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Can someone define "Cowboy Gun " in context of this forum?

I thought when I got my Henry H001, I had the rifle. I already had my Ruger Single Six .22, and an old single shot 20 gauge. Was fixin to go to some SASS shoot's, then a guy in a ten gallon hat at a gun & knife show told me "nope, can't shoot .22's" "That'd be a good excuse to buy some new guns". Well I'm on fixed income (57yo), and I can't afford $1,000 rifles, and $800 pistols.

So, do I need to start over or not?
 

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Na! just get yer little 22's some little cowboy hats. ;D
 

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Generally "cowboy guns" tend to have octagon barrels and caliber starting with a 3 (36 Patterson, 38, etc). There is most likely someone here (at MO) with a better defined ruling for you.
 

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janott said:
Na! just get yer little 22's some little cowboy hats. ;D

Hey Joe, some little dangley spurs might work too!
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Hey Joe, some little dangley spurs might work too!
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Hang them from the sling studs. ;D ;D

Actually, I thought a cowboy rifle would be a big bore that makes ya says howdy after the recoil. ;)
 

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A bunch of years ago I gave some thought to getting into CAS and I learned it gets pretty expensive, pretty quick. And there wasn't no way I was going to cut the belt loops off of a perfectly good pair of jeans just to be "period correct" and meet the costume rules. Oh well...
 

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I think your question should be, "What are SASS approved cowboy guns?". I looked into that a while back. It depends on how all out you want to go. I know pistol caliber stuff is OK as long as it shoots subsonic cast loads. Pistols should be single action. Rifles I think must be pistol caliber and shoot cowboy loads. The exception is 45-70 for a particular style of longer range shooting, but they also use lead bullets. The shotguns should be double barrel coach guns or really old style pump action (kinda expensive for these).

They do have a fairly simple dress code with a few weird rules like Eli mentioned above. For more detailed info, contact the links above. However, don't get the idea you can do this on the cheap!! Some folks spend thousands on this stuff, and others only hundreds. I couldn't tell you what a 'minimum' setup is.
 

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Hey there Audie54 -- You might consider going to this link and reading up on the rules. http://sassnet.com/Shooters-Handbook-001A.php Costuming plays a role, and there is no value assigned to equipment. A couple clone pistols and a beater rifle will get you by. Shotguns would also be the users choice. They have plenty of age based categories which helps to keep you competing with individuals of similar age. I'd suggest you get to some of the local matches and see what's up. Quite often there are firearms available for sale as people upgrade, and would help keep your initial entry on a reasonable level. It is quite likely as well that you would get "suited up" with loaner gear and could shoot several stages or even a whole match. As with anything, your mileage will vary. Hope this helps. Best regards. Wind
 

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What keeps me away from CAS is I'm Asian-American. I'd be doing all the cooking instead of shooting. ;D
 

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What keeps me away from CAS is I'm Asian-American. I'd be doing all the cooking instead of shooting. ;D
:D A fine sense of humor is a gift and is enjoyed by one's peers.
 

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What keeps me away from CAS is I'm Asian-American. I'd be doing all the cooking instead of shooting. ;D
You think that's bad? One of my G'G'Mas (on Pop's side) was Lakota...

They'd make me the target stand. ::)
 

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My guess is no .22 because of ricochet risk?

I know we have restrictions shooting .22 at steel in other matches, that little round ricochets like a #$%6.

I suspect this may be a reason .22 isn't allows in cowboy action, because you are so close to the targets. I haven't looked at the rules, so actually have no idea if .22 are even banned or not, just going from the above discussion.
 

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What keeps me away from CAS is I'm Asian-American. I'd be doing all the cooking instead of shooting. ;D
Dennis Ming aka China Camp was one of the first world champion CAS shooters. He probably couldn't cook worth a damn, but his shooting was second to none...for a long time.

You ought to join SASS...your alias could be "Hey Boy"...Paladin's side kick.
 

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Re: Can someone define "Cowboy Gun " in context of this forum?

Well, sorry to say, you should have looked into what you needed before you started buying anything.

Most SASS/CAS matched require-

2- SA revolvers
1- lever/pump action rifle in a pistol caliber (.38-40, .44-40, .357 mag, etc)
1- SxS or lever action (1897 Winchester is the only pump gun permitted) shotgun

IIRC, the minimum caliber is either .25-20 or .32-20, but it must be a centerfire.

So in a word, yes. You basically have to start over to run in any sanctioned matches.



This particular forum is for the CB/ "Cowboy" line of guns Marlin produced for SASS/CAS shooters.

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As an aside, you are not the only person to fall into this trap.

I am heavily involved with 18th century Living History and we often get folks that buy a bunch of "old tymey" stuff that ends up being totally inappropriate for what we do and get all sorts of bummed (sometimes quite pis**d) that they can't join in.

Mario
 

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Re: Can someone define "Cowboy Gun " in context of this forum?

One thing for sure, all the "Cowboy" models from Marlin DO have octagon barrels AND they just seem to cost more than any other model. Watch some of the auction houses for prices, or maybe best bet if you live in the part of the country I don't live in, you can find a deal in a pawn shop, gun shop or gun show. I can't find any great deals on these kind of rifles where I live. Good Luck in you quest!!
 
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