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Old 01-21-2015, 09:26 PM   #1
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Anybody cowboy action shoot?

Happened to be at a range near Yuma when a SASS match was going on.

Super friendly bunch, and it looks like an absolute hoot.

Anybody on here trying/doing it?
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Old 01-22-2015, 04:56 AM   #2
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I used to but too many hobbies that one had to go.It is a lot of fun but you need to reload all your ammo or you will spend a fortune on it.
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Old 01-22-2015, 05:14 AM   #3
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I have thought about doing it. Shooting, very low power loads=no recoil, and recoil hurts me at the moment.

But the "total immersion" really does not strike home with me. Wool clothes, in 90 deg days, not a fun time for me.
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Old 01-22-2015, 07:05 AM   #4
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I wouldn't call it legit "action shooting" but I have a ruger single six which I like to wield around like Clint Eastwood. Fun to quick draw etc.. that is when .22 ammo exists
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Old 01-22-2015, 08:23 AM   #5
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Haven't done it but some of these folks can handle the old school tools:

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Old 01-22-2015, 10:45 AM   #6
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Been doing it for a number of years now. I rather enjoy it. If there's a club in your area, go
to one of the monthly matches and hang out. Let them know you're interested in joining
and you'll be give the grand tour. Yeah, it's expensive to start with, but you can find deals
on the guns now and then - check out the local pawn shops & gun shows.

I'll echo what telejojo says - you really kind of need to reload your own ammo for this.
Especially if you intend to shoot a lot. But again, if you look around - pawn shops, gun
shows, local buy/sell papers - you can usually find a good deal on used reloading equipment.
Typically, Cowboy Action shooters shoot the same caliber for pistol & rifle, i.e. 38 spl, 45 Colt,
44-40, which will keep some costs down. As for the shotgun, you can pick up a Lee Load-All
for cheap which will do a good job of reloading shotgun shells. At least now the prices on
components (lead, powder, primers) are starting to return to "saner" levels.

FPGT72 touches on another point. There are some in the sport who take it to somewhat
"higher" levels. Part of the deal with SASS is you shoot under an alias; some kind of olde-timey
sounding cowboy name, often a play on words or an actual name. Some shooters even
give their alias a complete back-story. Okaaay. You needn't go that far. I certainly don't.
In fact, my SASS alias came from an episode of Get Smart. Hardly 19th century there.
Oh, and you don't have to wear wool. I only wear wool in the late fall/early spring when it's
still pretty cool up here. The rest of the time it's cotton/denim.

Feel free to PM me if you have any other questions
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Old 01-22-2015, 11:20 AM   #7
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I will see if I can get a pic of my neighbor's setup.

He built a vertical rack for the back of his HD Ultra, similar to a golf bag case, but it holds his shot guns, rifles and the top case holds his hat and the side bags holds the six-shooters.

His rationale is he gets a little ride, gets to shoot a bit, without giving up either.

He goes to a few competitions, but mostly around the mid-atlantic states and just for fun...
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Old 01-22-2015, 11:45 AM   #8
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It is a lot of fun, but as one of the previous posters hinted, it can get pricey in a hurry. Generally, the more Old West authenticity you want, the pricier it gets. God forbid you consider using a genuine Colt SAA and black powder cartridges, you'll need to sell your wife, your mistress and all of your bikes to afford it.

That being said, most guys opt for replica Old West guns or modern Rugers like the Vacquero, and download the .45 Long Colt or 44-40 loads to approximate the pressure of the old black powder rounds.

The wool clothing often gets substituted for cotton.

In the end , all this is about as fun as doing Civil War re-enactments. Some guys want to do that every weekend, year after year, and some guys try it for a few months, and then go back to doing tailgate parties at football games on weekends. YMMV
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Old 01-22-2015, 12:17 PM   #9
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I was told everything had to be correct....as in only buttons no zippers kind of thing.

Perhaps the guy that was telling me all this was one of the "next level" guys.
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Old 01-22-2015, 12:29 PM   #10
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FPGT72 -

He could have been one of the NCOWS - National Congress of Old West Shooters - guys. They're
the ones who count stitches & get quite a bit "next level".

Within SASS, there are several categories to shoot under. One is B-Western, which is like Roy Rogers,
Hopalong Cassidy & the like from the old movies and serials. Definitely not authentic cowboy.
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Yeah the match I went to had some excellent shooters, including women. I was shocked at how friendly everyone was. Several even offered to let me shoot through with their guns (on the practice day) but I didn't feel comfortable.

It sounds like a person can go as serious as you want, or you can go in a pair of ropers, button fly jeans, and a button down long sleeve.


With my work schedule I wouldn't be able to attend many events, but I thought having appropriate guns might be nice- to plink with or do the occasional match, and to have if I got into it in retirement.


So I was thinking a pair of 357 Vaqueros, maybe from Long Hunter with his action job.

Rifle wise, I was thinking a 73 Winchester short rifle also in 357, but I don't know which one. I see Winchester sold a limited addition under their name, made in Japan. Navy just introduced a beautifully case hardened and reworked version, but they are like $1600.

I have no idea what to do for a shotgun. The China doubles seem pretty crude. I was wondering about C-Z's hammer coach, as their stuff is usually pretty decent.

A Winchester 1887 clone (lever 12ga) would be cool, but probably not fast. Sounds like the Chiappa one is a bit better than some of the other China versions.

Thoughts on what I'm thinking so far?
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Old 01-22-2015, 02:37 PM   #12
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Part of the deal with SASS is you shoot under an alias; some kind of olde-timey
sounding cowboy name, often a play on words or an actual name.
As long as I can Be Rick O'Shay I'm in.
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Old 01-22-2015, 07:24 PM   #13
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Well I just ordered the Winchester 24" octogon barrel model with case hardened frame... So I guess I've got the rifle question answered.

I already reload and cast bullets, but if I got seriously into this I could see a big Dillan in my future.
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Haven't done it but some of these folks can handle the old school tools:
Looks great, I think I just found my new hobby
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Old 01-22-2015, 08:20 PM   #15
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So I was thinking a pair of 357 Vaqueros, maybe from Long Hunter with his action job.


Thoughts on what I'm thinking so far?
I just bought a New Vaquero in .357 mag. Nice pistol, I don't know why you would want the action worked on, but I'm not an expert.

The Triple K 114-15 holster is a perfect fit if you don't want to go custom leather.
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