Ruger Birdshead 45ACP


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wheelyfun66
May 3, 2014, 07:33 PM
Hey All,
My new favorite: Ruger Vaquero 45 ACP with Eagle Gunfighter grips and Power Customs Bisley hammer and springs kit.

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LUCKYDAWG13
May 3, 2014, 08:24 PM
vary nice

gotboostvr
May 3, 2014, 10:05 PM
I would be tempted to cc that.

VERY tempted to open carry it haha.

back40
May 3, 2014, 10:44 PM
slick little rig, there. i handled one not long ago and really lied how it felt. i'd love to add one to the stables at some point.

how's it shoot?

Yetiman
May 3, 2014, 11:55 PM
That hammer and wood really dress it up nice ! I have a stainless version myself.

jbj
May 4, 2014, 12:13 AM
I would totally cc that. And be mad that I couldn't show it to everyone I came in contact with

horsemen61
May 4, 2014, 12:17 AM
Didn't you have a birds head grip before wheelysfun

wheelyfun66
May 4, 2014, 08:54 AM
Didn't you have a birds head grip before wheelysfun
Yes, this is my second Ruger Birdshead in 45acp.
I loved the first one, but anyone who "knows" me from gun forums....knows that I often buy/sell/trade guns, and I had sold the first one off.

For those who say that they would conceal carry it.....you know I will!
I have an El Paso Saddlery IWB holster on order, as well as the Mernickle high ride/cross draw holster.

Full range report to follow (soon....)

Barry the Bear
May 4, 2014, 10:02 AM
Thats a gorgeous gun ! Although Id be tempted to buy a .45 colt cylinder to.

Dudemeister
May 4, 2014, 11:52 AM
Looks very nice.

I just recently got bit by the birdshead grip fever, although I prefer the Thunderer style grip, which, unfortunately, is not available on the Ruger.

I thought about getting a set of BH grips & strap for my stainless Vaquero from GunGrips.com, but opted for this instead:

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=196283

Greg528iT
May 4, 2014, 04:19 PM
Very very nice

bannockburn
May 4, 2014, 04:51 PM
Looks great and love those checkered grips.

Kernel
May 5, 2014, 12:22 AM
It's a beauty! The .45 ACP is a good choice for a Vaquero with a birdshead grip and short barrel.

Hometeached1
May 5, 2014, 01:32 PM
Very nice!

huntsman
May 5, 2014, 01:40 PM
Wow that's a beaut, I assume the hammer change wasn't just for aesthetic purposes?

mavracer
May 5, 2014, 02:09 PM
I just got the 45 Colt version.
What'd you do with original hammer?

wheelyfun66
May 5, 2014, 04:42 PM
Wow that's a beaut, I assume the hammer change wasn't just for aesthetic purposes?
The hammer was swapped, largely for aesthetic reasons, but also for the lower hammer spur.
The Power Customs kit also comes with Wolf springs for the main spring/trigger spring, as well as the hammer/trigger being "mated" well together.

The entire package results in a Ruger that is.....un-Ruger-like in it's trigger action

wheelyfun66
May 5, 2014, 04:43 PM
I just got the 45 Colt version.
What'd you do with original hammer?
I kept all the original parts in a bag....as I am prone to selling guns after having them for mere months......although I will try to hang onto this one!

Kernel
May 5, 2014, 10:39 PM
Did the Bisley hammer drop in, or did the grip frame need to be modified? Ruger's Bisley hammer won't drop into a standard frame without modification. Not sure if the Power Custom hammer will.

wheelyfun66
May 6, 2014, 06:52 PM
Did the Bisley hammer drop in, or did the grip frame need to be modified? Ruger's Bisley hammer won't drop into a standard frame without modification. Not sure if the Power Custom hammer will.
The grip frame had to be relieved a few thousandths between the ears of the frame (left side) and in the rear (where hammer meets the frame).

I had my gunsmith do this......as I don't trust myself with files!

Orion8472
May 7, 2014, 12:04 PM
I wish Ruger would make that same gun, but in 357mag. I would love to have that look, but using 38 Specials in it.

CraigC
May 7, 2014, 12:48 PM
Did the PC hammer not add a half cock notch?

wheelyfun66
May 7, 2014, 04:56 PM
Did the PC hammer not add a half cock notch?
Yes sir,
The PC hammer/trigger kit DOES add the half-cock to the action.

greenmtnguy
May 7, 2014, 10:40 PM
These do look nice. I also kinda like the looks of the Montado model (you can get that one in 38/357 too) but those are not easy to find either.

Orion8472
May 8, 2014, 09:26 AM
Where would you find one?

Gary A
May 8, 2014, 09:42 AM
I wish Ruger would make that same gun, but in 357mag. I would love to have that look, but using 38 Specials in it.
I have wondered if perhaps someone at Ruger decided the Birdshead grip was better suited to 45 acp power levels than .357 power levels. I agree about shooting .38s in it.

I have a Montado in .357 and have noticed another problem with a 3.75 inch barrel in .357 versus .45 acp. The short ejector rod throws .45 acp brass clear of the gun. Usually the lower pressure .45 acp just falls out when the gun is turned up with the gate open. .357s expand and stick and the ejector will only push the partly out where they must be pulled free. Don't know about the 45 Colt birdsheads.

greenmtnguy
May 8, 2014, 10:21 AM
The 45 Colt version of the Montado also has the same issue, I hear, as the 357 - one has to hold the gun verticalyl and give a good sharp push on the ejector rod - and even then the longer colt brass may not eject out completely. But, it is a nice looking package.

There are a couple on gunbroker.com for sale right now - or you can have your LGS order one from Davidson's

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