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I am an active shooter of rifles and shotguns but have never warmed to the handgun side of things. I would like to get involved but have a few questions. Is a ruger single six a good investment. Should I buy a new one? cost new or used? stainless or blued? I have no idea about appriximate values or prices.
 

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I bought a used stainless steel model with dual cylinders and adjustable sights for $255, another store in the same chain had the same model but blued for the same price. New, these guns are running in the $350 range for blued and near $400 for stainless. Regionally prices vary quite a bit though the Internet is evening prices out towards the high end.
I don't think the Single Six is a bad investment but that is coming from a handgun enthusiast who has a purpose for the gun. If your purpose is to be as a plinker, then the Single Six may work fine but as a target gun there are better choices. For the latter use, I feel the Ruger semi-autos are a better choice as they are so popular in the target arena. My favorite is the Browning Buckmark though the S&W 22A is not a bad choice either. There are other makes out there that are also very nice but those are my personal choices. I buy most of my guns used as I don't like to take the depreciation if I chose to sell them later. Some are more comfortable buying new and is a better choice for them.
 

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Any Single Six you get will in all likelyhood be a fine gun. I spent way more than I should have on a new fixed sight 6-1/2" version, and it is darned near my favorite handgun already.
 

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What ever you do, do not get a single action revolver. It's addictive. They are so much fun you'll just keep getting them. Sure, you may start out with just a .22, but then it's so much fun you'll get a .357, a .44 or .45, or both. And then there's the lever guns in matching calibers . . . It's the most fun you can have with a gun in your hand! So don't get started. Forget the Single Six. You will not be able to stop. :shock:
 

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All ruger revolers are pretty good. They aren't the best, but they aren't bad either. Depending on where you live should determine what finish you get. Bluing is better if you live in a drier area, as it's cheaper and it's a good finish, but if you live in an area where it's really wet and humid, stainless steel is the way to go because it resists water rust better than bluing. Try to find one used instead of buying one new because you can save a good chunk of change if you do.

Hope this helps. Good luck.
 

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I had a 22LR/22mag Single Six and sold it to buy the 17HMR version. These are great revolvers and I rarely ever read a bad report about them. I couldn't hit the broad side of a barn with the 22mag. The 22 was much more accurate, but I didn't feel confident hunting with either. All of my guns for hunting on state land are 17HMRs, because a 22LR is the largest caliber allowed and the 17s shoot great. The sight on the 17HMR is similar to that on the 22. 17HMRs are extremely accurate and the stock sights don't let the gun live up to its potential. For that reason I'm in the process of putting a scope on my revolver and I'm guessing that once that's on I'll be able to hunt with it as if I had a rifle. I've posted photos of my 17 and 22 on my blog http://brpistoljournal.blogspot.com/
I'm putting on an inexpensive BSA scope that sells at Cheaper Than Dirt for half the price of other places, plus I found a coupon on line for $10 off. So the scope is going for about $35 which includes shipping! The scope mount was shipped to me free for showing it on my blog. Next I need to find a way to carry it since my holsters don't work with the scope. Possibly a sling? Any ideas out there? Buy the gun. You'll love it. I let my 15 year old son shoot it at the range and he would load and shoot with it all day if I'd let him. My one complaint about doing business with Ruger is that they don't have an email address to contact them. What's up with that?! If I send Henry Repeating and email the President personally writes me back almost immediately. I think he's even responded from home on Sunday nights. Get with the program Ruger!
 

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strut64 said:
I am an active shooter of rifles and shotguns but have never warmed to the handgun side of things. I would like to get involved but have a few questions. Is a ruger single six a good investment. Should I buy a new one? cost new or used? stainless or blued? I have no idea about appriximate values or prices.
Easy to shoot!
Easy to clean!
Adjustable sights!
Available with .22 and .22 Magnum cylinders!
What's not to like?
Here is mine:
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/843963/a_handgun_review_the_ruger_new_model.html?cat=15

At times, I've been tempted to get a semi-auto pistol just to have more capacity in the magazine and be a super precise shooter. But, then I read about disassembly and cleaning nightmares and I'm glad for the simplicity.
 
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