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Old April 26th, 2017, 09:24 AM   #1
 
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Am I "wasting" my early Vaquero

Hey guys. After diligently waiting for 20 years, my Dad finally gave me his original model Vaquero 45LC. We bought it for him as a Christmas present in 1997 and it led a pretty sheltered life in his sock drawer. He wanted an automatic and was threatening to trade it and caught him in time and bought one for him. This has now become my favorite gun along with my .357 Henry Lever.
I've always heard the original Vaqueros can handle the heavy loads. Can some tell one more time just to make me feel better that it does? Can it go all the way to the 30,000psi Ruger Only loads? I handload and have shot several different brews out of it. I made up a 250g LFP round that runs about 1300fps and I really enjoy shooting that. It has a nice punch that isn't too punishing. It's at the starting end of Accurate #9 powder's range.
Should I just get a 44 mag BH and keep This one for standard rounds or can this one keep up?

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All Rugers are proof tested at 40% over max load. BUT, never a good plan to continuously run max loads thru them. Cruel and unjust punishment; why batter the back of the cylinder into the frame. Speed and max pressures are rarely the answer for best accuracy and shooting skills.
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bikertrash2001, I also have an older Vaquero in 45 Colt (actually it's a 45 convertible). It will indeed hold up to 30k psi loads. When I first got it, I loaded up some serious 30k psi loads using W-296 and 250gr jacketed bullets. I only fired six rounds ... just enough to know the gun will hold up but also to know my wrists won't. Further, hot loads and excessive wear go hand in hand. If I had a need for hot 45 Colt loads, such as bear hunting, I might consider using hotter loads but for plinking and paper punching, there's no sense in damaging the gun or abusing my body. I also have a 7 1/2" Super Blackhawk in 44 Mag so if the need for speed ever arises, I'm ready for it.

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Wow, Iowegan, that is gorgeous. I have the case-hardened model and am pretty fond of it too. You guys are right, this gun has sentimental value to me and I guess there is no reason to run it hot. I NEVER need an excuse to get a new gun.
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Keep your Ruger Vaquero I have a Ruger Bisley Vaquero in .357. Mine will handle just about anything in .357 Magnum including heavy reloads. Your Ruger Vaquero should also work just fine for heavier loads. Personally I much prefer a Ruger Vaquero vs a Ruger New Model Vaquero. Just the feel & action on a original Vaquero is nicer to me!!! But others will tell you different. Hang onto your Ruger Vaquero!!!
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Oh, I'll never get rid of it. It will just get another sibling
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I don't shoot anything "hot" any more...too much arthritis but I have 2 of the original Vaqueros in .45Colt and both have had just enough big boomers through them to know what it's all about...they are stout!

The Bisley shown here is waiting for the final payment and it's off to a new home...the "General Patton" faux pearl grips stay here...been reamed and shoots lead like a champ...they are wonderful guns!
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Oh, I'll never get rid of it. It will just get another sibling
Then add anther sibling in .357 Magnum to go with your Henry Lever Action .357!!! I have 2 lever action .357's & 3 .357's revolvers to pair with any of my Lever actions!!!
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Iowegan, what a beautiful revolver!
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It is a nice revolver ... but they forgot to blue it !

I don't shoot the hot ones in mine, but the original Vaquero will handle the Ruger Only Loads if needed. 'Use but don't abuse' as they say! Oh, and I like the case colored as well. Mine did need to get it's throats reamed to .452 as they were 'very' tight'. Cut my group size in half.

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I am not recommending this but my 1977 blackhawk in 45/45 has at least 80 k rounds thru and over 25k were ruger ony loads and some are well in excess of Buffalo Bore's hot 45 colt loadsbuffalo bore has a 325 grain swc at 1300 fps from my 71/2 inch blackhawk and several thousand round sof my loads get over 150 fps more. Not a good idea but the ruger guns will hold up. buffalo bores loads are over 30k pressure.
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I've got 2. A Sheriffs model, Lipseys exclusive, and a 5 1/2" model. I've never hot riddled either. I enjoy them with mild handloads.
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Could you guys enlighten me on what you mean by having the throats reamed? Are you talking about the cylinders or barrels?
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WoW!! Iowegan that is one beautiful revolver!
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