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Ruger Single Six

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Geoffkoop, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. Geoffkoop

    Geoffkoop Member

    I have always wanted one of these and just may get one. Im debating the 5.5 inch vs. 6.5 inch barrel. Is there much of an accuracy difference between the two?
  2. SwampWolf

    SwampWolf Well-Known Member

    Shouldn't be any intrinsic accuracy advantage between the two. Some find longer barrels easier to shoot accurately due to the increased sight radius-but this has nothing to do with the inherent accuracy of any firearm.
  3. Jesse Heywood

    Jesse Heywood Well-Known Member

    Either one will probably be more accurate than you or I can shoot. My 5.5" certainly is.
  4. hoghunting

    hoghunting Well-Known Member

    The 5.5" Single Six feels better balanced to me than the 6.5", but like the 6.5" in the Blackhawk. Don't think you'll notice any difference in accuracy between a 5.5" or 6.5" Single Six.
  5. evan price

    evan price Well-Known Member

    Won't really matter.
  6. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    I also prefer the balance and feel of the 5.5" barrel over the 6.5". The longer barrel just seems to be a little unwieldly to me. Either one though should serve you well as far as accuracy goes.
  7. critter

    critter Well-Known Member

    I recently got a super single six (.22/.22mag) which is stainless and mine has the 5.5" barrel. I like it as it is more pleasing to the eye (to me) and 'balanced' in both look and feel. It is also a real shooter! Get ya one!

    MYREDTAIL Well-Known Member

    I bought a Single six in the 6 1/2 " bbl & I love the balance on it, Hope to take some small game with it, like rabbit's, crow's & even fox's etc.
  9. Geoffkoop

    Geoffkoop Member

    The guy at the local shop showed me the new model with the warning stuff on the bottom of the barrell rather than the side. How long has Ruger had this change?
  10. oklahoma caveman

    oklahoma caveman Well-Known Member

    I have one with a 9.5". Now that thing is a shooter lol
  11. jhansman

    jhansman Well-Known Member

    I am about ready to order one of these in SS with a 5.5" bbl. I've been wanting a .22 revolver for some time now, and this looks to be the one.
  12. Geoffkoop

    Geoffkoop Member

    I just ordered mine on Friday from GB. Got the 5.5 Stainless as well. Such a cool .22!!!
  13. silverking

    silverking Well-Known Member

    I sold my single six awhile back. Now I want another. Gotta learn to keep what I already have!
  14. UpWind

    UpWind New Member

    The Single Six is a great revolver. I have the SS 5.5 in. barrel and have put Hogue grips on mine. It's accurate and has an excellent trigger. It's a great plinker that I've used to teach my kids the basics of trigger control and sight picture/sight alignment with. I field carry in an inexpensive Uncle Mike's holster. I use the .22 mag. cylinder for woodchucks and the LR for everything else. Good luck.
  15. kbbailey

    kbbailey Well-Known Member

    I have a 5 1/2" and a 4 5/8"......
    I choose the 4 5/8 every time.
  16. PapaG

    PapaG Well-Known Member

    I have a 6 1/2" convertible. When I got it about twenty years ago I was so impressed with the accuracy of when shooting lrs I put a scope on it. Until I got my Tracker 17, it was my most accurate handgun.
    The original magnum cylinder was a disappointment as it would only fire one or two out of six. Turns out it was counterbored too deep. I picked up another one and it works fine. Not as accurate as the lr cylinder but still fine.
    Shouldn't be any difference between the barrel lengths.
    The warning stuff and legalese has been on Rugers for a long time. I'd guess since the transfer bar thing in about 73.
  17. bergmen

    bergmen Member.

    I've had a Super Single Six since 1976 (first handgun) with the 6 1/2" barrel. It is still one of my favorite handguns. I think the difference between the 5 1/2" and 6 1/2" barrel is strictly a subjective, personal choice.

    Get both, then decide :D

  18. wankerjake

    wankerjake Well-Known Member

    I agree, I have the 6.5" stainless model and my brother has the 5.5" blued model. Mine looks sweeter, but his just feels better and I like shooting it more than I do my own.
  19. gdesloge

    gdesloge Well-Known Member

    There is a real weight difference between the stainless steel models and the blued models.

    The stainless models are heavier than the blued models. They are all steel, while the blued models have aluminum grip frames and aluminum ejector rod housings. It makes a difference on a relatively small gun.

    You should heft both types in both barrel lengths to see the difference.

    Someone else mentioned it, and you should at least consider the 4 5/8" model. It is really fun and as accurate as the others.


    P.S. The barrel is bored to accommodate the .22 WMR (Magnum), and that bullet is .224 inches in diameter. The .22LR is .222 inches in diameter, so some folks believe the accuracy to be better using the .22 WMR cartridges and cylinder.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2011
  20. sixgunner455

    sixgunner455 Well-Known Member

    I have a 4 5/8 SS convertible, in blue. It balances great, and is a nice weight. My 11yo loves shooting it.

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