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Old April 9th, 2011, 10:22 AM   #1
 
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Tapping into the wealth of information here. My parents just picked up a Ruger 44-40 vaquero 7 1/2" blued w/faux ivory grips (I will try pics. as soon as I get them). Would anyone know anything about it (model/year/worth)? They were told it is around a '93? vin# starts out 55-91***. They have emailed Ruger but haven't heard back yet. They did find the manual on the Ruger web. Also how hot of ammo can be shot from this if there is such a thing in 44-40? I'm new to the 44-40 just trying to help them out. Thank you all for any help.



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VIN? That would be vehicle identification number. The serial number however, indicates it was more likely a '95 manufactured one. You should be able to get a manual from Ruger. For the most part, .44-40 ammo is quite mild so you're not needing to be concerned in that regard. The Vaquero was made in .44-40 in a few different bbl lengths and was the chambering with the lowest production numbers. I do believe the 7 1/2" model was the least produced of the chambering. Value...can vary but $450 is a good base to start at. Depending on condition, completeness of package (box, manual, etc) it can go up or down from there.
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BlkHawk73, Thank you for your reply. Yah,you caught me I miss spoke. I did mean to say serial#. I'm sure my parents will be glade to hear there was low numbers produced. I'm not sure what they paid for it and I don't feel right to ask. But they wanted one for awhile now. It's not their first revolver so I'm sure they checked it over good. They are happy with the purchase and that's what count's. Here's a picture of it. [IMG][/IMG]

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I used to own a Vaquero in 44-40 and found some interesting things that Ruger did when they made these guns. First, Ruger used the same barrels as they did with 44 Mags (.429" bore). The origional (Colt and S&W) 44-40's had a .426" bore and were designed to shoot .427~.428" lead bullets. Second, the cylinder throat diameters were all set at .426" so normal .430" bullets get sized down.

When I shot factory ammo in my Vaquero, I couldn't get groups smaller than a dinner plate @ 25 yds. The bullets literally rattled down the loose bore. They also chronographed a couple hundred fps slower than they were supposed to.

After I reamed the cylinder throats to .430" and loaded .430" lead bullets (standard for 44 Specials and 44 Mags), accuracy tightened to under 2" group at 25 yards from a bench rest. Velocity climbed to the normal rate.

The 44-40 was an old black powder cartridge that was chambered in both single action revolvers and lever action rifles. It is a low pressure round ... about 16k psi loaded with a 205 gr lead bullet @ 725 fps but in a modern Ruger heavy frame Vaquero, this cartridge can be loaded to much higher velocities. Both Remington and Winchester make ammo with 200 gr jacketed bullets that are rated at 1190 fps.
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Iowegan, Thank you for the information. I'm very sure my Dad will find this info. very helpful. Once he starts to shoot it (just broke two fingers on his strong hand the other day, luckily not the trigger finger) we will see what his groupings are and go from there. I had just hooked him up with this excellent forum so I'm sure he may lurk for a little while. I'm trying to get him to join.
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If you have interest in a Dillon 44-40 SDB conversion kit let me know... I have one for sale
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DMAW1010, Once I got my 44-40 cylinder throats reamed and reloaded some .430" lead bullets, accuracy was just as good as any other Ruger. I will say ... it was a fun gun to shoot ... very tame recoil.
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Hairtrigger, What is this Dillon conversion kit that you speak of?
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BlkHawk73, Thank you for your reply. Yah,you caught me I miss spoke. I did mean to say serial#. I'm sure my parents will be glade to hear there was low numbers produced. I'm not sure what they paid for it and I don't feel right to ask. But they wanted one for awhile now. It's not their first revolver so I'm sure they checked it over good. They are happy with the purchase and that's what count's. Here's a picture of it. [IMG][/IMG]
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I would be happy with it in my stable.
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James6591, Thank You.
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Iowegan, We aren't reloading as of yet so should Dad stay with the Remington & Winchester (which is fine) or is anything else out in factory ammo that would be good or gust stick to R & W? Just using for targets. We will have the cylinder throats checked to see where they're at. I hope you are doing better from the ruff patch you were going through last fall/winter! ***Please I don't want this to sound pushy***. I mentioned to Dad about the Single Action Gun Guide that you have wrote and he would like one (me also) but we just have to wait and see. Thank You for all your help on this.

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