Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by crooked stripe, Jan 18, 2012.
You ain't gonna wear out a Ruger with standard loads. In fact there's a reason that some hot loads are referred to with a wink as "Ruger Only" loads.
I'm not sure what you're asking here, but the old model Vaquero and the Blackhawk are the only ones approved for "Ruger only" loads.
PS, there are also no "Old Model" Vaqueros. "Old Model" is Ruger's official designation for those single actions made up to 1973 with the traditional half cock action and no transfer bar. Vaqueros were introduced in 1992 and are New Models utilizing the "New Model" lockwork.
Vaquero (large frame)
New Vaquero (mid-frame)
As long as it is not compromised anywhere, it will outlast all of us.
If you are new to reloading, be very careful, and go slow. Just because it is built like a tank doesn't mean things can't go wrong.
Or what would be best is just get some of the top end manufactured ammo. Buffalo Bore, Grizzly, Garrets
In 1973 Ruger revised his line of single action revolvers, and included a transfer bar safety to prevent the accidental discharges referred to above. At the same time he discontinued the mid-sized frame, and thereafter made the .357 Magnum version using the same frame and cylinder size that had been developed for the .44 Magnum.
So what you have is a .357 Magnum built on the larger .44 Magnum platform, and you also have the transfer bar safety so you can carry it with the cylinder fully loaded with 6 cartridges. Therefore go forward and not worry about any .357 Magnum ammunition made by any company, or any listed handloaded data, although I suggest you avoid the "Ruger or Thompson Center Only" loads unless you are a very experienced reloader who understands how to evaluate signs of excessive pressure.
If you do much in the way of wood working of your own it's not a huge deal to make some. Rather fun and rewarding actually. It's a bit fussy getting the edges just right so they match. A good tool for this is a coarse metal file used as a "rasp".
Otherwise I'm not sure where to buy them but I'm sure someone can help you out if you think it'll help you.
That said, I despise oversized rubber grips on a single action. They ruin the fine handling qualities and actually send more of the recoil pulse straight back into the palm.
that and its blasphemy!!! lol
If you don't want to make them your self try http://www.privatescustomgrips.com/
his have the gunfighter profile thats wider at the top that's very popular. plus they're fun to show off.
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