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Old November 3rd, 2008, 06:25 PM   #1
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Cylinder Interchangeability??

I'm not having much luck locating a 44 mag/spec cylinder for my 44-40 Vaquero. I have found a Blackhawk 44 mag. cylinder and I'm trying to find out if it is compatible with my Vaquero.

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Old November 8th, 2008, 05:11 AM   #2
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Maybe? That is the problem with buying an extra cylinder for your gun. Blackhawk and Vaquero cylinders are interchangeable, but the tolerances may stack out against you.

Example: I have a vaquero and an accusport bisley in .45 colt. The vaquero's cylinder will work in the bisley, but there is excessive endshake and excessive b/c gap. The bisley's cylinder will not fit into the vaquero. It is just a hair too long.

Your best bet is to call Ruger and ask if they would fit a .44mag cylinder to your vaquero. All they do is grab cylinders from a bin until one of them fits properly. I checked into doing this several years ago for my vaquero in .45colt. I wanted a .45acp for cheaper practice. I think the cost was about $100 back then. $80 for the cylinder and a minor fitting fee. I bought reloading equipment instead. Even cheaper practice, and the ability to load hot hunting loads.
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Old November 12th, 2008, 05:54 PM   #3
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I called Ruger the other morning looking to get a 45ACP cylinder for my NMBH. They want $95 for the cyliinder, $50 in labor to fit it, and $30 return shipping for my gun and the new cylinder.

I haven't made my mind up yet...
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Old November 12th, 2008, 06:59 PM   #4
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I'm still new to, but I have some experience with 1911s (Shame Ruger isn't producing one of those) and I'll second the comments on tolerance stacking. At just under $200, I agree it isn't cheap, but consider the cost of a catastrophic failure due to the cylinder misaligning with a live round. One, the pistol is either ruined or in for a major overhaul. Second, which hand do you want rebuilt?
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I had my .45 Vaquero back at Ruger recently, and while it was there, I asked them about fitting a .45 ACP cylinder to it. They would not do it. Apparently because it was never a cataloged item (although I believe a distributor did order a run of special editions that had a .45 ACP cylinder paired with a .45 Colt in a Vaquero). I mention that because if they ever cataloged a 44 Mag Vaquero with 44-40, then you should be able to get them to fit one. I'd say it would be highly worth it, because I bet the cost will be less than that of a 44 Mag Vaquero, which has been discontinued. Unfortunately, if the two calibers were never cataloged together in the Vaquero, I think you're pretty much relegated to a custom job, or try to find a cylinder and take your chances.
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