i have the rossi m92 lever in 45 colt and all my revolvers have ended up being taurus 45 colts. I found that the Taurus offered the best weight to recoil absorption in 45 colt than others. Taurus triggers get better with age etc. cost compared to the rugers i had was a bonus. I realized that i wasn't going to really be shooting a ton of "ruger" only loads so i opted for a lighter weapon. it would be nice to see a resurgence in the 45 colt interest. It has taken me a long time to see the attributes of the 45 colt round.
i have a ruger vaquero sherrif (old model). i've been thinking of getting an M450 but the auction reserve prices have been too high. if i run into one in good shape and a reasonable price, i will probably pick it up. i guess that Taurus and Smith and Wesson consider the judge and governor to be their 45LC snubbies now.
There are a lot of 45 colt guns and shooters. The cowboy shoots really built a fire under things when they started. Several friends that do not go to the shoots became interested when the guns started showing up in so many gun shops. A friend in the reloading supply business laughed about it being a shot in the arm to business back then. Guys buying Dillon presses and lead bullets in an abundance. The reloading supply shortages really hurt them. One friend loads with black powder now. It is easier to get. You not only have 45 shooters, some are using the original black powder loads.
I've shot Colts through my Judge Mag but it's terribly inconsistent so I've been looking at getting a true .45 LC revolver for awhile. I've pretty much narrowed it down to a Taylor or Uberti, as far as brands but not sure about the model. Most likely, I'll settle on an Uberti 'coz I like their top-break models.
I got the 2.5" Judge for just that reason, I thought it might not be accurate with the 3" cylinders. My 2.5/4" barrel Judge shoots better than I can at 25 yards with .45LC. I have wanted a .45LC single action for a while, but a Ruger Bisley in .44SPL was available for about $100 less than a .45LC so I got it instead. I like the .44SPL and have a Taurus M445 snubby in it too, but I still have a hankering for a nice SA in .45LC.
I hear that Marlin will have a lever gun in .45LC in production by the end of the year and with ballard rifling this time and not that micro crap. All new tooling and very close in quality to the Miruko Winchesters. .44 Mag and .357 Mag versions are already on shelves for sale.
I have four revolvers that shoot .45 Colt. I have the Judge, two Uberti Peacemaker clones
and a cartridge conversion 1858 Remington New Army clone. I love shooting .45 Colt. It is
so easy to handle and I love punching big holes in my targets.