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Old April 23rd, 2012, 11:28 AM   #1
 
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Single Ten Review

Single Ten Review

How can you be a Ruger fan and not own a Ruger single action, especially when your very first Ruger was an Old Model Single Six? I’ve been building my Ruger collection back up from ground zero, these last couple of years and doing my best to make up for lost shooting time with a vengeance, but somehow a Ruger SA hasn’t managed to find its way into the range bag – until now. Maybe I was saving the best for last with the Single Ten. That’s saying a lot, since my husband and I have two MKIIIs, a GP100, an SR1911 and a 10/22 SD between us.

Buying my Single Ten was not an impulse buy on my part. I’ve been looking at this Ruger model and drooling over it, ever since my local gun shop put one on display several months, ago. After seriously considering purchasing a well-used Old Model Single Six that had obviously seen a hard life, I went practical and opted for the stainless Single Ten, instead, for the same price. I’m glad I did.

First, the finish on the Single Ten is excellent throughout. All stainless components are finished the same and even the grips are nicely matched for grain and color. Not a machine mark or ding, anywhere on the outside. This is a very attractive gun.

Now, I’ve heard some people say that having ten flutes on the cylinder looks ugly and out of place on a single action revolver. Okay, it’s not traditional, but ugly? I don’t think so at all, but then I’ve always been one to believe that beauty is as beauty does and, believe me, the Single Ten does.

This is a very tight single action revolver. With the hammer down, the cylinder is as tight as some of the Freedom Arms revolvers I have handled – you have to really tug on the cylinder to get it to move at all. With the hammer cocked, you couldn’t budge the cylinder with a pipe wrench.

For those of you that are thinking this is just a Single Six with ten shots, instead of six, let me say that there is more to the Single Ten than an extra four shots and some of these features on not covered in the Ruger instruction manual.

For instance, the manual recommends that you should have flutes equidistant on either side of the chamber before closing the loading gate, in order to avoid cylinder scoring. That works fine on a Single Six, but it does not work out on a cylinder with ten flutes.

My Single Ten, in fact, is so tight that unless you take care to have a cylinder chamber aligned directly with the barrel, it is difficult to cock the hammer and that kind of alignment does not come with flutes evenly spaced on either side of the top strap. It comes with rotating the cylinder forward until you feel pressure – a point just before the cylinder clicks. This lines up everything, perfectly and is easy to do. The good news is that it would be hard to score the cylinder, anyway, on a Single Ten, because of all the flutes, but if you hate scoring cylinders on single actions as much as I do, why not do it right?

The Williams sights on the Single Ten are one of the reasons I bought the Single Ten. I love them. The three glowing green dots are very easy to use with these old eyes. By the way, these sights adjust differently than explained in the Ruger instruction manual. They are, after all, Williams sights and not Ruger sights. Turning the windage adjustment screw, clockwise, on the Williams sights moves the blade to the right, not to the left as on Ruger adjustable sights. I learned this the hard way on my first trip to the range with the Single Ten.

Again, beauty is as beauty does and when it comes to shooting, the Single Ten sure does.

The trigger on my Single Ten, for instance, has only a hint of creep and, after a Poor Boy’s trigger job, it has a trigger that is as easy to pull as my VQ equipped MKIIIs. Best Single Six trigger I’ve had out of the box.

Sighting in was quick and easy, because my Single Ten shot very consistently and predictably with each adjustment of the sights. This was my first indication that the Single Ten would be a good shooter. Firing twenty shots at 50 feet into a two- inch circle without a single flyer also told me the cylinder was spot on for each and every cylinder chamber. So did firing 100 shots and having not a trace of leading anywhere in the vicinity of the cylinder gap and barrel area. Well done, Ruger.

I’ve heard the old bugaboo about the .224” bore to accommodate 22 Magnums on convertible model Single Sixes so often that it has become almost gospel in some sectors of the shooting community. Let me say, that I think this is basically a truckload of smelly stuff. This extra .002” of bore size conveniently and instantly gets the blame whenever a Single Six does not shoot to the expectations of some. Give me a break. I’ve had Single Sixes in the past that would darn near keep up with my Mark IIs and my Single Ten is right there with them.

My Single Ten, with its supposedly evil .224” bore size, will shoot one inch groups or a bit less from a sandbag rest at my usual shooting distance of 50 feet and that is with iron sights (when I'm having a good day). My MKIII Comp with red dot will do about half that or less, yes, but that’s with a red dot and full VQ mods. Bottom line, my Single Ten offers all the accuracy I can squeeze out of iron sights with these old eyes. I may add a red dot or even a scope at some point down the road to really see what this Single Ten can do, but my Single Ten is right there with my MKIIIs when I used to shoot them with iron sights - that is saying a lot for the Single Ten, let me tell you.

