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Old June 1st, 2010, 09:10 AM   #1
 
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New Vaquero 45 Colt ammunition

I've read in some extraneous forums you should be careful what ammunition you shoot in the new Vaqueros.

My question is if factory long colt ammunition is safe for the new Vaquero? I have 45 Colt Winchester, 255gr and Magtech 45 Colt 200gr.

What is a "hot" load?

Sorry to be so dumb, but I'm 70 and not too savvy with ammo. If this isn't enough information, let me know. Thank you very much.

mc



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Old June 1st, 2010, 10:23 AM   #2
 
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Well we are pretty close to the same age I'm 69 1/2 personally I would have the gun checked by a gunsmith just to be sure. I have an old Colt revolver that I have shot both bullet weights out of with no problem. and from what I understand the New Vaquero is a Colt Clone. save that it has the Ruger "Transfer bar" system which is a safety feature.
You should never shoot loads listed under for Ruger and TC (Thomson Center) guns only; from the New Vaquero. Sticking with factory ammo meant for Colt or mid sized frame revolvers should pose no problem.
But talk with a gunsmith you trust not just some internet person you will probably never set eyes on.
A "Hot load" is a load such as is listed under the heading "for Ruger and TC guns only"
I have two Vaqueros pre New Vaquero revolvers that can handle "Hot Loads" But I have yet to shoot "hot loads out of any of my guns be they capable of handling hot loads or not. I usually shoot mid range not the lightest recommended charge or the heavest but about midway between the two extremes. It saves wear and tear on the gun not to mention nerves and muscles and is usually more accurate. Good luck with your new Vaquero I hope you enjoy it and be safe. Read a good reloading manual even if you have no intention of ever "rolling your own" it will give you good information.

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If the load information on the box says 45 Colt, 45 Long Colt, 45 LC, etc. and does NOT have a +p mentioned, it should be fine for the new vaquero.

The hot loads refer to cartridges with pressure exceeding specification for the actual load. They are not safe in the NEW vaqueros. Older models of the Vaquero, blackhawk etc., had stronger builds that led to the "ruger/TC" loads listed in some reloading manuals. These are EXPLICITLY not for the New Vaquero.

I've got a New Vaquero in .45 colt myself, and am loving it. Factory ammo goes through with no problems for me.
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Thanks guys

You both helped.
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mc,

Another way to look at it is any ammo that is safe in the Colt SAA is safe in the New Vaquero. That is everything you'll find on the shelf except the CorBon, Buffalo Bore, Grizzly and a couple more brands. Those are usually well marked on the boxes that they are heavy +P type loads.

The New Vaquero is a sturdy revolver, I wouldn't be overly concerned about ammo for it. Just be sure you don't buy the heavy +P specialty ammo.

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Thanks Joe. VERY helpful.

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