New Ruger Single Six Hunter ?'s

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rcf-3

Bearcat
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I picked up a new single six hunter with .22LR/.22WMR cylinders. I have wanted this gun for as long as I know they have made it. It shot well but I noticed a couple of things that caused me some questions.

Both cylinders are tight, almost no end shake and minimal rotational play. The .22 mag has a b/c gap of about .006" and I "think" that is good (I know it is for Ruger DA's). The .22LR has a b/c gap of .007"-.008" that "seems" excessive but I have no idea what the ideals are here. I figure it is a .22 so not super critical but tell me if these are normal. It does spit some serious fire out of the b/c gap along with some debris, I don't think it is shaving lead but I have a .22 head for my range rod on the way so I can verify the barrel/cylinder alignment. I have never owned a .22 revolver and I figure some lead splatter is to be expected with LRN ammo and the b/c gap such that it is.

My big gripe is the ejector rod shroud (housing?) looks like a pissed off beaver gnawed it out of a hunk of steel. OK not that bad but it is gouged and scratched and I didn't notice it when I was buying it, too damned excited I guess. It also has an unsightly gap at the front of it, again appears to be poorly fitted. Is there any easy fix, like buying a new one or are they individually fitted? I don't feel like shipping yet another band new gun back (last time it was SR9).

I love the look especially the long barrel and grips. I love the sights, although I might put a Leupold 2x on it (someone talk me out of it please). I really don't know why I put off buying one for so long. Unfortunately shooting .22WMR is addictive and I bought this gun to be frugal on ammo. This should make an awesome small game and plinker.

Let me know your thoughts. Appreciate any input.

-Rob
 

contender

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Rob,, those are nice guns! If the ERH is offensive,, you can easily swap those out. If the alignment of the mounting of it, is off,, then it's a trip back to Ruger to fix.
As for the B/C gap,, they sound about right. If you want to check to see if it's shaving,,, place a couple of towels (old ones,) on each side of the gun to catch any lead shavings & fire 6 rounds. See what debris is on the towels.
 

Jayhawkhuntclub

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I just picked one up too. My LR cylinder gap is 0.0035". My 22 Mag gap is 0.0025": basically 1/2 of what yours is. Yours sounds a bit wide, based the Rugers I have. I don't think it is out of spec though. My ERH sounds like yours: probably not as severe. It's nothing I can't live with. I have thought about taking it off and sanding it down a bit. It's not something that should happen on a $500+ gun. Good luck with yours!
 

rcf-3

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Thanks for the responses.

I just called Ruger and the b/c gap is within spec, up to .010" allowed, typical. But it does shoot and that is what counts.

They are also sending me a brand new ERH for free, we will see if that sits any better or if it is a misalignment, personally I think it is just the housing itself.

Pretty good customer service from Ruger, no surprise but it is noce to deal with folks that try to do a good job.
 

rcf-3

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True to their word Ruger mailed out a new ERH Monday and I got it Wednesday.

It fit perfect, fixed issue with the original.
 

Axehandle

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Scope that Ruger... With the factory rings the scope goes on and off without loosing your zero... Means that you can quicky change back and forth...
 

Jayhawkhuntclub

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rcf-3":y74cy9w1 said:
True to their word Ruger mailed out a new ERH Monday and I got it Wednesday.

It fit perfect, fixed issue with the original.

rcf-3: Great news! I'm glad it worked out for you. I actually followed your lead. They are sending me a new ERH too. Thanks. Mine wasn't that bad. But for a new gun that cost me almost $600 bucks, I don't think it's too much to ask.
 

rcf-3

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Amen brother.

Now I just need them to turn barrel back 1 turn and re-cut it and clear up the b/c gap
 

Jayhawkhuntclub

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rcf-3: Hey I got my ERH today and it fits great. Mine didn't look that bad and probably could have been reworked with a bit of sanding. But the new one looks and fits great. Thanks for setting a good example for me to follow.

Jayhawkhuntclub
 

rcf-3

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Good to hear, I ran another couple hundred rounds through it and .22 accuracy is so so as I suspected since the barrel is set up for .224" to accommodate the .22 mags, I think I am going to get one of Paco Kelly's accurizers to set the .22lr bullet diameter to a consistent .224" and that should make a world of difference. With .22 mags this thing is deadly, all the yummy forest creatures better watch out!
 

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