Ruger Security Six

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  1. Charlie Martinez

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    In the 70's when my friends and I reached age where we could buy & own guns the Security Six was the most affordable of the high quality DA 357 Magnum revolvers in the market. Almost all my friends bought one except me because I lucked into a near new Colt Python at a rock bottom price that I simply could not pass up.
    To this day every one of them still has their Security Six & have no intention of parting with it.
    You have a very good gun
     
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  2. golden

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    Goldengirl,

    I have several of the RUGER Six family and they are my favorite .357 magnum revolvers. They are strong, reliable and accurate. If you are going to shoot magnum ammo in it, I would recommend swapping the wooden grips with rubber ones like the HOGUE or PACHMAYR. If you are going to use if for self defense, then the HKS M size speedloaders are the ones to use.

    Overall, these have become my favorite revolvers whether shooting .38 Special ammo at the range or .357 magnums for concealed carry or a car gun.

    Jim
     
  3. stonebuster

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    Welcome The Security, Service and Speed Sixes are well built and highly thought of by many. Your does look older judging by the round recoil shield(vs.scalloped) and the slope of the top of grip/frame. (like WisBorn's ) That would make it, what collectors call a "Low back" and be @ before 1980. Yours looks very nice for 40+ years old. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do my six series guns.
     
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    It may like magnums but the grip and my hand configuration does not.
     
  5. MCFLYFYTER

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    I shot 357's in mine once, and it was ridiculous. I had to slip a pinky under the grip to maintain somewhat of a grip. It was nearly impossible to shoot 3 rounds without regripping.
     
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  6. shoebox1.1

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    All this “six” talk got me to scour the pawn shops. Found a 6 inch security in good shape for 599.00. I want a 4 inch police six but the security was cool!!
     
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  7. stonebuster

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    I also found the walnut stocks on my Speed Sixes are nice to look at but don't give me good control firing. I found NIB "old stock" Pachmayr compact Presentation grips that allows me a firm grip. IMG_0954 (2).JPG
     
  8. Walkalong

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  9. NIGHTLORD40K

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    The small, factory service grips are pretty terrible when shooting magnums- the "Big Grips" i.e. Target grips are much better, but certainly arent for everyone as they are quite thick through the palm swell.
     
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    Welcome to THR. If you're ruger folk , you're good in my book!
     
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  11. MCFLYFYTER

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    Mine really isn't safe to shoot anymore, so its unusable grips are kind of fitting. But yes, I have the big grip on my alaskan, and it tames the 44mag a lot.
     
  12. Tallball

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    Yes, Welcome!

    "If you're Ruger folk, you're good in my book!"

    Me too. On the one hand, I don't consider myself Ruger folk. On the other, I own more of them than anything else. :)
     
  13. Sneakshot92

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    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I had a security six for 3 days once.. Shot it a bunch and absolutely loved it! If not for a cousin with deeper pockets she'd still be mine.
    Paid $450 and she left me for $700. I still regret it every time I think of her.. :(
     
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    Anybody have a set of low back (<151 prefix) grips (like the OPs, Wisborns or Mcflyfyters) for sale?
     
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  15. GoldenGirl

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    Thanks for the support and stories everyone! I love seeing all the different pictures! This is only the second gun I own, so I’m glad that it sounds like I got a good one! I looked a little closer at the gun and its serial number starts with 150, so it must be an older one.

    We took it out shooting this past weekend and so far, I really enjoy the wood grips. But I do have smaller hands, so maybe that’s why they are more comfortable to me than others. The 357 magnums aren’t too bad out of it, but I do enjoy shooting 38 special a little more
     
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  16. Armybrat

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    Six Series is the best all around .357 DA 6-shot, IMO.
    Not as refined as the Smith M19 of course. But a more rugged field gun..... again, IMO.

    Bought my Service Six new in 1975....

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    Recoil is all perception. To someone who shoots a lot of 500 magnum, 44 magnum feels light. To a 44 magnum shooter, the 357 (from a properly sized gun) is light. To the 22lr shooter, a 357 is an unmanageable cannon.
    Work with it some and if you get a feeling like you want to try handloading , try it. Handloading is what makes revolvers all that they can be, mild to wild and everything in between . if you want to get the most out of your (our) pastime , find a loading (commercial or home rolled) that you and your gun both like and you'll find your gun much more enjoyable . but above all else, shoot - as much as your budget and schedule allow. Hang around this forum and you'll find the friendliest and most knowledgeable people alive on earth .
    Good luck.
     
  18. Bush Pilot

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    Welcome GG! I just purchased a mint 4" stainless Security Six last week, I needed it like a hole in the head. I honestly don't know how many I already own.
     
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    IMG_5511.jpg Our Police Service Six in .357 mag. For this and her other Six series revolvers I load a Win. 158 gr.JHP on top of 7.0 grs. of Unique in mag cases and a Win. 125 gr. JHP on top of 7.6 grs of Unique in mag cases. Both loads are more than .38 Spl +P+ but less than moderate .357 mag loads.
     
  21. OrangePwrx9

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    I've got two; a 4 inch SS version that I bought new 40 years ago, and a 2-3/4" SS version I bought used about 7 years ago. Bought the 4 incher at a bicycle shop in Liverpool, NY that had a few guns on display. Think I paid $228 for it.

    Only other handgun I had at the time was a 6" Python I had bought new a few years prior. Was shooting the Python a lot, but gradually found I could do better with the Sec. Six, especially double action. The sound/feel of the cylinder bolt dropping into its slot prior to hammer fall allowed me to 'stage' each shot DA. Couldn't do that with the Python.

    Even without staging, the Six was every bit as accurate as the Python. It also shot .38 Spcl wadcutters to the same POI as 125 gr. Full power magnums.
     
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  22. silvermane_1

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    Looks like mine, except mine has hogue wood aftermarket grips and it's a bi-centennial model.
     
  23. Dave Markowitz

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    GoldenGirl, welcome to THR.

    I don't have a Security Six, I have it's someone plainer sibling, a Police Service Six. I bought it used sometime in the past 15 - 20 years. It came with Pachmayr Presentation grips that covered the backstop, and we too large for my hands. Last year I found some NOS Sile target stocks on eBay and now it fits my hand much better. Since I generally don't shoot anything warmer than .38 Special +Ps, they are fine.

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    This tanker holster that was intended for S&W K-Frames fits the Ruger just fine. (I've since removed the cartridge slide from the strap.)

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    What about them was more costly to produce?
     
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