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DoyleTheDog 12-31-2009 09:51 PM

Single Action Revolver
Hello everyone, I'm going to get a single action revolver here pretty soon, and was wondering which ones you all thought were good. I like the way the Ruger Vaquero looks, so that should give you an idea (is the Vaquero a good firearm?). Looking to spend anywhere from 500 to 700... I'd like to have a .45colt or .357mag

Thanks for any advice!!

crossfire 01-01-2010 12:01 AM

The Vaquero is a decent single-action, but be aware that the "New" model is not the same as the "Old" model. The old model is essentially a fixed sight Blackhawk while the new model is scaled down closer to the Italian clones in size.
For $700 though, you could own both a .357 Mag and .45 Colt EAA Bounty Hunter. The Bounty Hunter also comes in .44 Mag; something the "new" Vaquero doesn't come in.

stalkingbear 01-01-2010 01:40 AM

I've had Vaqueros and done action tunes to a lot of them and I've never seen a "bad" 1 yet. You can't go wrong with the Vaquero.

Viking 01-01-2010 06:52 AM

It's been many years since I've owned Ruger single action revolvers. I've owned Blackhawks in 45 Long Colt, they were great because you could use hotter loads than for any other brand of SA. I've owned a few 44 Super Blackhawks and actually for a SA I liked them the best. Just to show you how long it's been since I bought a 45 Blackhawk, I bought it for $125 at a gun show in Denver. The one great thing about Ruger SA's is that all the screws where Ny-loc, I've owned other brands of SA's and very frequently I'd have to tighten screws after 12 or so rounds fired. Ruger screws never came loose.

Franciscomv 01-01-2010 12:16 PM

The Vaquero is a great gun, but I'd go for a Blackhawk just for the adjustable sights. Both .357 and .45LC allow you to play around a lot with different loads, from wimpy target stuff to full power hunting rounds, point of impact will vary so the adjustable sights come in handy.

From an aesthetic point of view, the stainless Vaquero in .45LC is my favourite.

diggsbakes 01-01-2010 03:04 PM

I'd suggest a Blackhawk in .357 or .44 mag. Adjustable sights are great and they are very solid. I would stay away from .45 LC at the moment. Could be different where you live, but I haven't seen a box of .45 LC in at least 8 months.

CA357 01-01-2010 03:30 PM

I've had two Vaquero's and a couple of Blackhawks. Calibers were .30 Carbine, .357, .44 and .45 Colt. They were all solid and dependable. You won't go wrong with any of them.

If you decide to go with a Vaquero, see if you can find an older model. They were essentially Blackhawks with fixed sights. They are more stout than the new Vaquero models. Same thing with the old model Blackhawks.

DoyleTheDog 01-03-2010 06:42 PM

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Well when I got to the gun shop I was dead set on getting the Vaquero, but then the Blackhawk caught my eye. Finally decided to go with it instead...

Does anyone have any suggestions for some good defense ammo for it? I was looking at Hornady 44 Mag 225 gr FTX LEVERevolution...

Viking 01-03-2010 07:16 PM

Good for you, you made a great choice. What's nice is that you can practice with .44 Special rounds, really low recoil. The only thing is elevation will be different between the 44 mag and 44 spcl. Mag rounds will raise the barrel and twist the gun due to torque. I really couldn't give you a recommendation for self defense because I handload mostly cast Elmer Keith hard cast lead 245 gr. SWC. That round would not be a good defense load in populated areas due to the fact that if you hit a BG it would go threw them and way beyond. I use that load for hunting and head, neck or spine shots instantly knock the deer down. I have had a Redhawk for around 25 years and it does shoot very differently than the Blackhawks I've owned due to a whole lot more weight and barrel plane.

canebrake 01-03-2010 07:31 PM

Great choice, you will love this gun.

Keep it clean and it will last you a lifetime.

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