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I made a side by side compairison today and put the winner on layaway.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by flip180, Dec 15, 2005.

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  1. flip180

    flip180 Member

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    I decided to start working toward my next purchase. I work extra hours at work to support my gun habit. I have six extra hours to work to pay off my Hi-Power and decided to get a head start on the next one with 100.00 dollars comming to me through an internet sale of a red-dot scope that I don't use anymore. I haven't received the money yet but why not go ahead and spend it. I went to my local gun store and had the employee pull out a 5-1/2 inch gloss/stainless Ruger "old" Vaquero and a 4-3/4 inch blued/case colored Beretta Stampede out with both in .45 long colt. After looking over the both of them and working with the action, the Stampede was the one I put my money down on. Other than the transfer bar, it was closer to an actual Colt SAA. I didn't care for the loading gate thing on the ruger. If it's going to look like the Colt then it shoud operate like the Colt. I though about getting one in .357 but .45 long colt is what I think of when I think of a SAA Colt like pistol. I hope to have it paid off in the next two months and will post pics of it when get it.

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    From what I am aware of, Ruger never made an "old" Vaquero. BTW. I have a 7.5" Vaquero in 45 Colt on layaway. Plan to get a 45 ACP cylinder fitted so I can use cheap ammo for plinkin.:)
     
  3. flip180

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    Sorry,

    I meant the old style Vaquero. The one with the slightly beefier frame.

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    Ah, ya, that's the one I have. I get to use the "Ruger Only" 45 Colt loads.:)
     
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    Was going to ask if the Beretta was strong enough for the fire breather hand loads my blackhawk eats for breakfast. Of course, I didn't buy mine for looks, but for use afield and wanted the adjustables of a blackhawk, too. It's close enough in looks for me, considering what a shooter it is. ;)

    Hmm, this cowboy shooting thing has even got Beretta making SA revolvers. Who'd a thunk it. :D Try as I might, I can't get that worked up over cowboy shooting, though, even though I do have a double, a single action, and a M92 Winchester clone. I think I'd get more out of dressing up in buckskins for a black powder rendezvous and playing with my Hawkin. :D
     
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    Oh, there's no doubt about the strength of the Ruger. I will be hand loading .45 Long-Colt but for only paper punching target loads so, I'm sure the Beretta will have a long and productive life. I just wanted to fill a nitch in my collection and it seems to me that the Stampede had what I was looking for. It was the loading gate thing that pushed me toward the Stampede. Both were very nice guns and it was a hard decision but the Beretta won me over.

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    Well, technically, they do... They bought Uberti and the Beretta models are Ubertis built to Beretta "standards."
     
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    I'd like to have a '73 colt clone, too. It'd be fun to play with and take to the range. I have a friend that's all into his peacemaker clone. Took him forever to actually buy one. He has a neat little Ruger Single Six Magnum .32 H&R I wish he'd get tired of and sell or trade to me. :D His .45 is a Uberti clone. Pretty gun with classic lines.

    One thing about .45 and the .45 colt, at least mine, that I've found. They seem inherently accurate. I load a Lee cast 255 grain flat nose over a standard pressure charge of Unique. That load is ultra accurate. You can amaze your friends with a .45 Colt. Those bullets sure eat up a pound of lead, though.:eek: Fun to whip one out in a discussion of handgun calibers, though. They sorta dwarf little stuff like .45 ACP and 9x19. :D I should get a .45-70 barrel for my contender. That'd impress 'em. LOL!
     
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    I think the Berettas are prettier and as long as you don't plan on shooting nuclear grade handloads out of it I think you made the right choice.
     
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