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Abe E.S. Corpus SASS #87667

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  1. And who was it again who asked you to start carrying APP? You and Tommy are doing a great job bringing us good products.
  2. The grip frame is small but the cylinder frame is the large size. The “medium size” cylinder won’t handle .44 Magnum.
  3. There are two cylinder frames available in the New Model Blackhawk. The Flattop variant is shares the New Vaquero's medium sized frame. It began as the 50th Anniversary .357 Blackhawk, later as a .44 Special, and more recently as a .357/9mm or .45 Colt/.45 ACP convertible.
  4. When I started shooting cowboy I ordered a rig from Paul after seeing one in my home club. The owner had ordered two rigs from Reddog. Paul made a rig for my wife. It's excellent. I also bought a Wild Bunch holster and belt from him. The eBay Store shows samples. He can do many other types.
  5. B-Western does not require a Buscadero rig. There are other belt/holster styles that comply with the requirements of that category.
  6. Another recommendation for Scarlett’s “Cowboy Cartridges”. Once you are ready to load your own cartridges Scarlett can provide you with the same bullets used in her cartridges and the label of the cartridges provides you with the load data so that you can duplicate the ammo! Some thought went into that.
  7. My first stroller cart was “convertible”. I built it for cowboy shooting with long guns oriented vertically between the frame tubes. Several years later my club began Three Gun matches and I tried it a few times. Muzzle down long guns were the norm. I bought two pairs of ATV gun mounts and attached them to the outboard side of the frame rails. Oh, and the wooden box used for cowboy ammo was replaced by a nylon range bag for Three Gun.
  8. I'm down the road from you in SC. Go to a match before you buy anything. Most retail stores don't stock the types of rifles we use. Those that do are often overpriced.
  9. Post the Henry for sale on non-cowboy listings. Take advantage of the name recognition.
  10. First, welcome. Second, you are not the first person to be befuddled by reading categories in the Handbook. Trust me, it makes more sense “on the ground”. Come to a match. Lastly, he .44 Special is an awesome cartridge. Fixed sight revolvers in .44 Special are good to go for all categories except Frontiersman which requires capguns.
  11. You are not the first to get this mistaken impression from reading the Handbook.
  12. Welcome. It may seem counterintuitive but it’s better NOT to purchase all the gear before getting started. All too often folks end up buying the wrong gear or paying too much. In my area clubs are eager to help new shooters. Some clubs have designated “loaner gear” but more often other shooter step up to lend and share with new folks.
  13. Welcome. I use Red Dot in my cowboy .38 Special and 12 gauge loads (when I’m not loading black powder). I have the same revolvers as you. You don’t realize as much savings reloading shotshells as you do with metallic cartridges due to the high cost of lead shot. If you have a source of reclaimed or homemade shot, you will save money but if you are paying close to $50 per 25 lb bag of new shot, it’s a different story. If you do decide to load 12 gauge, my load is 7/8 oz of 7.8 or size 8 shot, a MEC #25 bushing of Red Dot (I’ve not weighed what it throws), a Claybuster “Lightning” wad in a Winchester AA hull with a Winchester 209 primer. The SASS rules allow larger shot but there’s no reason not to use the smaller shot and my home club requires 7.5 or smaller. A local cowboy gunsmith recommended Winchester shotshell primers for best ignition. My revolvers and rifle are .357 but I load everything in .38 Specials that I have accumulated in bulk. Once fired .38 Special brass is cheap and plentiful. I load my cartridges (topped by a 105 or 125 grain truncated cone flat point bullet) at an overall length of 1.45” and they have fed fine in every .357 rifle I’ve tried them in. There’s a lot of internet hand wringing about chamber fouling from using .38 Special ammo in a .357 Magnum firearm but it’s not caused any issues for me. Federal primers are favored by cowboy shooters since they give reliable ignition with lightened springs. That said my Longhunter tuned revolvers will fire (reportedly hard) CCI primers reliably. I started using Federal magnum primers when the standard small pistol primers were scarce. They work fine. Some folks think they are better with the small charges of fast burning powder. Good luck!
  14. I had a standard model 10/22 that I wanted to upgrade. There’s a good video series on the Fire Mountain Outdoors YouTube channel that included contact info for a fellow who converted my stock barrel to a sleeved, threaded, fluted bull barrel with a Bentz chamber. It was less expensive than an aftermarket barrel and less wasteful. I had already installed a Volquartsen hammer which made a big difference with the trigger pull. I dropped it into a Magpul X22 stock that I caught on sale. It’s still light and handy and shoots much better.
  15. There are also .44 Special New Model Blackhawk Flattops available in a standard plowhandle configuration. For those shopping for a Bisley version there was a used revolver in the Greenville SC Cabelas Gun Library last time I was there.
  16. There are a couple of Buckaroo shooters in my area who are shooting .410 doubles. The hulls don’t shuck very readily. Factory .410 shotshells have a surprising bark and a hefty price tag. I’ve seen handloads made from .444 Marlin cases that seem a little milder. If I were outfitting a Buckaroo who is too small to handle a light loaded 12 gauge double I would try a single shot with a shortened stock.
  17. Another option is to order your revolvers from one of the cowboy gunsmiths with the action work already performed. I bought my New Vaqueros from Longhunter Supply. If you are buying new revolvers anyway this saves you the cost of shipping them out for action work.
  18. Usually they do but a Hornady shell holder will not fit into the ram of my 1980 vintage RCBS Rockchucker.
  19. That’s not correct. The Hornady and Lee bushings accept standard 7/8-14 dies. The bushing then locks into the press.
  20. Welcome. Have you identified a local club?
  21. SASS rules allow Buckaroo shooters to use .22s and small bore shotguns but don't mandate it. Is there a contrary local club rule or state law in play?
  22. Scarlett can tell us for sure but Shockley’s Gold may be discontinued, with all the company’s powder now sold as APP. I never understood why they bothered with two different powders. I can attest that APP generates plenty of smoke! I have two Sportsman’s Warehouse stores in my area. I did my best to clean out their remaining stock of Black MZ. I pretty much use it for shotshells.
  23. Null, I posted a WTC on the Wild Bunch forum while back after we had a similar situation in a WBAS match. There we had static rifle targets and knockdown targets for the shotgun. A new shooter mistakenly engaged and dropped the KDs with the rifle (each shot being a miss under the flowchart) so that those targets were not available when the shooter transitioned to the shotgun. On the one hand, "shoot where it was" usually comes into play when the target is absent by no fault of the shooter. Here the shooter caused the problem by engaging the wrong targets. On the other hand, not allowing the competitor to "shoot where they were" results in two misses being assessed for each shot. The answer to my post was against penalizing the shooter twice.
  24. I will toss in a couple of comments. Call Georgia Arms and ask about cowboy ammo even if the website says it is out of stock. Perhaps you can be first in line for the next run. They attend many of the Gun shows in this area and I've seen cowboy ammo at the shows when their website said they were out. Their ammo has worked well for new shooters here. It is great to find a reloading mentor to show you the ropes. Finding someone who loads the type of ammo you plan to make (such as a fellow cowboy shooter) is great. I would not worry much whether that person has the same type of press.
  25. One of the new firearms announced at the 2017 SHOT Show is replica of the Colt SAA. You can see it on Gunblast.com's video of "Industry Day at the range". Standard Manufacturing says they are making them in Connecticut; another YouTube host reported that this will be a close replica of the Colt so no transfer bar. If anyone has or gets more info about these revolvers please post a reply.
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