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 Post subject: Color hardened Vaquero
PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:45 pm 
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A friend of mine just picked this up. Not knowing much about Vaqueros, what do you guys think? All original? It looks nice to me.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:32 am 
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Hard to tell with no pictures


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:25 am 
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the "original" Ruger released Vaqueros were no actually "case hardened", though it looked similar,it was an inked on color process and if cleaned too hard, too often or the wrong cleaning solvent, rubbed and wore away.......towards the end , we had to refinish ( actually blue) some of those Vaqueros that the finish rubbed off........you can get "case coloring" today from such as 'Tyler Gun works' or' Turnbull Restorations' but for the Rugers, it is NOT "hardened" as the RUger are cast from a chrome -moly alloy and that being a "complex metal" does NOT "hardened and actually gets 'brittle'. 8) :roll: :wink:

still the vaqueros are a NICE gun, look neat and are great to shoot...just gotta take care of their finish, so if he likes it,,,go for it

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:55 am 
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I wished they continued the case coloring. I don't mind if the case color fades over time. Just gives it more 'character' and old/antique look anyway. The major problem with my .45 Colt original Vaquero was the cylinder throats. They were all way undersized. That and it had a barrel constriction. Reaming and fire lapping took care of those problems! Then had the barrel turned to solve the Kentucky windage condition. Anyway I like my original Vaquero and New Vaqueros. Nice revolvers.... when setup properly!

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:19 am 
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Sir,
You might want to check out Talo's latest offering a CCH Vaquero.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:58 am 
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Just for "Show-N-Tell:"

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:33 pm 
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That looks like the cheesy ink process that Ruger used. Not Case Hardened!
I got one of the ink jobs almost all faded away now. Still a nice little shooter tho. ps

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:11 pm 
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Yeah the CC Vaq have murky colors but still good guns.

.45 Colt/ACP convertable 5 1/2" original Large frame Vaquero with SBH Hunter SS grip frame, extra long 5” ejector rod for full extraction of those long 45 C cases, and New Vaq Montado hammer. Nothing too special, just all factory parts.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:28 pm 
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......and yes I too had them done also here is one done by the above mentioned Tyler Gun works for me some time ago...case colored.......

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8) :roll:



Bobby Tyler does awesome work....... :wink:

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:06 pm 
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arfmel wrote:
Hard to tell with no pictures


Sorry that pic disappeared! I added back to original post.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:40 pm 
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SteelBlue, from the pictures it's hard to tell, between glare (which happens) and rub marks. Regardless it appears to be a very functional shooter. I like those grips. I'm sure your friend will find it very handy. They will handle some very stout loads as well, just not as much fun to shoot.

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