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Old May 1st, 2017, 05:25 PM   #1
 
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My solution to heavy loads in my original Vaquero

Thanks for all the great responses I got from you guys about cooling it on my Original Vaquero in 45LC. Like I said, I never need an excuse to get another one and stumbled across something I didn't even know existed anymore. It's a New Vaquero in 44 mag. I thought they only had 357's and 45LC's in standard pressures. Another thing I thought was weird too is the serial number starts with 59- instead of the new style 510- numbers. It picks up where the originals left off in 2005 at 58- Already shot some factory rounds and she shoots like a dream. Didn't think I would like the dark grips, but maybe they will grow on me. Handloads start as soon as the tumbler stops.
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Thanks for all the great responses I got from you guys about cooling it on my Original Vaquero in 45LC. Like I said, I never need an excuse to get another one and stumbled across something I didn't even know existed anymore. It's a New Vaquero in 44 mag. I thought they only had 357's and 45LC's in standard pressures. Another thing I thought was weird too is the serial number starts with 59- instead of the new style 510- numbers. It picks up where the originals left off in 2005 at 58- Already shot some factory rounds and she shoots like a dream. Didn't think I would like the dark grips, but maybe they will grow on me. Handloads start as soon as the tumbler stops.
Had one bout 10 years ago, wished I had never parted with it, polished finish, wood grips. But it got traded for a 6.8spc rifle. Still have the rifle, but still miss the vaquero. If I still owned it, it would be regulated to 44 spcls only. I have other guns for more power if needed.
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bikertrash2001, The 59 prefix indicates your Vaquero is a "heavy frame". All the mid-frame models have a 3-digit prefix. This is probably one of the "clean up" frames Ruger still had in stock when the New Vaqueros came out. I'm curious .... does it have the cylinder indexing plunger??? If not it confirms the older heavy frame.
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Hey Iowegan, shoot. I'm stuck here at work now and that's going to bug me all day. I took it down to clean last night and plunger didn't jump out at me. Although all the times I had my original 45, I never really noticed it either. May have to go home at lunch and see.
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And what's beautiful is I have this whole new world of wheel guns to explore. 3-4 years ago I was all about Glocks and AR's. Don't get me wrong, I still have plenty of autos and my AR. I'm just enjoying the nice pace of pulling that hammer back and shooting one at a time instead of emptying a magazine of 15 at a time.
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I agree on the revolvers, I got rid of most of my auto's and spend most of my time eyeballing revolvers. Be careful if you start playing with lever actions, they make the perfect companion to the revolvers!
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I agree on the revolvers, I got rid of most of my auto's and spend most of my time eyeballing revolvers. Be careful if you start playing with lever actions, they make the perfect companion to the revolvers!
This. Any fan of single-action revolvers needs hisself a hillbilly assault rifle. Just be forewarned- your levergun collection is very likely to keep pace with your wheelgun collection.
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I agree on the revolvers, I got rid of most of my auto's and spend most of my time eyeballing revolvers. Be careful if you start playing with lever actions, they make the perfect companion to the revolvers!
Too late! I already have my Henry my wonderful SO got me for Valentine's day this year.
Iowegan, yes my 44 does have the indexing pin, if I know what I'm looking at.
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I have the first done new vaquero birds head 44 mag. It has all of the features of the new vaquero and even says new vaquero on the side. I purchased a consecutive pair early last year. I hope these are equipped the same.

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bikertrash2001, Yup, it has the cylinder indexing plunger so that theory is shot to hell. If you get a chance, compare it to a regular Blackhawk. If the cylinders are the same diameter and length, you have an older heavy frame. If not, you have a md-frame. No matter ... you have a very nice stainless Vaquero that anyone would be proud to own.

My safe has a lot of single action revolvers .... mostly Rugers but I also have Colts and a Berretta Stampede. For my 22 LR SAs, I have several lever action rifles to keep them company .... Marlin 39A, Henry H001T, Win 9422 and even have a Win 9422M to accompany my Ruger 22 Convertibles with the mag cylinder. I also have an old Mod 1906 Winchester pump action 22 LR rifle and a Stevens Favorite 22 LR single shot rifle that make a nice companion for an Old Model Ruger Single-Six. For centerfires, I have a Marlin 1894C (357 Mag) that is a great match for one of my several blued Ruger Blackhawks. I used to have a Mod 1894 Marlin 44 Mag but I let a friend talk me out of it so my Super Blackhawk has been lonely. Guess I'm totally ruined .... spent way too much time watching TV westerns when I was a kid. Of course my 6 shooters only shoot 6 rounds per cylinder .... unlike the movie guns that held at least 20. I make it up with my Marlin 39A .... its tube holds a bunch so I can keep those killer attack soda cans at bay for quite a while. You just never know when you might need a cowboy assault rifle .... or hillbilly assault rifle as Crazy Carl says.
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I saw the OP's Vaquero listed for sale on a few places so it's beginning to seem like Ruger has quietly brought back the heavy frame Vaquero for the 44 Mag. First it was the Birdshead and now this one. Another example of why with Ruger never say never and how values can get adjusted back down years later. The older heavy frame Vaqueros in 44 Mag were starting to get a little spendy due to their perceived out of production status and now they're back. For now.....
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I saw the OP's Vaquero listed for sale on a few places so it's beginning to seem like Ruger has quietly brought back the heavy frame Vaquero for the 44 Mag. First it was the Birdshead and now this one. Another example of why with Ruger never say never and how values can get adjusted back down years later. The older heavy frame Vaqueros in 44 Mag were starting to get a little spendy due to their perceived out of production status and now they're back. For now.....
Yep, they are out there. I got a great deal on it (I think) from Tooele Shooting Supply.
Iowegan, I did find some specs that say it is a mid frame. My calibrated wrists would confirm it's a tad lighter than my original model 45. The cylinder is VERY meaty though. I haven't put the calipers on it but the walls look huge.
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