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Bisley Vaquero, Model No. 5130 38 Special/357 Magnum, $835

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The more modern Bisley-esque grip made the Ruger more popular with testers, plus the heft and stainless construction made it easier to shoot and maintain.

Bisley Vaquero, Model No. 5130 38 Special/357 Magnum, $835

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The modernized Ruger just needs the loading gate opened to load and unload cartridges.
The transfer bar safety mechanism means the Ruger can be safely carried fully loaded.
We used a feeler gauge to check the barrel/cylinder clearance and found that the Ruger was tighter at .004 inches compared to the Uberti’s .008 inches. This likely explains why the Ruger, even with a 5.5-inch barrel, gave slightly higher muzzle velocities than the Uberti with the larger gap and 7.5-inch barrel.
The ejector rod head does not pivot away from the barrel, which could mean a singed fingertip for the inattentive shooter. It’s worth noticing.

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