I know Taurus now owns Heritage, and I am pretty sure that the Gaucho pre dates the Heritage Big Bore. What I'm curious about is are they the same gun?
So I can assume they are made by Uberti? I am thinking about trying my hand at cowboy action shooting. Need two pistols trying to be as frugal as I can!The Heritage Big Bores are not actually made by Heritage.... They purchase the guns as kits, import the kits from Italy, and assemble them at the plant in Miami.
This is not to suggest there is anything wrong with the guns, on the contrary, they are very nice guns and I have one near the top of my must have list this year.
If your interested in trying it, i will assume you already found a range that does it, and have been to see it? If not go do that, and then if you like it, volunteer to help with setup and breakdown. This will get you known to all of the people who do it regularly, they will no doubt ask you questions, feel free to tell them exactly what you want to do. If you make friends with some of them, and this really should be easy to do as SASS people are about the most friendly of the ones i have seen in competition shooting. You might just find some that are willing to let you borrow equipment, i.e. guns, for your matches. This is what happened for me, they all knew i was saving up for my gear and untill i was able to afford it, i had 3 different people who offered to let me use what they had when i competed, all i had to do was use my own ammo and be willing to help them clean the guns after. even though every single one of them took the guns to clean themselves.So I can assume they are made by Uberti? I am thinking about trying my hand at cowboy action shooting. Need two pistols trying to be as frugal as I can!
The only difference between the Vaquero and the Blackhawk is one has fixed sights and the other has adjustable ones.The Gaucho frames are forged and stronger than the Ruger Vaquero, but not as strong as a Blackhawk. They also have a transfer bar firing pin so you can carry a round chambered under the hammer safely. Don't know about the Heritage.
Wasn't aware that there are two different versions of the Vaquero. The only ones I have seen have a thinner top strap with a sighting grove down the center (making it even weaker), and all of those are are cast frames and weaker than the Gaucho. IMO, even the New Model Blackhawks, although all cast frames, are still much stronger than the Gaucho. But shooting above standard pressure .45LC ammo in either a Vaquero or Gaucho is not smart. If you want to push the .45LC above standard pressures, start with a stronger pistol, like the Blackhawk. Even a Judge is stronger than a Vaquero or Gaucho, but much weaker than a Blackhawk.The only difference between the Vaquero and the Blackhawk is one has fixed sights and the other has adjustable ones.
The original Vaquero were just as strong as contemporary Blackhawks. I know that's true because I called Ruger to verify that my early .45Colt Vaquero would take hot .45Colt reloads and shooting Corbon '+P+ Hunting' factory loads.
The difference comes in when the 'NEW MODEL' Blackhawk and Vaqueros were released. They are on a smaller frame than earlier models and are the same size as a Colt SAA or clone. The .45Colt models of these guns are NOT rated for shooting the hotter reloads or the +P+ Hunting factory ammo.
While some of this last post of yours might be correct it doesn't address what I asked....Pistols developed to shoot the .357 Mag are designed to handle pressures exceeding the SAMMI max spec of 35,000 psi, while those for the .45LC were designed around a 14,000 psi cartridge, that is quite a difference IMO. Many of the older pistol designs see a large improvement through the use of new modern metals, but unless the design has been significantly improved too, I would be hesitant to use ammo that exceeds the SAMMI standard.
In any case, these new SA pistols, like the Hertitages, Taylors, Gauchos, Vequeros, and other clones of earlier pistols, have for the most part been developed for cowboy sports and not for hunting, or other uses where you might want to use higher powered ammo. If you want to run high powered loads, I would suggest you start with a pistol designed to handle those higher pressures, like a Blackhawk or Freedom Arms.