Who Can Tell Me About heritage "Rough Rider" .22


July 31, 2008, 01:40 PM
I'm thinking of picking up a heritage rough rider .22 revolver for plinking at the range. It comes with two cylenders--.22 LR and .22 Mag.

It's a "cowboy style" side loader, and looks good. I think it would work as a plinker and with the magnum wheel as a good deterent to ferel dogs. (I have a bit of paranoia about ferel dogs--been stalked by a pack and in 2000, the area I camp in had a census worker eaten by them.)

The price is right, the ammos cheap and it's light.

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July 31, 2008, 01:44 PM
I own one, with the 4 3/4 inch barrel. It is fun to shoot! I have not put that many rds thru it, but it shoots POA is POI. I am seriously considering getting another 22LR, with the swing out cylinder, as I hate loading one at a time.

That is the only complaint about this inexpensive little gun. Or I might just buy a couple of them in 45 colt and try SAS.

July 31, 2008, 02:01 PM
Mine is my "lawn mower gun." (You know you're a gun nut when...)

Anyways I wear it in a Uncle Mike's OWB nylon holster while cutting grass or other mundane yard work. I keep first 3 loaded with snake shot and the remaining loaded with whatever 500+ round bulk pack happens to be gracing the top of my gun shelf at the time.

It is an invaluable tool and copperheads dont stand a chance. It will not break the bank so you will not cry if you scratch, drop, or use as a hammer(raises hand).

Read how to adjust the sights in the manual if you want a laugh.

July 31, 2008, 05:00 PM
I have one with a birds head grip and a 3.5" barrel. Not the best fit and finish in the world but mine has been reliable so far and honestly just feels great in the hand (Might be I just like Birds head grips).

I have heard reports of high round count guns having troubles. If you want a real quality gun of the type pick up a Ruger Single Six. They will however cost you nearly twice as much although in some ways they are twice the gun.


July 31, 2008, 05:28 PM
I pretty much wore mine out after maybe 5 or 6K rounds. It won't ignite but about 3 out of 6 rounds now.

August 1, 2008, 12:07 PM
What they said re: Single Six and high round count guns. Also the cylinder gap is much bigger on the HRRs I've handled, with the result apparently being a good 100-150fps drop in velocity compared to a Single Six.

They're a good deal at $130, but I'm waiting to buy the Ruger after handling the Rough Rider.


August 1, 2008, 02:06 PM
My rough rider has about 1k rounds through it. Not a jam or a hiccup of any kind. The trigger pull is really quite nice. I'm a good shot with this gun. I still lust after a Ruger Single Six, but the rough rider has more utility in a lot of way... you don't have to worry so much if its getting rusty or scratched up.

There have been many times where I've felt that the Rough Rider is my favorite in my entire collection.

Also don't let the fact that it's got an alloy frame deter you too much... So do Ruger MK IIIs and Buckmarks. Alloy frame isn't that bad for a .22.

I would get the model with adjustable sights.

That said, I will probably buy a ruger single six one day, but the rough rider will be my trail gun.

August 1, 2008, 04:25 PM
Picked it up today. haven't gotten to the range yet, but my Daughters want to shoot it, as do my sons-in-law!

I think I'm really gonna like it.

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