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Spencer Side Match


Hell-Er High Water:
I am trying to determine if their is enough (or any) interest in setting up a Spencer side match at a future Northern California annual Cowboy Action Match.  The earliest opportunitity may be at next year's Plainfield Raid in Winters / Davis, CA.  If you are interested please E-Mail me at wrheller@sbcglobal.net.  I have been told by the match directors that if I can set it up they will provide a shooting bay and targets.  The SSS looks like a growing concern and maybe sometime in the future we can get our own catagory in future side matches within SASS.  Let me know what you think about this.

Rich Heller
Hell-Er High Water
Napa, CA

Tuolumne Lawman:

I used my 56-56 as a main match rifle on a stage when the front sight fell off my Henry.  Texas Jack fixed the sight, but they let me use the Spencer while he was working on it.  I beliebve someone else on another posse was using a Spencer in 44 or 45.  Count me in for the shoot.

I may single load my Spencer for the plainsmen match at Railroad Flat this year.

Two Flints:

Please explain in more detail your comment, "single load my Spencer".  Can you explain the "hows"  and "what's"  involved in firing a Spencer in a single shot way?

Two Flints


Tuolumne Lawman:
Howdy Pard,

Single loading is either used when the stage needs more than 7 shots (which they all do) .  With the 1865's and Taylor's 56-50 with the sping loaded lane extractor, it is easy.  Just open the action, feed in a round from the top, and when you close the action, the spring loaded lane extractor just pops under the rim.  With the 1860's and Taylors 44 and 45 it is a littler harder.  You have to close the action enough to move the blades forward in front of the rim, as they will not skip passed it.

I was amazed how easy single loading loading the Taylor's 56=50 was with the lane.  I only had one original round to try, but it worked well.

At the match, I may just remove nthe magazine tube and use it as a single shot!


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