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Guidance in chosing a SA in 45 Colt

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by Benchrest, May 31, 2015.

  1. Benchrest

    Benchrest The Desert Planet Well-Known Member

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    Looking for a single action in 45 Colt :)

    Fun, nostalgia, making metal gong, 260gr zombie stoppers, owning a gun that isn't made with plastic...

    I will cast / handload - Barrel length 4.5 - 5.5" - Blued - I'm not opposed to used.

    I won't be competing or shooting a 1,000s of rounds a year - I don't need the best, but I don't want junk.

    I guess an easy choice would be the Blackhawk, and while it would be nice to have the ability to shoot 'Ruger only' loads, I don't know that I ever would exceed SAAMI for this cartridge (certainly I'd have to answer that before making a choice).

    Other companies have offerings as little as $300 (Century Arms Pietta), in the $450 range (Taylors & CO, Cimarron), and up around the Blackhawk's price (Cimarron Evil Roy). It seems that some companies may be rebranding / tuning Uberti.

    I realize a Cowboy Action forum would be a good source, but was curious if anyone here had input.


    Thanks :)
     
  2. Classic

    Classic Federal Way WA Well-Known Member

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    I had a Pietta and the gate would blow open while shooting. Had it fixed and it lasted another 500 rounds. Two friends have Ubertis and to my knowledge they haven't had any issues.
    Ya get what ya pay for, personally I'd go Ruger if I had to do it again. There is a nice one on this site for sale!;)
     
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  3. filsonhand

    filsonhand In the Silicon Forest Smooth as a Rhino 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I've always been a fan of the ruger "bisley" whether it be vaquero or blackhawk in a 4-5/8" barrel blued.

    :s0155:
     
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  4. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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    In this regards, I would say pick a Ruger and you won't go wrong in the long run. If you don't like it (either the gun or the type of shooting), it will hold its value better than any other SA.

    Also, Stainless steel.
     
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  5. Just Jim

    Just Jim Well-Known Member

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    :D Colts hold their value ....
     
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  6. Just Jim

    Just Jim Well-Known Member

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    Ruger would do you best for just a shooter but if you are going cowboy then I wouldn't buy an adjustable sighted blackhawk.
     
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  7. BoonDocks36

    BoonDocks36 Oregon, in the boondocks Christian. Conservative. Male.

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    The Ruger... And you can still get the Twin Cylinder 45ACP in the other cylinder....

    But ... I Chose to go the longer barrel, mine is 7 1/2 inch, Much More Better!!!! :D

    That extra Barrel length gives more powder burn time, and IMHO, feels more balanced than the shorter in same caliber, but YMMV.

    Also, the Trigger Work to smith it out to Glass Smooth pull, is an easy project... I have done Rugers from the Single Six to the Super Blackhawk in 44 Magnum, the job is easy, and cuts your group size when finished!!!!

    I have had my smithing "reviewed" by a former member of the Army Pistol Team, and he said it was a fine action!!! ( the first sale of a Hand Gun, and I still regret it, 37 years later....)

    Go Ruger, you will not Regret it...

    philip :cool:
     
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  8. Benchrest

    Benchrest The Desert Planet Well-Known Member

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    Initially I was drawn to the Vaquero, then ''compromised" with the Blackhawk solely for it's ability to handle substantially hotter loads - an ability I'm leaning towards not needing.

    It's silly, but the idea of full-house loads intimidate me - I have no basis for this (I'm not recoil shy), other than being influenced by what I've read. Heck, other than a few rounds out of an ACP, I have no 45 experience.

    Probably should go with my gut, stick with published loads, and get the Vaquero :)
     
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    Classic Federal Way WA Well-Known Member

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  10. Benchrest

    Benchrest The Desert Planet Well-Known Member

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  11. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    The older vaquero's will handle the hotter loads, it is the newer red frame that do not.
     
  12. fstdraw

    fstdraw Salem Active Member

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    From experience...Taylor & Co. Smoke Wagon. These guns start out as Uberti's and end up a fantastic shooter. Taylor works the action and lightens up the main spring. Slicks up the whole thing and does their own case hardening and bluing. You need to get the deluxe addition, but worth it. I'm not a great pistol shot, but clay's at 25 yards are a lead pipe cinch. Google is your friend and know there is no better six-gun made.

    Good luck.
     
  13. Benchrest

    Benchrest The Desert Planet Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for everyone's input - Bought a Vaquero ;)
     
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  14. Kruejl

    Kruejl Hillsboro Moderator of the Coriolis effect Staff Member Gold Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Good choice.
     
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  15. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Get a Ruge Blackhawk or Vaquero. Best made out there for the price.
    I have bought cheap ones that were OK and an Armi San Marcos that needed the cylinder bored out to get the shells in it.
    You can usually pick these up at guns shows for under $500.Might be up a bit because the new ones are so expensive,but keep you eye open for them.People tend to buy them and not ever take them out.The semi autos get the love instead
     
  16. Benchrest

    Benchrest The Desert Planet Well-Known Member

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    I am officially very happy :)

    vaquero_zpstwhhhrsp.jpg
     
  17. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    I believe I have a holster/gun belt combo for a Vaquero-type revolver I'm not using anymore....

    Plain brown leather made by Hunter for field use.
     
  18. Benchrest

    Benchrest The Desert Planet Well-Known Member

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    Interested :)
     
  19. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    You can get action springs for tht that make it handle as good as it looks.Can't remember the brand I put in mine.
    if you are handy,go to youtube and Ruger has disassemble and assemble videos to put new spring in that thing
     
  20. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    Wolf spring pack, there are a few weight choices.
    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/16...-blackhawk-single-six-super-blackhawk-vaquero

    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/57...gle-six-super-blackhawk-vaquero-reduced-power

    http://www.gunsprings.com/Revolvers/RUGER/cID3/mID52
     
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