Help me with my pros/cons list of these two guns I've been looking at.
The High Standard is in very good condition, year unknown. Love that it has 9 shots. $300.
The Single Six is a newer "two-screw" model in good condition with the standard .22 LR and .22 WMRF cylinders. I don't have any experience with .22 WMRF but it interests me for sure. And there would be virtually no .22 round I couldn't shoot. But only 6 shots (I wish there was a convertible Single Ten). $350 6.5 inch bbl $375 5.5 inch bbl (my preferred bbl length) They're both in the shop.
Thoughts? Just kinda turning it over in my mind, so tell me what you think.
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October 3, 2013, 10:36 PM
really a touch choice, I looked at 22 revolvers and finally got a single six. I would go for the one with the shorter barrel( my only gripe about my speed six) Now that I got a mark II I don't shoot the single six much.
October 4, 2013, 09:02 AM
I use a Single Six hunting squirrel and rabbit. It is also a nice gun to teach newbies the fundamentals.
The High standard does have the 9 rounds, which is a plus. I'm not as familiar with the HS, as I only get to shoot one maybe once a year.
I know based on hearsay that Ruger customer service is very good. Have not heard anything about High Standard. Its a tough choice, so the tipping point for me would be the fit & finish, and ultimately price. I know the Single Six I stand to inherit is older than I am, and will probably be passed down to my future grandkids.
October 4, 2013, 11:04 AM
I know the Single Six I stand to inherit is older than I am, and will probably be passed down to my future grandkids.
So you know of the Ruger's quality.
No experience with High Standard, but the Ruger Single Six is awesome!
October 4, 2013, 11:08 AM
I would go with the Ruger Single Six as it's reliable, durable, fun to shoot, and still backed by a company that's still around and has great customer service.
October 4, 2013, 12:42 PM
The High Standard has been out of production for how many decades?
Buy the Ruger.
East Texas 2
October 4, 2013, 03:31 PM
I have both revolvers, inherited the Hi-standard, the trigger on the HS is pitiful and makes accuracy tough. The single-six is a much better firearm.
Two Old Dogs
October 4, 2013, 03:40 PM
The Durango was made in the late 1960's and early 1970's. The early models, up to about 1974 had aluminum frames. The Durango is single/double action/
Bluebook of Gun Values, 34th (2013) Edition lists the blue version ranging from $75 (60%) to $225 (98%); the nickel version $85 (60% )to $250 (98%).
You pays your money and you takes you pick.
High Standard closed its doors in 1984.
October 4, 2013, 08:41 PM
Buy the Ruger..........had one for 25 years and like a damn fool sold it!
One of two guns I've got rid of and regret it afterwards.:mad:
* that's why I no longer get rid of old guns, just keep them and let my two sons worry about when I'm long gone! :neener:
October 4, 2013, 09:17 PM
Go with the Ruger, I have a 4 5/8 "barrel single six convertable and will not part with it. It's a good gun and fun to shoot
October 4, 2013, 09:58 PM
One lesson that should be learned from the Banic of 2013 is the value of having firearms that shoot more than one type of cartridge,
Since the Banic started I have always been able to buy 22 WMR ammo although it was limited to what they had on hand and only two boxes at a time.
October 4, 2013, 10:15 PM
I agree with everybody else. Buy the Ruger, forget the High Standard.
When I was a kid, High Standard 22 revolvers were cheap. I saved my money and bought a nice S&W Model 17 K-22. A much, much better gun than the High Standards that were so common at the time. I still have it and all the goodies that came with it. It cost $125 at the time, they cost a little bit more now.
A number of years ago I came across a nice Three Screw Ruger Single Six, the bottom one in this photo. Also a much, much better gun than a High Standard. I picked up the one at the top of the photo, with the adjustable sights, a couple of years ago.
Now a word about 9 and 10 shot 22 revolvers, and another word about 22 Magnums. Frankly, I can't see the need for a 22 revolver that holds more than six rounds in the cylinder. Cylinders that hold 9 or 10 rounds just lead to throwing a lot more lead down range. Not too bad in normal times, but downright expensive these days. Six shots in a revolver is fine with me.
