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Thread: So, I Gots Me A S/A Revolver Question....

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    Default So, I Gots Me A S/A Revolver Question....

    Long time back, mebbe/perhaps/at least 15 years, I picked up a Ruger Vaquero as new unfired in .45 Colt/.45 ACP with intention to cut down barrel to 4" or less and tune and grip frame and etc customize into a for me field and winter carry sidearm. I had a good 'smith at the time, Milt Morrison, who damn good job specialized in this sort of thing. But I waited too long....Milt for personal reasons went away/disappeared.

    And the project went undone.

    I'm resurrecting it. A holy crap I'm still here present to myself for my 75th birthday this April coming up. What I need/am asking for is recommendation(s) for a really good, trusrtworthy single action Ruger revolver custom gunsmith to get this done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ltxi View Post
    Long time back, mebbe/perhaps/at least 15 years, I picked up a Ruger Vaquero as new unfired in .45 Colt/.45 ACP with intention to cut down barrel to 4" or less and tune and grip frame and etc customize into a for me field and winter carry sidearm. I had a good 'smith at the time, Milt Morrison, who damn good job specialized in this sort of thing. But I waited too long....Milt for personal reasons went away/disappeared.

    And the project went undone.

    I'm resurrecting it. A holy crap I'm still here present to myself for my 75th birthday this April coming up. What I need/am asking for is recommendation(s) for a really good, trusrtworthy single action Ruger revolver custom gunsmith to get this done.
    I would love to see this come to fruition

    Though I've never had any work done by them, Bowen Classic Arms Corporation comes to mind as a possible recommendation. Based on the photos I've seen of their work, I would certainly like to have one of their custom pieces.
    They even offer a "package" that includes cutting a Ruger down to 4" (NO. RS04 ‘LIGHT WEIGHT’ CONVERSION): http://www.bowenclassicarms.com/catalog/ruger_single_action_basic_packages.html

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    I like Greg's' suggestion of Bowen.
    Here is another option. http://www.reedercustomguns.com/


    Overall take a hard look at costs. It may be more practical to find a Freedom Arms in the profile you desire. I have handled and shot these things and they are a exceptionally well made. Plus, it adds one to your collection.
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    Milt Morrison: I don't know if this is active or even the same guy, but there is a contact page: http://www.qualitygunsmithing.com/home.html
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    I'm with 340.

    Maybe even look at these two current models with 3.75" barrels in the Ruger catalog:

    https://ruger.com/products/vaqueroSt...eets/5120.html

    ($717 at Tombstone Tactical)



    https://ruger.com/products/vaqueroSt...eets/5151.html

    ($641 at Tombstone)

    (the birdshead is also offered in blue)

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    https://ruger.com/products/vaqueroStainless/models.html

    Ruger already makes what you're looking for.

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    ltxi - what is the barrel length of your .45 Colt Vaquero that you want to shorten?
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    I thought they quit making the Birdshead but maybe they started up again. I got one of the last ones shipped to Washington long ago.
    Somehow my son ended up with it, not sure what happened there.
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    I gotta think a local smith could cut and crown the barrel and install a new sight. The rest you could do yourself? Fitting a BH frame should be a manageable challenge. And you could do the trigger work while you are in there. Something to be proud of once you are done. I got a set of BH grips I could remove and send to our local gripmaker as a pattern...
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    Why don't you just sell that one and buy a new one just like you want? I think you would be money ahead.

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