December 4th, 2016, 09:58 PM
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Chino Hills, CA
Used to shoot some SASS. Now and then there were rifle specific matches of various sorts. SASS would have it's own rules dealing with period correct (in their sometimes convoluted way) when it came to cartridges used, rifles, sights, etc.
So before you jump off on a purchase, it might be worth checking out if they have any specific "rules" that might impact your choices. Speed over precision? As in, just hit the steel quickly or scoring based on bulls eye ring counts, etc. Open sights only or would ghost rings be allowed? A Marlin type receiver could have a ghost ring mounted near the hammer, a typical Winchester would have the rear sight forward of the action on the barrel. One could find tang sights as well. Paper or knockdown targets? A 25-20 would be sweet and fast but might not have the oomph to topple a target. OTOH, a 45-70 would knock down a lot of targets but is a thumper at the shoulder, too. Neither would be the most economical choice.
With the "Winchesters," a 94 in pistol or rifle length cartridges is somewhat rougher than a 92 from an action standpoint.
Long is good. Kind of heavy, but maxes the sight radius, too.