.32 mag Single Six-opinions sought

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Shaylex

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Hello all. I've been lurking here for some time and have decided to register to pick your collective brains.

Today I saw a Ruger Single Six chambered in .32 H&R magnum. It was a blued model with adjustable sights. Not sure of the exact barrel length but looked to be right around 6 inches. Some blue worn from the end of barrel, presumably from being carried in a holster. I also noted that one of the screws in the bottom of the gripframe, near the rear of the triggerguard, was slightly boogered. I have found that I like the H&R magnum round and think that this would make a fine small game and plinking gun. Price tagged at $395. I am thinking about picking it up. This would be my first Ruger single action revolver. I do have a Super Redhawk and a couple of autos. Anybody care to offer their thoughts one way or the other? Your opinions welcomed. Thanks in advance.
 

DGNY

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Excellent caliber for your proposed use. Ammo expensive for its size, so reloading a good plan. Price sounds as though you might ask an adjustment for the light damage. I have 2 in 4 5/8". Belt Mountain pin helped accuracy, but each revolver is different.

Good luck!

Regards,

Dyson
 

Lo-Bo

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That is actually a decent price for that gun. Prices on .32 magnums has gone very high in the last few years. The barrel would be 6 1/2". Wouldn't worry about the screw . It would depend on if you handload or not. I love the .32 magnums but handload only. Last box of .32 magnum shells I saw were close to $40 for 50 rounds. If you cast your own bullets and handload it is very cheap to shoot.
 

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One of my most favorite caliber. I have several custom 32's myself. I would go back and get that one QUICK.
 

G2

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I think $395 is a fair price for the condition. Boogered screw is easily replaced. It could be either 5.5" or 6.5" either length is good, fact is I think there all good. 4.6", 6.5", 9.5". I also have a 6.5" adj. sight that's getting a little work over. (not pictured)

FUN Guns to shoot.

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461

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$395.00 is a good price right now especially for an adjustable sighted one. I've found mine to be an outstanding gun that just suits me great for size and power. I have to agree with the others on reloading, it's a necessity for this round unless you've got loads of spare cash.

I'd buy it, they won't be getting any cheaper.
 

AzRebel

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It's a neat little cartridge as long as you handload.

I have a 4 5/8" barreled fixed sight one that looks an awful lot like that last picture in Axehandle's post. It's a VERY fun little gun.

Daryl
 

contender

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Don't get it!!!! It ain't worth a darn! Stay away!!!!

:D :D

Ok, now that I've had a little fun,,,, realize that MANY of us around here absolutely enjoy the little 32 mag caliber Single-Six's. I have several myself.

Funny story; (It shows my ignorance,,, somewhat.)
Way back when they brought out the Bisley griped guns, I didn't like them as they weren't traditional "Old Model" Rugers & I felt they weren't any good. Then along came the 32 mag. Again, I figured "Heck, that caliber won't last, it'll be a flash in the pan." attitude. So I thought I'd be "smart" and get one of the 32's in that odd grip type called a Bisley. Well, I did. I decided to put it up as a safe queen, and sell it for big bucks when it was dropped & all. Then a few months later I found a standard Single-Six shooter grade 32 mag. Cheap. I bought that one. I made the mistake of shooting that one. I LIKED it. Well, fast forward several years. I have 3 shooter 32 mags, and a few other safe queens. I wish I had bought MORE of those odd gripped 32's when I was smart enought to think they wouldn't last. They aren't cheap anymore.

Go, run, get that 32 & don't look back.
 

varminter22

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I never pass up a chance to praise the .32 H&R Mag in general, and the Ruger Single Six .32 Mag in particular.

Love it. I believe the .32 Mag is the most under appreciated cartridge in America.

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Dale53

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My first .32 H&R was a Ruger Single Six. It was the 4 5/8" version. Nice to carry but noticeably harder to shoot than my shooting buddy's 6.5" barrel. I ended up selling mine to a friend who really wanted it.

I ended up with two S&Ws (a 631 4" kit gun, a S&W 16-4 K-32 6") and recently added a Ruger SP101.

I cast my own bullets and have a Group Buy mould from Cast Boolits Forum in a 100 gr Keith that shoots REALLY well. I find that I mostly shoot target and edible small game. For that purpose I use .32 S&W L cases. Hornady makes a fine bulk packed HBWC that shoots very well and works fine on edible small game (rabbits and grouse, et al).

I shoot several thousand rounds of .32's a year and enjoy them immensely. The Ruger Single Six is a very nice handgun for practice AND the field.

Dale53
 

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My .32 mags... one in every barrel length and one birdshead grip model.

I very seldom pay the asking price of a used gun. No box, no papers, gun has been shot, screw buggered (true, can be replaced)... I'd offer the dealer $325... but go no higher than $350. But if you want it bad enough to pay full asking price.... its YOUR money! 8)

I recently sold a 5.5" NIB for $550.

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kentdep

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I like the .32 H&R too. I have two. One is a 5 1/2 inch plow handle that is in great condition and the other is a 6 1/2 Bisley. My wife shoots two of the Vaqurito version in Cowboy Action Shooting matches. We load a 100 grain cast bullet over 2.5 grains of Trail Boss powder. It is a great little plinking load for her.

I don't think that the asking price is too bad. I might mention to the sales person the buggered screw and then offer something like $350 out the door. You can get the screws cheap through Brownells. Let us know how you come out.

Jay
 

JWhitmore44

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They don't make them any more and they are getting harder to find. Most of them that go through the for sale on this site seem to have a price tag of around $600. You could always try for less but my guess it wont last long where it is currently priced.

Like the others have said, the 32 H&R really shines when you reload your own ammo. I've yet to start making my own bullets but it's next on my list. It is a neat little gun just made for plinking and small game. I think the 32 got a bum rap because of the 32 auto and 32 S&W rounds.
 

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JWhitmore44":27e037n8 said:
Like the others have said, the 32 H&R really shines when you reload your own ammo. I've yet to start making my own bullets but it's next on my list. It is a neat little gun just made for plinking and small game. I think the 32 got a bum rap because of the 32 auto and 32 S&W rounds.

Agree!

And, Federal was the only ammo maker to offer ammo for it. That didn't help any either.
 

FrontSite

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Go back and BUY IT NOW.... if its not too late
Reload for it and you will love it...

Greg, that is one beautiful picture.. any pic tips ?

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