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Old February 20th, 2020, 05:46 AM   #1
 
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Security 6 Durability

I know a steady diet of magnum loads isn't healthy for my Smith K frames due to forcing cone issues but what about my old Security 6? Is it actually designed for magnum loads or is it just chambered for magnum loads?



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Old February 20th, 2020, 05:51 AM   #2
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It will handle the magnum loads just fine. Any firearm will wear eventually but suspect you will wear out before the Six does.
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The K frame Smith 357s are a smaller framed revolver capable of shooting magnums but not built for a steady diet of them. The heavier framed six series Rugers are built for handling magnums and will hold up longer than a K frame. But, I have been tempted by a very lightly used model 19-3 at my LGS lately.
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I have a 4" 66-3 and a 2.5" 19-3 and a 4" 15-2. I love the size, the weight, and the action on all 3 of them. It's no wonder they are considered classics. My Security 6 is every bit as nice but the Smith triggers are just a little nicer.

Several years ago I bought a GP100 but it had the most horrible DA trigger. I finally traded it for the 66-3. I'm tempted to try another GP just to have something extremely robust.
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Like many Ruger revolvers, the Six series as a whole, were built like tanks and should be able to handle a steady diet of big, fat, .357 loads.
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I posted a similar question about a GP100 357 magnum Waring out. Several people stated they used the six series for years with full magnum loads and they are still working. " Built like a tank " was the common refrain. Other comments were leave to your grand kids maybe they can wear it out. Good shooting and have fun.
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The Security Six was designed to handle the .357 magnum cartridge and will stand up to it well. The GP100 is an even more robust design that will take significant more punishment than the Security Six. Every center fire revolver has a lifespan. The hotter the ammo and the more frequently it is used will shorten the lifespan in years. That is just the way it is.
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The "Six Series" are strong revolvers for sure. The one I shot the most had approx. 40,000 rounds trouble free except for breaking an aftermarket hammer spring.
At around 30,000 I sent it in to Ruger to have them check it for wear and go completely through it, they said all tolerances were still in spec. Yeah, wouldn't worry about it.
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The "Six Series" are strong revolvers for sure. The one I shot the most had approx. 40,000 rounds trouble free except for breaking an aftermarket hammer spring.
At around 30,000 I sent it in to Ruger to have them check it for wear and go completely through it, they said all tolerances were still in spec. Yeah, wouldn't worry about it.
What Buck Smith said.
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My Security Six is 1979 vintage - stainless - which I purchased brand new. It has tens of thousands of rounds through it over the decades. However, the revolver still looks and feels like brand new right out of the box. By looking at it and handling it, one could never guess the amount of rounds placed down the tube during its lifetime. So far, that is. Many more to come!

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The "Six Series" are strong revolvers for sure. The one I shot the most had approx. 40,000 rounds trouble free except for breaking an aftermarket hammer spring.
Well, 40,000 rounds of what? .38 Special lead wadcutters or 125 gr max loaded .357 mag? If the former, no problem. If the later, very doubtful it would still be in good condition.

I have a 686 with about the same round count also in nearly new condition but it has almost all been .38 Special target loads.
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My 1977 purchased security six has over 60 k rounds thru it and about 1/2 were magnums. Itis still a great shooter.
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I love my S&W K frame Model 66 no dash..........but my wrist doesn’t like .357 Magnum loads in the Model 66 but it will handle magnum loads once in a while. But this beauty has some collector value. I like the gun too much and not dumb to beat it or my wrist either. My 2 Ruger GP100’s a .357 Wiley Clapp & GP 100 .327 FM that kicks as much as the .357 GP100!! But same thing yeah I can shoot the hot .357 125 grain JHP’s or jsp’s that will eventually wear down any .357’s!! But the 158 jhp’s & 158 LSWC plus .38 Special + p’s work fine in any of my .357’s. But I still prefer in any of them 95% of the time I will shoot .38 Special +p & standard loads!!! The .327FM is actually a higher pressure load vs .357 Magnum!!! So with my reloads I have toned them down to make shooting a.327FM more enjoyable to shoot!!!
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My purchased new '78 Security Six has countless rounds thru it..the majority of them .357. I'll wear out before it does.
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I'd suggest running a Security Six more with 158 gr .357 magnums than 125 gr .357 magnums to increase longevity.

I've heard excellent reports about the Winchester 145 gr Silvertips as a carry/duty load in .357 magnum as well.

Personally, I normally run my Security 6 with 125 gr .38 Special +P, and reserve .357 magnums for my GP100, but that's more personal preference than a written-in-stone requirement. My .357 carry load is 158 gr Federal Hydra Shok, and my analog competition/practice .357 load is Sellier & Bellot 158 gr-either their jacketed ball or semi-jacketed hollow point is the same loading/same price.

My understanding is that both Ruger and S&W produced the GP100 and 586/696 L-Frames respectively to provide additional weight and long-term longevity for 125 gr .357 hollow point duty loads.

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