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Old February 18th, 2017, 09:33 AM   #1
 
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.357 NM Vaquero / continuation of marital doom

So, I now own a cowboy gun! I always wanted one, and when a deal came my way I jumped on it! The gun is obviously used, but it shows no sign of abuse. The bore is bright and the grooves are excellent. There is a small amount of scuffing on one side of near the trigger guard, but it is not noticeable unless you are looking for it. The grips are pretty plain-jane, and are at the top of the list of things to change out. All in all, I am very happy with this purchase even if I have yet to take a shot with the beast.





If you are still with me, here is where I may have gotten into some rather deep defecation. I was standing at the counter of my LGS jaw-jacking with the boys while I waited for the background check to come in. I happened to look up on the wall, and my heart skipped a beat. There, in all it's glory, shining like a beacon, was a Henry Big Boy in .357! Yep, a brass beast with outstanding furniture! Then I looked at the price tag and my heart skipped a beat again! It was well within my price range!



Yep, the damn thing followed me home

Anyone know how to cook and clean? I may have an opening soon...




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You can convert her by letting her shoot some .38 Specials to start with.

They are really nice wheelguns, aren't they? I've bought two in .357, the 5.5" like yours and just got the 4.6" Talo:


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nice gun and I like it except for the colt style grip.
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Dude, you seem to need lessons on sneaking new stuff in, only to be discovered by the wife some time later.
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Dude, you seem to need lessons on sneaking new stuff in, only to be discovered by the wife some time later.
One day she will discover the combination to the safe and my life will end......
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Lonnie - Good catch - especially the Henry. I'm still saving my nickels and dimes for a Henry ... looks like it'll be next year ...

Armybrat - Those TALO grips look fabulous - and they don't look like Altamont made them. Have you, or anyone, seen that style for sale elsewhere?

If I could just find a stainless ACP cylinder for my Vaquero - I'd be in like Flynn ...


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Lonnie - Good catch - especially the Henry. I'm still saving my nickels and dimes for a Henry ... looks like it'll be next year ...

Armybrat - Those TALO grips look fabulous - and they don't look like Altamont made them. Have you, or anyone, seen that style for sale elsewhere?
The last time I went to the range there was a gentleman there with a Henry in .44 mag and a BH also in .44 mag. He offered to let me shoot the Henry, and it was heavenly! The rifle felt so good in my hands, bringing it up to the eye was very natural and instinctive. It was accurate as all get out, so that helped me make my decision to get one.

I too am digging on those TALO grips!

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Lonnie there are still ways to keep the "Gun Nut Itus" going..........when you spend $$$ on guns & ammo & related stuff. Does your wife also have a hobby etc such as sewing?? Let her also exercise her right to also spend her time & $$$ as well!!! You will find out that your wife will also be understanding with your needs as well! BTW .357 wheel guns & .357 lever actions can be habit forming!!! I also have a Ruger Vaquero Bisley large frame & 2 Marlin JM stamped 1894 .357 lever actions your Ruger NM Vaquero & Henry Big Boy Brass .357 are very nice!!!
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Lonnie there are still ways to keep the "Gun Nut Itus" going..........when you spend $$$ on guns & ammo & related stuff. Does your wife also have a hobby etc such as sewing?? Let her also exercise her right to also spend her time & $$$ as well!!! You will find out that your wife will also be understanding with your needs as well! BTW .357 wheel guns & .357 lever actions can be habit forming!!! I also have a Ruger Vaquero Bisley large frame & 2 Marlin JM stamped 1894 .357 lever actions your Ruger NM Vaquero & Henry Big Boy Brass .357 are very nice!!!
I appreciate the advice, but after 37 years of marriage I'm pretty certain that I'm a dead man...

Again, I have to wait a bit to take the new arrivals to the range and put them through their paces. Patience is not one of my stronger suits...
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I do like my Ruger 3 Screw in .357, and I as well got a Henry Big Boy in .357, what a combo, now I'm about to get a Henry Big Boy in a .44Mag to go with my Ruger SBH in .44Mag., I do know what they say when collecting the lever guns can be addicting.
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Lonnie, I do hope you can get out and shoot your new VQ. Load it up with 38s for you wife to shoot. Tell her that I have given it my cowgirl seal of approval.
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Lonnie, I do hope you can get out and shoot your new VQ. Load it up with 38s for you wife to shoot. Tell her that I have given it my cowgirl seal of approval.
She dislikes guns. A lot. I can't even get her to shoot my .22's. It's hopeless. I am a dead man.

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But what a way to go there Lonnie, perhaps if you put pretty little pink grips on it, she'd be very appreciative of it and go shooting with you. BTW you can always put your own grips on it afterword.

Reckon my wife is one of a kind, she doesn't go shooting with me very often, but when she does she really enjoys it, and never says a thing about my acquiring new firearms.
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But what a way to go there Lonnie, perhaps if you put pretty little pink grips on it, she'd be very appreciative of it and go shooting with you. BTW you can always put your own grips on it afterword.

Reckon my wife is one of a kind, she doesn't go shooting with me very often, but when she does she really enjoys it, and never says a thing about my acquiring new firearms.
As long as she doesn't know, my wife doesn't say a word about my addiction...
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I appreciate the advice, but after 37 years of marriage I'm pretty certain that I'm a dead man...

Again, I have to wait a bit to take the new arrivals to the range and put them through their paces. Patience is not one of my stronger suits...
We'll be celebrating our 50th in June.

I learned long ago to get her a nice bauble from the jewelers to take the sting out of her reactions to my gun purchases.
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