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Old March 19th, 2017, 12:03 PM   #1
 
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scored an unconverted 22 have some questions

So i scored this old model single six blueing is actually good but the camera flash makes it look wore, I hope this is a good shooter
i know much more about the new models than old so my questions are...

ser # is 364xxx and on the Ruger site i see a gap in the ser # history from 63' to 68' does this gun fall into that gap and can i get a closer estimate without contacting Ruger?

also it has lr. and Magnum cylinders with the correct numbers etched on them just as newer versions, did they offer this as a convertible at that time or is it possible the mag cylinder was fitted latter?, when you look at the cylinder ends they are markedly diferent which seems odd to me if they are from the same era

also the mag cylinder is fluted as well

any info is appreciated

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The ser #'s between 351*** and 380*** puts it as either a magnum or conv. in 1963. Not sure where you got '68' since that begins with 490*** ? I bought my first new 6 1/2" convertible in 1963.
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Nice find in an OM SS. Congrats.

A SS 22 Mag would have been stamped as such, so you can rule that one out.

Yes, convertibles would have started shipping around 1960 or so. Yours, then, appears to be a standard mid 60s convertible complete with the extra cylinder. As to the cylinders, it was normal for the 22 LR to be recessed and the magnum not. Also some guns were shipped with fluted magnum cylinders in that era, too.
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Dad45, Ruger did some mystic things with their serial numbers prior to the Gun Control Act of 1968. After Jan 1, of 1969, Ruger cleaned up their act and started using a 2-digit prefix (now a 3-digit for some models). The serial numbers for Single-Six Magnums were lumped in with Single-Six Convertibles from 1959 to 1964. You will find your serial number in Ruger's web site under Single-Six Magnums ... it was made in 1963. Ruger's chart goes to 1969 but no Magnum Models were made after 1964.

The difference between Magnum models and Convertibles is as NGC stated .... "RUGER SINGLE-SIX WIN. .22 RF MAG CAL." is stamped on the left side of Magnum Model frames whereas Convertibles were stamped "RUGER .22 CAL. SINGLE-SIX.
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thanks for the info that pretty well clears things up.
now to get er out and have some fun hopefully next weekend
thanks' again

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It definitely looks like a Keeper.
I'm a big fan of the Single Actions especially the 22's.
Let us know how it shoots.
Me think's you'll be Satisfied with it.

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Wonderful piece. Ruger really hit a home run with the Old Model convertibles. My very first Ruger was (still is) one just like yours, made in November of 1962. Still runs like new.

Good score, Sir. Enjoy!

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Very nice example.

That mag cyl is one strange looking Mag cyl that I have not ever seen supplied by Ruger in 50 years of observation, but I'm not saying it didn't come from Ruger. Just that the only ones that I've seen like that were custom or after market replacements.

But your number 364XXX does put it in the convertible range above the 22 LR single cyl guns which are not known over #359XXX.

It's not a "22 Magnum only" gun (even one of those with the 22LR frame marking because they only had 6 1/2" barrels, not 5 1/2" like yours.

Smooth Mag cyls were not introduced until 1975.

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I Love mine as I am sure you will love yours. Congratulations on such a fine sample of a OM Single Six. Looks great.
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That mag cyl is one strange looking Mag cyl that I have not ever seen supplied by Ruger in 50 years of observation, but I'm not saying in didn't come from Ruger. Just that the only ones that I've seen like that were custom or after market replacements.
Good catch, Hondo. I hadn't even looked at the cylinders.

Just checked several of mine, and none of my Mag cylinders have cuts like those. Looks like the ratchet cuts are a little deep.

As we often say . . . with Ruger, never say never, but . . .

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Good catch, Hondo. I hadn't even looked at the cylinders.

Just checked several of mine, and none of my Mag cylinders have cuts like those. Looks like the ratchet cuts are a little deep.

As we often say . . . with Ruger, never say never, but . . .

Hondo44, Ale-8(1),
When I get some time tomorrow I'm going to check the reverse side of the cylinders and do a little CSI with the ser # scribed on them and try to determine if the writing matches and will also post a pic of them for reference.
Also one of my original questions was did Ruger scribe the last part of the ser #s on the cylinders in that era? As they did in later years with the new model six's, that may be some kind of clue
If it wasn't for the numbers scribed on them I would have just automatically assumed it was a replacement cylinder
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Ruger's practice of scribing or pencil engraving and stamping changed over time.
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