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Ruger Vaquero, which gen is BEST?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Sniper X, Feb 3, 2011.

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  1. Sniper X

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    Buddy has a couple first gen Vaquero's, are they considered the best of the series or can someone fill me in as to the best gen and why?

    thanks!
     
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    The original Vaqueros were built on the large frame and are as strong as the large frame Blackhawks and Super Blackhawks.

    The post-2005 New Vaquero is built on a smaller, Colt SAA-sized frame and is not strong enough for Ruger only loads. Although the .45's can be safely loaded up to 20-21,000psi. The New Vaquero is not as strong but they are a more precisely built sixgun. Having their chambers cut one at a time with the same reamer. Rather than all six at once. They are also built on new CNC machinery and are typically better guns. They also feature the "reverse indexing pawl", which is no more than a freespin pawl coupled with a spring loaded plunger that engages the ratchet teeth so that the chambers line up with the loading port at the audible "click".
     
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    Which gen is most sought after by people who love SAA's? Especially those who shoot CASS?
     
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    Folks like each for different reasons. Some like the large frame version for its added strength and weight. Some like the New Vaquero because it is smaller, lighter and handles so much better.
     
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