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Your Choice Of Back Up Gun

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Your Choice Of Back Up Gun

Postby SavageHunter » Sun Apr 06, 2008 8:25 pm

What is your choice of back up gun for those close up coyotes?

Not wanting to carry two long guns (rifle and shot gun), here is what I recently purchased as my short yardage gun for the up coming season.

It is a Ruger Vaquero in 45 Colt.

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Postby silvertip » Mon Apr 07, 2008 6:45 am

Mike...that is a bute'...seems like new handguns are in the air...and that is I believe Rugers sharpest looking model for sure...that checkering is super...and the styling of the cylinder-barrel area is something I wish they did on their redhawks...SmokeW has one too...and has some great loads for it...is that the 5 1/2" ??...there are some real nice holster / belt combos made for that style unit too...

I must admit I dont generally have an extra weapon...when I use archery gear its not allowed here...but with the 22 or centerfire it would be fun to have the sidearm too...

next season I am working on getting a new 243...I used my R-77 in 22/250 for years...but since I am moving out west a good plains gun that could be good for varmints & pronghorn would make sense...also the heavier bullets are better in wind etc...a lot of nice models around nowadays with cool stocks and bull barrels...the Ruger or Remington are most likely the choice...the new laminated thumbhole stock are nice...I tried out a few at (gun heaven) ...bass pro def has better prices at least at the ones I looked at in Denver and also on the east coast...but that my friend is fodder for another thread !!

all the best...t :grin:
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Postby SavageHunter » Mon Apr 07, 2008 4:10 pm

Thank you Theodore! Yes it's a 5 1/2" barrel...it seemed to have the best balance for me. Buying reloading equipment, and components for the 45 Colt was a little difficult (everything was on back order). It took me awhile but, I did finally manage to put everything together and load up a few rounds. I will have to hit up SmokeWagon and see if he has any ideas about working up a good load for it.

The .243 is hard to beat, IMO. I have had one for a few years and wouldn't trade it for anything (except for maybe a nicer one, LOL).

Where out west are you moving to?
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Postby silvertip » Mon Apr 07, 2008 4:42 pm

Hi Mike...Smoke has some real hard hitters for that unit( the 45 colt)...he should be back wendsday...I know he will jump in on this with both feet...t :grin:
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Postby Smokewagon » Wed Apr 09, 2008 7:05 pm

Mike, I like any of the cowboy type 250gr hard-cast bullets with 8.0 of W231 or HP-38. These are very mild and go around 800 fps out of a 5 1/2" gun, and would thump any coyote good at close range. For the big stuff, I use the heavier Cast-Performance bullets with Hodgdon Lil'Gun. CP has the data for these loads. For non-loaders, Cor-Bon makes several heavy .45C loads that shoot well.
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Postby SavageHunter » Wed Apr 09, 2008 7:58 pm

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Postby Bill » Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:43 pm

I carry a S&W model 66 357 2 1/2 barrel or a Ruger Mk2 4in barrel pistol
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