October 19, 2008, 08:53 AM
I am new to revolvers and I was reading up on the Ruger line. I am trying to understand the benefits of the round butt frame vs square butt frame like in the two models listed above.
Perhaps some one on the board will be able to explain the practical difference to me?
October 19, 2008, 09:39 AM
I think that the difference on paper is 1/4" between RB and SQ butt. I have a square butt snub security six and I find that it conceals just fine.
October 19, 2008, 12:21 PM
How about perceived recoil or point of aim? do they change between the two types?
October 19, 2008, 04:12 PM
I have only handled a RB speed six before...never shot one. I can tell you that my snubbie security six easily handles bullet weights from 125-180gr. I prefer the inexpensive sile rubber grip (cdnninvenstments.com)on my to mitigate heavy recoil.
October 19, 2008, 04:27 PM
Having owned several Security/Service/Speed-Six models over the years, I generally found that at that time in my experience that I preferred the round-butt of the Speed-Six. I had my last remaining Ruger revolver of that design, a stainless heavy-barreled 4" Service-Six .357 Magnum, modified so the grip frame is a round-butt. I even had a Ruger Redhawk grip frame converted to what's essentially a Bird's Head grip profile.
FWIW, though, if I ever pick up another Security/Service-Six (and I might, since I really liked that style TDA Ruger revolver), I doubt I'll go to the trouble to modify the grip again. I'll likely just leave it as is and use it that way.
Good revolvers. Handy. Light weight. Nice balance for a medium-frame revolver. Not refined, just decent working guns, so to speak.