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Last Post 01 Jan 1900 12:00 AM by  Anonymous
Old Model Single Six Cylinder Questions
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RSSSSSSBH
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23 May 2017 04:14 AM
    I have some questions regarding Single Sixes. I am wondering what year Ruger began to number the Long Rifle Cylinders? I know that the Mag Cylinders are typically numbered, and that the Mag Cylinders are more commonly lost. I'd like to try and get the correct ""type"" of cylinder, matching the age of the revolver, and wonder if there is a time of unnumbered LR Cylinders, that would be a better match than the Newer Numbered Cylinders. I do realize that the Old Model LR Cylinders have a Firing Pin Groove between chambers. Thanks for your help.
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    John C. Dougan
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    26 May 2017 12:07 PM
    I will try to answer your inquiry - Convertible Single-Sixes began to appear in 1960. The .22 Magnum (RSSM) marked guns were the first convertibles (RSSM-X), the .22LR cylinder was the extra cylinder and the last 3 digits of the serial number was hand stamped on the front face with a number die. By 1961 the regular Single-Six convertible was offered (RSS$-X, RSS5-X & RSS9-X) and since the magnum cylinder was the extra cylinder it was marked. By 1965 the cylinders were marked with an electric pencil and later both cylinders were marked and initialed by the person fitting the cylinder. So, unmarked .22LR cylinders were the norm until sometime in the late 1960s - early 70s.
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