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#180562 - 04/29/17 06:12 PM First higher end/custom revolver questions.
trlcavscout
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I have several Vaqueros in 22/357/44/45 but all of them are factory. I was toying with the idea of sending a vaquero in 44 mag into Gary Reeder or someone to have it customized with a 4 5/8" barrel and a birds head grip and a good trigger job (little engraving),I do like Gary's black chromex finish as well. But then I thought about just ordering a FA in 44 or 45. Can anyone shed some light on a good direction to go before I spend a bunch of money? I hunt antelope and deer, and I keep going back and forth on 44 mag or 45 colt, either one does the job I just like shooting the 45's better. And I am pretty green on the custom guns, maybe their is a better option you guys know about?

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#180563 - 04/29/17 07:40 PM Re: First higher end/custom revolver questions. [Re: trlcavscout]
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Go with a FA 83 in .454 Casull. You can use a light load equal to .44 mag recoil if you don't want full bore .454. I am a big fan of .44 mag and probably don't need more. The quality of the FA speaks for itself. I am also a big fan of Rugers as they are true work horses. But . . . if you have a hankerin for something more you will be pleased with the FA. I find the lazer like trajector of the .454 very useful and don't mind the recoil for hunting. A little practice is all that it takes.

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#180564 - 04/29/17 08:18 PM Re: First higher end/custom revolver questions. [Re: FA834ME]
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I agree with FA834ME. With as many FA 454's on the used market, you can find one for much less than a custom will cost. I have not found a FA that will not shoot - you won't be disappointed.
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#180567 - 04/29/17 09:48 PM Re: First higher end/custom revolver questions. [Re: KRal]
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Both FA834ME and KRal are correct in the 83 being top of the line. As much as I really like the 45, and would like to have an 83 or 97, finding one in my price range is difficult. If you can find a 454 in your price range then go for it. It is an accurate round and with a full house load there is more recoil. You can sedate it some and still have a useful round. With the cast bullets there is lots of selections. I don't think you could go wrong with a FA.

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#180568 - 04/29/17 09:48 PM Re: First higher end/custom revolver questions. [Re: KRal]
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I'm going to suggest another option that won't set you back a lot of money but that will pretty much out shoot any factory offering and that is a BFR. Not as aesthetically pleasing as an FA, I have yet to meet one that won't shoot, and you can safely carry it with all five chambers loaded. Plus, they can be had new for around $800.00 or thereabouts. I love my FAs, but a BFR is a true workhorse that performs on a high level.
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#180571 - 04/30/17 12:45 AM Re: First higher end/custom revolver questions. [Re: Whitworth]
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 Originally Posted By: Whitworth
I'm going to suggest another option that won't set you back a lot of money but that will pretty much out shoot any factory offering and that is a BFR. Not as aesthetically pleasing as an FA, I have yet to meet one that won't shoot, and you can safely carry it with all five chambers loaded. Plus, they can be had new for around $800.00 or thereabouts. I love my FAs, but a BFR is a true workhorse that performs on a high level.


Interesting, you would take a BFR over having a Ruger customized or getting an FA? I see the value if they are good and of course I like saving money. I sold a Noveske AR-15 I had so I have a little cash to play with. I am "fairly" happy with my stock Rugers (except the triggers) but I know their are better options.

Thanks for the replies I don't mind spending the money, but I don't want to spend it twice and I don't know if anyone close that has an FA or equivalent to try out.

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#180573 - 04/30/17 06:02 AM Re: First higher end/custom revolver questions. [Re: trlcavscout]
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I have to agree with Max. If the BFR feels good, I think you will be impressed with the performance.

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#180575 - 04/30/17 08:47 AM Re: First higher end/custom revolver questions. [Re: dhom]
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Well I am going to suggest that you seek out a gun show or perhaps there might be some place that has one or two of the gun suggested. They them feel them se what you like best. Then you can either buy or save more money whatever the case may be.
Triggers and "grips" ( factory feels like a 2X4), are the very first things I addressed on my Rugers. Without doing that they would have gone down the road for sure. The barrels were canted on them also. this affects accuracy. Look your gun over real close and decide, you might just want to settle for doing a little work on them by a good smith.

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#180576 - 04/30/17 08:59 AM Re: First higher end/custom revolver questions. [Re: Whitworth]
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 Originally Posted By: Whitworth
I'm going to suggest another option that won't set you back a lot of money but that will pretty much out shoot any factory offering and that is a BFR. Not as aesthetically pleasing as an FA, I have yet to meet one that won't shoot, and you can safely carry it with all five chambers loaded. Plus, they can be had new for around $800.00 or thereabouts. I love my FAs, but a BFR is a true workhorse that performs on a high level.
BFR"s are well worth the$, they are built like a TANK, they are a step down from the Freedoms, you will not go wrong with either!

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#180584 - 04/30/17 04:22 PM Re: First higher end/custom revolver questions. [Re: racksmasher1]
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The BFR is one heck of a gun. They can be a little heavy, but my BFR in 45-70 is one of the most accurate weapons I have fired. You won't go wrong with picking one up.

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