Originally Posted by sagenodland
It is a revolver and I don't like the thought of the hammer resting on a live round
A modern Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Taurus, and many others cannot fire with fully loaded if the weapon is dropped.
Older Tauruses, Rossi revolvers, and S&Ws have a hammer block saftey, which is a latch, block or other obstruction built into the action and normally positioned to prevent the hammer contacting the cartridge primer or firing pin when at rest. Similar to the firing pin block, the obstruction to the hammer's travel is removed as a consequence of pulling the trigger. This allows the hammer to contact the primer or firing pin only when the trigger is pulled.
Newer Tauruses and Rugers have a Transfer bar safety. The hammer itself cannot contact a loaded cartridge; it must instead strike the transfer bar, which then contacts the cartridge primer with the spur or pin. The transfer bar is normally positioned out of line with the hammer's travel, but is moved into place by the normal action of the trigger, providing similar "drop safety". The bar is not raised until the trigger is pulled so there is no chance the hammer can contact the firing pin; therefore the pin cannot contact the primer and fire the weapon.
If its a Ruger and it doesn't have a transfer bar, its is a old model Blackhawk or Vaquero?
If so then just leave the chamber in front of the firing pin empty and your GTG.
If its a double action Ruger, what model? IIRC, all ruger DA revolvers have a transfer bar safety. I am a collector of old Ruger DAs and I have never seen one without a drop safety.