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The long way around the barn.

Postby Gunny268 » 23 Jun 2022 10:31

I wanted a Ruger Single Six 22lr. Daughter has mine for the summer. For the grand daughters to shoot at their range in Florida. So, I bought this off GB.
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Turns out it's a 22WMR. Even the seller didn't know. I can live with that. I've got about 700 rounds and that should last till fall (when I should be getting my 22lr back - I think). Removed the scope mount and installed a Ruger rear sight assembly. Shot it on my range and every round went 8" high at 25 yds. Even with the rear sight bottomed out. OK, need a taller front sight. Sigh, OK, I can do that. So, the work begins...
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Re: The long way around the barn.

Postby Gunny268 » 23 Jun 2022 10:34

Turned out pretty good. Even added a Ruger Birdshead Grip Frame (stainless was all I had on hand, but OK).
Shoots cloverleafs at 25 yds. NOW I can be happy.
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Re: The long way around the barn.

Postby Mad Trapper » 23 Jun 2022 12:25

that came out real good Gunny.
Wonder how it would do if you got a 22lr cylinder from ruger?
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Re: The long way around the barn.

Postby Arroyoshark » 23 Jun 2022 12:30

Very nice work !

Have to say, tho, I’ve not understood the functional utility of birds head style single action grip frames, especially on longer barreled six guns.
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Re: The long way around the barn.

Postby Sarge » 24 Jun 2022 05:53

Good work on the sight.
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Re: The long way around the barn.

Postby GasGuzzler » 24 Jun 2022 06:20

Ruger will want the gun back to fit an LR cylinder. That's not necessary. You can do that yourself...and an LR cylinder off eBay, etc. will be a lot less than a WMR cylinder or using WMR ammo all summer. I bought most of my WMR stash for $0.25 per round and the LR was $0.04 so it wouldn't take long to pay for a cylinder, especially since those prices likely no longer exist. I fit a 9X19 cylinder to my Blackhawk and a WMR cylinder to an OMSS I used to have.

This is the only Single Six I have right now...1965 RSSM

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Re: The long way around the barn.

Postby Gunny268 » 24 Jun 2022 11:27

GG, excellent suggestion. Finding and fitting a 22lr cylinder is do-able. I'm willing to give it a go. (Because I've got about 9,000 rnds of 22lr vs 700 rnds of 22WMR.) Though I am concerned about end shake and barrel/cylinder gap.

ARROYOSHARK, for me...the birdshead grip fits my small hand better than the plowhandle. The flare of the base of the plowhandle grip just doesn't work well for me in getting a natural point of aim. The birdshead grip just works much better. The barrel is the standard 5 1/2" length and with the stainless-steel grip frame, though on the weighted side, the balance is acceptable.

And speaking of birdshead grips on a long-barreled revolver...introducing My Ruger Bisley .45 Colt that pairs very well with my Rossi M92, also in 45 Colt.
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Re: The long way around the barn.

Postby Arroyoshark » 26 Jun 2022 23:31

okay, got it. I hadn't thought of all possibilities. Your bisley conversion looks very well done. Appears you did real nice job "carving" the original Ruger bisley grip frame to fit your needs, and the proof of how it handles for you is in the small cluster of bullet holes in the target. Good work !
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Re: The long way around the barn.

Postby Arroyoshark » 27 Jun 2022 19:10

GasGuzzler wrote:Ruger will want the gun back to fit an LR cylinder. That's not necessary. You can do that yourself...and an LR cylinder off eBay, etc. will be a lot less than a WMR cylinder or using WMR ammo all summer. I bought most of my WMR stash for $0.25 per round and the LR was $0.04 so it wouldn't take long to pay for a cylinder, especially since those prices likely no longer exist. I fit a 9X19 cylinder to my Blackhawk and a WMR cylinder to an OMSS I used to have.

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Nice. I use a 1968 version of same; no box, little plainer wood grips, but it's a shooter. Traded to me from a dear friend who has since passed. Taken several spruce grouse in September with it over the years.
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Re: The long way around the barn.

Postby GasGuzzler » 28 Jun 2022 06:14

Arroyoshark wrote:Nice. I use a 1968 version of same; no box, little plainer wood grips, but it's a shooter. Traded to me from a dear friend who has since passed. Taken several spruce grouse in September with it over the years.


I traded a 5.5" RSSW from 1965 and $50 for this one.

The real truth is I found this one for a cheaper than it was worth price, bought it, then sold my other for a little more than it was worth in a matter of minutes. Different people so technically not a trade.
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