Loading and unloading a single action revolver and handling one is like going home for me and what a beautiful way to get there, shooting my Single Ten. Thank-you, Ruger.




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Im glad you got your ST. I really like mine. I wanted an SP101 in .22 but they are very hard to come by and I really wanted a .22 revolver, so I bought the ST, and feel I made a great choice. My 16 year old daughter has decided its "hers" and Im fine with that. Its the one she picks when we go out plinking. I have 6 .22 handguns to choose from, and she always grabs the ST. We have close to 2,000 rounds thru it and its been flawless, and has defended the homestead 6 times now against attacking groundhogs.
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I had one of the new SP101 22 LRs, as a matter of fact, but, being that we are target shooters and range rats, I found that it didn't suit our needs, so replaced with the ST. The Single Ten is definitely an easier gun for me to shoot, accurately, thanks to its weight and longer barrel. The SP is a great little trail gun, but little trail guns are not at home on the range, so to speak.
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Great review. Enjoyed it and makes me think that I might eventually get a single ten.
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Thanks. The ST is a great 22. I think you'd enjoy it.
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I have checked my ST bore and it definitely is a .224 bore, but the ST is very accurate. I can put every shot onto a standard size (3 x 3) Post-It note at 25 yards, off hand, if I do my job. I have never fired it off a rest, and if so, would be surprised if it didnt do much better than that. My daughter enjoys shooting, because of the ST accuracy. Its the first handgun she had shot, and right away was getting nice groups. Because of this, now she is interested, and looks forward to trigger time.

The ST isnt cheap, I gave over $500 for mine, but you get a great value, because its built for 3 lifetimes, and you can just feel the quality. Its an heirloom, in my opinion.
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I sold my S-6 years ago (a mistake) and when the S-10 showed up with those FO sights I wanted and needed one. I couldn't find one at the LGS, then one day I found one for sale at $450.00. I grabbed it and never looked back. Honestly, I'm not a Ruger auto fan, but the SA revolvers are just super.
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Thanks for the comprehensive review! Still leaning towards either the Vaq or a SS Single-six convertible for my next purchase but this got me thinkin' a little about the Single-ten.
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You're welcome.

I had thought about a Single Six, stainless, but have no real use for the 22 mag, so went with the ST. Lot cheaper to shoot 22LRs.
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Great review. I bought a Single Ten for my son as a reward for good grades last summer and our observations agree with yours. The reverse adjustments of the Williams sights drove me nuts until I realized what was happening. My fault.
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Nice review, glad you enjoy shooting a single action they are lots of fun, love my Blackhawks, and Vaquero's, nothing prettier than a S/S gun.
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Loved your write up! Makes me want to have one of my own. Thanks!
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... We have close to 2,000 rounds thru it and its been flawless, and has defended the homestead 6 times now against attacking groundhogs.
Sounds like you have some fun shooting with your daughter! This quote made me laugh!
I have a new SP101 22lr and I love it, but have yet to get a Ruger SA revolver. I handled an ST at a local pawn shop and it felt great, I liked the way the grips were cut.
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Nice review N c gal. You should be writing copy for Ruger advertisements.

I corroborate all your findings and enjoy immensely, shooting mine. I did scope mine, a 5 ˝" barrel, stainless, just because, and am happy with the results.

I like the new 4 ⅝" barrel stainless model ST so much that I'm actually considering trading my 4 ⅝" stainless Single Six to acquire one. But, my Six shoots so well and so accurately (I swapped the Williams's sights to it from the ST when I installed the scope), that it probably ain't gonna happen. I am tempted though 'cause I REALLY like the 10 round cylinder.

Thanks again for the informative review. Keep us posted if you decide on adding an optic or some sort.

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Thanks, Quiet 1

Have a little 50 ft 22 range setup down behind the house and have been shooting the ST almost daily and, to be honest, I just can't put it down. It's brought back a flood of memories that I had with Single Sixes over the years and, given that I am very spoiled with our VQ equipped MKIIIs and our TC Contender 10" 22LR, I have not been disappointed at all with how well the ST shoots. It keeps up with them enough so that I am very tempted to add a good red dot or scope.

I've also gotten a case of SA fever, thanks to the ST. One SA or SS or BH ain't nearly going to be enough.
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