Yee-haaa! Western guns - lever actions, Colts etc.

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  1. Having recently discovered that one of the ranges I use also plays host to a black powder club, I quite fancy giving black powder shooting a go.

    It seems that not only do they shoot the more usual type of disciplines, but also do Western shooting, which appears to be a bit like IPSC, but with 100 year old weapons. Sounds like a lot of fun to me!

    Has anyone here given it a go? What did you reckon?

    I can imagine it can get a bit expensive, as I don't think .44/40 or .45LC is easy to find or cheap when you do find it. Can it be done without breaking the bank?

    Cheers
    T_T
     
  2. old_fat_and_hairy

    old_fat_and_hairy LE Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    I can put you in touch with a club here who can answer your questions. I used to shoot black powder; a .44 Remington muzzle loader. Great fun and very cheap (apart from the saucepans ruined casting my balls!) Nipples are inexpensive and lead can be obtained from places like Quickfit. They use it for tyre weights. Guns are not prohibitive. But, if you go to cased ammo, for Winchester/Henry etc, can be expensive.
     
  3. I reckon the underlevers in 45 LC or similar are a handy ranch rifle but once tricked up with scopes a la 1500 become a bit too specialised.

    Marlin make the best of the ones I've seen.
     
  4. We have a dandy little Winchester 1873 in 44/40, dead easy to reload, and a hoot to shoot. The Dutch like their cowboy duds too, sometimes it hurts my eyes it is so cheezy but I have indeed heard that the Cowboy Action Shooting" or CAS events are very good fun.
     
  5. theres a club here in croughton .. a mr jones (the farmer) lets black powder shooters play all day on sundays...had one or two good days and the whole day cost me around a £10:00 .. i help dig the butts out twice a year.. and get to shoot a few times a day... all i pay is for the powder. and a pint at night.. :D
     
  6. All you can eat ribs and line dancing included?
     
  7. nope... only in wales...Tal Y Fan...know it perchance? even has a pot belly fire (made out of a gas bottle)
     
  8. Just before they banned handguns, a few of us were experimenting with practical pistol disciplines but using lever action Winchesters, at a quarry site in north Devon. I can`t remember the manufacturer of the rifles but one was in 38 special and one in 44 special, which was handy as we had loads of pistol rounds to get rid of. Both were fantastic fun and I was edging towards getting one once the pistol was gone but lost heart in the end as our local club threw in the towel.
     
  9. Alsacien

    Alsacien LE Moderator

    My German club camp in the field next to the range every May bank holiday dressed up as cowboys and indians :oops: teepees and canvas shelters everywhere - very embarrassing. They are joined by like minded idiots for around Europe....
    Its the middle of my French smallbore season so, "wotcha shootin' pardner?" "uh Anschutz 2013 custom, Geronimo" :D
     
  10. ugly

    ugly LE Moderator

    Taurus make the most authentic to the original lever actions of that era
     
  11. Well Marlin still make their 1894 model albeit in some slightly more modern chamberings. I reckon that's pretty authentic. Don't think Taurus were in business back then.....

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    http://www.marlinfirearms.com/Firearms/1894Centerfire/1894.asp
     
  12. Can't beat investing in an original if you want to shoot with the black stuff.
     
  13. ugly

    ugly LE Moderator

    Agreed but Marlin werent an option 10 years ago whereas Taurus got in with Win 94 copies without any additional modern safeties.
    Problem is many club guns are now complete rattlers but still good fun! :wink:
     
  14. Really? How so?
     
  15. My brother bought a Marlin .357 for his wife to shoot way back in the 80s and she was pretty good with it out to about 200mtr, she even put a scope on it, a good fun gun, with not to much recoil