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Ruff Kut

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  1. I would not want to speak for the SASS rules gods. I know a few people that do shoot them and have not had a problem. My view, and this is my view alone, is that: 1) the Stevens Model 44 began production in 1893. The internals are different than the 44 1/2, but externally they look identical. The 44 1/2 began production in 1903. I would argue the Colt vs Ruger Vaquero standard sets the precedence that outward appearance is the same so it is allowable. 2) H&R Buffalo Classics, I believe, began production in the mid 1990s and are SASS legal. 3) Someone would be a complete wanker to say it is not allowable. Here is a previous thread where it was discussed.
  2. Long Range, like everything else in this sport, is certainly impacted by what your pocketbook can support. They are not cheap, and they are not fast since each one is basically a custom piece, but if I was getting into the long range business all over again from scratch? I would give CPA rifles a hard look. They are more expensive up front...BUT...let's say you pay the money and get that 40-65 and a year from now decide you really should have gotten a 38-55. With a CPA That will cost you $500 and 5 minutes to change calibers. Maybe you want to step up to a 45-120. Same thing. Each additional barrel/caliber is another $500 and it can be swapped at the range with hand tools in a couple of minutes. I have a Sharps and a Roller. If I had it all to do over? I would have a CPA. https://www.cparifles.com/
  3. I am trying to find a good matched set, stock and forearm, straight grip and checkered for a Marlin 1894. Anyone?
  4. Like Judgem All said. The brass frames go on sale for $150 all the time, but I have never seen the steel frames come down at all.
  5. Looks like I am the oddball of the group. 160 RNFP in my vaqueros and Marlin 1894.
  6. Find the nearest Harbor Freight store. They sell a power chainsaw sharpener that is basically a 4" chop saw. Buzzes through brass like butter for $25. Clean up and finish with your Lyman. For Ruger pistols? I just use Schofield brass unless you just really want super shorties.
  7. I think that would make a fine looking smoke pole!
  8. What Kajun said! I got some coated bullets from Lead Ringer and love them. So a free plug for Ringers Bullets here! No gumming up the dies in my press, slide slick and easy in bullet feeders, barrel is clean as a whistle after shooting. I am a fan for sure.
  9. Widder, Can't send you a message. I guess your box is full. But you have a rifle headed your way!
  10. The older Bonds, like mine were definitely that way. The newer ones have a MUCH improved trigger pull on them.
  11. It shoots, it runs, it is insanely picky on OAL length. The action still needs to be slicked, bolt bridged, but...I would call her about 90%.
  12. It is a bit more involved than a set screw. You actually have to make it a gate that stops the shorter cartridge, but still allows the bolt to slide through from the back side. Pictures explain it much better than I can. But essentially this is the route I was considering to make the 73 run .45 Schofield. http://www.thesmithshop.com/cbs45.html
  13. I have this mod. It is a shade more in depth than the 45CS conversion due to headspacing off the case and being rimless. Well, it is a hell of a lot more in depth actually. I bit off a lot more than I realized when I got things started. After shaving off the back of the barrel to shorten the chamber you start to get into the dovetails being out of alignment, the inside of the receiver needs machined to bring the ejector further forward to function with the short case, the bolt face is larger to handle the rimmed 45 and needs to be addressed to actually hold on to the smaller acp case etc. Basically it is a pretty involved conversion from my small experience. Is it worth it? Well I will tell you that when all of the kinks are worked out and I trust it to make it through a 10 stage match without hiccups. Oh and did I mention that I am shooting it in Frontier Cartridge? So you have the black fouling to consider on a cartridge that spaces off the case rim. Why do it? I am lazy. I wanted one cartridge I can shoot in my vaqueros, my rifle and my 1911 for wild bunch. Brass is cheap and abundant compared to 45 CS. And the case is the perfect size for the SASS min 1cc of black. I absolutely loved the 45 acp in my revolvers for blackpowder, so gave it a shot in the rifle. All in all it is an ongoing project, and yet to be determined how successful it will be. In hindsight? I think converting a 73 to run Schofields would probably have been far easier, less time consuming and cheaper. Schofields are a great BP cartridge that you can run with zero mods in vaqueros and gives you the smaller case volume. But then I was still staring at the 1911........
  14. I second what Tyrel said about Bowling Green KY. Central KY is nice. Not too hot, no brutal winters. Low taxes, cheap housing, and federal pensions are tax exempt I retired here with good reason after living all over the globe.
  15. I am loading them just long enough that I have to put some pressure to get it to seat fully. The bullet is just starting to engage the rifling. No free bore.
  16. Starline brass, Federal match large pistol primers, 97 grns Goex 1F blackpowder, .06 fiber wad, .06 poly wad, .25 compression, .444 diameter 550 grn bullets ,paper patched with Rooster lube, bullet hand set on top of the wads. I actually pulled the center plug out of the bullet seating die to avoid any further compression, and just a light crimp to hold it all together. Use a blow tube and a lot of hot air. If I could figure how to put a picture in here I would show the last target with a 5 shot clover group all touching at 100.
  17. I am paper patching my 45-110 and loving it. No grease cookies, no fouling issues, and has tightened up my shot group incredibly. Dropped down to a .444 diameter 550 grain money bullet with double wrap of onion paper and it is a dream.
  18. Enjoy shooting with you and Sparta is an amazing facility. More than worth the drive. I will certainly pursue it with the home clubs here.
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