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Last Post 01 Jan 1900 12:00 AM by  Anonymous
1965 Single Six Magnum only?
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rumpole
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31 Jan 2014 07:43 PM
    My father just gave me the old 22 pistol I plinked around with when I was a teenager (40+ years ago). I hadn't seen it since. It is an old model 3 screw Single Six that has on the left side of the body ""RUGER .22 CAL SINGLE-SIX"" with blackhawk logo and walnut handle. 5 1/2 barrel. Serial# 391xxx . Father didn't have the manual anymore and he had only one cylinder (he didn't remember if it ever had 2 cylinders, he got it in trade from a retired small town cop). I cleaned it up, did a quick web search and concluded I had an old single six convertible with a fluted (unmarked) cylinder - so must be the standard cylinder. Went about locating 22lr ammo and getting ready to go to range for first shooting in a very long time. However, something wasn't right when I loaded the first cartridge. :o It now appears I had an old fluted (unmarked) magnum cylinder. I called Ruger and they advised it is a 1965 produced Single Six Magnum. I was told it is .22 Magnum only (even though base does not say anything about magnum and the cylinder is totally unmarked). Is this correct? If I can locate an adequate source for .22mag ammo , I can live with it being mag only. But, it would be nice if I can also fit a standard 22 cylinder and use the less expensive 22lr ammo. Anyone have a similar experience or suggestions on whether to try to buy a standard cylinder and have it fitted to this revolver? Anyone come across a good source for affordable 22mag ammo?
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    davidfagan
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    01 Feb 2014 05:02 PM
    Ruger will ""fit"" a new 22lr cylinder but 99%+ of the time if you find one it will just work. Search and put a watch on gunbroker, gunsamerica, and gunsinternational I think all of them will let you do it. Anyway it will just drop in and work or it will spit a little lead and your have to try another.
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    Watertender
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    02 Feb 2014 02:07 AM
    There are 4 possible cylinders in .22 Long Rifle on Ebay for it now. There are many more .22 Mag cylinders but it might be worth a look.
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    mustanger1
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    02 Mar 2014 11:38 PM
    I have a Ruger single 6 identical to your description, flat top 3 screw, #538877 and mine has a * above the 88 in the serial number. The problem of identifing the gun is the Single 6 magnum uses the same series on serial numbers as the Super single 6 with this in mind how does one determine which gun you have? I purchased mine on gunbroker and it had only the 22lr cylinder so I assume I have the Super single 6. However I did buy a magnum cylinder also on gunbroker and had to chuck it in the turning lathe and trim the center hub .003 so that it would rotate with correct clearance. Other than that the mag cylinder works perfect, put several hundred mag rounds through the gun.
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    SATCOM
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    04 Jun 2014 01:00 AM
    Rumpole,

    On the OMs, the .22 LR and the .22 WRM are identified by the firing pin grove on the LR. So yes there are no markings on the cylinders.

    With a serial #391XXX it is probably a 64 gun but as you say it is a [i]Single Six[/i]. The convertibles of that age group are a complicated matter. By #351XXX all the .22 WRM ONLY guns are gone. Does your cylinder have the last three of the serial# stamped or scribed on the front of the cylinder?

    If you find a LR cylinder, it either drops in and works or too long but fixable, or too short but fixable.

    mustanger1,

    Your [i]Super Single Six[/i] has fully adjustable rear sight and an additional cylinder (most probably .22 WRM) making up the ""SUPER"" part. Serial #s start at 500001. I agree the Ruger site serial number year made is not only confusing but contains errors.

    An * above the 88 in your serial number? Very interesting! Any chance you could post or e-mail me a picture? Just curious.

    SATCOM
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