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3 years 26 weeks ago, 4:40 PM

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I've got plenty of Semi-Autos now, and am about to start collecting "Cowboy Guns". I am also wanting to get involved in SASS events. I will be doing this over time, when money allows. My question is.....what should I start with Revolver and Belt, Rifle, or Shotgun? Which brands Cimarron, Ruger, Uberti, or something else?

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3 years 26 weeks ago, 5:16 PM

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Nice to meet you, JLC here- I have a nice collection of Henrys rifles, I have a real nice ruger single action six with Bisley Vaqquerro Trigger and cedar grips or ivory , but if sell only fake set of ivory. Ruger made 268 for a 100 year anniversary edithion of the patnership with Bisley, which was based on mexican Vaqquerros that liked to shoot and quickdraw so he had the hammer placed halway back to start with, so you could hold trigger and fann the hammer. They liked the 22 cal lr. because it was cheap and they shot a lot. it has beautiful etchings and the cylinder is designed not to click on the mark to eject or load. I am not sure if that was to fake somebody out or not? but turn a little then load or unload. it is not out of time. Soon they will release what exact number you bought from them. My Henry is custom 44 magnum and special on other side and stock made from last tree ever from borneo, and serial # JC001 all brass. their is a picture on my site and more to come. still waiting for someone to make me a holster for ruger six. thinking of selling all. They have never been shot, also some shotguns on their too. John

3 years 26 weeks ago, 7:09 PM

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Take my advice with a grain of salt since I'm so new at this, but I recently bought 2 Ruger Single Sixes and a Ruger Blackhawk 357. They are all copies of Colt's SAA but obviously cost a fraction of the Colt. They are really neat guns and they still make them. Personally, I went with used ones that are all "3 screw" instead of the newer ones that have 2 pins and the transfer bar safety. I just wanted the more true vintage design.

Don't know what you should get first, but don't be afraid to get any of these cowboy type guns in .22 either. Cheaper buy in and cheaper to shoot. I think a Ruger Single Six (.22) and a Browning BL-22 (.22 lever action rifle, copy of the Winchester 1892) are both good ones to get and start with. They look sweet and are quality guns.

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3 years 25 weeks ago, 3:11 PM

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Grant22....unfortunitly you can't use .22 to in Cowboy action, but I do plan on getting some for practice. My uncle has a Henry in .22, so I might look for Henry to get my rifle!

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3 years 26 weeks ago, 8:56 AM

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Shak, go to some shoots and get that advice from competitors. Plus, they will likely hook you up with someone looking to sell. Abilene has a large membership. Butterfield Trail Regulators.

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3 years 25 weeks ago, 7:34 AM

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wornout old CAS devotee, I agree with Vaq. I would suggest you attend several shoots in your local area, and actually see how it is done. In most cases, when you get to know these good folks, they will make it possible for you to shoot a few stages, with loaned guns, to see if you like the sport.

As for starters, you will need two six shooters, with leather, a rifle usually of the same pistol caliber, and a shotty. All of these pieces must meet the SASS rules re real/replica type appearance and design. Usually, also, you will need a guncart, so as to get around with good mobility, and last, but not least, some good cowboy dressup clothes.

I started with two original Ruger Vaqueros, a Uberti Mod 73 lever, and a Stoeger Coach sxs shotty. All have performed flawlessly over many years. There is a lot out there on the CAS market, and you pays your money and takes your choice!! Good Luck.

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3 years 25 weeks ago, 3:54 PM

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Vaq & LLE.....

Thanks for the advice, I found a local club who will loan guns and help with getting started. They have a shoot once a month, so I'll check that out!
Vaq.....If I recall correctly you have a Uberti that had some problems, did you ever get it figured out?
LLE....Do you know if any Marlin rifles will work for SASS - Cowboy Action, and I gotta know what your SASS name is!?!

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3 years 25 weeks ago, 4:03 PM

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It is setting in the safe, the cylinder is a bit out of time. Not a big problem to fix but the screws are stuck tight. I'm gonna get replacement screws cuz I know some will be unusable by the time I get them out. Keep us posted on your sass adventure.

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3 years 25 weeks ago, 5:06 PM

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Truth be told, they are considered by many as the best, BUT you must have one with a magazine that will hold ten rounds, because that is what is required by most stage scenarios. If I remember correctly there are only a few models in 357/38, or 45 that have that mag size. They will meet the SASS rules--no problem. As for my SASS name it is "Last Laugh Easton", hence--LLE!!

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3 years 25 weeks ago, 7:02 PM

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my Marlin

1894 in.44 mag holds 10 rounds,or is that 1895 i can't remember

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3 years 25 weeks ago, 7:39 AM

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Yeah, it's the standard 1894 that holds 10. There's an 1894 Cowboy using .45 Colt that also holds ten. That's probably the one they want for this. I don't think they'd like the .44 Mag in Cowboy action.

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3 years 24 weeks ago, 5:26 AM

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well that Marlin .44

is straight out of the box accurate as all hell,one of,if not,my favorite shooters.

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3 years 24 weeks ago, 10:39 AM

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Thanks, LLE

I figured I could get a Marlin for about half of what I would pay for a Uberti. Thanks.....I will do some research on the Marlins!

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3 years 24 weeks ago, 1:08 PM

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the Marlin prices are as low as you may think. Look for the Model 1894 "Cowboy" or "Cowboy II". They come in 357 and 45, with 10 round magazines. Also the model called "Cowboy Competition"; as I remember it, that one says 38 instead of 357. Good luck.............

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3 years 25 weeks ago, 7:49 AM

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I must be out of touch, with the non using 22 pistols, and rifles like Henrys and winchesters, they were more abundant thanyou think in the old days, strictly for moneatary reasons, but I also used to see a lot of trick shot Demos, with a lot of western gunman, and they all had a geat collection of 22 cal.s They also had 32. and 38. and of course 44 and 45. So times and states and regions and rules are different. So Vaq and ees and my earlier post and Grant were to be taken as said, follow the rules of the gun club or shooters you have around you. I have met and watched Bill olgelsby, if the spelling is right, and he did an awful lot with a 22 cal six shooter, and I think Randy mentioned him too. But he is phenomonal, he can bounce a golf ball six times in the air with one, and he does that as a starter. But he also shoots other calibers. So Vaq is right, Go with your area boys. That's for sure. JC

3 years 25 weeks ago, 5:56 PM

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I've reacently been looking into it myself. I had a SSA .45LC, but since I'm reading that you need 2 guns for most events looking at a matched set of Ruger Vaquero's in .357. They come with tuned actions and widened sight grooves and being able to shoot .38 will ease the pain in my wallet. :)

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3 years 25 weeks ago, 7:48 AM

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Ronin, I don't think you can use .38/.357. It would have to be period appropriate. Most likely .45 Colt, .44 WCF, .38 S&W, .38 Long Colt, etc.
The .38 Spl. was introduced right around the turn of the century, so it might be allowed, but you might have to make sure the load is time-period appropriate.
LLE, you know better, obviously, so correct me if this is wrong.
There is a ton of info at the SASS site:
http://www.sassnet.com/

And they have their handbook there as well:
http://www.sassnet.com/Shooters-Handbook-001A.php

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3 years 24 weeks ago, 5:05 AM

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as with other calibers, the loads conform to the maximums established by SASS. My original Vaqueros were 357/38, and the commercial CAS loads ran muzzle velocities around 750 fps.

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