So Sue Me, I Like The Wrangler Better

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So Sue Me, I Like The Wrangler Better

Post by sjs »

I have had a Single Ten and several Single Six revolvers over the years and loved them all. Have one in the house now, though it belongs to my son, and there is not much that I enjoy more than shooting a .22 single action. But I felt like having another one so I did some online research of the Wrangler, Heritage Rough Rider and Cimarron Plinkerton.

None of the reviews sounded like either of them would be of interest to me, though there are many positive reviews of all three. So today I went to my local indoor range/LGS to shoot the Single Six and stopped to take a look at the Heritage models they had in stock. I was still interested in getting another 22 but was not convinced I would like the Heritage. Then the manager told me they happened to have wranglers in stock so I looked them over. I really liked how it felt in my hand and I bought a black one with black plastic stocks.

I went in to the range and pulled out the Single Six and compared it to the Wrangler. Except for the finish, stocks and sights they looked to be the same size and dimensions. Still, the Wrangler felt good and, in fact, better to me than the Single Six. So I shot the Wrangler, a lot, from 3 to 15 yards.

Well, bottom line is I like the Wrangler more than the Single Six. I know it is cheaper, less robust, less refined, less attractive, etc. And I still love the Single Six. But I like the Wrangler better. Not sure why, since they are so similar, but I do. Maybe the different materials used affected the balance, despite similar dimensions. Sometimes they just get a weapon right and I think they did with the Wrangler.
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Re: So Sue Me, I Like The Wrangler Better

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sjs,

I own Single Sixes, Heritage RR's and Bearcats. I also have several Wranglers and the Wrangler is my go to gun for plinking or checking out late night noises here on the ranch.
Your "bottom line" said it perfectly and thanks for saying it. I feel the same way, Ruger did it right.

I agree completely. Thanks for your post!

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The Wrangler is a good gun. The lighter materials it's made from do give a very different balance and feel in the hand. That's what's important. It's lighter but recoil is not an issue with .22s, so it's easier to pack around as well!

But it's not too light to be able to hold a good sight picture if you use the sights, especially for longer shots.

It does have another advantage, it has a free spin cyl found on no other Ruger .22s. This makes it easier to load and unload because the chambers can be aligned with the loading gate trough easier.

The golden rule: buy and shoot what you like and handles best for you!
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I don't miss the Single Six I used to have at all. I can shoot the Wrangler just as good and the cerakote finish handles rough treatment better.
"It ain't who shoots first and it ain't who shoots most; it's who HITS first. A corollary - the sooner you kill that SOB, the sooner he'll quit shooting at you. The ability to hit what you're shooting at trumps all others, and hanging 47 accessories from a cheese-grater forearm and having a 30 round magazine won't help that - practice will." -Rugerforum.com member WWB
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Ferguson T035,

Great comment. I agree with you. Nice to meet you neighbor, I'm just across the river in Ohio.
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Thanks bro. Now, I sure wouldn't turn down a Single Six if I found a good deal on one, but the Wrangler does everything I need it do and then some!
"It ain't who shoots first and it ain't who shoots most; it's who HITS first. A corollary - the sooner you kill that SOB, the sooner he'll quit shooting at you. The ability to hit what you're shooting at trumps all others, and hanging 47 accessories from a cheese-grater forearm and having a 30 round magazine won't help that - practice will." -Rugerforum.com member WWB
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I have a Single-Ten, for which my only complaint is that it takes a little longer to clean! Its accuracy is beyond phenomenal.
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Everybody has to pick the revolver that best serves their needs and looks and feels best for them. For me it will always be the Single-six, but that doesn't mean that it should be the first choice for everyone else. Thankfully Ruger offers plenty of options for us.
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Well stated my friend.
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I sold all of my single sixes because of heritage barkeeps (3 so far). Smooth 4 click and I don’t even have to aim to make expended shotgunshells dance. It literally shoots from the hip and hits where I point it.

Bearcats and single sixes actions just suck to me out of the box.

I agree the Wrangler is better but I like the heritage leaps and bounds better. I got past the crappy heritage frame finish by hitting them with a scotch bright pad and making it look 100 years old in 5 minutes and never worrying about the finish again.

At the end of the day a 22 pistol should feel good, operate smoothly like glass, and hit.

If it doesn’t feel like a new model vaquero out of the box, just a Ruger fishing weight to me.
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Post by LuckenbachTexas »

I also meant to note the run of the mill Single Six uses an alloy grip frame making them no more stellar than heritage.
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Is the Wrangler basically just the Single Six by design, only made with cheaper materials to cut the cost?

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Danny wrote:Is the Wrangler basically just the Single Six by design, only made with cheaper materials to cut the cost?

Danny
Almost. But the Wrangler has one design change improvement over the Single Six: a free spin cylinder for ease of aligning the chambers with the loading chute for loading and unloading. Not the full RIPS design of the New Vaqueros and Flat Tops, but similar.
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I really like the free spin design, glad that Ruger did that.
"It ain't who shoots first and it ain't who shoots most; it's who HITS first. A corollary - the sooner you kill that SOB, the sooner he'll quit shooting at you. The ability to hit what you're shooting at trumps all others, and hanging 47 accessories from a cheese-grater forearm and having a 30 round magazine won't help that - practice will." -Rugerforum.com member WWB
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Re: So Sue Me, I Like The Wrangler Better

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Looks like Ruger has the competition pretty well covered. ;)

They’re not my cup of tea, but glad folks are liking the Wranglers.
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