Ruger Security Six .38 Special Questions


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Hunter2011
May 20, 2014, 11:54 PM
I can get my hands on a Ruger Security Six. Only one problem, if you can count it as a problem. It is chambered in .38 Special only. I thought they are all chambered in .357 Magnum, but found that they even made some in 9mmP as well.
My question is this. In this .38 Special chambered one, which seems to be a scarce model, is this particular revolver rated for +P ammo? I favor faster rounds. Granted +P is not much faster, In fact it is still a lot slower than 9mmP out of a pocket pistol.

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Lucky Derby
May 21, 2014, 01:50 AM
Yes, it is just fine with +P. In fact it is the same gun as the .357 version, just with the chambers reamed for .38 Special. A great many of them have been reamed out for .357 with no ill effect.

Hunter2011
May 21, 2014, 02:05 AM
Thanks a lot.

Are the accuracy at all affected when shooting .38 Specials in a cylinder that has been reemed out to take .357 magnums in this revolver?

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Do you guys think a 4'' barrel is an adequate size for accuracy at up to 50 meters max for silhouette shooting? 6'' will be better I know, but I also want to carry this revolver when my regular EDC gun is broken or so. I am prepared to compromise a little.

ArchAngelCD
May 21, 2014, 02:54 AM
Hunter,
That line of Ruger revolvers is very accurate so if you do your part it will be fine on silhouette targets. Of course a longer barrel aids in shooting better but if you practice with a 4" barrel you will do just fine.

Lucky Derby
May 21, 2014, 04:03 AM
Thanks a lot.

Are the accuracy at all affected when shooting .38 Specials in a cylinder that has been reemed out to take .357 magnums in this revolver?

Edit.
Do you guys think a 4'' barrel is an adequate size for accuracy at up to 50 meters max for silhouette shooting? 6'' will be better I know, but I also want to carry this revolver when my regular EDC gun is broken or so. I am prepared to compromise a little.
Not if done properly. My major concern would be that the person doing the reaming, knows what they are doing.

I'm sure if you do your part, the Ruger will do it's part.

smkummer
May 21, 2014, 08:20 AM
The most accurate load I have shot in my python is the classic 38 special mid-range match wadcutter. And 50 yards is about the max. I would shoot that load as it drops way too much for 100 yard plate shooting. Most likely the reason the ruger was chambered in 38 special is because some LE agency would not allow .357. I have a Colt Trooper MKIII in .38 special of which almost all I have ever seen are .357 chambered. Again, probably the same reason.

9mmepiphany
May 21, 2014, 05:05 PM
It is chambered in .38 Special only. I thought they are all chambered in .357 Magnum, but found that they even made some in 9mmP as well.
They even have them chambered in .38 S&W

In this .38 Special chambered one, which seems to be a scarce model
The ones chamber in .38spl were pretty common, they were targeted to LEA who only authorized use of that ammo

Confederate
May 22, 2014, 12:54 AM
Two of the best Rugers I have were chambered for .38spc. You have to watch +P rounds as the Security-Six is such a fragile gun (JOKE!).

But seriously, here's the advantage of having a .38spc: you can have a good gunsmith ream out the chambers to take .357s. Many manufacturers do a fast and loose reaming of chambers, and this can easily affect the accuracy of the handgun. When you have a gunsmith ream out your chambers, he can easily ream them out accurately. Just tell him you want them chambered for jacketed hollow points. When you get the gun back, take six 125 JHP bullets and drop one into each chamber from the back. Each bullet should catch in the chamber. Don't push the bullets through as you'll resize them; however, watching the tolerances is one reason some guns are inherently better than others.

Both of my guns were Service-Sixes. After reaming them to accept .357s, these guns became some of the most accurate revolvers I ever owned. I've seen some very good guns that have let JHP bullets fall right through the chambers. I ordered a number of Colt Trooper Mark IIIs for people where about three of every six bullets just fell through. I bought a girlfriend a Taurus 66 that was just beautiful, but the chambers in that gun were, as far as I could tell, just holes. I couldn't hit the broad side of a barn with it.

Once you've had the gun reamed properly, ask the gunsmith about whether the Ruger would benefit from an 11 forcing cone. I can't remember whether it benefits lead bullet accuracy or jacketed bullet accuracy, but it's worth asking.

It may be tempting to ask for an action job, and if you have the $$$, you might want to have the gun smoothed out some. But the best way to do an action on a Security-Six is to repeatedly dry fire it. And replace the mainspring.

The Speed-/Service-/Security-Sixes are some of the best .357s ever made, in my view. And the truth is, Ruger was nuts for replacing them.

Lucky Derby
May 22, 2014, 01:21 AM
"The Speed-/Service-/Security-Sixes are some of the best .357s ever made, in my view. And the truth is, Ruger was nuts for replacing them."

I agree with Confederate 100% on this point.

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