As an interesting side note, I called the factory yesterday and for free they will run the serial number and send me a certificate as to the date of manufacture and the original place of sale. I am always interested in that sort of thing. Smith and Wesson charges you $30 or $35 to do this, but they send you a nice certificate on parchment paper with the information on your weapon that is signed by none other than Roy Jinks himself. That autograph alone is worth the money in my opinion. We will see what Ruger sends for free - probably a plain piece of paper. But nice of them to do anyway.
When I got home I opened the box and was extremely pleased to see what I had purchased. Along with the gun was the second cylinder for .22 Magnum, (the first is for .22 short, long and long rifle) the original wax paper, and underneath...all of the original manuals and even the little tag that hung off of the gun in a gunshop sometime in the past. It reads "the frame of this Ruger Single Six revolver is made of chrome molybdnum steel. It is by far the strongest single-action .22 frame on the market". Click photo for larger.
As I was examining my find last night I was absulutely stunned and pleased at the condition of this firearm. It looked like maybe a few cylinders of the smaller ammo had been run through it, but the turn ring on that cylinder was light. The turn ring on the magnum cylinder was non existent! As I dug deeper into it I figured out why that turn ring was missing on the magnum cylinder. It wouldn't fit. I tried and tried for about an hour to put that magnum cylinder into the gun but it simply would not go in there. So finally, exasperated, I held both cylinders next to each other and looked them over closely to see if I could find any differences in them. I discovered the problem. The "hub" of the magnum cylinder was slightly (oh so slightly) longer than the hub of the other one. When I say "hub", I mean the machined part that sticks out toward the barrel, that the base pin enters. That tiny difference made it impossible to get the magnum clyinder into the frame. So I called the factory again and talked to an old coot there who told me that in fact some of these models weren't machined perfectly. His solution is in the photo below.
On the left you see a file and beneath the standard cylinder you see filings. On the right is the magnum cylinder. I carefully filed it down a tiny bit and it fit right in. I can't wait to get this thing out to the range. It has been in someones closet or desk for far too long. For the hell of it, I took a photo of my Rugers, old and new.
note - the spare parts you see in the box are from a conversion that Ruger did on the firearm. These are the original hammer, springs and some other internal workings. Apparently there was a problem with people carrying these things around with the hammer cocked on a loaded chamber, which is a dunderheaded move. When dropped or struck the firarm could go off. So Ruger offered to upgrade the firearm at no charge at the factory and the previous owner had this done. I may convert it back to the original configuration someday, but we will see.