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Cowboy Action lever gun in 45 Colt

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by BReeves, Mar 25, 2020.

  1. BReeves

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    For some reason Cowboy Action has me thinking it might be fun. I have two SA revolvers in 45 Colt and a 12ga double coach gun. What I don't have is a lever gun. Noticed that Winchester is making the 1892 in 45 Colt and at around $900.00 I could probably swing it. Some of the others I looked at are quite a bit more expensive. From the advertising the 92 is a short throw small frame lever gun hat sound like it might be a pretty good choice in 45 Colt. What am I missing?
     
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    Henry

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    My dad would love to get into Cowboy competitions. Old west is his thing.
     
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    Winchester Sold the original 1892 tooling to Rossi over 30 years ago
    The new Winchester 1892 are made by Miroku in Japan

    The new 1873 Winchesters are very popular with Cowboy Action
    Also a lot still use the 1894 (A lot cheaper than the 92 & 73)
    (1894 carbine only hold 9 rounds and 10 are needed for Cowboy Action)
     
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    My son has been doing this for a short while. Henry is not what you want for this game, very few shoot them. First choice gun from everyone I talk to says get him an 1873 to start cause you will end up there sooner or later. Choices are Miroku made Winchester or Uburti which is what I have seen the most of by far unless an older Winchester. Some folks do shoot marlins and there are a few short stroke kits.

    I suggest going to a match or two. Plenty of folks will be willing to let you try their gear. Also your going to need leather so don't forget that. Personally SASS folks are overall some of the nicest people I have ever met. The oldest and largest club in Tulsa is Indian Territory that's range is at red castle on John Zink Ranch. You don't have to be a member to shoot there. www.itsass.net careful with that url its .NET otherwise you will get an eyeful. You show up there and they will welcome you like family and let you shoot all kinds of stuff. Don't spend anymore money imo till you hit a couple matches.

    There is a club that shoots at Tulsa Gun Club I hear and a small group at Oil Capitol.

    As of right now I believe SASS sent an email recently that all matches are shutdown. I know ITSASS has sent a couple in the last week or two. Today would have been their old timers Wednesday match.
     
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    Don't figure I'll ever really be a top contender just something to do for fun. Kinda thought the comps would be shut down till this virus scare settles down. Good thing I can just step out my back door and do a little practicing. My Rossi coach gun has hammers which isn't the fastest to start with and my revolvers are a Uberti SAA and a Ruger Blackhawk which is not a recommended combo but it is what I have. At 75 really doubt I could operate a 73 any faster than a 92 and from what I gather I can load up the 92 without worrying about it blowing up. You know for when the zombies attack...
     
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    Plenty of guys your age out shooting. Also some guys use the double hammers. They ad a little time but shooting clean is faster than anything. Tried a couple different options for my son to practice his 12 gauge reloads with. The best dummy rounds I have tried so far are on Ebay called
    B's Dry Fire Snap CapsĀ® Dummy 12 Gauge Training Rounds

    Thats if you want to practice some. I just suggest doing it on carpet so it doesn't beat up the shells. Also if your not loading your own shotty shells just about everyone shoots the Winchester Low Recoil, Low Noise 925fps shells. You can find them at Academy, Wal-mart or BPS. Wal-mart has been cheapest I found. They have no issue with knockdowns and are easy on the shoulder.
     
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    I'm spitballing this. Never competed in SASS and I didn't have a drink at the Long Branch Saloon yesterday either.

    But I believe one of the reasons the Winchester 1873 copies have been so popular with cowboy action shooters is because there's a "short stroke" kit you can install to allow you to cycle them faster.
    Unlike in the old days of using the 1873, you don't have to do a full lever throw (only about 20 degrees, I think) to cycle the action. This makes you much more competitive in the matches, I'm told.

    Personally, I like the 1873 style carbines and rifles for another reason, they don't have the lawyer safety that modern made 1892 and 1894 models seem to have (i.e., Rossi and Winchester of recent vintage).

     
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    Despite the advice against it I picked up a Winchester 1892 day before yesterday. Did an initial cleaning and lube than ran a few snap caps through it just to get a feel for how well it feeds. Action seems to be pretty smooth with no issues cycling the snap caps but that trigger is horrible. I didn't put my scale on it but would almost bet it would go 10+ pounds. Other than the trigger the gun is really nice, fit and finish is excellent with fairly nice wood.

    Haven't decided what I'm going to do with the trigger yet, know I am not going to live with it hoping it gets better. Sending it off to a gun smith is out of the question. I have done quite a bit of work on other guns being careful and watching YouTube videos. Not afraid to tackle this Winchester. A quick search didn't reveal anyone making aftermarket springs which is a disappointment. Really do not like messing with factory springs, some things just can't be undone if one goes a bit too far.
     

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