I almost went with the 45 Colt, but after researching cowboy action recommendations, I hear a lot of people switch from 45 to 38 special... 1) Less recoil 2) Faster competition times 3) Cheaper ammo Here's my new Ruger Vaquero 357 Magnum 4.62" barrel... I also just sent in for my Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) membership too! I'm piecing together a "Man With No Name" costume for halloween, but most of the costume parts can be used at the SASS events too. I would describe Cowboy Action Shooting as a lot more artistic than a semi-auto or a double action. I've picked up a number of guns this year, but this cowboy gun is giving me a lot more excitement that the rest did. This is so much fun! Love working the cowboy action and practicing it with both hands, gun spinning and fast draw.