heritage single action

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by unclebear, Jun 7, 2012.

  1. unclebear

    unclebear New Member

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    I was looking at one of there revolvers down at my local gun store, looked pretty nice single action 22lr comes with a 22 mag cylinder has the old school peace maker sights. All for a little less then $200 I was looking at it for trapping season and just plinking.

    Do any of you guys have any experience with them? also how are the finish because it will get wet and muddy it will get cleaned regularly but I don't want to get a gun that will turn to rust after a few days.
     
  2. Ranger-6

    Ranger-6 New Member

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    I just picked up a Heritage Rough Rider 22lr/22mag for $149.00. Its a nice piece but it has a grooved rear sight and a fixed front sight. It shoot left of center, so I was looking into having an adjustable rear sight put on it. The way it is now, it's not fun to shoot.
     

  3. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    Do yourself a favor and buy a Ruger. I've owned two Heritage. Both I bought because they were real cheap and re-sold. I've had my Ruger for 39 years.
     
  4. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Agree because i've had at least 4 - all gone now-----
    Get a used Ruger - not a new heritage ;)
     
  5. mattybock

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    I bought on of the heritages for 199 dollars at academy, which was a huge discount. Came in the box, two cylinders, etc. Made in America, well made and all. i was so happy.

    But - upon firing the gun, the gate would fly open or bounce and close. The cartridges, fired or new, would slip out of the cylinder just far enough to hit the gate and hault cylinder rotation.

    We took it back to the store and the gent noticed the magnum cylinder was in. He thought that was the problem.... ? No work was done on it.
    We fired it again and the bounce was still there, the hang up was not.

    The sights are fixed and never were aligned right. I don't know how to align them.

    So the gun is what it is - a cheap plinker.
     
  6. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    That wud be like putting a new steering wheel on a car with a bad front end :D
     
  7. phildenton

    phildenton New Member

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    They have models with adjustable sights installed. I had one of the fixed sight ones though, i loved it, traded it for a 12ga mossberg, want another herritage, was very accurate and never had any problems
     
  8. unclebear

    unclebear New Member

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    I don't buy ruger firearms, is there another company that makes a better single action 22 that won't break the bank?
     
  9. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    There are Colt single actions still around, they are good but you would have to find one.
     
  10. tomingreeneco

    tomingreeneco New Member

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    Put it in a vise and bend the front sight. That is what the "cowboys" did.
    Problem solved. Now go out and enjoy the gun. I purchased one 2 years ago and have put over 50,000 rounds through it. (About 500 a week). Had to bend the front sight and grind it down a little, but it shoots just fine now. It is what it is, good cheap fun!
     
  11. Durangokid

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    Just remove the front sight. Cut a dove tail in the barrel. You can put a sight on it and drift it right or left. I would not hammer a sight in a vise. You can damage the barrel. :)
     
  12. phildenton

    phildenton New Member

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    More for me, i absolutely love my vintage ruger police service six, it is my everyday carry.
     
  13. tomingreeneco

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    I would not hammer a sight either. You put a rag around the barrel, put it in the vise and use a vise grips or channel lock to bend the sight a little. Very easy and less expensive then replacing the sight. I own quite a few SA revolvers and have had to adjust the front site on all of them, even my Rugers. I like all my revolvers to shoot the same and this just does not happen with them right out of the box.
     
  14. ineverFTF

    ineverFTF New Member

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    Not to pry, but why wont you buy rugers?
     
  15. Gonzilla

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    The Italians are making some fine reproductions. Never fired one personally but they have been at it for a while now. AND more importantly, they make an honest 22 revolver vs 22 & 22 Mag which are chambered .224 and does not promote accuracy for the 22 LR side.

    Ruger does make rock solid revolvers and makes both 22 LR and combo revolvers. Both are built to last for generations but this is a $550 in SS gun - not a $200 and under.

    Fixed site firearms - it is an art form to sight them in but it can be done and tuned to shoot POA w a specific load. I will not bend/twist a barrel but people do it every day. I prefer to change front sights but they can be filed down. How steep is the learning curve - no idea but I'll bet there's some FTF members who have been down that road.
     
  16. Durangokid

    Durangokid New Member

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    Gonzilla, so true. There are a number of ways to correct the zero on SA handguns. The trial and error method of hand loads is the best. Front sight replacement and a file is a very good fix. The Colt SAA was inteneded for close combat from horse back. The training was done while riding and firing at a 4' X 4' target at 5'. These were sabre replacements close combat weapons. Most gun fights were carried out at under 7 yards. Point being the early SAA was not intended to be a target pistol. Modern shooters don't often need to finish off their horse at point blank range. So we have to tune these guns to shoot 2" at 25 yds. or we are confused.:D
     
  17. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I have a Rough Rider. Some people hacve had problems. But mine has been great. Never a problem.
     
  18. Chandler51

    Chandler51 New Member

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    Can I ask you why you don't buy Ruger? Is it a quality issue or something?
     
  19. gr8wapiti

    gr8wapiti New Member

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    I have a Rough Rider combo (.22lr/.22 mag) I LOVE IT!!!! In my opinion it shoots just like the Ruger single six accept no adjustable rear sights. i paid $150 for it w/ the .22 mag cylinder. I've never had a problem with it but i don't like the hammer safety.
     
  20. Big-Nasty

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    I would get it. Love mine, never had a issue with it. Good price for a good gun.