» Advanced

Go Back   Shooters Forum > Rimfires > Rimfire Handguns
Register FAQ Members List Donate Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read



Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 05-27-2011, 11:18 AM
Beartooth Regular
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 41
Barrel length for new Single Six


Registered Users do not see the above ad.


Hello all.

Looking to get into pistol shooting and have decided on the .22lr/.22Mag Ruger Single Six with stainless finish. I plan to use this mainly for target practice/plinking. My question is, what barrel length should I be looking to get. These revolvers come in 5.5 and 6.5 length barrels. Can someone explain the pros and cons between the different barrel lengths.

Thanks in advance!
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 05-27-2011, 12:01 PM
Beartooth Regular
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 40
I bought a New Modle Ruger single 6 convertable back in the 70's with a 5 1/2 inch barrell,I could have got a 6 inch or a 9 inch at the time.I've always wished I would have choses the 9 inch biker
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-27-2011, 12:30 PM
Old Grump's Avatar
Beartooth Regular
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Little hut in the woods
Posts: 676
It will be easier to carry and handle the 5.5" and you gain nothing in accuracy from the longer barrel. The slight velocity gain won't be noticed by you or the target. When a gun is unwieldy to handle it has a tendency to not get shot as much and that would be a shame.
__________________
Roman Catholic, Life Member of American Legion, VFW, Wisconsin Libertarian party, Wi-FORCE, WGO, NRA, JPFO, GOA, SAF and CCRKBA
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-30-2011, 04:36 AM
TMan's Avatar
Beartooth Regular
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: NJ - But Not For Long :)
Posts: 2,963
I picked up a barely used 6.5" Stainless SS many years ago.

I cleaned up the internal trigger surfaces, and installed a Wolfe trigger spring. I've yet to see a stock Ruger Single Action that didn't need that, (a lot). I doubt if it's even possible to wear a SS out, as your fingers can't feed it enough ammo to even get it warm. Mine is as accurate as any revolver I've ever owned.

I've often considered having the barrel shortened to 4 5/8", as that would be ideal for holster carry. Probably never will. 5.5" or 6.5" really isn't enough of a difference to be an issue if you spot one used and in good condition, but I'd go with the 5.5" if I was buying a new one. If I were to buy a blued model, I'd get a 4 5/8".
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 05-30-2011, 05:43 AM
Beartooth Regular
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 3,836
The additional inch gives you a longer sight radius (distance from the rear to front sight) which many feel improves accuracy. Carried to extremes (long, long barrels) it makes for an unwieldly package for a handgun.

Since you mentioned that your handgun will mainly be used for target practice/plinking, my suggestion would be to get one with an adjustable rear sight. With fixed sights, there are no provisions for sight adjustment and should the gun not shoot to point of aim, the only correction you can make to hit where you want is to use "Kentucky windage". Example: my Colt clone single action shoots low and slightly left. I put up a paster high and slightly right on my target and use that for my aiming point. The bullets then, fall in the bullseye.

If I had an adjustable sight gun, I could adjust the rear sight in the direction I want my bullets to fall and be able to line up my sights on the target in the conventional manner. I would not have to aim at a paster that is set up away from the bullseye.

That is the problem with all fixed sight guns. They may not shoot to point of aim.

Last edited by Marshal Kane; 05-30-2011 at 05:45 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 05-30-2011, 05:59 AM
Beartooth Regular
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 3,836
Quote:
Originally Posted by Old Grump View Post
. . . you gain nothing in accuracy from the longer barrel . . .
Agree with your post with this exception. The longer sight radius helps the shooter acquire better sight alignment resulting in better accuracy. Most of us see slight discrepancies in sight alignment better with a longer sight radius.

Last edited by Marshal Kane; 05-30-2011 at 06:01 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 05-30-2011, 10:41 AM
zb338's Avatar
Beartooth Regular
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 397
If you are going to shoot Bullsey (official NRA matches) you need the long bbl.
There are not many people useing single action pistols for any kind of official
target shooting. If you are just going to have fun with a pistol, listen to the
Grump he won't steer you wrong.

Zeke
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 05-30-2011, 11:03 AM
Old Grump's Avatar
Beartooth Regular
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Little hut in the woods
Posts: 676
Quote:
Originally Posted by Marshal Kane View Post
Agree with your post with this exception. The longer sight radius helps the shooter acquire better sight alignment resulting in better accuracy. Most of us see slight discrepancies in sight alignment better with a longer sight radius.
Easier to see but I shoot a lot of 4" and 6" and 7 1/4" guns and while it may be easier to latch onto the sights with the longer radius my targets tell me there is no appreciable difference in accuracy until I shoot 3" or shorter and even then at 50' or less you don't want anybody who is a marksman shooting at you with a snubbie because he is going to ruin your day. My optimum for shooting/carry is 4". Long enough for a good sight picture and short enough to not be getting in your way when holster carried.

