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Old November 21, 2013, 07:12 PM   #1
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New Trail Gun

Just brought my new trail gun home. A Ruger Vaquero .45 LC with birds head grip.



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Old November 21, 2013, 07:22 PM   #2
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That's pretty cool. I'm not a cowboy shooter, but do they make that in .44 Special, by chance?
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Old November 21, 2013, 08:22 PM   #3
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Not sure, I haven't seen one yet in .44
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Old November 21, 2013, 08:22 PM   #4
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Sweet looking piece. Never shot birds head grips. Any major difference from the standard? Recoil feel different?
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Old November 21, 2013, 08:39 PM   #5
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The birds head grip fits my hand better than the standard plow handle grip. I have both. I don't notice any difference in recoil, but in a holster, the birds head grip definitely caries better.
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Old November 21, 2013, 09:36 PM   #6
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I sure wish Ruger was doing one like that in .357.
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Old November 21, 2013, 09:50 PM   #7
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Sweet! Them birdshead grips look awesome!

Never had a chance to fondle them so I don't know if they fit my paw.

Let us know how it shoots!
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Old November 21, 2013, 11:40 PM   #8
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Nick, what revolver do you shoot the short Colt in
1 Is it an Open Top Conversion or perhaps a more modern cylinder converted .36 Colt Navy reproduction?
I have been interested in this Cartrige to try it out inmy Cobra .38 Special Derringer.
A friend loaded me some .38 Special "squibs" for the Dreeinger. They consist of just a smidgen (don't know how much) Smokeless powder and a 90 gr rn lead bullet. They are very soft recoiling and not very high velocity. I shot into the sideboard of the target frame with one and it barely stuck in the 1"x1" pine board! Just something to play with...
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Old November 22, 2013, 11:59 AM   #9
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That's a good looking handgun you've got yourself!
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Old November 22, 2013, 04:22 PM   #10
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Here is picture of the results of the first five rounds I fired from the new Vaquero. 15 yards offhand at my indoor range. Ammo was Winchester 250 grain lead cowboy load.

Yup, she's a keeper.

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Old November 23, 2013, 10:19 AM   #11
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Not too fond of the birdshead grips but the Vaquero makes a nice trail gun. I've used one myself for that purpose for awhile.
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Old November 23, 2013, 03:14 PM   #12
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Very nice. I have the blue version of that gun in 45ACP. I think they were Talo exclusives.
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Old November 24, 2013, 09:52 PM   #13
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Very nice! I have a NV in .357 - love it! That 45 of yours looks like it would be a nice carry piece. Looks like it (you) shoot well with it to!
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Old November 24, 2013, 10:15 PM   #14
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Thanks, I have an √úberti El Patron in .357 that I love. The birds head grip do make the Vaquero a great carry gun on the trail in a crossdraw holster. We ride mules, and single actions are just right.

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Old November 24, 2013, 10:56 PM   #15
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Great looking Ruger. I hope it serves you well!
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Old November 25, 2013, 01:11 PM   #16
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Nice! Can't complain about POI! All of my original and New Vaqueros needed 'adjustment' to shoot to POA.

BTW, where did you find the particular revolver? That is 'exactly' the style I've been looking for. Blued, 45 Colt, Birdshead Sheriff. I have a Sheriff .44Spec, but as you say the Birdshead looks like it would be a bit more comfortable to CC. My trail guns (5 1/2") normally aren't concealed so not a problem for carry.
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Old November 25, 2013, 02:16 PM   #17
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RClark, I got that revolver at the Outpost Armory here in TN.

http://www.theoutpostarmory.com/
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Old November 25, 2013, 07:08 PM   #18
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Looks like a keeper Mk70...good lookin' and accurate too. Have you slugged the cylinder throats? I ask since mine with a NV bought two years ago that had undersized throats, and accuracy was in the 3+" size...after I had them opened up to a uniform 0.4525", my best loads shot into 2" or less. Hope you have good luck with yours. I do like that bird's head grip on my Single Six in .32 H&R, but haven't shot one in .45 Colt as yet...a range report or two would be good. Best Regards, Rod
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Old November 25, 2013, 08:01 PM   #19
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I have had a couple birds head gripped 45 Colts in the past I really liked them but have gotten rid of them. I like my sheriff's vaquero 44 special for a trail gun. of course I'm a John Taffin fan so I have owned many in the quest for the perfect packing pistol.
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Old November 25, 2013, 11:20 PM   #20
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Nice looking pistol and good shooting.
I may have to try and find one, I've been looking for revolver in 45 Colt.

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Old November 26, 2013, 10:51 AM   #21
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From reading similar threads it appears some hands like the birdshead better than the plow, and vice versa.

I have a birdshead new vaquero that conceals real real nice and am watching for a plow handle for open carry.

Love my new vaquero with the birdshead, I'll be keeping room for that in the safe for the forseeable future.
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Old November 26, 2013, 12:02 PM   #22
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Birdshead has certain applications

Easier for some to shoot. Concealment is enhanced too. Heavier loads probably not so comfortable as with the standard grip though.
Love me the smaller single actions.
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