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Old 10-20-2016, 02:35 PM   #1
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Anybody Ever Had a Gun Shipped From Cabela's Gun Library?

Been looking at some of the used guns at Cabela's Gun Library. Just wondering if anyone knows how they really handle the sale. (There's no need to post "Their used guns are higher than the same thing brand new"--I already know that.) Thing is that nationally some stores are priced a lot better than others. I've been eyeing one revolver that's $500 vs a good new price of $600. I have $500 in Cabela's gift cards that I bought right around $400, and $20 off codes that don't exclude firearms. That brings a $500 gun to $380.
So, do they have free shipping to their other stores like with most items? Do they handle it like other sales, i.e. can I use my gift cards? I know I can use my Cabela's credit card, but that's pretty much true anywhere. There site isn't very clear on anything. No way to just buy the item that I can see, either. I can ask about it when I'm at the store, but that will be a while.
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Old 10-20-2016, 02:44 PM   #2
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Shaky, I'd just call the store in question and go from there. They do tend to do things, differently, than some outfits. Better to go straight to the source.

By the way, every now and then I do find something worth investigating in their gun library.
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I emailed them for some general info on how the system works. I also got some good details over on the 1911 board. It seems they charge $ 25 to ship it from store to store. Then you get first crack at it at your receiving store, but you're not obligated to buy. I sounds like they usually deduct the $ 25 if you buy the gun, but it's not a written policy.
After some more checking around, I'm probably blowing off the one I was thinking of buying. It's this Vaquero 45 Colt: http://www.cabelas.com/product/home/...Tz_stype%3DGNU

I'm seeing that this case coloring is basically fake and leaves the metal susceptible to rust. Zooming in on the pictures, the areas at the bottom of the sideplates on both sides look awfully suspicious. Like maybe they've had rust ground off.
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Check this closeup. Something's not right there.

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Old 10-21-2016, 03:47 AM   #5
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i bought a broom handle on line. offered less than listed and they took it. forgot about sales tax.
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I'm seeing that this case coloring is basically fake and leaves the metal susceptible to rust. Zooming in on the pictures, the areas at the bottom of the sideplates on both sides look awfully suspicious. Like maybe they've had rust ground off.
If I remember some things I've read, Ruger's case-coloring is not done the original way, because it won't work with their investment casting, so they use some sort of chemical process. In the photo, it looks like some color may have been lost in fitting the grip frame to the main frame. I would feel sure NCG may know a lot more about it.

EDIT: I found this on the Single Action Shooters site. New Vaquero is at top of first photo, and looks like the coloring doesn't quite go to edge, just like your photo. Some complaint here about Ruger's coloring rusting easily, though.

http://www.sassnet.com/forums/index....owtopic=209912

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Shaky, I'll bet TGR has a better handle on that issue, since he was a champion competitor, back in the day. Might want to PM him if he doesn't post, here. Me, have never owned that version of the VQ, but what Bearcatter says makes sense. I've been thinking of adding a VQ in 45 colt to the collection, but will probably go stainless or standard blue.
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Cabela's emailed me back claiming the Vaquero is now on layaway, so it's probably a moot point. Not sure why I'm drawn toward buying a big bore single action. I barely shoot the one single action I have. (Single Six) I know I'd probably get more use out of a DA. Your 45 Colt/45ACP Redhawk looks good. My range has a nice .357 Blackhawk for sale. $399. I had them take it out of the case today, and it looks pretty good. Would much rather have a 45Colt/ACP convertible.
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Thanks.

One of the things I like about Blackhawks, compared to Smiths and big bore Ruger DAs, is the price. Not cheap, of course, but a 44 mag or 45 Blackhawk is definitely easier on the budget than a Redhawk or Super Redhawk in those same calibers. That, and Blackhawks are darn near indestructible, not to mention very accurate. I know some folks get a bit impatient with the SA loading and unloading routine, but I've always found it relaxing and I think it's sometimes a good thing to slow the pace when shooting. (Definitely don't go though ammo as fast, either, even compared to DA revolvers. ) To me, single actions have a certain something that is addictive, but, of course, not everyone feels that way.

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This is from a post on the Ruger website about the case coloring on the older VQs. Thought it would be worth sharing, here.

"Just in case the OP wasn't aware the case coloring Ruger used on the early heavy frame Vaqueros wasn't actual case coloring but rather applied inks under a clear coat type finish. Folks who shoot and clean these guns often found the case coloring to wear away and Ruger discontinued the finish and will still reblue one of these guns at no cost to the owner. Old news to a lot of folks here I know but just in case I thought I'd restate it again. Not saying to avoid these guns at all but good to buy in knowing the full story."
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Like NCG said, you have to remember that a lot of the case hardening you see on a lot of these cheaper guns, (like Ruger Vaquero's), is not actually case hardening at all. It's a temperature, chemical dip process that gives the look of bone charcoal case hardening. Without the time or cost.
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This is from a post on the Ruger website about the case coloring on the older VQs. Thought it would be worth sharing, here.

"Just in case the OP wasn't aware the case coloring Ruger used on the early heavy frame Vaqueros wasn't actual case coloring but rather applied inks under a clear coat type finish. Folks who shoot and clean these guns often found the case coloring to wear away and Ruger discontinued the finish and will still reblue one of these guns at no cost to the owner. Old news to a lot of folks here I know but just in case I thought I'd restate it again. Not saying to avoid these guns at all but good to buy in knowing the full story."
I had two of these, 45LC, did not shoot or clean alot and had to religiously oil them to keep from rusting. I did not know about the re-blue option. After several years they mysteriously became two S&W M&P9s.
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Like NCG said, you have to remember that a lot of the case hardening you see on a lot of these cheaper guns, (like Ruger Vaquero's), is not actually case hardening at all. It's a temperature, chemical dip process that gives the look of bone charcoal case hardening. Without the time or cost.
Ruger has investment cast frames, and found that traditional case color would not work.
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As I write this, there are two of these used Vaqueros with that fake case coloring for sale in our local shops, both in configurations that I would love to have, a 44 mag and a 45 Colt, but both have obvious rust on the frames, externally, so I've passed them up.

Ruger, though, is now offering via a distributor special, a Super Blackhawk with a case colored from that is the real deal, done by Turnbull.
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Ruger, though, is now offering via a distributor special, a Super Blackhawk with a case colored from that is the real deal, done by Turnbull.
Turnbull is an artist when it comes to color case hardening. His work is the best ever seen. Ruger investment casts ALL of their steel frames, be they blued or fake color case.
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