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New Guns/Range report

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by Tony Mig, Jul 5, 2004.

  1. Tony Mig

    Tony Mig New Member

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    Got off duty at 0800 Saturday morning, and drove the 50 or so miles to Vineland, NJ where my favorite gun shop is located, I left with a new polished stainless, 5.5" Ruger Vaquero chambered in .45 Colt, and a Winchester '94 "Trails End" edition chamberd in .38/.357 magnum.

    I drove from there, strat to the range where I also had to shoot in a bullseye match, so I only got to shoot 100 rounds out of the Vaquero, and the Winchester will have to wait til next weekend.....

    I already had 255 gr. RNFP bullets cast, and 200 rounds loaded with 8.5 grs. of Unique in anticipation of this purchase, so that is the .45 Colt ammo I used.
    Using a wide tip marker, I drew two big +'s on white paper, and benched the gun, shooting 6 rounds at each +, I found that it shoots pretty darn close to point of aim, but I do believe I will back off my load to 8.0 grs. as these loads were a little hotter than I really wanted. They also were a little hard to extract after shooting.
    The gun deffinitely needs to break-in some, and I'll probably pick up a Wolf spring kit for it after I run a few hundred more rounds through it. All in all, I'm very happy with my new cowboy six gun, and will probably get another one with a 7.5" barrel, and maybe even get one of those short barreled jobs with the birds head grips.......
  2. Crpdeth

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    Yeah, the "birds head" Vaquero, (is that what its called?) is the one I like, and I'd love to get one for my Pops sometime, that thing really looks cowboy.

    I was a little concerned that the .45 Colt may be a little too strong of medicine for this little number though...GunBlast.com says it handles the recoil comfortably... What do you think?

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  3. Remington597

    Remington597 Former Guest

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    I have the Bird's grip Valquero also., but mine is in .357Mag. I never saw the need for 45Colt, but it will give you endless hours of enjoyment. Its an awesome gun. Also, if you ever decide to take up Cowboy Action, I don't know if you are into it or your local range provides that on the list of firearms activities/disciplines, but its alot of fun. This is the one I have.
    I wish I was there with you.
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    Ive got 2 stainless .32 H&R Magnums one with the Birdshead grip and one with imitation Ivory Grips.There real good shooters,it took some time to get used to the Birdshead grip though. :cool:




    Best!!
  5. Tony Mig

    Tony Mig New Member

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    I've yet to shoot a gun with the birdshead grips, but I've been told that they really do help to roll the recoil off your hand, and they're very comfortable to shoot.

    I thought about going with .357 magnum, but I already have two DA wheel guns chambered in that round, and another (snub nose Rossi) chambered in .38Spl only. It would have been more economical to stay with the .38/.357 platform, but I don't want to become bored with it either, so I looked at the other options...(.32 H&R, .44Spl/.44Magnum, .45 LC), and the .45 Colt just appealed to me as a fun cartridge to both shoot, and reload, plus it carries a lot of history & nostalga with it.
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