Stupid question

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by Kain, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. Kain

    Kain Member

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    What exactly is a "cowboy" load? I was shopping for some inexpensive range ammo for my GP100 and almost picked up a pack of "cowboy load" 38 spl but put them back in favor of 38 spl wadcuters for $1 more. I figure they'd work no matter what, but I'm just curious what it means.
     
  2. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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    Cowboy loads tend to usually be flat nose, round nose, or round nose flat point shaped lead bullets (I'm not 100% sure if I'm right).
     

  3. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Cowboy loads are much more lightly charged than regular loads.
     
  4. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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  5. mesinge2

    mesinge2 New Member

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    Exactly. They are for older style, or just plain older single action revolvers that can't take Corbon or Buffalo Bore pressure levels.
     
  6. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Used in a competive shooting sport known as Cowboy Action Shooting. Unjacketed lead bullets, lightly loaded.


    Or for shooting cowboys- I can't remember which...............
     
  7. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    +1 Also the Single Action Shooting Society (SASS).
     
  8. Glasshartt

    Glasshartt New Member

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    I can think of a cowboy I would like to shoot with it. :rolleyes:
     
  9. arizona

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    Cow Boy loads are loaded light not just to protect the weapon (Does a Ruger Vaquero really need protecting) but also to make practice and competition more pleasant and to protect the targets. I do not shoot SASS myself but I have read the rules and both carbines and six guns are limited to under a thousand feet per second un-jacketed loads. (If memory serves) Also I believe buckshot is not allowed.