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Old March 6th, 2012, 07:53 PM   #1
 
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Smile Ruger Vaquero .44 mag

I have an opportunity to obtain a new in the box Ruger Vaquero .44 Magnum in Stainless Steel with a 7.5" barrel Serial #5542193 from a private indiviual.
Is this a current model and what is the value?
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Old March 6th, 2012, 08:07 PM   #2
 
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The .44 magnum is one of the first generation Vaqueros. The current Vaqueros are only made in .357 magnum and .45LC......There are some Distributor Elusive models that are chambered in .44 special....

I would guess that a stainless steel model would run around $550.00 to $600.00 or so.....
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$500-$600 is probably what a NIB Original Vaquero in that configuration will bring. The 7 1/2" model is the least common barrel length. The original Vaqueros have been discontinued for seven or eight years except for some limited "cleanup production". If you handload they can be a lot of fun. If you have to stick to factory ammo you may be better off with an adjustable sight gun like a Blackhawk or Super Blackhawk.

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Large Frame Vaquero 44 mag used 450 to 500 LNIB in this neck of the woods NIB adjust. I bought a 44-40 for 375 like new! 44mag BisleyVaquero's get a premium. BM

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I'd pay $500/maybe $550 for that particular gun in a face-to-face sale....no transfer fees, shipping or sales tax. I've got that one with a HUNTER grip frame and a 2.5 pound professional trigger job...only things to add would be a SUPER BLACKHAWK hammer and a set of nice grips....stag, black water buffalo horn or ivory would do nicely; I've tried all three on mine!
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Greetings,

I have the stainless 5.5" barrel in stainless, they are well built guns, and no longer being made.Think I paid about $350 to $400 for mine about ten years ago new in the box. Bought an Elpaso Saddlery hoster for it to ride on my belt for about another $100. Better get the one offered because it will only go up in value. One of my kids has already claimed it when I pass on.

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That number puts it at made in 1994. Here's a link to Ruger's serial number dating thingy: Ruger Instruction Manuals & Product History

It's an older model(out of production), so it might be rare.
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Greetings,

I have the stainless 5.5" barrel in stainless, they are well built guns, and no longer being made.Think I paid about $350 to $400 for mine about ten years ago new in the box. Bought an Elpaso Saddlery hoster for it to ride on my belt for about another $100. Better get the one offered because it will only go up in value. One of my kids has already claimed it when I pass on.

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Vaqueros are not all that collectable except a few modles I have one of each KBNV 325X and KBNV 324X very low production I think a total of 900 for both combined. The Run of the mill Vaqs will never be worth much more than common BlackHawks. The 44mag Bisley Vaq. will get a premium. That said I love Vaqs JMO BM
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John Taffin estimated that only about 5% of the Original Size VAQUEROS had 7.5 inch barrels. Mr. Taffin didn't say and I don't know of another source, but I'd also guess that 44 Magnum VAQUEROS were manufactured in lower numbers. Perhaps someone could offer some numbers...I'm guessing 357 Magnum was largest production, followed by 45 Colt, then 44 Magnum, 44/40 and 45 Colt/45 ACP. I have not heard of any factory BISLEY VAQUEROS in 7.5 inch barrel in any caliber.
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That number puts it at made in 1994. Here's a link to Ruger's serial number dating thingy: Ruger Instruction Manuals & Product History

It's an older model(out of production), so it might be rare.
Thanks for the link.

I just found out that the .44 mag stainless Vaquero I inherited from my dad is from '03.

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I have one in 45 colt. Love that gun. Very accurate.
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Here is my trio of original model Vaqueros in .44 magnum:

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No longer in production but a desireable gun IMO. The 44mag Vaq has rather low production numbers compared to other calibers, add the 7.5 in barrel makes it even lower amount produced. Nice gun! Price 550 to 650 if new. JMO BM
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Here is my trio of original model Vaqueros in .44 magnum:

Nice collection, Mic.

Here's my one and only.
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