Ruger Vs Ruger opinions wanted

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by JonM, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. JonM

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    looking at adding a second revolver to my collection. i used to have a ruger blackhawk in 45lc 10 years ago. ended up selling it to help pay for a car wreck. i have regretted selling that gun for a long time. i think it is time to fix that error.

    im looking at either the vaquero with extra 45acp cylinder in the 4.6inch barrel or the blackhawk with the same extra cylinder and 4.6inch barrel, both in stainless. the main question is opinions of the fixed vaquero and looks vs the blackhawk flattop and adjustable sights.

    im leaning vaquero and just looking for input on both of these from actual owners and shooters.

    how are the triggers??

    smoothness in cocking??

    adjustable sights important or not in a revolver?? if not im going vaquero i think it looks better
     
  2. JD1969

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    I own a vaquero in the 4.6 inch barrel in stainless, it is a .357. The trigger is a little stiff at first, but it is easy to lighten the trigger. cocking was a little gritty for the first few hundred rounds but has smoothed out a ton. I feel that it is a really nice shooter. As far as the sights go, I'd say it really depends on the intended use. For plinking and general shooting, I don't have an issue with the fixed sights, it groups fine at 25 yards, I have no issue putting 6 shots on a paper plate sized target at that distance. I went vaquero for the same reason, I think it looks better.
     

  3. Old_Crow

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    I have a 357/9mm Blackhawk with a 6.5" barrel. It's all that! If you have oversized hands you will prefer the Blackhawk. I hate the shape of the grip on the vaquero. I am trying to hang on to the vaquero with three fingers like a mouse gun.
     
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  4. tomingreeneco

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    I own both. Use the Vaquero for cowboy action shooting and it is a fine gun. Also love to shoot the Blackhawk. Can not go wrong with either gun. You can always adjust the front blade sight on the Vaquero if it shoots a little off.
     
  5. nitestalker

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    This is the Lipsey Ruger Flat Top SS 4 5/8s .45 Colt and .45 ACP 1 of 500. These guns have the best balance of any Ruger SA I have ever owned.:)
     

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  6. JonM

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    thanks for the input it really helps. im going today to take a look at the various models at some of the local shops im sure none of them will have the exact version i want and ill end up ordering one.
     
  7. Bob Wright

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    I'd go with the Blackhawk. Adjustable sights not only provide a means of sighting in precisely, but offer a better sight picture with the flat top of the rear sight blade.

    The frame's curved rear sighting surface is not a definite register as to where to place the front sight blade. Does the top of the front sight blade go tangent to the curve, or secant? Its not as precise as a flat blade rear sight.

    Bob Wright
     
  8. JonM

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    i checked out both at gander mountain today. the blackhawk grip was a tad too big for my preferences compared to the vaquero. both are great handguns with very smooth actions. much better than the older blackhawk i used to have.

    i went with the vaquero SS 4.62 barrel and 45acp conversion cylinder. i ordered it from my local lgs i get most of my guns from. the adjustables are nice but ive got more than a few fixed sight 1911's and other semi auto's. most of my pistol shooting has been with fixed sights
     
  9. zebramochaman

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    The Vaquero is at the top of my wish list. I own a Blackhawk, 44 Mag, Blued w/7.5" bbl that I love to shoot but I love the look of the case-hardened frame.
     
  10. Wiebelhaus

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    Those new vaquero's are just damn near perfect, I don't have any exp with the other one, sorry.
     
  11. Vikingdad

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    I want a blued vaquero, but I have a ss Blackhawk .357. Both fine guns. I did purchase a set of aftermarket "gunslinger" springs and that helped the trigger enormously. I also did a home stone job on the trigger to smooth it out some. That was pretty easy to do and made a world of difference. The spring kit I got at a gun show, it had a variety of springs to choose from, a similar replacement set is available through Brownell's - http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=22780/Product/NEW-VAQUERO-ANNIVERSARY-BLACKHAWK-SHOOTERS-PAKS
     
  12. JonM

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    Thanks for the spring set tip!!

    I looked at the blued versions in the case and handled one. Ruger bluing is still terrible compared to other gun makers. So im going stainless. Their blue jobs look more like parkerizing or painting than bluing heh.

    Im considering having it bead blasted to dull the finish making it more greyish stainless.
     
  13. Vikingdad

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    I wonder if you could special order or maybe send it in to Ruger to get it tumbled like the .454 Super Redhawk is? That is a nice flat grey look.
     
  14. JonM

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    I was thinking about diy in a blasting cabinet.
     
  15. Vikingdad

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    I don't think I would do that. I don't like the finish of glass bead blasting. Maybe walnut shell media? In any case I would do a test piece first to see how it turns out.
     
  16. JonM

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    Oh yeah im not doing anything of the sort cold turkey on a brand new gun. I want to know the result before i undertake that sort of thing.
     
  17. JD1969

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    If you do get it done, I would be interested to see the finished product.
     
  18. JonM

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    no doubt ill post pics. i just want to remove the high gloss stainless finish to a duller less reflective one. shouldnt be hard to do on a stainless non-plated gun.
     
  19. blucoondawg

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    I think both are good guns, my friends dad has a large ruger pistol collection, old stuff and some new ones, the one Ruger I cannot stand the look of feel of is are the Bisley revolvers.
     
  20. Old_Crow

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    The transfer bar in the old Blackhawks was an afterthought. I never had my Super Blackhawk converted for that very reason. I would rather have five good shots than six dragging and creeping shots.