Custom barrel for a single six


March 7, 2012, 11:46 AM
is there any one out there that makes custom barrels for single sixes i was looking at mine (well i would find a newmodel to do this with) and got the idea to build a carbine but the first hurdle to over come would be to find a barrel. i think i could build a stock no problem i even though maybe have a gunsmith throw somthing like a 10/22 barrel in a lathe and work it down. just toying with the idea right now trying to decide if it would even be pricatical.

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March 7, 2012, 12:00 PM
Any gunsmith could thread a .22 barrel to fit a Ruger frame, cut the forcing cone, reattach the ejector rod housing, and install a front sight.
It wouldn't be cheap.

Keep in mind that revolving rifles were tried well over 100 years ago and proved impractical. Especially with cap & ball guns where a chain fire would put several balls through your hand.

With cartridge firing guns?
Something about having your left hand and arm up there beside the barrel/cylinder gap when a shard of lead or burning powder comes whizzing out that bothers me.

Rossi is doing it again now though, but they have a built-in blast shield covering the B/C gap.

The other thing, if you decide to do it, is don't make the stock before you get the 16" or longer barrel put on.
Doing so would create a SBR under ATF rules and require registration and a tax stamp.


March 7, 2012, 04:36 PM
A revolving rifle, is this is along the lines of what your trying to create? I believe there is a company (based in the Czech Republic or one of the eastern european countries) that make a full size .22 rifle that is essentially a revolver.

There was a thread on this gun a few months ago but I can't remember the name of the gun at this time.

March 7, 2012, 04:41 PM


March 7, 2012, 04:55 PM
Revolving rifles have been tried numerous times since Sam Colt's first Paterson rifles (and shotgun). It is a very interesting concept that proves to be very problematic in practice. Personally, I wouldn't go ruining a good Single Six to prove that it's a bad idea.....again. Because once you convert your Single Six to a rifle, it cannot be converted back to a pistol with an SBR stamp.

I have probably fired more rounds through rimfire single action revolvers than anything else. At least 30,000rds over the last five years and probably numbering over 100,000rds over a lifetime. I've had enough lead, powder residue and debris spit back in my face when shooting at arm's length that the last thing I want to do is to have all that going on right next to my face.

March 7, 2012, 06:04 PM

The Uberti colt buntline was my inspiration for the idea i just thought it would be fun to have a plinker .22 i but i guess the spray is somthing to be considered.

Thanks for the replies.

The Old Redneck
March 8, 2012, 09:25 AM
Mine has a 15" barrel made from a 10/22 barrel. It is a handgun not a rifle, and fun to play with, but a rifle is as easy to carry. I would like to have one of the 22/22 mag revolving rifles. After shooting the Circuit Judges they have the cylinder forcing cone blast worked out. I had doubts about it and was expecting some blast with the 45's but it didn't happen. I will buy one in 22/22 mag.

March 8, 2012, 09:45 AM
i didnt realize rossi was making them in a .22 version

i am still holding out for a 454 casul vs of the Circuit Judge

March 8, 2012, 11:47 AM
i didnt realize rossi was making them in a .22 version
See the link in post #4.


March 8, 2012, 12:06 PM
sorry RC i didnt even open it i saw the link and assumed it was the 45LC i know i should ever assume any thing its completely my fault.

March 8, 2012, 12:59 PM
One of the local guys has the Uberti revolver carbine. He researched it and found that the proper way to hold this style of gun at the time was to have both hands back at the grips rather than to hold the barrel or front as with a normal rifle. This came about in light of the risk of a chain fire with the old C&B versions and I gather it kept on with the cartridge versions.

Sometimes it's about having something different than following the beaten path. Tim, if you proceed with a Single Six or Single Ten version I'd tend to style it more towards the Uberti version than the rather disgusting, to my eyes, Rossi "tacticool" version. The wooden stocked versions look better but they still look odd and visually clumsy to my eyes.

For my money if such a gun were to be made I'd start with one of the new Single Tens for the extra rounds. I'd get a 14 to 18 inch barrel made up for it as dictated by the need for any overall length requirement under the laws and based on an image program "look". I'd cut down, weld and modify or make a new grip frame to alter it the style that mimics the revolving carbines of old.

And when shooting it remember that the idea is to keep both hands back by the trigger guard and behind the front of the cylinder.

I think that such a gun would actually be a LOT of fun as a plinker or light woods carry sort of hunting option for when you want something that is a little steadier than a handgun. And best of all it would be very different.

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