Ruger Vaquero

This is a discussion on Ruger Vaquero within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I went to the gun show out in Fayetteville today just to see if they had anything that I really wanted. I have had a ...

Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Ruger Vaquero

  1. #1
    Member Array Strokin99's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Jacksonville, NC
    Posts
    72

    Ruger Vaquero

    I went to the gun show out in Fayetteville today just to see if they had anything that I really wanted. I have had a "need" for a single action revolver lately and came across a NIB Ruger Vaquero .44 mag. So I ended up bringing her home and have a few questions for the wise ones on here. With my GP 100, I can pretty much shoot any load out of it and have no problems whatsoever. Can I do the same with the Vaquero or is there a limit on what pressures the gun can handle? I hope to get it out to the range in the next week or so to see how she handles.
    Springfield 1911A1, Ruger GP100 .357 mag, Glock 17, Ruger Vaquero .44 mag

  2. Remove Ads

  3. #2
    VIP Member
    Array archer51's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    VA
    Posts
    21,090
    Are you sure it is a Vaquero and not a Bisley? Ruger does not list a Vaquero in 44 mag, they do list the Bisley in 44 mag though.
    Actually after looking closer at the Ruger website, the Bisley is a version of the Vaquero. The manual says you can use any 44mag round. Not sure if I would want to run a steady diet of +P rounds through it, but nothing in the manual says not to.
    Last edited by archer51; October 4th, 2008 at 10:42 PM. Reason: more info
    Freedom doesn't come free. It is bought and paid for by the lives and blood of our men and women in uniform.

    USAF Retired
    NRA Life Member

  4. #3
    OD*
    OD* is offline
    Moderator
    Array OD*'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Coopersville
    Posts
    10,612
    Quote Originally Posted by archer51 View Post
    Are you sure it is a Vaquero and not a Bisley? Ruger does not list a Vaquero in 44 mag, they do list the Bisley in 44 mag though.
    You're correct, about the New Model Vaquero, the original Vaquero was chambered in .44 magnum.
    "The pistol, learn it well, carry it always ..." ~ Jeff Cooper

    "Diligentia Vis Celeritas"

    "There is very little new, and the forgotten is constantly being rediscovered."
    ~ Tiger McKee

  5. #4
    VIP Member Array raevan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    washington
    Posts
    4,849
    The original Vaquero could be ordered with 2 cylinders 44-40 and 44 MAG, mine came with only 44-40 but had the option of ordering the 44MAG if I wanted. Ruger has the reputation of being able to fire the heavy loads.

  6. #5
    Member Array Strokin99's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Jacksonville, NC
    Posts
    72
    Yeah this is the older model Vaquero chambered in .44 mag. I figured I could run all loads through it seeing how it is a Ruger. Just wanted to ask around before I did.
    Springfield 1911A1, Ruger GP100 .357 mag, Glock 17, Ruger Vaquero .44 mag

  7. #6
    VIP Member Array pogo2's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Southwest
    Posts
    3,149

    My experience

    I've had the Ruger Vaquero .44 magnum shown below for about 7 years, and have shot magnum ammunition through it over that period. When you clean and examine the gun it appears to be built in a "heavy duty" fashion, with thick cylinder walls, barrel and frame. Given Ruger's reputation and the appearance of the gun, I don't have any concerns about using regular .44 magnum in it.

    Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the Peoples' Liberty's Teeth." - George Washington

  8. #7
    Member Array Strokin99's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Jacksonville, NC
    Posts
    72
    I noticed that when I was looking it over. That and it is also Heavy. Push come to shove you could knock out whatever is after you with one swing from this gun lol.
    Springfield 1911A1, Ruger GP100 .357 mag, Glock 17, Ruger Vaquero .44 mag

  9. #8
    Member Array Greg in VA's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Fredericksburg, VA
    Posts
    121
    Quote Originally Posted by pogo2 View Post
    Given Ruger's reputation and the appearance of the gun, I don't have any concerns about using regular .44 magnum in it.
    I agree...every loading manuel has a "Ruger only" data section for high pressure loads.
    *************************************
    You can never have enough magazines or ammo.

  10. #9
    VIP Member Array paramedic70002's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Franklin, VA
    Posts
    5,119
    I have a Vaquero in 44-40. Like it but...

    It is case colored. First time I cleaned it, the case coloring came off the loading gate, left it "in the white."

    You have been warned...
    "Each worker carried his sword strapped to his side." Nehemiah 4:18

    Guns Save Lives. Paramedics Save Lives. But...
    Paramedics With Guns Scare People!

Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. Ruger New Vaquero Pics
    By Bart in forum Defensive Carry Guns
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: December 10th, 2009, 03:08 AM
  2. Ruger Vaquero .357
    By Bart in forum Defensive Carry Guns
    Replies: 26
    Last Post: December 6th, 2009, 04:43 PM
  3. Does Anyone Here Have A 3 5/8" Ruger Vaquero
    By blacksan in forum General Firearm Discussion
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: April 22nd, 2006, 05:22 AM

Search tags for this page

44 mag vaquero
,
ruger
,
ruger 44 mag
,

ruger vaquero

,
ruger vaquero .44
,

ruger vaquero 44 mag

,
ruger vaquero 44 mag cylinder
,
ruger vaquero 44 mag manual
,
ruger vaquero 44-40
,
ruger vaquero 44mag cylinder wanted
,
tactics ruger vaquero
,
vaquero vs gp100
Click on a term to search for related topics.