Low prices on the Ruger Vaquero Convertible: 45LC+ 45ACP Cylinders 4-5/8" start at Champion Firearms- the first thing you notice about the New Model Ruger Vaquero is what a huge difference the 20% lighter weight makes over the Old Model Vaquero. Look even closer at the New Vaquero and you will notice the added bevel on the forward end of the cylinder. Look again and also note that the cylinder itself is shorter than previous models. That 20% shrinkage occurs everywhere, except for the bore.
This is no cause for concern, however, unless you plan to hunt with this handgun using massive 325+ grain cast bullets and heavy powder charges. Even though the Ruger New Vaquero is not necessarily as strong as the original, remember that it was designed to be much lighter to satisfy the cowboy action shooting market.
Other changes include the hammer spur, which has been swept back, making the New Vaquero easier to cock. The ejector rod knob is now a crescent shape like the old Colts, and is much easier on both the hand and eye. Finally, both the ejector rod housing and grip frame are made of steel...unlike older single action Ruger revolvers that were sometimes made out of aluminum.