Ruger Vaquero


August 11, 2011, 08:54 AM
I'm thinking of getting a Ruger Vaquero Stainless 45. Anybody have any experience with this gun? Or maybe other suggestions? It's manly for target shooting.

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August 11, 2011, 09:27 AM
You have the original Vaquero or the New Vaquero to choose from. The original Vaquero is a little heavier, and better suited for heavy loads. The New Vaquero is slimmed down a bit and is a fine shooter, especially for target loads. They are great guns, very durable and almost fool proof. Patrick aka Executioner

Black Knight
August 11, 2011, 11:20 AM
I have an original Vaquero. It is in stainless but is 44 Magnum not 45LC. It has a 5 1/2 inch barrel. It is a fine shooter. It is a bit on the heavy side but fires the magnum loads very well. I love mine. I have never had a problem with it. I did change the small button shaped ejector rod for a cresent shaped ejector rod from Brownell's and changed the wood grips for imitation ivory from Ajax. Wish I had a digital camera and pics to show just how good it looks.

August 11, 2011, 12:59 PM
I have an older Vaquero, .45LC in polished stainless with a 5 1/2" barrel. I replaced the grips with a pair of Tru Ivory from Bar S Grips. It shoots as good as it looks and shoots to the POA with both factory ammo and handloads. It never fails to put a smile on my face every time I take it to the range.

August 11, 2011, 04:00 PM
I own 2 Vaquero's sin 44 mag, 1 in 45 Colt/45 ACP, and 1 in 44-40/44Spl. All are Vaquero OM is blue/cc and I wouldn't give them up for any reason. I would definetly buy one in SS if the opportunity presented itself. :)

August 11, 2011, 04:38 PM
I have a nice collection of Vaquero's, both old and new. The old models are much stronger and will handle those "Ruger only" loads, as where the new models won't. I have a 7 1/2 inch model that I Deer hunt with and a Sheriff's model that I often use as a CCW, and tow NMV's I use for SASS shooting. You won't regret this purchase!;)


August 11, 2011, 11:27 PM
Just bought the New Vaquero in 45 Colt with the ACP cyclinder.It is very accuate and POI/POA at 15 yards.I relod and stay with original data or about 860FPS with a 250 grain lead.This is powerful enough for me.

August 12, 2011, 03:44 AM
I have an original Bisley Vaquero in .45 Colt and two New Vaqueros in 38/357 and all three guns are GREAT. Even though they are not exact clones of the SAA they are great shooters and extremely reliable. If you buy one (or 2 or 3) you won't be disappointed.

August 14, 2011, 09:34 AM
I have two of them; both .45LC and love them!

Crunchy Frog
August 14, 2011, 09:50 AM
If you like the 7.5 inch tube, CDNN Sports has them on sale.

August 14, 2011, 11:49 AM
I hae a 2003-vintage Vaquero, the 3-3/4" (or so) barrel "Sheriff's Model" in .357. Easier on the hands than I would have thought, particularly when using those 'just-this-side-of-termonuclear' loads.

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