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Old April 14th, 2011, 07:08 PM   #1
 
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Single Six barrel length

Does anyone have any preference in the different (4.5" - 6.5") barrel lengths of the .22lr Single Six revolver? I'm shooting an old 6" Iver Johnson at the range now and plan to move into a Single Six when one becomes available for the right price but I'm not sure what difference I'll see in steping down to a 4.5" or 5". I'm not even sure of the exact size's, as I believe they varied over the years.
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Old April 14th, 2011, 07:22 PM   #2
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cowboy56, The Single-Six is available in 4 5/8", 5 1/2", 6 1/2", and 9 1/2" barrel lengths. All of these barrel length have been standard since the Old Models were made. Stepping down? I think you will be stepping up no matter which barrel length you select.
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Old April 15th, 2011, 09:21 AM   #3
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Cowboy56: I've tried them all. If you're going to take the revolver on camping/hunting, etc., trips, then the 4 5/8 is much handier for holstering. For the range exclusively, the 6 1/2 works best for me. All Single Six's are very solid and accurate. The Super SS's have an adjustable rear sight which I found to be useful because all 22 l.r. ammo does not shoot to the same spot. Can't go wrong with one (or more) of them. m14
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My 2 cents
I think the best looking single actions have a barrel that is close to flush with the end of the ejector rod housing.
To me the 4.6 inch barrel looks "cleaner"
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... All Single Six's are very solid and accurate...
Fwiw, the S-6's are indeed solid, but not always accurate. Two of the three Single Sixes [22lr] that I've owned were not accurate. Only the Bisley model grouped well. The cause is Ruger's cylinder boring. If all the chambers are not precise, the revolver will print a cluster of different groups. My two turkeys consistently shot three groups around the point of aim.

One of the guys in another forum had the same problem. He then numbered each chamber and did a series of test firings to determine where each chamber grouped. He sent the SS to Ruger with the results and they replaced the cylinder.

Current 22 match pistols use barrels around 4" in length and they can easily punch out the 10-ring. A good SS firing 22lr with the 4 5/8" barrel and "Poor Boy's" trigger spring mod should be quite capable of holding the 9-ring, or better, offhand. If the OP intends to shoot offhand, the lighter weight short barrel will be much easier to hold during a long session at the range. My Bisley was a gem, but felt like a brick after the first box of 50.

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I choose the 5 1/2 as it seemed to balance better for me.
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My 2 cents
I think the best looking single actions have a barrel that is close to flush with the end of the ejector rod housing.
To me the 4.6 inch barrel looks "cleaner"

I completly agree

This is especially true of the fixed sight guns. To me, the adjustable Blackhawks and Single Sixes don't have as clean of lines on top so the barrel doesn't matter to me so much.
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I have a 6 1/2" and the accuracy is excellent. I have owned this revolver for 30 years so obviously I'm happy with it. I think BBL length is a matter of personal taste and what is needed for it's intended purpose (e.g. hunting you may want a little longer BBL than for plinking). I suggest you go to a shop and hold them to see which balances better and which one you prefer.
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I choose the 5 1/2 as it seemed to balance better for me.
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Squirrel hunting? Go longer. Plinking? Dosen't matter. I love the looks of the 4,5/8" and how it feels. I used to have a 6.5" and hunted squirrels with it. I think the longer sight radius might help a tiny bit.

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i am a huge fan of the 4-5/8" barrel length. I have a stainless SS in this length and love it. i think a blued model with the aluminum ERH and grip frame would be great.

i also have a 6.5" OM SS w/ an xr3 grip frame and a 5-1/2" OM SS with the xr3 grip frame (both have the drift adjustable rear sight). The 5-1/2" arguably feels better in my hand than any other revolver i own. I believe it's a combination of the steel ERH, the xr3 grip frame........ and even those factory plastic grips contribute.

I also have a 5-1/2 fixed sight NM SS that i put a steel ERH on trying to duplicate the feel of the 5-1/2" OM, but w/o the xr3 grip frame, it's just not the same.

i personally don't see a difference in my shooting with different barrel lengths. I shoot each of them just as poorly as i do the other.
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I choose the 5 1/2 as it seemed to balance better for me.
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I own two single six revolvers one is ss and the other is blued. Both have 5 1/2 barrel and adjustable sights. I like the feel of both of them. I would also like to add both the 4 5/8 and the 6 1/2 to my collection.
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My first handgun purchase was a stainless Ruger S-6 in the 6.5" .22lr / .22mag, adjustable sight version...and the accuracy from it is incredible! I bought it used for $219 + tax 18 years ago...and still have it! It's 1:2 guns that has stood the test of time for me!
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Another vote for the 5.5. It's a great all around length, Short enough to haul around but plenty of length for great accuracy, best of both worlds. I've had a new model single six convertible polished stainless 5.5 for years and it is AWESOME!
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