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I'm looking for a 22 mag. revolver and had thought about a Taurus 941 until I started getting some bad reports about the gun and the Taurus customer service. So still wanting a revolver in 22 mag, the Ruger Single Six Convertible looks like a pretty good candidate, and since I can shoot 22 LR in addition to the 22 mag. it seems it would match up well with my 39A and my 57M.

So what do you handgunners think of the Ruger? I'm not much into handguns, I do have a Taurus 357 mag. that is over 20 years old and has given me great service which is why I originally leaned toward the Taurus, and the fact that the 941 is 8 shots. But I like the idea of the convertible Ruger, and if it gives good service and is relatively accurate and trouble free, I'm leaning that way.

How is the accuracy of the 22 mag. vs the 22 LR. This will be used for plinking, small game hunting along with my 39A, and 57M, and also I think the 22 mag would be useful as a home defense weapon that my wife should be able to shoot. She won't shoot my 357 or my 9MM.

I'm looking at the 5.5" barrel in stainless, so what do you think?
 

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Halwg,

The SS is a terrific gun with all the good features of the Blackhawks. It is accurate, easy to clean and the accuracy is very close to the .22LR. No down side for me. I really like mine and the 5.5 is a great barrel size.

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Thanks, John. It looks like a neat little gun that would go great in a nice leather holster.
 

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I second John's positive comments for the Single Six.



Mine is a joy to carry and shoot and the 22LR/22WMR option is nice.

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They are great guns you'll love it.
 

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JW said:
They are great guns you'll love it.
It's sounding better all the time.
 

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Hal,

I have a Single Six and love it. I put a scope on it and do pretty well with it with 22LR. I have never tired 22 mag scoped. It is a good dependable gun that I have never had problems with.

Unless you buy a S&W in 22 mag I don't think you can do better.

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As much as I like S&W's, the Ruger Single Six Convertible is an excellent choice for the needs you described.

I purchased a 5.5" stainless SS for my wife many years ago and she found it accurate, easy to shoot, and liked it very much...so much, she frequently outshot me! ::)



She/we shot the little revolver as a .22 far more that a .22 magnum but it was quite accurate with either cylinder installed. It would do an honest inch at 25 yards from a rest with it's favorite brand of .22 long rifles. The .22 mag was not far behind...I remember many 1.5 to 1.75" groups.

We handgun squirrel hunted togethor at times, or frequently wandered the woods near our cottage thining out the red squirrel and chipmunk population, and she was deadly with that Ruger. I put a touch of orange paint on the front blade so she could pick it up better in the shadows.

It was also the first handgun my daughters learned to shoot as the single action grip frame was a good fit for their small hands. It proved to be an excellent training tool, first with CB Longs, later with HVLR's.



These revolvers do change personality quite dramatically with a switch to the .22 mag cylinder. Althought recoil is not much different, the muzzel blast is significantly greater and hearing protection is mandatory. I found little benefit in the .22 mag over the high velocity long rifles for the small game we pursued, but the magnum has a decided edge on game the size of coyote, and can't be counted out as a self-defense round for the recoil shy.

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I bought a new one about 1980...5 1/2" Stainless,22lr and 22mag cylinders. Mine has worked flawlessly for goin on 30yrs.Excellent sights,mine are adjustable(factory). There are some with fixed sights. I converted mine to a bisley...Mike
 

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I bought mine as soon as they were available in stainless. (Whenever that was) Used It A lot **** hunting and such. Never had A moments problem out of it. Still looks great after all it's been through.
 

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I guess I'll be the voice of dissent. :p

The second pistol I ever bought was a NIB 5.5" stainless Single-Six when I was stationed in Colorado in 1987. I had very high expectations for it (my previous purchase being my trusty Browning Buckmark, so the bar was pretty high... and the fact it was $70 MORE than the Buckmark.) Although it was a fun and very dependable pistol, it soon proved itself to be woefully inaccurate. It shot so high I bottomed out the rear sight; finally I just removed it completely and either used the groove in the frame or just hip shot it. On paper, we are talking 6" at 25'. I went through a fair amount of different ammo trying to find The One, but never got there. Accuracy with Magnums was about the same.

Once I moved back to Ohio it got placed on the back shelf where it gathered dust until I traded it off for an AMT .380 Backup.

