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Old February 2nd, 2013, 06:48 AM   #1
 
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Ruger New Vaquero 45LC/ACP Convertible (VIDEO)

In response to the ammo shortage, I decided to get something I've wanted for a long time- a single action pistol. I went with the Ruger New Vaquero for its modern internals with the traditional Peacemaker look.

The coolest thing about the model I got is that it came with matched 45LC and 45ACP cylinders. Both shoot great out of this fantastic pistol.

Best of all, SA pistols are ready-made for shooting wax bullets. I can shoot in my backyard for 5-6 cents per shot whenever I want, and not worry about disturbing the neighbors or leading up my property.

If you're trying to figure out how to navigate the current ammo shortage, pistols like these will give you a lot of options. I am already shopping for its buddy.




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Old February 2nd, 2013, 07:20 AM   #2
 
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thanks for the Video very well done.
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Yep! Haven't shot in wax with my flattop convertibles (same frame just adjustable sights), but they are nice never the less. I don't shoot much ACP ...as I like .45 Colt... but then I reload, so crunch doesn't affect one as much.

Enjoy!! Nothing like SAs! Might find dust collecting on those ... pistols....

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Where did you find a new one with both cylinders? I did not think that they were available anymore...
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That was the original reason (years ago) that I went with the Ruger Old Army. A lot of fun shooting but on the cheap. Cast my own round balls, powder and caps and off I went. Smithy.
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Good choice for a wheelie.
Congratulations & enjoy.
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Great video, good sense of humor and didn't know about wax bullets!
I'll be sure to check out your other vids...
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I found this Ruger on gunsamerica.com. I think you will only find them on the secondary market right now, but I don't think they are discontinued- they're just between production runs.

With the way order backlogs are right now, though, I don't know how much production will be spent on special editions, though. Best to contact Davidson's and see if they plan to get any more in.

I will say that you can have as much fun with a 357, and you don't even need to change cylinders. You can shoot 357, 38 special, and wax bullets all from a revolver costing about $150 less than a convertible.

I just wanted a 45LC for nostalgia, and the convertible made it that much more appealing for me.
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Just a reminder to all you single action folks. If you get an old Vaquero and/or and old blackhawk, or a new or old Bisley Vaquero, you'll luck out and get a Ruger single action that does NOT have the new silly Ruger inside the grips safety block. All newer Blackhawks and plow handled Vaquero's do and will have that inside the grip safety block. I never did like them as they prevent you from getting a normal Wolff spring set to lighten up the pull a bit. The hammer spring is at full length making it much easier to make a lighter spring of the same length. With the safety block, the hammer spring is much shorter and harder to get a lighter spring of the same short length. I ended up with one that had the new safety block and had to add some stainless weldment to allow the use of an older strut guide and normal length spring. It's a PITB to deal with and we're all better off without it. Smithy.
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Smithy, that's great information to have. I know it's not preferred, but a respected Ruger gunsmith suggested that I clip just one coil off the stock spring to see if I liked it, and clip a second if I wanted it even lighter. Of course, there's no going back if suddenly you are getting light primer hits, but at least there is an option for tuning the stock hammer spring, even if it isn't the best way to do it.
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THAT is awesome! Thanks for the video.
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love the video and the Ruger V. Its been 15 years since I shot one, are they 5 rnd cylinders or 6 and you only loaded 5?

Wax bullets are new to me too, do you have any more info on them?
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I only loaded 5 to get used to it for Cowboy Action Shooting. Since a lot of people shoot Colts and Colt clones, they keep the same rule for everyone. I feel safe loading with 6 for personal use, but I don't want to get into the habit of relying upon that 6th round since this is largely a fun gun for me. My 10mm Glock G20 is my woods gun.

I got the wax bullets, etc., from the Cowboy Fast Draw Association. You can find the stuff here:
Wax Bullets, Shells, and Accessories - Cowboy Fastdraw Association

I am working on a video today and tomorrow about loading the wax bullets that should be up at the end of this week.
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