fun and very comfortable. for serious shooting and hunting i recommend a longer barrel and adjustable sights to make it as accurate as possible.

my other bit of advice is: they are inexpensive enough that you could buy two Heritage RR's for the price of one Ruger Single six. you could have one dedicated to .22 LR and another for .22 Mag. that way you dont have to figure out the piont of aim when switching between the LR and Mag loads. get both with the adjustable sights and have a blast! -Eric

March 8, 2007, 01:14 AM
Great guns!
I bought to "Teach my boys to shoot". lol
Lots of fun for dad too.:evil:

I have 3 boys, maybe I need another one?

March 8, 2007, 04:18 AM
I like mine, packs a decent punch with the .22mag cylinder in. Paid $125 for it and would do it again.


March 8, 2007, 02:59 PM
Had one and found the safety to be annoying so I sent it down the road.

Sir Aardvark
March 8, 2007, 09:40 PM
I have one.

It cost $119.00 for the .22LR/.22MAG.

It works great and is reliable, so no complaints there - but, the finish looks incredibly cheesy.

If looks and fit-and-finish is important then get the Ruger.

I wanted a .22 revolver that I could drop in the dirt and not cry over, and that is exactly what this revolver is.

Piney Woods
March 9, 2007, 06:18 PM
These guns must have changed a lot in recent years. I got a chance to shoot one ten years ago and it was the cheapest piece of junk I ever held in my hands. The grips didn't fit right, the painted on finish had drip marks, and the cylinder wobbled about .030-.040" with the hammer cocked on every chamber. I wouldn't have paid 10 bucks for it.

March 9, 2007, 08:34 PM
I have 2 of them and both shoot as well as my Single Six. They point somewhat more natural. Velocities will be a little slower because the cylinder gap typically runs around 0.012-0.013". If you are lucky, the Ruger will run less than this. Both of the Rough Riders ran almost the same gap. Figured Heritage must have done this on purpose to reduce manufacturing costs. One shoots directly to point of aim and the other shots somewhat to the left. If I'm not mistaken the Rough Rider is the same as the old F.I.E. Cowboy. There have been several companies in the same area in Florida producing various variations since at least the late 60's or early 70s - when I bought my first F.I.E. If you can take one Colt Peacemaker apart you can take apart the variations. Eventually broke the pawl on the F.I.E. and used a pawl from intended for a Rough Rider or some other Colt clone. Took a bit of fitting but the pawl worked.

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