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Difference in The Ruger Vaquero and Super Blackhawk

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by ArtP, Jun 26, 2010.

  1. ArtP

    ArtP Active Member

    May 6, 2010
    Northern CA
    The BH has adjustable sights while the Vaquero's appear fixed. Other than that they appear about the same and are priced about the same.

    I've had my eye on a SBH for some time, in 44 mag, and never see any negative comments. Oh, one comment from a pawnshop owner who says the screws in the stainless models are too brittle and subject to break. Anyone have anything negative to say about them?

    Okay, I just found that the SBH is exclusive to 44 mag and the Vaquero to 357 or 45LC. But I'm still curious as to the difference.
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Sep 17, 2007
    Eastern KS
    The new New Vaquaro is a smaller .357 frame size. About the same size as a Colt SAA.
    It is lighter and smaller then the SBH or old Vaquaro.

    The old New Vaquaro used the .44 mag frame and was over built for most of the calibers it was offered in.

    As for broken screws in SS SBH's?
    Sounds like another gunshop or pawnshop myth to me.

    About the only thing that ever breaks on a Ruger SA is an occasional transfer bar after a couple gazillion "snaps" of dry firing. And even those are so rare as to be almost unheard of.

  3. MovedWest

    MovedWest Member

    Feb 8, 2009
    Silicon Valley
    Not to be argumentative, but the ejector rod housing on my new model SBH has been blown off on 3 separate occasions. Fixing it required the screw to be tapped out (2x by Ruger, 1x by local gunsmith) and have it screwed back on.

    My fix? I bought a couple 3 screw SBH's and haven't had a problem since.


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