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Old April 19th, 2017, 11:23 PM   #16
 
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Blued guns are carbon steel alloy; specifically chrome moly. Stainless guns are stainless steel alloy.

You want a 45, get a 45.

Just be aware the New Vaquero and New Model Flat Top Blackhawk 45s are on the mid size frame. Bothe of these also have the chamber alignment system which is an improvement over the other New Models.

The new Model standard Blackhawk and original Vaquero are large frame guns.

Become familiar with these differences before deciding to buy one.

If you want Color Case frame and blue finish, you're limited to original Vaqueros and very early New Vaqueros between 2005 and about 2008.

Have fun shopping,
Jim

PS You'll get a 22 next so you can shoot all day.



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Old April 20th, 2017, 02:40 AM   #17
 
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Sounds like you are leaning toward a Vaquero, as Hondo said the New Vaquero is a smaller frame than the older ones. Also you won't get the "billboard " lettering on the side of the barrel. This really cleans up the appearance. So for my smaller hands & having astetics play a role , NV's are my choice. Hard to go wrong with either.

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I find the 30 carbine to be so cool. Wonder if it would be a fun shooter. I have been majorly missing my 30 carbine rifle and always wanted to try the blackhawk in that cartridge however I do not reload only factory.
I'd definitely suggest considering the cost of ammo. 45 Colt is pretty salty if you don't reload. Since you only shoot factory ammo I would make ammo choice/cost/availability a factor in your decision.
If I could do it over I would get the convertible models. 45 Auto/Colt or 9/357.
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blackhawk 357 stainless with 9 mm cylinder 61/2 is easier shooting than the sub 5 inch barreed ones at least to my older eyes.
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I've got a Blackhawk 5.5 in .45 lc. Wouldn't have been my first choice in caliber but I won it in a raffle. Having said that I absolutely love shooting it and it really accurate from 20-30 yards. I carry it as a hunting companion.
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There is a lot to be said for adjustable sights. No two bullets weights hit to the same POA for me. Throw in 357 and 38 special. 44 special and 44 magnum , 45 Colt and 45 acp and sometimes it's nice to be able to fine tune the sights easily.
No easy choice is it !
In 1970 I went with a 357 Blackhawk, still have it and not one regret.
I'm sure you will enjoy whatever you choose.
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Old April 20th, 2017, 06:44 PM   #22
 
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If I do get a SA, I like the Blackhawk frame style, but I still prefer the Vaquero for overall fit finish. Also can't beat stainless steel. I just keep coming back to the Vaquero in 45 colt in either 4.62 or 5.5, man I just love that revolver had my eye on it for ages. Might see if I can find a goo 44 magnum deal too. Also eyeing some nice older prelock smiths too.
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I agree with the concensus here on a .357 or .45 Colt, wait till later to get the. 44 or .41, I have them both and they are a handfull if you're wanting a gun to have fun shooting. Don't worry once you start buying them they will multiply like rabbits as has been posted earlier.
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