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    Ruger Vaquero strength question..

    A lot of loading manuals have a separate section for Ruger only .45 Colt loads when loaded in the new model Blackhawk. Is the old model Vaquero the same strength as the new model Blackhawk? FYI, I'm speaking only of what is now the "old" model guns. I'm aware that the new model Vaquero's can't take anything above standard level 45 Colt loads.
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    Is the old model Vaquero the same strength as the new model Blackhawk?
    I've been told that the "old model" large frame Vaquero is actually a bit stronger than the BH, due to the different top strap.

    Before I got my .45, I shot a friend's with some insane 1500 fps handloads. Apparently didn't hurt the gun any, but I can't say the same thing about my hand.
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    yes the original vaquero will handel the ruger only loads.
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    Yup. The Vaq topstrap "looks" weaker but it lacks the "weak point" in the Blackhawk's topstrap at the rear where the rear sight goes. If anything the Vaq's topstrap is stronger.

    Gunsmiths such as Linebaugh, Bowen and Stroh all do wild caliber mods on Vaq frames if the customer wants that, with no warnings on strength issues over the Blackhawk frame.

    This does NOT apply to the New Vaquero or it's mid-frame cousin, the 50th Anniversary 357 Blackhawk. Those are just plain smaller frames.
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