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Old May 15th, 2017, 11:34 AM   #1
 
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My latest acquisition...

My latest addition to my Ruger collection.

My uncle had one of these when I was just a tot and I cut my teeth on it!

And just a mere 57 years later I have one of my own.

(the photo below has been edited to show the proper barrel length and box information)





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Old May 15th, 2017, 12:36 PM   #2
 
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Nice find, congratulations on the one that started our obsession over Rugers.
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Question

According to what I know about measuring pistol barrel lengths, this pistol has a 6" barrel, NOT the 4-3/4" length that is shown on the tattered box!

I now believe that this box is not the original for this pistol.


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Hossbreed44, The top pistol in your photos is a RST6 (6" barrel) and the bottom is a RST4 (4 3/4" barrel). BTW the official BATFE way to measure barrel length in all but a revolver is .... push a cleaning rod down the bore until it contacts the breech face. Mark the rod at the end of the muzzle then remove the rod and measure from the mark to the end. For revolvers, measure from the muzzle to the front face of the cylinder. The concept being .... revolvers lose pressure and velocity because of the B/C gap. In theory, if pistol with a X" barrel length and a revolver with an X" barrel length both fire the same cartridge, velocity will be close to equal.

Serial number 33-90020 is for a New Model 357 Mag Blackhawk, made in 1979 so it is obviously the wrong serial number for a RST4 box and not the right box for your RST6. Most cardboard boxes that Ruger used had the serial number marked with a white china marker .... looking just like the marking on your box.

Lonnie In Colorado, Good point .... even though it is a single action pistol. I'll move the thread to the proper forum.
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Hossbreed44, The top pistol in your photos is a RST6 (6" barrel) and the bottom is a RST4 (4 3/4" barrel). BTW the official BATFE way to measure barrel length in all but a revolver is .... push a cleaning rod down the bore until it contacts the breech face. Mark the rod at the end of the muzzle then remove the rod and measure from the mark to the end. For revolvers, measure from the muzzle to the front face of the cylinder. The concept being .... revolvers lose pressure and velocity because of the B/C gap. In theory, if pistol with a X" barrel length and a revolver with an X" barrel length both fire the same cartridge, velocity will be close to equal.

Serial number 33-90020 is for a New Model 357 Mag Blackhawk, made in 1979 so it is obviously the wrong serial number for a RST4 box and not the right box for your RST6. Most cardboard boxes that Ruger used had the serial number marked with a white china marker .... looking just like the marking on your box.

Lonnie In Colorado, Good point .... even though it is a single action pistol. I'll move the thread to the proper forum.
Thanks Gary.

I'm gonna toss the box...
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Congrats on your find!!
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Ditch the box and just go out and shoot it! Nice find.

What did you pay for it? My LGS has one for $200 or so (same yr as yours 1978) and he would prob give me a better deal. Wasn't sure if I really wanted it, I have a Mark I, II, III, and IIIlite. It wouldn't see much light of day from the safe. He's arguing with me that I'm a collector whether I call myself one or not. I said I'm just a shooter. It became quite the existential argument over a Ruger!
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I have the same pistol, RST6, bought new in 1976. Still shoot it today and it looks new. Sent it back to Ruger a few years ago when it got to where it would jam with almost all ammo. They replaced the ejector (I had previously replaced the extractor) and it now will shoot anything. I did put adjustable sights on it in the late 80s.
I now own a Mark IV Competition and must say the old one shoots as good as the new one, in fact the trigger is better! Maybe in a few dozen years the new will break in.
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Hossbreed44, The top pistol in your photos is a RST6 (6" barrel) and the bottom is a RST4 (4 3/4" barrel).
The bottom gun is NOT a 4-3/4" gun as the tape measure is in the wrong place . . . at least it is at 10:34 AM EDTon Tuesday, May 16.


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I'm gonna toss the box...
Hoss, SOMEBODY out there wants that poor old box. Why don'cha say "First 'I want it' post gets it for postage"?

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