Ruger or Beretta SA?


March 12, 2008, 10:38 AM
I have a hankerin' for a single action revolver. I was thinking of the Ruger vaquero, but came across the Beretta Stampede at the gunshop that I frequent the other day. My question is has anyone had any doings with the Beretta, and is it as well made as other Beretta products? Good looking gun, and I like the feel of it. Thought I would talk to the people in the know here first. What do you suggest?

good shooting

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Harve Curry
March 12, 2008, 10:44 AM
I think the RUGER will give you better service life and it is made in the USA, which I think still matters.

Ala Dan
March 12, 2008, 10:44 AM
Between those two, I like the looks of the Beretta Stampede better; but
Ruger Vaquero's sell better~! :scrutiny: ;)

Black Knight
March 12, 2008, 11:10 AM
Both are very good. I have a Vaquero in 44 Mag with a 5 1/2" barrel and believe it or not it is fun to shoot. You really know you have hold of something when it goes off. As far as the Beretta goes I was at their factory in Accokeek, MD back in 2004, and saw them in their Board Room. They are very well made. They closely follow the Colt size with several safety modifications. Now that Ruger dropped the 44 Mag Vaquero this is truly a case of which do you like best.

Jim March
March 12, 2008, 12:46 PM

March 12, 2008, 01:47 PM
Rugers are built like a tank. And made in the USA also with cost of Dollar vs EURO the Ruger makes a better deal.

March 12, 2008, 02:44 PM
Nothing wrong with a Beretta; they make darn good shootin' irons.

However, in the SA revolver category I'm a Ruger guy. Read though Jim March's threads about after-market parts and customizing a Ruger.

March 13, 2008, 01:05 AM
I have both a Vaquero (old) and Stampede. In the past, I'd have suggested the Ruger, as it could handle magnum loads. Buit with the redesign of the Vaq, it's not the tank it was. THe action of the Beretta (actually a Uberti) is much smoother and the overall feel is better.

March 13, 2008, 01:17 AM
I am a RUGER fan for sure. I own the following:

P90, 10/22 - 3 of them, BlackHawk .357, BlackHawk .45 Colt 7.5 barrel, BlackHawk Bisley 45 Colt, Super RedHawk 44 Mag.

I shoot all of these several times per year. I clean and inspect them after every outing. None have ever needed any repair work. I am very much satisfied.

March 13, 2008, 08:21 AM
I have looked at the Beretta birds head model. Just couldn't bring myself to buy an imported gun, so I made my own.

March 13, 2008, 10:20 AM

NICE Bird's Head conversion in brass. What caliber is that revolver?

March 13, 2008, 10:21 AM
Well, since Beretta now owns Uberti, that covers a lot of ground. As long as you don't want a particular caliber or barrel length that one or the other does or doesn't offer, it comes down to personal preference. Talking new guns here.
The Ruger is stronger, uses much superior all coil springs, and has the carry six safely transfer bar system, and the all state compliant internal hammer lock. It is not exactly like a Colt. It doesn't feel just like a Colt, but it feels pretty darned good in it's own right. From a practical and design point it is undoubtedly better. But this ain't about practical to begin with. :) This is Blondes, Brunettes, and Redheads in steel. Or Tom Selleck and Sam Elliot for the ladies.
Some Berettas will have a transfer bar too, but I would not go to a Beretta/Uberti unless I wanted a gen - u - ine Colt clone. For example, the Cimarron Model Ps are clones of the old Colt SAAs. Firing pin on the hammer, clicketty, click, click action, stops lined up with the loading gate, feels different in the hand, one piece grips - I fitted fake ivories. If you love Colts, and money, a clone is it.
I have two Ruger Vaqueros and two Cimarrons. If I could only have one, I would go with a Ruger, because I believe it will work at least from now until my grandchildren leave it to their grandchildren, and I just plain like them. Actually fits my hand better than a Colt, especially with a hot load. I got Wolff spring kits for all of them. The Cimarrons are a bit more accurate with mild 44 special lead loads, whereas with the hotter stuff the Vaqueros are more accurate. I know of no technical answer to this - I just got four guns that act that way.
I would say get whichever one gives you the best case of the warm fuzzies. You can love either one without much effort.

March 13, 2008, 11:40 AM
foghornI, it's a .357 nmsb. I used a Qualite grip frame and a Bisley hammer.

Jim March
March 13, 2008, 03:26 PM
Some Berettas will have a transfer bar too

ALL Beretta SAs are safe six-up. The Stampede series has a transfer bar, the Laramies have something else equally effective.

March 13, 2008, 03:31 PM
I love Beretta but would go with a Ruger revolver anytime.

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