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Ruger Security-Six 6-inch: In Love Again

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Confederate, Dec 18, 2016.

  1. Confederate

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    For the past few years I've been greatly favoring my shorter barrel Security-Sixes; however, a few days ago I packed the shorter 4-inch and 2.75-inchers away, deciding they might be distracting. I wanted to see just how attached I could get to the 6-inch model. (I also needed to work on the action as I had my 4-incher.)

    I'd completely forgotten how nice these guns were and wondered how many of you here use them on a regular basis, carry them hunting or use them outdoors? I'd been thinking about them with all the GP-100 posts and threads I'd seen here and elsewhere. It's bough back many memories of the first 6-inch model I bought back in 1978, I think. The reason I got it was mostly out of ignorance. Many gun hacks back then were claiming that you weren't really getting magnum velocities out of barrels less than six inches! I therefore sold my 4-inch S&W 13 (which I've always regretted) and bought a stainless steel Ruger Security-Six 6-inch, which was a purchase I, at the time, did not fully appreciate, especially with those skinny wood grips!

    Anyway, if you have any photos of yours, please post them.

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  2. bikerdoc

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    On the look out for one in 357, have one in 22 and it is a tack driver.
     
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  3. Jim in S.A.

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    I only have the one in four-inch, and it's one of my favorites, if not my most favorite handgun. Would love to find one like yours. What kind of grips are on that, do you know? I rather like them.
     
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  4. Hanshi

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    The Security Sixes are arguably the best dbl action holster revolvers Ruger ever produced. I carried a 4" stainless for years as a police officer. I also owned a couple of 6" ones. Sadly I no longer have them. I thought they'd be available forever and got left out in the cold. I mourn them.
     
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  5. Bayou52

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    Here's my 1979 Secutity Six with a 6" tube. It's got thousands upon thousands of rounds through it, but from the newish look and tight, crisp feel, one would never know.

    I changed out the factory grips since they were too small for comfort.

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    The Security Six next to its big brother, Chief Redhawk, also in 357:

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    Bayou
     
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  6. Confederate

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    Those are the standard wood grips sold back in the late 80s. The great thing about the 6-inch model is that you can carry it camping, hiking, fishing and hunting. It's as accurate and light as the S&W 66, but is much stronger. The GP-100s are way too heavy for my taste and the balance is horrendous. If I wanted a heavy competition magnum, I'd go for a S&W 686. As for an outdoor .357, all you can do now is get a Security-Six or S&W 66 used, or perhaps Taurus has something, but everything has lugs on the barrel now.

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  8. Confederate

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    Which one would would you rather take on the ol' trail? I love the S&W 686. It's a fine gun, especially the no-dash series. But I'm unhappy that S&W doesn't at least offer lighter models with no underlugs.

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    I wish S&W would reissue a reinforced 66 with a slightly larger cylinder and forcing cone.

    For most people, the 4-inch model will always be ideal, but at least I'd carry a 6-inch on occasion.
     
  9. bannockburn

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    Never had a 6" barreled Security Six; always preferred the handiness and balance of the 4" barrel. Your's look great! Thanks for sharing.
     
  10. Jim in S.A.

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    As the owner of hands that fall on the medium to small continuum, I replaced the target grips that came with mine. I tried a couple different brands, finally settling on the Hogue rubber monogrips. They worked fine until I did some .357 magnum shooting (as opposed to my usual .38 special). Then I found that at the rubber/backstrap junction, my palm would get pinched during recoil. So far, these Hogue hardwood grips seem to be doing the job, but that's why I was wondering about the grips.

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  11. DougW

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    I have never fired a 6" Security Six, but they seam to balance very well. I have a blue 1976 Security Six and a stainless 4" Service Six that I love. Always on the lookout for a 2.5" and a 6".
     
  12. Bayou52

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    Just curious - what's the general market value range these days of a 6" stainless Security Six in " very good" condition?

    Bayou
     
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    Not sure what a 6" stainless goes for these days but I've considered offering mine in trade for 3" speed six or security six, though I'm not sure if the latter actually came in 3" barrels.
     
  14. Shane in MT

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    I think there was a Security Six with 2.75" barrel, adjustable sights.


