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Old December 13, 2008, 06:32 PM   #1
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Ruger Police Service 6 Heavy Loads

I am looking for feedback to see how crazy I may be.
I recently aquired a Ruger Police Service Six in .38sp. It shows almost no signs of wear except some holster wearing on the blueing. I currently have a couple of Blackhawks in 45 Colt and an old three screw in .41 mag that I load quite hot with data from the Hodgdens manual. I got to thinking that the same overbuilt strength of all of the Ruger revolvers- excepting the new Vaquero- might allow me to build some hot loads for the Service Six. I compared it to my buddies Security Six with calipers and the dimensions are the same. I am wondering if with the exception of the fact that the cylinders are bored just deep enough to accept .38 Special it is the same gun. Anyhoo I have been shooting a load consisting of 6.5 grains of Universal Clays under a Hornady 158gr. swhp for 1150fps. It shoots great! Very accurate, low recoil and no visible signs of pressure after about 150 rounds.
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Old December 13, 2008, 07:14 PM   #2
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Unlike S&W where there was a difference in heat treatment between .38 and .357 K-frames, I believe Ruger simply made the .38 revolvers from .357 parts and just bored the chambers for .38 instead of .357mag. I heard they did this to fufill certain police department requirements for .38-only guns.
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Old December 13, 2008, 07:30 PM   #3
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It would be nice to know For Sure if the Ruger .38 spl cylinder is capable of talking the same pressures as their .357 mag cylinders.
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Old December 13, 2008, 07:38 PM   #4
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I wouldn't load up to .357mag pressures anyhow. I don't know how .38 cases would hold up to that.
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Old December 13, 2008, 08:40 PM   #5
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Other than fixed sights the Service Six is the same as the Security Six. Every source I have ever spoken with or read said that the .38 Specials, .357 magnums and .38-200 (Special run for the Government of India) were the same except for chamber dimensions. With that said I don't like .357 magnum loads in .38 special cases because they could wind up in the wrong gun....but heavy .38spl loads wouldn't strain a Service Six much.
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Old July 22, 2010, 05:30 PM   #6
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I have a .38 CAL Police Service-Six and used .38 Special (+P) and had no problems. This gun it's very similar to a .357. The most beatifull thing is that I recently buy it for only $200 from a Security Guard. I think he does'nt know whet he had on hands. . . Well god for me. . .
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