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Old 11-08-2018, 1:28 PM
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Default Thoughts on Ruger single six 17hmr

I was interested in this single action for punching paper at 8 - 15 yards. I already have 22lr's for this and thought this would be fun to pick up as long as I can get some good groups from it...

Anyone have one?

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Old 11-08-2018, 2:57 PM
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I have an old one in .22 LR. It's ok, but probably my least shot gun. Loading a single action revolver in .22 gets boring fast.

I wouldn't waste money on a .17 HMR pistol.
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Old 11-08-2018, 8:58 PM
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.17 HMR is fun, but pricey, to shoot. Since it is a Ruger Single Six, your grandchildren should be able to hand it down to their grandchildren, as long as you keep it maintained.

Just for fun, Henry makes a lever action in .17 HMR that would look great with a Single Six. https://www.henryusa.com/rifles/leve...rontier-rifle/
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Old 11-09-2018, 1:21 AM
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I have an older Single Six and I love it. Mine dates to 1955 and it shoots great. I learned to shoot with my Dad’s Single Six, so it has a special place in my heart.
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Blowing up water bottles and produce is fun. Expensive fun, but still fun.

Trying to see the little itty bitty holes in paper targets, not so much.
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If I didn't already have something in a .17HMR, I probably wouldn't be so interested in one myself. I already have a rifle in this round and find it to be a fun round for plinking and varmints. It will cost you more than a .22 to shoot but I'd say go for it!
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I love my single six but it's in .22 / .22WMR. Never shot one in .17HMR
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My thoughts are that I've always been intrigued by the 17hmr... Probably because it's a fast flat rimfire that looks mean.

I've recently acquired a 617 and I shoot steel at 25 yards and entertain myself shooting at paper at 8 yards at the indoor range. As long as the Ruger is capable of grouping well I don't mind the cost of ammo.

I don't mind loading a revolver one round at a time and actually appreciate that it shows things down a little.

Good point about the small holes in paper but I shoot at shoot n see targets so not really a problem...

I do like that Henry lever that was pointed out although it seems a little sketchy dropping 17's into a tube because they are so pointed...but I guess they aren't center fire ...I really want the 24" frontier in 22lr

I just got a Henry small game carbine that I've been meaning to post about... It's in 22lr and I've been shooting it a lot... Trying for ragged hole groupings at 15 yards is quite fun. I anticipate shooting steel at 50 yards will be the same

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I had to get rid of my single six 17hmr hunter... The piercing muzzle blast was unique to anything I have ever shot in the field unmuffed... Painful... A 22lr-22mag would be a better choice for plinking or target work... 25-50 yards is more of a target range for the 17hmr pistol with a 6.5in barrel...
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I had to get rid of my single six 17hmr hunter... The piercing muzzle blast was unique to anything I have ever shot in the field unmuffed... Painful... A 22lr-22mag would be a better choice for plinking or target work... 25-50 yards is more of a target range for the 17hmr pistol with a 6.5in barrel...
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You've made it sound pretty cool actually... I'll only be shooting with ear protection so that's not a concern... I read the hunter is very rare, I believe it has a longer barrel

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Ya my hunter was rare... 17 hmr with a 17 mk2 extra cylinder.. 7.5 in barrel with factory ruger rings included... A very nice collecter on the east coast has it in his collection-showroom now...
17 HMR Hunters do come up on gb pretty regularly,, ck them out ...
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Probably fun to shoot at night.
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I like .17 hmr out of a bolt rifle. I don't see any point from a handgun, unless you are just super into the .17. I'd take a .22 all day every day.

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I like .17 hmr out of a bolt rifle. I don't see any point from a handgun, unless you are just super into the .17. I'd take a .22 all day every day.
Maybe you're right.... I'm thinking 2000fps even out of a revolver which is pretty unique

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Skip it. Ruger quit producing them because the brass would crack at the neck. I had one and though it was fun to shoot I had brass crack quite often.
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I have a chipmunk pistol in 17hmr with a 10” barrel on it .I personally think a Ruger Hunter would be awesome .lead free ammo readily available.a Ruger Hunter should shoot like a Lazer gun.it can put down anything on a ranch
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I love 17hmr, and would enjoy the heck out of a single six in one...but ammo is so dang expensive for what it is! I rarely shoot my 17 rifles, as I load 223 for half the cost with better performance.

It's got a place for sure, but...I wish ammo was half the cost.
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