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Ruger New Vaquero

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by nutt171, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. nutt171

    nutt171 Salem New Member

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    Hey there, just started up here and had a question for ya'll. I currently have a Ruger New Vaquero Special Edition, model number 5117, blued(looks black) with white handles, .45lc. Does anyone know what these are actually worth? It was a gift, and I'm considering selling it to buy another handgun. Also, is it possible to buy a .45acp cylinder for it? I asked at my local gunshop and they said it wouldn't work, but I swear I've seen interchangable cylinders. Thank you for your help!
     
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    2506 Seattle Well-Known Member

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    I think Gary Reeder will make a cylinder for around $200.

    For me, the New Vaqs are worthless since you can't shoot hot'n'heavy loads out of them.
     
  3. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    Value is about $450+/-, If you have the money you an have a .45acp cylinder made for the Vaquero. The New Model Blackhawks came in "convertible" models. .357/9mm and .45/.45acp.
     
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    Oro Western WA Active Member

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    I agree, $450 sounds about right. The various distributor editions don't usually command much premium; they weren't usually substantially different or in rare enough numbers to warrant that. That model was attractive, however.
     
  5. chrislind2

    chrislind2 Springfield, Oregon Member

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    Six years ago I bought a used New Vaquero and I paid about $350. It has color case bluing and I think it is a great looking gun. I don't know if I would want to "hot load" this gun. It already tries to jump over the back of your head. I think for it's intended purpose it is one of my favorite guns. It is not the gun I enjoy shooting much, for that I shoot my GP100, and I'm sure I could hot load that. I can see the Vaquero as less valuable because of limitations, but it is still a fairly popular gun.
     
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    nutt171 Salem New Member

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    Thank you! I appreciate the help. I'm looking at trading it straight across for an SR40. I think I'm trading down. Any input?
     
  7. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    The new ones are up to $699 but the used ones get around $400 around here.
    Only you can tell if it's a good deal,because you know how much you like the Vaquero and how much you want the SR40
    The retail new is lower on the SR40 by $175. Maybe get $100 out of him?
     
  8. Throckmorton

    Throckmorton Florence,Ore ah gone Well-Known Member

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    the New models are just about as popular with us cowboy shooters as the old models,so the value stays right up there on them.We don't shoot hot loads,we want the tank-like durabilty of them. the 699.00 price someone quoted is quite a bit higher than my lgs sells them for,but they are still at LEAST 550.00 new.
    You might contact Ruger and see if they ever made second cylinders for them.I've always thought that the extra 'jump' to the barrel would be detrimental to accuracy,but then I'm told I"ve been wrong before...just ask the wife.! :)