45 convertable Vaquero


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Jeff H
December 10, 2010, 09:08 AM
Did they ever make such a thing? It would seem like it would be popular for CASS shooters that don't reload since 45ACP is so much cheaper than 45 long colt.

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BCCL
December 10, 2010, 09:11 AM
I'm not sure if they ever did it with the larger framed original Vaqueros, but the smaller New Vaqueros they have, Davidson's has them in both blue and stainless.

loadedround
December 10, 2010, 10:42 AM
I do not believe that Ruger ever made a convertable 45C/45ACP in the OM Vaquero. Several of us have managed to find 45ACP cylinders on GunBroker or Gun Parts Corp (Numrich Arms) and had them fitted to the Vaquero. The Blackhawk cylinder is interchangeable to the Vaquero one and usually is a drop in. It took me less than 15 min to fit the 45ACP Cylinder to my Vaquero and had my 'smith to check timing although I was sure it was OK. Off a rest, my 45ACP Vaquero wll shoot 230 gr FMJ rounds into 11/2 groups at 25 yards. BTW, I converted a 44-40 Vaquero to 44 spl, by fitting a used 44 Mag cylinder purchased online. Fit and timiming are perfect, but have not fired it yet. Ruger manufactured all their 44-40 pistols with the same bore diameter as their magnum Blackhawk and Vaqueo barrels. It's a shame Ruger discontinued the 44-40!.

Gary A
December 10, 2010, 10:48 AM
Ruger did make .45 Convertibles on the larger, original Vaquero, though not many. I used to have two of them and saw one for sale at a gun show not a year ago. I think they were sold through Davidson's but it could have been Lipsey's.

Davidson's is currently listing them on the smaller frame in blue and stainless and in both barrel lengths but quantities have been "zero" for some time, at least the last I checked.

CraigC
December 10, 2010, 11:34 AM
Yep, Ruger has made .45 convertibles in both the Vaquero and New Vaquero.

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