    The 6" looks like a great all-arounder.

    I've got a 4". A favorite with 38 Spl cases loaded with 170gr Keith SWC over 5.0 gr Unique.

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    I have had three six inchers and have allowed relatives to talk me out of all of them. Stuck now with a blue 2 3/4" and a stainless 1976 4". Always on the lookout for another 6.
    People are getting paranoid about Ruger not having parts but ebay shows enough to rebuild them time and again. Maybe I better stock up before they dry up.
     
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    They do actually. They've been selling them for a couple years now. The cylinder dimensions are the same, but the forcing cone has been beefed up.

    Avaliable in 4.2" and a 2.75" is soon to hot shelves.

    I might have to pick up one myself.
     
  17. 22-rimfire

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    Most everyone seems enamored with the Ruger Security Six and Speed Six. My first Ruger handgun was a Mark II. My first Ruger revolver was a 3" GP-100 which I like a lot. I since purchased a Redhawk and Super Red Hawk. The GP-100 convinced me that Ruger was a Tier 1 manufacturer. Prior to that purchase, it was always either S&W or Colt.
     
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    I have one in the safe I haven't shot in about 15 years. Based on all the comments I'll have to dust it off and get a feel for it again...
     
  19. Confederate

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    Yes, I've neglected my 6-incher over the years and have generally just grabbed my 4-incher on my trips to the range. And I also enjoy my 2.75-inch, but I've just sort of neglected my 6-inch and have kept it tucked in the safe. But I put up all the others and am now snapping and polishing it, hoping to improve the action. In so doing, I'm coming to appreciate the size, weight and power of the gun.

    Back in the 30s, when the 357 was developed, the Highway Patrol had been looking for a handgun caliber that packed more power than the anemic 38 Spc. The 38 caliber, back then, was centered on a large, lead round-nose bullet that frequently lacked the power to puncture tires or, from shorter barrels, to penetrate car bodies. So the 357 was just the ticket. But the gun that fired it was the large N-frames. Still, the HP was thrilled with it. The velocity of the bullets would blow out tires, penetrate the vehicles and back seats. Although I love those older revolvers, Bill Jordan, an old Louisiana Border Patrol officer, had the right idea by making them smaller and lighter, and this the Models 19/13/66/65 were rolled into production. Bill Ruger, it's said, designed the Security-Six from scratch using an extremely rugged solid-frame to beef it up for sustained use with full power loads.

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    That would have been a great ending to the story, but somewhere along the line corporate decisions were made, and when S&W beefed up its anemic 357 line, Ruger followed suit. And since Smith added underlugs (hoping to compete with the Colt Python), Ruger added underlugs to its line of revolvers. I don't remember if Bill Ruger was alive at the time, but I tend to doubt it. (I can't believe he would have approved of removing the steel grip from the frame.)

    Anyway, although I'm not happy with the newer design, I'll always have my older 6-series guns. Everyone else is on their own. And if you don't have one, I recommend you get one. And if you have one, don't get rid of it.
     
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    The GP100 came out in 1985. Bill Ruger passed away in 2004. Mr. Ruger led the redesign of the six-series revolvers that became the GP100 and SP101.
     
  21. Confederate

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    I'd really have liked to have asked him why he did what he did. It's never made sense. It's like cars. They're all too low in the front and have painted bumpers. Most people I know don't like them that way, but no one has a choice. If you don't like it, tough...buy a ten year old car and have it fixed up. Fortunately, there are plenty of Security-Sixes on the market. I know a lot of folks like their GPs, but they probably don't carry them out on the trail, or camping. And they ought to give people the option of carrying lightweight magnums. The 357 is such a great caliber that people really need it out in the wilderness. The GPs seem to be mainly target pistols.

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    In the late 70's and early 80's the guy with the Security Six, was the most envied at the range. It was mainly a revolver world at the time and the "Six" had a special cachet.
     
  23. Tallball

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    I love those wooden grips on the first couple of pictures. They look a lot like the eBay Thai grips that I've bought.
     
  24. revolversrbetter

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    I hike up in the Sierras frequently and carry my six inch stainless Security Six commonly. One snakeshot, two JSP, three hardcast!
     

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