I'd like to know what you think about about the "Cowboy Convertible" they're offering on the website. The idea of being able to slap that 9mm cylinder in and go shoot at the range for less than half the price of .45 is appealing. But all my other USFA "cowboy guns" are .45s. Am I just wasting my time and money with the Convertible if at match time I plan on shooting .45s?
Also, that 15th anniversary "1 of 15" model with the medallion in the grips is tempting. Would you ever shoot it though, or would it just be a collector's item?
Trying to decide on impulsively buying something in stock (the Convertible) or saving up for a pair of Bisleys, so your insights are always worth reading, thanks.
Hold on there, Pard! I haven't looked at the "Cowboy Convertible", but if they have a 9 mm cylinder, it will have to go into a .357/.38 Special gun. Maybe that's what you are referring to, but there have also been .45 LC guns with .45 ACP cylinders (Ruger Blackhawks, awhile back), and I have had a pair of extra cylinders fitted to Ruger Old Model Vaqueros so I can swap between .44-40 and .44 Magnum. The latter was NOT something Ruger did (or, if so, it was a special order by Davidson's or Cherry's, et al)! I found extra cylinders in the opposite chambering, and had an expert gunsmith fit the other cylinder to the gun. (The cylinders do NOT interchange BETWEEN guns, however!).
Convertibles can be handy, but if you shoot fixed-sight guns (like the Vaquero or Colt's SAA), you will have to adjust your loads to hit the same point of aim at some distance you select. Otherwise, you would be better served to go with an adjustable sight gun. In my Vaqueros, I use the same 213 gr. .44 caliber bullets, but use a half-grain (weight) LESS powder in the .44 Magnum case than in the Winchester .44-40 brass to attain the same velocity!
Ride easy, Pard!