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Old February 16th, 2010, 01:45 PM   #1
 
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Single Six vs. Heritage Rough Rider

How does the Single-Six stack up against the Heritage Rough-Rider? They both come in a combo 22lr/22wmr package. The Heritage is about $200 cheaper. I know most folks are going to say the Ruger is better, but does anyone have any experiences with the Heritage?

I noticed in the manual for the Heritage that it has a loading block instead of the transfer bar for safety.



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Hey Sodbuster I will keep it simple! You get what you pay for! You want a gun to last a long time get the Ruger period!
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How about looking for a used Single Six?
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I love Rugers as much as ANY ONE on this forum , i own six of them and believe that they make the best value in firearms period . Now with that said i also own some lesser guns, one of them being a Rough Rider. I bought it a couple of years back ,based on its price. My son who was then eight wanted to learn to shoot, i considered a single six, again i love Ruger's. But i don't enjoy shooting .22's ,in fact they bore the hell out of me.
So my choice was clear a less expensive revolver, since he will primarily be shooting it. I found a very nice NIB Rough Rider for a fee of $189.00. Since owning it my son and i have fired over a 1000 rounds through it with it showing very little wear . I have no issues other then the cheap finish its kinda rough. So to sum it up. my little Rough Rider has been a great inexpensive tool for my son, and depending on your expectations and purpose ,it will be fine.
I'll keep my 357 Black hawk because when i want something to go BANG it ain't a .22 !
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There are quality guns and there are cheap guns. You need to decide which best suits your intended use, which you didn't state. If the gun will be one you plan on shooting a lot and owning for a long time, there is no substitute for quality. If you just want something to play with and aren't concerned with construction, fit and finish, or performance, cheap will get you by for a while.

Ask yourself: If I were to sell the gun tomorrow, which will bring the highest rate of return?

If you can't afford new, el gavilan has the right take.

In the end, quality will always be the better choice.
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Old February 16th, 2010, 09:14 PM   #6
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I was comparing the same guns for my son last month. I read every review I could find online and there were a lot of complaints about the rough rider, but everyone seemed to love the single six. My son is only 11 and I figured he would want to keep the gun for a long time, so I figured it was worth the extra money to get the better quality gun.
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Since this is a Ruger forum , most on here will tell you to get the Ruger . I have never had a bit of trouble from the Rough Rider . If you go to the Rough Rider forum they will tell you they are good guns . If you believe expensive guns are the only good guns check out the Sig Sauer forums . They mostly consider Rugers to fit in the cheap gun catagory . So price is not everythig .I wouldnt part with my Rugers but I will also keep having fun with my Rough Rider .
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Primary use will be plinking. I know some hunt with them or use them to take out varmint. That would be a rare use unless there was a rabid raccoon lurking about.

In the plinking role it would have a lot of rounds through it. Just like my 10/22 is my go-to shooting gun because of its low cost of operation, this would fit the same role. I thought about a semi-auto .22 pistol, but I like the look and classic lines of a single-action better. And it would be more fun to shoot cans with a wheelgun where you have to take a little time between each shot cocking the hammer.
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buddy of mine has a Rough Rider. I don't like it much based on its appearance. I think i'd go with the single six....
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I've own both and have enjoy shooting them without any problems. Accuracy was good with both as far as I can shoot. Having said that, I did pass the Rough Rider down to my son when I got the Single Six. I find that the SS is just a much more solid firearm in fit and finish. For a knock around gun, I think the Rough Rider is more than adequate.

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How does the barrel thickness compare between the two?
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At the muzzle with manual caliper: SS 11/16", RR 11/16". The SS is 4." barrel and the RR is 6.5", but I wouldn't think would make a difference in the diameter.

I alos like the perfer the transfer bar in the SS over the 4 click system in the RR. It is just safer.
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I also like the transfer bar as well. How do the trigger's compare? Some folks have said the triggers on the NM Single-Sixes aren't so good.
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I almost bought the Rough Rider but decided to go with the Mark III. I read a lot of good reviews on them. I have shot the Ruger single six 22 and was not that fond of it, which is part of the reason I went with the Mark III. The 22 revolvers just did not fit my hand plus I wanted something that you did not have to load one at a time. I agree with frankiestoys that it would be a decent gun. I went cheap with my first gun and bought a Hi Point. All though it was a decent gun it was not what I wanted it to be. So I sold it and bought my P95.
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A friend of mine got a Rough Rider for her birthday in November last year. It broke a hand spring in January but since then has been fine. It seems to shoot as straight as a Single Six.
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