June 5, 2006, 01:48 AM
I have heard that the new Vaqueros are not strong enough for the heavy .45 Colt loads, but what about the older ones? Can I fire the same loads out of it that the Blackhawk can handle?
Additionally, what are the accuracy differences? I know that the Blackhawk has adjustable sights - is that it?
June 5, 2006, 02:47 AM
The "Old Vaq" is built on the same 44Mag class frame as the SuperBlackhawk. The Vaq topstrap looks weaker than a Blackhawk/Superblackhawk but that's actually not the case - the adjustble sight guns have enough "cutout" at the back of the topstrap to make overall strength a wash. In both cases when the gun is pushed past it's limits the topstrap will bulge out but not usually break. I've handled two blown-up large-frame Ruger SAs (wreckage kept around ranges showing how NOT to handload) and the topstraps held. Ditto several pictures floating around the web. This is a good thing.
So yeah, the Old Vaq can handle any 45LC+P.
The sights are the only difference. It is of course possible to improve the sights of a Vaq with some custom work :).
June 5, 2006, 02:45 PM
I'd like to see a full right side pic of that gun.
June 5, 2006, 07:18 PM
The one I am looking at is a Bisley. It sems like an awkward grip, with my little finger crowded against my ring finger. Is there any advantage to it? It looks kind of odd, too.
June 5, 2006, 10:12 PM
The Bisley rolls beautifully in your grip under heavy recoil--at least for a lot of us. My Bisley blackhawk makes shooting heavy .41 mags more pleasant with its exposed backstrap and skinny wood grips than my S&W 657 with its slightly greater weight and big fat squishy pachmayr deccelerator grips.
June 5, 2006, 10:32 PM
Use all load data at your own risk.
My friend and I shot 50 rounds of "Ruger Only" 45 Colt handloads in my 7.5" Stainless Old Vaquero today. 14.8 grains of HS-7 under a 250 grain "Laser Cast" bullet is a powerfull load, yet still fun to shoot. Plus it gives a nice puff of white smoke out the muzzle so, even though I am shooting smokeless, it has the "look" of BP. So don't worry, the "Old Vaquero" is a member of the "Ruger Only" club. Be carefull because even with the Ruger only data it is still possible to have a double charge if you are not paying attention.