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  1. My first cowboy SXS was a Stevens 311, because I already owned it prior to starting CAS. It was and is a good solid shotgun, but it has two issues that convinced me to move on to a different match gun once I could afford it. The first issue is that getting the 311 to stay open far enough to shuck and load shells quickly is not an easy task. It can be done, but generally takes a knowledgeable gunsmith to do it and I wouldn't recommend trying to do it yourself. The second is that huge locking lug right in the middle of the breech face. While I did learn to load around it, it did indeed make things difficult and I can't tell you how many times I skinned a knuckle trying to speed load that thing. Anyway, the 311 is built like a tank and will serve you well getting started. However, I'll bet that you will want to move on to a more match ready shotgun at some point. Frankly, I now wish I had never cut down the barrels on mine, as it would still be a good field gun if I hadn't. Good luck and good shooting to all.
  2. Cholla's first sentence here says it all. "No matter what you do, it's only original once."
  3. I guess if your having problems with chamber sealing this might help, but I've reloaded for years and never had the need to neck size a straight walled case.
  4. I have two double trigger Biakal SXS's and they are good cowboy shooters. They came pretty stiff/rough out of the box and needed some work, especially needed the Papa Dave's cocking levers to open the breech up for easy loading and shucking shells. At the time I bought them, they were probably the best bang for the bucks out there and could be purchased for less the $300.00. I'm not sure what they go for now, but I also thought there was an import ban on Russian made guns and these shotguns were on that list. Maybe that ban has been lifted, but I haven't heard anything to the contrary and that would make them somewhat scarce on the open market and would most probably affect the replacement part availability as well. In any case, a Baikal SXS can be set up to be a fine cowboy shotgun, they are built tough, and should serve you well if you can get one. Good luck and good shooting to all.
  5. I think Doc Shapiro pretty much nailed it down, there is no right answer to the question and it more depends on the shooter. However, the fastest I've seen in a speed pistol match was indeed a double cocker, very impressive to watch!
  6. As others have mentioned, I have two Charles Daly-Miroku made SXS's and they are indeed high quality shotguns. I believe the model number is 500, but I'd have to look in the safe to be sure. Both are 26" field barrels with extractors and I never had the heart to cut them down, but I used one for cowboy for many years and did pretty well with it. Frankly, I'm not sure just how they might stack up against an SKB as questioned, but I'd bet they are at least as good overall and considering today's market they should be considerably less money. Good luck and good shooting to all.
  7. It can't hurt to be cautious and wear a glove or gloves at the reloading bench, but I do find them pretty restrictive when trying to work and tend to avoid them. With proper loading techniques and adequate hand washing, etc. I think the actual lead risk is pretty low at the reloading bench. Frankly, your far more likely to absorb lead from breathing it in, than absorbing it through the skin. At least in my opinion, the biggest exposure risk to lead in our game is dust from the vibratory brass cleaner and the actual firing of lead ammo and most of that comes from the primers rather than the lead bullets. Anyway, I've been shooting and reloading most of my life and ask to have my lead level checked at least once a year and have never had any problems. Good luck and good shooting to all.
  8. I have a 97 with a 30" barrel that had screw chokes installed when I got it. Because of the screw chokes, I've never cut it back, but in reality I shot a double barrel most of the time and really didn't need it for cowboy. However, I have cut down quite a few doubles and I like them cut to 24". I've never had any problems with a 24" barrel around windows, or with movement on a stage, etc. and the extra couple inches helps to keep the action open, gives me a bit better site plane and possibly even a bit more velocity with my light shotshells. All in all, it boils down to personal preference and what you get used to using, but 20" just seems a bit short for me and you can always cut it again if it's still too long to suit you, but that doesn't work the other way around!
  9. First off, I think those that define "Gunfighter" as shooting with a gun in each hand are missing something. Shooting Gunfighter really means firing 5 rounds from each hand and there is no real definition of how this is accomplished. Most do indeed pull both handguns and alternate rounds, but it's not a requirement. Stages that allow this are generally considered to be Gunfighter friendly and I like them, but I also have no problem with mixing it up a bit. Frankly, I see Gunfighter as a chance to exercise my skills shooting with either hand and to be able to think through the scenarios and transitions to do so effectively. At least in my opinion, Gunfighter style shooting represents the best challenge our sport has to offer and requires the utmost in due diligence and I really like that aspect of it. Anyway, I don't see a double reload as a big disadvantage to a Gunfighter. Just like being forced to shoot stages Double Duelist, a reload is probably not something I want to do often, but again I don't mind mixing it up a bit and in fact see it as an interesting challenge if not over used. I surely wouldn't pack up my things a go home over it or even complain about it for that matter. I'd simply figure out how I could best shoot the stage, then do so to the best of my ability and move on to the next stage. As for the stage in question (I posted on this earlier in the thread), unless the stage instructions required shooting 10, then reloading the 2 extra rounds I would shoot Double Duelist, pull the first gun, load one cartridge in the empty chamber, then fire 6 rounds, holster and pull the other handgun and do the same thing. This allows the Gunfighter to avoid unloading any empties and there is no need to index the cylinder afterward since all 6 chambers would then be loaded. I realize that the rules state that each gun should be fired one handed and untouched by the other hand, but both guns would still be fired in this manner and the only time both hands would be on either handgun is during the extra load process. I believe this to be perfectly legal and have yet to hear otherwise from Pale Wolf or others. Anyway, this makes the most sense to me. However, if the stage requirements do require shooting both guns dry before reloading, then I'd probably do as others have stated by holstering one handgun, kicking an empty out of the other and reloading the 2 extra rounds in the same gun as one operation. In any case, my point here is that wanting or expecting all stages to be "Gunfighter friendly' is in reality wanting a Gunfighter advantage rather than just being friendly. Gunfighters need to be flexible, adaptable, and skilled to be successful and I don't have a problem with that! Good luck and good shooting to all.
