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Abe E.S. Corpus SASS #87667

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  1. Miroku in Japan made the rifle sold as the Browning B92. A friend has one in .44 Magnum; they made a smaller number in .357.   Very nice Carbine.  Miroku also makes the 1892 sold as a Winchester; those have a tang safety and a rebounding hammer.

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  2. 56 minutes ago, Billy Boots, # 20282 LTG-Regulator said:

    Good suggestion. These lighter frames and a set of grips that fit her pleasure could be the ticket.

    Ruger’s website says there is one ounce difference between a .357 Blackhawk (the one with the aluminum grip frame) and a New Vaquero in the same chambering and barrel length.

  3. 10 hours ago, Scarlett said:

    Here is the deal...we (my husband and I) introduced the owner of APP to the owner of ShootersWorld. 

    And who was it again who asked you to start carrying APP?  :)


    You and Tommy are doing a great job bringing us good products.

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  4. 15 hours ago, TN Mongo, SASS #61450 said:



    The grip frame on my 50th anniversary .44 mag Blackhawk is definitely smaller than my Super Blackhawks, but I'd have to dig both revolvers out of the back of the gun safe to see if the main frame is larger on the Super Blackhawks than the .44 mag Blackhawk.  At this point, I'm too lazy to do that 

    The grip frame is small but the cylinder frame is the large size.  The “medium size” cylinder won’t handle .44 Magnum.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 1 hour ago, Chertrock Chuck said:

    Buscadero is not allowed in all categories but are required in B Western.

    B-Western does not require a Buscadero rig.  There are other belt/holster styles that  comply with the requirements of that category.

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  8. 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.

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  9. 3 hours ago, heckofagator said:

    let me clarify


    SASS - muzzle up

    sporting clays, 2-gun, 3-gun - muzzle down


    I'm trying to find out if its possible to have 1 cart to use in all different shooting sports

    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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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  12. 3 hours ago, locklear24 said:

     Ok, the rules are what prompted me to ask in the first place.  I thought maybe everyone had to aspire to fit in one of the two categories to compete.  I wasn't sure if hybrid, common historical era or in-between looks were ok.

    You are not the first to get this mistaken impression from reading the Handbook.

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  13. 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.

  14. 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!

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  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. I wonder what the rational behind the WB rifle requirement is....?


    My understanding is that the 150 power factor and the requirement of the .40-plus caliber rifle (the 1911s have to be .45 ACP and the shotgun must be 12 gauge) was something of a reaction to the tendency in cowboy action shooting towards small calibers and light loads. Wild Bunch targets tend to be more challenging (in terms of size and distance) than CAS targets.


    When my local club offered WBAS matches, we allowed any SASS-legal main match rifle because, as you said, many of our shooters were cowboy shooters who owned .38 caliber rifles. This seems to be the approach at most local clubs. I enjoy WBAS but I was reluctant to buy another expensive rifle for a game that only got to shoot four or five times a year.


    My club's WBAS match director thought that the big bore rifle requirement was a barrier to growing the sport. His opinion was to leave the 150 power factor but let shooters use any caliber they wanted.


    My local club eventually decided to replace Wild Bunch with modern Three Gun. There's lots of demand for those matches; they usually limit the match to about 70 shooters and when they open the online registration it fills up in a matter of minutes.

  20. Welcome. I will add a word of caution about ordering clothing online. The sizing of Old West clothing, especially the pants, may be very different than modern clothing. For example, I usually wear a 34" waist size. In one brand of Old West pants, I have to buy a 36. In another brand I have to go up to a 38!


    I am fortunate to have found two stores within a reasonable drive where I could try on clothing so I have not had to deal with ordering clothes and returning them.


    I agree with the comments about visiting "vendor row" at state and regional matches; that's another good way to shop.


    Keeping it simple at first is good, too. I found some good shirts at a thrift store, and a New but reasonably priced Henley shirt at a local workwear store.

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  21. I agree with Jefro that the Lee Classic Turret (the classic has an iron base as opposed to the other Lee Turret press that I think they now call the "value" press) is an excellent press for a beginner, given the volume of ammo you need to crank out for cowboy action. When I started shooting cowboy seven years ago I used my single stage press which required lots of time at the bench. The LCT is about as simple to use as a single stage but the timesaver is that you are not picking up and putting down the same case four or five times to produce a loaded cartridge.


    The LCT is often paired with one of Lee's auto Disc powder measures. I recommend that you get the Lee Auto Drum Measure instead. Not much if any price difference. Kemph will have them.


    If you are shooting .38 Special you will save money over factory ammo. The cases last a long time and you can often find once fired range brass at a good price. Ask other cowboy shooters for a good cast bullet source. If you buy locally you will save on shipping. If you want to order some I recommend www.clarksbullets.com.


    You won't realize as much savings loading shotshells, in part because of the high cost of lead shot. I'd recommend buying game/target factory shells by the "flat" (ten boxes). I can catch sales and get factory shells for clayshooting in the $60 range which is $6.00 per box of 25, which will usually get you through a local match.

  22. I bought some Titegroup specifically to load 9mm (plus Cabelas had it at a very attractive price) but the container is still sealed. I have found Titegroup to make for a "snappier" load in cowboy ammo. I have had good luck with Red Dot and Universal in 9mm but I agree with Widder that Clean Shot is an excellent choice. It meters well and performance has been very consistent.


    I like the 124 grain bullets in 9mm, either cast bullets from Clark's Bullets or Berry's plated when I can find the latter on sale.


    Scarlett carries Clean Shot and the other Shooters Wirld powders but I have seen them on the shelf at a local store as well.

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