Ruger Bearcat or Single Six


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Pilot
December 23, 2007, 11:37 AM
I'd like to get a little Ruger .22 SA revolver for general plinking, but I'd like it to shoot to POA and in general be accurate enough for light target duty. Nothing serious, as I have a few MK II's and a Benelli MP95E for that. Conversion to .22 Mag is not important to me as I want strictly a .22 for low cost plinking. Since the Single Six is available with adjustable sights, I'm leaning towards that, but the little Bearcat is so light and handy, it seems like it would be more fun. Plus I think my wife woud like the Bearcat more and I see us both shooting it from time to time. Opinions? Thanks.

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DMZ
December 23, 2007, 11:43 AM
I would go with the Bearcat, knowing that your wife will probably want it for her own, which will give you a great excuse to buy a Single Six so "we can go shooting together Sweetheart."

jcord
December 23, 2007, 11:49 AM
I would go with the single six. The ability to adjust the sights to match your ammo is more important than cute. After all, plinking is no fun if you are missing your target.

Pilot
December 23, 2007, 12:05 PM
I would go with the Bearcat, knowing that your wife will probably want it for her own, which will give you a great excuse to buy a Single Six so "we can go shooting together Sweetheart.

DMZ,

Yeah, buy em both. I like that philosophy. LOL! Actually, I going to buy my wife her own little DA .22 revolver to use for practice as she carries an S&W 642 DAO .38 Spl. That is NO practice gun, but a great carry gun. After 10 or 15 rounds at the range she is ready to shoot something else. I'd like a little .22 revolver for me, but something she would want to shoot also. Maybe its just an excuse to buy yet another gun for myself. :rolleyes:

Tom C.
December 23, 2007, 12:08 PM
Buy both. I have both. The Bearcats are cool little guns, but I have big hands and the gun is very small. It is pretty tough to shoot well. The Single Six has the standard Ruger grip on a slightly smaller frame. It is more amenable to my big hands and easier to shoot well.

Neophyte1
December 23, 2007, 12:09 PM
Bearcat first: They are adorable:) :D
Single Six convertible with adj. sights. Barrels from 4 1/2-9 1/2"

Shawnee
December 23, 2007, 12:13 PM
You, and your wife, will quickly learn it is very easy to miss targets with the Bearcat. :cool:

ewayte
December 23, 2007, 12:19 PM
My wife is petite and finds the Bearcat trigger too narrow for her. She doesn't like single actions as she loads her revolvers left handed.

DMZ
December 23, 2007, 12:26 PM
You, and your wife, will quickly learn it is very easy to miss targets with the Bearcat.

I have a Bearcat and a Single Six. I shoot the Bearcat quite a bit more than I do the SS so I have found ammo that it likes and also found it just as accurate as my 5 1/2" SS or my 4" Mk II.

Bearcats are so much fun to shoot that you tend to get pretty good with them.

Byron
December 23, 2007, 12:29 PM
The Bearcat is an excellent plinker and easy to carry when in the field. If POA is the criteria,go with the Single Six. My Bearcat is stainless and I did have to file on the front sight to get it to hit where I want it to. I shoot the Federal Bulk ammo. Byron

Roswell 1847
December 23, 2007, 12:40 PM
I had one of the first Bearcats that came out and was extremely dispointed in it.
You could throw bullets more accurately and it spit lead worse than any gun I've ever fired.

I recently found out that this was because a number of early Bearcats got past Ruger's iffy quality control without haviing the forcing cone cut.

If you get a good Bearcat you'll find it to be a very handy little gun, and very handsome.
I'd hope that the gun doesn't suffer from poor quality control these days, but beware of the older ones, if you get a used or old NIB check the forcing cone and if it spits lead you'll know why.

461
December 23, 2007, 08:06 PM
I've got both and wouldn't dream of getting rid of either one. The Bearcat belongs to my daughter but as she doesn't shoot much any more I get to watch it for her. :D I had adjustable sights put on the Bearcat and rebored to .22Mag and boy is it ever fun now.

The Bearcat is a plinker for the most part and the Single-Six is a great everything gun for the .22lr or Mag. Single-Sixes are easier to shoot well but the Bearcat can be pretty good with practice. You need to at least hold each one and see which your hand prefers, the Bearcat is pretty small.

flatdog
December 23, 2007, 08:29 PM
Hey 461,

What adjustable sights did you put on your Bearcat, and who did the work. I've wanted to do the same for a while.

Thanks

flatdog.

461
December 23, 2007, 11:36 PM
Cylinder and Slide did the work for me and I believe they are off a S&W J frame. I'm working on getting some pictures to post.

Sistema1927
December 23, 2007, 11:52 PM
Buy both. You won't be disappointed.

flatdog
December 24, 2007, 12:15 AM
Cylinder and Slide did the work for me and I believe they are off a S&W J frame. I'm working on getting some pictures to post.

Ah ha, thank you very much.:D

461
December 24, 2007, 12:35 AM
I just got a quick shot of the Bearcat but I'm afraid it's not too good. I just posted it to the Ruger Forum on a Bearcat thread over there.

http://i255.photobucket.com/albums/hh141/Sarvisian/HPIM1696.jpg

sig226
December 24, 2007, 11:50 PM
Had both. The Bearcat grip is too small IMO. It's hard to control it. Get the Super Single Six and your gun will be able to do all kinds of jobs.

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