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The Longbranch / Re: Are the shooting sports dead?
« Last post by Virgil Lantey on August 12, 2022, 07:49:39 PM »
Good to hear, Abilene! Are you optimistic about the future?
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The Longbranch / Re: Are the shooting sports dead?
« Last post by Abilene on August 12, 2022, 07:44:33 PM »
Well, your subject title said "dead" and your post said dying slow.  Those are very different things.  I'd estimate the average age in central Texas is closer to 60.  There are clubs shooting every weekend and I'm going to estimate the average attendance is about 40.  True, we are years past the huge peak in the early 2000's, but if it is dying slowly here, it is very slowly.

I guess I would add that the "component shortage" is mostly over.  Bullets are totally available.  New brass can be hard to find right now, but there is plenty of used available.  The big bugaboo has been primers, and they are essentially available by now.  A lot of people just don't like the higher prices.
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The Longbranch / Are the shooting sports dead?
« Last post by Virgil Lantey on August 12, 2022, 06:57:29 PM »
I'll admit, it's a depressing subject.
Consider CAS, for instance. What's the average age of the participants in your club? Ya, I know, there's a few youngsters in the game but are there enough to save the sport? I'm not a member of my local SASS club but I know the average age and it's gotta be 70 +.
I've taken an interest in metallic silhouette shooting and I attended a local club match last weekend. The directors were all but begging me to join and at 60+ years of age I'd be in the below average age of members.
My local USPSA club is very active and attracts  younger participants but they're running out of primers and powder!
I can't in good faith interest younger folks to start reloading because the shortage of components will make it all but impossible.

I read the other day that target shooting was the #1 sport in the U.S until baseball took the lead. Don't know if that's true or not but I fear that the shooting sports are dying a slow but inevitable death, and the anti gun political climate ain't helping matters any.
Am I all wet? Brighten my cynicism if you can.
If nothing else, maybe we can have a lively debate.

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The Winchester Model 1892 / Re: Why no 1895 thread?
« Last post by Baltimore Ed on August 12, 2022, 06:05:19 PM »
Sounds like a correct distance to me.
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The Winchester Model 1892 / Re: Why no 1895 thread?
« Last post by Niederlander on August 12, 2022, 05:30:45 PM »
Our club has always gone with the theory that if it was really there, it's allowed.  As long as the lead bullet load is under 1500 feet per second, it's good.  Of course, we also have our rifle target at thirty to fifty yards, too, so we don't really fit the average CAS club paradigm.
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The Winchester Model 1892 / Re: Why no 1895 thread?
« Last post by Coffinmaker on August 12, 2022, 05:22:44 PM »

WELL I don't run this here place, but I suspect there is a much better place for the topic than the tail of the 1892 Board.  But:

This is after all CAS City.  Operative being "CAS" or "Cowboy Action Shooting."  The '95 doesn't actually figure anywhere in the time frame upon which CAS is/was established.  Its only use might be for some form of "side match" but I can't, for the life of me see what that might be.  The only probable possibility I can see, would be in some form Wild Bunch Side Match.  Something with a "Bonnie and Clyde" theme.

Kind of like trying to include the '03 Springfield or BAR.  No home here me thinks.

Play Safe Out There
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Spencer Shooting Society / Re: Early Spencer Carbine Serial Number Lookup
« Last post by jsmosby on August 12, 2022, 04:04:20 PM »
Two Flint,

A few moments after logging out after reading your first message I remember meeting a dealer at the Baltimore Antique Gun Show in the early 1990's whose name was the same as mine.  I introduced myself telling him I was glad to finally meet me.  ;D  He gave the "look", finally laughed and the conversation went down from there.  Some things I wish I could forget... ;)

John
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The Winchester Model 1876 / Re: Load Data for the 40/60
« Last post by dusty texian on August 12, 2022, 03:29:47 PM »
Jamison 40-60 wcf cases have loaded , fired and ejected just fine in my rifles  for yrs.. Very good cases .,,,DT
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The Winchester Model 1892 / Re: Why no 1895 thread?
« Last post by Baltimore Ed on August 12, 2022, 02:49:41 PM »
I have a Browning 1895 in 30-06 that hopefully will become an NRA musket whenever I get around to it. I don’t see the problem with adding the ‘95. After all they were carried by Teddy’s boys in his ‘Splendid Little War’.
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The Winchester Model 1892 / Re: Why no 1895 thread?
« Last post by Crossdrawnj on August 12, 2022, 12:48:54 PM »
That makes sense.  I did the cowboy action for many years until I lost interest.  My first years there was a member in one club I found using an original Spencer carbine in 56-50! The 1895 could be used in a clubs side match as well as the 1894. I just have to find one now. The search is on.
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