Ruger SSM

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Looking at a Ruger SSM with 4 5/8" barrel. 95% condition. No box/paperwork. Worth $300.00? Is 32 H&R brass /ammo hard to find? If I get it I was cast and reload.

Thanks THK
 

flatgate

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If the cylinder frame is indeed rollmarked SSM then you have a prize! Very rare gun.....

If it's not marked SSM it's still a good deal in my opinion. I have several Single-Six .32 mags and I really enjoy shooting them. I've "tested" them on Marmots/Rockchucks and they drop 'em in their tracks!

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+1 to what Flatgate said. Even if it's not marked SSm,, it's still a good buy. As for brass & ammo,, it's out htere,, but like a lot of ammo nowadays,, it isn't easy to find. But,, things are getting better. And yes,, casting bullets is a good way to go.
I too have several 32 mags,, and I enjoy them!
 

mohavesam

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In my travels, brass & ammo is readily available in lead or JHP. Lead bullets are everywhere for 32M.

Great woods gun and easy-on-the-hip. Good price for a "no-surprises" SA small game getter. 32 H&R Mag fans don't easily give up their Single-Six iron.
 

Coogs

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$300.00? Buy it. If it is rollmarked SSM on the frame ya done real good. So far only one of those is known to exist. "SSM" marked frames exist up to about serial # 800. Great shootin' piece! Coogs.
 
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yessir, thats a GOOD deal and if the gun is so marked ,as said above, a "great deal"...either way,can't go wrong, the short ones are hard to find and a premium around here......
 
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Well I bought it. Frame not marked SSM(rats!). Looks like its hardly been shot. No burn rings on the front of the cylinder and the back looks like it never had a bullet stuck into it. The only wear is on the grips. Only a couple of small dings and the grips appear a little darker from sweat or oil. There is no blueing wear anywhere on the gun. S/N 650-248xx. Wonder what year itwas mfg'd? I have dies for S&W long and an 86 grain mold that I load for an ancient s&w .32 hand ejector. I will shoot it with these wimp loads until I can get some 32 mag. brass.
BTW I have a stainless single six with 4 5/8" barrel and it feels like a "boat anchor" compared to the .32
 

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Coogs":2zetiomv said:
$300.00? Buy it. If it is rollmarked SSM on the frame ya done real good. So far only one of those is known to exist. "SSM" marked frames exist up to about serial # 800. Great shootin' piece! Coogs.

Really? I have one in 32 H&R mag. The serial number ends in 308. I had it on gun broker just 'cuz I have so many and I prefer the 4-5/8" barrels and this one has a 5-1/2" barrel. :shock:
 

jazzman

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Looks like yours was made in 1986 according to the Ruger website. I have 2 of them, I made in 1985 unfired in the original box, and one shooter that was made in 1986. I have starline brass in 32 h&r backordered from Midway that I am hoping will be here soon. I have a box of 32 long that I am slowly shooting up. Congrats on your new gun.

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eric conrad

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Great gun and price.
Starline lists brass will be ready 1-22-10. Last couple of times my brass has shown up early. min. order 500 rds. Midway will be close to that date.
Eric
 

dougader

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I got my 1k pieces of 32 H&R brass earlier this year, before the last batch sold out. I let 50 pieces go to a forum member but want to hang on to the rest. Now I just need to get busy loading!

Jeez, Kaboomer... if you prefer a 5-1/2" model I am open to a trade. I'm a nut for the short barreled single actions.
 

Allen207

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I wasn't able to find loaded ammo anywhere. I was able to get brass from http://www.bluestarbrass.com/ in a speedy and painless fashion, small pistol primers were the next hurdle. Bullets are readily available. Now I have a bunch of loaded rounds, but the gun itself is off at Dave Clements :)
 
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Thanks for the offer dougader but all my Rugers are 4 5/8" with the one execption of my 5 1/2" accusport 45LC bisley. To me a single action just looks and handles right with a barrel the same length as the ejector housing.
 

dougader

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Can't fault you for that. Your tastes run the same as mine in that area. My 5.5" Bisley may just have a 4-5/8" barrel and a fluted cylinder someday. :)
 

flatgate

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The Happy Kaboomer":1zi59dzb said:
To me a single action just looks and handles right with a barrel the same length as the ejector housing.

Sir, you need to expand your horizons....

.32 mag Single-Sixes? Here's a couple I have...
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How about .45 Colt cal. Blackhawks?

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Or, there's this pair of long barreled stainless shooters.. one .22 and one .44..

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Sure, I have lots of 4-5/8" or even a 4-3/4" "shooter" but one needs to experience the virtues exhibited by all the barrel lengths.....

:D

JMHO,

flatgate
 

dougader

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I've owned and fired several long barreled revolvers from 6", and 7.5" to 9.5"... I always come away thinking I'd like them better with 4-5/8" barrels for SA guns or 4" - 5" barrels for DA revolvers.
 
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Flatgate:
Nice guns however I still prefer the shorter barrels on my sixguns. Being a S&W collector too I have long barrels in some of those that I hunt or plink with. But the preponderance(sp?) of those wear 4" barrels too.
 

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