13 September 2018
Since M3 open up this post, I'll kick in a couple of pennies.
I don't know WHERE you looked into COWBOY ACTION SHOOTING. But I know lots of folks started on a shoe string. In the plethora of clubs in SoCal, 20yrs ago you could shoot 7 times on Sat/Sun in every month.
You could show up at almost any club on shoot day and folks would outfit you with guns and ammo and lead you by hand through every stage.
We don't have that many Clubs anymore, age, death, retirement, moving away from this blasted nanny state. And all the young folks want to shoot the modern 3-Gun matches. Which actually grew out of COWBOY ACTION SHOOTING.
I started in Oct 1987, I had 2 COLTS, A SAVAGE 311R in 12ga and I borrowed a rifle until I could afford my own. I bought a cartridge belt by MAIL ORDER (WOW) from EL PASO Saddlery, made my own holsters & Shotgun slide.
I've always had a pair of Cowboy Boots and a Cowboy Hat as long as I can remember. Add jeans and a long sleeve workshirt, and you were in business.
I knew a lot of guys who started the same way. The ROSSI 44/357 Model 92 carbine was less then $200. Stoeger SXS Coach gun was also about $200. And you could get A low end Italian SA Clone for about $225-250. A Holster/Cartridge belt rig was about $140-150. In fact EL PASO SADDLERY offered a Cartridge belt with 2 Holsters for $140 for most of the 1990's . Shotgun slides were about $10-12 bucks. In fact we didn't start actually carrying a 2nd Revolver until about mid 1988.
On the subject of softer alloy, I've shot COWW for low velocity plinking loads in Revolvers all my life, Linotype was for auto-loading pistols and full power rifle loads. Most any revolver bullet pushed past 1000fps was cast of #2. 1/20 was reserved for Trapdoor loads and pouring HB Wadcutters for my Dad's COLT .38SPL Target loads.
I've been rethinking about softer alloys in some of my loads. I've shot some .45COLT Loads in my MARLIN 1894CB recently that were cast of straight COWW by mistake. I got some better then expected groups. I'm going to try some Heavy Target .357MAG loads cast with COWW. Just to see accuracy and leading results.
Long time Caster/Reloader, Getting back into it after almost 10yrs. Life Member NRA 40+yrs, Life S.A.S.S. #375. Does this mean a description of me as a fumble-fingered knuckle-draggin' baboon. I also drool in my sleep. I firmly believe that true happiness is a warm gun. Did I mention how much I HATE auto-correct on this blasted tablet.