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Unread Yesterday, 08:22 AM   #1
 
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Please give your opinion on the Single Six Convertible with 9.5 inch barrel. Good gun, or no? Thank You.



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The gun itself is excellent but I'm not too sure about the barrel length. Most people choose a handgun because they are easier to carry in a holster. A 9 1/2" barreled gun is like a sword …. not easy to carry. The only advantage of a long barrel is increased muzzle velocity so if you are that concerned about velocity, you may want to buy a rifle. My choice in a Single-Six would be a 6 1/2" barrel ….. easy to carry yet long enough for decent velocity.
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I completely agree with everything Iowegan said. My favorite single-six is my 4 5/8 inch bbl Super Single-six convertible, but that short barrel length is not for everyone.
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I’d call anything with a 9 1/2” barrel a “fun gun”.......but yes, it’s still a good gun.
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A couple a months ago I ran across a like new with mag cylinder case papers, etc, for slightly over $400. so home it came. It is a late one with the shorter main spring and lock and it has one of the best factory triggers I've seen in a while. I've picked up 7 Ruger single sixes, in the last few months, including two SS .22/.22mag cylinders, two Wranglers, the 9 1/2-inch barrel SS in blue, new Bearcat in SS, and a VQ .357 in SS. Love em all and they shoot better than I can. I prefer stainless but couldn't leave with the long one in blue at the LGS. Besides I like to keep my business at local gun dealers. They gota eat too.
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For the range or even small game hunting around your property the 9 1/2 would probably be stellar. But for field use, where you’d carry in a belt holster, it’s not going to be practical. I recently bought a 5 1/2” convertible and it does well at 25 yards with the right ammo. They didn’t have a 6 1/2” available at the time, but I was also considering that length.

I’d say if you’re shooting mostly .22lr, 5 1/2” is tough to beat; it’s easy to carry but still offers decent sight radius. However, if you plan to use it primarily with the .22 WMR cylinder, then the longer tube will squeeze more from that cartridge.
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They are great guns! I have written many times here on the forum of my love for mine. Whether or not it is the right gun for you depends on several factors. First, are we talking about the fixed sight Single Six or the adjustable sight Super Single Six? I have the Super Single Six convertible and love it for the velocity and accuracy it provides when using .22WMR ammo. If your primary use will be just plinking with .22lr there really isn't a need for the long barrel. Same goes for the semi-fixed (windage only) sights of the Single Six. I use mine as a long range small game and predator hunting handgun. The magnum cylinder, long tube, fine sights, and extended sight radius allow precision and hitting power above it's weight class. I have tested many loads on paper, and then zeroed at 50yds with its favorite ammo. For general use in a rimfire revolver the 5.5 or 6.5 inch barrel is probably better, and definitely easier to carry. My 6.5" SC6 three screw is great with many .22lr loads.
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One thing you can do to mitigate the long barrel for carrying in a holster.....get a crossdraw holster. The cant on the crossdraw will make drawing the gun out easier and make carrying it easier also.
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Well, you have gotten some good responses. Hope you come back and tell us the end of the story.
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