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Old January 7, 2020, 08:31 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by samsmix View Post
I'm in slightly murky waters here, but I believe there are 2 Vaqueros, an older, stronger, SBH derived model, and a newer more svelte model geared for CAS competition.

The former was also chambered in .44 mag, and will take magnum level loads, the latter...not so much.

Again I'm not 100% sure on this, so if anyone is feel free to jump in...
You're absolutely correct. The old Ruger Vaqueros were built on the Super Blackhawk frame and are heavy, large frame revolvers. These guns in .45 Colt will handle the Ruger-only loads.

The Ruger New Vaquero is much more svelte, closer in size to a true Colt SAA and not even close to suitable for heavy "Ruger-only" .45 Colt loads. Stick to SAAMI-spec ammo for these guns.

Strangely, I'd much rather carry and shoot a New Vaquero in .45 Colt with a 250gr cast SWC at 900-fps as a general purpose woods gun. (I'd rather a real Colt over either Ruger, but Ruger's modern coil-spring action is more robust.)

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