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I recently inherited a Ruger Single Six #393xxx end of box description is:

.22 W.M.R. CALIBER REVOLVER
Catalog No. RSSM 6 1/2" Bbl.

The original One Year Guarantee card has the serial number and "8/15/1964" penciled in the upper margin.

I was able to verify all this information on the Ruger website.

The gun is in almost new condition with the exception of some slight rubbing off of the bluing on the left tip of the barrel from sliding in and out of the accompanying tooled leather holster.

Any thoughts about value would be much appreciated.. Thanks KESS
 

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Welcome.

There's on listed on Gunbroker that has both the 22 lr and the 22 WMR cylinders, box and papers with a 'buy now' price of $585 but a current bid closer to $400. Condition, whether it comes with all box and paperwork, geographic location can all play into value.

I'm sure others on this forum will weigh in on this with better and more accurate info.
 

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with the box and if it has BOTH cylinders, they run in the $450-500 range saw two yesterday at that price.....now you "add" all the components AND the original cardboard wrapper ( shipper) and it is NEW in the box, THEN it will push the upper $550+ range;)
 

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The RSSM was a 22 magnum Single Six and only produced from 1959 through 1964. Sounds like you have an example from the end of production. After the 22 magnum cartridge was developed in the late 1950s Ruger switched the barrel bore on the SIngle Six from .222 to .224 and sold the 22 mag model as a stand alone with just the 22 mag cylinder. Early examples have "RUGER SINGLE-SIX WIN. .22 RF MAG. CAL." rollmarked on the frame while later examples have the more familiar "RUGER .22 CAL. SINGLE-SIX" rollmark. The early rollmark guns seem to have more collector interest since they are clearly marked what they are. The later rollmark guns look like any other OM Single-Six from the early 1960s and without the 22LR cylinder seem "incomplete" even though they are as shipped.

Early buyers of the 22 mag model found out they could ship their guns back to Ruger and for a modest fee get a 22LR cylinder fitted. After a while Ruger saw this as an opportunity and the RSSMX was born - X meant extra 22LR cylinder and so the first factory convertible Single-Six.

Since your box indicates you have an RSSM you wouldn't have a 22LR cylinder unless one was fitted later. Don't get thrown off in valuation by any who suggest you're missing the 22LR cylinder - sounds like you have the complete package as shipped and since the 22 Mag Single-Sixes are more uncommon yours may actually be of more interest/value than a convertible.
 

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The "magnum only" Single-Sixes were introduced with the 6-1/2" barrel, the first to have that barrel length. Its catalog number was RSSM with the M intended to designate its magnum chambering.

When Ruger began to produce the convertible Single-Sixes the RSSM designation was continued for the 6-1/2" guns while the others carried catalog numbers of RSS4, RSS5, and RSS9 indicating their barrel lengths.

Note that the boxes for any of the 6-1/2" Old Model (fixed sight) Single-Sixes will carry the RSSM catalog number, even after the introduction of the convertible versions.

When the Old Model Super Single-Sixes with adjustable sights came out, the catalog numbers went to SC4, SC5, SC6, snd SC9.
 
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