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May 31, 2010, 02:14 PM
I am new to the world of cowboy action shooting. I have been looking at guns and gear and it is pretty expensive. I am looking at Ruger Vaquero's for my pistols. They aree a littile spendy for me so I was wondering if there is any inexpensive single action pistols out there. I am not looking for anything fancy just for a good basic pair of pistols. I have also been looking at Stoeger coach guns for a shotgun and possibly a Marlin 336 for a rifle. No specific caliber in mind but something inexpensive to shoot.

May 31, 2010, 02:47 PM
Uberti 73's for pistols. Stoeger will work. Marlin 336 is out, has to be pistol caliber. Winchester 92 clone or marlin 94. .38 spcl. is cheapest

May 31, 2010, 02:56 PM
What ever you get, be sure to get the same Cal. in both your pistols and rifle. Then you wont have to worry about mixing up your ammo during a shoot. Yes it does happen and it sure will mess up your score if nothing else.
I'll drop you a PM with some links you can check out.

May 31, 2010, 06:42 PM
Rugers are worth the extra $$ - Pay once, cry once. You might find a used pair on the SASS wire, The Open Range, or CAS City classifieds.
The Stoeger is fine for a shotgun, I use one myself now and then in the Silverado configuration.
A used '92 or Marlin '94 can be had for $300 or so if you shop around; pawn shops, gunbroker, auctionarms, nickel ads, the classifieds on the various gun boards, etc. I bought a decent Marlin '94 .357 from a pawn shop that had it listed on auctionarms in August with a Buy It Now price of $249 + $35 shipping. One of the FFL's in our club received it for no charge. I picked up an unfired Rossi '92 .357 w/o box or papers from The Open Range classifieds last January for $300. Some .357 rifles are finicky with .38's, but they work fine through my Marlin and a pair of Rossi '92's. They don't work AT ALL through my Browning '92, unless the bullet is seated out to the same overall length of a .357.

If you don't reload, you should maybe think about doing so - a typical match is six stages consisting of ten rifle, ten pistol, and four shotgun... 144 rounds per match, more or less. Two and a half boxes of lead .38's and a couple boxes of shotshells every match, plus $10 - $20 entry fee, fuel, and lunch... plan on spending a C note every match.

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