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Garrison Joe, SASS #60708

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  1. By "38" I suppose you mean .38 special/.357? 1. It would be a ton of work. 2. Since the 94 is a long action, it is way longer than the 92, which is the design that it takes to feed pistol cartridges. Winchester themselves cannot even make the 94 length action feed .45 Colt or .38 special well. You will be MUCH better off starting with a gun that does not need $1000 of gunsmith tinkering before it feeds well. Let alone having to have a barrel made or scrounged, etc. If you really want to try one, I'll bet somebody in a local club has one of the Winchester 94 Angle Eject guns
  2. No, but when a hunter is having difficulty closing on game (like out West here), and might have to attempt a shot at challenging distances, the difference between a 2MOA load and a 4MOA load is often an extra 150 yards for a clean kill... Accuracy never hurts. Even if one is a great hunter. Good luck,GJ
  3. No, it won't. Haven't seen any such discounts on SASS memberships in 12 years (nothing like what many matches offer for spouses to sign up to shoot). Good luck, GJ
  4. I have no rifle for which I do not have one or more handloads that will consistently turn in better accuracy than the best available factory loads. Just depends if I want to work hard enough at it. If you want ultimate accuracy, it will be a load that is tuned to your rifle, not something the factory had good luck with in one or two of THEIR rifles. Now, there are some real good factory loads. And perhaps one satisfies your needs in your rifle. But top rifle shooters almost always shoot hand loads. Even the rim fire experts are shooting a very tightly selected factory round, after
  5. If you are not real fast and fairly strong on the lever work, I'd go with a Cowboys and Indian 3rd generation kit, as it has a little more leverage than the shortest 5th gen kit,a little smoother and a little easier to fit. .45 Colt can use the slightly easier levering unless you are real fast. Your first time at putting a short stroke kit in yourself will be pretty challenging, but if you are mechanically inclined and have a few standard gun smith tools, should not be too hard to do. Lifter and lever springs, a lever safety spring (torsion type mousetrap spring), probably a new extracto
  6. At none of the 8 or so WRs and 10 EOTs that I have had the pleasure to have shot in, have these requirements been extended, within any posse I have been on or the posses I have Marshaled, beyond the folks holding the timers. Higher level officials at these matches have certainly been highly qualified. There's what is applied on the field. And that is what matters to the good folks who have run the matches. Then there's - all the rest of the paperwork, which it seems does not really match reality... Most of the confusion seems to stem from the loose, sometimes completely interchangea
  7. Believe you have BADLY misinterpreted the definition of "Range Officers" Most of those you have listed are not Range Officers as described in the Range Operations Basic Safety Course (RO I) handbook! The Range Officer (also known as Timer Operator (badly selling short all the responsibility)) is the role, along with the Match Director, that are (alternatively) either recommended or required to be at RO I level of certification for major matches. As has been pointed out, you will not often have spotters who are all RO I level trained, let alone unloading table officers or scorekeeper
  8. Clearer way of stating this - Competitors in all cartridge categories (except Classic Cowboy) may shoot any of the allowed cartridge sizes. So, yes, if you shoot .38 special cartridge guns, you will have some of your competitors (in any category you might shoot) shooting anything from .32 H&R up through .45 Colt. As has been stated before, Classic Cowboy is the only cartridge category where there is a tighter restriction on the cartridges allowed, where all that is allowed is a .40 caliber or above rimmed, historically used, cartridge. By the way, .38-40 is a .40 caliber
  9. Time for you to open up the SASS Shooter's Handbook to page 13. Read through the roughly 32 categories. You may have a few more questions when you complete that exercise. Get the handbook from here: http://www.sassnet.com/Shooters-Handbook-001A.php Good luck, GJ
  10. Don't worry. Keep on running the timer. If you make a bad call at a match, I'm sure one of your pards will be glad to post a WTC right here and you'll "get taught" the errors of your ways. I'd ask myself, Self, why haven't you taken a refresher? Then pick up the timer and get to it. Good luck, GJ
  11. Because I like to be able to clean guns in the house and in motel rooms without haz mat crews getting called or myself kicked out of an establishment. And I value my lungs and what's left of my brain function and eyesight. And I don't like having to be real careful where the overspray lands. I shoot a lot, and buy about 4 cans of spray gun cleaner a year. For that $40, I sleep well and don't worry. Besides, I would much rather make a gun product company "rich" than some real estate sharpie from Arkansas or New York. Good luck, GJ
  12. new Mernickle mil-spec elastic double-shell loops are as fast as I can go - lay middle finger between the pair of shells as I grab them. GJ
  13. No, what you have been told is those cleaners will soften and remove varnish or most other stock finishes. Keep it off the wood. Shotgunners usually even pop the barrel(s) off the gun so there is little chance of damaging stock finish. As LG mentioned, use it outdoors. The chemicals in those cleaners are HARD on the lungs! Brake cleaner is slightly less aggressive than carb cleaner - but either will work for removing plastic or powder residue from shotgun barrels. Will not remove copper or lead fouling from rifle or revolver barrels very well. Bore cleaners are better there! G
  14. All sounds about like normal fire forming process except there's no need to point muzzle up when firing. Other fireforming technique - get a supply of the cheapest slugs you can, load a light load of Red Dot or Unique (see Lyman loading manual) (plinking load), fire them. Examine first one or two to make sure you are not stretching the case down at the base, and that you have enough powder for full case expansion in the shoulder. Most of the reloading manuals should have instructions for fireforming cases. Good luck, GJ
