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Testing ammo in my Single Six.

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I'm going to test some various 22 long rifle ammo in my Single Six. I have about 8 varieties to test. I am decent from the bench with a revolver, and can hold around an inch at 25 yards in good light. On a bad day, larger of course. So I'm not going to test not the best of the best testing here, but I want it to be somewhat meaningful. Weed out the absolute junk and see what it likes relatively well. I do shoot at farther ranges, up to 75 yards. I can hold 5/6 or 6/6 on my 6" plate at 75 yards. So if an ammo type shoots 1" at 25 yards but doesn't hold up at farther ranges, that is of interest to me too.

So, what has everyone found that their single six generally likes? Is it a known thing that most of them will do good with x variety of ammo?

And, what should I do between types of ammo. I don't want to clean the gun in great detail between types unless I have to. But if a couple patches is really a benefit, I would do that. Light cleaning in other words.

I assume I can use CCI mini mags with different nose shapes without cleaning between types, The same for golden bullets I assume.

Does anyone suggest just shooting a cylinder or two of the new ammo to test and then shoot for score? Is that enough if I'm using lubed ammo exclusively. I assume i'd definitely need to clean for best results between plated and lubed?

Okay, so here is the rub, this is a working gun that likely wont do better than many. If the gun will only shoot 2" at 25 no matter what, I don't want to give it the same treatment a bench rest gun gets. So I'm looking for some suggestions as to how to approach this in a realistic way.

I've not shot this gun on paper much, But I have shot a fair amount with it. It hates thunderbolts an does mediocre with Minimags, but loves aguila, from my limited plinking Now I want to go farther.
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Can't answer some of your questions, but RF's tend to be individuals, be it rifle or handgun. Ruger has a well-deserved long-standing reputation for good products, so assume yours is one. Since you have already determined at least two brands of ammunition that don't perform well when plinking but you like how it shoots with Aquila, that's where you should focus and see if there is one particular Aquila loading that performs better than the others in your revolver.

I'd suggest you start with a clean gun, shoot a couple of cylinders to 'season' the bbl., but note where the first shot went [I think it important to know where that first shot goes from a clean bbl. w/a given type of ammo or load] and then began your 'testing'. Unless you are using something like a Ransom Rest, it's pretty much empirical and involves more than just good light. Many a competition shooter has noted the negative effects of
caffeine or being tired or even distracted by life in general, so you want to avoid those things for best results, if you are not using a solid mechanical rest.

Just some thots, perhaps something of value to you.

Good shooting, regardless.
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At one time I had a single six that I shot IHMSA silhouette with. When I got it I marked the chambers so I knew which chamber was which. After firing several five shot groups with each chamber I found that two of the chambers shot significantly off point of aim compared to the rest of the chambers. At that point there’s no sense going any further. I sent the gun back to Ruger with targets and a note explaining my results. Ruger “fixed” the gun and when I got it back all six chambers shot to one POI. At that point I started accuracy testing different ammo. I found that the same high grade target ammo that shot good out of most rifles and semi-autos shot well in the single six. Long story short, I ended up using Eley std target. The groups you’re getting at 75 yards aren’t going to win any awards. You should be able to do much better. That single six I had shot a 77x80 at the IHMSA Internationals. I’d recommend you do your testing with a scoped gun to sort ammo. After that, spend a lot of time behind the trigger and learn how to shoot. If the gun shoots good, you should be able to do around an inch at 50 yards, or maybe even a bit better….if you know how to shoot.
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I appreciate the replies. Definitely something I'll consider.
Are you guys shooting one hand or two? For some reason I am doing better at 25 yds one handed. I am not comfortable wrapping two hands on such a small frame.
I do better 2 handed. But I have to be careful that I don't pull the shot left with my off hand death grip. It is a habit I got, or at least noticed, when I had a super blackhawk in 44 mangum. Looking back, it would explain why it seems like a lot of guns pulled left for me in the past. Now, tuning my technique, I have overcome it.
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