f> Vaquero 44-40 - Ruger Forum

Ruger Forum

Vaquero 44-40

This is a discussion on Vaquero 44-40 within the Ruger Single Action forums, part of the Pistol & Revolver Forum category; Good morning everybody, Are the chambers in Ruger's Vaquero in 44-40 cut to accept a .430 bullet or do you have to use a .428 ...


Go Back   Ruger Forum > Pistol & Revolver Forum > Ruger Single Action

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes

Old April 5th, 2017, 08:06 AM   #1
 
trainking's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Colorado
Posts: 96
trainking is on a distinguished road
Vaquero 44-40

Good morning everybody,

Are the chambers in Ruger's Vaquero in 44-40 cut to accept a .430 bullet or do you have to use a .428 bullet? I have been tempted to pursue one. I know that I can check the throats and slug the barrel, but I don't know how Ruger cut the chambers. Any help would be appreciated before I try to buy one.



trainking is online now  
Advertisements
Old April 5th, 2017, 04:57 PM   #2
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: wayne nj
Posts: 23,274
bwinters is a name known to allbwinters is a name known to allbwinters is a name known to allbwinters is a name known to allbwinters is a name known to allbwinters is a name known to all
I would begin with 427 or 428.
bwinters is offline  
Old April 5th, 2017, 07:48 PM   #3
 
trainking's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Colorado
Posts: 96
trainking is on a distinguished road
I was under the impression that the barrels were .429.
That is why I was wondering if they cut the chambers for .430.
I may have to load a dummy round and when I find one ask if I can try it in the gun.

If I remember correctly and at my age that is not a sure thing, I thought the convertible had a .429 barrel and the 44-40 cylinder was cut for .427. I was wondering if Ruger fixed their screw up and fixed it for the Vaquero.
trainking is online now  
 
Old April 6th, 2017, 06:42 AM   #4
 
Tx gunrunner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Ft Hood Tx
Posts: 574
Tx gunrunner will become famous soon enough
Read this it should help

http://www.singleactions.com/4440Vaqueros.pdf

Here is a gun I built


Last edited by Tx gunrunner; April 6th, 2017 at 06:44 AM.
Tx gunrunner is offline  
Old April 6th, 2017, 07:32 AM   #5
 
trainking's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Colorado
Posts: 96
trainking is on a distinguished road
Thank you Tx gunrunner,

This is the article that I vaguely remember reading. I thought I had bookmarked it, but I could not find it. This why I had the nagging questions in the back of my mind.

Now I just have to find one to buy and play with.

By the way, you did a beautiful job on yours.

Again, thank you.
trainking is online now  
Old April 6th, 2017, 05:51 PM   #6
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: GA
Posts: 122
peachhead is on a distinguished road
From what I remember the original cylinders were throated to .425 or thereabouts. To be most effective they need to be reamed or honed to about .4275. The barrels were 44 mag barrels at .429 or .430. (my memory may not be what it used to be). I also believe they eventually fixed that, later in production, but the barrels remained the same.

I have never gotten mine reamed but I will soon do that. In the meantime I am using a SBH 44 mag cylinder to shoot 44 specials out of it, which suits me fine.

edit: now I see you have the article, which explains it better than me..lol.
peachhead is offline  
Reply

  Ruger Forum > Pistol & Revolver Forum > Ruger Single Action

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Ruger Forum Discussions
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
new vaquero vs old model vaquero pahermit Ruger Single Action 10 April 5th, 2016 08:25 AM
OM Vaquero, then NM Vaquero, which model is this one? DougGuy Ruger Single Action 15 March 11th, 2013 09:41 AM
New Vaquero & Bisley Vaquero harleyrider18 Ruger Single Action 10 January 10th, 2011 07:49 AM
comparison pic Vaquero & New Vaquero please legacy38 Ruger Single Action 3 May 23rd, 2010 05:24 PM
anniversary blackhawk/new vaquero frame size vs standard blackhawk/vaquero bigghoss Ruger Single Action 4 June 12th, 2009 03:31 PM

Top Gun Sites Top Sites List
Powered by vBulletin 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1
Copyright © 2006 - 2017 Ruger Forum. All rights reserved.
Ruger Forum is a Ruger Firearms enthusiast's forum, but it is in no way affiliated with, nor does it represent Sturm Ruger & Company Inc. of Southport, CT.