  15. Price has climbed in the last few weeks as well.
  16. The best advice is always - "Try out Cowboy guns at several local matches before you buy even one". The opinions you almost always get here are what each individual likes best. That may or may not come close to your real needs. We are very willing at local matches to loan out guns and ammo to let you try things out before you start the buying process. Now, what are a fair number of duelists running for their guns and cartridges? The Ruger Vaquero is more used than any other revolver "platform" in Cowboy shooting. Lots of duelists with large hands then specialize the platfor
  17. Nope, lots of categories right now. If ammo cost is holding you back, reload your own cast bullets. Pards in the old west did not go to gunfights armed with 22s. The game is what it is, and probably will stay there for a while. We would welcome you, and as stated above, local matches will probably carve out a special category to let you shoot as you start up in the game. Good luck, GJ
  18. Ditto on trying to look period with shooting glasses. There WERE no shooting glasses back in the day. And the small lenses that movies show folks wearing provide almost NO protection. Cowboy shooters get lots of lead back in the face! You don't want it in the eye. ESS ICE model is what I use. Prescription inserts. Hi-contrast orange/rose or gray shields depending upon how bright. I'm standard eye (R eye, R shooting) dominant and need "bifocal" type correction - I do it with master eye set to focus on front sight of rifle, weak eye set for distance. This makes the lenses single vis
  19. Oops, yeah, the OP is talking a rifle, isn't he? Well, details of the guns are totally different (really?), but my conclusion still stands - I wouldn't be shooting (BP or smokeless) something I paid a premium for because of a "Colt signature finishing step" If it completes a collection, go for it. If you are going to be shooting it, then asking here is a reasonable thing to do, but not a place where you will convince many pards that shooting a BP rifle won't drop any "special" value off of it real quick. Good luck, GJ
  20. May be why the whole Signature concept, of an Italian parts gun put together here and priced at three times what a "shooting" C&B revolver was, never took off. Priced like collector's gun, but mostly the quality of a shooter. As I said, would not be my cup of tea. I'd have it going to a smith right out of the shipping box to tune for competition if I had one. And there would go the specialness of it. GJ
  21. Personally, I wouldn't buy a "special issue" or "commemorative" gun for any shooting in Cowboy action, where I had to pay a premium over the standard model. Once you shoot them, especially with BP, values tumble. "Signature series" types are built for folks who want a nice wall trophy. But then, the "bling" factor of the first few times out might just be worth it to you. Only your and your wallet know for sure. Good luck, GJ
  22. In NM, almost all matches less important than club annuals, or state matches, no longer serve any. Pretty simple if you do that. At annuals and states, you have almost all shooters signed up a few weeks ahead (so that awards can be made), so planning food to come out right is easy. Good luck, GJ
  23. Over the shoulder - makes it a bandoleer rather than a belt. Rules treat the two very differently. Good luck, GJ
  24. Try this - Marshal Harland Wolff, SASS #5019(you can PM him by searching for his profile, and sending a private message. He still does a little gunsmithing.) A web page for him: http://www.onsp.us/Profiles/5019.html Shotgun Boogie originally from Germany, now from Southern California. Does a lot of gunsmithing. Good luck, GJ
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