It's been my experience over the last 40+ years of range shooting that whenever anybody shows up with a novelty gun like a 9" barreled 22 or a 12" .357 everybody has fun with it but I rarely see it again. A lot of my cop students shot 3" revolvers or small .380's and 9MM's on the line because they were their back up guns but most had 4" or better revolver and/or pistols.

Us handgun hunters shoot our longer barreled guns because it helps with sight acquisition for longer ranges and the extra inch or two of barrel length helps keep muzzle jump down but when it gets serious target and plinking time it goes in the box and out comes the 4" gun. I shoot with cops, doctors, farmers, construction men, preachers, carpenters, truck drivers and it's all the same. A lot of them have long barreled handguns but you rarely see them on the range except maybe just before hunting season. The great majority of them shoot 3"-6" guns with 4" being the most predominant. Experts and new shooters alike always seem to gravitate to that length. That being said it depends on the gun. If I were going to be doing serious competition with my 357 I want a 5"-6" barrel but everyday use and carry 4" is more than plenty.
__________________
Roman Catholic, Life Member of American Legion, VFW, Wisconsin Libertarian party, Wi-FORCE, WGO, NRA, JPFO, GOA, SAF and CCRKBA

Last edited by Old Grump; 05-30-2011 at 11:10 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 06-02-2011, 03:06 AM
Beartooth Regular
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Missouri
Posts: 256
I have long been a proponet of the 5 1/2 in. barreld revolvers. All I own are so equipped except for two that I use for long range shooting for fun, pleasure and education and they're both 7 1/2 in. Go with 5 1/2 is my opinion.
__________________
In general the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens and giving it to another class of citizens. Voltaire

There is no right way to do a wrong thing

NRA Benefactor, 2008
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 06-03-2011, 07:43 AM
Beartooth Regular
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 41
Thanks for all the tips and Info. I have decided to go with the 5.5" barrel. Now just have to go shopping! Ill post some pics when I get it home!
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 06-03-2011, 09:25 AM
Beartooth Regular
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 27
I have one of the early 9 3/8ths bbl guns and it gets shot all the time, everyone loves the way ti handles and shoots...funy, it shoots shorts most of the time.


I also have one that had the bbl cut back to the unloading device and the front sight reinstalled...it is about 3 1/2" or so and is great for carry and slides out of the holster really slick. Recoils a bit more and is much louder...

All are fun to shoot...enjoy whatev length you buy.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 06-05-2011, 03:25 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mtns.
Posts: 2
I also agree with Grump. Go with the shorter 5.5" barrel. It will be less of a hassle to carry. I have several guns with longer barrels and have wished they were shorter. For plinking you sure have picked a good revolver. I only rarely use the .22 cylinder, preferring to shoot the .22 mag ammo instead. What a blast of fun. Now I am thinking about getting a .22 mag rifle to accompany my Ruger Single Six. Perhaps a Henry lever action in .22 mag.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 06-06-2011, 04:14 AM
Beartooth Regular
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 41
Whip Lash

You and I are on the same Page!! I have a Henry Lever gun in .22 Mag! I love that gun! Its the frontier model with the octagon barrel! Beautiful gun and, very smooth action. Only been to the range with it twice, but have had no jams or misfires. Now Im looking for a .22 mag revolver to go with it!

I have defiantly decided to go with the Ruger Single Six, SS 5-1/2" model. Ill post pics when I get it, but it probably wont be for a few months as I have some $$$ saving to do first.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
444 marlin single six 12 inch varmint barrel pistol rborges66 Handgun Cartridges 8 07-09-2012 09:31 PM
Barrel Break-in sionaprhys Rifles and Rifle Cartridges 26 09-18-2011 08:53 AM
Barrel Selection Assistance, please! Tomarctus Muzzleloaders 59 02-23-2011 09:47 PM
Barrel length and accuracy sheedy Rifles and Rifle Cartridges 21 07-31-2009 09:18 PM
Ruger 10/22 - Adams & Bennett barrel? VA Bigbore Rimfire Rifles 2 05-29-2009 09:01 PM


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 03:56 PM.

< Contact Us - Shooters Forum - Archive >

 
 

All Content & Design Copyright © 1999-2002 Beartooth Bullets, All Rights Reserved
View Privacy Policy | Contact Webmaster | Legal Information
Website Design & Development By Exbabylon Internet Solutions
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2