The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The North Corral > Black Powder and Cowboy Action Shooting

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old April 18, 2001, 04:14 PM   #1
Dave T
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 16, 2000
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Posts: 1,143
Picked up a Ruger Vaquero (used) recently in 45 Colt. As has become my habbit, I miked the chamber mouths to see what size cast lead bullets would perform best.

To my considerable surprise a couple of the chambers measured less than .450". There is no way this gun would shoot .452"-.454" bullets accurately. This may be why it was sold cheep (under $300) dispite having some added features like a Belt Mountain cylinder pin, a wide Super Blackhawk hammer, and a trigger job.

In talking to a friend of mine I learned he had the same problem with his 45 Colt Ruger. He referred me to a gunsmith who had a 45 Colt chamber reamer which opened the chamber mouths to .4545", which is just right for the .454" bullets I prefer.

If your late model Ruger in 45 doesn't shoot very well, you might check the diameter of the chamber mouths. This may be the cause.
__________________
RSVN '69-'71
PCSD Ret
Dave T is offline  
Old April 19, 2001, 02:00 AM   #2
The Montanan
Junior Member
 
Join Date: March 6, 2001
Location: Kalispell, Mt.
Posts: 5
Dave this has been a problem in the past with the Ruger 45 Colt caliber for some reason. I had to do the same thing on my past two Ruger 45 Colts in both a Bisley and a Blackhawk.

I didn't send mine out but did them myself in about 30 minutes each to fix.
The Montanan is offline  
Old April 20, 2001, 12:40 AM   #3
Dave T
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 16, 2000
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Posts: 1,143
Montana,
I was wondering if it was just my friend and I. It sounds like you had the same experience.

I've owned a bunch of Ruger Blackhawks over the years and they used to run oversized. The flat top 44s I've had ran to .430" and larger. Wonder what's up with these 45s. You'd think a company like Ruger, producing 45 Colt single actions for cowboy action shooters, could get the chamber mouths to be at least 45 caliber!

If I had paid retail for this thing I would be really ticked off. Since it was used and reasonably priced it isn't so bad but still...they should be able to get it closer than this.
__________________
RSVN '69-'71
PCSD Ret
Dave T is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:20 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.06436 seconds with 9 queries