1973 Ruger Single Six or 2019 Heritage RR

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  1. Jeb Stuart

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    Just curious, what is the value of the Ruger? I really do not think you are comparing apples to oranges. You say the Ruger is well worn? In what ways? Do you need parts etc. I had a buddy that had one and Ruger would not repair it. Said it was too old. Offered him half off any other gun they carry. I do not know much about old Rugers but again, would love to see a Blue book price of one. You can pick up a nice shooting Heritage anytime for around $140.00 so in that respect I would say go with the Ruger.
     
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  2. Jesse Heywood

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    I have a single six from the mid 80s. They will have to pry it from my cold, dead fingers. Unless I replace it with a first gen.
     
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    That's sort of like asking would you rather have a Sig or a Raven? lol

    I think even the staunchest defenders of the Rough Rider would opt for the Ruger.
     
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    A rough Rider is what you buy when you can't afford a Ruger. And yes, new Ruger Single Sixes are expensive. And worth every penny too. You will never have to buy another to replace it. It will still be working after you are long gone.
     
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  5. Jeb Stuart

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    Or just don't want to spend the money on something not used very often in the first place and yet still have a lot of fun and shooting times. I will take the $600.00 and put into a carry gun.
    I guess it depends on how much you use one.
     
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    ruger. and immediately send it to ruger to get it fixed.

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  7. Jeb Stuart

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    As I mentioned in a previously post. Ruger would not repair my Friends old Single Six. If that is your goal, I would call Ruger first and get facts before just purchasing a old gun. Contrary to what most folks think, Ruger does NOT have a lifetime warranty.
    As far as heirlooms go, I do not have anyone in my family that would be interested in one. Someone wants a heirloom Single Six from me after I am gone and just go buy their own. Who even knows if guns will be allowed to be owned down the road. .
    And as far as 22.cals go, I do use them for training, Training with my EDC guns. So a single Six is really of little use other than some occasional fun.
     
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    You haven't bought the Ruger yet?
     
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    I bought two used Single Sixes in the past few years that were "well-worn" but mechanically sound. Also a Super Blackhawk and a regular Blackhawk. All of them were obviously shot a lot before I got them. I don't remember how old the Single Sixes were. The two bigger ones were from the 1970's. They all shoot just fine. Ruger SA revolvers are sturdy. IMHO, it would take a lot of work to wear out a Single Six with 22lr ammo.

    My only regret regarding Ruger SA revolvers is buying one of them brand-new. I could have saved a couple of hundred bucks by getting a used one that would have shot just as well. Live and learn. :)
     
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    "The Bitterness of Poor Quality remains Long after the Sweetness of Low Price is Forgotten."

    Although this is not a true apples to apples comparison the Ruger Single-Six is by far the better gun. A true apple to apple comparison will be the Ruger Wrangle vs. Heritage Rough Rider. Since the Wrangler has not made it to dealers in any meaningful number that comparison is not possible.

    I would grab the Ruger without any hesitation.
     
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    I understand that reasoning fully. Its your choice and if thats what you choose then fine by me. But I have shot the snot out of my single sixes and even used one a couple of times in falling plate matches. And no I didn't win any trophies those days. The semi-auto guys left me in the dust. But I did clean all my plates and did it pretty fast too. Just not fast enough.:(

    I used to buy a lot of guns. I bought good quality guns and have sold a few recently. Health is limiting me one my woods walking these days. Heck its limiting a whole lot more than just a stroll on a trail. But every gun I have sold I made a profit on. You can't do that with bargain basement guns. I like to look at my guns. I really appreciate a quality gun in my hand.
     
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    I thought you bought the 1986 Bisley from your other thread, but I'm old and easily confused:confused:
     
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    I'm having the same trouble trying to decide whether to buy a used Rolex in perfect working condition, or get a watch out of one of those claw machines at the grocery store.
     
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    While your post IS funny.... it really does come down to whether you've got the $$$$ for the Rolex, or some quarters in your pocket. Each serves a purpose. While the Ruger isn't such a vast step as the Rolex, I doubt the HRR is also much a "claw machine" toy either. Know what you're buying and why.
     
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    A Rolex? What Grocery Store do you go to?
     
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    Not one that sells Rolex watches.

    Sorry if the post was a bit facetious.
    However if the prices were anywhere in the same ballpark, I would take an average condition used Single Six in working condition over two brand new Heritage RRs.
     
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    You just ante up to two "NEW" Heritage. Done, I will take the two New Heritage. Make one a Birds Eye. And then I can bring along a friend and have some fun. Which is what these guns are all about.
    While I do not shoot my Heritage often, Every time I see this pic. I want to get one.Love the short barrel.

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    Nothing wrong with having different opinions and likes friend.
    I will admit, that's the best looking RR I've seen.
     
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    It would be interesting to actually see the Pic of the Ruger. There is another forum where a poster was given a 1979 Single Six, because he never shot it much. That particular gun is downright beautiful. Looks brand New. A Picture is worth a thousand words.

    The gun below, may someday become a heirloom. Needless to say, I am proud of the gun. Not sure how younger generations will feel about cowboy guns down the road.

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    My first Single Six had a 4.62" barrel and was a convertible with the extra .22 Magnum cylinder. Got a holster and belt for it and use to carry it hiking in the back woods. It was nice and lightweight and was reasonably accurate. But over time I grew bored with single action revolvers in general and sold it.

    Along the way I became enamored with .22 semi-autos and passed on several other Single Sixes (one time at a gun show I had my choice between a limited edition Bisley .22 with a polished stainless steel grip frame or a similarly equipped Mk.II Target model; I went with the Mk.II).

    Was finally thinking about getting a new Single Six when an old friend gave me his as he was getting out of the trapping business and didn't have any other use for it. It looked pretty tired when I got it but it cleaned up nicely, found a like new pair of factory grips, and added a .22 Magnum cylinder to it.

    Kind of seems like I may have finally come full circle on my quest for another Single Six.

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    Ruger unless it has a bent barrel and the frame has been cut in half.
     
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    If the Ruger is "tight" as the OP states then it isn't "well worn".
     
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    Colt!

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    If you want something to own for the long haul and be proud you did, well.... here's my vote.
     
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