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Keep in mind that only Buckaroo/Buckerette category can use .22s.  That category is for 13 and under which means your 11 year old would only be able to use the .22s for CAS for 2 years maximum.

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If you go with Ruger handguns, remember Blackhawks are good to go.  They will normally run up to a couple hundred less than the equivalent Vaquero or New Vaquero.

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3 hours ago, dannyvp said:

I keep seeing pre safety Rossi rifles.

can a Rossi be bought without a safety now?

whats the advantages to no safety?

The safety can be removed with no disassembly - just open the action, tap out the roll pin holding the safety in, and the safety, spring, and detent ball fall right out. Well, actually the spring goes shooting across the room and you'll never find it again. The rifle is fully functional at this point, but now there's a big hole in the top of the bolt. There are a couple places to buy a plug, or make your own. I've read of people cutting down a .25 acp case and epoxying it in the hole.

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Shotgun Boogie really likes Rossi rifles as a cheaper alternative and also for youth. He sells a kit for them and can make them super slick. He claims that they are sufficient for all but the fastest shooters. 

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Whatever you do, please don't ruin the sport for you or your kids because you decided to go too cheap. Especially with your rifle. At the first match I went to (I wasn't even shooting but my boys were), a fast and well known shooter gave me what he considered to be the best advice he could give to someone just starting. He said to buy the best guns to begin with. He said to get a credit card or whatever I had to do if I couldn't afford them. Because we would have way more fun with good equipment and we'd not be fighting our guns. His advice turned out to be true at that very match. If you want I can post a video of a 10  year old boy that ended up with match DQ caused by a cheap, untuned rifle that jammed up. Trust me, a kid that worked his butt off, practicing almost every day for months so he can win a buckle at the world championship, is not going to be having fun when that hope is ruined on his final day of shooting. He is going to be crying and there isn't going to be anything you or anyone else in the posse can do to console them. 

 

This is the way I look at it. If you get the best deal you can on the very best equipment, it will hold it's value. It will then be an investment rather than a liability. It may be hard to spend a lot or take time to save up. But you will never wish you would have gotten something better and if you end up changing your mind soon or years down the road, it will still be what people want and you will have an easy time selling it. Maybe at no loss if you didn't spend too much on tuning them. Gun prices have steadily climbed and a lot of people are able to sell their guns at a profit after years of use. I also know of people that bought Dillon reloaders, enjoyed having the best for 10 or 20 years, and then sold them for more than they bought them for. That means that in the end, it didn't cost them anything. It actually made them money. So to me, the cheapest guns and equipment are actually also the best ones. 

Edited by Chicken George*
When I say best, it is not necessarily the most expensive option, but what you will be happy with for the longest period of time.
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3 hours ago, Chicken George* said:

So to me, the cheapest guns and equipment are actually also the best ones. 

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10 minutes ago, Hells Comin said:

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I'm saying when you invest in quality things, they last. You don't have to replace them or repair them as often. Which saves money in the long run so it ends up being cheaper. So I think the best things end up being cheaper even though they cost more to begin with. 

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I ordered a few firearms today.

a Rossi rifle, cimmaron lightening and cimmaron pistola to try out.

 

ill post an update and pictures soon!

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We have 22LR for our "trainers" and for any grand kids who might voice an interest, as unlikely as this may be...
As new shooters, the 22s let us practice flow and develop proper habits at much reduce shooting costs.

We have a pair of Single-Six Bisleys that have the same heft and feel as our Vaqueros.
I just acquired a Henry Frontier 22LR with the similar feel and heft as our 1894CB.
Tube loading is different on the Henry from side-gate loading on the 1894.

We use a Stoeger 12-gauge, double trigger model with AA reduced load shells.
I'm looking into a Kick-EEZ sorbothane recoil pad, as my bride is recoil-averse after her Dad's 10-gauge and '-06 experiences.
 

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