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Old November 28th, 2011, 12:38 PM   #1
 
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Accuracy of 22LR in Single Six v. 22Mag

I am new to this site and pretty sure somebody at some time had the same question. I am thinking of buying a new Single Six Convertible and believe the bore is actually for the larger diameter .22 WM, not the smaller .22LR. Any accuracy issues shooting the .22LR in the larger bore? I suspect that the soft lead .22LR bullet "upsets" and fills the bore up, unlike jacketed bullets, but that is a guess. I don't think Ruger would have been so successful with this revolver if it "sprayed" bullets. I realize it will not be as accurate as their semi-auto. Thanks for the input. Richard :-))



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They shoot just fine with .22lr.
Takes agout a half turn on the elavation setting when switching cylinders.
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The bullets of the LR and the Magnum are exactly the same diameter; only the case is larger diameter.

OOPS! My bad, ignore above (incorrect) statement!

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The diameter of a .22 lR is .222, and the WMR is .224.
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I believe the SS is bored between the two standard diameters.Look at the twist rate for the MkIII auto and the 77-22mag to see some standard difference.
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Thanks guys. My local dealer has a 6 1/2 incher in SS i think i will buy. Don't know how a .222 and .224 bullet coexist in the same barrel, but i think the 22LR bullet, being soft lead "upsets" and fills up the grooves. Regardless, a fine firearm. RD
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Thanks guys. My local dealer has a 6 1/2 incher in SS i think i will buy. Don't know how a .222 and .224 bullet coexist in the same barrel, but i think the 22LR bullet, being soft lead "upsets" and fills up the grooves. Regardless, a fine firearm. RD
I always understood the bore is a precise .224, and you're right, the LR fills the extra .002" easily. I've read a number of posts on various forums about the LRs being less accurate than the WMRs through the same Six, but I think those folks didn't find the best brand their guns liked.

I mostly shoot various styles of Federal through my 5.5" stainless, and see no real difference between the calibers. They're no equal to my Mark III, but I get 2.5" groups at 25 yards with either cylinder.
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That is a very peculiar characteristic of .22LR cartridges. My Rem 541T loves Velocitors for high velocity stuff, but not the other brands. Eley black box works wonders for target velocity. I tried a bunch of .17HMR brands in my Anschutz rifle and one brand was heads and shoulders above the rest. Might be something to do with rimfire design?

I think finding the "magic bullet" for my hope-to-get-soon Single Six will be a lot of fun.

Those guys that switch back and forth between jacketed .22Mag and soft lead .22LR without a thorough cleaning may have some accuracy issues.


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The old model Ruger super single six is a very accurate .22 bought one in 1967 it was great--these older guns can be bought for the same price or less than a new one--they are classics and hold their value I used both cylinders with fine accuracy------
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I would not worry about the difference. The single six is more accurate than most people will ever be. My single six way more accurate than I will ever be.
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Thanks guys. My local dealer has a 6 1/2 incher in SS i think i will buy. Don't know how a .222 and .224 bullet coexist in the same barrel, but i think the 22LR bullet, being soft lead "upsets" and fills up the grooves. Regardless, a fine firearm. RD
The same way they make a 9mm (.355") / .357 convertible Blackhawk.
The .45 convertible is .001" between Auto and Colt.
Accuracy is great in both of those, and with decent ammo is great with both cylinders for my SS.

It appears that up to .002" doesn't make a difference.
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The diameter of a .22 lR is .222, and the WMR is .224.
Checked it out and I stand corrected! Learn something every day!

Also found out the .22 WRF is .226 diameter.
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The old model Ruger super single six is a very accurate .22 bought one in 1967 it was great--these older guns can be bought for the same price or less than a new one--they are classics and hold their value I used both cylinders with fine accuracy------
I agree. Here's a 25 yd group fired from my 6.5" OM SS6. I bought this little hogleg at Gunbroker with a WMR cylinder only which I swapped for a LR cylinder. I then had my gunsmith rechamber one hole to WMR. This was the first group I shot using the magum chamber only:



Since you must carry an unconverted Old Model with the hammer down on an empty chamber anyway, why not have that chamber in WMR?

(My 5.5" NM does about as good BTW)
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