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Old 11-27-2012, 06:54 PM   #1
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Anyone have a Bearcat? When I bought the Single Ten he also had a bearcat.
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:23 PM   #2
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Anyone have a Bearcat? When I bought the Single Ten he also had a bearcat.
Nope, 357 is my smallest revolver I like connons bring out the 44mags.
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Nope, 357 is my smallest revolver I like connons bring out the 44mags.
You must be rich to afford the ammo.
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You must be rich to afford the ammo.
No I use lead cast to save money on them, and between 50-100 rounds your tierd, 22's you get bored before you get tired
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No I use lead cast to save money on them, and between 50-100 rounds your tierd, 22's you get bored before you get tired
I never get tired shootin' a 22. I think its because when I go to the range I might take half a dozen 22 guns so I don't have to shoot the same gun all day. I remember one day about ten years ago I got to the range at 7 am and stayed till 9 pm. I open and closed the range that day and shot a ful case (5,000) rounds of 22. It was a case of Wildcats that I paid $80 for.
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I had a Bearcat in1966 . I open carried it loaded on my Motorcycle in Ca and yes it was legal at that time . It was a good shooter . The guy at gun shop said he want it and gave me new model 60 S&W straight across for it . Don't know why he want it so bad ...... I don't remember anything special about it .
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I had a Bearcat in1966 . I open carried it loaded on my Motorcycle in Ca and yes it was legal at that time . It was a good shooter . The guy at gun shop said he want it and gave me new model 60 S&W straight across for it . Don't know why he want it so bad ...... I don't remember anything special about it .
They sure are small. The MSPR is less than the Single Ten but my lgs had one and it was priced higher than the ST I bought.
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I have a Bearcat and the ST.

The Bearcat is a wonderful little gem, very well made and actually capable of decent accuracy, but it is really handicapped in that regard by the crude sights. Mostly, I use my for short range plinking using point shooting. Sweet little guns.

Now, you want accurate? Stay with the ST. You'd be hard pressed to find a more accurate revolver.
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I have a Bearcat and the ST.

The Bearcat is a wonderful little gem, very well made and actually capable of decent accuracy, but it is really handicapped in that regard by the crude sights. Mostly, I use my for short range plinking using point shooting. Sweet little guns.

Now, you want accurate? Stay with the ST. You'd be hard pressed to find a more accurate revolver.
I have a Ruger Vaquaro in 357/38, an Uberti Cattleman in 22 and the Ruger Single Ten and I'm amazed at the triggers. I haven't guaged them but I suspect they are under three lbs and very smooth. I wasn't expecting it from a SA.
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Rugers can sometimes be hot and cold, one gun to the next, on their triggers, but all of mine have excellent triggers.
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Rugers can sometimes be hot and cold, one gun to the next, on their triggers, but all of mine have excellent triggers.
All my 10/22's and Charger needed work. Six of my 10/22's are vintage so I kept the stock parts and just did work on them. Depending on whether I wanted a bench rifle or a brush rifle they break between 2 1/2 lbs and 3 1/2 lbs.
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Hey, 303. I just signed on here.

My favorites of all the two dozen or so handguns I've ever owned. Both shoot the same, dead on at 50 feet with a 12 o'clock hold. I don't file sights, and that works with these. The grips seem to be most people's problem, but a larger grip would kinda kill the whole point of a Bearcat. The grip is good for me, and I wear a size large glove.

It's good that Ruger finally stopped using aluminum ejector housings. All they need to be perfect is a Wolff mainspring. Factory is 21 lb, I used 18 from Wolff for a nice improvement.
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I bought a used, in new condition, Bearcat in 1966. I still have it. I don't shoot it much now days but I do like it. It resides in a kitchen cabinet and is what I use on stray cats in my back yard.
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Good to meet another owner. Mine get a bit more respect than a kitchen cabinet, but nice to hear yours earns its keep!
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We have two and love them. Unlike the Single Six with its magnum bore size, the Bearcats have a true 22 LR bore size and are actually quite accurate. Being a small revolver, not an easy gun to shoot, accurately, but the accuracy is there.
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I saw a minty one at LGS a few days ago, 1972 according to tag. It was a steel frame Super Bearcat, $ 550. Tempting, but I'm spoiled for stainless, and have warmed up my plastic enough for a while.

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We have two and love them. Unlike the Single Six with its magnum bore size, the Bearcats have a true 22 LR bore size and are actually quite accurate. Being a small revolver, not an easy gun to shoot, accurately, but the accuracy is there.
I remember gun writer Bob Milek always raved about the Bearcat and always carried one for for backup against snakes. For those that don't remember Bob:
http://www.gunsandammo.com/historica...ter-bob-milek/
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Bob Milek was a huge influence on me back in the 70s. Over the years, when I hunted, it was with a handgun far more than rifle and he was a big part of why.

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A five year old thread endures on a great little revolver. I don't own one, have toyed with the idea but have a Single Six and there is so many other things I have to have first. I keep noticing banner ads on the top for the Kimber revolver. That's just not fair. Now there's a GP100 in 44 Special and of course the S&W M&P 340.
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What entices about the Bearcat vs. Single-Six is it's about 10 ounces lighter, and has that great half cock loading notch.

Picked up the check for my consigned LCR, and I looked at that OM Bearcat again today. It is a 1972 Super (steel frame), about 98%, unconverted, and looks to have been fired little if any. Has gorgeous figured walnut grips with the old medallion. No box. If I were to want an OM Bearcat, this would be perfect, but $ 550 is just too high.You can get a new blued one for $ 500. I paid less than $ 500 for my stainless ones, five years ago.

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