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#3660039 - 01/09/10 01:17 PM Question - Ruger Single Six SS 22 LR Only!
VarmintGuy Offline
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Registered: 05/22/03
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Loc: SW Montana
Into my local pawn/sport shop yesterday came a minty little Ruger pistol.
I fought off the urge to buy it for 36 hours - but today I had to have it.
The pistol is one I could and still can not find reference to in my collection of "Blue Books" and a couple of other reference books.
My questions are:
#1: When was it made?
#2: Whats its value (I paid $200.00 cash and got a nice holster with it)?
#3: Is it safe to dry fire this pistol with no "snap-caps" in place?
Now for the description: its a stainless steel single action revolver with wooden (Walnut) grips, adjustable sights, 6 1/2" barrel, the nomenclature on the pistols says "Ruger New Model 22 Cal. Single-Six"!
It is NOT a "Convertible" Model at all - which is puzzling to me as most of these were "convertibles" - weren't they?.
In fact the frame area around the cylinder is NOT long enough to have a 22 Magnum shell fit in this area - let alone an even longer 22 Magnum cylinder. So the pistol was specifically made just for 22 L.R.!
The serial number is 62-736XX.
It does have a "transfer bar" which would date it after 1973 - IF, I am reading the literature I found correctly.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Hold into the wind
VarmintGuy

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#3661127 - 01/09/10 06:52 PM Re: Question - Ruger Single Six SS 22 LR Only! [Re: VarmintGuy]
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Registered: 05/26/06
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Hi,
I think at that cost you were obligated to buy the 22 no matter what.
Used average cost for a convertible ss would be $250-$300-ish. A little more where I now live in SoCal even for a blue model.
I didn't think they made a new model single six for 22 lr only except for the 22 Bisley and some more recent fixed sight models-but I don't know it all! Maybe for some special run they did this.... I do know they made a very few 4-5/8" stainless convertible models as well as a very few 9-1/2" bbl versions too.
Congrats on a good buy whether it is a convert or not.
Best-MC

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#3661182 - 01/09/10 07:12 PM Re: Question - Ruger Single Six SS 22 LR Only! [Re: VarmintGuy]
TwentyTwo Offline
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Registered: 02/12/04
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VarmintGuy:

1. I don't know when, after 1973, your revolver was made.

2. In the Kansas City Metro Area, that used revolver would sell today for about $400. You got a bargain and everyone who reads this thread has an obligation to be envious of your good fortune.

3. I don't know whether a Ruger rimfire revolver can be safely dry-fired without a snap cap or empty cartridge case. I always used fired cartridge cases in mine when I dry-fired it.

Yes, most stainless steel Ruger New Model .22 Caliber Single-Six
Revolvers were Convertible Models with interchangeable .22 Long Rifle and .22 Winchester Rimfire Magnum cylinders. When I bought mine in the mid-1970s, I was told that Ruger had made about 1,000 of those revolvers as .22 Long Rifle caliber only. I was also told that all such .22 Long Rifle revolvers had a small star or asterisk stamped on the bottom of the frame, just forward of the trigger guard. I don't recall that revolver's serial number, but it did have a 4 5/8 inch barrel and the frame sported that little asterisk. I sold the revolver in the mid-1980s, so my memory for relevant details is limited.

I don't remember the frame window's being too small for a .22 Magnum cylinder; its frame window seemed to be the same size as the frame window on each of its Convertible kin. I never thought to measure the frame window on my revolver. Of course that little Ruger .22 revolver shot more precisely than I could shoot then or can shoot now!

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#3661477 - 01/09/10 08:30 PM Re: Question - Ruger Single Six SS 22 LR Only! [Re: VarmintGuy]
RJM Offline
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Registered: 02/25/01
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Loc: Rochester, N.H. USA
I was interested in your statement that a .22 Magnum would not even fit in the frame window as I have one of the above mentioned "star" marked 4 5/8" stainless Single-Sixs that is a Long Rifle only gun....

Pulled the cylinder from a new Single-Six Hunter .22/.22 Magnum and the cylinder dropped right in the "star" marked gun...

