Ruger Vaquero .45 Long Colt

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Old 01-21-10, 03:47 PM
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Ruger Vaquero .45 Long Colt

I want to put a scope on my Ruger Vaquero .45 Long Colt 7 1/2in. Barrel but I can not find anyone that sells mounts for my pistol and I am wondering what I can do. I want to take down deer in Kansas and I can't see that well at long distances. I hope someone out there can help me.
 
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Old 01-21-10, 04:23 PM
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Welcome to the forums! I doubt a .45 long colt will give much knock down power at range for deer, but you can try. Not sure if it is similar to my Redhawk .44mag, but there are two compression points where a weaver mount will fit. Finding one may prove a project, however.
 
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Old 01-21-10, 04:42 PM
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Well...same result as you. Not really designed as a hunting gun except with iron sights. You could probably trade for a Blackhawk.

Depending on how old it is..the older ones had larger frames I believe and would handle heavier loads..the newer ones went to the smaller frame. Not really sure about frame size...but that's what I remember.

I'd think a heavy .45 load would be about a 50 yd load no matter what. Maybe a bit longer with lighter bullets...but not what I'd recommend. Borrow or buy something more appropriate..if you go beyond 75 yds..look at a single shot like a Contender...or an XP if you can find one.
 

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Old 01-22-10, 03:41 AM
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Thanks for helping me out, I am trying like crazy to find a mount for my pistol. My dad has the same type weapon with a scope mount that is 2 rings 1 latched to the barrel and 1 going around the scope it looks like an 8. If I could find this mount it would make me very happy. I wouldn't have to modifiy the pistol and it works.
 
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Old 01-22-10, 07:55 AM
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There is just no easy way around the fact that that is an old style cowboy gun. Adjustable iron sights really are not fitting let alone a scope or red dot. If you are really set on mounting a scope you might have to make your mount or have a local machine shop or gunsmithing school custom make it for you. They could make something to clamp onto the barrel but I can not imagine it being too pretty and would really screw with the balance of the gun.

I would consider trading/selling your gun or buy another gun in .454 Casull. You could shoot .45 LC for practice and go up to full power for hunting.
 
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Thanks a lot I am going to see if I can get a machine shop to do it for me.
 
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Old 01-22-10, 11:23 AM
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I think it would be cheaper to trade for a Blackhawk in .44 Mag. I'll bet you can sell the Vaquero to a SASS member...though the barrel length is a bit long...

Also..at any reasonable range...iron sights should be fine with a little fine tuning of width and maybe some paint or nail polish. If you wear glasses...you should find a good doctor (preferably one that shoots) and explain the problem.

If your Dad has the same thing..there should be some sort of manufacturers name on the mount...unless it was totally custom.
 
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Old 01-22-10, 02:51 PM
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I use my Redhawk in .44 mag to hunt bear. No scope. Of course you only get one shot at close range. I wouldn't go with less firepower. PD, why did you have to mention the .454 casull??? Got my mouth watering again either for that or one of the .500's, Ruger or SW.
 
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Old 01-22-10, 03:15 PM
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Ahhh come on Larry...a Casull..why exactly? I mean, sure they are the finest made and fitted revolvers ever....but do you really need it...or just want it?

I knew a guy in the Navy who bought a .50 Desert Eagle and only shot it about 20 times before he sold it....it was kinda "What's the point/usage". And that was a gas operated piece.

You know, probably 90% of the folks who buy the other ones you mentioned use the softer loads....again..whats the point? I think a .460 Ruger might be a better choice from what I understand.

Ok...i should be more distant...this is getting off topic....
 
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Old 01-22-10, 03:55 PM
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With my .44, it would be a "want" item. You know, I ain't got one, so why not get one. Haven't looked at the .460 yet. Gotta go near the gun shop one day soon, may turn in and look at all the choices. Will probably come away MT handed, who knows.
 
 

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