Looking back through my records, I bought it 31OCT87... Halloween. So maybe I got the 'trick' that day. :p It certainly wasn't the 'treat' the Buckmark was....
 

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Demonically possessed! :eek:

Roe
Well, the AMT that I traded it in for cracked the slide under the ejection port after about 100 rounds... so it, too, went off to the gun show in 2002.
 

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Well, you can always get a lemon with just about anything. But I'm getting many more good reports on this gun than I was on the 941. As matter of fact, I didn't get any good reports on the 941. So I'm going to start looking for the Ruger. (Hopefully I can believe folks who are Green Bay Packers fans. I know how they exaggerate the the proficiency of their team! ;D. Go STEELERS!).
 

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Hal, I have no issues with the Ruger S-6 if that's what you want to get for her, but with one caveat. I would NOT consider it a self-defense gun against anything but rabid chipmunks, and those little suckers can be hard to hit, they're small and fast. On a person of ANY size who is stupid, drunk and/or determined enough to be a threat in your own home, I'd recommend a 20-gauge shotgun for SWMBO, at the very least. a 22 single-action is not only under-powered, it's incredibly slow to reload.

For plinking, small game hunting, or target work, the S-6 would be an excellent choice. But keep an eye out for rabid chipmunks. They're sneaky, too! :eek:
 

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Hey Hal...I bought my dad one back in 1973, blue, and he used it until he died back in 2001. He only used the 22LR cylinder. When I brought it home to Utah, I put in the 22 mag cylinder. Awesome, it is accurate and hits hard. I like the CCI MaxiMags out of it. A 22mag in a pistol hits about as hard as a 2lr out of a rifle...great for small game (head shots) and coyotes. Go for it,,,and forget the Taurus, been there, done that..it's "Scottish Doo Doo" (Crrrap!)
 

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I think I'll check with my FFL dealer and see if he can get me a price for one.
 

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Bought mine about twenty three or four years ago. Love it.
Open sights, 5 1/2 ' group with bulk ammo. Its much more accurate than me.
22 Mag cylinder and it goes hunting with me.
CF
 

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Hello,

I do not have a stainless steel one but I do own a blued one.

ALL of mine were/are very accurate. They are sweet shooters. I shoot s/a revolvers the most now and I can shoot them as well as d/a revolvers. I can load them pretty fast even with my arthritic hands but I shoot them the Most so I have experience with these and Ruger Blackhawk s/a revolvers as much if not more now than my former S&W d/a revolvers and the Smith and Wesson Model 686 that I gave to my husband but still use on and off.

I have a blued version with black grips now - 6.5 inch barrel. Great gun!

I have owned another one - Ruger Super Single Six (22LR/22WMR) - the same as my new one only it had the wood grips on it. You can buy various grips for these guns too.

Another nice one like this is the Ruger 'BISLEY' in 22LR only. I do not think that they make this model anymore but as an 'example' to you... that GUN was super accurate too.

I rarely shoot 22WMR. I did/do shoot 22LR the most in both of my former and present Ruger Super Single s/a revolvers.

All of my Ruger s/a revolvers were the 'new model' versions and were bought after 1998.

They do NOT lose their value either - at least not in MY situation. I never lost money when I sold a gun anyway. When I did downsize on purpose with selling and gifting firearms... the ONE handgun that I kept in my personal collection (Not gifted or sold.) was my Ruger Super Single Six with the black grips, 6.5 inch barrel and it is a few years old now. I open carry it with my Triple K leather, western belt/holster as I do/did with a couple of Blackhawks in 45Colt and 357Magnum.

My own husband, Montana Man, said that IF I ever did want to sell or gift the above gun... it was going to him. He has shot this gun as he did my other ones... straight shooters! My late husband was a semi automatic pistol loving man but he even loved my Ruger Super Single Six!

This is one of a few guns that I ALWAYS keep loaded and ready to use in my town home now. I always kept this model of a gun loaded in my former, big, brick house, back east - in the country, up in my Montana mountain cabin, in my former Coleman pop up camper in Montana, HERE in my home now while my new home is being built. IT will serve the same purpose as a few other firearms when I get moved INTO the new home too.

I consider my Marlin Golden 39A my #1 TOP GUN - rifle. I consider a Ruger Super Single Six - my top handgun.

Best wishes to your wife.

Catherine
 
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