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New Ruger Single Six

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by papa_bear, Feb 8, 2011.

  1. papa_bear

    papa_bear Internet Reacon Marine

    Just picked up the Single Six I bought today. I'm very happy with it. It's a new model pre-warning with the mag conversion cylinder. I shot about 3 cylinders of lr's throught it at some leaves when I got it home. I plan on doing some accuracy test this weekend. I must say the quality isleaps and bounds above the Rough Rider I was looking at. The only complaint I have is the trigger pull is alot heavier than I'm used to. Is there a simple way to lighten it?
  2. DMZ

    DMZ Well-Known Member

    "Poor boy" trigger job for the Single Six is to remove the grips and removing one leg of the trigger spring from its post. If you get misfires, undo it.
  3. Drail

    Drail Well-Known Member

    If like most Single Sixes I have shot it will give much better accuracy with .22 WMR ammo because the bore dia. is sized for that round. .22 LR bullets will not be stabilized nearly well as the magnum rounds. But with .22 LR ammo it's still better than most shooters. My wife had one that was a tack driver with .22 WMR rounds out past 75 to 80 yards. She could hit a Coke can every time with that gun with mag rounds at 80 yards. With .22 LR maybe 1/3 of the time. I wish they would have produced a version of that gun just in .22 LR with the bore sized for it. Great plinkers. The "poor boy" unspringing will lighten the trigger slightly (and has no effect on primer strike) but does nothing for the terrible creep most Ruger single actions have. The only way to get a match trigger on any Ruger SA is to have the hammer and sear professionally setup and install an "extra power" mainspring to decrease the locktime. The stock Ruger mainspring is more than powerful enough to bang off primers forever but the its locktime is slow enough to allow the gun to move before the hammer has reached the firing pin. Hammer fall on a SA is very slow. Reducing the mainspring does not really give an "improvement" and actually makes it fll slower. I never really believed this until I installed an extra power mainspring in one of my Blackhawks and it didn't seem very much heavier but was much crisper and lighter and easier to hit with.
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2011
  4. lizziedog1

    lizziedog1 Well-Known Member

    I bought one recently but in .32 H&R magnum. I susally shoot .32 S&W longs out of it for plinking and practice. It is one of my more accurate handguns and one that I shoot pretty well with.
  5. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    IMHO, reduced mainsprings are a significant improvement but one that must always be accompanied by a reduction in friction. Slick up the action, install lighter springs and you will see no significant increase in locktime but a significant reduction in cocking effort as well as a lighter trigger. Most factory single actions are oversprung to guarantee reliability. The first thing I do to any new single action is to install lighter springs and stone the action if necessary. In over two dozen single action revolvers I never have any ignition problems and likewise, locktime is a non-issue.
  6. sixgunner455

    sixgunner455 Well-Known Member

    Got one myself a couple of weeks ago. Should have gotten one years ago. Too much fun!
  7. Prosser

    Prosser Well-Known Member

    Get a Paco Kelly 22lr tool, and size your bullets to .224" and get back to me.

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