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Old February 20th, 2017, 06:05 AM   #1
 
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Birdshead Vaquero in 44

Just picked this up because the price was quite good. Can anyone provide feedback on it? It looks great and is a hefty chunk of steel. I like the wide variety of ammunition it can handle.
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Just picked one up, last month, and love it. Had to file down the front sight, a tiny bit, to raise the POI with standard 44 mag loads, but that's standard fare on most Vaqueros. Also dabbed a bit of flat black paint on the front sight for the sake of visibility, also standard fare with my stainless VQs.

Wasn't sure how the birdshead would handle recoil for me, but pleasantly surprised to discover that it was very manageable. Like it very much, even shooting one handed. Can easily do 50 plus rounds per session with it. That's me, though. As we all know, grips are very much a subjective thing.


Accuracy at the shorter 25 yards or less ranges I use with this 44 mag is more than sufficient, in fact, excellent, even shooting one handed. Should make a great woods carry gun once I find a holster for it. Have only had it a short time, but it's already one of my favorites. Very pleased at the way it shoots. Love shooting it.

Last seven rounds in a box of Mag tech 240 JSPs

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Wow, North Country Gal, remind me never to get on your bad side, that is excellent shooting. Do like the looks of those birds head grips, still haven't gotten one yet though. Kind of waiting on a Ruger 3 screw like Waveform found and doing a complete make over using the birds head frame. They are definitely far and few between in any caliber.
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Great shooting NCG! I'm hoping to take mine out later today.
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That is a gorgeous birdshead .44! Good purchase for sure, and I hope you enjoy it. N C Gal has set the bar high for accuracy, hopefully you will have similar results. I too have had good results with those Magtech JSP loads in a short-barreled 44 magnum. Another "relatively mild" load to try is the CCI Blazer 240gr JHP ammo. Happy shooting with your new single action.
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Thanks, guys. Not to worry, I'm harmless. Don't have the heart to shoot anything but paper, anymore.
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Mine goes with me every single time I go to the range along with the same gun in 45colt
Got a ways to go to shoot as good as North country gal did, nice shooting
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I'm a big birdshead fan and I own one the 44 Mag birdies too. But I'll risk my man card and admit I find it much less pleasant to shoot with my stout reloads than any of my other 44 Mags, including my Alaskan with a Badger boot grip or my 3" 629. I need to load up some wimpy 44 Mags for my next outing with it I guess, or find some 44 Specials. Sigh.
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I have one in 45 colt and I love mine.
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NC Gal and Shark Bait ... Are the grips on your .44s stock plastic panels or hardwood? They look very sharp on those two guns.
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I have one that I bought last fall. Not much time to shoot it , but it is my favorite of my
44s so far. It shoots my hand loads fine. Prisoner the grips are wood.
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Yes, laminate wood grips with just enough checkering to prevent a lot of slipping, but not deep enough to be painful under recoil. Have basically the same grips on my Birdshead 45 auto Vaquero, but without the checkering. I rate the checkering as a plus when moving up to the 44 mag recoil.
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N. country gal, that's some nice shooting!
better than I could do.

love my birdshead 44mag. although I reload it down a bit with the powder vs ones I reload for my SBH. but that's all personal preference. maybe I'm just a wimp. but I love the revolver just the same. great looking and great shooting revolver, congrats on your new purchase!
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Just picked one up, last month, and love it. Had to file down the front sight, a tiny bit, to raise the POI with standard 44 mag loads, but that's standard fare on most Vaqueros. Also dabbed a bit of flat black paint on the front sight for the sake of visibility, also standard fare with my stainless VQs.

Wasn't sure how the birdshead would handle recoil for me, but pleasantly surprised to discover that it was very manageable. Like it very much, even shooting one handed. Can easily do 50 plus rounds per session with it. That's me, though. As we all know, grips are very much a subjective thing.


Accuracy at the shorter 25 yards or less ranges I use with this 44 mag is more than sufficient, in fact, excellent, even shooting one handed. Should make a great woods carry gun once I find a holster for it. Have only had it a short time, but it's already one of my favorites. Very pleased at the way it shoots. Love shooting it.

Last seven rounds in a box of Mag tech 240 JSPs
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You are an excellent shot!!!!!! I really love mine too, but I campnnot shoot nearly as good as you shoot yours!!!!!
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