My first Revolver and some questions.......


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Spec ops Grunt
February 21, 2011, 02:03 AM
It's a Ruger Speed Six. In NIB condition, $500 for it and 3 boxes of .38 and 1 of .357 plus the grips. Real fun gun!


Now for the questions.

1. Should I hold it differently than my Makarov, shooting magnums doesn't hurt per se, but defiantly has a lot of muzzle flip, and I'm wondering how I should hold it to mitigate that.


2. I kind of find it harder to get a two handed hold on it, should I get a Hogue grip?

3. What's the proper way to shoot a magnum?


As for the grips, the guy that sold it from me bought it from some old guy that had it as a safe queen, the workmanship on the grips is excellent, he believes them to be a custom piece.

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Special_K
February 21, 2011, 02:11 AM
Jerry Miculek (I spelled that all wrong) has a bunch of videos on the Smith and Wesson website. The one thing I do remember from all the videos was that the best way to grip the revolver is as high as you possibly can to reduce the muzzle rising from recoil. I will see if I can find the videos here...

Special_K
February 21, 2011, 02:12 AM
http://www.shootingusa.com/PRO_TIPS/JERRY_MICULEK/jerry_miculek.html

Completely off on the video and the SW part but its good information.

460Kodiak
February 21, 2011, 11:55 AM
Special K is right about your grip. Keep it as high as you can. Magnums are going to pop the barrel up a bit though no matter how you hold it. A rubber grip would lessen the sting in your hand, but those wood grips look great.

Beautiful gun! Have fun.

M2 Carbine
February 21, 2011, 12:15 PM
2. I kind of find it harder to get a two handed hold on it, should I get a Hogue grip?
I use Pachmayr or Hogue grips on my Ruger Security Six revolvers. The black rubber grip is ugly as sin, but makes for comfortable shooting.
http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/Bell-helicopter-407/Truckguns.jpg

LKB3rd
February 21, 2011, 12:22 PM
That Miculek site is good. He says that for heavy recoiling revolvers he grips about a half an inch lower to let muzzle flip absorb some recoil instead of slamming his hand so much.

Sam1911
February 21, 2011, 12:35 PM
The very best thing I can tell you is to watch the Jerry M. videos that Special K's screenshots came from, here: http://www.myoutdoortv.com/search/node/jerry%20miculek

Specifically you should watch the Grip, Trigger Control, and Stance videos to start.

CraigC
February 21, 2011, 01:21 PM
Follow Jerry's instructions but to post #4 above, you can grip a DA too high.

Rubber does not automatically translate to more comfort. It is far more important that your grips fit your hand than that they are made of squishy material.

2popfire
February 21, 2011, 09:44 PM
Those are some beautiful custom grips. But for carrying around purposes get a pair of Hogue's.

gamestalker
February 21, 2011, 11:53 PM
I carry a 66 and when I shoot I use a 2 hand hold. I'm right handed so I have a primary hold around the grips with the right, and then I wrap my left around with the fingers across the top of my right wrist. My left thumb is in the cradle of my right thumb and index. This gives me a steady grip and offers good support of my right wrist with full house magnum hand loads. I don't try to hold the weapon down, but instead I let it rise. For me it gives me a quick and reliable sight recovery and alignment.

Spec ops Grunt
February 22, 2011, 01:40 AM
Also, is taking care of stainless steel any different than taking care of blued steel?

sniper5
February 22, 2011, 12:03 PM
Although I agree that it IS possible to grip too high (if the hammer bites your web---OUCH!) generally speaking grip high, grip tight, grips that fit. Fit is more important than material. I shoot a GP100 6" with Lett grips (factory rubber with wood inserts) and my favorite load is 125 grain XTP's in front of 22 grains of H110/W296 with a Remington 5 1/2 primer.

Care for stainless is about the same as blued. Keep it clean and lightly oiled. Things like holster wear and scratches will affect both. Keep in mind that some internals may not be stainless, things like screws and springs and pins may be non stainless.

Spec ops Grunt
February 24, 2011, 01:14 AM
I think I'm becoming a revolver guy.......

Hondo 60
February 24, 2011, 01:44 AM
Also, is taking care of stainless steel any different than taking care of blued steel?
Actually stainless is more durable than a blue finish.
So You can use generous amounts of gun cleaners like Hoppe's # 9.

I also use Flitz polish to get rid of the burn marks on the sides of the cylinder.

Leave the business end alone. It'd be too easy to messup the barrel / cylinder gap with repeated scrubbings.


I think I'm becoming a revolver guy....... :evil:

Cosmoline
February 24, 2011, 02:44 AM
There are a lot of ways to grip a revolver. Any of the major stances will work for two-hand, and there are also a lot of techniques for one-handed shooting. I recommend Mas Ayoob's "Stressfire Vol. 1" for its detailed examination of basic revolver stances and presentations. The Thunder Ranch DVD on revolvers from Clint Smith is also a good basic overview. There are also a lot of ways to reload them, and a lot of surprisingly effective little tricks you can use. For example--those flutes on the side of the cylinder aren't just for looks. You can use them to guide free rounds and speedloaders into position without looking.

The particular style of grips/stock depend on the shooter's preference. I really like the factory grips with Tyler T-Grips added. The Hogue monogrips are good, but tend to get gummy after awhile.

Festina lente is my motto for shooting wheelguns. Make haste slowly. Once you get a rhythm going and learn a variety of stances and loading techniques, you'll be amazed how smoothly and quickly you can get the job done with an "old fashioned" revolver.

You picked one of my favorite revolvers for your first. You'll find the Six to be tough and very easy to maintain. Teardown is as simple as removing a SINGLE screw. Just don't forget to use the little brass rod to hold the mainspring in position ;-)

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