Since 2009, Bishop Ammunition Manufacturing, LLC., has manufactured its Cowboy Ammunition to exacting standards. Using only US made components, the cleanest burning powder to replicate black powder loadings, we bring to our customers full quality control over every stage of the manufacturing process as well as the final product.
Bishop Ammunition Manufacturing, LLC.'s, goal is to market the best cowboy action ammunition in the industry. Each cartridge is assembled using the highest quality components for absolute reliability.
Developed specifically for Cowboy Action Shooting competition, Bishop Ammunition Manufacturing, LLC., Cowboy Action pistol ammunition features flat nose lead bullets that are manufactured by X-Treme Bullets, to assure accuracy and knockdown power for steel plate competition. Cowboy Action Ammunition from Bishop Ammunition Manufacturing, LLC., use only the highest quality components and are manufactured to exacting standards to comply with the rules and requirements of cowboy action shooting. This ammunition is new production, non-corrosive, in boxer primed, reloadable brass cases.
Cowboy action shooting, CAS, is also known as western action shooting, single action shooting, or cowboy 3-gun. This is a competitive shooting sport that is now practiced in many places throughout the World. There are multiple sanctioning organizations including but not limited to:
- Single Action Shooting Society (SASS),
- Western Action Shootists Association (WASA), and
- National Congress of Old West Shooters (NCOWS), as well as others in the United States as well as other countries.
Cowboy action shooting is a type of 3 gun match utilizing a combination of pistol or pistols, rifle, and/or shotgun in a varying "old west themed" courses. Matches are scored for time and accuracy. It is required that all participants dress in appropriate theme or era "costume", and their gear and accessories must be period correct and are mandated by sanctioning group rules. CAS competitors must use firearms typical of the mid-to-late 19th century:
- single-action revolvers,
- lever-action rifles chambered in pistol calibers, and
- side-by-side double-barreled shotguns, commonly called Coach Guns
Rules also allow Winchester 1887 lever-action shotguns and Colt Lightning slide-action rifles to be used in competition. Cowboy action shooters may use original or reproduction guns, however all handguns must be "single-action".
The standard for ammunition used in all smokeless categories in all SASS, must have a power of at least 60 and no velocity may be less than 400 fps. The maximum velocity for revolvers is 1000 fps. The maximum velocity for rifles is 1400 fps. Of interesting note is that pocket pistols, derringers, and long-range rifles are exempt from the power factor and velocity requirements. To calculate a power factor, multiply the bullet weight times the velocity and then the resulting number is divided by 1000. For example, a 250 gr bullet traveling at 710 fps has a power factor of 177.5 (250x710)/1000=177.5 Shooters have to be concerned about "bounce back", "splash" and damage caused to a target or injury to personnel due to inappropriate ammunition. This is a major safety violation is grounds instant disqualification and ejection from a match. Additionally, revolver and rifle ammunition may not be jacketed, semi-jacketed, plated, gas checked, or copper washed. ALL cowboy ammunition must be lead, however, molydisulfide, polymer coated bullets are acceptable. All revolver and rifle ammunition must be of single projectile design. The ammunition cannot be recessed below the case mouth. Propellants containing nitrocellulose are prohibited as black powder substitutes. Any combination of smokeless and black powder, called duplex loads, are not only inherently unsafe, are specifically prohibited in ANY category.