I didn't like the one I had. I sold it for what I had in it after working with it for about 3 weeks.
Here were some of the issues.
First, the fiber optic sights were difficult to see to get a clear sight picture. They tended to "flare" in varying light conditions, e.g. if it was bright they sometimes were too bright if you were in a shaded area shooting into a sunny area. I never felt I was getting a good sight picture eventhough physically the rear and front sight looked pretty good for getting one. I should have tried blacking the light points. I did change out the front sight with a standard one, but it didn't help much.
Second, the chambers were too tight, especially for some ammo. It took a lot of thumb force to get them seat properly. And if you didn't, cylinder binding was horrendous. You know how difficult it is to rotate a cylinder on a Single Six with one casehead high....imagine that with 2 or 3! Having to take excessive measures to make sure normal ammo was seated properly after the first cylinder or two was fired was just too much trouble. Some ammo worked well, but other brands were difficult even starting with a clean cylinder.
Which lead to a 3rd problem, that the pawl-ratchet relation seemed a little fragile considering the possibility of any cylinder rotation binding. I noticed that the edge of the ratchet was quite rough after a while of shooting because the pawl had deformed it.
Extraction was generally easy, but indexing it was a pain sometimes because if you missed a charge hole, rotating it around again required effort to find the right spot.
The primary issue was inconsistent accuracy. I had read many reports of excellent accuracy, and being very pleased with my Single Sixes, some of which like the Bisley are very accurate, thought a Single Ten would be worth a try.
I have never seen a revolver before that behaved like this one for accuracy results. After the usual fun of trying various brands of 22 LR, knowing how ammo finicky any 22 can be and being well acquainted with the process of finding the optimum, I found that several "favorite" types of ammo may shoot well for one or two cylinders, then poorly for the next 3, then good again, etc. I would also get occasional flyers even with better grouping ammo. I have several targets where I got around a 1" 10-shot group at 20 yards, then 3 at 2-3", then back to 1". No consistency whatsoever. Even one where I got a decent 10 shot group of 1" then the next 3 cylinders shot on the target above it went into about 3-4". I thought perhaps it was the sights, but changing out the front sight did not help. Perhaps the thing had a bent base pin or something and it shot well when rotated just so. Or it was an issue with a couple of the charge holes being slightly misaligned or out of round, but there was no indication of leading either in the bore or on the cylinder face like one might expect with that.
So, having had such a remarkably good experience with another recently purchased Sports South exclusive 4" SS MKIII Standard Pistol, I figured the Single Ten was a Monday morning lemon and I'd let someone else figure it out or send it back to Ruger so they could. Having also had a bad experience with a S&W Model 17-8 with the silly alloy 10-shot cylinder, which I sent back to the Performance Center to be refit with a 6-shot SS one (and this one turned out great, I might add!) I think I will stay away from ten shooter revolvers from now on.
Last edited by VAdoublegunner on Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:35 am, edited 1 time in total.