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Old 03-22-2005, 09:19 AM
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Question 45 ruger vaquero with .454 bore


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I slugged the bore of my revolver, and it appears that it is .454 in bore. Has anyone else found to be the case with their gun? I will be reloading for this, and I have found that the gun is not all that accurate with factory ammo. Any input would be appreceiated.
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Old 03-22-2005, 01:33 PM
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Wow! That's pretty big. What did you slug it with, and what did you measure the slug with?
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Wow! That's pretty big. What did you slug it with, and what did you measure the slug with?
I have never had a Ruger with an oversize bore. You may want to check again. If it relly is that size there isn't a problem casting or buying cast bullets that size. You could always use swaged lead . It fills a bore well.
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Old 03-22-2005, 04:51 PM
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I used a 454 round ball from one of my black powder pistols, and a digital caliper. I'll try it again tomorrow, to see if I' m doing it right.
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Better to use a .457 ball and measure with a micrometer. Despite what you may think, caliper is too imprecise. Also need to measure each chamber throat in the cyclinder. This will prove more meaningful.
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Old 03-22-2005, 07:51 PM
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Use a mic, agreed, OR at least measure some jacketed bullets in exactly the same manner, to check the caliper.

You can give a .454 roundball a healthy whack with a hammer and expand it a bit before starting.
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Old 03-23-2005, 03:43 PM
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Reslug the bore and then do the cylinder throats ,I have three .45 ruger revolvers with first made in the late 80s and the throats are .454 and the new ones that are maybe 5 years old started with throats of .450 ( I opened them up) but all 3 of mine have a bore of .450 .
In most cases you will find a bore of .450 and you will want throats at around .452-.453 and cast bullets of .452
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