4 Click Single Six. - Worth It?

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Bearcat
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Just saw one at my local shop. Well used. Bluing pretty good with a bit of surface rust here and there. Only the LR cylinder near as I could see. Some scratches on the ejector housing.

Old 3 screw, 4 click model. I didn't note the serial number to look it up. It was priced at $260. I am pretty sure I could talk him down a bit.

I am going back this afternoon to check the serial number and get an idea of the date.
 

djw54

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With a "bit of surface rust here and there", and only one cylinder, I'd pass, unless it was otherwise something special, had a really good box and paperwork, or I could get them down from that price. More info would help, but based on what we know, no.

I'm not an 'expert'; just my opinion.

Don
 

wwb

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I agree with djw54..... based on your description, the price is way too high. "A bit of surface rust" is bad; indicates a neglected gun.... it's far worse than a fair amount of honest wear.

Without seeing it for a better evaluation, if it's as bad as it sounds, I'd say $150 is tops.
 
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would depend on the condition as well as the vintage ( black hard rubber grips??) then that value would be pretty good, if nothing else, for the parts alone......................walnut grips, then a bit high, with out "seeing" it.
 

flatgate

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Being in New Hampshire you have a advantage. There ARE more Rugers in that neck of the woods (NE U.S.) than in other locales. I'd hold off and find a nicer example.

JMHO,

flatgate
 

contender

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It's all about condition, completeness and the possible rariety factor. I was strolling through a gun show once,,, and there in the case was a Single-Six. I immediately noticed something that MANY other folks had passed on. The price tag of $300 seemed high to some folks. To me,,, that all blue lightweight was on it's way to a new home.
Moral of the story;
Get that serial number,,, and any other marks, check to see if it's been converted (most likely not if it clicks 4 times,) and study the rust spots closely. Are they surface rust or deeper pitted areas? Lots of questions,,, but sometimes it could be well worth it. As mentioned above,, a set of original black rubber grips,,, in VG shape can be worth $100 by themselves.
More info needed,,!!!!!
 

flatgate

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+1 to Contender's Post. If you don't know the intricacies of the Single-Sixes then, at least, post the serial number here for some help.

flatgate
 

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I picked it up today. It is an unconverted, and only came with the LR cylinder. Serial number is 452XXX which puts it in 1966 according to Ruger's website. I ended up paying $235 for it, but $125 of that was time served, if you will, in that I worked for them for a day during a very large sale they had recently. That in itself was fun and a good time so I feel like I only have just over a hundred bucks in this gun. I wish it had the extra cylinder but I may have a line or two on one.

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I am going to try to get out this afternoon and shoot it.
 

street

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The gun should be worth the money, only thing it needs is a set of Black Eagle Grips. The grips that are on it are post 1974, notice the stainless steel insert for the grip screw? This started in 1974, I think, when Ruger started making Stainless Steel Guns.
 
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Excellent example of how hard it is to "describe" the condition of a gun.

From what I can see in the above pic, it looks pretty darn nice, and if the other side is similar, I'd say you got a tremendous deal.

:D
 

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I think I got a fair deal. The other side shows a couple of scratches. The worst on the ejector housing. Still, I am very happy with it.
 

contender

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I think you got a fair deal in a good shooter. Now, if it has any of those funny little details that drive collectors nuts,,, well,,, it could be an excellent deal.
 

Three50seven

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Nice gun, and a fair price IMO. the only thing I see is that the grips (or at least the medallions) aren't original. No problem though, since it's gonna be a shooter I assume. Congrats!
 

Forester

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I took the gun with me to work today, thinking I would have a chance to try it a bit on one of my logging jobs, but that was not to be. I did end up driving by the shooting club I belong to this afternoon so I turned in there instead. I really wasn't prepared for a high quality test but I did have 5 different loads with me and a couple of paper plates. I shot at 15 yards from a rest and I can tell you that this gun is sweeeeeeet! The five loads were Federal Target (blue box), Blazers, CCI Mini Mags, Velocitors and Stingers. All loads tested fine through the gun, with acceptable accuracy, however, it really liked the Mini Mags.

Some more detailed testing is in order, but regardless, I couldn't be happier with this old Ruger.
 

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