Originally Posted by Scibaer
what i had chambered up that night was my hunting load of a 158 grain hard cast keith style bullet over 15+ grains of powder fired by a magnum primer.. its a fairly stout load.
from what i understand mother ruger made the new model vaquero with the smaller dimensions for the CASS crowd wanting a colt clone size . i have read the vaq is the same size, others say its a bit larger and some claim it just feels different, i dunno but i like mine.
i have cartridges charged with black powder, black powder subs and smokeless powders and it runs flawlessly and shoots better than i can and it loves the 158 grain bullets .
15+? Holy moly what powder are you using? And with a 158, that's not stout that's suicide lol.
I like the Vaquero it found its own little nitch in the SA line up and it fills that nicely.
And the handling isn't that much differant than a Colt or the clones.
It's the preferred revolver in the competition they do out in Arizona, shooting from horseback at a fast gallop.
I had an insurance agent who used us to investigate claims of lightning damage to equipment who did that
kind of shooting. And she was very good at it, she raved about the vaquero and so did the other riders.
It was the only gun they would use, of course they had done a lot of expensive tuning on them.
Hers was worth $2,500.00, but the winning purse in that competition can be 10x that amount.
They took that very seriously obviously, and she said she had never seen a Colt being used.
The 45lc was the preferred caliber because of the bullet weight knocking over the steel targets.
But there were 357s useing hot loads like you described and she said they did just as good a job.
Scibear those guys acually had sponsers it's a sport, and Ruger would at times show up for the publicity.