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Old December 14th, 2015, 04:35 PM   #16
 
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I do believe I had Gallagher do this one. He's done a few for me, including a brass Bisley frame. All been top notch.



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Ok just what I am looking for. Do you favor a specific barrel length more than another in the single six? Or what's your favorite
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Wow this so far has been a outstanding & very interesting thread some great pictures guys gotta luv a Ruger Bisley SS!!!
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NCG, Looks like I need to take a new and better picture of my S-S Bisley. The current picture doesn't do the gun justice .... the grips are much like yours and so is the bluing. Jealousy here!! I am glad you posted your picture because your Bisley has a fixed rear sight and a slightly different front sight .... which may give johnfland a bit more to think about.

One question though .... I have never seen a Single-Six Bisley with a fluted cylinder and no roll mark. I know with Ruger ... never say never but it would appear your cylinder may not be factory original. One way to tell is to look at the front cylinder face and see if the last 3-digits of the S/N are electric penciled in. Not that it makes any difference .... but curious minds want to know!
Oh, it's all original, serial number and all. I did some research and this version, the RB-22 is the scarcest factory version, though there were some special runs that are slightly less common. Check out this post on another forum.

Not to rub it in, but found mine, NIB, at an estate auction and none of the other bidders had a clue as to what it was. Got it for $320.

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Your Ruger Bisley Single Six with fluted cylinder, drift adjustable rear sight, small patridge front sight and 6 1/2" barrel - catalog # RB22 (Model #0630).

If your box still has the end label, both of those numbers should be on it.

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Thanks, Jim. Just the RB-22, no 0630.
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Is the information on John Gallagher's website current? or anybody use his services lately?

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This contact information was good last August:

John Gallagher - Gallagher Firearms Inc.
(205) 384-5229
3923 Bird Farm Road
Jasper, Alabama 35503
johngallagher1@bellsouth.net
http://www.gallagherfirearms.com


Scroll to the bottom of this link to see examples of his work:
Gunsmith recommendation for Bisley conversion
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BTW, last week I called Ruger and asked if they had any Single Six Bisley hammers, preferably a stainless steel #KBR04000B. I was told (quite surprisingly) that they ONLY make stainless now, and it looked like some were available in their system but not yet off the production floor and in shipping. I ordered one, will keep everyone posted on progress.
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Thanks for the information. Looks like some smiths are booked pretty far out. I will wait a bit and see if John Gallagher gets back with me.
Has anyone used Jeff Ault from Munden's?
John is that the complete list for parts needed you have listed I assume a change in springs is needed as well?

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ok John got back with me and to him it goes

John where did you get the Bisley grips with the 22 hunter puck?

Thanks

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BTW, last week I called Ruger and asked if they had any Single Six Bisley hammers, preferably a stainless steel #KBR04000B. I was told (quite surprisingly) that they ONLY make stainless now, and it looked like some were available in their system but not yet off the production floor and in shipping. I ordered one, will keep everyone posted on progress.


Did they happen to give you a part # the guy I spoke to said that number you have listed is no good as a part number?
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Did they happen to give you a part # the guy I spoke to said that number you have listed is no good as a part number?
Joe --

To the best of my knowledge (and I researched this a lot -- I've had John Gallagher convert 2 Blackhawks to Bisley grip frames based on the same parts list, except for the hammer), the following are the parts you need for converting a Single Six to a Bisley grip frame (all were available from Midway except as noted):
  • Ruger KBR00301 Ruger Grip Frame Bisley Vaquero Stainless Steel
  • Ruger KBR01801 Ruger Grip Frame Screw Back Hex Head Bisley Vaquero Stainless Steel (have two per set) [Brownells]
  • Ruger KBR04000B Ruger Hammer Assembly Bisley Stainless Steel (small frame or Single Six)
  • Ruger KBR03901 Ruger Trigger Bisley Vaquero Stainless Steel
  • Ruger KXR03401 Ruger Trigger Pivot Pin Blackhawk, Super Blackhawk, Vaquero, Bisley Vaquero, Single 6 Stainless Steel
  • Ruger KXR01400 Ruger Grip Dowel Blackhawk, Super Blackhawk, Bisley, Vaquero, Bisley Vaquero, Single 6, Single Six Bisley
  • Ruger KXR06300 Ruger Trigger Spring Retaining Pin Blackhawk, Super Blackhawk, Bisley, Vaquero, Bisley Vaquero, Single 6, Single 6 Bisley

NOTE that when I bought the Bisley Grip Frame from Midway, it *came* with the Grip Dowel and Trigger Spring Retaining Pin installed, so you may not want to order those until you see your grip frame (but those parts don't cost much, I donated my "spares" to Gallagher).

As far as the CS at Ruger -- make sure you are talking to the group in New Hampshire regarding revolvers (and ShopRuger.com will not help). I have no reason to believe that the woman I talked to wasn't ordering the correct part (KBR04000B) that I specified (and I described it as a Bisley hammer for a Single Six). See also this thread (scroll down) about a few other folks ordering and receiving the KBR04000B part: Single-Six .22 Bisley conversion | Single-Actions

I'll let you know if I in fact receive the correct part.

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ok John got back with me and to him it goes

John where did you get the Bisley grips with the 22 hunter puck?

Thanks

Joe
I have standard Ruger grips from ShopRuger.com on my Blackhawks. The picture of the gun with the 22 hunter puck was from BlkHawk73.

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I have most of it ordered from Brownells except for the hammer and trigger spring pin I will try again after the holiday

Sorry about the grip mix up

So BLKHawk73 where did you get your 22 hunter bisley grip

Thanks for the help so far


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BTW, last week I called Ruger and asked if they had any Single Six Bisley hammers, preferably a stainless steel #KBR04000B. I was told (quite surprisingly) that they ONLY make stainless now, and it looked like some were available in their system but not yet off the production floor and in shipping. I ordered one, will keep everyone posted on progress.
I don't have a lot of confidence in the guy that I talked to today so I'm going to call back tomorrow, but he couldn't pull up that part number in their system.

Ruger has swapped to all stainless hammers in all of their single actions, so it doesn't surprise me that they're only offering the KBR stainless version now, but it must not be well publicized at Ruger that they're making a batch - if they are.
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