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Old April 17th, 2017, 06:22 AM   #1
 
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1960 single six 22lr

Hello folks, im new to the forum. Big ruger fan. Heres my question to those knowledgable....
I just purchased a 1960 ruger single six in 22lr. Didnt come with a 22mag cylinder and according to the customer service lady at ruger, it did not leave the factory with one either. She says i can not add a 22mag cylinder because its not convertable. Is there a way around this or is this simply a 22lr and thats it, will never be able to shoot 22mag?



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Jeff1981, The earlier Single-Sixes (up to S/N 150,000) had .222" bores for 22 LR only (22 Short or Long too). All models after S/N 150,000 have a .224" bore to accommodate 22 Mag ammo with .224" bullets. The lady at Ruger was right .... your gun is NOT compatible with 22 Mags. BTW, that's a very nice RSS5W .... box and all.
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Is reboring an option?
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Check your serial number. By 1960 the some of the Single-Sixes were beyond the 150,000 cutoff. They may not have been shipped as a convertible, but the bores were of the increased size.

If you can just slip the smooth end of a 7/32" diameter drill bit down into the muzzle (don't force it) it's OK for the Magnum ammo.

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Nice gun!

Just curious - does it have the transfer bar conversion done to it (like that manual says)?

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Jeff, you really should check the bore size, because that is the year when Ruger was transitioning to the 22 mag bore size for all their Single Sixes. I use Iowegan's trick of using a 7/32 drill bit. If it fits in the muzzle, you have the 22 mag bore size. If not, you have the original 22 LR bore size.

If you have the original 22 LR bore size, DO NOT bore it out. Count yourself very lucky, indeed. I'm serious. My pre-1960 Singles with a true 22 LR bore size are as accurate as my vintage S&W 22 revolvers and that is saying something. Single Sixes with this bore size are MUCH harder to find. I go out of my way to find these older SSs. Just add a post 1960 Single, sometime, if you want the mag capability. Tons of those to be had.
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Jeff, you really should check the bore size, because that is the year when Ruger was transitioning to the 22 mag bore size for all their Single Sixes. I use Iowegan's trick of using a 7/32 drill bit. If it fits in the muzzle, you have the 22 mag bore size. If not, you have the original 22 LR bore size.

If you have the original 22 LR bore size, DO NOT bore it out. Count yourself very lucky, indeed. I'm serious. My pre-1960 Singles with a true 22 LR bore size are as accurate as my vintage S&W 22 revolvers and that is saying something. Single Sixes with this bore size are MUCH harder to find. I go out of my way to find these older SSs. Just add a post 1960 Single, sometime, if you want the mag capability. Tons of those to be had.
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I wish I had one with a .222" bore.
I've almost got my buddy's Dad talked into selling me his 1959 model.
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Welcome to the forum. My suggestion is if you want a single six to shoot both .22 and .22 magnums, sell the one you've got and buy a later model with both cylinders. If you bore it out you are decreasing the value of the firearm. Its not hard to find convertible models. You can post it for sell on the classifieds on here or many other ways to sell.
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Thought I'd give the "drill bit" technique a try on my 1969 Single-Six just to be sure.

I took a photo for the fun of it:



I guess I'm good to go...
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Welcome from California's High desert and to the forum. Answers are found here.
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I guess I'm good to go...
Yep, looks good to me. Of course, in a 1969 gun that's not too surprising.


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