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CZReverend

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Hi all, looking for some input on a single action I would like to buy/build.

I want a stainless steel, with montado length barrel 357. How hard are the montados to find and what should I expect to pay?

Next...

I would like the cylinder to spin freely when loading. What changes need to be made?

Last, I really would like a birdshead gripframe with the black mircata (sp?) grips.

What should I use as a base gun, where should I buy the parts, and any other advice. Thanks!
 

Knuckles

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I had a Montado and it was a Very, Very nice gun... I hated to part with it but was I was paying rent.

It would not really need a free-spin cylinder on account of the little bugger Reverse indexes for loading / unloading with the loading gate and extracting-rod.

Far as the BH grip... I know they're available, but someone else will have to give up that info.

Bud (knuckles)
 

DPris

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Removing the tiny plunger that extends from the rear of the frame through the breechface renders the gun into a full-spin cylinder in either direction.
Look at Brownells for gripframes.
Denis
 

KWYJIBO

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CZReverend":1pfq66h5 said:
Thanks guys, besides the montado are there any other nv models in 357 that were made with the shorter barrel?

Hmmm....

Right now the Ruger website only shows 2 models with a short barrel: the Montado in .357 and .45. (There are some other special models that look cool, but all with longer barrels.)

http://ruger.com/products/vaqueroDE/models.html

As far as I know, they only made the Sheriff's model in the original Vaquero, so Montado may be your only option for a short New Vaquero.

If you don't insist on a New Vaquero, there are possibilities. ACRYLICTNK is always getting cleanup models in stock, and the deals are great. Keep an eye on his posts in the classifieds; he may just come onto some heavy frame 357 Vaqueros in stainless w/birdshead grip. (The closest I've seen recently were some blued birdshead .45s, but you never know...)

I've been tossing around the same idea as you. I like the size and weight of the NV. I like .357s. I like the Montado hammer. I really want a stainless gun. And I have a thing for birdshead grips and short barrels. Since they don't make a gun with all of the above, I'll have to decide which features are most important and compromise, or else get one as close as possible and modify as required.
 

gak

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My thought is that the Montado has MOST of the features you're looking for. I'd get that and then deal with the grip frame; in the meantime continuing the search for a source that'll work.
 
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