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Old February 19, 2002, 01:15 PM   #1
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Vaquerro Questions

Just bought my second Cowboy pistol, a Ruger Vaquero .44 Mag, 5.5" barrel. My first was a Hawes Western Marshall, and I'd worked up a load w/.44 Mag brass that shot well in both the Hawes and my Rossi '92. Basically, a 200gr. pill @ about 800 fps. Shoots 5 into about 1.5 - 2" at 15 yds. Now, the Vaquero shoots the same load into about 4", low and left about 3" each way. Shooting 2-handed off-hand (traditional) I can keep all 10 shots from both guns in about an 10" circle.

Here are the questions:
1) Is this good enough for most targets in CAS, or should I be looking for another load?

2) Since both of these are chambered in .44 Mag, would a load near the top (1,000 fps, CAS rules) be a better choice, typically?

3) Would a heavier or lighter bullet be a better approach than changing velocity?

I know the ballistic theories: heavier bullet, higher impact (short range), etc. What I want is anyone's actual experience with trying to find a single load for two different handguns, particularly in .44 Mag.

Input will be appreciated.

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Old March 18, 2002, 04:20 PM   #2
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I've been shooting .44 CAS loads for a while. I have my load data here:

http://webpages.charter.net/dougd/malpaso/
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Old March 18, 2002, 04:58 PM   #3
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You should definitely experiement with different loads, but than you can adjust the vaquero to hit point of aim. Shooting low is a lot better than shooting high. All you have to do to adjust this is carefully file a bit off the front site to bring the bullet impact to the point you want. Adjusting the windage is a bit more tricky, a qualified smith should be able to turn the barrel slightly to acheive this. Before I would go to any of this trouble though I would definitely test several different loads in the gun to find the one you like best, even so, some sight adjustments will probably still be necessary though. Have fun.
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Old March 21, 2002, 01:37 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies, and the load info. ! I was beginning to think I was the only CA shooter using .44 Mag. for a while there.

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