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Single Six vs. Heritage Rough Rider

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Old February 17th, 2010, 03:49 PM   #16
 
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I have never owned a Rough Rider but do own a Single Six that I bought used over 10 years ago and do really enjoy shooting it. It is a convertable model and has the .22 Mag.cylinder too. That feature I don't use however 'cause that ammo is too costly.



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Old February 17th, 2010, 04:00 PM   #17
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the heritage is well worth the money it costs. but the ruger is well worth the extra money it costs.
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Howdy All:

My uncle had the Rough Rider......Shoots well & was all good till I tried a Ruger Single Six........Money was tight right out of the Army, so bought the Rough Rider, just to have a shooter.....

Had it for a few years & one day a guy at the target area wanted to know if I would be willing to trade it? So asked what he had to offer, it was a Real Ruger, said it wasn't exactly what he wanted & was told the RR was a better iron......So the first thing I did was pinch myself.......Corse then I had to ask if it was legal obtained, as I have trades for shooters that were stollen .......He said it was as he bought it & had the reciept in the box...So I sapose all parties were really happy as he got the shooter he wanted & so did I...........

Sad note the Single Six was stollen out of the truck when I was in Rogers Arkansas.........


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Old February 17th, 2010, 06:29 PM   #19
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There's an old saying.....
"Good stuff ain't cheap and cheap stuff ain't good"
In the long run you will be glad you went with the Ruger. They will be around alot longer then Heritage
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I would have to say go with the Ruger. 20 years from now the 200 dollar difference will be in your favor....
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Well I stopped at Cabela's to compare the two. They didn't have a Single-Six so I just compared fit/finish of the Heritage against a Bearcat. The Ruger wins hands down. After looking closely at the Heritage I realized I'd rather save up a few more weeks/months and buy the nicer looking gun. I know they'll probably shoot the same but I see my guns as mini works of art... and I just like something sculpted a little nicer than what Heritage was making. They also had a S&W Classic in .22lr that looked gorgeous... but at $820 was definitely out of my range.

I told the clerk I was comparing the two. His response was, "there's no comparison, you're going to like the Ruger better."

I appreciate all of the replies.
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I bought a nib Heritage 6.5" 22lr/22mag for my son on a deal I couldn't pass on $125 total. He was "fiddling with it" I have no idea what he did, and it wound up damaged. To make a long story short. I sent it back to Heritage in FL. I sent it out on a Monday and it was back at my house on Friday fixed free of charge. They replaced the cylinder pawl which apparently broke. Great customer service. It's not a Ruger as far as fit, finish and looks but we haven't had anymore problems with it.
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jmfc, How do you like the 6.5" barrel? I was trying to decide on the 5.5 or 6.5 when I eventually go for one. I've been wondering what the muzzle velocity difference is for .22LR at those two different lengths. I wouldn't worry about the 22Mag since I won't be shooting much of that.
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It's all personal prefrence. I prefer shorter barrels like the 4-5/8th" and 5.5". I don't think you'll give up much in the way of velocity with the shorter barrels. It's up to you buy what you like! Good luck and good shooting.

I didn't mention in my first post that I do own Ruger single sixes too. I have 3 old models and 1 new model. The Ruger is hands down the superior firearm. If I could only have one it would be the Ruger!

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I have a Single Six with a 6" barrel. It is difficult to push the spent shells (.22LR) after a couple of dozen shots. Other than that it's a great gun. Some folks have said the 6" barrel does much better with magnums.

I have a Rough Rider Bird's Head with a 3" barrel. I've used .22LR and magnums through it no problem.

The Single Six is better looking, feels good in the hand, is smooth and overall is built very well.

The Rough Rider is built rough, not as pretty but feels good in the hand, is accurate and a whole lot of fun to shoot. My 10 year old grandson loves the Rough Rider.

Both are good.

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I was in the same situation last year. The imports had the goofy safeties with the red dot but I could not afford the new ruger. One day at the local pawn shop I asked if they had anyting in back coming out of pawn soon. The clerk disappeared and came back with a early 80's vintage single six. The mag cylinder was unfired. Even had the box with the original paperwork. The gun was barely used. He said $225 and I did not even haggle.

Check the pawns and used gun shops.
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Our pawn shop had a pair of Ruger single sixs two months ago. I know the one was a .22 and I think the other was a .45. I believe 600 would have bought the pair. I wish I would of had the money at the time but no such luck.
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Well I put in the order for the Single-Six. Traded in my 9mm for it since I just don't enjoy shooting it that much anymore. Since I'm getting into reloading I don't want to have to be picking up all the casings from the ground. I'm now exclusively revolver in handguns.

I went for the 5.5" Stainless Steel Model.

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single six all the way! unless you wnat a top notch, heirloom quality, tackdriving, high capacity, beatiful, full size saa, then spend the money for a USFA 12/22 awesome! other than that rugers single six is a classic that is the better deal even though it cost a little more.good luck!
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Originally Posted by parkergunz View Post
I was in the same situation last year. The imports had the goofy safeties with the red dot but I could not afford the new ruger. One day at the local pawn shop I asked if they had anyting in back coming out of pawn soon. The clerk disappeared and came back with a early 80's vintage single six. The mag cylinder was unfired. Even had the box with the original paperwork. The gun was barely used. He said $225 and I did not even haggle.

Check the pawns and used gun shops.
Heritage Arms say they are American made . Your right about the pawn shops. Sometimes you get a great deal .
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