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This is a discussion on Ruger Rhinoplasty Redux within the Ruger Single Action forums, part of the Pistol & Revolver Forum category; After the 30 Carbine birdshead project wrapped up ( http://rugerforum.net/ruger-single-a...ion-smaug.html ) I decided to keep at it and finally give the old Single Six the ...


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Old February 23rd, 2017, 03:56 AM   #1
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Ruger Rhinoplasty Redux

After the 30 Carbine birdshead project wrapped up (Blackhawk 30 Carbine - The Desolation of Smaug) I decided to keep at it and finally give the old Single Six the nose job I had planned on when I bought the gun a couple of years ago. Between Midway and Brownells I rounded up the parts and broke out the hacksaw once more.



This time the victim is a 1957 Type 1 roundgate Single Six in 22LR (only). Original barrel length 5.5" now shortened to 3.75".

I bought a front sight and screw with the idea to simply drill, tap and mount up a new style front sight but it looked really tall sitting there plus it would sit on top of the end of the rollmark (these early guns have the Ruger rollmark on top of the barrel.) After a lot of indecision I decided to attempt to mill a new slot on the top and reuse the original front sight. Glad I did - I think it looks good that way and it keeps the old rollmark intact.



I shortened the original ER and spring and also shortened the base pin head. It wasn't really necessary to shorten the base pin head but I just like the looks of it. I have a Clements hybrid trigger coming so I can use the NM trigger spring in the NM birdshead grip frame. This worked great on the 30 Carbine project and should work here as well.





As before I'm indebted to Hondo44 for his inspiration and advice - thanks Jim. The plan is to swap out the trigger for the Clements trigger, tweak a few details and send it out for a reblue. Custom grips are in the plan too.

P.S. My apologies in advance to those who decry the desecration of a nice unconverted old model like this but honestly they're not rare. Ruger made 56,000 Type 1 roundgate Single Sixes in the late 1950s. I bought this one for $200, cheaper than a NM and it gives the project some OM cachet or panache or flair or whatever.



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I really like that one....looks smart. (Should have been offered from the Factory).
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Very nice! Great work!
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My apologies in advance to those who decry the desecration of a nice unconverted old model like this but honestly they're not rare. Ruger made 56,000 Type 1 roundgate Single Sixes in the late 1950s. I bought this one for $200, cheaper than a NM and it gives the project some OM cachet or panache or flair or whatever.

Your gun, your call.

Every one that gets cut just makes the rest a little more scarce.



PS As mentioned in the Smaug thread, have you considered making up the little "adapter" that allows the use of the OM trigger return spring/plunger in the NM grip frame? I've done a couple and they're really slick. An unexpected side benefit is the small change in geometry that produces a somewhat "lighter" trigger pull without working on the sear bits.

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I'm not much into single actions but that looks great.
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While I don't have any use for the birdshead grip frame, its looks as if you did a good job and ended up with just what you wanted.

Nice work!


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Another good looking pistola. Nice work Waveform!
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I really like the looks of it.
You did a beautiful job.
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Wow Waveform that looks nicer then a new Ruger Bearcat Shopkeeper nice!!!
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That looks great! I need to see it up close though.... I'll send my address so you can ship it to me. I'll send it back as soon as I'm done looking at it.


In a few years or so.
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Nice! Looks really well balanced with the shorter snout.
What type of custom grips are you thinking about?
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Wow

Looks really awesome!
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The muzzle flash from a 71/2 inch barrel in 30 carbine is bad probably awesome in a short barrel.
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PS As mentioned in the Smaug thread, have you considered making up the little "adapter" that allows the use of the OM trigger return spring/plunger in the NM grip frame? I've done a couple and they're really slick. An unexpected side benefit is the small change in geometry that produces a somewhat "lighter" trigger pull without working on the sear bits.
I did consider it - either using an empty 22 case or fabricating something from aluminum bar stock. But then I saw the hybrid trigger Clements sells and I really like the way it fits the wider NM grip frame trigger slot. Plus it's a drop in and I'm easily convinced to be a bit lazy. But the other approach would have been a little easier on the budget and more of a resourceful/DIY approach, which I can appreciate.
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