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Old October 20, 2000, 10:18 PM   #1
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Just bought a Win 94 in .44 magnum. I've already got a Marlin 1894CS in .357 but wanted to add the big 44 because I'm a sucker for a good looking lever gun.

Now I've got to get me a .44 magnum revolver and I'm gonna make it a single action. I have had great luck with Ruger in other weapons. I love their Mark II, wouldn't have any other 357 than my GP-100, and thought that my P series automatic was the best buy for the money on the market.

So this .44 is gonna be a Ruger.

My question is Bisley or regular Vaquero? I love the look of the stainless (although I wish it was a brushed look instead of high gloss) and ivory grips. I also wonder about barrel length. I'm not a big fan of the long 7 1/2" barrel, but I'm afraid the 4 1/2" isn't enough to handle the magnum loads. Am I wrong? Do I go with the 5 1/2 as a compromise?

In addition, I've always toyed with the idea of joining the SASS and getting involved in CAS events. Is there a preference for the Bisley or the Vaquero in those competitions? Barrel length? finish?

Anything you've got to add would be appreciated...

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Old October 21, 2000, 05:02 PM   #2
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I shoot a pair of 5-1/2 bright stainless Bisley Vaqueros, and love them. You'll see all sorts of SA revolvers at CAS events, including Bisleys. Rugers are the dominant type at events where I shoot.
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Old October 22, 2000, 08:04 AM   #3
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Howdy,

Whether you choose a Bisley or Vaquero depends on how you intend to shoot it. Bisleys were designed to be shot Duelist (one-handed) and are well suited to that purpose. That said,lots of folks shoot them using two hands,just as lots of folks shoot Vaqueros using one hand. If you can,try a Bisley beofe buying one. I don't really like the way the grip frame is shaped,but that's a personal thing.

A lot of the Rugers I see at matches are stainless. If the standard finish is too bright for ya,you can have it bead blasted. 5.5" barrels are easily the most prevalent.

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Old October 22, 2000, 09:24 PM   #4
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Good questions! Simply a matter of preference. I shoot two handed Vaquero Bisleys, B/CH 5 1/2" barrel, stag grips. One of our cowboys has a set exactly like mine but in .44. He loves his. I also have shot both regular and Bisley. Quite frankly, I think the Bisley Vaquero is a very well thought out gun. Almost perfect. My two cents.
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Old October 23, 2000, 11:51 PM   #5
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I like the bisley vaquero best and I have more of the regular Blackhawks than anything in my own collection. The bisley grip is just more comfortable. I shoot a lot of heavy loads in 4 5/8 barrel lenghths and I think they are very controllable I dislike longer barrels. Just my thoughts.
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Old November 27, 2000, 09:21 PM   #6
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In spite of the good advice on the Bisley, I went ahead and ordered a Vacquero in stainless, 5 1/2", with the ivory polymer grips. I loved the handling of a 4 5/8" barrel, but... I figured for target shooting the extra sight radius would be better.

Not being a reloader, though, I worry about coming up with the cash for .44 magnums or specials. Maybe I should've went with the .357 and shot 38's. I guess I'll second guess myself all the way to the first shoot.

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Old November 28, 2000, 02:10 PM   #7
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I hope you tried them out first. The Bisley just didn't feel right in my hands, yet others love them - just the way you're put together I guess. I shoot .44 mag, 5 1/2" stainless Vaqueros in Gunfighter class and am very happy with them.
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Old November 29, 2000, 08:36 AM   #8
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Gremlin, second guess ourselves, never. The first year of cowboy I shot 45lc, bisleys in stainless. Over the winter months, sold my guns and switches all to .357s , so I can shoot 38s. So my Ruger Vaquero Bisleys are 357s, shooting 38s in 5 1/2". I was torn between blue vs. stainless. Though stainless is much easier to clean, I went with blue. Reason, these old eyes prefer a dark sight picture for faster reaction. But both are great guns. Like the NIKE ad says...."Just Do It". Have fun...
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