  10. Titegroup is great in large cartridge cases with empty space left in them, but at least to me it is primarily a rifle/handgun powder. However, Hodgden apparently lists some shotshell data for Titegroup and I guess it could be used in that application. However, Titegroup is well known for a very sharp report and recoil impulse and trying to load lighter recoil shotshells may prove to be difficult. Frankly, I think there are much better propellants for this purpose, but these days you pretty much have to use whatever you can get! I have a Marlin Carbine that really needs .357 loads to cycle reliably and I love the stuff in those cases. I generally load 3 grains under a 140 grain pill made from an RCBS Cowboy mold, which gives me just under 1000 fps out of the 20'' barrel. The load is very consistent over my chronograph with single digit standard deviation, it doesn't seem to be position sensitive, I've had no cold weather issues whatsoever, and this load has proven to be very accurate as well. In the right application Titegroup is one of my favorite propellants, but I think I'd take a pass when it comes to loading shotshells with it. If Clays is hard to find and/or too pricey, you might try Alliant's Clay Dot powder as it is made to provide similar results. It's not exactly the same, but it does indeed work well. Good luck and good shooting to all.
  11. As others have stated, I would probably shoot this double duelist (one gun at a time). However and for the sake of discussion, what about pulling the 1st handgun, then putting one round in the empty chamber (started with hammer down on empty chamber per the rules and never left the shooter's hands to load the 6th round), then shoot 6 followed by the same procedure with the other handgun?
  12. It's been a while since I shot Guns of August or any other match for that matter. However, it is still in my memory as one of the best matches I ever participated in and is run by some very capable and knowledgeable Cowpokes. Their monthly matches are worth a shoot if your in the area as well (2nd Saturdays if my memory serves), but money spent on shooting Guns of August will well be worth it and a great value in cowboy action shooting. Although the range is on a hill, most of the range is in the shade and that's a good thing in August. On another note and as a partially disabled cowpoke that doesn't get around well anymore, I've got to say that Mad River Marty is my hero! On crutches and I believe he still finished in the Top 10! An inspirational performance in my eyes! Marty and his family are also great posse pards and good folks all around. Great to hear that Marty is back out there shooting and he obviously hasn't lost his touch either! Well done my friend and all the best to you and yours! Also worth mentioning even though I haven't seen him in a while now, I really like Lassiter's mustache! Tom was a good friend and mentor to me when I was shooting and one of the finest Gunfighters and gunsmiths out there! Anyway, I don't know how long he has now sported the mustache, but I really like it and think it adds real Cowboy Character to the man in black! Anyway, congratulations to all the Big Iron's club for another successful Guns of August shootout and good luck and good shooting to all. post-edit I just went back and checked the overall scores and Marty actually finished 11th overall, maybe not the Top 10 as I previously thought, but still an outstanding accomplishment to say the least. Good on you Marty!
  13. I have to agree with the Gateway Kid in his comment above that the only primer pockets I've ever had problems with were crimped primer military cases. I've gotten to the point that I just pitch them out rather than deal with them, especially on my 9mm loads. However, to try to at least partially answer your original question, I can't see how using the 9mm swagging dies would really be any different than a .38 Special. I would think that a small pistol primer is all small pistol primer and that they should be the same thing. However, I guess it's possible that it is not set up properly, but I really can't be any help in there area. I hope you get it figured out! Good luck and good shooting to all.
  14. I agree with the Pard above that stated that the best source of this information would be your doctor! However, I had a full replacement in my right shoulder and was told that I could shoot again after 9 months. It is now almost 4 years later and although I can and do shoot with a long gun to the right shoulder, heavy recoil is still a problem for me and leaves me with a very sore shoulder for quite a while afterward. Never used to bother me a bit shooting the shotgun or my 45/70's, even with heavy loads, but now I'm hesitant to do so even with light loads and am even considering selling my 45/70's and some of my shotguns. I guess I'll never again go to the range and shoot a 100 rounds or more of shotgun and I'm sure not loading up any hunting loads for my 45/70's! Anyway, my point here is that getting a shoulder replacement does not give one a "New Shoulder" and the end results can vary quite a bit from person to person no matter what they tell you. I'm not sorry I got my shoulder replacement, because I was in terrible pain prior to the surgery and couldn't shoot or do much of anything with my right arm. After the replacement and recovery the pain level is indeed much improved and I am able to do most things, although I too have trouble reaching around my back as someone mentioned above. Therefore, I'd recommend getting the surgery if it is really needed and that is a choice that you should consider carefully, as there are other risks involved as well! However, I would also hope that you can have realistic expectations when it comes to the final results and be happy with the outcome however it turns out. Good luck and good shooting to all.
  15. The Browning BL-22 rifle is probably not the best choice for precisely the reason you brought up. Frankly, an Interesting configuration with the trigger assembly actually moving with the lever. However, it's more what you get used to in this game than anything and I'd bet that it could be used effectively with practice. On another note, the Browning is a smallish rifle and at least in my opinion more suited for younger shooters. I have used mine to teach many young shooters and keep it around primarily for that purpose. Good luck and good shooting to all.
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