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The Barracks / Re: Dead-eye Cowboy action shooting
« Last post by River City John on June 10, 2024, 08:31:36 PM »
Sounds like we need to start incorporating stages written to accommodate walkers.
That's a possibility -- ASM did make Open Top cartridge guns.
I've shot one of their 38s, but they may have made a 44 as well.
The Barracks / Re: Dead-eye Cowboy action shooting
« Last post by Sam Perfye on June 10, 2024, 08:05:59 PM »
First off- didn't watch the video. That being said, I've RO'd a few brutality and tactical matches, what those guys (and gals) can do is pretty amazing. But, I have had to pull more than one 30ish competitor for heat/stress issues. Does it look like fun? Yes. Does it seem like a challenge? Yes. Can the average GAF/Cowboy shooter finish a stage safely? I doubt it. If we could implement their shooting challenges without the crossfit element I think we could bring in some of this type of shooter.
The Longbranch / Re: Mike Venturino info from another site
« Last post by DeaconKC on June 10, 2024, 06:34:20 PM »
Thanks, he will certainly be missed.
BROW / Re: Mike Venturino
« Last post by Trailrider on June 10, 2024, 04:31:25 PM »
I just picked up the latest (July-August 2024) issue of American Handgunner, which has two articles by Mike. One on his favorite handguns, and the other on British .380 Revolvers. I'll keep that issue along ide his great books. Don't know if those will be the last article to be published. Depends on whether AH has a backlog of articles. As always, his wife, Yvonne, did the outstanding photography accompanying the article.

When Ruger brought out the Vaqueros in .44-40, they made a mess of chambering the first ones. I bought one of the first, and Ruger refused to take it back, until Mike complained about this in print, and I complained about once a week, until they finally gave in and replaced the cylinder (although they left the throats .425"). I am sure that if Mike hadn't written them up, I'd still be waiting to have uniform chambers. (I left the throats at .425", however, and using .430" hardcast bullets, mine drive like tacks!)

RIP, Duke, we won't see your like again!  :'(

Frontier Iron / Re: Schofield
« Last post by Trailrider on June 10, 2024, 04:19:49 PM »
Regardless of what S&W claimed when they brought out the 2000 Schofield, it is NOT a true replica. The original had the short cylinder only capable of accepting the .45 Revolver Ball ammo, with the frame long enough to have accepted a cylinder capable of taking the .45 Colt's Revolver round, but the rear end of the barrel brought back to meet the front of the cylinder. I have no proof, but I believe S&W originally tried to make the Schofield to take the Army's Colt's round, but the gun wouldn't stand the original 40 gr. BP rounds. (As a matter of fact the original Colt's SAA wouldn't stand that heavy a charge, which is why the Army changed the charge to 30-35 gr. of BP and eventually a 230 gr. bullet.) That was why S&W made their original Schofields with the shorter cylinder and created the shorter round.

When S&W brought out the commemorative M2000, they shortened the frame so the guns couldn't be fitted with a cylinder capable of handling the .45 LC round, which Uberti did with their repros. With modern steels, there really is/was no problem doing this...with reasonable loads, of course.
BROW / Re: Mike Venturino
« Last post by Major 2 on June 10, 2024, 01:09:29 PM »
I had the pleasure to meet and dine with him at the 2007 Shot Show in Orlando.

I briefly conversed with him again in passing @ SHOT 2009.

BROW / Re: Mike Venturino
« Last post by Abilene on June 10, 2024, 11:50:21 AM »
Sad news. He left quite a legacy for us and will surely be remembered.
BROW / Re: Mike Venturino
« Last post by St. George on June 10, 2024, 11:10:50 AM »
That's a damned shame - he was a good man...

R.I.P., Mike...

Vaya con Dios

BROW / Re: Mike Venturino
« Last post by Dave T on June 10, 2024, 11:07:12 AM »
He was a prolific writer and something of an icon when it came to Sharps rifles and cast bullets. He wrote about much more than that but those were the things I remember most about his published works. Best wishes and prayers to his wife and other family.

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