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  1. I'm sorry but I don't remember it is an older one with browned  barrel. I have only shot balls out of it. I remember checking it years ago but I can't remember what I came up with.

    1. Three Foot Johnson

      Three Foot Johnson

      On the barrel it will say either Great Plains Rifle or Great Plains Hunter.

  2. J Bar,

     

    Due to medical issues, I might be thinning the herd and/or retiring from CAS.  My primary match guns used to be a matched set of Ruger Old Model Vaqueros in stainless, 4 5/8 barrels and .44-40 caliber.  They have the original boxes and stuff you find in the boxes.  The only things done were a set of wolf springs and gunfighter grips.  I've only shot black powder in them.  They are in good condition..

     

    I know that you stay up on prices, what would you think they could/would sell for?

     

    Buckeye Pete

    1. Three Foot Johnson

      Three Foot Johnson

      In '06 & '07, I bought three blue 4 5/8" .44-40 Vaqueros for $300, $300, and $350. I sold them in '08 & '09 for $450 and $925 for a pair. I sold a 5 1/2" stainless version to a cousin last year for $550, but he's family and already had a matching one. I've still got three blue 5 1/2"ers, and they would bring $600 ea easily enough. There's a stainless 4 5/8"er on Gunbroker right now with no reserve and five days to go currently at $456, and it'll go up, of course. A blued 7 1/2"er is priced at $950, Buy It Now, and a 4 5/8" blued is priced at $950, Buy It Now - both from the same seller. Another 7 1/2" blued one is priced at $1050, Buy It Now. Someone's going to have to really, really, really want one of these to pay $950 and $1050, used. Start high - you can always come down!

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  3. OH WISE SAGE!! I'll check on Starline as a couple said they had 45-60 bras. I can not conceive the necessity of annealing new brass.. Doc 

      On 2/2/2018 at 5:31 PM, The Original Lumpy Gritz said:

    X2 on Starline.

    Make sure you anneal before loading.

    OLG

    I use Starline in ALL my cowboy guns, have thousands. Why the heck should I have to anneal them before loading? I would think it legal quicksand to sell brass not ready to load. I will only be using lead or coated lead and SMOKELESS powder, probably Trail Boss.

    1. Three Foot Johnson

      Three Foot Johnson

      Annealing the mouth/neck area contributes greatly to case longevity and a good case to chamber seal with the lower pressure loads you'll be using in the '76.

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  4. JB, My SASSWIRE says you RSVP'd a short while ago but I can't retrieve it. I like your posts but can't find this one.   Thanks, Doc

    1. Three Foot Johnson

      Three Foot Johnson

      Because I applied a "like" to your last post in "How many is too many". ;)

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  5. Lipseys did a special run of "new" Vaqueros about 5 years ago - longest barrel length 4 5/8". I managed to get a pair of stainless steel, consecutively numbered from Long Hunter. Had to import them into Canada. Managed to get an extra set of .44 Spl cylinders from Ruger's Canadian service centre which I had reemed out for .44-40. Pretty much shoot them exclusively now.

    Now I know there has been a lot of dialogue about the rim diameter of the .44-40 cartridge, but it hasn't been a factor with my guns.  Cylinders were reamed with a new Mason reamer and throats were sized for .429 bullets.  Now, ifhtis can be accomplished by a gunsmith using a Ruger cylinder and a Mason reamer, Ruger should be able to produce a New Vaqueros in .44-40.  Just say'n.

    1. Three Foot Johnson

      Three Foot Johnson

      I have 3 of the Lipsey's .44 specials, stainless, 4 5/8", two of them with consecutive numbers, and shoot them more often than most of my CAS guns. There were 503 of these made. Similar numbers were also made in blued versions, as well as Sheriff's model configs, both blue and stainless. It would be pretty neat to have .44-40 cylinders for them too. I've got a similar set of original model 5 1/2" .38-40/.40 S&W Vaquero convertibles, two of the three being consecutive. It would be very, very cool to have a .38-40 chambered New Vaquero.

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