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Discussion in 'Break Actions and other cowboy shotguns' started by Slosolo2, Feb 1, 2019.

  1. Slosolo2

    Slosolo2 Here to be happy

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    I'm very slightly interested in Wild Bunch. Enough to read the rules and shop for equipment. Are there any new pump action guns available? It looks like IAC has quit making their 97 and 93/97. I can't tell if Cimarron used to make a pump or is going to make a pump.

    Maybe I don't care. Can you load more than 2 in a Wild Bunch match?

    Are there any Wild Bunch matches around Charlotte? I see SASS matches around but no specific side match info.
     
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    Check with the group in Salisbury. A really nice shooting range (Rowan County). They hold the NC championship there. Also, go to the SASS website and check their forum for information. A good source, plus a classified section.
     
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    I’m your huckleberry!

    I’m an active cowboy and Wild Bunch shooter in Upstate SC and hold RO2 certifications in both games.

    It’s difficult to find a regular Wild Bunch match in our region but some of us are working to change that. My home club in Greenville SC is planning to hold a five Stage Wild Bunch match at the same time as our usual cowboy action match on Sunday March 24. That’s not far from you.

    The following month is the 3rd annual Carolinas Wild Bunch Shootout on Saturday April 27. Six stages and lunch, and usually door prizes. This year’s host club is the Gunpowder Creek Regulators in Lenoir NC, a cool “Western town” range.

    There are three legal shotguns for WBAS: Winchester 1897 (original or reproduction), the IAC “93/97” which is essentially a ‘97 repro that SASS did not approve for cowboy action, or a Winchester Model 12.

    The advantage of a ‘97 is that it can also be used in cowboy action. There are lots of used ‘97s floating around. I saw an original for sale at a match last Sunday. It makes a great sound when you cycle it.

    Many Wild Bunch shooters believe that the M12 is the runaway best choice. Lots of them around and they are more rugged than the ‘97. Plus they have a six round magazine from the factory, a needed feature. A ‘97 usually has to be modified to hold six.

    I have slicked up, well worn examples of the Winchester 1897 and the Model 12. If you come to Greenville you can shoot ‘em both. Where can you find a better offer?

    The way we use a shotgun in WB is different than in cowboy. We load the magazine of the shotgun at the loading table with six shells (unless the stage has less than six shotgun targets), with the hammer down on an empty chamber. We pick it up, rack it and shoot it like it was designed to be shot. You can slam fire it if you want to. We don’t make up missed shotgun targets in WBAS.

    Make sure you download and read the most current Shooters Handbook. Some new rule changes just went into effect on January 1, 2019. The rule changes eliminated some unnecessary penalties.

    Send me a PM if you want more info. We’d love to have you join in.

    My SASS alias is Abe E.S. Corpus

    #makewildbunchgreatagain
     
  4. Slosolo2

    Slosolo2 Here to be happy

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    I might try to spectate the April match. I saw several SASS clubs running their events on Sundays but that doesn't work for me.
    I also saw at least one club with it's own list of approved guns that was much wider than the SASS list. They were allowing Smith and Wesson hand ejectors, Browning A5s and even Taurus revolvers with cosmetic mods to look like SW. That would be ideal for me since I have a 1951 A5 that looks like it survived WW1 and WW2.
     
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    I prefer to shoot on Saturdays myself but all matches in my home club are held on Sundays.

    Wild Bunch began as a side match. Most cowboy action matches do not include side matches; they tend to be held as part of the big multiple day matches like state championships. The early rules (if any) allowed lots of different firearms. When WBAS evolved into a stand alone match with its own rules the choice of firearms was limited, in part for safety reasons. Local clubs can, if they wish, relax certain rules. For example in my local WB matches we allow rifles under the WBAS .40 minimum because so many people have .38/.357 rifles.

    Hope to see you in Lenoir.
     
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