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Old February 13th, 2017, 01:28 PM   #16
 
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All 4 of my single action 45s would lead the barrel. Everyone of them had throats that were smaller than the bore diameter. All barrels slugged and measured .451. All cylinder throats were anywhere from .449 to .450. When I ordered my cylinder reamer and reamed the throats to .4525 the leading of the barrel ceased. Accuracy increased and I was a happy camper.

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Greetings,
I am a new Ruger Vaquero .45 owner and also new to this forum.
I fired the first 6 rounds with carefully loaded casings and "Dead Eye E-Z Loaded wax Bullets" purchased from Cowboy Fast Draw Association. I used Winchester W209 Primers that drop in the special pre drilled casings.
The gun fired with no problems and at my amazement all the bullets found their target! (The side wall of my garage. As you can see, I believe in choosing small targets!) :-)
Unfortunately the cylinder jammed when I was tryin to eject the spent casings. It took me a few hours by slowly working and banging on the cylinder and the hammer (with my bare hand) to finally free the cylinder and take the shells out.
I called the Ruger Customer Service. The young lady was not familiar with wax cowboy shooting and had to ask another source.
She finally came back and told me the Ruger is not designed for this type of shooting, and I should try with regular LC ammo first!
I know a lot of you folks are using the your Vaquero for this specific shooting and happy with it. I would appreciate your input.
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I've only owned one .45 Colt.

An Vaquero that I had accuracy issues with.

These days I'm kinda torn between buying a NM Blackhawk
.45 Colt 4 5/8

or the longer 7 1/2 inch version.


Both would be too heavy for me to pack as my .357/9mm NM Blackhawk
is about as much as I can handle.

But either would be sweet and the 4 5/8 could also be a Convertible
with a .45 ACP cylinder.

Then there is the sweet Short Spur in .45 Colt.

From what I've read, Texas Rangers used COLTs with 7 1/2 inch barrels
to stabilize the old black power loads.

I would not be usimng the .45 Colt for defensive purposes, so no
DPX or JHPs would be involved. Nor would I use heavy loads.
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I've only owned one .45 Colt.

An Vaquero that I had accuracy issues with.

These days I'm kinda torn between buying a NM Blackhawk
.45 Colt 4 5/8 or the longer 7 1/2 inch version.

Both would be too heavy for me to pack as my .357/9mm NM Blackhawk
is about as much as I can handle.

But either would be sweet and the 4 5/8 could also be a Convertible
with a .45 ACP cylinder.

Then there is the sweet Short Spur in .45 Colt.

From what I've read, Texas Rangers used COLTs with 7 1/2 inch barrels
to stabilize the old black power loads.

I would not be usimng the .45 Colt for defensive purposes, so no
DPX or JHPs would be involved. Nor would I use heavy loads.
For standard 45 Colt, the Vaquero is the right gun. If it did not shoot well, it should have gone back to Ruger.

The Blackhawks are better for stout loads and pretty boring otherwise. My 45 convertible never sees the 45 ACP cylinder, sitting in its little red bag. Totally boring, when fired from a 7 1/2 long Blackhawk. I am presently shooting 9.0 grains of Unique with Penn aloxed 250 grain lead RNFPFB, which is somewhere in the 20k psi range and seems about right for such a gun. I did change the grips to something that fills my smallish hands better (palm swell).

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Boring? I've never noticed any of my 30+ guns to be boring, regardless of make or model. Frustrating at times, yes, but never boring.
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I think he was talking about shooting the .45 ACP from the BH was 'boring' .... Which is why the .45 ACP cylinder sits in the red bag . Now, I wouldn't consider it boring, I just don't see the need to shoot .45 ACP in my .45 Colt revolvers. That's my reason for the .45 ACP cylinders not being used .
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Welcome. Glad to hear you ccw those big single actions. I do myself.
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