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Ruger Vaquero wearing new pants!

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by BCCL, Oct 12, 2011.

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  1. BCCL

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    Original Vaquero in 45 Colt with new grips from Hogue.

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    I'd previously saw "Ivory" style grips as something for nickel plated guns, but I gotta admit I like it on CCH & Blue now.
     
  2. swindler1

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    Thats looks great. I am working on making grips for my Vaqueros from american holly.:)
     
  3. BCCL

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    American Holly is great stuff, looks really good.
     
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    Really a great looking combo! Recently I added a pair of Tru Ivory stocks to my polished stainless Vaquero and they look fantastic.
     
  5. Buckshot Bill

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    Wow, BCCL, those grips with that beautiful color case hardening really looks nice! I actually think the Ivory/American holly grips look better on a blued gun, because of the contrast.
    They sure complement each other and you have a 6 shooter to really be proud of.

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    You gotta love all the gun porn on this site!:D

    I love the case hardened color of the old models, and I'm kicking myself for letting my Sheriff's model go. I'm having trouble finding any OM's, everything is the new weaker framed NMV in SS:banghead:

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  7. BCCL

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    I've been lucky, I've managed to get this one, and a 4 5/8th 357 original Vaquero.

    I kinda like them as much, if not a little more, than my New Vaquero.

    As Boss Spearman says in "Open Range",....."I like a firearm with some heft to it"! :)
     
  8. CraigC
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    Looks good!
     
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    I think ivory grips look better on blued guns than nickel guns.
     
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    How is the project coming? I have a 12" diameter piece of AH I have dried and cut. It's time to resaw to blanks. I have seen some AH grips that look better than ivory to me.

    Here's a old set of Ruger stag grips on my Vaquero.

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  11. BCCL

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    ^NICE!!!!!!
     
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    I've got some holly grips, three pairs if I remember right. They're beautiful and even yellow with age but IMHO, they're too soft for sixgun grips. They dent and ding much more easily than walnut, maple or cocobolo.

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    Unfortunately, it's tough to get the detail in a picture.
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    Antique paper micarta has become my favored ivory substitute.
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  13. SwampWolf

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    For what it's worth, Ruger Vaqueros were never "color case hardened"; they were simply colored to look like they were case hardened.

    BCCL's Hogue grips look great and I also like the appearance of the aged yellow "ivory" grips on CraigC's Rugers.
     
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