Now about those 22 Mags. Two of the Single Sixes pictured here came with the auxiliary cylinders for 22 Mags. I can honestly say that between the two of them, I doubt I have shot a whole box of 22 Mags. 22 Mags are LOUD. And expensive. Before these topsy turvey times of ammo hoarding, not such a big deal because 22LR ammo was cheap and plentiful. But 22 Mags were expensive even back then. If the price of ammo ever goes down again, or if it ever becomes plentiful again, I will continue shooting 22LR out of my 22s. I doubt I will shoot any 22 Mags.
October 4, 2013, 10:35 PM
No question For build quality alone I would go with the Ruger!
High Standard has been up and down too many times to make a lifetime relationship out of this purchase, What if something broke, can you get parts?
The Ruger ia built like a tank and should never give you a problem. I have had mine going on 2 decades and it's like new.
The .22 Magnum is a fantastic Caliber!
I often leave the Magnum cylinder in the gun for months and don't even fire a standard LR out of it. Super accurate amd you can definatelly feel the POWER with the 6" bbl! The Magnum really makes the ftlbs they say!
Moreso is the inherent accuracy of the caliber! The Jacketed bullets no doubt help a lot grabbing the rifling better. It literally turns the revolver into a rifle! It shoots right alongside my Nylon 66 for range and probablly a little faster getting there!
The Magnum acta a lot bigger than it is and is capable of taking some good sized animals. As a Humting back-up gun or as a trail companion, the Single Six is hard to beat!
October 4, 2013, 11:41 PM
If the High Standard is the Double 9, that would be the for me, double action 9 shot.
October 5, 2013, 12:45 AM
I like those High Standard revolvers. They were all based on the Sentinel action, just modified to look like "cowboy" guns in the first TV western craze. They are good guns, but the original company is out of business so there is no factory support. If an S&W K-22 is available and affordable buy it, no question! But of the choices given, buy the Ruger Single Six or Single Ten.
October 5, 2013, 09:10 AM
I've had more fun with Single Six's than I have with all the rest of my guns put together. Plinking accuracy is way beyond acceptable and even on paper with random ammo they weren't too shabby. Plus your trigger finger will wear out before the gun does. Buy the Ruger.
October 5, 2013, 02:42 PM
If the High Standard is the Double 9, that would be the for me, double action 9 shot.
I had a D9 for a while. As mentioned above the HS revolvers have a HORRIBLE trigger pull. The DA effort is so bad as to be nearly useless if any reasonable sort of accuracy is the goal. And even the SA trigger pull has lots of creep, feels gritty and is high effort.
I tried to tune mine by using a slightly reduced power mainspring and stoning the hammer and trigger hooks. There was some improvement but not a lot. DA was still pretty much useless. SA was better but I got the occasional FTF due to the reduced mainspring.
So all in all the choice between ANY Ruger Single whatever and an old Hi Standard revolver isn't any sort of contest. It's Ruger hands down, any hour of the day, any day of the week.
The only reason to select the HS would be if it was the same original gun you had as a kid and you're buying for sentimental reasons.
That wasn't too softly worded was it? :D
October 5, 2013, 08:42 PM
Wow thats about as close to unanimous as I've ever seen on a forum for anything. Good points all, especially about lack of 22LR but seeing 22WMR everywhere. Thanks everybody much appreciated.
October 5, 2013, 09:34 PM
The combo is OK but I wouldn't go with a .22 Magnum only gun. When the dust settles and ammo supply gets back to normal (and it will happen, barring an insane gun ban edict), the .22 LR will still be cheaper and easier to obtain than .22 WMR.
October 6, 2013, 08:15 PM
Go Ruger. High Standard parts & diagram online http://www.histandard.info/manuals/partsbook/0106B/ Parts can be very hard to find for HS.
I've since installed hi-viz sights and checkered Ruger walnut grips. Still my favorite even though I own many other .22 handguns.
The cool thing about the .22 Magnum cylinder is it gives you a little variety, like owning two handguns in one. At first I didn't shoot the Magnums much but now I really like shooting them and trade between the two often. I also like the non-fluted cylinder for the magnums.
It's just a real cool single action, have never met anyone in the past 37 years that didn't love theirs. I sure love mine.
October 7, 2013, 11:59 AM
Another vote for the Ruger Single Six. I've had mine since 1961. It's seen a lot of use over the last fifty years.