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Old February 14th, 2017, 01:00 PM   #1
 
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I would like a Single Six with a three inch barrel. Have these ever been made or does anyone have any photos of customs? It would make a great ranch gun.



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Not as a standard factory offering, no. However, the New Bearcats have been offered in the Shopkeeper versions with one having a 3" barrel and the newest version having a 3 1/2". Just got my 3 1/2" and love it. Very accurate.




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Closest factory model I can recall would be a limited run of convertibles with a 3.75" barrel and fixed sights. Only 600 made with white grip panels on a birdshead grip frame and 600 made the same with black panels. They now will often fetch $1K when they appear on auction sites like GunBroker.

The Bearcat Shopkeeper is an option in a smaller frame. That's a current offering but it's not a Single Six.

3.75" seems about as short as you want to go and still have a working ejector rod. There also are factory ejector rod housings made for that length barrel. I'm not sure a 3" barrel would give you enough rod stroke. Of course you can do away with the ER and go real short but then you have to drive out empties somehow.

I'm in the process of cutting a 6.5" Single Six down to 3.75". I'll try to post up a photo later. Member Hondo44 has a real sweet SS with a short barrel - my inspiration.
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Not as a standard factory offering, no. However, the New Bearcats have been offered in the Shopkeeper versions with one having a 3" barrel and the newest version having a 3 1/2". Just got my 3 1/2" and love it. Very accurate.




I have a stainless ShopKeeper. I would like something with a tad larger grip and better sights. That tiny blade/notch on the Shopkeeper is hard for me to pick up.
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Closest factory model I can recall would be a limited run of convertibles with a 3.75" barrel and fixed sights. Only 600 made with white grip panels on a birdshead grip frame and 600 made the same with black panels. They now will often fetch $1K when they appear on auction sites like GunBroker.

The Bearcat Shopkeeper is an option in a smaller frame. That's a current offering but it's not a Single Six.

3.75" seems about as short as you want to go and still have a working ejector rod. There also are factory ejector rod housings made for that length barrel. I'm not sure a 3" barrel would give you enough rod stroke. Of course you can do away with the ER and go real short but then you have to drive out empties somehow.

I'm in the process of cutting a 6.5" Single Six down to 3.75". I'll try to post up a photo later. Member Hondo44 has a real sweet SS with a short barrel - my inspiration.
Thank you for you response. Would love to see your gun!
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I have a stainless ShopKeeper. I would like something with a tad larger grip and better sights. That tiny blade/notch on the Shopkeeper is hard for me to pick up.
If you can get by the admittedly odd looks of the big adjustable sights on a Bearcat, the Lipsey's adjustable sight version cures the tiny sights issue, nicely. I can shoot mine right there with a Single Six for accuracy.
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I have a Super Single Six with the 4 5/8" barrel. Been packing it for 14 yrs. Would I want a 3" barrel on it ? Oh yeah!
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The shortest Ruger barrel you will find is a 3 3/4" for the ejector rod to be useful.

650 of these with 3 3/4" barrel .22s were made:
http://www.gunbroker.com/item/621639176

But you could get your barrel cut for a lot less than that; like under $100.

I cut this one to 3 1/2":

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The shortest Ruger barrel you will find is a 3 3/4" for the ejector rod to be useful.

650 of these with 3 3/4" barrel .22s were made:
http://www.gunbroker.com/item/621639176

But you could get your barrel cut for a lot less than that; like under $100.

I cut this one to 3 1/2":

This is exactly what I want. LOVE IT!!!!!!!
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To much under 3.5 - 3.75" and your not going to get any extraction with your ejector. This single ten is at 3.75" and uses the erh from a short new vaquero. Handy as a pocket on a shirt. Working on a short 32 now.

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