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Cowboy Silhouette Rules question

SnaketailSnaketail Posts: 33 Member
I have an opportunity to buy a Browning 1885 single shot rifle is .45 Colt cal. The rules for Cowboy Silhouette are somewhat lose about what constitutes a "lever" action rifle. The 1885 is certainly a lever gun, but it is a single shot. I know the caliber is OK, but is a single shot model 1885 OK for Cowboy Silhouette for "Pistol Caliber" and "Long Range" matches?

Need an answer quickly - wife said "OK" and I'm not going to wait around long.



  • Ranch13Ranch13 Posts: 820 Senior Member
    The Cowboy sillouette rules are available for viewing in the competitions dept of the NRA.org.
    Sorry to disappoint but the 1885 is not a lever gun. It's a falling block single shot rifle.
  • SnaketailSnaketail Posts: 33 Member
    Yea, I saw the discussion about them being "too accurate" for Cowboy competition. I may pass on the rifle, or go in another direction. Thanks for the answer.
  • Ranch13Ranch13 Posts: 820 Senior Member
    The guy that owns the national record for lever sillouette , did so with a uberti henry in 44-40 shooting blackpowder loads. The cowboy sillouette rules are pretty simple and straight forward to keep the thing from becoming a gamers arms race.
    If you want an 1885 look to one of the winchester bpcr models and get started in the bpcr matches, held regularly there at tucson, Sierra Vista and Pheonix, but you'll have to use that nasty ol blackpowder stuff.
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