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Single Six problems

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by mattg521, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. mattg521

    mattg521 portland.,or Member

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    I have a Ruger Single Six .22/.22 mag that has stopped working. I thought this thing was bomb proof. Apparently like all machines it can/does wear and fail. Unfortunately it happened while someone else was using it so I'm not entirely sure how it was handled/mishandled before the fault occurred.
    The gun is well used but has always proven reliable before.
    Te hammer will not cock back and in fact will barely move at all before it meets resistance.
    When the loading gate is open the cylinder turns freely.
    A small bit of metal pin approximately 2mm in dia. and 7-8 mm long was loose in the grip frame cavity it appears to be sheared off at one end.
    Sound familiar to anyone? Any advice?
     
  2. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Pictures would help a lot.
     
  3. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    Hammer pin or plunger pin maybe. Would be helpful with pics like orygun said.
     
  4. mattg521

    mattg521 portland.,or Member

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    I'll try to get some pix up tomorrow.
     
  5. Vaultman

    Vaultman Clackamas Co, Oregon Active Member

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    Any picture yet. I am interested to see.
     
  6. nitestocker

    nitestocker woodland washington Well-Known Member

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    check your cylinder pin if there not in correctly the gun wont work does the gate open if that dont work strip it down
     
  7. Key-Hay

    Key-Hay North Carolina Active Member

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    Is it an old 3 screw model? (Built before 1972 and not Safety modified by Ruger's recall)
     
  8. mattg521

    mattg521 portland.,or Member

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    Sorry still no pix. Tore it down and found a broken hammer plunger. Looks like an easy repair. Anyone here done it before? I'm wondering if the plunger retaining pin needs to be replaced or if it is reusable. Anywhere close to PDX that is likely to have one on hand?
     
  9. plumberfishes

    plumberfishes Gresham oregon Active Member

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    bottom line is its a ruger, ship it to them amd they will fix it free, and upgrade it as needed, they have great service.
     
  10. billdeserthills

    billdeserthills Cave Creek, Arizony Well-Known Member

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    Actually from what I hear, the real bottom line is:
    Ruger will not supply you with parts to fix it yourself, so refer to the above & give Ruger a call, then get the gun back to them
     
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  11. bruzer

    bruzer Grants Pass, OR Well-Known Member

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    CALL RUGER!
    I lost a screw on my Ruger Blackhawk, called Ruger and they sent me out a new screw.
    Good luck,
    Mike

    Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.
    Customer Service Department
    200 Ruger Road
    Prescott, AZ 86301

    Telephone: 928-541-8892 / Fax: 928-778-6633
    (Monday through Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm MST)
     
  12. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    As I recall you can use a 3/32 drill bit cut to length. If you make the pin slightly longer it holds the bolt open longer and eliminates the turn line problem on the cylinder. Do a search on "hammer pin mod" on the Ruger forums.
     
  13. drowdy

    drowdy Vancouver, Washington New Member

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    I agree, Ruger goes above and beyond. I recently broke one of the grips on my 44 mag Super Blackhawk due to shooters error/inexperience. I got my new grips in the mail just today at no charge! Go to Ruger's website and you can contact customer support there. They will take care of it!
     
  14. mattg521

    mattg521 portland.,or Member

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    Got the part from Ruger for $4 and got the pawl and cylinder lock springs as well since they were a couple bucks each. New plunger was noticeably longer than old. Didn't work full length - couldn't cock the gun. Cut it down but left it longer than the original to improve cylinder drag. Hot damn! She works a treat! Almost forgot how much I love this old gun.
     
  15. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    Good deal, it feels pretty good when you fix it yourself doesnt it.