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About Griff

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    Cowboy Mounted Shooting, Hunting and Cowboy Action Shooting

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  1. I have an AWA Lightning in .44-40, so far it's worked well. But... look at it this way, if you name a pistol and a rifle then same, somewhere there's an identity crisis. If I understand your posts on this thread correctly, you currently don't have a cowboy action legal rifle, ergo, haven't shot a match. If you buy something, anything, legal and it becomes a source of irritation, you will likely lose interest in it and cowboy action shooting quickly. The one thing 35 years of playing this game has taught me, it that no firearm off the shelf will be "race ready" unless you buy it from one
  2. No. No. Yes, and Yes. But, as you posited in your OP, the challenge to improve must come from within the shooter. Back when I started in this game, I shot nearly every match held within a 100 miles of me... at first that was only two, then 3, finally every weekend. But, to improve, I had to shoot those matches with a goal in sight, and practice other aspects of stage management outside of a match... and where possible shoot with stage segments in mind as I shot at the local range. While stages back then were pretty much small and far across the board, If one match dire
  3. Abt 20 years ago I wrote up a detailed comparison of the various rifles suitable (read legal) for CAS on another forum, since defunct. Of the rifles where any version holds 10 rounds, I rated it very slightly better than the Henry Big Boy due to its lighter weight. If you simply have to have a rifle that sez "Winchester" on it, get an original 1892 or the Miroku Winchester licensed copies of the '92, '73 or '66! Even their original "pistol" cartridge offering in 1969s top eject model 94 in .44RemMag was lackluster in performance and sales. When mine got stolen in early 1974, I w
  4. After a trip from TX to CA for EOT in a non-heated space I found my formerly pristine Shiloh Sharps cover in flash rust on the barrel. After going over it with a copper penny and some bronze wool, a light application of cold blue, I'm over the momentary dismay. I bought it to hunt with... Saddle scabbard wear is far more onerous than that 2-day jaunt thru a wet spring!
  5. I have 2 Colt 2nd Gen .36 1851s, 1 Colt Signature Series .36 1851, and 1 ASM square back .36 1851, plus 2 additional 1851 cylinders.. all of which are parts made by Uberti for the Colt 2nd Gen guns, except the two spare cylinders I picked up @ Dixie Gun Works. I've used NOTHING but .375 balls and always cut a fine ring of lead with both Speer & Hornady swaged balls. Well... except when I'm worried about a KD and use 90 grain conical with a stepped base and up the powder charge.
  6. No call. Shooter has until the next firearm is fired to correct the situation. Safe Conditions During a Course of Fire – Rifles A rifle is considered SAFE to leave the shooter’s hands in the following condition(s) only (some conditions may be corrected before firing the next firearm): - Empty. - Hammer fully down on an empty chamber or spent round, action closed (restaged for further use).
  7. I'll answer also and say "YES!" I shot my first BP match in cowboy action in June of of 1986 with an EMF imported Armi San Marco 1851. What I was told is that it was made of parts left over from Uberti's production of parts for the Colt 2nd Gen percussion guns. If it wasn't, it is near a perfect copy, as only the locator pins on the front of the frame prevent the Colt 2nd Gen barrels from fitting on this gun. For the 2 years I campaigned this gun in the BP category then, I had problems with caps accumulating under the hammer, and even had them foul the workings of the bolt. Rowdy Yates in
  8. The basic reasoning behind safety penalties, as I recall from very early meetings amongst the Wild Bunch, is that anything 2 or less steps from a weapon firing was a stage disqualification. A round in the chamber was 1 - close the bolt, 2 - pull the trigger. A round on the carrier, regardless of where the carrier was 3 steps, and would be a MSV... And my understanding of it may not have been perfect then, less so now. And these have all changed somewhat in the interim. If you look at the definition of what constitutes an "open" action, and look at what constitutes a round in
  9. Only talking for rifle or pistol targets here... Unless provided for in the stage instructions, falling plates are considered the same as a stationary plate, if it fails to fall, it's a miss, and cannot be re-engaged... Note there are some obvious exceptions to this... a plate rack where succeeding plates are obscured by ones in front, in which case you knock them down in order, if it means re-engaging one... do it! Most clubs will have these as KDs, then provide a dump plate for any rounds not required to knock down the plate rack. In which case, only plates left standing are considered
  10. As NKJ sez, it was probably more prevalent in the early days of CAS, but... I still see them occasionally.
  11. Yes, you may cap that sixth chamber in case of a FTF or for an on-the-clock reload. Negative in the case of a miss. Although there are many things Frontiersmen can do that suppository shooters can't... reloading to make up for a miss is not one of them. As to the last part of your inquiry, the only ones I can think of involve the rifle and shotgun... but that veers off topic by a bunch!
  12. Colts... I think they call the model P. The four I have, have never given a moments trouble with BP.
  13. You just say that knowing they'd not have any time to practice!
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