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Ruger Vaquero in .44 mag Pricing?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by wankerjake, Feb 6, 2009.

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  1. wankerjake

    wankerjake Member

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    A friend of mine has a Ruger Vaquero in .44mag that he is thinking about replacing with something in .357. Anybody know what a fair price would be for him to sell it at? I believe he has the box and original paperwork, and he is the original owner of the pistol.
     
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    I think he could probably get 375 or 400 for it, but it sure doesn't help your friend that buds and other online sites have them for 400 or so NIB.
     
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    If I'm not mistaken your unlikely to find a new Vaquero .44 mag because the new Vaqueros are now made on a smaller frame and are not .44 mag capable. A Vaquero in .44 magnum is an older Vaquero built on the older heavier frame.
     
  5. wankerjake

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    Yeah, that is what I was thinking too, didn't know if they are hard to find or not.

    I just looked at Bud's gun shop and they don't have any vaqueros in .44mag. They have .357's and .45LC's for $490. Maybe I'm not looking in the right spot?
     
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    Are you looking to buy it?

    The only reason I'd buy that gun is if I had a CAS setup all in .44 Special/Magnum.

    If you can find someone with that, they may really want it.

    Otherwise, the gun never made a whole lot of sense, which is one reason Ruger went to the smaller frame. There was more demand for Colt-like handling than legendary Ruger beef, and little demand for a .44 Magnum cowboy gun.

    But, you never know what collectors go ga-ga over.
     
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    That .44 Magnum would be the "old" Vaquero built on the Blackhawk frame. By "old", I don't mean per-73.
    As far as the .44 Mag gun, about $300-$350 should be right, assuming the gun is in good shape. He can alway ask more or put it on consignment at a gun shop.

    Anyway, I just paid $375 for a slightly used New Vaquero .357 Magnum (5½" barrel, blued and "case hardened finish). Nice gun!
     
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    They are fairly hard to find new as the 44 mag was discontinued. Most I've seen have been over $400 nib.

    I really love mine.
     
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    Dr Rob, many of us do.
     
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    Not really, I want a .44mag but not out of a vaquero. I'd get a blackhawk or a smith. I figured that is why they discontinued them. Thanks for the input guys!
     
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    FYI the two I saw on gunbroker today were over $500
     
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    Wankerjake, I'll try to help you with an educated " guesstimate " on the ballpark value of your friend's Vaquero, based on your replies ( if you know ) :

    Was he the original owner ?
    Is it new & unfired by him ?
    If used / fired, what is the overall condition of metal and wood finish ?
    Condition of bore, rifling, crown & chambers ?
    Lock up fairly tight with good timing ?
    Screw slot condition ?
    Any known problems, inside or out ?
    Any idea of amount of use it has seen ?
    All original parts ?
    Stainless or color case hardened ?
    What is the barrel length ?

    Obviously, condition will play a major role . Type of finish and bbl length will affect the price as well. Stainless pieces bring more and usually, the shorter 5 1/2 " & especially, the 4 5/8 " bbls bring more than the 7 1/2 " models.
     
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    He didn't answer his phone, but I believe the barrell is the 5 1/2 in. and it is blued. He is the original owner. Last time I saw it the wood and metal were in great shape, and it functioned perfectly. All parts are original, the bore and crown should both be great, he hasn't fired it a whole lot. I would guess 300 rounds tops. He'll know better, but he wants to get rid of it because he never shoots it. If it is in the same shape I saw it last I would call it like new condition, but I don't know how exactly to rate them (i.e. 95%, 98%). I'll keep trying him. Hope this helps for now.
     
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    From what you tell me & how you describe it, it's my opinion, based on local observations, internet transactions, and a 2009 gun trader values book, that revolver should bring $ 375.
     
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    Thanks for all the imput guys
     
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    WankerJake,
    I might be interested in buying it. I've been looking for a 4 5/8 inch barrel, can you check on the length?
    Thanks,
    G
     
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    If he's looking for a buyer, I'll give $425 shipped.
     
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    Around Fort Worth they are $450 and up. $350 is a steal.
     
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    Sorry Miss Kitty not for sale:neener:
     

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    The original Vaquero in .44mag at 98% well be $400 +/- around here. Check completed auctions on GB for an idea of what they are bringing.
     
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