There was no such thing as cowboy ammo in the 19th Century, but now in the 21st we have a new metal cartridge called the “Cowboy 45 Special”.
In a discussion of loading, on a forum I hang out on, SASS (the
Single Action Shooting Society) was referred to as “Silly Arses Shooting Squibs”*.
I don’t want to put down a shooting sport organization. Rather I would like to see shooting sports more relevant to real world shooting. When you have an organization to “preserve” (your words) an older action type, then maybe you’d want to preserve the original power of the ammunition in your sport. I would suggest then, that if you don’t want a full power 45, you should use the 38 Long Colt or etc. Don’t tell me you’re using a “45” when you’ve downloaded it to 38 S&W energies.
How can I say any of this?– I want Starline to flourish. I buy their excellent brass by the case of 1,000.
This concept of gaming and range shooting becoming separated from “the real thing” is one that I have brought up before, and will harp on in the future. I have no problem with people having fun with guns. The more the better. It’s when they say their being “practical” or “historic” and aren’t that I’ll chime in from time to time. So shoot me, or call me a nerd or a jerk.
Either treat the game as a game, and don’t get serious about it as having much practical or historical significance, or treat it as practical, or historical, and be serious about that.
*A squib is a load that fails to fire with its full power. Sometimes it can fail to even launch a bullet clear of the bore. Thus the joke.