You may want to ask over on the Ruger Forums...

Great buy on that gun...Bob
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#3661589 - 01/09/10 08:59 PM Re: Question - Ruger Single Six SS 22 LR Only! [Re: RJM]
VarmintGuy Offline
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Loc: SW Montana
RJM: I measured my stainless 22 L.R. cylinder and it came to 1.401" "long"!
Then I measured a Winchester 22 WMR cartridge I have at my house and it came to 1.382"!
Or a difference of only 0.019".
Then I measured the case head recess in the 22 L.R. cylinder and it was 0.040" deep! So if this pistol had a 22 Magnum cylinder ever and the cylinder was 0.040" recessed the cylinder could NOT rotate as the bullets would be sticking out the end of the cylinder and they would come in contact with the barrel before it would be aligned with the bore - would they not?
The cartridge I used at the store for comparison was a "polymer-tipped" 22 WRM cartridge and it was longer - I am sure - than the cartridge I have at home which has a hollow-point flat tipped bullet.
Thank you for the insight and tip on the Ruger Forum, Bob!
Could I trouble you to measure the cylinder on your "starred" pistol?
My frame has no star that I can find?
Thanks again.
Hold into the wind
VarmintGuy

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#3661615 - 01/09/10 09:10 PM Re: Question - Ruger Single Six SS 22 LR Only! [Re: TwentyTwo]
VarmintGuy Offline
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Registered: 05/22/03
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TwentyTwo: I searched for an asterisk everywhere I could see but none was found on my pistol.
I very much appreciate your insights.
I even found a passage in the Single Action New Models section, that I had missed previously - its in one of my Blue Books.
Its as follows: "During certain years of the New Model manufacture, Rugers' changes in production on certain models (calibers, barrel markings, barrel lengths etc) have created RARE variations that are now considered "premium niches". These areas of low manufacture will add premiums to the values listed on standard models.
Thanks again for the insights and information.
Hold into the wind
VarmintGuy

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#3661640 - 01/09/10 09:19 PM Re: Question - Ruger Single Six SS 22 LR Only! [Re: runninmike]
VarmintGuy Offline
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Runnimike: This pistol has very nice ADJUSTABLE sights on it.
It is definitely not of Bisley design that I can discern.
By the way the sights are pure black - both the front and rear sights.
This pistol does have the "transfer bar" and that is what ages it in my un-learned mind at or after 1973 - I have seen several references in Ruger information as when this change occurred.
No warning on the barrel just: STURM RUGER & CO. INC. - SOUTHPORT, CONN. U.S.A.
Thanks again for the help.
Hold into the wind
VarmintGuy

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#3661939 - 01/10/10 05:31 AM Re: Question - Ruger Single Six SS 22 LR Only! [Re: VarmintGuy]
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Registered: 09/29/06
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I have dry fired all my ruger revolvers extensively and have never ever encountered a problem. I believe some .22lr rifles may have issues with extensive dry firing.

I wouldn't make it a practice to simply sit there and dry fire thousands of times, but to orient yourself with the trigger pull and practice some dry firing, I can't believe you would experience a problem with a Ruger revolver.

Dan
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#3662340 - 01/10/10 08:12 AM Re: Question - Ruger Single Six SS 22 LR Only! [Re: Dan_Chamberlain]
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Registered: 05/23/03
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VG, Ruger did (and still does) modify Old Model revolvers to use a transfer bar system. They do it for free, and return all the original parts so the gun can be returned to original condition for collectors.

So it is possible you have a converted Old Model - without the parts bag. The key is whether it has two pins or three screws in the frame. Three screws (heads on the right side) makes it an OM, converted.

Edit to add: My converted OM's cylinders (both) are 1.404"


Edited by RockyRaab (01/10/10 08:20 AM)
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#3662366 - 01/10/10 08:17 AM Re: Question - Ruger Single Six SS 22 LR Only! [Re: VarmintGuy]
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Originally Posted By: VarmintGuy

, the nomenclature on the pistols says "Ruger New Model 22 Cal. Single-Six"!
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