This is an older Vaquero with polished stainless finish,it shoots great fairly accurate.Love the feel and look of these.Have heard they are not good revolvers in this caliber,but have had no problem with this one,one of the good ones?
Something about the cylinder was not bored out enough,as Ruger used regular45 LC barrels on these 44-40s in production to keep cost down.Thats why Ruger quit making them in 44-40 cal,ha ,like I say it must have been BS ,because this one has no problems and barrel appears to be a 44-40 caliber.Castaway ,add 800.00 and we maybe can talk,ha.
There’s at least one rather widely read old article about the 44-40 specifically highlighting issues with Rugers in the caliber. Apparently the throats were too tight on the cylinders, which, with some cast bullet loads, resulted in a bullet that gets squished down upon firing, and then when it enters the barrel has to expand again to obturate and seal in the grooves, making for lackluster accuracy. Easy fix with a reamer to open up the throats, but Ruger allegedly told customers to pound sand when they pointed out the issue and asked the company to open up the throats.
Remove the cylinder and mic the chamber throats, as they came from the factory these were undersized but by now most should have been reamed. Other than that the Vaquero is an excellent single action. Have 5 chambered in 45lc. No reason that a 44-40 shouldn’t be fine after Rugers 44-40 cylinder screw up is repaired.
Thanks guys for the info!Will mic the cylinder throats,but think this was probably already done as accuracy is very good.The 45LC Vaquaros are plentiful but these 44-40s are harder to find,I like that its the old true cowboy caliber,these may become collectable,as most guns they dont make anymore do,ha!
You actually have a not often seen Ruger chambered in what must be the greatest pistol caliber devised ( yes a bit prejudiced). When shooting Cowboy Action matches my Colt’s and Winchesters were mostly chambered in 44 WCF.
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