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Old April 19th, 2017, 02:37 PM   #1
 
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I've decided I want to get my first SA, but can't decide which one to get. Or if I want a Blackhawk or Vaquero. I'll just be shooting it for fun mostly, and to have as a backup or woods gun perhaps who knows. But mainly just to have fun with. I personally like that the Vaqueros have no adjustable sights but I like the overall shape of Blackhawks better and Blackhawks are more affordable than Vaqueros. I love blued guns but I like stainless too for durability. As far as caliber not sure on that either, it would make sense to get whichever model I decide on in 357 because it's so easy to get ammo for it, but I would love to have a 44 magnum or a 41 magnum. I also really like that 30 Carbine Blackhawk I think that is the coolest thing ever. I can't decide which one I want.



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It doesn't matter because whatever one you get first will make you want even more. I started with a Single Ten and that lead to a couple Bearcats, Blackhawks, a Single Six, and I'm sure even more in the future!
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Find an older vaquero in .45 colt and never look back. At least if I could only have one it would be my choice. Plink all day or set off barn burners, you'll handle anything from tin cans to yogi... fun fun fun until the sun goes down.

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I think a .357 Blackhawk is the most practical. Pick a load and zero the sights with it. I enjoy my .45 Vaqueros a lot, but my Super Single Six, Blackhawk, and Super Blackhawk get used/ shot more. It is true when you start shooting single-actions you just want more.
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Since you mentioned 357 maybe start there, maybe even with a .357/9mm convertible after that it doesn't matter becouse as HPD72 said one will quickly turn into several, these dang things are worse than rabbits

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Since you mentioned 357 maybe start there, maybe even with a .357/9mm convertible after that it doesn't matter becouse as HPD72 said one will quickly turn into several, these dang things are worse than rabbits
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If you don't have one at all, I'd be tempted to start with .22. They are addictive and you will want to shoot it a lot.

If you have to have a center fire, I'd be inclined to start with a .357. If you could get a convertible(extra cylinder in 9mm), 9mm are more affordable for plinking.

Ammo availability in your area and ammo prices might be something to consider.

Otherwise, I'd just buy the first good price. They are all great!
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Was kind of set on a 45 long colt Vaquero awhile back, man that's a beautiful gun. Did the older Blackhawks and Vaqueros have case hardening on the blued? Are the new blued models carbon blued steel or stainless. Not too well-versed on them. How are the new Vaqueros vs the new Blackhawks?
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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.
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I'd suggest a Blackhawk flattop convertible 357/9mm. Same frame size of the Vaquero, but with adjustable sights and the ability to shoot 3 calibers.
I have 2 regular Blackhawks and they are my all time favorite guns. Just dang fun to shoot!
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Was kind of set on a 45 long colt Vaquero awhile back, man that's a beautiful gun. Did the older Blackhawks and Vaqueros have case hardening on the blued? Are the new blued models carbon blued steel or stainless. Not too well-versed on them. How are the new Vaqueros vs the new Blackhawks?
yes they are beautiful, can't answer the metalurgy part but wanted to state my opinion on the great 45, again my opinion only, the 45 is a great cartridge however to realize its full potential one must be a reloader, just something to consider

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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.
my opinion on this also, just my opinion.
I love my 30 carbine, its just cool, and even cooler if you like things like tremendous muzzle blast and loud attention grabbing noise, with that said i would never suggest this as a first single action, which brings me back to my original suggestion of a .357/9mm convertable

I won't give any more of my personal opinions, only you know for sure
and good luck in your quest

but whatever you decide make sure to post us a pick

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Thanks again. Would love another 30 carbine just not sure if I want a rifle round in a pistol. The 357 is a great round but if I do get a SA I feel like a .45 colt would be better. I have really been lusting over a Vaquero in 45 colt for awhile now.
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So I was in your position recently... I ended up buying a BH 45 colt. I LOVE it!! Like others have mentioned would happen, I'm hooked. I'm now looking at a .357/9mm convertible, and a SBH and a lever action 45 colt and reloading and... Good grief, I need a second job.

I do agree that a .357/9mm convertible would be a good start. Flat top SA's are the way to go IMHO. I ultimately went with the 45 first because... history and nothing says cowboy gun more than a 45.

Do think about ammo costs and if you might get into reloading.
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Thanks again. Would love another 30 carbine just not sure if I want a rifle round in a pistol. The 357 is a great round but if I do get a SA I feel like a .45 colt would be better. I have really been lusting over a Vaquero in 45 colt for awhile now.
Any single action that you get will be great, but if you have your heart set on something, don't settle for something less (or just different). I think you already know what you are going to do. Get the .45 colt and never look back in regret!

FYI: I Love my Vaquero!
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