Going to pick up a single action in .45 Colt


April 15, 2007, 09:13 PM
Actually I already have a single six .22/.22 Mag. I've got some great double actions. A S&W Model 10, Model 36, and a Model 25 in .45 Colt.
I'd like to pick up a SAA clone in .45 Colt. I'm really interested in folk's personal experiences with out of the box accuracy with Ruger, Uberti, Beretta, etc. I'm probably only going to spend 500.00 to 600.00 tops, so the higher end manufacturers may not be a consideration.
Can anyone help?

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Jim March
April 15, 2007, 09:30 PM
I recommend the Ruger New Vaquero. It's sized like a standard Colt SAA but has a transfer bar safety. I mentioned this in more detail here:


Mine is in 357 but the 45 is a good gun too.

April 15, 2007, 09:39 PM
I have three Single Action revolvers in .45 Colt:

A pair of Taurus Gauchos 5.5" CCH/Blue.

A Ruger "old" Vaquero, bird's head sheriff's model.

All are good solid revolvers, the Vaquero will handle hot loads, the Gauchos have excellent balance and didn't need any tuning out of the box.

April 15, 2007, 10:15 PM
I like them all but prefer adjustable sights. This BH in .45 Colt is my most shot single action. As far as accuracy, it is capable of smaller groups than I can shoot.


April 15, 2007, 11:40 PM
The Ruger BH is strong enough and has a long enough cylinder to shoot the +P ammo. This makes for a more versatile revolver and the +P ammo is more capable of killing black bear, deer and elk.

April 15, 2007, 11:47 PM
I have two old style vaqueros and two uberti 1873s 1 each 5.5" 1 each 4" birds head have shot 20 round group 5 from each into 4 to 5" at 15 yards .if you get a uberti clone I would suggest a cimarron they are smoother out of the box:)

April 16, 2007, 12:07 AM
beautiful revolver bakert! I want one!

April 16, 2007, 12:20 AM
My grandfather's stock Ruger SBH Bisley with a 7.5 in bbl is more accurate than I am, has a great (perfect really) trigger, and handles our 325 grain loads comfortably.

I like the looks of the Berettas I've seen. A blue colored blue and nice looking case hardening (or fake case hardening, I don't know which it is).

April 16, 2007, 12:48 AM
I'm happy with my NewVaq 45colt. Doesn't have the firing pin on the hammer like a 'real old west' model; won't take boomer ruger only loads. But I'm happy to carry six safely, and overall I'd rather have the lighter weight. (I had an original vaquero in 357mag; nice to know it would be hard to KB, but always felt just a bit chunky.)

April 16, 2007, 11:43 AM
the guns imported by Cimarron are realllllllllllllllllllllly nice,but I"d prolly opt for a Ruger just because I know them and love them.:)

April 16, 2007, 11:49 AM
Get the New Model Blackhawk Convertible. Mines a 4 5/8" with .45 colt and .45 acp cylinders. You'll like being able to fire both rounds. Mine is quite accurate with both cylinders, and the .45 acp gives you a less expensive practice round if you don't reload. If you do reload, the gun is very strong, so you can juice up the Colt loads pretty good.

April 16, 2007, 01:56 PM
Thank you Im283.
Actually my gun(pictured) is a convertible like floridaboy's. Like he says, it's accurate with both cylinders although the .45ACPS might print just a tad lower than the heavier bullets in .45 Colt but no big deal. I never used the ACP cylinder much until this year and was surprised at the accuracy. A very versatile combo and if you don't reload, .45 auto ammo is a helluva lot cheaper than the Colt offerings even though I love the big .45 Colt rd.

April 16, 2007, 02:14 PM
Never had a Vaquero, but of the several Ruger handguns I own or have owned or shot in the past ( dozens) have all be good in the accuracy dept. SA's are sort of an American thing so I would go American if it was me, but to each his own.

I have been looking, asking questions, reading in forums, and at the shops handling SA's in person. Mine will be a new model Vaquero, but if you are wanting to reload and get as much power or velocity as possible I would chose a Blackhawk or old model Vaquero.
One more plus to the new Vaquero is the cylinder indexes like a old three screw Ruger or Colt and not off half a chamber or so like other new model Ruger SA's. The new Vaquero and Bearcat's so far are the only SA Rugers to work like a SA's should in that dept. IMO after you have shot one that indexes correctly you'll like it.

April 16, 2007, 02:25 PM
You didn't specify what you would be using the gun for, but if you plan on hunting with it I would recommend a BH. It can handle hot loads and the adjustable sights let you choose the bullet you want to hunt with.

April 16, 2007, 04:21 PM
Take a look at the Taurus Gaucho. I got a 5.5 with the case hardened frame about a year ago and love it, it's accurate and the finish is very nice, paid $399. Pretty much a true clone except for the transfer bar safety.

Jim March
April 16, 2007, 04:37 PM
Over the past year I've seen more complaints of problems with the Gaucho on these forums than any other revolver.

I've yet to see ONE gripe regarding the New Vaq.

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