Ruger Single Six


August 23, 2003, 11:04 AM
I just read a couple articles about the Ruger Single Six that have really gotten my interest. Who here owns one and what do you think of it? Also, what barrel length did you go with and why?

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August 23, 2003, 11:50 AM
Learned to shoot with a Single-Six twenty plus years ago. 5.5 in. barrel. I had to sell it, but I know where it is and plan to get it back. Great gun.

August 23, 2003, 12:14 PM
On my 2nd one---sold my 1st(5.5in) to finance another purchase----should have kept it.

My 2nd is a 4 5/8's and I put set of ivory polymer Hogue grips on it----nice contrast with the black(blue) and white.

Why did I pick those barrel lengths?? I had always wanted a Single Six when I first saw them in the catalog in my younger days---but the price always seemed high----(hey---I was young and poor).

Bought the 1st one NIB for $159 when they were going for around $250---bankruptcy sale----snapped up right on it.

2nd is a bit different ---As I get older I seem to favor shorter barrels on everything--be it rifle-pistol-or shotgun---soon as I spotted the little 4.5 incher--I knew it was for me--the kicker is---it was $50 less than the others in the case---also NIB purchased.

So for me---price sells but I like short barrels too.

The 4.5incher with the .22mag loads is something to see---quite a bit of noise and flash---I doubt if I'm gaining anything with the mag loads over the LR in this gun---but it sure is fun---lol.

Good guns which ever one you pick---you'll like it.

Old Fuff
August 23, 2003, 12:14 PM
They are neat little guns. The best barrel length depends on the kind of shooting you do. The longer lengths give better performance with the .22 WRM cartridge and offer a more forward balance and longer sight radius. The shorter lengths are easier to pack around. I prefer the 4 5/8” length and am thinking of having an “old model” Super Single Six (adjustable sights/.22 LR) cut down to 4 inches.

Also look at the Bisley model. Many prefer the shape of the grip and the wide hammer spur.

August 23, 2003, 01:59 PM
I've got a New Model, convertable .22LR/.22Mag. It's got the hammer block and all. A lot of folks complain about the "safety mechanism" in the New Models but mine has a pretty decent trigger. I'm very impressed with it's build quality and it has some really beautiful, deep black and shiny blueing.

I got the 6" barrel and adjustable sights for better accuracy. I never considered at the time I bought it what Old Fuff said about the longer barrel and the magnum rounds, but that's certainly a benefit.

True to what others have said on this forum, mine does appear to be more accurate shooting .22WMR *if* I use the right ammo. So far, it seems to prefer Federal 50gr and hates CCI. It is certainly less picky with .22LR and has consistent performance among just about all brands. As a matter of fact, this is the gun I use to shoot up all the .22LR that my other guns don't like.

August 23, 2003, 07:17 PM
I have a Convertible with a 5.5" bbl., fixed sights and an excellent 2# factory trigger. Using fixed sights is just a matter of learning how your gun shoots with different kinds of ammo. Perfectly reliable, too. I've had it 31 years.


August 24, 2003, 03:10 AM
I picked up my 9.5" Blues .22/.22WMR version on 9/11/2001 (that was weird).

I really liked the gun, but honestly, I just got tired of working the SA mechanism for 6 rounds of .22LR.

I would get one for hunting or something, but for plinking, I felt like I was trying to eat a Thanksgiving feast with a baby spoon.

August 24, 2003, 10:03 AM
I have owned a 5.5" stainless for over 4 years now - get one and I highly doubt you will regret it! This gun RARELY stays home when I head to the range! It has proven to be very accurate with the 22lr cylinder. It is a true - "fun gun".

Dave Markowitz
August 24, 2003, 10:27 AM
I have an Old Model (c. 1958) 5.5" Single Six. It handles great and is super fun to shoot. You can't go wrong with the Single Six.

August 24, 2003, 12:27 PM
personally,i like the shorter 4 5\8"bbl

packs really nicely:)

fine revolvers,you won't be disappointed:D

the single-6 is what i learned to shoot with.

just my $.02


August 24, 2003, 01:00 PM
What Pendragon said. My 5 1/2 inch Super Single Six was a fine gun. Worked perfectly and hit where I pointed it.
But loading and unloading it was such a chore that I just lost interest in it.

August 24, 2003, 05:29 PM
I have been shooting a Single Six for most of my life. When I was growing up, my best friend had one which he let me shoot pretty much every day. After I was out on my own, a Single Six was one of the first things I bought. I have owned several over the years and have shot many thousands of rounds through all of them. Today I own two. One is a stainless, 4 5/8". I was just shooting it two days ago. The second is a 6 1/2" blue Bisley. I wouldn't be without a Single Six. If I could only own one gun, the Single Six would be a consideration.
I have never fired a .22 WRM round out of any of them.

t driver
August 24, 2003, 06:09 PM
I bought a 5.5" for my Dad last Christmas. He absolutely loves it. He likes single action cowboy guns. A product of his youth, I guess. I've taken him to the range a few times and he let me shoot it. I enjoyed it so much I want one of my own. His has the adjustable sights and both cylinders. Shooting .22 WMRs is a blast. :D

combat effective
August 24, 2003, 07:04 PM
I have the convertable model with the 6.5" barrel. I love it!! It is very accurate and very fun to shoot. You will not be worry if you buy one.

August 24, 2003, 08:53 PM
I just read a couple articles about the Ruger Single Six that have really gotten my interest. Who here owns one and what do you think of it? Also, what barrel length did you go with and why?

I like the balance of the Bisley 4 5/8th inch barrel Single Six the best. I have the Special Edition stainless Bisley, plus also a standard stainless Super Single Six with a 5.5" barrel. Ironically, despite having fixed sights, my Special Edition Bisley Single-Six for me shoots more accurately than my standard Super Single-Six--which has adjustable sights.

The Bisley grip to me feels better in the hand than the standard grip.

I tend to prefer shorter barreled Single Sixes, because they seem to have better balance IMO.

Overall, both Single Sixes I have are very nice revolvers, and are a blast to shoot. I do prefer the Bisley Single Six over the standard though, be a moderate margin. Just IMO, YMMV.

August 26, 2003, 09:51 PM
I've had a 6.5" Convertible since I was 12. The gun is accurate as can be expected and has been flawlessly reliable. I chose 6.5" because that is what Dad gave me on my birthday :D

August 27, 2003, 01:31 PM
I have an "Old Model," pre-warning Super Single Six Convertible. It has a 5 1/2 inch barrel. I have had this gun for 36 years. I rarely shoot it these days because I own two K-frame S&W .22's and another J-frame. The Ruger is not as well-made as the S&W guns, nor is it as accurate. The magnum cylinder makes it a horrendous noise-maker when you shoot it. I have shot several squirrels over the years with .22 LR's from this gun, but you have to get about twice as close as you do with a K-22.

Overall, I like the gun OK, but I would not classify it as the last gun to leave the safe.....


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