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Recommendations for someone interested in CAS/SASS
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 Posted: Sun Apr 12th, 2015 01:23 PM
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VanDaRifleman
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Lately an interest in cowboy action shooting has been roused. I found the idea incredibly interesting and desire to participate in SASS events. Who here participates in SASS?

What would you recommend for hardware and era-appropriate clothing for a husky tall man? I have no such compliant firearms, gear, or clothing yet.

How many rounds of ammunition do you expend in a full day of participation? Just so I know how many rounds I need to handload...

What is the initial investment likely to cost?



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 Posted: Sun Apr 12th, 2015 02:56 PM
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VanDa, I'm not involved in CAS myself but have friends who are. I know a gentleman from McGregor, Iowa who had the vision to get into the Cowboy Action Outfitting Business back in 1973. At that time Blackpowder Shooting and Rendezvous was just starting. I was involved in that for a while and purchased a couple of muzzleloaders from him. He was a big fan of Colt SAAs and other late 1800s guns and gradually moved to the CAS direction. Straight up guy and good to do business with. Definitely not cheap goods but as close to authentic as you can get. Perhaps this would give you some ideas as to cost etc. Also some nice guns for sale on his site. RD

http://www.riverjunction.com/About-Us_ep_7.html



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 Posted: Tue Apr 14th, 2015 07:14 PM
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9.3X75R
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Probably the most popular handgun is the Ruger sort of clone of the SAA. Rifles I've seen most often are Marlin, Winchester, Pedersoli and I want to say Uberti but can't remember if they market/make rifles. Shotguns, the Mod. 97 Win. is popular but any double will do for fun. Occasionally you see an 1887 Win. lever shotgun, or you used to.

When I shot in CAA matches I shot a 1st Gen. Colt SAA in 32-20, an 1892 Winchester in 32-20 and an old Stevens hammer double in 12 bore. The smaller bore is a lot quicker than the 45's and 44-40's...but back then no one shot what has become Cowboy Loads. Everyone shot full house loads and the black powder side matches were a hoot with C&B revolvers and cartridge revolvers side by side. We usually had other side matches with BPCR's out to 400 yards. I often did pretty good at them but it was a bit unfair. Most guys shot their lever rifles and I was shooting my Shiloh Sharps #1 Sporter in 40-70.

The matches have become so much bigger from when I shot them I have no idea the quantity of ammo one would need. 200 rounds wouldn't surprise me these days.

As it appears you're starting from scratch I believe you're looking at an initial investment in firearms at an absolute minimum of $1,500.00 for two revolvers, a rifle and shotgun and the sky's the limit. As with everything shopping will be worth the time invested.

Clothing...I can't tell you off the top of my head but there are lots of places that cater to CAA shooters. I expect an internet search would turn up enough to keep you busy reading for a week or more.

It is a whale of a lot of fun and if you get into it I believe you'll enjoy it immensely. I sure did.



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 Posted: Tue Aug 11th, 2015 12:33 PM
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charlie2t
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By now you have probably found what you want for CAS but if not, The most common mistake that CAS new shooters make is to try to start out for cheap. Don't do it. You will only end up spending more to buy what you really want.To start out with I bought a pair of relatively inexpensive European made single actions. It didn't take me long to rectify that mistake and buy a pair of Ruger Vaqueros. I was lucky and managed to sell the European guns to a guy who just wanted them to have instead of to compete with.

Ammo, Most CAS matches are 5 stages, 10 rounds pistols, 10 rounds rifle and 4 to 6 rounds shotgun, so it takes you 50 rounds each of pistol and rifle ammo and usually about a box of shotgun shells. I always carry some extra ammo with me in case I need a couple of extra rounds or a new guy shows up who wants to try shooting.

I hope you will give CAS/SASS shooting a try. It is great fun and cowboy shooters are the most friendly competitors that you are likely to meet.



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 Posted: Thu Aug 13th, 2015 02:06 PM
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I've been looking at the idea of shooting CAS also. A LGS had a couple pairs of new Bisley Vaqueros for sale at $550 each. From what i can tell that's a good price for them.

I've been keeping my eye out for a rifle and sxs shotgun now.

Even if i don;t shot alot of CAS, those are still fun guns to have around!!



 Posted: Thu Aug 13th, 2015 04:19 PM
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charlie2t
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$550 is about right for a Bisley Vaquero depending on condition. If they are new you can't go wrong and used ones in good condition are worth about as much as new ones. They hold their value very well.



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 Posted: Sat Aug 22nd, 2015 02:15 AM
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mikeingeorgia
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What calibers are acceptable for the SASS matches charlie2t? I'm guessing if it's possible that having a carbine and pistols that use the same caliber would be beneficial for reloading purposes.



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 Posted: Sat Aug 22nd, 2015 01:17 PM
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charlie2t
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http://www.sassnet.com

From SASS handbook page 10
"REVOLVER CALIBERS
• Must be centerfire calibers of at least .32 caliber and no larger than .45 caliber or percussion
calibers of at least .36 caliber and no larger than .45 caliber.
• Must be in a caliber commonly available in revolvers. Examples include, but are not limited
to, .32-20, .32 Magnum, .357 Magnum, .38 Special, .44 Magnum, .44-40, and .45 Colt.
• Standard velocity .22 caliber rimfire ammunition is allowed within the Buckaroo Category
only.
• Although the .32 caliber revolvers and .36 caliber cap and ball revolvers are legal, they may
not be powerful enough to handle all reactive targets. "



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