Grip selection help needed.

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lfpiii

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I need help. As some know I just got a New Model Vaquero with the Case Color finish. I have never been goog at picking colors and my wife is no help.

I can live with the factory plastic grips but I want something better. Should I go with stag, wood or ivory? My stainless model has a set of elk made by a fellow member.

This is going to be a carry gun or possibly a BBQ. Thanks in advance for all your help.

Luis
 

gak

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I put a set of silver-black laminates on mine...Ajax calls theirs "Black Silverwood" and which may indeed be mine...but for the life of me, I couldn't find a decent image on a single action--even Ajax' site. Scroll down on this page:
http://www.grips4guns.com/revolver/ruge ... 12603.html

They're not entirely dissimilar from some factory (online store) Bisley laminates and maybe SBHs or Hunters I've seen, but mine are much darker (than the typical Rugers or even site above) and therefore more subtle/less overtly visible grain (from a distance; up closer they're more distinct). You can find them at a number of online grip stores. I got mine at a local gun shop. In any event, I like 'em...overall color scheme pick ups up nicely on the "case colors." My particular app for these is the older Vaquero, but should be similar effect.

I've also had some generic black (I.e., no Ruger logo) micartas on an NV and liked them too. Can't recall if Ruger has any for NVs in their shop.

Another idea: buffalo horn from outfits such as Eagle, Ajax, Hogue and many others. Some specific panels have more interesting "character lines"--a hint of a little silver or brown showing through the mostly black--than others, which can also nicely play off your gun's metalwork. As you can see, I'm not into "light" grips on dark guns (though I can appreciate a nice elk stag of the right color mix). These are pretty conservative or plain ideas compared to some you'll get, but a few options anyway.

Later edits added for clarification.
Later add: I said I prefer the darker grips on the blued/CCH guns, but the American Holly that some have mentioned here and other threads are very sharp--really do look like ivory, which is always classy (that or the better faux ivories out there are nice.)
 

41 mag fan

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I make wood grips so I might be just a bit prejudiced but I think a nice wood would be the way to go. Steve
I personaly loike maple. Either tiger or birdseye.
 

rkrcpa

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I also like the American Holly. Here's my Lipsey 44 Spl with a set of Carl's American Holly grips. Which, btw, are fuller than the stock grips and feel much better.

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claydoctor

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I apologize for my lack of knowledge but what dose the term "american holly" mean? It would suggest to me a type of wood but the grips look like a type of imitation ivory which are usually polymer?
 

c.r.

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claydoctor":l0lxmeog said:
I apologize for my lack of knowledge but what dose the term "american holly" mean? It would suggest to me a type of wood but the grips look like a type of imitation ivory which are usually polymer?

"american holly" is the name of that particular wood. it may have another name as well. It looks a lot like ivory and i believe this is where it's popularity comes from.

I actually have a project in the works that will get fitted with American Holly because I don't feel like paying for the real thing and i haven't seen any imitations that float my boat. to me the wood grain also give the appearance of the striations in real ivory.

~c.r.
 
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yep, same here, the 'American holly' is a bit of the best of both world, the look, but the better wear of ivory, without the headaches, nor the cost of what ivory is..but on the other hand if YOU are happy with the elk made grips on your 'other' gun, nothing wrong with them either, I like that look myself....BUT I personally prefer to have the black eagle medallions in the grips ,no matter, what the material you decide on.......
 

claydoctor

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Because I am an old guy and grew up with the B-westerns and the TV westerns of the 50's, I love the fake stag grips that were on so many of those guns such as Matt Dillon's and Cheyenne's. another that comes to mind is the gun used by Tonto.The originals were by Franzite and probably some others. Many of those guns were not Colts but Great Westerns and almost all of those had the fake stags. I have a pair on my Beretta Stampede that were made by Bob Lescovic (www.propistolgrips.com). They look particularly good on nickel or stainless guns.
 

Sagebrush Burns

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I've got a set of very nice wood grips - reddish with lots of black graining - you can have for $35 + shipping cost. I can e-mail pix if you're interested.
 

lfpiii

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I want to thank you all for the suggestions. I am going to go with American Holly for mine. The other gun will be for my wife so I am going to do something special. This summer we took down an old and I mean old barn on my wife's family farm. The barn and the farm have been in her family since 1820. I took some of the old growth wood and made my wife a blanket chest and I was going to make her a set of grips for a Blackhawk but I think his and her guns will be better. Several weeks ago I had sent an email to 41magum to find out what size wood I needed to send for him to do his magic. I have yet to hear back.

Does anyone have a general idea what are the minimum dimensions needed for a custom sent of grips?
 

pvtschultz

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When I do grips, I need two pieces that are 2-1/8" x 5-1/2" x 1/2" or one piece that is 2-1/8" x 5-1/2" x 1-1/8" (that I will resaw). This allows me to mount them in my carver. I always carry an inventory of American Holly as well.
 

Steve Myers

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pvtschultz":2ui0cnx9 said:
When I do grips, I need two pieces that are 2-1/8" x 5-1/2" x 1/2" or one piece that is 2-1/8" x 5-1/2" x 1-1/8" (that I will resaw). This allows me to mount them in my carver. I always carry an inventory of American Holly as well.

Carl - looked at your web page. I LOVE the holly wood grips. Think I may get a pair for my Lipsey 44. Is there a finish or stain that you can use on the holly wood that will give it a touch of yellowed coloring, like true aged elephant ivory (maple stain?!?)?

Another question - IF we had a piece of stag/antler that was large enough, can you fit those to a Ruger BH or SBH? My son would like a pair, and I told him if either of us kills a buck with a base big enough, I would have a pair made. Thanx

Steve
 

gregs45auto

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I have several pairs of birdseye maple from 41 mag. He does excellent work, he even put 41 mag head cases where ruger emblems were. hth greg
 
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