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SA revolver in .357 to pair with mith my Marlin 1894C that I want

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Cred's Cariad, Jul 14, 2008.

  1. Cred's Cariad

    Cred's Cariad New Member

    May 21, 2008
    Are cimarron revolvers any good? Suggestions?
  2. bannockburn

    bannockburn Elder

    Apr 24, 2007
    Cred's Cariad

    If it were me, I probably would opt for a Ruger Vaquero in .357. That would make both your Marlin and Ruger American made guns, and the perfect tandem for shooting together.
  3. Matt-J2

    Matt-J2 Active Member

    Nov 12, 2007
    Appleton, WI
    I second the Ruger, but would also add the Blackhawk to the list, if you want adjustable sights. If you want fixed sights, then a New Vaquero(or searching for an older Vaquero used).
  4. 20nickels

    20nickels Active Member

    Mar 22, 2007
    New Vaquero. It is tank tough and will eat most of what your rifle will eat too. Is your Marlin have Ballard or Microgroove rifling? One likes lead the other likes jacketed.
  5. MCgunner

    MCgunner Senior Elder

    Dec 3, 2005
    The end of the road between Sodom and Gomorrah Tex
    Blackhawk.....nuf said.
  6. Virginian

    Virginian Senior Member

    Apr 7, 2003
    Williamsburg, Virginia
    I have 2 Cimarrons and 2 Ruger Vaqueros, albeit 44s, and several other Rugers. Both went well with my Marlin Cowboy 44. I believe either would be an excellent choice, depending on what you want.
    The Cimarrons have the exact look and feel of Jen-you-ine Colt SAA revolvers. The parts will interchange. They require carrying with only 5 chambers loaded to be safe. They have the four clicks on cocking, half cock load, etc. The Cimarrons (unlike most) do have all coil springs except the mainspring and the trigger/cylinder bolt spring, so if you get a Wolff wire trigger spring they should be pretty reliable; mine have been. I shoot run of the mill 44 Specials thru mine; a few 240 gr. right at the top of SAMMI specs, but even those are not what anyone would call hot loads. They feel really good, like a Colt.
    The Ruger is an improved design single action revolver. It looks like a Colt, but it does not work like a Colt. It has all coil springs. Even with hot loads it will likely outlive your grandchildren. It can be carried safely 6 up. Open the loading gate and load it. It feels a bit different than a Colt, but I love them anyway. I have original Vaqueros, and I prefer them because, as I said, I am a 44 guy, and they actually fit my hands better than a Colt. The originals are quite a bit bigger than a Colt, but the New Vaqueros are real real close to Colts, size wise.
    I would say handle both if you can and get whichever feels best to you. If you cannot discern a big difference; I say get the Ruger. If you are one of the one in however many thousands that does have a problem, they will take care of it for you, and odds are you will never have any problems at all. My first centerfire was a Ruger 357 35 years ago, and I still have it and it is still going strong. Great with everything from 110 grain plinkers to 200 grain groundpounders.

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