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Oddnews SASS# 24779

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  • Birthday 12/11/1962

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  1. To me it's not important -- I used to shoot a 7 1/2 inch Colt clone paired with a Super Blackhawk with a 5 1/2 inch barrel. It's not important, but it's cool
  2. I think you're probably right, but I was trying to stick to an era and people with recognizable names. I shoulda said "the Daltons" -- we know they carried Colts.
  3. I use Clays, in part because I found Unique to be dirtier than Clays. But I don't anneal and I'm not getting blow-by. My load is 5.5 grains Clays and 230 grain cast RNFP. (the SAECO Cowboy mould -- I don't know if it's still available).
  4. I own two Colts, a USFA, an old Army Jager Dakota and I recently purchased a pair of "old New Model" Vaqueros -- all of these are in .45 Colt with 5 1/2 inch barrels. My Colts are third-generation, 1990s production. Although I bought them about six years apart, they are separated by only about 100 serial numbers. These are new production revolvers with the "blackpowder" frame and bullseye ejector rod handles. I paid about $1300 apiece for them, and the most recent purchase was seven years ago. I think both are probably worth a little over $2,000 now, and possibly more as they are limitied production, I have the boxes and ephemera for them, etc. (and yes, I've shot them in matches, and no, they're not for sale). The Colt's have always been higher. And I bought the Vaqueros this year because I've decided that although the Colts will see the range occassionally, I'd rather put the wear and tear of regular competition on the sturdier Ruger design. (Yeah, I know there are people here who think I never shoot - but I'm retiring and I hope to be shooting a LOT in the next couple of years). I think a lot depends on what you want out of the CAS experience. I've always been (at least in the past ) super traditional, and wanted my guns to look and work like a gun Jesse James or Wyatt Earp might have carried -- hence the BP-framed Colts. My USFA revolver is also configured that way. If you're in that camp, a traditionally configured (four-click) Colt style revolver is what you'll want, but you don't necessarily have to use real Colts because decent replicas are available, both new and used. If you have the funds, of course, only a Colt is a Colt. I have my Colts, an original 92 Winchester, and an actual made-by Greener shotgun that I intend to use all together in at least one match. Why? Because those were the weapons John Wayne used in Big Jake and True Grit -- leave me alone, I'm a grown man shooting guns in fake gunfights.
  5. It might be a good idea -- but I confess I've never done it. I had my heavy metals checked a few years back (I was loading more then), and had nothing out of the ordinary.
  6. So much of the rust issue is "where do you live." I've had BP revolver literally rust while I watched at the line -- on a hot humid day in Missouri. But I had a shooting pard out in Arizona tell he would regularly leave a white-finished CW musket a day or so before cleaning it, and never had any problems. I've never seen an all-white 1873 -- I bet that's interesting.
  7. Back about 1995 I stumbled across a pistol in a pawnshop. I knew the owner and he let me handle it several times, and I knew it was something fairly special -- a Texas Longhorn Arms Target Model in .32 H&R magnum. For those of you who don't know, these were interesting single actions with the loading gate and ejector rod on the opposite side of the revolver from where they are on a Colt SAA -- the idea being a right-handed shooter could flick open the gate with his thumb, and eject cartridges without changing hands. I was poor, but I got lucky -- the roof of the pawn shop leaked and I was able to buy it at a reduced price because it received minor bluing damage on one side of its cylinder. I kept it for a while, but I didn't want to shoot it, as I knew it was unusual. Finally a guy came along and the price was right and I sold it, and bought a pair of Ruger SSMs in .32. Then I traded them for a H&R Trapdoor Officers Model in .45-70 that I still have. Now, the SSMs are worth more than the current price of the H&R, but that's not the worst part. Later on a fellow saw me mention the Texas Longhorn Arms revolver here in the wire and reached out to me -- he was writing a book on their production. He asked me if I'd recognize the serial number -- I could. He informed me that the one I'd owned was the only one ever made in that caliber. I try not to cry a lot when I think about this.
  8. Thanks for sharing that -- that's my old home range. I was shooting there before they put the cowboy specific bays out along the creek. I'm retiring later this yeaer and I hope to go back to shooting there monthly. I did get to shoot a Gatling gun, once, at the former Missouri Riverboat Ride match in Fayette in 2000. J.B. Hodgdon, owner of Hodgdon Powders had his original Gatling there, and they were selling mag-fulls for charity. It was a fun day.
  9. I've never had the chance to try a Colt Lightning rifle. I always thought in the back of my mind that they would be faster than a lever action, although real competittion hasn't borne that out. Someone above mentioned a Merwin & Hulbert, and I'd like to try one of those, too.
  10. I use an old Pacific and an old Herters, but if I were starting from scratch, I'd get MEC -- kinda the most bang for the buck, IMHO.
  11. I can't say if they'd still be there, but in one of the stores in Tombstone I bought some cloth "Arbuckle's coffee" bags that worked for me.
  12. I always enjoyed posts by him, and that avatar. He's definitely missed.
  13. I'd honestly like to play with one of the cap and ball SAAs sometime. My understanding was that although they've always been offered in this country, their primary market was for England and other places where owning cartridge firearms is legally difficult.
  14. This is a very customized piece, and if you want engraving on it, go for it. I'd think "Big Iron" on the backstrap in the fancy scroll letters like one sees on traditional "medicine show" wagons would be cool -- but its custom and that's up to you. I go back and forth on engraving. I've seen engraved guns that I thought were works of art, and I've seen engraved guns that I thought looked like bad renditions of the cap pistols I had as a kid.
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