Security Six


April 5, 2011, 09:57 AM
I am continually amazed at the accuracy of my old '74 Sec. Six. With the adjudtable rear site I have been able to compensate for for being blind in my once dominate right eye. I almost changed the original grips but decided to stick with what works. Last week I took out with the old '72 BH 6 1/2" 3 screw and the S&W '58 4" Combat Master and shot up a few boxes of .38 spec. rounds and the Security Six was by far the most accurate and fun to shoot of the 3. I think I may keep it around for awhile. Didn't much enjoy cleaning them when I got home. From now on I may stick to one revolver on the range at a time. Kinda hard to imagine that.

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April 5, 2011, 10:01 AM
Yeah, the cleaning is the tough part. However, it is not too bad if you use a good, smelly solvent like Hoppes #9.

If you shoot magnums, cleaning is a lot worse, because everything is more baked-on. I have to do a HELL of a lot of scrubbing on my Redhawk cylinder to get all the burnt stuff off of it. Lead's a pain too; I'm buying nothing but plated or jacketed bullets from now on.

In this area, I have to give the nod to autos; they are a lot easier to clean.

Enjoy the gun!

April 5, 2011, 10:02 AM
I wish I had kept my 6" Security Six. It was a great handgun.

April 5, 2011, 04:30 PM
I recently purchased a '73 4" blue Security Six and took it to the range for the first time this past weekend. The stock grips are comfortable enough even with .357 ammo, and it's a great shooter. Surprisingly, the blue 4" 150 prefix serial number model is significantly lighter than its cousin, a '77 build 2 3/4" stainless Security Six with aftermarket grips. Both are great handguns though, I wouldn't get rid of either one.

451 Detonics
April 5, 2011, 04:50 PM
A cleaning hint....a bore brush on a short rod wrapped with 0000 steel wool with the bore cleaner of your choice, chuck this into a cordless drill and use low speed and the cylinder will take just a couple minutes to clean. Kleen Bore Lead Away cloths takes care of the rest of the gun.

April 5, 2011, 07:19 PM
I am not surprise that the Security Six did better on accuracy. They are underrated and one of the best all around revolvers ever made.

Thanks for sharing.

April 5, 2011, 08:57 PM
I don't know why it's such a big deal. I just run a bore snake through each of the chambers in the cylinder and it's good to go. Takes about a minute.

April 5, 2011, 09:11 PM
Great Gun, I got the 151 Pre-Fix 75 model, I can hold a 1" group @ 15yds on a bench with my reloads,. 357 Mags 158gr SJHP in front of some H-110 ; )

April 5, 2011, 11:34 PM
Have three: 2 3/4 blue, late model, 4 stainless, 1976 "bicentennial" model and a blue six inch old model. All tight, all well used, all NFS. The six inch has turned in the tightest groups of any 357 I've ever owned, and that is quite a few in my fifty five years of shooting. 357 case, Lyman 358156 gas check bullet of wheelweights, sized to .356 or 357 whichever is in the sizer, and 13.5 to 14.5 grains of 2400. Not an overly hot load but good enough for two legal Republik of ILL deer (both under 35 yards).
The 2 3/4 has been replaced as a carry gun by a SP101 3 1/16 (where does ruger get these lengths?).
I want to increase the series with a couple of speed sixes and police sixes. Just good, tough, robust revolvers.

April 6, 2011, 09:29 AM
Thanks for the cleaning tips. Have to correct my OP....the Sec. Six is not a '74, but a 1972 mod. My S&W Mod. 36 is from '74. Now it's time to go dirty up some more guns. But I think I'll take autoloads today. Easier to clean. If my accuracy doesn't improve with my autoloads I may need to consider carrying the Sec. Six. Kinda hard to conceal though.

April 10, 2011, 11:07 AM
The Hoppes # 9 worked great. Thanks again for the tip.

April 10, 2011, 09:51 PM
The Ruger Security Six was my first "real" handgun after my 22s---bought one of the very first ones when they were introduced ($105. OTD)---shot it for YEARS---stupidly sold it to a buddy who won't sell it back! Nowadays, I have two examples in 4"---one blue, one stainless---they ain't goin' nowhere!

April 10, 2011, 10:45 PM
1978 Security Six, 6 shots .357 Mag 158gr. @ 25 yards, two hands over bags. I was astounded at the accuracy of the Security Six and kept it over a very nice S&W Moel 19. I felt the Ruger was stronger and more accurate.

35 Whelen
April 10, 2011, 11:08 PM
I love mine too. No idea what year model it is, but it's a 4". I tweaked the trigger a bit and it's perfect! It's one that I'll never sell. I replaced the little wooden grips with Pachmeyer (sp?) rubber grips. They're a bit skinny and sorta punish than palm with full house 357's, but who cares.
A couple of weeks ago I took my daughter and one of her friends to our range here at the house to teach them the ins-and-outs of handguns.
We started with a .22 revolver, then went to my Colt Gov't model 45 with the Ceiner 22 conversion kit. Next up was the Security Six. I loaded it with 38's loaded with mild loads under a home-cast 158 gr. SWC. They loved it. I explained to them how a 357 can fire either 38 Specials or 357 Magnums. In a rare moment, my 17 year old daughter asked "Daddy, can I shoot some of those long ones?" meaning the 357's. (Lyman 358429- 168 gr. bullet at around 1200 fps. I said sure and explained that the recoil was going to be quite a bit more brisk than the 38's.
It was hilarious to watch the way the Six recoiled up and torqued and twisted in their hands. but to my surprise, they shot a couple of cylinder fulls apiece and actually shot them pretty well!
Thanks for starting this post!

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